Shore thing? It’s not very often buyers have a chance to purchase a private beach — at least not in Texas, where public access for the most part is protected by law. But on Friday, the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Texas-Houston division will consider a motion to authorize a contract from a buyer willing to pay $6 million for Porretto Beach in Galveston. While there’s been much conjecture and some interesting and improbable names bandied about, the identity of the buyer remains a mystery.

The 9.75 acres of beach between Sixth and 10th streets — dubbed Porretto Beach Classic — has long been an unusual piece of property and subject of two decades of disputes between owners and Texas General Land Office, which oversees public beaches. In July, the Texas Supreme Court ruled the land office didn’t own the property, making it more attractive to potential buyers. Most of Galveston’s beaches are owned by the state and managed by the Park Board of Trustees.

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B A Claussen

Why can't the City of Galveston buy the beach property? It would definitely pay for itself.

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