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Susan Fennewald

The basic problem is that some of these houses are built too close to the water. Over the years developers fought any effort to push back building lines and threatened legal action if they weren't allowed to build on their land that was really too close to the water.

That's fine. It was there land - but now the public tax dollars shouldn't be used to salvage their property.

After the Severence law suit, the GLO wouldn't agree to fund sand replenishment unless the owners agreed to the "rolling easement" rule that had been in effect until that court ruling. The owners wouldn't agree - so the GLO wouldn't fund. If the owners would give up some of their rights in return for sand, then things could move forward. But the owners won't agree to that. They just want the tax dollars to perpetually be used to protect the houses that they insisted on building too close to the water.

This can be a LOT of money. For the last west end replenishment (that was cancelled) it worked out to $100,000 for each house lot on the beach! And it would just have to be done over in future years.

Gary Miller

Dunes are not permanent, rebuilding them is.

Bailey Jones

Galveston is just a temporary pile of sand. Waves pile it up, storms suck it away. During periods of low storm activity, the island grows. During periods of high storm activity - like now - the island shrinks. Given how much the gulf has warmed in recent years, expect to be hauling in a whole lot of sand. Unfortunately there is a world wide shortage of sand. (Sand is the second most consumed natural resource, next to water.)

I wonder if it's not time to start thinking about something besides sand to build our island on?

Gary Miller

Buy sand to build dunes then advertise man made beaches. Do it over and over as a ongoing cost of Galveston. Beach business takes in far more money than annual repairs require. It's time for beach business to pay for repairs beach business thinks is needed. Count the strand as beach business. With out beaches attracting tourists the strand would die out, as would other island business.

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