Texans won’t make any decisions about the state’s next land commissioner for 10 months, when party primaries are held, and won’t pick one until November 2022. It’s not too soon, however, to begin thinking of what we need in that post.

One of the things we need is a land commissioner who knows and will advocate for the Texas Open Beaches Act and who’ll work to roll back a steady Californization of beach access in the Lone Star State.

Michael A. Smith: 409-683-5206; michael.smith@galvnews.com​.

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(4) comments

Diane Turski

Since all beaches in California are public, the actual problem with the public accessing those that front private property is knowing where the public access points are. My experience with that issue is that some private property owners have deliberately blocked the public access points, which is illegal and is a constant battle. Furthermore, several of these beaches are below high cliffs, which is certainly different from most Texas beaches, and therefore require different locations for public access points. I am disappointed that you chose a headline demonization of "Californianization" that is both misleading and pandering.

Alexander Nelson

What about condemning peoples homes and compensation for that? Or the GLO and City not following regulations themselves and holding private property owners to a higher standard? Or when the GLO and Park Board commit FRAUD to raise your taxes, steal sand, and lie on permit applications? We All want beaches open. We all want rules applied evenly and fairly. The GLO will do anything to get federal money and so will the city and Park Board. Private property owners are demonized when bringing up actual issues that affect them AND every single taxpayer.

Ted Gillis

Missing “Babe” about now.

Don Schlessinger

Good article Michael. "Californianization" is the perfect word to describe where our beaches could go without strong leadership in the Texas GLO.

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