Regarding rights of way on Porretto Beach: It appears to me the abandonment of the city streets was never consummated.
In 1978, the city agreed to abandon rights of way and alleys if the Porrettos' neighbors agreed in writing within 90 days, and if the planning commission approved a new plat. Neither was done because the neighbors never consented.
A new plat was never filed with the county clerk as required by state law. The county has never included the alleys or streets in its tax assessments. The city never received payment for the abandonments.
The Porrettos' attorney states the documents cannot be found for they were destroyed in Hurricane Ike. When involved in a real estate transaction, I make copies of all signed documents and retain any recorded documents as well.
One of Galveston's greatest assets is its beaches and council will be making a terrible mistake if it grants abandonment of the Porretto property.
Let’s keep our beaches for our citizen’s use and enjoyment. This property is more valuable as is than any money that the city might collect on a sale. Land is becoming scarcer and as our population increases we will need every inch preserved.
Robert L.K. Lynch