Believe me i know all about those houses. That is where our beach house is.Before the hurricane there were 14 houses that the state was trying to go after about being in front of the vegatation line. These people went as far as to make main made barriers to be behind the vegation line. I believe they have reported that 10 of them are now destoryed. Here is a picture of the San Luis pass. Its amazing to see the coast line in the bottom of the corner because houses that where hundreds of feet from the water line and behind the dunes are now beach front property or have water under them.
The reason: A 1959 law known as the Texas Open Beaches Act. Under the law, the strip of beach between the average high-tide line and the average low-tide line is considered public property, and it is illegal to build anything there.
Over the years, the state has repeatedly invoked the law to seize houses in cases where a storm eroded a beach so badly that a home was suddenly sitting on public property. The aftermath of Ike could see the biggest such use of the law in Texas history.
“I don’t like it one bit,” said Phillip Curtis, 58, a Dallas contractor who owns two homes — a $350,000 vacation home and a $200,000 rental — on Galveston Island’s Jamaica Beach. “I think the state should allow us to try to save the houses. I don’t appreciate the state telling people, `Now it belongs to us.’ It breaks your heart.”
The former state senator who wrote the law had little sympathy.
“We’re talking about damn fools that have built houses on the edge of the sea for as long as man could remember and against every advice anyone has given,” A.R. “Babe” Schwartz said.