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Privatization of Beaches: What’s At Stake in Galveston

Posted on · The Houston Chronicle recently reported on a conflict between a Galveston resident and the city’s Park Board over who rightfully owns a section of Galveston beach in front of the seawall. Resident Frank Maceo says that portion of the beach belongs to him. City officials say Maceo’s claim could endanger plans to re-sand some of the […]

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Beach Ownership and Bank on Houston: Tuesday’s Show (June 23, 2015)

Posted on · The Houston Chronicle recently reported on a conflict between a Galveston resident and the city’s Park Board over who rightfully owns a section of Galveston beach in front of the seawall. Resident Frank Maceo says that portion of the beach belongs to him. City officials say Maceo’s claim could endanger plans to re-sand some of the […]

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Red State, Public Beaches, and Sports Monday: Houston Matters for Monday, Oct. 13, 2014

Posted on · The GOP has had such a stranglehold on statewide offices here in Texas for so many years now that it’s hard to imagine a time when it was any different. Sure, Ann Richards was Governor of Texas for a while there, but she seems very much like the Democratic exception to the Republican rule. How […]

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Galveston Goes All Out for Mardi Gras

Posted on · Mardi Gras, the traditional festival of feasting and merrymaking that precedes the season of Lent, was first publicly observed on Galveston Island in 1867. Following a sabbatical imposed in 1941 by war and challenging times, Mardi Gras! Galveston was revived in 1985 by Galveston-born preservationist and developer George P. Mitchell. The largest celebration of its […]

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Both Sides Claim Victory in Bolivar Beach Front

Posted on · Governor Rick Perry has allowed a bill containing a controversial amendment to become law without his signature. That amendment — tacked on by Representative Wayne Christian — allows him and his neighbors to rebuild their beach-front houses, which were destroyed by Hurricane Ike. Even so, Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson says that won't happen, as Ben Philpott reports from Austin.