AUSTIN — Just in time for Spring Break, work to restore Surfside Beach to its former glory is complete.
A rededication of this iconic Texas surf spot will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, March 14 on Surfside Beach, near the intersection of Texas Street and Beach Drive. Larry Laine, former Surfside resident and current chief clerk at the Texas General Land Office, will officiate.
Surfside Beach was once known as Texas' premier surf spot. But years of unchecked erosion and damage from Hurricane Ike had left a dangerous mess. The beach was all but gone and the waves lapping at Beach Drive threatened to destroy roads, sewer systems and private homes.
After Ike, Texas Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson made the preservation and restoration of Surfside Beach a priority. The resulting project to renourish the beach and repair a protective stone revetment combined local, state and federal money. The $4.7 million project now protects more than $53 million worth of streets, sewers and homes.
"Surfside Beach is a great example of how a big coastal project can make economic sense," Patterson said. "This beach was a wise investment. This project reclaimed one of the most popular tourist beaches in Texas and protected millions of dollars worth of property."
Patterson said the state's investment of $480,000 through the Coastal Erosion Planning and Response Act helped leverage more than $4.2 million in other funding to make the project possible.
WHO: Surfers, beachgoers and Larry Laine, General Land Office chief clerk
WHAT: Rededication of a new and improved Surfside Beach
WHERE: Surfside Beach, near the intersection of Texas Street and Beach Drive
WHEN: 10 a.m. Monday, March 14
WHY: To celebrate the restoration of Texas' premier surf spot for Spring Break