December 15, 2011
(AUSTIN)—Diapers, beer cans and cigarette butts - trash on Texas beaches is a growing problem.
Be part of the solution by attending the first-ever Adopt-A-Beach Marine Debris Summit from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Friday, January 13 at Moody Gardens Convention Center on Galveston Island. The conference ...more
December 14, 2011
(AUSTIN)—Texas Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson is calling for entries in the 16th annual Adopt-A-Beach "Treasures of the Texas Coast" Children's Art Contest. The deadline to submit artwork is Monday, March 5.
"The goal of this art contest is to drive home the message that trashing Texa...more
December 09, 2011
(AUSTIN)—Texas Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson today released his proposed plan to build a pier on Bolivar Peninsula for public comment as the closure of Rollover Pass nears.
The Texas Legislature authorized $5.85 million in 2009 to close the popular fishing pass following Hurricane Ike's devast...more
October 27, 2011
(AUSTIN)—Port Arthur parks will soon get upgrades worth more than $313,000 as part of a settlement the General Land Office has reached over the Eagle Otome spill, which put nearly 397,000 gallons of crude oil into the Port Arthur Ship Channel.
Texas Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson anno...more
September 26, 2011
(AUSTIN)—More volunteers picked up less trash at the 25th Annual Texas General Land Office Adopt-A-Beach Fall Cleanup Saturday, prompting speculation that - after 25 years - Texans are starting to get the message.
"Despite an amazing turnout, we picked up 20-percent less trash than last fall," sai...more
August 15, 2011
(AUSTIN)—The 25th Texas General Land Office Adopt-A-Beach Fall Cleanup will be held Saturday, Sept. 24 at 29 sites along the Texas coast.
Adopt-A-Beach volunteers can register at any of 28 check-in sites all along the Texas coast between 8:30 a.m. and 9 a.m. on Sept. 24. Volunteers must pre-regist...more
August 08, 2011
(AUSTIN)—A state and local effort that's kept boaters from pumping more than 1.3 million gallons of oily bilge water into Texas coastal waters earned national recognition this week.
The General Land Office's Oil Spill Prevention and Response Program and the Matagorda County Navigation District No....more
July 08, 2011
(AUSTIN)—Hurricane disaster recovery in Texas will be put on the fast track as the Texas General Land Office expands its rebuilding role following Dolly and Ike.
The Land Office is now the lead state agency managing disaster recovery grants through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Developm...more
June 14, 2011
(AUSTIN)—The Texas Coastal Expo is coming to Galveston's Moody Gardens from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, June 18. This free and family-friendly celebration of the Texas Coast - brought to you by the Texas General Land Office - is the biggest coastal expo in Texas.
"Bring the kids, we'll have touch ...more
May 03, 2011
(AUSTIN)—The 25th Annual Texas General Land Office Adopt-A-Beach Spring Cleanup drew more than 7,000 volunteers to the Texas coast Saturday.
"No one can top our Adopt-A-Beach volunteers," said Jerry Patterson, Commissioner of the General Land Office. "In one day, they swarmed over 150 miles of bea...more
April 18, 2011
(AUSTIN)—A California attorney's assault on the Texas Open Beaches Act will face a stiff defense Tuesday from Texas Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson.
In a rare rehearing, the Texas Supreme Court will hear arguments for and against the Texas tradition of public beach access at 9 a.m. Following the...more
April 12, 2011
(AUSTIN)—Victoria 11-year-old Gabrielle Wenske's image of a surf shack on a Texas beach won grand prize in the General Land Office's 2011 Treasures of the Texas Coast Children's Art Contest.
"The colors in Gabrielle's art really jumped out, and the message ‘Trashing Texas Beaches Isn't C...more
March 28, 2011
The 25th annual Texas General Land Office Adopt-A-Beach Spring Cleanup will take place Saturday, April 30th at 30 sites along the Texas coast.
"Bring the family and let's go clean the beach," said Jerry Patterson, Commissioner of the Texas General Land Office. "The Adopt-A-Beac...more
March 18, 2011
(AUSTIN)—The Texas General Land Office and the University of Texas Marine Science Institute are proud to announce the grand opening of the Oiled Wildlife Rehabilitation Center at the Animal Rehabilitation Keep.
The dedication ceremony will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday, March 22 at the University of Texas...more
March 14, 2011
(SURFSIDE, Texas)—Spring Break revelers hit the new-and-improved Surfside Beach Monday, where the General Land Office just finished work on a $4.7 million effort to restore this iconic Texas surf spot to its former glory.
Surfside Mayor Larry Davidson and Larry Laine, chief clerk at the General Land Office...more
March 11, 2011
(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 resi...more
March 11, 2011
(AUSTIN)—Texas Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson today welcomed news that the Supreme Court will rehear arguments in a case brought forward by a California resident that some say has gutted the Texas Open Beaches Act.
"This is nothing less than a second chance for the Texas Open Beaches Act," Patt...more
February 24, 2011
(AUSTIN)—A pipeline leak near Texas City's Bayou Pierre is contained, and local, state and federal authorities are overseeing the cleanup of an unknown amount of gasoline.
At 3:30 a.m. today Magellan Pipeline reported that an 18-inch gasoline pipeline near State Highway 146 and Loop 197 in Texas C...more
February 18, 2011
(AUSTIN)—Ronald Reagan was president, Top Gun was the top draw at the box office and 2,800 Texans volunteered for the inaugural General Land Office Adopt-A-Beach Cleanup in 1986.
Since then, the General Land Office's Adopt-A-Beach Program has grown into one of the most successful all-volunteer eff...more
February 14, 2011
(AUSTIN)—Volunteers at Saturday's Winter Beach Cleanup picked up more than 5.7 tons of trash from Coastal Bend beaches.
Volunteers focused their efforts on Corpus Christi Beach at the Texas State Aquarium, Port Aransas, Aransas Pass, Bayside and the Padre Island National Seashore. ...more
February 14, 2011
(AUSTIN)—Winter Texans who can't stand to see trash on Texas beaches did more than just complain Friday - 36 volunteers removed more than 1,650 pounds of the stuff from Edwin Atwood Park.
The Texas General Land Office Adopt-A-Beach Winter Texan Beach Cleanup drew volunteers from...more
February 07, 2011
(AUSTIN)—Jerry Patterson, Commissioner of the Texas General Land Office, today announced grants for 16 projects worth $1.7 million to protect and preserve the Texas coast.
"These projects will get a lot of bang for the buck, restoring vital marshlands, improving public access to the beach and even...more
January 19, 2011
(AUSTIN)—The Seventh Annual Coastal Bend Winter Beach Cleanup will be held Saturday, February 12 announced Jerry Patterson, Commissioner of the Texas General Land Office. The cleanups will take place at five locations along the Coastal Bend shoreline.
"The volunteers who help out with the Adopt-A-Beach Wint...more
January 18, 2011
(AUSTIN)—The Texas General Land Office Adopt-A-Beach Winter Texan Beach Cleanup will be Friday, Feb. 11 at Edwin Atwood Park, announced Jerry Patterson, Commissioner of the Texas General Land Office. The cleanup begins with volunteer registration at 8:30 a.m. and lasts until noon.
"Winter Texans h...more