Moving houses off the public beach
The Texas Open Beach Act prohibits any structure on the public beach easement. If your house winds up on the public beach easement after a storm, you may be eligible for up to $50,000 to help reimburse you for moving the structure to a suitable, landward location.
Texas Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson’s Plan for Texas Open Beaches seeks to remove structures from the public beach easement through a cooperative approach with property owners, not through litigation.
Structures on the public beach easement not only inhibit public access — a constitutional right for Texans — they also become hazardous to other coastal properties when a storm surge rolls across the beach and sweeps them from their pilings.
Since first offering coastal property owners up to $50,000 in relocation expense reimbursement, the Texas General Land Office has removed 18 structures from the public beach without the hassle and expense of litigation.