TX Supreme Court hears arguments on open beaches

Melisa Escamilla walk over debris as she walks along the beach as the early effects of Hurricane Alex are felt along the Texas Coast, Wednesday, June 30, 2010 in South Padre Island, Texas. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

April 19, 2011 10:49:23 AM PDT
The Texas Supreme Court will hear arguments on key provisions of the Open Beaches Act. Texas has long considered beaches to be public property up to the vegetation line, but a Supreme Court ruling put that in doubt.

In November, the court cited early Texas history and ruled that Galveston Island's West Beach could be considered private property.

The Supreme Court agreed to rehear the case on Tuesday morning after the General Land Office complained the more recent Open Beaches Act superseded the earlier law.

The lawsuit arose after Hurricane Rita eroded the sand and left several homes on the beach. The GLO tried to foreclose on those structures, but the property owner took the state to court.