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Texas General Land Office
by Jim Guidry
Friday, September 26, 2008

The 22nd annual Texas General Land Office Adopt-A-Beach Fall Cleanup is this weekend and Guidry News Service is a media sponsor of the event.  However. Texas Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson said the sites in Jefferson, Chambers, Galveston, Harris, and Brazoria counties have all been cancelled due to damages sustained by Hurricane Ike. Listen: RealPlayer   MP3

Patterson talked to about issues related to Hurricane Ike.

"I made a decision last week to defer any further action on those building setback lines," Patterson said, referring to the major controversy on the upper Texas coast prior to Ike.  He said the setback guidelines will be revisited during the next session of the Texas Legislature.

"But still, you can look at what has occurred and you can see that if houses had been set back far enough we would not be in the position that I will be in for the next year or so, or longer, having to do something about a structure that finds itself permanently on State-owned submerged land."

Patterson said that Hurricane Ike took 100 to 150 feet of beach in some places.

"But the beach will recover to some extent," he stressed.

During the interview, received a news release from Beachtown Galveston survived the storm.  Patterson noted that Beachtown, and other developments that were setback from the water and using modern building codes fared much better than older structures closer to the beach.

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