Texans to vote on open beaches
A Texas statute known as the Open Beaches Act guarantees beach access for the state's residents. It has been in effect for about 50 years. However, Richard Raymond, a Democratic member of the Texas House of Representatives (District 42), advocates elevating the level of protection of that right to the Texas Constitution and sponsored legislation to put a statewide ballot proposition before the state's voters.
Raymond said, "We have one of the best coastal access laws in the country. This takes it to another level. It’s more likely that these beaches will remain public forever."