I suppose there’s more than one way to try to save your beachfront property.
In Texas, a thin green line in the sand separates private property from public beach. And that line of vegetation is drawn by Mother Nature.
Some property owners, however, are taking a more proactive approach by planting grass and shrubs along the edge of a dune on Bolivar Peninsula to keep their homes off the public beach.
These owners are trying to create an artificial vegetation line, marking where their property ends and the public beach begins.
Under the Texas Open Beaches Act, as administered by the General Land Office, houses cannot be built seaward of the vegetation line, which was scoured away by Hurricane Ike.
Between 20 and 30 property owners on the peninsula, however, have planted their own vegetation line, said Angela Sunley, leader for the General Land Office’s beach and dune team. Land office officials can easily spot man-made vegetation versus the real thing.