Texas is the only state in the nation that has an Open Beaches Act. Landward of the mean high water or mean higher high water line, which delineates the boundary of state-owned submerged lands, beaches can be privately owned, but are subject to the public beach easement, allowing the public free and unrestricted access to and use of the beach. As steward of state-owned lands, the Texas General Land Office is responsible for management of the 367 miles of Texas coastline from the vegetation line on the beach to 10.3 miles into the Gulf of Mexico, as well as millions of acres of submerged land in our coastal bays. Several programs stemming from that basic responsibility have made the coastal region Texas' second-most popular tourist attraction, generating $7 billion a year.  The General Land Office website is a wonderful resource for all your coastal questions.  http://www.glo.state.tx.us/coastal
 

What is a GLO Letter?  Why does my agent call the property I am looking at a GLO home?  Can they really make me move my house? Click the dune to find out the answers to these questions. 
 

There are two addendums you will be asked to sign when buying or selling a home, click on the beach house to view the Addendum for Coastal Area Property. Click here to view the Addendum for Property Located Seaward of the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway
 

Do I need flood insurance?  If you have a mortgage your lender will require it.  If you are paying cash you are not required to purchase flood insurance however an informative discussion with your insurance agent is highly recommend.  Click the beach to read about special flood hazards.