BEACH RULES AND REGULATIONS
City of Galveston Dune RulesSec. 8-4. Driving vehicles or horses on sand dunes
It shall be unlawful for any person to drive, operate or park any motor vehicle, motorcycle or motorbike, dune buggy or other recreational vehicle upon, over or across any sand dune, or to ride or walk any horse, pony or mule upon, over or across any sand dune, located within the city. (Code 1960, § 4-1.5; Ord. No. 79-48, § 1, 5-31-79) State law reference— Similar provisions, V.A.T.C. Natural Resources Code, § 63.093.
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Erosion Response Plan
The City of Galveston has prepared an Erosion Response Plan (ERP) to achieve the following broad local objectives:
- • Reduce public expenditures for erosion and storm damage losses to public and private property, including public beaches
- • Ensure the health and stability of existing dune systems and dune vegetation
- • Encourage the natural recovery of dunes and beaches following storm-induced erosion
- • Provide for the establishment of new dunes through restoration projects; and allow for the landward migration of beaches and dunes due to erosion.
The Erosion Response Plan is designed to implement dune protection, erosion response, and beach access policies and objectives in the City Comprehensive Plan and comply with requirements set forth in set forth in Title 31 Texas Administrative Code, §15.17 (31 TAC15.17). In 2009, the Texas legislature adopted the Texas Natural Resources Code §33.607, which requires local governments along the Gulf Coast to develop plans for reducing public expenditures for erosion and storm damage losses. To implement the law, the Texas General Land Office (GLO) adopted rules to guide local government’s preparation of erosion response plans. The rules are intended to ensure local governments enact regulations to reduce future storm damage and protect public access to beaches. To download a copy of the Erosion Response Plan, visit: