Texas Wesleyan Law Review
Coastlines, like riverbanks, are dynamic. They continually move, usually imperceptibly, but in storm events they can move a great distance. This movement affects both private and public property rights. The State owns "submerged lands," wherever they happen to be at the time.' In legal documents in Texas, terms such as "along the river" and "with the meanders of the river" describe property boundaries. The difference between Gulf of Mexico and riverfront property is gulf beaches are open to the public, whereas the sand along rivers is private property. There is no Open Beaches Act for rivers. Owners of beachfront property acknowledge the fact that the shore moves at the whim of nature. It has long been established that the coastline is dynamic; therefore, only an easement that moves with the shore is workable.
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Tex. Wesleyan L. Rev.
Available at: https://doi.org/10.37419/TWLR.V18.I2.5