GALVESTON COUNTY DUNE PROTECTION AND BEACH ACCESS PLAN

TABLE OF CONTENTS

 
I. STATEMENT OF OBJECTIVES AND AUTHORITIES...................................................................................................... 1
   
A. General Authority.............................................................................................................................

B. Objectives........................................................................................................................................

C. Jurisdictions and Authority...............................................................................................................

D. Policy...............................................................................................................................................

E. Incorporation of State Law...............................................................................................................
 


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II. DUNE PROTECTION................................................................................................................................................... 3
   


A. Adoption, Compliance, and Modification.........................................................................................

B. Areas Exempt...................................................................................................................................

C. Delegation of Authority....................................................................................................................

D. Dune Protection Line.......................................................................................................................

E. Acts Prohibited Without a Coastal Construction Permit....................................................................

F. Activities Exempt from Dune Protection Requirements....................................................................

G. Pre-application Process Threshold Determination of Need for Coastal

     Construction Permit ........................................................................................................................

H. Application Process..........................................................................................................................

I. Fees...................................................................................................................................................

J. Classification of Permit.....................................................................................................................

K. Application Contents........................................................................................................................

L. Special Standards for Eroding Areas................................................................................................

M. Master Planned Developments........................................................................................................

N. Variances from Federal Requirements.............................................................................................

 

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III. REQUIREMENTS FOR ISSUANCE OF COASTAL CONSTRUCTION PERMITS.............................................................. 12
   


A. Issuance or Denial of Permit............................................................................................................

B. Administrative Record......................................................................................................................

C. Term and Renewal of Permits......................................................................................................

D. Termination of Permits.....................................................................................................................

E. Monitoring........................................................................................................................................

F. Beach Nourishment Standards......................................................................................................

G. Dune Walkover Standards...............................................................................................................

H. General Erosion and Flood Protection Requirements......................................................................

I. Special Projects................................................................................................................................

 

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IV. DUNE RECONSTRUCTION.........................................................................................................................................

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A. Guidelines for Improving, Rebuilding, or Repairing Dunes..............................................................

B. Permit for Improving, Rebuilding, or Repairing Dunes....................................................................

C. Specific Guidelines for Improving, Rebuilding, or Repairing Dunes................................................

 


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V. MANAGEMENT OF THE PUBLIC BEACH.....................................................................................................................

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A. General Access Standards...............................................................................................................

B. Designation of Access Ways, Parking Areas, and Beaches Closed to

     Motor Vehicles.................................................................................................................................

C. Abandonments of Public Access or Parking Areas Prohibited.........................................................

D. Interfering with Access Prohibited...................................................................................................

E. Beach Closures.................................................................................................................................

F. Prohibition Against Littering.............................................................................................................

G. Prohibition on Use and Possession of Glass.....................................................................................

H. Beach Traffic Orders........................................................................................................................

I. Standards for Beach Maintenance and Other Activities....................................................................


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VI. BEACH USER FEE PLAN...........................................................................................................................................

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A. Beach User Fee Plan........................................................................................................................

B. Mass Gathering Permits...................................................................................................................

C. Use of Fee Revenue.........................................................................................................................

D. Free Beach Access and Access for Disabled Persons.......................................................................

E. Cooperation with Other Counties and Municipalities.......................................................................

 


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VII. CIVIL PENALTIES....................................................................................................................................................

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A. Assessment.......................................................................................................................................

B. Informing GLO..................................................................................................................................

C. Mitigating Circumstances.................................................................................................................

 

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VIII. CRIMINAL PENALTIES............................................................................................................................................ 46
   


A. Misdemeanor...................................................................................................................................

B. Punishment......................................................................................................................................

 

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IX. GENERAL PROVISIONS............................................................................................................................................ 46
   


A. Construction.....................................................................................................................................

B. Boundary Determinations.................................................................................................................

C. Beaches Presumed to be Public......................................................................................................

D. General Prohibition..........................................................................................................................

E. Appeals............................................................................................................................................

F. County Authority Retained................................................................................................................

G. Severability/Validity.........................................................................................................................

H. Headings..........................................................................................................................................

I. Receipt by Land Office......................................................................................................................

 

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X. SIGNS INDICATING REGULATIONS............................................................................................................................ 48
   


A. Authorization to County Engineer and Road and Bridge..................................................................

B. Uniform Bilingual Beach Access Sign..............................................................................................

C. Placement........................................................................................................................................

D. Request for Placement.....................................................................................................................

 


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XI. ENFORCEMENT......................................................................................................................................................... 48
   


A. Generally.........................................................................................................................................

B. Authority of Peace Officer................................................................................................................

 


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XII. REPEAL OF CONFLICTING ORDERS........................................................................................................................

 

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XIII. DEFINITIONS..........................................................................................................................................................

 

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XIV. APPENDICE.......................................................................................................................................................... 57
   


Appendix 1 Metes and bounds descriptions supporting description of dune protection line on Bolivar Peninsula

Appendix 2 Example of recommended walkover design and excerpts from Dune Protection and Improvement Manual

Appendix 3 Agreement Between Coastal Coordination Council and Galveston County Dated March 15, 2001

Appendix 4 Map showing location of sandsocks/geotubes® constructed prior to adoption of this Order

Appendix 5 Map of beach access points on Bolivar Peninsula

Appendix 6 Map of beach access points on Galveston Island

Appendix 7 Map identifying fee and non-fee areas on Galveston Island

Appendix 8 Map identifying fee and non-fee areas on Bolivar Peninsula

 

 

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