Some Texas coastal residents opposing proposed storm barrier
GALVESTON, Texas (AP) - A proposed Texas coastal barrier is drawing backlash from some Gulf Coast residents and the state's land commissioner wants more time for property owners to voice concerns.
The plan is designed to protect the Texas coast from hurricanes with a barrier system of floodwalls, floodgates and seawall improvements. But hundreds of Bolivar Peninsula residents near Galveston are against it.
The Galveston County Daily News reports that residents fear a barrier would leave thousands of homes between a wall and the Gulf of Mexico.
The newspaper reports that a public hearing Saturday grew so crowded that security stopped letting people into the building.
Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush has called for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to consider more time for public comment and another meeting for Boliver residents.
Information from: The Galveston County Daily News, http://www.galvnews.com
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