Judicial opinions on land use typically impact a single landowner party’s use or development of a tract he owns or controls. While opinions in these cases have precedential impact for other landowners, developers, and builders, their impact is usually somewhat ameliorated. During the Survey period, the Texas Supreme Court issued an opinion directly affecting thousands, if not millions, of people who own property adjacent to or visit beaches along the Gulf Coast. The opinion strengthened private property owner rights at the expense of those claiming public beach access. This Texas Supreme Court opinion falls right on the heels of a United States Supreme Court opinion regarding beaches and private property rights involving Gulf-front land in Florida.
Arthur J. Anderson, Zoning and Land Use, 64 SMU L. Rev. 617 (2011)