- Current real property market value on the Texas coast is $600 billion and by 2050 is expected to approach $880 billion.
- Recognize that the entire state of Texas and the nation will benefit from projects that restore, preserve, protect and manage coastal natural resource areas and coastal community assets.
- Engage in an objective course of action that considers the environmental, economic, cultural and social needs of coastal communities.
- Pursue a partnership-based approach to collaborate with coastal-related public, private and non-governmental sectors.
- Use a thorough, impartial and science-based approach to identify and assess Issues of Concern and project solutions to achieve a resilient coast.
The GLO recognizes that coastal planning is a collaborative effort that involves policy makers, technical experts and other interested parties from all levels of government, non-profit organizations, the private sector and citizens in general. To advance the implementation of the Plan, the GLO will continue to coordinate with public entities that have legislative authorities and mandates involving coastal planning, protection and restoration. These public entities include:
- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers;
- U.S. Environmental Protection Agency;
- U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service;
- The U.S. Geological Survey;
- Texas Commission on Environmental Quality;
- Texas Parks and Wildlife Department;
- Texas Water Development Board;
- Texas Department of Transportation;
- Railroad Commission of Texas;
- Texas State Soil and Water Conservation Board;
- Texas Sea Grant College Program;
- Multiple river authorities; and
- The many coastal communities within the 18 coastal counties in the Coastal Zone Management Act.
- Currently, 6.5 million people live in the 18 coastal counties, with projections that over 9 million will live within this area by 2050.
- These counties had a population density of 439 persons per square mile; four times greater than that of the state as a whole.
- Due to this development along the coast, property value can be used as a way to estimate the value of the built environment.
- Over $600 billion of real property was located in the 18 coastal counties, with an aggregated market value of $40.5 million per square mile.
- The beach nourishment and dune restoration project on South Padre Island cost $7.2 million.
It is estimated that every dollar spent on a beach nourishment and dune restoration project will generate $1.58 for the county’s economy
and $1.98 at the state level.
- The Mustang Island – North Padre Island purchase of undeveloped land project.
- Location: Mustang Island and North Padre Island
- Estimated Project Cost: $500,000 – $1,500,000