In Texas, There May Actually Be Consequences

for risky behaviour.

Hundreds of people whose beachfront homes were wrecked by Hurricane Ike may be barred from rebuilding under a little-noticed Texas law. And even those whose houses were spared could end up seeing them condemned by the state.

My sympathy meter’s pegged, as regular Swillers know. Apparently, so is the guy’s who wrote the law.

“We’re talking about damn fools that have built houses on the edge of the sea for as long as man could remember and against every advice anyone has given,” A.R. “Babe” Schwartz said.

2 Responses to “In Texas, There May Actually Be Consequences”

  1. Retread says:

    Friends who live on Galveston island told me about this law years ago. There may be a requirement to inform buyers at or before settlement, too.
    You can’t fix stupid.

  2. The_Real_JeffS says:

    I would *love* to live next to the ocean. I grew up on a beach, after all. But even Puget Sound produced some big storms, and I ain’t that stupid.
    So my meter is pegged as well. Especially for people who just finished watching Ike wipe out their property…..and all they want to do is rebuild.
    Sounds like time for a new park to me.

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