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Apr 17, 2014 6:20 PM by Andrew Ellison - aellison@kristv.com

Beach Land Up for Grabs May Land in Kleberg County

CORPUS CHRISTI - A large stretch of beach thought to be going to Nueces County may actually become property of Kleberg County.

Over the past several months, the Texas General Land Office has considered selling nearly 4,000 acres near Bob Hall Pier to several different parties including Nueces County.

The State's first plan was to sell it to the Nature Conservancy, who was going to turn it over to the National Seashore.

Now, the Ed Rachel Foundation has stepped in, and was offering to put up the cash for the sale, and give it to Nueces County.

But this week, Kleberg County has announced the foundation will purchase the land and give it to them.

While it's unclear exactly who's going to end up with this beach, all three parties, Kleberg County, Nueces County, and the Ed Rachel Foundation all agree on one thing, they want the beach to be free and open to the public.

If the National Seashore had gotten it, they would have charged people to use it.

Nueces County Commissioner Joe McComb says if Kleberg County wants the beach, that's fine. After all, it is physically in Kleberg County.

But McComb did say he thinks Nueces County is better suited to maintain the beach, since their law enforcement is closer, and their equipment needed to clean the beach is right there near Bob Hall Pier.

He added that even if Kleberg County had the resources to maintain it, you still have to cross the intercoastal canal to get there from the main parts of Kleberg County.

"That's a big expense if you're trying to move equipment back forth from Kleberg County on any kind of regular basis. I mean it's a big expense in man hours, and it's a big expense in equipment costs," McComb says.

Kleberg County Commissioner Romeo Lomas says their county can provide the law enforcement needed to police the beach.

He added that they will try to get money from the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department to fund beach maintenance.

Nueces County says they're willing to do the beach maintenance for Kleberg if Kleberg pays them for that service.

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