From the Texas General Land Office comes word that the state has unveiled a $135.4 million plan to defend against hurricanes and fight beach erosion.

Commissioner Jerry Patterson announced the projects, described as an ambitious effort to take the fight against beach erosion coast-wide in a coordinated effort from South Padre Island to McFaddin Beach.

Orange County Judge Carl Thibodeaux said the efforts will be geared toward beach erosion of coastal counties that will not likely affect Orange County.

“Any coastal restoration in any area is good,” he said. “I’ve got no problem with that. But it’s only for coastal communities – and Orange County is not a coastal county. Basically they’re replacing the sand that has been washed away. But this is not a levee system. You can’t put a levee system right on the beach. Their main work is with the sand dunes.”

The list of projects was made possible by $25 million the 81st Legislature appropriated to the state’s Coastal Erosion Planning and Response Act. Patterson said his office will get more than 500 percent federal match with the projects. 

Patterson, standing at the end of the Galveston Seawall, presented the list, which includes:

• A $32 million project to restore the dunes along 20 miles of beaches protecting the McFaddin National Wildlife Refuge.

• An $18.3 million project to rebuild a dune system on Bolivar Peninsula, as well as a $1.2 million project to renourish beaches on the far west end of the Bolivar Peninsula.

• A $2.3 million project to stabilize the shoreline on Treasure Island.

• A $1.5 million beach renourishment of South Padre Island beaches.

• A $1.4 million estuarine habitat restoration at McAllis Point in Galveston.

• An $11.7 million project to build more than seven miles of sand dunes, from the west end of Jamaica Beach to the Stavanger Beach subdivision; A $200,000 beach renourishment at Rollover Pass; a $1 million project to take sand from Park Road 100 and put it on critically eroding beaches in South Padre Island; and an $885,000 project to rebuild previously nourished beaches on the west end of Galveston Island.