Archive for the ‘erosion’ Category

Back in February, I wrote an entry about how the beaches in Beachtown grow on average more than 3 feet per year.  This is unique as most other beaches across Galveston are experiencing beach erosion between 3′ to 9′ per year.  It is one of the primary reasons why we decided to build the Beachtown Dream Home on the East side of the island in Beachtown.

Last week after one of the framing inspections, I took some time to  relax and walk along the coast with my border collie Skylar.  I was shocked to see how much the beaches have expanded and the dunes have grown just over the past week.  The following pictures highlight this amazing growth and how nature is quickly rebuilding the dunes in front of the Beachtown development. 

In fact, they are growing so much, I am now starting to wonder if the Beachtown folks made a mistake by shortening the dune walkovers when they rebuilt them after the storm! 

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Amazingly enough...this picture of the Coastal Living Idea House 2008 was taken just a couple of weeks after the eye of IKE crossed over Beachtown Galveston. Like all homes in this community, this home, built to meet the Fortified(R) building requirements, withstood IKE's toughest punch.


There are many things in life we can control.  The landfall location of a major Hurricane isn’t one of them. The best defense one can take is to take preventive measures from the ground up.          

Developed by the Institute for Business and Home Safety (IBHS), the Fortified® program is a national, inspection-based initiative designed to increase homes’ resistance to natural hazards such as wind, fire and floods. Beachtown is the first entire community on Galveston Island affiliated with the Fortified® program.           

Fortified is the gold standard in disaster resistant construction.  Case in point, insurance companies in Florida and South Carolina already recognize the value and merit of this program and  give discounts on their homeowner premiums for building these stronger homes. Beachtown is partnering with IBHS to lobby Texas Insurance companies to start recognizing this program and to offer discounts as well for homes that meet the Fortified ® requirements.          

The Fortified program raises the home’s overall safety above the minimum requirements in state/local building codes. This is done by paying extra attention to areas especially vulnerable to disasters, including door and window openings, roof construction and attachment, foundation and even landscaping.          

Like all homes in Beachtown Galveston, this Beachtown Dream Home will not just meet, but in many cases exceed the Fortified program requirements.          

Here’s How:          

  • The first living floor is raised more than two feet above the base flood requirements and break-away walls on the ground floor. That means discounts by FEMA on Flood Insurance.
  • The entire structure is strengthened by taking measures that include exceeding IBHS’s wind speed requirements using concrete foundation and columns, steel window and door portals, and installing the strongest windows and doors available.
  • This home has been inspected by an IBHS appointed structural engineer (David Franklin) throughout the various phases of construction to make sure the Fortified requirements are met and the home construction adheres to the engineer’s plan.

The Fortified program ensures a much greater chance of your home’s survival in the event of a Hurricane and provides you with peace of mind.            

Read more about how homes certified under the Fortified ® program in Beachtown and on the Bolivar Peninsula withstood IKE’s strongest Punch.          

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Beach erosion is a consistent and concerning problem for most of the Gulf Coast, including Galveston Island.   Just do a “google” search and you will quickly come across studies and articles documenting erosion rates across most of the island of between 3 and 10 feet per year.          

the beach in front of Beachtown Galveston is growing...not eroding.


In 2008, IKE made this situation even worse.  The beaches in front of the seawall were simply washed away.  See before and after photos on the USGS website.           

In early 2009, the Texas General Land Office decided to reclaim some of the sand that was lost.  Over 4,000 cubic yards were mined offshore and moved onshore.  Nearly two miles of beach in front of the seawall were restored. It was truly an impressive effort.          

Of course, if you are a frequent visitor to the island and the beaches, you are probably asking yourself “what happened to all that sand?”          

Much of that reclaimed sand has disappeared yet again.          

Well…I’ve got a hunch that it ended up back on the east end of the island, as the beaches in front of the Beachtown community are now exceeding their pre-IKE widths.  Not to mention that the beautiful Beachtown dunes are also largely restored.          

Simply put, rather than erosion, the beaches on the east end of the island and specifically in front of Beachtown, Galveston continue to grow.   This was one of the key selling points when we were considering  Beachtown vs. Beachside and Point West.   See the excellent Beach Growth Chart on Beachtown Galveston website.          

Sand washed away under the foundation

The beaches in front of other Galveston coastal communities are eroding. IKE didn't help. The high waters from IKE washed out the sand from under the foundation of this home on the west side of the island. The foundation remains are piled to the right of the home.


The geotubes on the west side beaches were no match for IKE.  They were simply torn apart leaving the homes exposed.  As the picture above and this YouTube video highlight, beachfront homes in Beachside actually had the sand completely washed away from under their foundations.  Not good!          

The growing beaches on the east end of the island is just one reason why Beachtown is clearly the best place to build / live on the island.          

Stay tuned for more reasons in future postings.          

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