GALVESTON, Texas A rematch has been ordered in one of the courtroom fights pitting a California real estate broker who owns Galveston beach-front property against state officials defending the Texas Open Beaches Act.

The Texas Supreme Court on Friday granted the motion for a rehearing of arguments on the Texas Open Beaches Act case, Severance v. Patterson. The case has been set for oral argument at 9 a.m. April 19.

This is nothing less than a second chance for the Texas Open Beaches Act, Texas Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson said in a news release Friday.

Public access to the beach is a Texas tradition that predates the Republic. Today s decision by the court to take another look at its decision in this case is great news.

Patterson will be represented by the Texas Attorney General s Office, whose attorneys will likely rehash arguments presented in their request for the rehearing.

They were joined in that request by Harris County and numerous governmental and citizen organizations, including the Surfrider Foundation.

This is an important step in our effort to persuade the court to change its original holding, Harris County Attorney Vince Ryan said in a news release.

That ruling, if left unchallenged, would destroy the rights of Texans and future generations of Texans to enjoy open access to Texas beaches along the Gulf of Mexico.

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