Partner Stephen G. Schulz obtained a specific-use permit for development excavation from the City of Galveston Planning Commission and City Council to dig a canal at Anchor Bay subdivision on the West End of Galveston Island. In 2007, a coalition of West End residents and environmentalists filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, claiming the agency violated federal laws by allowing the island’s last areas of vacant land to be developed. The suit focused on the permit the Corps issued to Frank Jones and Anchor Bay, Ltd., the Houston developer and development company building a new canal subdivision called Anchor Bay on 142 acres next to the Spanish Grant bayside subdivision. The developers of Anchor Bay intervened in the lawsuit in March of 2008. The Court issued its Final Judgment in March, 2009, which remanded the matter to the Corps for further proceedings and the Court’s injunction was later lifted allowing the specific-use permit to finally be applied for and issued.
The GH&A litigation team included partners, Stephen G. Schulz and Andrew J. Mytelka, and senior counsel, Steven C. Windsor, all of the Firm’s Galveston office.