Voters Could Decide Beach Dispute

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Enough signatures have been collected to let residents vote on whether to ban vehicles on part of Padre Island.

Corpus Christi city officials yesterday verified enough signatures have been turned in -- about 69-hundred were needed -- to put the measure to voters.

The issue is expected to be on the April seventh ballot, unless the city council repeals the March ordinance that closes about 72-hundred feet of beach to vehicle traffic.

A developer -- Paul Schexnailder -- had urged the closure as plans continue for a resort in the area.

Opponents have organized as the Beach Access Coalition.

Also, the Texas General Land Office is being asked to rule on whether the vehicle ban is allowed by the state's Open Beaches Act.