Anchor Bay: Judge Gives West Galveston Development Green Light

A federal judge has lifted an injunction against construction of a controversial West End development on Galveston Island, the U.S. Attorney's office has announced.

Judge Sim Lake lifted an injunction that had prevented the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers from issuing a permit for the 142-acre development near the Spanish Grant subdivision. Residents had sued seeking to stop the Anchor Bay project, saying it was among the last open space on the island and a more thorough study was needed.

"We believe this court opinion reaffirms that we are appropriately evaluating permit applications and assessing their cumulative effects to the West End of Galveston Island in making public interest decisions," said Fred Anthamatten of the Corps of Engineers.

The judge found the Corps had provided valid reasons for issuing the permit.

"Because letters submitted by the plaintiffs from two experts concerning coastal risks associated with the proposed development were not part of the administrative record at the time of [Army Corps of Engineer]'s decision, the court did not consider them," the U.S. Attorney's office said. "Nonetheless, in its decision today, the court noted that had it considered the letters, it would not have reached a different conclusion in deciding to lift the injunction because [the Corps] had provided a detailed explanation for its conclusion."

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