Some fans of fishing at the popular Rollover Pass cut in Texas have protested plans to fill the gap and build a park and pier.
The Galveston County Daily News reports a judge last week affirmed the authority of Galveston County commissioners, who in 2016 voted to use eminent domain to acquire the property.
No timetable was set to fill the 200-foot-wide channel connecting Galveston Bay to the Gulf of Mexico.
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The Bolivar Peninsula travel and fishing destination is owned by the Gulf Coast Rod, Reel and Gun Club. About two dozen pass supporters demonstrated Monday.
The pass was created through a public-private partnership and dredged by Texas in 1954. The Texas General Land Office has pushed for closure amid concerns about erosion and silt reaching nearby shipping lanes.