As a boy growing up in Galveston, A.R. “Babe” Schwartz fell in love with the island and its beaches, even working as a lifeguard during summers while in high school.
His commitment to protecting the beaches and the people who visit each year has not wavered a bit. During his tenure in the Texas House and Senate from 1955 to 1980, Schwartz helped create the Texas Open Beaches Act, which guarantees free public access to beaches on the Gulf of Mexico.
To celebrate his many accomplishments, Galveston city officials on May 25 named the 15-block stretch of beach west of 61st Street “Babe’s Beach” in Schwartz’s honor. Schwartz, 89, was surrounded by a host of family and friends on the new beach as he accepted the honor.
Read the full story on our blog: Babe's Beach a Gift of Love to Island here.