People who own beachfront property in Texas damaged by Hurricane Ike may be barred from rebuilding by state law. The state considers anything between the average high-tide line and the average low-tide line public property. In some places, the storm may have eroded the beach so much that previously private property is now in that zone. Those people won't be compensated for their lost property. Worse still, it could be a year before the state lets property owners know if they can rebuild.