The PJ Tatler

Ripley's Believe it or Not: Something Useful Made by Government

Former PJ Media Tatler editor Bryan Preston has settled in to his new digs, working for George P. Bush at the Texas General Land Office. He sends along his greetings to all, plus information on a new app created by the GLO that appears to be very useful.

TexasCoasts.com is a guide to 600 beaches, piers, boat ramps, camp grounds — all along the state’s Gulf Coast.

Welcome! From fishing and boat ramps to camping and BBQ – the Texas Coast provides a wealth of resources to all visitors. The GLO is proud to offer this free resource to help you explore all that our shores have to offer.

The genesis of the project comes out of Mr. Bush’s empowering his staff to come up with their own solutions:

The fact is, Commissioner Bush empowered me and everyone at the agency to pursue projects like this when he brought me into the General Land Office. He’s a former business man, I’ve been an entrepreneur, this project was one that I jumped on back in December when I saw its potential to help boost the coastal economy. We also created it in about six months with in-house talent, data and software, and it works on launch day – making it the opposite of Obamacare’s website and other similar government projects.

Bryan adds:

We built it at GLO because we’re the agency that’s charged with keeping the state’s beaches open for everyone, and because we thought it might help spur economic activity. The Texas coast generates about $7 billion per year. Maybe this app can add a little bit to that.

If you’re planning a trip to Texas this summer, no doubt this app will prove to be extremely useful.