The City That Isn't: A Texas town dissolves

A Texas town dissolves

The Gulf Coast of Texas was never a hotbed of anarchist agitation. But that was before voters in the tiny resort town of Crystal Beach (est. pop. 1,200) decided that rather than fight city hall, they ought to get rid of it. And so they did, voting 314 to 245 earlier this month to abolish the local government. Within hours after the city's only polling place closed, revelers had torn down the green-and-white Crystal Beach highway signs along Texas Route 87 and taunted lame-duck local police officers, who could no longer enforce the town's 45-m.p.h. speed limit. "Crystal Beach is history,"...

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