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Feb 21, 11:28 AM EST

Supreme Ct. decides not to take up Michigan beach walking case


TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) -- The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday refused to consider whether people have a right to stroll along private property aligning Great Lakes beaches in Michigan

Justices left undisturbed a state Supreme Court ruling last year that found beach walking is a right.

In its 5-2 ruling, Michigan's highest court said the area between the water and the ordinary high water mark on shore is accessible to all under the common-law doctrine of natural resources as a public trust.

The two dissenting justices also recognized a right to walk along private shoreline property, but only on the narrow band of wet sand immediately beside the water.

 

 

 

 

 

 

About 70 percent of Michigan's 3,200 miles of Great Lakes shoreline property is privately owned.

 

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