Supreme Ct. decides not to take up Michigan beach walking case
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.
left undisturbed a state Supreme Court ruling last year that found beach
walking is a right.
In its 5-2
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.
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.
70 percent of Michigan's 3,200 miles of Great Lakes shoreline property is privately owned.
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