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Shoreline law?

Mark Brooky • Jul 21, 2015 at 12:53 PM

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That's long been a hot button between beach-goers and lakefront property owners. But the Michigan Supreme Court decided on the matter in 2005.

"There is a Supreme Court case, Glass v. Goeckel, that affirmed the right of the public to walk between the water’s edge and the ordinary high-water mark along the shoreline of the Great Lakes," noted Jeff Cobb of the Lansing office of state Sen. Arlan Meekhof, R-West Olive.

The Mackinac Center for Public Policy summed up the decision as such: "The Michigan Supreme Court has ruled that the public can walk recreationally across privately owned beachfront property as long as people remain below the 'high-water mark.' Unfortunately, the 'high-water' mark is problematically vague when applied to lakefront property, and walking is not an activity protected under the 'public-trust' doctrine the court invoked. The resulting loss of property rights and increase in property disputes will affect us all."

If you would like to read the case brief in detail, CLICK HERE.

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