Maine high court-re-hears beach access dispute

AUGUSTA (AP) — Maine's highest court for the second time has heard arguments from lawyers in a beach access dispute that could have statewide implications.

The Supreme Judicial Court in February ruled in favor of landowners whose properties front Goose Rocks Beach in Kennebunkport. The ruling said the public does not have the right to use the beach and private property owners control its use to the low-water mark.

The decision reversed a lower court ruling and went against town tradition. The town and the state disagreed with the decision, saying it could affect public access disputes statewide.

The court made the rare decision to reconsider and heard arguments Wednesday.

A town lawyer said the property owners bought their homes knowing that the public had access.

The court did not immediately rule.

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Let's let the "landowners"

Let's let the "landowners" have their own "sandbox" without the benefits of town services. Problem solved.


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