Ruling opens access to private beaches
Written by Chicago Tribune   
Monday, 01 August 2005 01:55
People can stroll along Michigan's 3,200 miles of Great Lakes beaches whether lakefront property owners like it or not, the state Supreme Court ruled. The court on Friday unanimously sided with Joan Glass, who sued her neighbors over access to the Lake Huron waterfront. The neighbors said she was trespassing.

The justices disagreed over the appropriate boundary of the public area, but a five-member majority held that the public can wander anywhere between the water's edge and the ordinary high water mark.

About 70 percent of Michigan's shoreline along the three lakes is privately owned, said the Surfrider Foundation.

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