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Public has right to walk along Great Lakes beaches, court rules


TRAVERSE CITY -- People can stroll along Michigan's 3,200 miles of Great Lakes beaches whether owners of adjacent private property like it or not, the state Supreme Court ruled Friday.

In a case that put the legality of a cherished tradition to the test, the court unanimously sided with Joan M. Glass, an Alcona County woman who sued a neighbor over access to the Lake Huron waterfront.

But the justices sharply disagreed over the boundary of the area open for public walking and the legal principles under which that access is granted.

A five-member majority held that the public can wander anywhere between the water's edge and the ordinary high water mark -- the spot on the shore where continuous water action leaves a distinctive mark.    more...


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The ordinary high water mark is not as confusing as the name might connotate. Beach walkers who remain between the water's edge and the line debris washed up on shore are likely below the ordinary high water mark. This is a fairly simply, easily applied rule of thumb that I am surprised is not mentioned in your article.8/4/2005 9:39:03 AM
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