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Landowners want to bar neighbors from shoreline

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ImageST. CLAIR SHORES -- Nancy Lonskey rides her bicycle to the end of Benjamin Street in St. Clair Shores on summer evenings to enjoy a view of Lake St. Clair from a vacant waterfront lot.

"It's all about sitting and doing nothing in our fast-paced world," Lonskey said. "It's so calming watching that fabulous sight."

Lonskey values the spot, but so do waterfront neighbors who are suing to take possession of the land residents have shared since the area was platted in 1915.

After four years and no resolution, tempers are short on Benjamin Street.

From disputes over walking on the beach to standing on lots like the one in St. Clair Shores, courts increasingly are being asked to settle battles over what's often considered a birthright: Access to 11,000 inland lakes and four Great Lakes that give Michigan the second-largest shoreline of any U.S. state.

Among the disputes now before Michigan courts:   more...

 



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The title of the article on 04/24/05, “Landowners want to bar neighbors from shoreline”, is completely deceiving to how most lake-front landowners feel about this subject. I can assure you that most do not want to “bar their neighbors” from enjoying our state’s most valuable resource. Our family has a small cottage on Lake Michigan that was purchased decades ago by our grandparents. We enjoy the beach-front and are very thankful to own and maintain it. We love to walk the shore and welcome others who pass through, as well. We don’t think twice about anyone walking through… The problem with “beach-rights” only comes to mind when people stop and build fires, camp or picnic on the property. From a legal perspective, the property owner is liable for any injury that may happen to those people. Additional problems include littler left behind, such as plastic and glass. We had a situation once where over 100 graduating teens chose our section to hold a mid-night party on the beach with a roaring bonfire and alcohol. I fear that by a small few who think it’s their “right” to camp on public property (despite our many beautiful state parks) and the other small few who want to stop people from walking the shoreline, the resolution will lead to detriment for MOST who share the land responsibly.4/25/2005 10:24:50 AM
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