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Judge: Public has access to lake in Long Beach

– A judge in northern Indiana has ruled the public has the right to access the Lake Michigan shoreline in the space between the water's edge and the ordinary high watermark.

The News-Dispatch reports ( LaPorte Circuit Judge Thomas Alevizos ruled in favor of the town of Long Beach in a lawsuit filed by the Long Beach Lakefront Homeowners Association and two individual property owners. The lawsuit contended ownership rights of private lakefront properties extended to the water's edge.

Alevizos says in his ruling that according to the Indiana `public trust doctrine,' the beach area between the ordinary high watermark and the edge of the water of Lake Michigan is public land not owned by any person, entity or municipality.


Information from: The News-Dispatch,