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Lake Michigan shoreline open to all, Indiana Supreme Court rules


the Indiana Supreme Court has ruled that Lake Michigan's shoreline is open to all. It's a win for beach walkers, and a slap to the beachfront home owners who had wanted the law to grant them exclusive use of the the beach area from their homes to the water ...


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By Tanda Gmiter tgmiter@mlive.com In what's being hailed a landmark decision, the Indiana Supreme Court has ruled that Lake Michigan's shoreline is open to all. It's a win for beach walkers, and a slap to the beachfront home owners who had wanted the law to grant them exclusive use of the the beach area from their homes to the water, the Associated Press reported. This week's 4-0 ruling sets the ordinary high water mark as the dividing line between the state-owned land under the lake, and what private property owners can claim. What's the high water mark? It's the line on the shore created by the water's fluctuating levels. The Indiana case started when a couple claimed their lakefront property rights extended to the very edge of the lake, and that no one could walk on the beach near their home without permission. In Michigan, this issue was decided in 2005 in favor of beach walkersThe Michigan Supreme Court ruled that the public has a right to walk along the lakeshore, as long as they stay below the lake's high-water mark. View Comments /* */ About Us MLive Media Group Our Team Advertise Frequently Asked Questions Contact Us Jobs at MLive Subscriptions Newspaper | Digital Editions | eNewsletters The Ann Arbor News The Bay City Times The Flint Journal The Grand Rapids Press Jackson Citizen Patriot Kalamazoo Gazette Muskegon Chronicle The Saginaw News MLive Sections News Business Sports High School Sports Entertainment Living Opinion Obituaries Jobs Autos Real Estate Apartment Rentals Classifieds Local Deals Local Businesses Business Resource Center Your Regional News Pages Ann Arbor Bay City Detroit Flint Grand Rapids Jackson Kalamazoo Lansing Muskegon Saginaw Mobile Mobile apps | Tablet apps More on MLive Photos Video Weather Post a job Post a free classified ad Sell your car Sell/Rent your home Apartments and Rentals Sponsor Content Follow Us Twitter | Facebook | YouTube Advance Digital Registration on or use of this site constitutes acceptance of our User Agreement and Privacy Policy

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