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Maine’s top court allows new round of arguments on beach access

Kevin McKay


In a rare decision, the Maine Supreme Judicial Court has agreed to hear oral arguments next month from attorneys who will ask the court to reconsider its ruling that the public does not have the right to use Goose Rocks Beach in Kennebunkport.

On Feb. 4, the state’s highest court vacated a lower court’s finding that the Goose Rocks Beach neighborhood, the town and the public have the right to use the beach between the low-water mark and beachfront property owners’ sea walls and lawns. The Supreme Judicial Court ruled that private property owners control use of the beach all the way to the low-water mark.The ruling has raised questions in southern Maine’s beach communities about how to protect public access to sand beaches that the court says are privately owned.

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