U.S. Supreme Court Won't Hear Lake Michigan Shoreline Dispute

Feb 20, 2019

The U.S. Supreme Court will not hear a legal dispute over who should have access to Lake Michigan beaches in Indiana. Seven years ago, two Long Beach property owners filed a lawsuit arguing the public didn’t have a right to use the shoreline in front of their homes. 

The Indiana Supreme Court disagreed with the property owners in its decision on the case last year and urged the U.S. Supreme Court not to hear it. Attorney General Curtis Hill applauded the court’s decision not to Tuesday.

A bill that would give Indiana residents the right to use the Lake Michigan shoreline is also working its way through the state Senate.

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