State looking for public beach access

ACCESS DENIED? Owners of seven lots along the Misquamicut beachfront are fighting state attempts to gain public access to property in front of their homes. / PBN PHOTO/DAVID LEVESQUE
ACCESS DENIED: Owners of seven lots along the Misquamicut beachfront have prevailed before the R.I. Supreme Court with their argument that they are allowed to restrict access to a stretch of beach in front of their homes in the Westerly neighborhood. / PBN FILE PHOTO/DAVID LEVESQUE
Before their properties faced the rising floodwaters of Hurricane Sandy, homeowners on Misquamicut Beach in Westerly were bracing for a legal siege from the state of Rhode Island. Challenging their longstanding private ownership of the beach, Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin sued seven Misquamicut owners in a bid to claim the 2.5-mile stretch of sand…
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