Does the state’s new shoreline access law infringe on the rights of coastal property owners?

A FEDERAL court on Sept. 19 dismissed a legal challenge to an updated state law expanding public access to the state’s coastline. Less than a week later, a new legal challenge was filed in Washington County Superior Court, claiming the new law conflicts with a 1982 state Supreme Court ruling. PBN FILE PHOTO/DAVID LEVESQUE
Rhode Island in June adopted an updated law permitting expanded public access to the shore. The Rhode Island Association of Coastal Taxpayers filed a legal challenge, claiming the law illegally seizes private property without adequate compensation to landowners. A federal court on Sept. 19 dismissed that lawsuit, preserving expanded public access to the state’s coastline. On…

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