INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -
Indiana’s highest court is weighing whether landowners along the state’s
slice of Lake Michigan must allow the public access to the beach.
The Indiana Supreme
Court heard arguments Thursday in the case involving a Long Beach, Indiana,
Don and Bobbie
Gunderson’s attorney argued that the lake’s 45-mile Indiana beachfront
extends to the water’s edge and landowners have the right to limit who uses
the beaches abutting their properties.
Indiana) Times reports the state’s attorney argued that Indiana owns the
land between the ordinary high water mark and the water, effectively the
beach itself, and maintains it as a public trust for all Hoosiers to enjoy.
Four of the five
justices heard Thursday’s arguments. Justice Geoffrey Slaughter is not
participating because he has relatives who own lakefront property.