INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -
The Indiana Supreme Court has denied a rehearing in its landmark ruling that
Lake Michiganís shoreline is open to all and property owners canít exercise
exclusive control of the beach between their homes and the water.
Indiana) Times reports the court Wednesday denied the request submitted by
Don and Bobbie Gunderson of Long Beach.
decision sets the ordinary high water mark as the boundary between
state-owned land under Lake Michigan and the interests of property owners.
It also ruled that walking on the beach is a protected public use.
claimed the deed to their LaPorte County property showed it extending to the
waterís edge, regardless of where it was at any given time.
The ruling still
could be appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court.