MICHIGAN CITY, Ind. (AP) - A judge in northern Indiana has ruled the public
has the right to access the Lake Michigan shoreline in the space between the
water’s edge and the ordinary high watermark.
The News-Dispatch reports LaPorte Circuit Judge Thomas Alevizos ruled in
favor of the town of Long Beach in a lawsuit filed by the Long Beach
Lakefront Homeowners Association and two individual property owners. The
lawsuit contended ownership rights of private lakefront properties extended
to the water’s edge.
Alevizos says in his ruling that according to the Indiana ‘public trust
doctrine,’ the beach area between the ordinary high watermark and the edge
of the water of Lake Michigan is public land not owned by any person, entity