June 16, 2019
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Maine’s top court wades into Kennebunkport beach dispute

Jennifer Feals | York County Coast Star
Jennifer Feals | York County Coast Star
Goose Rocks Beach.

The Maine Supreme Judicial Court is wading into a long-running beach dispute in Kennebunkport.

The court will hear an appeal this week by several property owners who disputed a ruling that the town established ownership from the sea wall to the low water mark at Goose Rocks Beach.

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A judge ruled more than a year ago in the case, finding the town owns the beach to the low water mark in front of 22 out of 23 beachfront parcels whose owners sued in 2009.

Kennebunkport called it a victory for those who believe the beach should be open for all to enjoy.

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There are 65 other beachfront parcels whose owners signed an agreement with the town. The agreement established an ordinance and advisory committee to ensure responsible management of the beach.


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