SOUTH KINGSTOWN, R.I. — Watch your step on Rhode Island’s personal seashores. There’s a superb line — if you will discover it — the place to face within the sand at a non-public seashore.
Amongst many shoreline communities, nonetheless, this line has totally different meanings. To imply or to not imply – and it’s really referred to as the imply common excessive tide line — describes higher the various sides of this controversy.
It covers not simply common excessive tide marks and whether or not they’re actually meaningless when underwater, as usually they’re, however extra importantly about modifications to a once-rural shoreline space now dotted with million-dollar properties and expectations of privateness to match.
“God bless should you can go to the top level to the place the common imply excessive tide line is over 18.6 years,” exclaimed State Rep. Blake Filippi, who represents Block Island, Charlestown and components of South Kingstown and Westerly.
And one Connecticut resident, who can be a lawyer, drew a line within the sand at her South Kingstown property, neighbors stated, by posting a safety guard beginning Memorial Day to maintain her personal beachfront freed from squatters.
To some this mark tells them when anybody on a non-public seashore can stand, swim, park seashore chairs or put up an umbrella. To beachfront property homeowners it’s actually about an inflow of individuals crossing a line in sand and utilizing seashores which might be a part of personal property of pricy properties.
“It isn’t all theirs, that’s simply not true,” stated Filippi about having a non-public seashore with no public entry or use. “The state structure says folks have a proper to be on these seashore areas regardless of the property deeds.”
Established Rhode Island regulation requires a…