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Coastal Blog — Beach Access

Beach Driving: Part 2

August 13 2012

Beach Driving: Part 2

Beach Access Coastal Preservation Legal

Beach driving not only involves ecological considerations; it also involves beach access and freedom to enjoy coastal resources. This blog explores how beach driving has shaped the law and, in turn, how the law has responded to beach driving.

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Beach Driving: Part 1

August 03 2012

Beach Driving: Part 1

Beach Access Coastal Preservation

This is part 1 of a 3-part blog series that explores issues related to beach driving through several case studies as well as by highlighting impacts that can occur even in places that do not allow public beach driving.

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5th Circuit Denies Amicus Brief in Beach Access Case

June 29 2012

5th Circuit Denies Amicus Brief in Beach Access Case

Beach Access Legal

In a curt and unreasoned statement, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals denied the application of Harris County, Texas, to file an amicus brief in support of rehearing of the Severance v. Patterson case. This recent case denied the State of Texas interpretation of the Texas Open Beaches Act to…

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Texas Open Beaches Act Takes a Hit

May 31 2012

Texas Open Beaches Act Takes a Hit

Beach Access Legal

On March 30, 2012, the Texas Supreme Court ruled in favor of private property rights over the public beach access rights of the people of Texas. Surfrider Foundation Texas Chapters have pledged to resurge support to strengthen the state's beach access law.

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Surfing Access in Chicago

January 27 2012

Surfing Access in Chicago

Beach Access

By now much of the surfing world has heard the story about Rex Flodstrom getting arresting for surfing in Lake Michigan at Oak Beach in Chicago. The story of his arrest and the outrage that surfing is illegal that ensued, including the likes of Kelly Slater, was heavily covered in…

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Maine High Court Ruling –  Scuba Diving: 6, Exclusive Intertidal Zone: 0

August 25 2011

Maine High Court Ruling –  Scuba Diving: 6, Exclusive Intertidal Zone: 0

Beach Access Legal

Six Maine Justices Rule for an Expansive Interpretation of Public Trust Activities Today, the Maine Supreme Judicial Court ruled in favor of beach access rights with the McGarvey v. Whittredge decision regarding the public access of recreationalists like scuba divers through the intertidal zone in Maine.

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California Dreaming.  Parks of the Sea and Land…

August 10 2011

California Dreaming.  Parks of the Sea and Land…

Beach Access Ocean Ecosystems

People come to California for many reasons. One of the main attractions to our state is its natural beauty—on both land and in the water. According to a recent study, California receives nearly $52 billion dollars a year in “leisure and hospitality.” Much of that leisure and hospitality takes place…

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California’s Coastal Parks in Peril

June 21 2011

California’s Coastal Parks in Peril

Beach Access

For about three years, the state of California has delicately danced around the idea of closing state parks in order to "close the budget gap." While California is the 8th largest economy in the world, its budget demands often require brutal cutbacks. Unfortunately the ax fell on May 13 when…

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Tearing Down Walls: Beach Access Litigation Victory at Dana Point Strands Beach

June 08 2011

Tearing Down Walls: Beach Access Litigation Victory at Dana Point Strands Beach

Beach Access Legal

Surfrider Foundation vindicated public beach access rights in San Diego Superior Court, receiving a favorable ruling from Judge Joan Lewis this week. The ruling held that the "urgency ordinance" of the City of Dana Point declaring a public nuisance state to restrict beach access hours and lock gates to a…

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USACE Erects Cable to Restrict Vehicle Access on the South Jetty in Newport, OR

May 02 2011

USACE Erects Cable to Restrict Vehicle Access on the South Jetty in Newport, OR

Beach Access

USACE installs cable gate at popular beach access point in Newport Oregon.

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November 08 2010

Texas Open Beaches - The TX Supreme Court Refuses to ‘Roll with It’ in West Beach, Galveston

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September 30 2010

Struggling to reach the Sand at the Strand

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August 26 2010

Just Because It’s Old Doesn’t Make It Right

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June 21 2010

Supreme Court Holds that the Public Trust Rules—- No Takings Here

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February 09 2010

Brannan v. State of Texas: Making Texas Beach Access A Force To Be Reckoned With

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December 03 2009

The Case of the Problematic Hot Dog Stand

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November 30 2009

This Week at the Supreme Court: Beach Access

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November 06 2009

Surfrider Foundation Delivers Beach Access Blows

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