ME Supreme Court reconsiders Goose Rocks Beach ruling

PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Attorneys for the town of Kennebunkport and private landowners on Goose Rocks Beach were back in court today, making arguments in a case now in its fifth year of litigation.

The Maine Supreme Court is reconsidering its ruling in the Almeder v. Kennebunkport case.

In February, the Supreme Court had ruled in favor of Almeder and other private landowners in the lawsuit. It found that private landowners have the right to restrict public access to private beaches.

Town attorney Amy Tchao said it is rare for the Supreme Court to reconsider a ruling, but she is hopeful that the court will provide clarity for land disputes going forward.

"Hopefully the court will lend clarity not only on Goose Rocks Beach...but as to the rights on Maine's entire coastline," said Tchao.

Attorneys representing the private landowners said they're confident the court will reaffirm its ruling, and bring closure to their clients.

"The case has gone on way too long, and I think the court expressed that in their first decision," said Sidney Thaxter. "It's time to get it over with."

Tchao said this may not be the end of the legal battle for rights to Maine's beaches. She said they may revisit the case and look at it one parcel of land at a time.


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