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YORK, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- The York Board of Selectmen will wait to hear more from a city attorney before debating the purchase of privately owned beaches in the town.

In a meeting Monday night, the selectmen said they will need more guidance about a recent Maine Supreme Court ruling about public access to private beaches.

After a dispute about public access to Goose Rocks Beach in Kennebunkport, the court ruled that private landowners have the right to restrict public access to beaches.

Now, town leaders in York are considering what options they have to keep public access.

Board Chair Ron Nowell has suggested that the town consider purchasing privately owned beaches.

"If you want it to be public...you buy it," said Nowell. "What it's worth, I don't know."

He said the town does not tax landowners for the beaches, so they cannot estimate how much it would cost the town.

In public comment, some residents spoke out against the idea.

"If it's going to be for sale at the market price or for some exorbitant price, then I think it doesn't make any sense for the town to purchase it," said Ron McAllister.

"I'd rather see a cooperative partnership between the property owners and the town."

Selectmen will meet with a town attorney on March 10th to learn more about the court ruling's impact.

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