Business Stands With Shoreline Owners
Before Michigan Supreme Court On Question of Beach Ownership
Save Our Shoreline, the Michigan Chamber of Commerce,
and the National Federation of Independent Business last
week filed amicus briefs with the Michigan Supreme Court
in the case of Glass v Goeckel, a case involving the issue
of ownership of Michigan's Great Lakes beaches.
The briefs explain that shoreline owners, and not the
state, own Michigan's dry beaches above the water's edge.
The organizations were joined on the briefs by the Michigan
Bankers Association, the Michigan Hotel, Motel & Resort
Association, and the International Great Lakes Coalition,
an association of shoreline owners around the Great Lakes.
"Stable and predictable property ownership laws are
imperative to business, and we want to be sure the Court
keeps this point in mind as it considers this important
case," said James Barrett, President and CEO of the Michigan
Chamber of Commerce. Elizabeth Gaudio, of the National
Federation of Independent Business, headquartered in Washington,
D.C., concurred: "If business believes that government
will not hold private property rights sacred, it will
go somewhere else. As one of our nation's leading industrial
states, we know Michigan wants to protect this important
Ernie Krygier, President of Save Our Shoreline, hailed
the participation of the business community in the shoreline
issue, and further stated: "Since 1843, our state's courts
have told us that Michigan's beaches were privately owned.
We've relied on those statements in developing the shores
with our homes, our hotels, and our businesses. Now that
people have invested what in many cases is their life
savings in this property, some want to take beach ownership
from them. That just wouldn't be fair."
The Plaintiff in the Glass v Goeckel case asked the Michigan
Supreme Court to review a Court of Appeals ruling that
shoreline property owners may control trespass on the
beach to the water's edge. The Court does not have to
review the case, and it could choose to let the ruling
stand. But the Amicus briefs ask the Court to consider
the case, at least to correct conflicting statements in
the Court of Appeals decision about ownership.
Founded in 2001, Save Our Shoreline is a nonprofit membership
basis corporation of over 2,000 households committed to
the preservation of beaches and waterfront areas, and
to the protection of rights to maintain beaches and waterfront
areas. Those interested in Save Our Shoreline can find
more information at http://www.saveourshoreline.org or
by calling (989) 667-2910.