Slip Slidin' Away: Easements, Avulsion, Access and the Ever Changing Law of Beachfront Property

At the Cutting Edge 2011: Land Use Law from The Urban Lawyer

By Katharine D. David

The populations in coastal areas from California to Florida and Maine to Washington have long had a symbiotic relationship with the ocean. People are naturally drawn to the scenic vistas and recreational opportunities that only the coast provides. By extension, the economic strength of many coastal communities depends upon the sea as well. From tourism to the fishing industry, many live upon the coast not only for recreation, but for their livelihoods.

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