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Public has right to walk along beaches

Updated: May 31, 2006, 7:25 PM ET
By John Flesher | Associated Press — Aug. 3, 2005

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. — People can stroll along Michigan's 3,200 miles of Great Lakes beaches whether owners of adjacent private property like it or not, the state Supreme Court ruled recently.

In a case that put the legality of a cherished tradition to the test, the court unanimously sided with Joan M. Glass, an Alcona County woman who sued a neighbor over access to the Lake Huron waterfront.

But the justices sharply disagreed over the boundary of the area open for public walking ...

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