2013-08-01 / News

Court agrees with council on right-of-way

The R.I. Superior Court has affirmed the state coastal council’s designation of the High Street right-of-way, providing access to Narragansett Bay to all Rhode Islanders.

After a 15-year legal battle over the public access point, located in Jamestown at High Street and Walcott Avenue, the court issued its decision on May 31.

High Street was first considered for dedication as a rightof way by the coastal council in November 1997. Abutter Marcia Glassie appealed a September 2003 decision designating the public access point as a public right-of-way.

“The CRMC is vigilant about the enforcement of the public’s right to access the shore, and the council works tirelessly to ensure access to the Bay is preserved,” said Brian Goldman, legal counsel for the state. “Though it was a hotly contested and litigated case, this decision vindicates the CRMC’s position and authority as designee of all public rightsof way to the shore.”

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