Pub­lic money? Open the beach

The Island Packet - - Opinion -

I read your front-page ar­ti­cle con­cern­ing Har­bor Is­land prop­erty own­ers’ suit against the state de­mand­ing re­moval of derelict houses from their beach.

I feel that the state has a re­spon­si­bil­ity in this case to clean up the beach, but if pub­lic money is used for the cleanup then the pub­lic should have ac­cess.

At this time, the pub­lic is not al­lowed ac­cess to the Har­bor Is­land beach by the gated, pri­vate devel­op­ment.

If Har­bor Is­land prop­erty own­ers want the state to use pub­lic funds to clean up their beach, then they should make the beach avail­able for use by the pub­lic.

Per­haps what re­mains of the lots could be de­clared state prop­erty and used for pub­lic beach ac­cess. – Beek­man Webb Beau­fort

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