Peggy McGehee and Lauren Weliver make the case that beachwalking is legal if you have a destination

Maine law supports the conclusion that the public has the right to walk along Maine’s beaches to reach a destination, as opposed to “recreational” walking which is not a public right.  The right to walk to reach a destination is in line with earlier Law Court cases confirming the public’s “passage” rights on intertidal shoreland and is also in line with the Law Court’s expanded interpretation of the meaning of “navigation”, which is no longer defined as just to “pass by boat”, but is now also defined to mean “to make one’s way over or through” water, land or air.

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