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New Bill Aimed At Settling Shoreline Access Dispute

A new bill has been introduced in relation to an incident last year when a man was arrested on a Rhode Island beach for trespassing while picking up seaweed. The arrest prompted calls for clarification on shoreline access, something that is constitutionally-guaranteed for Rhode Islanders. A 1982 state Supreme Court case established the boundary as the mean high tide line, but there has been conflict about where exactly that boundary is. The new legislation from Representative Terri Cortvriend and House Minority Leader Blake Filippi says the shoreline rights can be exercised within ten feet of the most recent high tide line.

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