U.S. Supreme Court won't consider Lake Michigan beach case

PORTER, Ind. (AP) — The public will keep the right to use Indiana’s Lake Michigan shoreline for recreation as the U.S. Supreme Court won’t consider arguments from nearby property owners who claimed they also owned the beach.

The court’s decision was released recently without any explanation in an order turning down dozens of cases from around the country.

The action keeps in place a 2018 Indiana Supreme Court ruling. That decision found that three property owners in the northwest Indiana town of Porter never owned a private beach because the state owns the land under its section of Lake Michigan and the adjacent shoreline up to the ordinary high-water mark.

That means the shoreline is open for walking, fishing, boating, swimming and other recreational purposes.

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