Footprints In The Sand: Massachusetts Beach Access Law
I read a BLOG today at The Massachusetts Real Estate Law Blog. An accurate and sometimes humorous explanation on MA beach use and laws.
Limited Public Beach Access Between Low and High Tide Area for “Fishing, Fowling and Navigation”
The Colonial Ordinance reserved three specific and important rights of public use within the private tidelands for “fishing, fowling and navigation.” Those permissible uses have been broadly interpreted by Massachusetts courts to include: (1) the right to fish or to collect shellfish on foot or from a vessel; (2) the right to navigate, including the right to float on a raft, windsurf, or sail; and (3) the right to hunt birds for sport or sustenance, on a boat or on foot. (Though there is no court decision on point, the Attorney General maintains that this right also covers bird-watching.)
Entire BLOG available at The Massachusetts Real Estate Law Blog
Enjoy the summer and be sure to bring your binoculars if a fishing pole not available