U.S. Supreme Court lets stand decision by Indiana Supreme Court
After the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday declined to hear a case involving access to Lake Michigan’s beaches, Attorney General Curtis Hill expressed satisfaction that the ability of the general public to enjoy the natural beauty of Indiana’s shoreline remains protected.
In February of 2018, the Indiana Supreme Court ruled that the State of Indiana under existing law possessed “public trust title” to the bed of Lake Michigan up to the ordinary high water mark (OHWM). The ruling rejected challenges by former owners of beachfront land who claimed the state’s ownership extended only to the water’s edge at any given time. The plaintiffs petitioned for certiorari at the U.S. Supreme Court.