Use of Private Legal Actions to Protect Beaches

by C. Luther Propst, Univ of North Carolina at Chapel, Hill, Cent for Urban & Regional, Studies, Chapel Hill, NC, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Coastal Zone '85


In response to shoreline migration, private oceanfront landowners often erect shoreline erosion control structures such as groins and bulkheads. These structures may exacerbate erosion of nearby private upland property and of beaches adjacent to and down the longshore current from the structures. Traditional doctrines of water use law provide a well-established body of law whose application to ocean shoreline settings is fairly novel, but offers adversely affected landowners and beach-users a potentially favorable avenue of redress.

Subject Headings: Coastal management | Erosion | Coastal protection structures | Shoreline protection | Ocean engineering | Beach protection and nourishment | Legal affairs

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