Michigan Appeals Court:Back Lot Owners Don’t Have Riparian Rights To Beach

Mealey's (June 17, 2015, 1:16 PM EDT) -- GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — A Michigan appeals panel on Feb. 17 said a trial court did not err when he gave riparian rights to beachfront lot owners but not to back lot owners in the same subdivision (Sims Township v. Arenac County Drain Commissioner, et al., No. 318041, Sims Township v. Arenac County Drain Commissioner, et al., No. 318096, Mich. App., 3rd Dist.; 2015 Mich. App. LEXIS 274).

(Opinion available. Document #95-150312-014Z.)

In 2001, Sims Township sued all property owners within a lakefront subdivision to settle...
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