An update on petition

July 1, 2018

It has been several months since the petition to the Maine Legislature was initiated.  To date, over 1,000 supporters have signed on.  It is my hope this number will continue to grow as reviews and speaking engagements grow in number and more copies of the book are sold, placed in libraries, and distributed to legislators and decision makers.  The awareness is growing that Maine’s present intertidal land law lacks common sense, is out of sync with the law in most other coastal states, and is predicated on faulty legal analysis.  Also growing is the awareness that judicial mistakes of the past can/should be corrected.  Momentum is building to re-examine the Bell cases, to expand public uses in/on Maine’s intertidal lands.  We need to accelerate this momentum.  I would ask supporters to urge others to sign the petition; to buy and read the book (get better informed); to write local elected officials and members of the Legislature urging them to take the steps (within their power) that will force a reexamination of these cases.  In short, this is a task for all us–law trained people, elected officials, and members of the public; an aroused public is critical.  Working together we can reclaim Maine’s title to its beaches/intertidal lands and/or expand public uses in/on such lands.  We owe it to ourselves and to future generations to do just that.   The critical link to register your support is  [don’t click here; you must get online and copy the link independently].

Thank you for your help.