YORK, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- While it is far from beach weather we've been having lately, Ronald Nowell, Chairman of the York Board of Selectmen, is anxious about future access to the town's beaches.
"It takes one private property owner to stake out his property and put up a sign and a fence, it is as simple as that," stated Nowell. "Any of those private property owners could fence off the sections of the beach, and there is not a thing we could do about it."
Nowell has been concerned about the situation for decades, but a recent ruling by the Maine Supreme Judicial Court in favor of property owner's rights to limit access to Goose Rocks Beach in Kennebunk has him looking for options to keep public access to the beaches in his community.
He says closing the beaches would not just be an inconvenience, but devastating to the local economy.