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Ohio's beach war drags on

Tom Jackson • Mar 23, 2010 at 6:28 PM

Thursday night's annual meeting of the Ohio Lakefront Group provides a snapshot of what's going on in the legal war between the group (which says beaches in the members' backyards are private property and the Ohio Environmental Council (which contends the beaches are private property that should be open to everyone).

Tony Yankel, president of the Ohio Lakefront Group, told members gathered at a Holiday Inn in Westlake that the group won a court ruling in Lake County that's been appealed by the other wide to Ohio's Court of Appeals.

Yankel said his group believes the law is on its side, but that it needs more members, more money and less apathy to keep battling environmentalists, who hope to wear the Ohio Lakefront Group down in endless legal battles.

The group also has noticed that Ohio's news media generally sides with environmentalists, Yankel said.

"We need to do some serious public relations work," he said.

The Ohio Lakefront Group was founded in 1999 and claims about 6,000 members.

The group's new board, elected at Tuesday's meeting, includes Mike Prout of Sandusky, Jim Resar of Huron and Nancy Plymale of Marblehead.

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