State part of Chaussee beach battle|Neighbors outraged over one resident's desire to have a beach

SANDUSKY Even in Sandusky's toniest neighborhood, squabbles between neighbors can get fierce. And in a neighborhood wh
Tom Jackson
May 24, 2010

 

SANDUSKY

Even in Sandusky's toniest neighborhood, squabbles between neighbors can get fierce.

And in a neighborhood where the value of one's house can depend upon access to the water, disputes over shore rights are serious.

Homeowners for three houses lining Sandusky Bay, including a Sandusky city commissioner, are accusing a neighbor of trying to mount a land grab in collaboration with state bureaucrats. The owners of the neighboring house, in turn, claim they've been robbed of their rightful access to the water.

The fight has spread beyond the neighborhood. Ohio's Office of Coastal Management says it's trying to fairly and carefully sort through the competing claims. But a group lobbing for property rights along the lake shore, the Ohio Lakefront Group, is telling its members the dispute shows that Gov. Ted Strickland is going back on his campaign promise and trying to steal property rights along the lake.

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