The state will honor the valid deeds of lakeshore property owners, Gov. Ted Strickland said Friday.
"I'm trying to find a common-sense solution that will satisfy property owners while at the same time trying to assure that the state is able to protect the shoreline," Strickland said Friday afternoon.
But the governor's announcement doesn't entirely settle the dispute between property owners and the Ohio Department of Natural Resources.
"It's a little murky," Jack Shaner, spokesman for the Ohio Environmental Council, said of the announcement.
Property owners who wish to build on the shores of Lake Erie will no longer be required to obtain leases for the lands included in the deeds. They will still be required to obtain building permits from ODNR's Office of Coastal Management.
"I believe any building on these properties should require a permit," Strickland said.
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