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Town loses land suit appeal

Written by  Jacqueline Weaver Wednesday, April 03, 2013 at 2:36 pm

STEUBEN — The state Supreme Court has ruled against the town of Steuben in a lawsuit over who has the right to use the Town Landing.

Bayberry Cove Childrens’ Land Trust and Paul and Pauline West maintain they own the landing and beach.

The town argued in Superior Court and before the high court that the public gained permanent access to the landing after years of constant use.

Both courts, however, ruled that the town failed to establish the public had used the road continuously for 20 years and that the town maintained Town Landing Road regularly.

The short narrow road in question connects Rogers Point Road and Wharf Road, where the Bayberry Cove Childrens’ Land Trust has a second and similar issue pending.

The town and Bayberry Cove Childrens’ Land Trust have reached a trial settlement allowing some public use of Wharf Road for two years.

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Jacqueline Weaver

Jacqueline Weaver

Jacqueline Weaver covers the eastern Hancock County towns of Lamoine through Gouldsboro as well as Steuben in Washington County. A New Hampshire native, she has vacationed in Maine for 25 years and has been with The American for three.

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