Shoreline Encroachment Bills Limit Easement Terms to Encourage Retreat

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On January 24, with aid from staff with the Department of Land and Natural Resources, several legislators introduced a pair of bills regarding shoreline encroachment easements — House Bill 2653 and Senate Bill 3093 — as an alternative to bills endorsed for years by the department. Those earlier bills repeatedly failed largely because they appeared to encourage the construction or maintenance of structures too close to the shoreline in the face of impending sea level rise.

On January 12, members of the state Board of Land and Natural Resources agreed to send a letter to the Legislature urging it to hear bills . . .

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