For the fifth year in a row, bills intended to make it easier and cheaper for landowners to retain legally built shoreline structures that, through shoreline erosion, are now on public land have either been stalled or deferred.
Senate Bill 986 relating to special shoreline encroachments passed first reading, but has gone nowhere since. Its companion, House Bill 1120 was deferred on February 3. Once again, the main proponent of the bills has been the state Department of Land and Natural Resources, which has been required by statute to secure fair market rent for the easements (which require approval from . . .
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