Waterfront Users
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Waterfront Users

As a user of waterfront land, what are my rights and responsibilities?

  • Your rights to use that private land are limited to fishing, fowling and navigation, a colonial ordinance that to this day allows people to use private intertidal areas for one of these three purposes.
  • In Maine, waterfront land is owned to the mean low tide by the property owner.

How can I/my group gain/secure access to private waterfront land?

How can waterfront users increase public access to the shore, either from land or sea?

How can waterfront users enhance access infrastructure such as parking, piers, moorings, docks and slips?