Littoral Rights


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Littoral Rights

Rights relating to the ownership of property that abuts an ocean, sea, or lake.

Littoral proprietors are occupants of land that borders the above-named bodies of water, whereas riparian proprietors are those who occupy land bordering streams or rivers. Littoral rights are generally concerned with the use and enjoyment of the shore.

Cross-references

Riparian Rights.

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1987), that littoral rights include vested rights "to have the property's contact with the water remain intact," and "to receive accretions and relictions," and in Belvedere Development Corporation v.
As a result, at least facially, there is no material or substantial impairment of these littoral rights under the act.
By interpreting the scope of the private littoral rights without balancing them against the beneficial requirements of the original grant in the Massachusetts Ordinance, courts in New England have created the possibility for the mass abdication of the states' obligation.
Even in Massachusetts, where the original change in the common law of public trust and littoral rights originated,(197) the question of what was granted and what was received in the Colonial Ordinance is far from resolved.