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Whose Beach Is It, Anyway? *

Whose Beach Is It, Anyway? *

  • July 13, 2017

That is a question which will echo throughout Rhode Island’s coast this summer, as in years past. Disputes over beach rights and access to the shore are not confined to…

Mansions And Property Rights*

Mansions and Property Rights*

  • June 1, 2017

Our Rhode Island Supreme Court recently issued an important decision for property rights, even though property rights were never mentioned in the decision. The Court acted in a dispute between…

Stormy Weather

Stormy Weather

  • November 30, 2016

There’s a political storm brewing in Rhode Island and coastal residences and businesses could be at risk. At issue is the accuracy of new Federal Flood Maps for Rhode Island…

Getting Out Of The Flood Zone

Getting Out of the Flood Zone

  • December 16, 2015

Given it is Hurricane Season, it is appropriate to ask whether Rhode Islanders are any safer from a hurricane today than they were three years ago when Hurricane Sandy hit.…

Do You Need A Survey?

Do You Need A Survey?

  • November 5, 2015

Prospective purchasers of real estate, and many owners, sometimes ask whether they need a survey. Unfortunately, it is a question best answered either by obtaining a survey, or by later…

Taming Rhode Island Wetlands Registrations

Taming Rhode Island Wetlands Registrations

  • September 24, 2015

Rhode Island property owners, developers and builders have long been frustrated by conflicting State and municipal regulation of wetland setbacks and buffers, often causing delays, increasing the cost of building,…