- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 19, 2016

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - Maine’s highest court is vacating a judgment about a dispute over beach access on Bailey Island in which a lower court had ruled in the public’s favor.

A Superior Court ruled in 2014 that the public had earned an easement to the beach because nearby Cedar Beach Road has been used for beach access for generations.

But the Maine Supreme Judicial Court published a ruling on Tuesday that vacates that judgment. The high court is overruling the lower court’s judgment that the public proved its case during a three-day bench trial on the matter.

The dispute began over the beach began about five years ago. The owners of the road blocked beach access after failing to convince the Harpswell town officials to pay easement rights.

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