Opinion Roundup: Keeping N.C. beaches open to the public

Posted September 6, 2016

JOHN RAILEY: Keep our beaches open (Winston-Salem Journal column) -- There I was, walking on the ocean beach in peace and harmony with Republican Gov. Pat McCrory and his Democratic challenger, Attorney General Roy Cooper. Well, we weren’t really on the beach together, but we three do share one common cause with many others: North Carolina must retain full public access to its beaches.

This sand is your sand. Keep N.C. beaches public (Charlotte Observer) -- We expect the N.C. Supreme Court will affirm the Appeals Court ruling, which noted that N.C. law has long declared that the “full width and breadth” of beaches are subject to “public trust rights.” It’s possible, however, that the Supreme Court will put its thumb on the scale for property rights. We’d feel better if the legislature stepped in and made clearer what has long been assumed: The sand you walked on this summer is everyone’s to enjoy.

Court case critical to all with sand in their shoes (Fayetteville Observer) -- If the Court of Appeals verdict is overturned, it could mark the beginning of a slippery slope for the public's right to walk anywhere on this state's ocean beaches.


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