Archive for June, 2011

Ohio Supreme Court Decision Awaited

We continue to await the decision in the State’s Appeal to the Ohio Supreme Court. Since our annual meeting there have been a number of local newspaper articles on the case. The Plain Dealer ran a story based on a reporters account who attended the annual meeting as well as interviews with OLG President Tony Yankel, 1851 Center for Constitutional Law Director Maurice Thompson, and ODNR Coastal Water management Office Chief John Watkins. The Toledo Blade, always reporting unfavorably towards OLG, reported based on an interview with a law professor. A personal viewpoint is that this professor should go back to law school.

There are some new battles regarding water, ground water. Michigan has passed a law requiring property owners to obtain a permit to use their own ground water under certain circumstances. The Ohio Legislature is considering a bill

that would set thresholds for withdrawals in the Lake Erie watershed covering about a third of Ohio that environmental groups contend could endanger lake levels. The watershed includes groundwater. Click the hot (blue) links to read the articles.

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Ohio Lakefront Group 2011 Annual Meeting

meeting2The Ohio Lakefront Group Annual Meeting was held  at the Holiday Inn Westlake on Thursday May 26th.  The business meeting was conducted by Greg Baeppler. After a call of additional nominations from the floor for the Board of Directors and there were none, a vote was cast by the secretary to accept the slate of officers as submitted by the nominating committee.  Greg announced changes in the Board; former Board member Bob Merrill has retired form the Board. Former Board  member Bob Bunsey was elected to replace Merrill. The remainder of the board is unchanged. To see the  2011 Board  of Directors, please visit our website. Rick Rennell presented the Treasurer’s report. Rick noted that expenses exceeded income for the year, however a carry over balance from the previous year covered all expenses with some surplus for the coming year. The formal business meeting was adjourned.

OLG President gave a brief presentation giving examples of how the ODNR is determining historic shoreline boundaries and how it affecting current shoreline property owners. He also showed photos of private property trespass including duck hunting and littering.

Maurice Thompson, Executive Director of the 1851 Center for Constitutional Law, returned this year to discuss our case and his Amicus Brief referring to wild animals as State property and the absurdity of claiming land where they roam, as the State is claiming land that may have once been covered by the waters of Lake Erie. Maurice stated that if we should lose in the State’s Appeal to the Ohio Supreme Court, our case would be ripe for appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court since the State would be trumping private property rights as guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution.

Ohio Senator Tim Grendell spoke of his history with OLG’s fight for private property rights and  the need for all OLG members to continue their support.  He stated that if we win, we need to clarify Ohio law on the extent of the Public Trust, which will require  time, energy, and finances. Conversely, should we lose the case, we will need to mount an appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court. Tim pledged his continued support to protecting private property rights.

After a question and answer period, the informal portion of the meeting was adjourned.

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