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Ohio Department of Resources Settles on Damages on Lakefront Properties

By TIM RUDELL • AUG 9, 2016

Ohio’s Department of Natural Resources said the boundaries of privately owned on the Lake Erie Shore stopped at the water’s edge of the high-water mark of the lake. That was regardless of where deeds showed property lines to have been before erosion or water level changes. In 2012, the Ohio Supreme Court ruled against ODNR. But four more years have passed as another aspect of the case played out.

Tony Yankel Comment

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Tony Yankel is a leader of the Ohio Lakefront Group–that includes thousands of affected property owners. “The Supreme Court made an interpretation; but, what kind of damages have occurred? So that’s the phase we were in. And, we’ve come up with a settlement with respect to damages. There is no settlement with respect to ownership. That was already decided in 2012.”

Possible resolution
The proposed settlement involves ODNR paying a little over $6-million in damages and legal fees. Eric Heis is an agency spokesman. “The State and ODNR deny any wrong-doing or liability. But, the parties have agreed to a settlement, because it eliminates risk of adverse outcomes at trial for either party. At the same time it also provides opportunity for payment to members of the settlement class. And, the resolution, and end of the lawsuit basically.”

ODNR Spokesman Comment

Listen: ODNR pays damages but denies wrong-doing

Back to court

The settlement still must be approved in Erie County Common Pleas Court where the original suit was filed. A hearing on it is expected there in October.


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Tony Yankel on the Big Outdoors radio show – WLW AM 700 Cincinnati

Ohio Lakefront Group President Tony Yankel recently discussed the group’s ongoing legal battle over the state’s improper taking of their deeded land on the Big Outdoors radio show, WLW AM 700 Cincinnati.

During the interview, Yankel and program hosts Chip Hart and Rick Combs discuss how the Ohio Lakefront Group’s case – currently before the Ohio Supreme Court – could impact property rights along Ohio lakes, rivers and streams. The program aired on November 27, 2010.

Listen to the interview here:


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Tony Yankel and Richard Cordray on WCPN Radio

Listen to WCPN Sound of Ideas host Mike McIntyre interview OLG President Tony Yankel, Attorney General Richard Cordray, OLG Attorney James Lang, and Ohio Environmental Council Deputy Director Jack Shaner and discuss the current Ohio State and National Wildlife Federation/Ohio Environmental Council Appeal before the Supreme Court. The program was aired on Thursday September 23 from 9-10 AM at 90.3 FM.

Listen to the interview here: WCPN Sound of Ideas – Sept_23_2010

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