Long Beach

The Indiana Supreme Court will hear arguments in a legal battle playing out in Long Beach, on the shoreline of Lake Michigan. It centers on a simple question: Who owns the beach?       

Don and Bobbie Gunderson filed a complaint in April 2014 that claimed their property extended to the water’s edge, wherever that is at any given moment.

Long Beach Residents Look To Draw Line In The Sand

Jun 28, 2016
Nick Janzen / Indiana Public Broadcasting

In this election year where a wall to the south has become so controversial, a similar battle is going on in Northern Indiana. Along the Lake Michigan shoreline in LaPorte County, groups of residents are fighting over the consequences of building seawalls. As Indiana Public Broadcasting’s Nick Janzen reports, that fight may turn on the definition of “private property.”

The Long Beach Community Alliance, or LBCA, objects to the seawalls because they can worsen erosion. That’s something Pat Sharkey sees first hand. Sharkey lives in the town of Long Beach, and is the LBCA’s lawyer. The beach Sharkey is walking along eventually narrows until there’s nothing left.