Terri Cortvriend

New shoreline access law faces first legal challenge

BY: - July 7, 2023

The ink on Rhode Island’s newly signed shoreline access law barely dried before facing its first legal challenge. A group of coastal property owners are asking a federal court judge to stop state agencies from enforcing the public shoreline access delineation under a complaint filed in U.S. District Court for the District of Rhode Island […]

Senate panel passes shoreline access bill out of committee

BY: - June 2, 2023

After decades of disagreement over where to draw the line in the sand on public shoreline access, the chasm between opposing sides has narrowed to 4 feet. Literally. That’s the distance between the access line set under legislation approved by the Rhode Island House in April and a version voted out of the Senate Judiciary […]

Shoreline access bill clears House for a second year, without Senate companion

BY: - April 7, 2023

For the second consecutive year, the Rhode Island House of Representatives unanimously approved a bill clarifying what’s public vs. private along the shoreline.  Also for a second time, the proposal by Rep. Terri Cortvriend, a Portsmouth Democrat, has no Senate companion legislation. But advocates for public shoreline access remain optimistic that the two chambers will […]

beach and ocean at low tide.

Lawmakers debate where to draw the line for shoreline access

BY: - April 5, 2023

Disagreement over where to draw the literal line in the sand may again prove a barrier to improving shoreline access. A proposal from Rep. Terri Cortvriend, a Portsmouth Democrat, would let people roam the beach, fish or swim as long as they don’t go more than 6 feet inland from where the seaweed collects, also […]