Legal Definition and Related Resources of Beach

Meaning of Beach

In a legal context, a beach is the area of land lying between the ordinary high water mark and the low water mark over which the tide ebbs and flows. Hewitt v Perry, 34 N.E.2d 489, 309 Mass. 100; Waldman v Town of Banington, 227 A.2d 592. In common language beach designates that portion of shore consisting generally of sand and pebbles, resulting usually from the action of water, as distinct from the upland, to which it often extends above normal high water mark. See Borden v Town of Westport, 151 A. 512, 112 Conn. 152.

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What does Beach mean in American Law?

The definition of Beach in the law of the United States, as defined by the lexicographer Arthur Leff in his legal dictionary is:

This may once have referred to that portion of seashore between the lowest and most high tides. It has by now lost whatever preciseness it may once have had, and refers to any reasonably flat and usable land alongside an ocean or lake, though especially if it is sandy or pebbly. “To beach” refers to the process of driving a ship ashore, especially when it is done intentionally so as to prevent sinking, or burning up afloat.






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