One of our RISAC members was recently arrested for standing on a short wall along the shore in front of Taylor Swift’s home in Westerly. This wall had been free standing for years, and when Ms. Taylor was given permission to rebuild her stone revetment, the wall disappeared into the reconstruction. High tide comes right up to the wall, so there is no way of passing along the shore except along the wall. I went down to check it out with the fellow who had been arrested, and these short videos give you an idea of what shore rights for RI citizens means to some property owners.
When I tried to ask the guard up in the post at the top of the wall if he knew where the Metonic high tide line was so that I could be sure where I was on the beach, he answered,”I don’t give a dam about any tide line…get off!”
Here are two short videos of the encounter: