No one should be allowed to own the ocean or the sand beneath its waves. Yet Massachusetts law from nearly 400 years ago bars the people of the Commonwealth from accessing the ocean. Fact: Massachusetts has the most restrictive beach law in the country.
Currently, access to the ocean is only allowed below the high water mark for “fishing, fowling, and navigation.” Rep. Dylan Fernandes has filed a bill in the Massachusetts House of Representatives, H.908, to add the word “recreation” to that list. Many other states allow access all the way to the vegetation line!
We need to democratize access to the ocean. Passing this bill will help us increase access for all Massachusetts residents. No one should own the ocean.
Join us in calling on the state to allow access to the ocean at all beaches in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
The No One Should Own the Ocean petition to Massachusetts was written by Dylan Fernandes and is in the category Local Government at GoPetition.