Date of Award


Degree Type

Major Paper

Degree Name

Master of Arts in Marine Affairs


Elements of the public of Connecticut are engaged in direct conflict against private and municipal property rights over the issue of increased public access to beaches of the state. In Connecticut, as well as the nation, definite solutions to the problem are slow to materialize. The public's right to the whole beach is being clarified by only a few states, while public access under common law remains a clouded issue nationwide. The research study I am proposing would examine in detail the legal issues involved, the state and federal legislative actions, geographical considerations, etc. I feel that the resulting collation of the issues and alternative solutions will assist the state planners and decision makers of Connecticut in resolving the problem of public access to the beaches of Connecticut.