LaPorte County Residents Battle Over Lakefront Walls, Beach Access

Jul 1, 2016

Residents in LaPorte County, Indiana, disagree on where to draw the line for private and public beach access along Lake Michigan.
Credit Nick Janzen

This election year, a wall between Mexico and the United States is causing a stir.

But in northern Indiana, a different kind of wall has been roiling waters.

Along the Lake Michigan shoreline in LaPorte County, groups of residents are battling over the consequences of building sea walls -- which keep water from encroaching on land.

Indiana Public Broadcasting’s Nick Janzen reports the fight may turn on what “private property” actually means.