Aug 22, 2009 - Law Firm News - by Dodson & Hooks, APLC
The firm was retained to represent the Elmer family against the State of Louisiana. The Elmers purchased and have possessed “Elmer’s Island”, a 3 mile private stretch of gulf front sand beach, for more than 30 years. For years the family charged a nominal fee for individuals to use the area for camping, fishing and general recreation until one of the family members drowned in an automobile accident on the road leading to the beach. Thereafter, the gates to the beach access road were locked. On July 4, 2009, without prior notice to the family, the State of Louisiana cut the locks and allowed public access to the road and private beach. The family seeks to be placed back into peaceful possession of their land. The case is pending in the 19th Judicial District Court in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.