Despite competing arguments from private property owners, local residents, and environmental groups, the Supreme Court effectively determined that citizens’ beach access rights extend beyond the water to an administratively established boundary on the shore, regardless of beach ownership.
Harbor Beach native Frank Murphy was a political heavyweight in the 1930s-1940’s. Frank Murphy was born in Harbor Beach Michigan in 1890. He was the 39th governor of Michigan and was on the United States Supreme Court. He was the voice of anti racist dissent against Japanese American Internment during WWII.