R.I. beachfront property proprietor arrested after shoreline entry dispute


Police say the alleged sufferer was legally allowed on that a part of the seashore attributable to a brand new legislation.

North Kingston resident Andrew McClatchy allegedly broke Christopher Brady’s seashore umbrella Sunday afternoon after they argued over whether or not Brady was allowed to be on part of a seashore close to McClatchy’s property. Christopher Brady

A brand new Rhode Island legislation that enables public shoreline entry no matter property possession has already led to various disputes. However this time, a beachfront property proprietor was arrested.

North Kingstown police charged resident Andrew McClatchy, 61, with vandalism and disorderly conduct Sunday after he allegedly heckled and broken the property of a person who was utilizing a seashore close to his property.

McClatchy reportedly believed the alleged sufferer, 63-year-old North Kingston resident Christopher Brady, was on his property and tried to get him to depart.

However police say Brady was inside 10 ft of the excessive tide line, and beneath the state’s new legislation, the general public is entitled to make use of that house as a public seashore.

The incident

The incident occurred a bit of earlier than 3:30 p.m. close to McClatchy’s property on Chilly Spring Lane, in response to the police report in regards to the incident. His property borders the city seashore.

Brady was visiting the seashore along with his spouse and 10-year-old daughter when McClatchy, his spouse, and his grownup daughter came visiting to confront them, the report mentioned.

The report describes McClatchy taking a video of Brady along with his telephone whereas allegedly “verbally antagonizing” him, asking him for figuring out info, and asking him to maneuver. Brady reportedly refused and instructed McClatchy to “name the cops” earlier than arguing with him about shoreline entry rights.

McClatchy’s spouse tried to diffuse the scenario by standing between the 2 males, however McClatchy allegedly started attempting to goad Brady right into a bodily battle and swore at him, the report mentioned. Ultimately, McClatchy received previous his spouse and allegedly broke Brady’s seashore umbrella earlier than strolling away from the scenario.

Police interviewed Brady and a number of witnesses and reviewed video and images of the scene, the report mentioned. They in the end decided that he and his household had been inside the 10-foot shore entry zone.

Police additionally spoke to McClatchy, who referred to as Brady a “Marxist antagonizer,” the report mentioned. Nonetheless, McClatchy reportedly admitted that he “received uncontrolled” and broke the umbrella as a result of he was upset about folks utilizing the seashore close to his property.

Police arrested McClatchy with out incident, the report mentioned. He was rapidly arraigned and launched on $1,000 private recognizance bail. He’s due again in courtroom on Sept. 1.

Controversy surrounding the brand new legislation

The Sunday incident is way from the primary to happen for the reason that controversial shoreline entry invoice was signed into legislation in late June.

Beachfront property house owners have tried to bodily block off their property, whereas others have merely tried to dissuade folks from coming onto their property with aggressive signage.

In a July incident that went viral on TikTok, a person was charged with trespassing after he repeatedly went onto a Middletown man’s property whereas attempting to get to the seashore.

Quickly after the legislation’s passage, a gaggle of Rhode Island shoreline property house owners filed a lawsuit towards state officers over the brand new legislation. They argue that the brand new legislation successfully allowed the state to say possession of their property with out compensation.

However shoreline entry versus non-public property rights is a long-standing battle in Rhode Island. Way back to 1982, the state’s highest courtroom affirmed a proper within the state structure for the general public to make use of the entire state’s shore, although not as far up as the brand new legislation permits.

McClatchy’s historical past with shoreline entry disputes

A public Fb publish on a Rhode Island shoreline entry advocates group signifies that McClatchy isn’t new to this battle both.

In October 2022, a gaggle member claimed that McClatchy joined the group and lashed out at group members earlier than rapidly leaving the group.

“I used to be unnerved and even frightened by Andrew’s phrases, since I perceive he has been retaliatory towards others prior to now who’ve broached this explicit material,” the member wrote.

The Fb group might have been the place McClatchy received the concept that Brady was a Marxist. McClatchy talked about a Fb group to police, the report mentioned, and the group’s cowl photograph reveals Karl Marx lounging on the seashore.

However Brady instructed The Boston Globe he wasn’t attempting to make an announcement on Sunday.

“I’m a dad, and I’ve a time without work, my someday off per week. I don’t have time to protest,” he instructed the newspaper. “I like my household, I’m attempting to spend time with my household.”

The Globe reported that Brady likened McClatchy’s actions to street rage, calling it “seashore rage.”

You’ll be able to learn the police report on the incident right here:

Police Report on 8/20/23 North Kingston Seaside Incident by Susannah Sudborough on Scribd