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Edwards v. Blackman

Supreme Judicial Court of Maine

December 31, 2015

DARLENE F. EDWARDS et al.
v.
CYNTHIA S. BLACKMAN et al

Argued April 9, 2015.

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On the briefs: David A. Soley, Esq., and Glenn Israel, Esq., Bernstein Shur, Portland, for appellants Darlene F. Edwards and Lewis M. Edwards III.

William H. Dale, Esq., and Mark A. Bower, Esq., Jensen Baird Gardner & Henry, Portland, for appellee Town of Owls Head.

Judy A.S. Metcalf, Esq., and Ryan P. Dumais, Esq., Eaton Peabody, Brunswick, for appellees Cynthia S. Blackman, Nathalie M. Scott, Willis A. Scott Jr., Eliot A. Scott, and Constance M. Scott.

At oral argument: David A. Soley, Esq., for appellants Darlene F. Edwards and Lewis M. Edwards III.

William H. Dale, Esq., for appellee Town of Owls Head.

Judy A.S. Metcalf, Esq., for appellees Cynthia S. Blackman, Nathalie M. Scott, Willis A. Scott Jr., Eliot A. Scott, and Constance M. Scott.

Panel: SAUFLEY, C.J., and ALEXANDER, MEAD, GORMAN, and JABAR, JJ.

OPINION

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JABAR, J.

[ΒΆ1] Darlene F. Edwards and Lewis M. Edwards III appeal from a judgment entered in the Superior Court (Knox County, Hjelm, J. ) concluding, inter alia, that (1) a 1986 dedication and its acceptance by the Town of Owls Head created a public easement over the way and cul-de-sac located on the Edwardses' property; and (2) a 1924 conveyance created an easement over the beach located on the Edwardses' property, benefiting the property currently owned by Cynthia S. Blackman; her brother, Eliot A. Scott; and their parents, Nathalie M. Scott and Willis A. Scott Jr. (collectively, the Scotts). The Edwardses argue that the court erred in finding that their predecessor intended to create a public easement over the way and cul-de-sac, and in concluding that the dedication petition sufficiently ...


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