In a contentious decision, the Sodus Point Village Board voted 3-2 to proceed with acquiring a 10-foot easement through eminent domain, ensuring public access to a bayside property strip.
The move, aimed at maintaining a shortcut from the lakeside area to downtown, has stirred debate among local property owners and board members. This legal action, taken under eminent domain, was sparked by the construction of a fence by homeowners Guy and Kathleen Berretta, according to the Finger Lakes Times.
For their part, the Berretta’s were reacting to trespassing incidents on their property.
The village’s decision has been met with opposition from the Berrettas and other community members. They cited a lack of consensus and transparency in the decision-making process. The eminent domain action could also apply to other property owners on Wickham Boulevard and has raised questions about property rights and public access.
Opponents of the action on Village Board are concerned about possible costly legal action to see eminent domain through.
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