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Do walkers have the right-of-way when fishermen’s lines cross the surf?

Tim Hower

Q. When walking on the beach strand, who has the right-of-way, fishermen or walkers? Usually fishermen will have their lines sufficiently high so as to allow walkers to pass underneath, but sometimes one holds his line just about neck high. 

A. Both have equal right-of-way, according to Diana Zeunen, operations and accreditation manager for the Wrightsville Beach Police Department, because both the pedestrian and fisherman have universal rights to the beach.

Eric Jelinski, director of parks and recreation at Carolina Beach, said the town has no specific ordinance referring to right-of-way for fishermen or walkers.

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Harry Parham

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