Published On: Sun, Oct 25th, 2015

Dispute over Maine beach rights ends up in court

The original summer home of Harvard University president Charles Eliot was sold in 2007 for $5.5 million to Mitchell P. Rales, a Maryland billionaire who minted his fortune with a modern-day conglomerate, bought the property in 2007 for $5.5 million and promptly bulldozed it.

brothers Steven Rales and Mitchell Rales,   rales brothers danaher

 

…  “Mitchell P. Rales, a Maryland billionaire who minted his fortune with a modern-day conglomerate, bought the property in 2007 and promptly bulldozed it.

Now Rales has set the island on edge again with a public demand that Eliot descendants stay off his wharf and beach.

Rales contends in a lawsuit that easements Eliot and his descendants created when they sold parcels of the original estate do not entitle Eliot’s surviving relatives or others to gain access to his beach for “sunbathing, gathering, picnicking, using the wharf, storing boats, and engaging in other inappropriate activity.”

 

The summer home of Mitchell Rales on Northeast Harbor.Mount_Desert,  _Maine RALES

Read the full story at Boston Globe, by Sarah Schweitzer 

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