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Bob Ferguson

AGO 1950 NO. 309 > Jul 26 1950

(1) The words "water front" mean firm or uplands, improved or unimproved, fronting or abutting on any body of water, whether an arm of the ocean, a river, or a lake, and whether navigable or not. (2) The words "water front" do embrace real property abutting on rivers and lakes, as well as real property abutting on salt water. (3) Land does not have to abut on a body of water that is navigable to be included in the meaning of the words "water front." (4) Fourth class municipalities may lease water front properties not required for municipal or other public use for reasonable periods not in excess of thirty years.