Pinette profiled for work preserving Maine's beaches for public use
As the courts take up the issue, “at risk for people who buy shorefront property is do they have the right to tell people to get off their land?” Pinette said.
At high tide, a beach in front of a private home “is private property," Pinette said. Less clear is the public's rights on low-tide beaches, she said.
Pinette said she was drawn to work in the environmental arena after taking a sustainable agriculture course in college.
“I fell in love with working the soil,” she said. “I also learned about the problems we humans create trying to create a better life for ourselves. Industrializing that whole process comes at a cost.”
After graduating from law school, Pinette said she hopes to contribute to improving her community and “do something of leaving this place a little better than it was.”