Suit dismissed in Talbot bridge dispute

September 01, 1992

EASTON -- A ruling yesterday by a Circuit Court judge may have brought an end to a six-year battle over a small bridge linking the Talbot County mainland to Sol's Island, a 5-acre tract of wooded land in a tributary of the Choptank River.

Judge J. Frederick Price granted motions to dismiss a lawsuit against Ernest J. and Suzanne H. Litty Jr., who built a 240-foot-long wooden bridge to the undeveloped island two years after they bought it in 1986.

Since the bridge was erected, the Littys have built a house and reside full time on the island.

Nearby property owners along Boone Creek asked that the bridge be torn down and that they be awarded more than $11 million in damages, charging that the bridge was built without required permits. They said the bridge lowered their property values because it blocks the waterway's primary navigation route.

The judge, who gave no explanation when he announced his ruling, also dismissed a lawsuit against Talbot County officials, who were charged in the suit with illegally conspiring to allow the bridge to stand.

Michael J. Jacobs, the lawyer for the complaining property owners, said he did not know whether his clients would appeal.

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