January 04, 2015 at 7:43pm
I have followed this thread, and will now respond as the a-hole landowner.
My family owns many acres of land in SouthEast Louisiana and for years allowed public access. Then about 15 years ago something changed. There was no longer any respect for anyone.
We got sued 11 times in 10 years for liability issues. All ll of those suits were dismissed summarily in our favor. One suit was filed by a guy who was over 3 times the legal BAL and passed out at the wheel of his boat, then hit a tree. He sued us, claiming we should not have had a tree on the bank of a canal.
We had to spend over $17,500 in litter abatement, including removing batteries and tires.
When certain government agencies found batteries on our property we were required to appear in New Orleans, with lawyers ($2,500.00)to explain why we should not be fined for enviromental violations.
We stopped public access and completely signed the entire perimeter of the property. Within 6 months, the signs were either stolen, destroyed or shot.
The comments in this thread are what is wrong with society. No one wants to take responsibility for their own actions.
The landowner pays for the property, the land owner pays the insurance on the property, and the landowner pays for the taxes on the property.
Yet, when someone commits a crime (trespass/poaching) it is the landowner's fault for not posting the property for which he is not required to do.
As a whole, landowners are not trying to restrict public access as much as trying to avoid the headaches.
We have more ducks/deer on our property that we can possibily kill, but we restrict access for the above stated reasons. Now, we take wounded warriors, special needs individuals, and certain unfortunate teens, to enjoy the outdoors.
We have less headaches, less trouble, and a great feeling to see a guy in wheelchair, or a downs child or a troubled teen kill a deer or catch a fish or just enjoy being in south Louisiana.