New Hampshire attorney
Paul R. Kfoury, Sr. of Shaheen & Gordon, P.A. is currently representing the owner of the
Dunes Motor Inn in Rye in a lawsuit against the state over plans to build
a new bathhouse in Jenness Beach. According to the lawsuit, the bathhouse
would block her paying guests’ views of the ocean and diminish her
property value while also “creating a public and private nuisance.”
The proposed $1.1 million facility would replace an existing 443-square-foot
facility with a 1,482 –square-foot facility containing restrooms
and showers. While the proposed bathhouse might be appropriate for other
crowded New Hampshire Coastal areas, Mr. Kfoury has stated that the proposed
facility is “a large and disproportionate building” that would
be “the proverbial pig in the parlor when placed on Jenness Beach.”
Mr. Kfoury wrote the following to the court: “The harm the planned
bathhouse would cause to the inn far outweighs the utility of the bathhouse.”
According to the lawsuit, "the inn also hosts weddings and other
events; its seaside location provides a desirable backdrop for photographs.
Customers travel from all over the Northeast and other parts of the United
States and from Canada to stay at the inn and enjoy its distinctive views
of the Atlantic Ocean." Obstructed views "[would] result in
significant business losses for the inn.”
The plaintiff’s family has owned the inn since 1962. Thirty-six of
the inn’s 45 rooms provide guests with an unobstructed view of the
ocean – a view that would be completely blocked if the bathhouse
were completed as planned. The bathhouse is said to be designed to meet
the needs of beachgoers on particularly crowded days (only two percent
of the year) while presenting a burden both to the inn and the public
100 percent of the year.
“People go to the beach to view the ocean, not a bathhouse,”
stated Mr. Kfoury.
In the lawsuit, Mr. Kfoury has asked the court to issue temporary and permanent
injunctions that would delay or bar construction of the bathhouse. A hearing
has been scheduled for November 1 to hear debate from both sides.
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