The Massachusetts Court of Appeals has dealt another setback to an Aquinnah landowner who has tried unsuccessfully for more than two decades to argue that he is entitled to access to his landlocked property.


A decision by the U.S. Supreme court closes the book on a decades-long court battle over whether private land off Moshup Trail can be opened up for development.

The state SJC handed a legal victory to the town of Aquinnah and others who have been battling a private developer for years over whether land off Moshup Trail can be opened up for development.


The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court heard arguments this week in a widely-watched case that will decide whether rare coastal heathland along Moshup Trail will be opened up for development.

Aquinnah landowners who have been battling for nearly 18 years to develop some 30 acres of land off Moshup Trail won a favorable decision this week from the state Court of Appeals, but the convoluted legal saga continues.


The Aquinnah zoning board of appeals this week denied two variances for an Aquinnah property owner who wants to build a bridge or culverts across land he owns off Moshup Trail. James Decoulos, a Cambridge engineer, has been trying to win the right to build a house on the two-plus-acre property for 14 years.