Williams v. Norton

In Williams v. Norton, 399 So. 2d 828 (Ala. 1981) the Court held that the vacation of a public road by abutting landowners denied others the right of the "convenient enjoyment" of their property. The road that was vacated led to a recreational lake; after its vacation the other landowners, to get access to the water, were forced to take a more circuitous route through a private marina, which charged a fee for the use of its facilities. The Court in Williams, noted that "an individual, as an owner of land which abuts a public road, suffers a special injury if an obstruction of that road denies him convenient access to a nearby waterway or forces him to take a more circuitous route to the outside world." 399 So. 2d at 829.