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City leaders in Alexandria are back at the Virginia Supreme Court again, this time in a case against the Old Dominion Boat Club.
At the heart of the case is a 1789 deed that establishes a private right to a 30-foot easement — a right that lawyers for the Boat Club say applies to members, who use the alley to move their boats to a launch.
City attorney James Banks is arguing that the city has extinguished that right by making the alley a public right-of-way, plowing snow, filling potholes and issuing parking tickets.
The club filed the original suit when the city blocked the alley by leasing part of it to the restaurant Virtue Feed & Grain in 2010. The state Supreme Court remanded the case back to circuit court last year.
None of the lawyers in the case were willing to make a statement after oral arguments.