ST. JOSEPH — The city of St. Joseph and residents are realizing that they are in the same boat when it comes to rising lake levels, and are working toward an agreement to try to protect public and private property from erosion.

“We’re getting closer and closer,” said Jack Sanderson, of Lake Lane, on Monday. He has taken part in discussions that would allow property owners to place shoreline protections on public land and supports the direction discussions are taking to allow permanent structures on public land.