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Debate Continues On Public vs. Private Beach Access

The laws around beach access in Florida keep getting more and more confusing, so we are going to break it down for you.

Before July 1, 2018 when the law was changed, any part of the beach where water touched was accessible to the public. If you had to walk through private beach property to get there, that was considered OK and completely allowed.

On July 1, 2018 that law changed in Florida. The state said private beach property was private beach property, and anyone from the public on their property wasn’t allowed there and could be cited for it. The law was enforced by local law officials, placing a lot of responsibility on them.

Well this week, Governor Rick Scott signed an order stating the new law was confusing, and that things should go back to the way it was. Now, if you have private beach property and it’s on the way to a public part of the beach, you can’t build a fence or hound police. The order also requested that the Florida Department of Environmental Protection be the middle man for complaints on both the private property owner end, and public complaint end.

We’ll see where this law goes in the future, but for now, don’t worry too much about whose sand your stepping on.

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