This tug-of-war over beach access began in 2016 when Walton County passed an ordinance formalizing public access to beaches adjacent to private property. This regulation was the result of a new population of millionaire owners trying to chase the public out of the beaches next to their villas. House Bill 631 was passed by the Legislative Assembly and enacted by the governor at the time. Rick Scott in 2018. However, when the bill went into effect in July of this year, public outrage over the restriction of access to public beaches persuaded Scott, who was then running for a seat in the U.S. Senate, to pass a moratorium. His decree ended any new state regulations that would deny access to public beaches and called on local government officials to take similar steps. I like Governor Huckabee, but in that case, I would say, « We may have to raise property taxes and expand our police force to address your objections. » God has blessed us all with this wonderful nature, by accumulating it, it removes the inalienable rights of others from the equation. I agree that many people are pigs when it comes to these blessings, but condemning the innocent is unacceptable.
Perhaps we should restrict beachfront property with a barrier such as a road, etc. By the way, not for schadenfreude reasons, the woman and I take someone else`s garbage home from the beach most of the time. • The beach is always public; that is what the Constitution says. A new law will come into effect this summer, and you should keep an eye on it when visiting your local beach. In March, Gov. Rick Scott signed HB 631, which prevents local governments from enacting and passing laws allowing the public access to private beaches. Overall, private owners occupy 60% of Florida`s coastline. If they decide to restrict access to the beach in front of their property, local governments will have to take legal action to change that. This imposes a huge financial burden on counties that only want to guarantee public access to the beach. • The law essentially deprived local governments of the right to enact their own « habitual use » laws that protect the public use of private beaches.
« The County Board of Commissioners was very supportive of all beaches being open to the public, and we`ve been doing it for so long, » said David Demarest, director of communications for the Walton County Tourism Development Board (TDC). « The board unanimously adopted a letter of support for the pending state legislation at its January 14 meeting to reverse what the previous legislature had approved. This is the line that separates the public beach from the private beach. It`s based on a 19-year average of the flood.â Well, the fact is that this beach is privately owned, and if you want to be here, you have to be in the water.â At the time, Sarasota County Commissioner Nora Patterson warned that this tactic would lead to further privatization of the beaches if the county didn`t defend the public. Two years later, the same situation occurred at the southern end of Siesta Key`s Crescent Beach. Signs appeared and timeshare owners along the beach blocked access with sun loungers and threatened to call the police on anyone who dared to cross the barrier they had erected. Since 2009, sheriff`s deputies have also responded to disputes at Point of Rocks, where a homeowner spread « Tatort » tape on the beach to deter public trespassing. Walton County was part of a series of lawsuits over beach access, triggered at least in part by a controversial 2018 law that limited common use.
« We are a motivated group here, » says Rauschkolb. But the other side has unlimited resources, very deep political ties and 30 to 40 lawyers, and with Covid, well, I`m not putting my hat on these lawsuits.â As an example of what Florida could be, Rauschkolb points to the state of Oregon, where they passed the Beach Bill more than 50 years ago. The bill established state ownership on water lands 16 vertical feet above the low tide mark, which essentially opened all Oregon beaches to the public. • This law affects your right to use certain parts of the beach. Along with legislative efforts, a case is underway in Walton County Circuit Court to remove the 2018 law and bring the county back to the usual use of all beaches. The case, filed by Walton County, was filed five months after the law went into effect. The county is asking the court to repeal the law and bring the county back to the usual use of all beaches. Beaches should be for everyone, no one should be able to claim a « private beach ».
Why are there access points to the public beach just to let the public descend on the wet sand and walk until they find a place to sit without those nasty « private beach signs »? I live near the bay and I can`t even enjoy the view when I get in the way because of all the sprawling houses, the same on the beaches. I pay taxes, I want to enjoy the beach and the view of the bay. The beauty of the country should be for everyone, not just the rich. Would I like to have a house on the beach or on the bay? Yes, of course, but not at the expense of excluding everyone else. If anyone has updated the news about the Battle of the Beaches, please let me know. If everyone picks up a piece of garbage while walking on the beach, then there should be no problem. Wealthy homeowners don`t care about garbage, they just want to feel important to themselves that they own a private beach.