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Legislation Watch – Access to Florida Beaches

Bill in the Florida House, HB 527, would make it a misdemeanor crime for a private landowner to block access to the beach or to display signs indicating a beach is not accessible to the public (private only).  This law strengthens existing constitutional law that states that the public owns all the state shorelines seaward of the high water mark.  If approved, the effective date of this legislation would be July 1, 2009.

Update: Withdrawn from consideration on May 2, 2009 for the current legislative session.  The issue may be revisited in 2010.

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