By now, I am sure you have read news articles saying the public beach access could be restricted.
Preliminary findings are listed below. County attorneys are still reviewing the legislation. We will continue to provide updates as more information becomes available:
This legislation does not keep public from using the beach.
Most property owners on our beaches already own to the high-water line.
If properties get beach renourishment, they have signed an easement allowing public access. You cannot use taxpayer money to renourish a private beach.
This will not effect the beach, just access to the beach.
This legislation changes how local governments change property use. If a local government wanted to take private property for public beach access, it would be decided judicially, not legislatively.
Our hotels (commercial property) already have public access points to the beach on their property. This legislation would have more of an effect on public access points between private homes (residential property). However, we still have county & municipal public beach access points.