The Supreme Court ruled today on a case that originated very close by me at the present time. The justices rejected a challenge which had been brought forth by a half dozen homeowners in the Florida Panhandle. The homeowners were upset that the State of Florida had performed a beach restoration in front of their residences thereby turning their oceanfront homes into oceanview homes. The homeowners also declared that the beaches had gone from being private property to public beaches. The homeowners felt that the state had illegally taken their property without monetary compensation.
Apparently Florida law had for years recognized beachfront property land rights – at least in some areas – as extending to the high-tide waterline – the beaches into public property. If that is indeed clearly spelled out in Florida’s book of law, then the residents do indeed have a case. However, to complain that the state rebuilt and widened their previously storm-battered beaches is beyond ridiculous in my opinon. Also, I feel that Hawaii’s view on beaches is the way it should be for all coastal states. All beaches are public property. There are no private beaches in Hawaii.
Nowhere in America should a citizen be kicked off a beach by a private landowner, unless that landowner lives on a private island with no public land at all. Beaches are an ever-eroding and evolving part of nature and should always remain in the public domain.
Feel free to read the original story which inspired this post. It can be found at the Pensacola News Journal website: http://bit.ly/alBFcT
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