Florida's Public Beaches Won’t Be Public Anymore
FLORIDA – May 24, 2018
The Governor of Florida signed a bill into law giving beachfront property owners the option to decide whether or not to allow the public to use them..
As part of the bill, now before using the beach, you must determine whether the sand is wet or dry. If it is wet, you can use it as you please. But if it's dry and located near a hotel, condo or private property, the owners could ask you to leave the property. Now property owners can put up signs or rope off their section of the beach if they want to. And if members of the public don't heed the signs, they can be charged with trespassing.
“Homeowners have that right because they own the property and I totally agree,” said one of the camper Irene Salvatore.
But others are upset. “I don't think the average person will benefit from it because they will tell you when and where you can stay on the beach. If you rent a house, you don't want to go six blocks down because they tell you to leave. I think It will be bad for tourism and the economy,” says Toni Descalzi.
The new law is the first of its kind in the country and strips local governments from enacting ordinances that oppose it.