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Re: Rich Florida Property Owners Get New Power to Run People Off of Beaches
Entitlement goes both ways. Two sides to every story.
Sure, write off every state or town that does not agree with your lifestyle. You will miss more than they will. Guaranteed!
If the law is wrong...fight it. However, make sure you know what you are fighting for.
I am fortunate enough to live on a good sized inland lake. Second generation on the property, first in the current house. We are also a family that loved to cruise the lake, anchor, picnic on the boat, party hearty at times, and just enjoy the beauty and fun around us. We were never asked to leave because we were obnoxious. We respected the lake, the land, and the neighbors.
There is also another side to the story. In 30 years we have only had to ask twice for people to move on. When someones boat is tied to our dock, and they are swimming on our raft, both of which are private property, that is wrong. When the person being asked thinks they are entitled to use our property I sometimes wish that we had less public access to the lake. That same ass that is attempting to overstep their rights is the person that would sue me if they fell off my private dock that they were not invited to use.
I have had neighbors that have had to pull soiled diapers off their beach dropped by idiots that were anchored 50' off their dock. Others have come home to find people having a picnic, on their private deck and picnic table, and those people were upset when they were asked to leave. Public and private can get along, but common sense unfortunately is not something that is equally distributed. I seem to remember someone questioning why common sense cannot be taught by ASA....because it can't be taught!
Michigan is a high water access state. Many do not understand what that means. Basically it means where the waterline was highest is where public and private separate. Most likely the deck, fire pit, lawn are already set back by law and the property owner does not want people pissing on the grass. Common sense again.
Unfortunately, Florida allowed things to get out of hand. Politically correct, or vote getting, got in the way of common sense. Now they have to overcome it. Therefore, to keep people off of private property, and derelict boats out of the public domain, they have to enact laws to help common sense along. Therefore, that beautiful 60" Swan gets booted with the derelict with no sails, no head, and crap everywhere. It would be politically incorrect to do otherwise!
Bottom line, it does not matter if it is a little cabin on a lake in the north, or a $20 million mansion on the ocean, the property owners, whether new or 5th generation, need to protect themselves. They have an investment. They paid for the house and the commencerant taxes. There really is no free ride!
That being said, we usually rent a property on the ICW in Florida each year. I have walked miles of beach and never been asked to get off. Sometimes I am stopped and invited for coffee by people I talk to on the walk. More nice people than asses. However, there are asses on both side of the argument.