deputies will have to start arresting people who put their beach blankets down in front of private homes and refuse to leave.Rickey Stokes
Posted by: RStokes
Date: Jun 28 2018 4:33 PM
SANTA ROSA BEACH, Fla. (AP) - Along a stretch of white, sandy shoreline in Florida's Panhandle, a simple question has led to profanity-laden arguments, private security guards and calls to law enforcement: Who owns the beach?
In one coastal county, a new state law is set to rekindle that uproar just in time for the July 4th holiday.
As of July 1, Walton County Sheriff Michael Adkinson said his deputies will have to start arresting people who put their beach blankets down in front of private homes and refuse to leave.
"We will start enforcing private property rights, which is up to including removing people from the beach," Adkinson said. "We are required by law to treat the beach as if it's somebody's front yard."
To county residents like Dave Rauschkolb, a surfer and restaurant owner, that's just wrong.