Cocoa Beach Becoming A Private Beach?!
Can you walk across the beach sand behind a hotel? Or a private home? Or a condominium? City officials here on the Space Coast say the authority to make that decision has moved from local governments to the courts after the state legislature and the governor passed a new law regarding “customary use” on beaches in Florida. On July 1st, the new law will move challenges to the property rights of beachside owners into the courts and away from local governments. After signing the bill into law, Governor Rick Scott said it was necessary to keep local governments, which can be influenced by political forces, out of disputes over beachside property rights. But in Brevard County, it also opened the door for beachside property owners to stop the public from using what has previously been an entirely public beach. Watch to learn why cities along the Space Coast are contemplating settling the matter in court, and why they may have the edge over property owners here.
Author Credit: Derrol Nail FOX 35
On Thursday, April 5th our City Attorney recommended to the Commission that they consider adopting a recreational customary use statute for our beaches so that areas of dry sand can’t be declared private property. The Commission discussed it and unanimously voted to draft and hear the proposed ordinance. It will still need to be defended in circuit court.