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Recreational Rights To The Dry Sand Beach In Florida: Property, Custom And Controversy, Alyson C. Flournoy, Thomas T. Ankersen, Sasha Alvarenga Jan 2019

Recreational Rights To The Dry Sand Beach In Florida: Property, Custom And Controversy, Alyson C. Flournoy, Thomas T. Ankersen, Sasha Alvarenga

UF Law Faculty Publications

At the close of the 2018 legislative session Florida Governor Rick Scott signed HB 631 into law. Included in the bill, which addressed a number of issues relating to actions for ejectment from real property, was an amendment to the Florida Community Planning Act entitled “Establishment of Recreational Customary Use.” The new statute immediately created a sandstorm of controversy as the media seized on what many in the public perceived to be a land grab over the public’s right to recreate on Florida’s sandy beaches. As it turns out, the story is considerably more nuanced, and neither the ...