Watch these cops trying to enforce the beach access law that isn’t a law anymore anyway

    Watch these two sheriff’s deputies struggle to enforce the stupid law the Legislature passed this year about “customary use” of our public beaches. The beachgoers ask the deputies where they are allowed to be sitting under the new regime, and basically they are supposed to have their chairs in the Gulf of Mexico. Gov. Scott – who signed the law months ago – has issued an executive order to undo it now. The video was shot in the tourist mecca of Walton County, in the Panhandle.


    Julie Hauserman
    Julie Hauserman has been writing about Florida for more than 30 years. She is a former Capitol bureau reporter for the St. Petersburg (Tampa Bay) Times, and reported for The Stuart News and the Tallahassee Democrat. She was a national commentator for National Public Radio’s Weekend Edition Sunday and The Splendid Table . She has won many awards, including two nominations for the Pulitzer Prize. Her work is featured in several Florida anthologies, including The Wild Heart of Florida , The Book of the Everglades , and Between Two Rivers . Her new book is Drawn to The Deep, a University Press of Florida biography of Florida cave diver and National Geographic explorer Wes Skiles.


    1. Poor Florida. It has been under assault by rich powerful interests for a long time. And can you imagine this dialogue if the maker of this telling film had more melanin in his skin? Yea, neither can I. Thanks for fighting the good fight!

    2. I think you need to speak to a propert owner to make this more balanced. Why didn’t this fellow visit one of the many deserted public beaches in Walton Co. ? The most powerful players in this story are not the tax paying owners that were sold their property and deeded by the county but the powerful rental companies and property developers in Walton Co. that are big donors to political campaigns. The great majority of these trespassers are unsuspecting renters from out of state lied to by these companies not locals.

      • Why don’t you go to one of the deserted beaches in Walton Co. ?
        1. Too Old ?
        2. Too Rich?
        3. Too Lazy ?
        4. Too Important ?


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