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Mike Huckabee’s role in pushing controversial beach access law

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  1. Teresa

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    Mike Huckabee’s role in pushing controversial beach access law

    Newly-released emails show an exchange between the former Arkansas governor and a key senator.

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    A beach sign in Destin [Scott Keeler - Times]
    By Steve Bousquet
    9/10/2018

    Scott skipped a planned campaign stop in Walton County on Sunday to avoid protesters who oppose his stand on the issue.

    On Jan. 12, Huckabee wrote an email to Passidomo, thanking her for her sponsorship of a bill "involving the customary use abuse by Walton Co."

    "I'm one of those beachfront owners whose title goes to mean high water line," he wrote. "Walton Co. taxes me on that property and I pay handsomely for it! I actually don't mind people who simply want to enjoy the beach and certainly not walk on or past. … What beachfront owners object to is illegal taking of taxed and titled property without compensation or even consideration. In fact, we are demonized as 'greedy, selfish and rich' owners who want to deprive the poor of their 'rights.'


    Here's more of Huckabee's email to Passidomo.

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    In reply, Passidomo called customary use a "contentious issue" and said there has been a lot of confusion and misunderstanding about it.

    "What happened in Walton County seems to me to be the county acting as prosecutor, judge and jury, all for the county's benefit," Passidomo wrote.

    In response, Huckabee wrote back to Passidomo and said: "Either private property rights mean something or they don't. I'm genuinely thankful that you are fighting this battle."

    Santa Rosa Beach attorney Daniel Uhlfelder, a leader of Florida Beaches for All, a local group that wants to preserve beach use, said Huckabee's view is wrong. "It's not a private property rights issue," Uhlfelder said. "It's about the use of beaches."
    https://www.tampabay.com/florida-politics/buzz/2018/09/10/mike-huckabees-role-in-pushing-for-controversial-beach-access-law/
     
  2. Jenksy

    Jenksy Beach Fanatic

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    I know that Huckabee has neighbors who are not happy with the gaudy mansion he built with the giant walls around the property and the glaring lights that violate the lighting ordinance. Maybe some of his neighbors are messing wit him.

    We know that tourists can be a bit of a problem on our beaches but he is on a very quiet stretch. Hmmmm ....
     
  3. Lake View Too

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    Or maybe he's just lying about the extent of this "abuse"...just a family trait?
     
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    He probably believes God told him to deny common people access to the beach he so richly deserves.
     
  5. boomerang

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    Can someone find out when he got quiet title to the dry sand he does NOT pay taxes on.

    The fact he was a man of God is what makes this totally disgusting. That is why I can get over this.

    I kinda doubt about the condoms etc - just a ploy to privatize the beach he paid $100 to quiet title.
     
  6. gumby

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    I can betcha the condom quote is probably correct. I`ve found many used condoms on our community gazebo on many occasions. There are disgusting people who use our beaches and have no respect for anybody`s property.
    There is one topic that was touched on that seems to be forgotten in all this CU hoopla. There are all the PUBLIC beach access STILL open to the PUBLIC. This whole issue is making it sound as if the PUBLIC beach access are becoming privatized. That is what makes me so frustrated over this whole issue.
     
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  7. Lake View Too

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    Public accesses are being shut down through quiet title. And the county has not stepped up to challenge them. My question is have these quiet title proceedings been advertised correctly and the affected neighbors been notified correctly?
     
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    An important issue that we'll be hearing much more about. Good.
     
  9. boomerang

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    No one should be able to kick us off a beach front they only paid $100 to get

    a travesty pure and simple
     
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    Maybe we can help catch the perps. Did he mention what size the condoms were? Were they rainbow colored? :D
     
  11. gumby

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    Where are the PUBLIC beach access being shutdown? PUBLIC beach access are owned by the county so I really do not see any signs of private owners taking a PUBLIC access and called it private.
     
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    Can someone explain where this idea comes from? I really don't understand how they(becahfront owners) have come to this conclusion.
     
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    Good question.
     
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    Not sure but I think the contrived logic is that they pay higher taxes than non gulf front owners.
     
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    When I first moved here in the early 90's . My favorite beach access was next to stallworth lake. The last time there seen 4x4 post and ropes on beach. You would think before buying the property , that people used the beach and they where not the first to discover it.
     
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    That’s what is happening at Headland access across from Whiskey Bravo and at Beachside Drive Access near Eastern Lake. It’s probably happening at more accesses I don’t know about. These are right of ways that the county should have recorded and owners are filing quiet title to get them abandoned. The county has been slow to defend them.
     
  17. boomerang

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    Well what do you have to say now "fact or fiction"?

    Huckabee has been exposed

    Trader of the people

    defender of the elite

    Taker of the beach by quiet title for $100
     
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    Where has this happened?
     
  19. Lake View Too

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    I just posted, above, the two locations I am aware of : Headland Access across from Whiskey Bravo, and Beachside Drive Access, just west of Sugar Dunes Condominium. There may be others I'm not aware of.
     
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    What I want to know is where the MILES of public beaches he mentioned are. All I know about are Grayton Beach, small swaths of beach at the regional beach accesses, very small easements at the neighborhood beach accesses, and the three state parks. That doesn't equal miles.
     

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