- Jul 7, 2007
Code enforcement told me that since he references a Florida Statute on the sign it is a DEP matter, not Walton County.
I found this especially interesting. There are now three big private beach signs on the beach at Surfside over in Miramar. That so happens to be a renourished beach, and state law is pretty clear that the "new" beach seaward of the line the state establishes for renourishment is public. That is, after all, what the pending court case is about. These three signs reference a Florida Statute, but it is bogus. Last year there were two signs, now there are three. I spoke to the DEP about these signs probably a year ago, and the DEP agreed they should not be there and that the FS referenced was bogus. But still, they remain. So I would have to say a lack of leadership on the part of Walton County is going to result in these signs proliferating, and if you want to put up a sign and have it stay there indefinately, all you have to do is reference a Florida Statute, and it does not even matter if it is a real statute!
So much for what seems to be the county's idea that renourishing the rest of the beaches will somehow make this problem just go away.