Who is right here?

Ok, here is the Florida law concerning this dust up between a man metal detecting in front of a commercial property.

The public has a right of access along the beaches and shorelines of Florida situated below the “mean high tide line” (see diagram below). Article X, Section 11 of the Florida Constitution clarifies that the state holds the land seaward of the mean high-tide line (MHTL) in trust for the public. This is commonly known as the “Public Trust Doctrine.” Traditionally, the public trust doctrine contemplated fishing, commerce, and navigation as a basis for public access, but more recently has been expanded to embrace recreational uses such as bathing and swimming.

It is unlikely you will be confronted by security if you stay down on the lower beach and that is where you should be from the standpoint of finding the heavier and more valuable jewelry. But if you do, now your rights. If you do get busted where you know it is legal for you to be according to state law, then use your cell phone and call the local police.  You may want to print out and laminate the appropriate section of the Florida state law that protects your rights to be between the mean high and low tide line. Or you could be courteous to the guy and tell him you will move up the beach.

If you metal detect your ocean beaches on a regular basis then take the time to check your state laws concerning your rights to do so. Knowledge is a powerful thing when needed.


Getting permission to hunt a property

Taken from metaldetectingguides.com – For a number of reasons, getting permission to hunt a property was always difficult for me. Many experienced metal detectorists will tell you to just go up and knock on the door and ask for permission to hunt a property. They can only tell you no and they probably won’t shoot you. Others have suggested that the younger and older property owners seem to give permission to search more often than middle aged property owners. I found a relative new and painless way to get hunting permissions on some choice old homes nearby. This is with posting a short note in nextdoor web page. This is a new local neighborhood discussion group that seems very active. Every month or so I post a notice that I am retired and enjoy metal detecting as a hobby and am willing to search any older home property for free and will share my finds with the owner. This almost always brings in 1-3 offers to search some homes built between 1900 and 1970 that have never been searched. Note: nextdoor web page is kind of exclusive since you must prove you live in the area by submitting a copy of one of your utility bills or be recommended by a neighbor. This keeps the web site under control and not out of control like craigslist. It is a trusted web site for this reason by neighbors. “There comes a time in every rightly constructed boy’s life that he has a raging desire to go somewhere and dig for hidden treasure.” – Mark Twain.