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.

 

Typical Vacation Metal Detecting

 

Recently viewed a vacation metal detecting video where the guy spent 3 days on the beach. His results were 207 modern coins valued at $22.09, only one stainless steel ring.

Ok, you can stay home and do that in the local park and save yourself a lot of money. Don’t mean to be too critical of this guy, but his hunt is a good illustration of how things could have been better.

  1. he stayed 100% in the dry sand. This will only get you blanket spills not heavy jewelry. Should have been hunting low tide in water or wet sand.
  2. he did not show his junk, but with 207 coins, you can bet he dug 600 junk targets or more over three days.
  3. He appeared to just hunt the beaches in front of his hotel. He should traveled to 2-3 different beaches each day in front of other expensive hotels.

Ok, again, he was not a beach pro and probably didn’t know where and when the good stuff if to be found. Do your research and watch a few of the pros at beach hunting. The real pros are hard to find because they rarely video tape and post videos on Youtube. Ed the Beach hunter is one exception. Watch his videos carefully and look where and when he is hunting. He consistently finds very valuable rings. But the average beach hunting video will teach you nothing since it is just guys and gals going to the beach on their vacation with very little if any beach hunting skills. So don’t waste your time on these videos. How do you determine the difference between a pro beach hunter and vacation dude? Simple vacation dudes will spend days digging light junk and not heavy gold jewelry. When you are finding in wet sand light junk like pull tabs, zinc pennies and fishing hooks and leaders then move away from that area. That is all you will find there even if you hunt that area for days on end. Find an area that is producing heavy lead sinkers and old corroded coins and stay in that area until you find some gold rings. They are there if you are in front of an expensive hotel or beach condo. Oh yeah stay off dry sand and get in the water and wet sand at low tide. If there are recent storms in the past few days and you find cuts, then hunt those cuts. If you don’t know what a cut is, then search for beach cuts metal detecting on Youtube.

If you wish to move to the pro category of vacation beach hunter then you may wish to consider my beach guide you can buy on Amazon.

Metal Detecting Field Guide to Florida’s West Coast Beaches. This guide included a lot of the techniques that professional beach hunters use to read the beach and find the heavy gold jewelry on a consistent basis. It also has the GPS locations of the high beach goer activity on the west coast of Florida.