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Sunday, January 12, 2020

Homeowners Block Access to Beach Goers With Ropes and Barricades in Seaside, Anna Maria Isle, Siesta Key and Summerplace Who Owns the Beach?

UPDATED THURSDAY JAN 16, 20202...Homeowners Block Access to Beach Goers With Ropes and Barricades in Seaside, Anna Maria Isle, Siesta Key and Summerplace Who Owns the Beach? Well, in Siesta Key Fl when the Olson family purchased their home it included the beach, all 106 linear feet of it. SUN SENTINEL NEWS WRITE: The beaches of the Emerald Coast, in Walton County in the Panhandle, are Florida at its best. Then you see Florida at its bureaucratic worst. Signs, planted in the white sand. Big, bold, obnoxious signs, threatening to arrest you simply for walking on the beach. “Posted: private property,” a sign says. “Violators will be prosecuted," another says. A third heralds the presence of Big Brother: "Security cameras in use. All beach activities are being recorded.” A sense of bliss is ruined, thanks to the Florida legislature and former Gov. Rick Scott, who a year ago enacted a law, House Bill 631, supposedly codifying a centuries-old doctrine known as customary use that makes dry sand accessible to the public. “This customary use doctrine has always contemplated that you go to court and ask the judge to authorize you to do that … All the bill does is say, look, we need to create a process so that we don’t have chaos.”
Walton County, Sarasota County, Manatee County and Indian River County are just a few of the places in Florida where homeowners have blocked access to the beach in front of their deeded property. In 2018 Gov. Rick Scott signed a law that allows private property owners in some areas to restrict public beach access to the "wet" sand. The law — sponsored by state Rep. Katie Edwards-Walpole, D-Plantation — prevents local governments from passing ordinances that let people keep using beaches in front of private beach homes, beaches they may have been using for years. To continue visiting such beaches, residents and tourists would have to hire an attorney, sue the landowners and get a judge to agree the public has customarily used the beach for years. Since signing this mean law, Gov. Scott, has had a change of heart. In July 2018, he signed an executive order blocking state agencies from enforcing it. Directing state agencies “not to adopt any rule restricting public access to a beach," including telling prosecutors not to charge anyone with violating the law he had signed. Backed by more than two dozen law firms, hundreds of beachfront homeowners, some under the name Florida Coastal Property Rights, intervened on the opposite side. They argue that customary use is an illegal taking of private property without just compensation. The case is before Circuit Judge David Green in DeFuniak Springs Fl.
  photo credit screenshot SARASOTA COUNTY PROPERTY APPRAISER PUBLIC RECORDS
But back in Siesta Key the local media, ABC7, Herald Tribune, and SNN are vilifying Michelle and Greg Olson who purchased their beach home at 3935 Shell Rd Siesta Key Fl two years ago. According to the Sarasota County Property Appraiser the sale consisted of all the land as indicated by Sarasota County records (see photo above), a boat dock (into Gulf of Mexico) and 116 feet of beach to the wet sand, as per LINE OF SAID LOT 4 A DISTANCE OF 116 FT M/L TO SHORES OF BIG SARASOTA PASS LINE OF SAID SHORES. 
The Sun Sentinel news suggested to continue visiting such beaches, residents and tourists would have to hire an attorney, sue the landowners and get a judge to agree the public has customarily used the beach for years. Michelle and Greg Olson have had problems with beach goers parking in front of their driveway, throwing trash on their beach and during the dark the 'Nightcrawlers' come out with alcohol and drug fueled parties on their beach. "Would the average homeowner tolerate drunks and druggies partying and peeing on his front lawn at night, I doubt it". See link to Sarasota County Property Appraiser map for 3935 N. Shell Rd, https://ags3.scgov.net/scpa/?esearch=0078030024&slayer=0
WFLA WRITES: The public owns the coastline, all over Florida!” said Siesta Key resident Barbara Stephens. “I want them to take these signs down, take these ropes down.” “It’s a wonderful gift that is given to the people in the state that we should have access to,” said Siesta Key beach goer Jim Skinner.
      photo credit security footage provided by Michelle Olson.
ON THE OTHER HAND: "The Olson's began to feel harassed, they couldn’t use their own property…Michelle Olson was very fearful,” said Catherine Luckner with the Siesta Key Association. Luckner says the Olson's  has had it with criminals and drug users behind her home. So she did what she was legally allowed to do. 'SHELL BEACH' the smallest Siesta Key Public Beach Access #1 at the end of N. Shell Rd is not in question. Obviously Access #1 is open to the public if you can find a place to park on the narrow street, only 8 parking spaces of which at least 2 are for handicapped only. 

But this location of Public Beach Access #1 situated right next to the property line of Michelle and Greg Olson has created a monumental no-win problem for the Olson's and the Media continues to stir the pot targeting the Olson's. Unknowing and unwittingly tourists and local beach goers at first sight would consider Public Beach Access #1 and the Olson's beach one and the same, it is not. The area marked in red in property appraiser's photo at top of this article is the private property and the private beach owned by the Olson's that has been in question, see link to Sarasota County Property Appraiser map for 3935 N. Shell Rd, https://ags3.scgov.net/scpa/?esearch=0078030024&slayer=0

        photo credit screenshot SARASOTA COUNTY PROPERTY APPRAISER PUBLIC RECORDS
SARASOTA HERALD TRIBUNE WRITES:
Private property owners cannot block access to public beach property, a Sarasota County government official said. A barricade attempting to block public beach access at 3935 Shell Road in Siesta Key is stirring up trouble. Visitors to the public beach on Shell Road are finding boulders and ropes blocking off part of the beach and a sign that reads, “No trespassing.” Christina Holmes, a resident of Sarasota County who’s been frequenting N. Shell Road Beach for decades, said it’s the first time anyone has tried to prevent access on her favorite beach.
     photo credit Sarasota County Historical Resources In 1907 Harry Higel formed the Siesta Land Company with two partners, Capt. Louis Roberts and E.M. Arbogast and sold lots on Siesta Key Fl. At the time it was conceived and platted in 1907 the only access to Siesta Key was by boat from Sarasota, that is why every person who purchased a lot on Siesta Key also purchased the beach in front of their home so they could dock their boat, no bridge from Sarasota until July 1917. This platting of lots on Siesta Key has not changed since 1907, buy a lot you get a beach, case closed.


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