New state law will restrict beach access on private property

- A new state law has taken effect and will restrict access to your favorite beach.

As of Sunday, July 1st, it is illegal to put your towel or chair in the sand above the high-tide water line if it is owned privately. That means, if a hotel or homeowner who owns the land on the beach wants to kick someone off the dry sand, they can.

Resort owners say that the new law gives their business more teeth if they want to get rid of someone who is acting out and bothering others.  However, if resorts want people on their beaches, it is still unclear how people will now what's restricted beach and what is not, especially since posting signs and fences on beaches is against most Florida laws.

Not every beach in the state is on the list. Volusia and St. John's Counties have rules in the books preventing certain beach fronts from private restrictions. 

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