Florida beaches attract tourists from around the world. However, many are unaware of the issues surrounding public beach access; issues that potentially threaten the ability of the Florida visitor to enjoy the warm sands and blue waters that define the state to many. In her comment, Ms. Sullivan revisits the issue of public beach access and the doctrine of customary usage. Specifically, the battle that is occurring in the over-development of Florida Panhandle beaches is analyzed, with the "fishing village" of Destin serving as a prime example. The effect of recent Florida decisions concerning strict adherence to local comprehensive plans is applied to the current problems facing Panhandle beaches. Finally, Ms. Sullivan documents four distinct areas that have historically proved problematic within other areas of the state and discusses potential remedies as applied to the village of Destin.
Sullivan, Jennifer A.
"Laying Out an "Unwelcome Mat" to Public Beach Access,"
Florida State University Journal of Land Use and Environmental Law: Vol. 18
, Article 4.
Available at: https://ir.law.fsu.edu/jluel/vol18/iss2/4