Florida Senate unlikely to revisit beach access law

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Feb. 8, 2019 –
There is little chance the Florida Senate will revisit a controversial state law that has impacted public access to some beach areas, according to top Republicans in the chamber.
Senate President Bill Galvano, R-Bradenton, and Senate Majority Leader Kathleen Passidomo, R-Naples, say they do not intend to reconsider a 2018 law (HB 631) that put in place an extensive process for local governments before they can continue so-called customary use of privately owned beach property above the mean high-water line.
The new law fueled heated debates last summer after some coastal property owners in Walton County were quick to keep people off dry sand portions of beaches.
Galvano said in November he did not want to revisit the issue, and Passidomo agreed during an interview Thursday.
“People need to understand that most of the beaches in Florida are public, open to the public and they will never be closed,” says Passidomo. The new law, she adds, is meant to protect private property rights – not limit access to beaches. Passidomo says the law, which she championed last year, is controversial because it is misunderstood.
As a result, she said it does not need tweaks – let alone a repeal, which Sen. Darryl Rouson, D-St. Petersburg, is proposing with a bill (SB 54) filed for the upcoming legislative session.
“Whether that bill is heard or not, my opinion is that there is a lot of political machinations occurring over a bill that is much simpler than people are making it out to be,” Passidomo said.

Source: News Service of Florida

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Is a property at risk if seas rise? More buyers want to know

The usual checklist before businesses buy a piece of property includes looking at what kind of taxes they’ll have to pay, who the neighbors are and whether there is good space for parking.
In South Florida, there’s a new box some buyers may want to check: What will that parcel look like when sea levels rise?
New Silicon Valley startup Jupiter – boosted by $10 million in venture capital funds – will soon arrive on the South Florida scene to test its climate change calculating software. The product looks like a customized Google Maps screen but with options for different sea-rise scenarios rather than directions to the nearest restaurant.
The arrival of a well-funded, high-tech venture signals an emerging market for climate change data in a region that will be at ground zero for impacts. At least one homegrown consulting company is already in the business of breaking down potential climate change risks for clients.
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Naples Beach Hotel – Partnership Announced & New Owners For A New Look

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The storied Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club will get a new look — and new owners.
On Monday the Watkins family, third-generation owners and operators of the landmark property, announced a strategic relationship with The Athens Group, based in Phoenix,  to redevelop it and “enhance its legacy.”
In a news release, the family said the 125-acre property will continue to support a hotel and golf club with a beach bar, putting to rest rumors of more drastic plans to reshape it.

While redevelopment plans are still in the works, they include adding residences to help preserve the resort’s golf course, redesigned in 2016 by golf icon Jack Nicklaus and noted course architect John Sanford.
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Naples ranked #1 for 2017’s Best Beach Towns

Naples has been ranked #1 by Coastal Living and WalletHub for 2017’s best beach town for quality living.

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Naples once again is in the top ranking. This time from WalletHub: Naples has been ranked #1 for 2017’s best beach towns to live in for quality of life.
Hold on, it’s not done yet!
Naples has also been ranked #1 by Coastal Living for beach towns with the highest quality of life.

Living in Naples for more than thirteen years now I can certainly agree for the quality of life: pristine landscaping (and yes despite we had a hurricane two months ago) pristine beaches, wonderful selection of restaurants, boating, golfing with more than 100 golf courses, art and culture with many venues.
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Barefoot Beach has been ranked #3 in the most beautiful beaches in the USA by Coastal Living.
Sanibel Island has been ranked #7. Barefoot Beach offers more than three miles of unspoiled beach with mangrove and trail paths. Visitors can stroll wooden walkways, bird-watch, and kayak. Kick your shoes off and join the fun.
Barefoot Beach is located in Bonita Springs but is part of Collier County as a County park.
Barefoot Beach neighborhoods offer also sumptuous beachfront or bayfront homes, luxury condos and villas, a few steps from the beach.
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