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Beach access law causes confusion in Riviera Beach

Posted: 5:23 PM, Jul 20, 2018
Updated: 2018-07-20 21:49:24Z

Some fear a new law will limit access to your favorite beaches.

It went into effect in July, but soon after the governor called on counties to not take action due to public outrage.

But even now it's causing confusion, especially on Singer Island in Riviera Beach.

Debbie Balestrier worries she won't be able to enjoy her favorite spot on the beach.

"We can't sit on the beach where we want to sit," said Debbie.

She lives at nearby Sugar Sands on the west side of South Ocean Avenue.

Her husband Vincent says people are backing out of leases there because of this law.

"Lost two renters. One that rents for six months, one that rents for three months," said Vincent.

The law requires local governments to get a judge's approval to allow the public to use dry sand areas of privately owned beachfront.

Owners of private beaches are entitled to sand up until the mean high tide.

But even after the governor blocked this move beachgoers are still confused.

There were signs up at Oceantree Condominiums Friday reading "Oceantree residents only."

The general manager refused to comment for this story.

Riviera Beach Councilwoman Julia Botel says this ordeal has gotten her attention.

"Really afraid that people will begin to see Florida as an unfriendly place to visit," said Botel.

She's holding a meeting on this matter early next month.