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Too Close to Shore off the Beach?

T-DaddyT-Daddy Posts: 213 Deckhand
Last week down at Fernandina, Nassau County we were looking for pogies off the beach as we always do. In about 15 feet of water, perhaps 200-300 feet off the beach, well outside of the breakers and throwing the cast net. There is a sheriff's deputy in his truck on the beach. He gives a few short blast of his siren and we don't think anything about it. We move on down the beach a little further and he drives down where we are and sounds his siren again and gets out of his truck and starts waiving at us, as if we are too close to the shore. I looked through the FL regs and see nothing about this. Any ideas?

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  • Gary S. ColecchioGary S. Colecchio Posts: 24,905 AG
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  • Jack HexterJack Hexter New Port RicheyPosts: 5,337 Moderator
    If there are no swim buoys, you could probably legally beach it
  • snookaffinitysnookaffinity Naples, FLPosts: 1,248 Officer
    The cities and counties pass ordinances restricting access to beaches including the distance you must remain from the beach in a boat. You would have to check the ordinance for a particular municipality to determine their restrictions.
    "It is better to keep your mouth closed and let people think you are a fool than to open it and remove all doubt." - Mark Twain
  • fish_stixfish_stix Posts: 1,395 Officer
    Scenario 1: He was trying to ask if you had a spare beer onboard. Scenario 2: did you have a woman in a bikini on the boat? If so he was asking you to come in closer so that ..........!
  • Westwall01Westwall01 Posts: 5,452 Admiral
    The cities and counties pass ordinances restricting access to beaches including the distance you must remain from the beach in a boat. You would have to check the ordinance for a particular municipality to determine their restrictions.

    Most likely this
  • Westwall01Westwall01 Posts: 5,452 Admiral
    fish_stix wrote: »
    Scenario 1: He was trying to ask if you had a spare beer onboard. Scenario 2: did you have a woman in a bikini on the boat? If so he was asking you to come in closer so that ..........!

    :grin
  • CountryBumpkinCountryBumpkin Fla. Piney WoodsPosts: 1,892 Captain
    T-Daddy wrote: »
    I looked through the FL regs and see nothing about this. Any ideas?

    Yes.............google is your friend.:grin

    You were probably in violation of one or both of these Nassau County ordinances:

    Jet skies or motorized boats shall remain at idle speed until they are at least 500 feet in a straight line from the shore area.

    Personal water craft and boats shall be operated or launched no closer than 1,500 feet in either direction of the lifeguard tower.


    Found here.........near the end of the list.............http://www.nassaucountyfl.com/index.aspx?NID=474
  • T-DaddyT-Daddy Posts: 213 Deckhand
    Thanks CountryBumpkin. I checked out that link and read the whole thing, the part you point out would seem to control, but we were at "idle speed" or less and there was no life guard tower anywhere along there.

    FishStix, too funny. He seemed way too uptight to be a beer drinker, and I guess unless he is interested in middle aged men with beer bellies, there was no bikini on board!
  • CountryBumpkinCountryBumpkin Fla. Piney WoodsPosts: 1,892 Captain
    T-Daddy wrote: »
    Thanks CountryBumpkin. I checked out that link and read the whole thing, the part you point out would seem to control, but we were at "idle speed" or less and there was no life guard tower anywhere along there.

    You're welcome........I was being sarcastic when I said you were in violation of their ordinance.......unless you were a local how would you have ever even heard of it?

    Maybe Barney interprets it as if you are within 500ft of shore you need to be making a straight line away from shore, or maybe some beachfront resident called and complained you were blocking their sunrise view with your beer bellies. :rotflmao
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