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Senators Tom Lee and Aaron Bean
Representatives Chris Sprowls and Shawn Harrison
Senate Bill 804 and House Bill 631
letter of opposition
legislation threatens to interfere with the public's right to recreationally use beach areas
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Peter D. O'Bryan <br />Chairman <br />District 4 <br />Bob Solari <br />Vice Chairman <br />District 5 <br />January 23, 2018 <br />The Honorable Senator Tom Lee <br />Chair, Community Affairs <br />Florida State Senator, District 20 <br />418 Senate Office Building <br />404 South Monroe Street <br />Tallahassee, FL 32399-1100 <br />Representative Chris Sprowls <br />Chair, Committee on Judiciary <br />Florida State Representative, District 65 <br />422 The Capitol <br />402 South Monroe Street <br />Tallahassee, FL 32399-1300 <br />FL RO Iii' <br />E� <br />Susan Adams <br />District 1 <br />Joseph E. Flescher <br />District 2 <br />Tim Zorc <br />District 3 <br />The Honorable Senator Aaron Bean <br />Vice Chair, Community Affairs <br />Florida State Senator, District 4 <br />306 Senate Office Building <br />404 South Monroe Street <br />Tallahassee, FL 32399-1100 <br />Representative Shawn Harrison <br />Vice Chair, Committee on Judiciary <br />Florida State Representative, District 63 <br />417 The Capitol <br />402 South Monroe Street <br />Tallahassee, FL 32399-1300 <br />RE: Senate Bill 804 and House Bill 631 Language Relating to Customary Use <br />To the Honorable Senators Lee and Bean and Representatives Sprowls and Harrison: <br />We are writing to you today in opposition of the SB 804 and HB 631. This legislation threatens to <br />interfere with the public's right to recreationally use beach areas that have been gained through <br />customary use. It also could undermine beach restoration programs across the State of Florida <br />and here locally in Indian River County. <br />Florida's beaches are essential to both economic development and tourism and provide critical <br />nesting habitat to protected sea turtles. Indian River County has over 20 miles of beautiful <br />beaches along the Atlantic Ocean. Over the years, Indian River County has partnered with the <br />State of Florida on various beach projects using taxpayer funds. These beach restoration projects <br />not only provide a recreational benefit to the public, but they also provide a financial advantage <br />to private property owners. As we witnessed with Hurricanes Matthew and Irma, a healthy beach <br />restoration program saves valuable infrastructure from being impacted by pounding waves and <br />the erosion of sand. <br />1801 271h Street, Building A <br />Vero Beach, FL 32960 <br />(772) 226-1490 <br />
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