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Hey guys - searched but didn't really find any specifics for this: A buddy & I were surf fishing just past park west on the beach, and a 18-20 foot center console buzzed past about halfway between the shore & the sandbar. We didn't have lines in the water, so no worry there, but LOTS of people out swimming closer to the parking lot. My friend was pissed & said that unless they were pulling up to shore, boats had to stay out past the sandbar. Any truth to that? Anybody have a local law to cite?
 

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Common sense would say past the first bar. But that's in short supply.
 

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A one ounce Gotcha cast across the bow of those beach runners works wonders. :whistling:
 

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A one ounce Gotcha cast across the bow of those beach runners works wonders. :whistling:
Imagine how you would feel if you did that and then found out that the boat was rushing an injured person to shore so they could receive medical help and just overshot the medical personnel.

While that may be rare, I don't know that I'd want to see someone purposely injured when you don't know the circumstances.
 

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Imagine how you would feel if you did that and then found out that the boat was rushing an injured person to shore so they could receive medical help and just overshot the medical personnel.

While that may be rare, I don't know that I'd want to see someone purposely injured when you don't know the circumstances.



Very true, but it's easy to tell the circumstance when they have 2 guys spotting in the cobia tower :yes:
 

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If I'm watching a boat run the beach for a mile coming to me, I can be pretty certain he's a hiney hole. By the way, it was all tongue in cheek. I wouldn't throw across the bow anyway. Amidships would make sure the operator got some new body piercings. Might start a new trend.
 

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To my knowledge there is no minimum distance as long as they are operating in a safe manner.... that's part of it right by the pass... it honestly has zero effect on the fishing.

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To my knowledge there is no minimum distance as long as they are operating in a safe manner.... that's part of it right by the pass... it honestly has zero effect on the fishing.

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It all depends on where you're fishing as to what effect it has. One run down the beach will blow redfish out for quite a while.
 

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Destin used to have an ordinance where boats had to stay outside the green reef (outer sandbar). Cobia fishing with a friend on his boat, I saw a cobia in knee-deep water and we went after it. A deputy on the beach went nukkin futs and nearly shit himself, jumping up and down yelling at us. My buddy ignored him and we hooked the fish and eased on offshore with it. I figured we would catch hell at the dock but never heard a word.

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Sounds like someone doesn't need to buy a house near an airport or the ICW.
 

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There is no law that says you have to stay in any depth or distance from shore. I often pull in between the sandbars and set my trolling motor to keep the boat in 3-4' water while we use the beach. That said, I come in straight from 1/2 mile out in an unoccupied area. Running down the beach is a dick move.
 

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Hey guys - searched but didn't really find any specifics for this: A buddy & I were surf fishing just past park west on the beach, and a 18-20 foot center console buzzed past about halfway between the shore & the sandbar. We didn't have lines in the water, so no worry there, but LOTS of people out swimming closer to the parking lot. My friend was pissed & said that unless they were pulling up to shore, boats had to stay out past the sandbar. Any truth to that? Anybody have a local law to cite?
Where were you fishing at? I know alot of guys have been hounding the beach for Tarpon lately.
 

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Per Okaloosa county:


Section 4. Gulf of Mexico-Watercraft distance from shore, generally.

A. The operation of any motorized watercraft within seven hundred (700’) feet of shoreline of the Gulf of Mexico in Okaloosa County including the incorporated areas is hereby prohibited subject to the exemptions provided in Section B hereof.

B. The operation of non-propeller driven motorized watercraft within seven hundred (700’) feet of the shoreline of the Gulf of Mexico are hereby exempted under the following conditions:

1. The owner or leaseholder of property bordering the Gulf of Mexico may give written permission for non-propeller driven motorized watercraft to enter and exit the shore adjacent to the property owned or leased within a corridor established, maintained, and subject to the following conditions:
a. The corridor must be as least twenty (20’) feet in width and not greater than forty (40’) feet in width and extending seven hundred (700’) feet perpendicular to the shore. Only one corridor will be allowed on each site.

b. The corridor is to be clearly marked along both sides with orange buoys that are at least eighteen (18”) inches in diameter and anchored seven (700’) feet from the shoreline. Marker buoys must be removed when the corridor is not in use.

c. The corridor must be at least ten (10’) feet interior to the extension of the property line of the permitting owner or leaseholder

d. Entrance into the corridor from the shoreline must be marked by orange or red cones which must be at least twenty-eight (28”) inches high erected at the waterline.

e. There shall be posted landward of the corridor a sign advising the public of the corridor and posting notice for vessels to proceed under idle speed.

f. Swimming, surfing, sailing or wading shall be prohibited within the corridor but non-propeller driven motorized watercraft shall yield the right of way to any persons located therein.

g. Non-propeller driven motorized watercraft shall be limited to the entry/exit corridor when closer than seven hundred (700’) feet from the shoreline and shall not exceed the idle speed or five (5 m.p.h.) miles per hour, whichever is greater, when within the corridor.

2. Commercial fishing boats are exempted from the provisions of this Ordinance while in the process of deploying nets while conducting fish netting operations, but shall not operate in excess of idle speed or five (5 m.p.h.) miles per hour, whichever is greater, when within seven hundred (700’) feet of the shoreline.

3. Publicly announced, properly authorized and supervised, and adequately patrolled regattas, speed trials, exhibitions, or other special events, when the same have been approved by the Board of County Commissioners and the applicant has provided a hold harmless agreement to the County, liability insurance in the minimum amount of $500,000.00 per person and $100,000.00 per occurrence naming the County as an additional insured on such policy, and such other conditions as deemed necessary by the Board including but not limited to protecting the environment, and assuring that adequate public facilities and emergency response teams and equipment are available.

4. Commercial propeller driven motorized watercraft are exempt when owned or operated by the landward owner and operated within a corridor established, maintained, and subject to the following conditions:

a. The corridor must be at least twenty (20’) feet in width and not greater than forty (40’) feet in width and extending seven hundred (700’) feet perpendicular to the shore. Only one corridor will be allowed on each side.

b. The corridor is to be clearly marked along both sides with orange buoys that are at least eighteen (18”) inches in diameter and anchored seven hundred (700’) feet from the shoreline. Additional buoys will be placed at one hundred (100’) feet and three hundred (300’) feet. Marker buoys must be removed when the corridor is not in use.

c. The corridor must be at least ten (10’) feet interior to the extension of the property line of the permitting owner or leaseholder.

d. Entrance into the corridor from the shoreline must be marked by orange or red cones which must be at least twenty-eight (28”) inches high erected at the waterline.

e. There shall be posted landward of the corridor a sign advising the pubic of the corridor and posting notice for vessels to proceed under idle speed.
f. Propeller driven commercial watercraft shall not operate within the corridor or within seven hundred (700’) feet of the shoreline when weather conditions cause the surf to be in excess of two feet.

g. Propeller driven commercial watercraft shall never operate any closer than one hundred (100’) feet from the shoreline, even when within the corridor.

h. Propeller driven commercial watercraft shall never exceed idle speed or five (5 m.p.h.) miles per hour, whichever is greater, while within seven hundred (700’) feet of the shoreline.

(Ord. No. 77-14, Sect 1, 5-13-77; Ord. No. 77-21, Sect.1, 7- 5-77; Ord. No. 93-12, Sects. 1-3, 4-13-93; Ord. No. 94-03, Sect. 1, 2-15-94; Ord. No. 99-09, Sect. 1, 5-18-99)
 

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With the exception of okaloosa county (which has some ridiculous laws among other things, but I digress) the folks in the boat have the exact same rights as someone on shore for the water in between them.

Some common sense on both sides goes a long way (asking a lot, I know)

If you're anywhere along here, you can't really get pissed if a boat comes within 100 yards of shore...


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Even though it's a county law, what is the state law,or federal law. State law trumps county and city ordinances. The county does not own the water. If the county claims the water then they should not have the beaches pumped back up on federal money, they need to use county money. Same as these ass hats on the beach with property to the water line that dont want folks on their sand. No more beach restoration to them

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I go outta my way to give shore anglers and other beach goers plenty of room. But if there is no one on the beach for a couple hundred yards, I'll get as close as I think I need to to optimize fishing with safety being the only other consideration. I'm not gonna stay 200 yards off the beach just because someone "might" want to come along and use the beach at that spot.
 
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