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That county law would not hold up in any court! Although stupid to be running up and down the beach on the gulf side close to the beach, it's not against the law!

If someone actually was charged with that 700 foot law in Okaloosa county, it would not stand up in the court process if someone had the money to fight it! The county does not own the water or the land under it past mean high water line! A boat of any kind can navigate it!
 

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I used to run inside the bar all the time in my flats boat. Being inside the bar cuts down on the chop and slop outside the bar. When doing that, I always stood, never sat down so I could see further ahead. Ivevrun full bore inside the bar when the bigger boats outside the bar were getting pounded. ( a side benefit...closer to the bikinis).

Running inshore, I once pulled an 8 year old out of the water who made it almost as far as the bar...then wore out. He was about to go under when I eased right beside him and pulled him onboard. I eased in to the beach and dropped him off in about knee deep water. His mother, who had been sunbathing and not watching him, started screaming at me for getting my boat too close to her baby. I backed away from the beach while he was telling her what happened, jumped back up on plane and was out of there. Didn't want to have my boat attacked by the Great White Whale.
 

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I love running the beach is closest possible. But then I make a wide loop if there’s swimmers or fisherman. I’ll like to do it in the ICW from the last condominium a long Fort Pickens to the pass. I love doing it from the pass to the fishing pier on the gom
 

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The main problem with the okaloosa county ruling is

by the way is written theoretically you can't go out the pass. i go within 700 ft of a gulf beach each time i go out the pass
 

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Bottom line (see what I did there?) you wanna run the beach in whatever county, don't start bitching if you end up with mono/braid around your propshaft from surf casters or God forbid, hit a swimmer and have that on your conscience for the rest of your life because the way I've read some of the replies here, ya'll ain't turning back to fess up what you did.
 

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We always were past the second sand bar unless cobia fishing off of Eglin beach near Navarre One can cast to a cobia from the second sand bar.
 

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Some years ago I ran my 17'cc wot between the beach and 1st sandbar, only because I'd hit something out near the casino reef that busted my hull. I was taking on more water than my bilge could pump out, as well as running with the plug out. I had to keep the front up out of the water, and the only way was wot. At one point, the water was going over the transom when I started racing to the shoreline. I figured the closer to shore I was, the better, if it decided to sink. Wasn't too many swimmers out and a few surf fishers. I didn't get any line in the prop, nor ran anyone over. I made it back to the landing, but took awhile to get it out since it took alot of water on before I could get the trailer in the water, then had to slooowlly ease it out while waiting on the water to exit/drain as not to break down the trailer from excessive weight.
So you never really know why someone is running so close to the shoreline. Maybe a legitimate reason. And if some DumbFuck hit me with a Gotcha lure, somebody's gonna get fucked up worse than me from a treble hook soon after I beach the boat. Your best bet is to report the hull numbers to the CG or FWC and let it go. just saying.
 

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I've only run close to the beach (maybe 300 yards) to cut down on the chop and it was in the winter off PCB. Even on a flat day it could be really hard to see a swimmer in the water running 30 mph +. I agree that the Okaloosa county law is BS and wouldn't hold up in court, but in my opinion 700 ft is probably about the closest I would ever run to shore anyway especially in summer. If you are trolling I don't see a problem, but running full bore could get iffy
 

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233.3 to be exact. Plenty far enough.
 

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You just have to watch out for Plastic Pirates, I hear they get real angry when they tip over. :devilish:
( I am just kidding so don't get pissy.)
 

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I like to run on plane as close to the beach as possible. Like 15 feet or so. It really impresses the beach goers, as they're always waving at me and yelling words of encouragement. Some even throw beers to me.
 

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I saw someone running about 100 - 150 yards off pensacola beach last week when it was flat. I had literally just seen some people swim out to the far sandbar about 20 min. before that. It was pretty damn calm and they were in like a 22 footer, there is really no need for it. Someone will get killed and then they will pass a law because people can't be reasonable
 
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