Panama City, FL asked in Admiralty / Maritime for Florida

Q: Florida owns the water and the Bay System, so if I build a pier, can I legally keep boaters off of it.

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Francis M. Boyer
Francis M. Boyer
  • Jacksonville, FL
  • Licensed in Florida

A: Indeed the State owns the water, at least up until a certain level. If you build a pier, meaning after obtaining a permit for building it on your land an extending into the river or sea, you can kee people off that very pier.

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