The Clure proposal states that it is “offering the public the opportunity to reach nearly two miles of secluded beach.” But beyond the boundaries of the Clure property’s approximately 230 feet of shoreline, the beach consists of public tidelands below the Mean High Water (MHW) line. All the land above the Mean High Water line is private property, including most of the sandy areas and virtually all of the large beach logs. It is impossible to demarcate the boundary between the public tidelands and the private beach: any markers or signs erected on the beach would be swept away by the strong currents that pass by this part of the shoreline. Visitors will seek to walk and sit on the most comfortable parts of the beach: the upper area of sand and logs, inevitably leading to trespassing on private lands.
Our supporters have contacted the County surveyor, and they use the range of 7.1′ to 7.4′ when measuring the MHW. This means that when the tide is at or above approximately 7.4 feet, ALL of the public tidelands are under water. A resident of Eagle’s Roost Lane has measured the MHW line along the shoreline on either side of the Clure property and has determined that the MHT is located 24 – 37 feet seaward from the toe of the Bank. Thus, all of the beach between the “toe” (base) of the bank and the Mean High Water line (approximately 24 – 37 feet) is private.
See the Beach Map.
In the photos below, all of the beach is private land.
And finally… do visitors respect signs? You be the judge. The following picture is of the south boundary of Shark Reef County Park.