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Florida's HB 1103: Redefining the "Ordinary High Water Line" - 2012

The ACA recently opposed Florida’s HB 1103,  which would redefine the present "Ordinary High Water Line.” Redefining the high water line would result in huge transfers of publicly owned land along the State's rivers, lakes and streams into private ownership, amounting to the loss of thousands of acres of land that now belong to the people of Florida and the many paddlers and anglers who enjoy those waters. 

ACA opposition was presented to the House Agriculture & Natural Resources Subcommittee members on January 17, 2012, by Eric Draper, President of the Florida Audubon Society. It was voted favorably and passed on in a 9-4 vote. The bill now resides in the Civil Justice Subcommittee of the House (and it's sister bill in the Senate SC 1362 has yet to be voted on).

"Again, thanks to all the paddlers, airboaters, waterfowl hunters, fishers and birdwatchers who raised their voices this week to defend our rights to get on the water and use and preserve the wet part of the freshwater shore. We were especially grateful to the American Canoe Association for engaging on this important issue." -- Audubon Society of Florida

  • Agriculture & Natural Resources Subcommittee Letter (PDF)


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