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  1. #61
    Surely you can see I'm starving!

    Aug 2010
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    Re: To All Treausre Hunters - Our Legal Rights are at Risk! WE NEED YOUR HELP!

    Quote Originally Posted by Real de Tayopa Tropical Tramp
    After all, coins minted before 1956, are archaeologically classified thingies and so you are committing a crime by digging one up. Next year it will be coins prior to 1957 and so on each year.

    hummm... I wonder what would happen if you called them up and said, "Hello, I was metal detecting and found some coins. When I got home and cleaned them I noticed one of the coins, a penny, was minted in 1953 and qualifies as an archaeological find. Would you please send someone over right away to pick it up."

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  2. #62

    Oct 2010

    Re: To All Treasure Hunters - Our Legal Rights are at Risk! WE NEED YOUR HELP!

    Buddy, you got my support. I Live in ga and every year we come down there every year. We have a friend that does this and he takes me with him. It's so much fun.
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  3. #63

    Jan 2005
    Sand Springs, OK
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    Re: To All Treasure Hunters - Our Legal Rights are at Risk! WE NEED YOUR HELP!

    The deadline has passed. Anything to report since October of 2008? Monty
    Don't make me loose the hounds! If you dig, Cover up your holes.

  4. #64

    Nov 2005
    Columbia Gorge, Washington

    Re: To All Treasure Hunters - Our Legal Rights are at Risk! WE NEED YOUR HELP!

    Quote Originally Posted by W6PEA
    Quote Originally Posted by RGecy
    I think this is a great discussion, but it needs it own topic! It would be much better servered and could alert other users to this need. Most people will read the first part and not read all the way down to your very important post!

    I certainly ook forward to hearing more and will certainly support any cause to keep the Archies from taking away our rights.

    Good Luck,


    The Mexifornia law against dredging is all just another financial farce. There is a casino being built and the owners didn't want the waters of the river muddied up by prospectors -- and they had the money to buy some politicians on the issue. There is also that thing about asbestos being dangerous to people so land is being roped off limits. I'm in California right now and I refuse to become a citizen of this fascist little nightmare. As far as I'm concerned, this is not part of the US anymore. Where else in the US do you have to go through a border checkpoint to enter a state? They claim its for flies - but I'm not seeing them stop flies at the border, just people.

    As far as our rights to public property -- it's a freaking joke. It's going to get worse too if the Gov takeover isn't stopped. Most people do not realize that the law against us owning gold was never rescinded - it was paused. Any day now they can just re-activate that law with a stroke of the pen and you won't be allowed to own gold no matter where you got it from. All those coins you dig up won't be legal no matter what the date on them.

    Do you own the mineral rights to your property? If you think you do, you better check again. People have been duped on those, too - and a lot of people are finding mining companies taking over their own property. In Louisiana they have even usurped the people's rights to OWN their own land's mineral rights.

    They've been at this grab a LONG time, people. Unfortunately, they are winning.

    As far as rights are concerned, the gov needs to be told that if they want something they need to get off their asses and go find it themselves. If you find something archaeologically significant, make them pay for the information about where to get it. If they refuse, it's a good way to start fighting the law and keeping what we find -- "I gave you the chance to get it and you refused, so it's mine now. If you'd wanted it, you should have paid for the information about where to get it." Not foolproof, but if enough people start sending bills for information on finds, they might get the hint that we're tired and fed up with being stolen from.

    Mexifornia is somewhat trying to do the same stuff with the anti dredging laws they are trying to pass.

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  5. #65
    Feb 2010
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    Re: To All Treasure Hunters - Our Legal Rights are at Risk! WE NEED YOUR HELP!

    Quote Originally Posted by RGecy
    Dear Fellow Treasure Hunters,

    Even if you do not have any interest in Shipwreck Salvage or the Shipwreck forum, WE NEED YOUR HELP!

    I know this is The General Discussion forum, but Our legal rights for Shipwreck Salvage within State waters are at risk!

    We need your help to show our opposition to the proposed changes to the State of Florida's Rule 1A-31. We are asking everyone, even if you do not live in Florida, to please take a few minutes of your time and send a comment to the State of Florida showing you are against the proposed changes in rule 1A-31 and that you support responsible commercial salvage of historic shipwrecks within Florida's State waters.

    We only have until October 17th so please act soon and get everyone you know to send a comment!

    Please go the to the following link : https://www.flrules.org/Gateway/View...asp?id=6172515

    Scroll down and check Send One Time Comment to the Agency and then click the Make Comment button. Post your own commnets or copy and paste comments from below.

    There are over 20,000 members here at TNet. If we all come together we can stop this legislation. I am not asking for money, just 1 minute of your time. Please copy the comments below (or create your own) and follow the link above. It takes only a few clicks to show your support.

    Thank You!

    Robert Gecy

    1. We are against any rules or regulations that would hinder Florida's responsible historical shipwreck salvors from their continued recovery of treasures and artifacts, such as the current proposed rules.
    2. Under the Revised and Published Rule 1A-31.0092 (3) c, d, e it declares that permit areas shall have a "Buffer Zone" of 500 yards width from: navigation channels, exempted areas as defined in this chapter and excluded areas as defined in this chapter. These areas are defined in 1A-31.0042 and 1A-31.0045. This means no one will get a permit within 500 yards of a public recreation area (i.e. public beach) which translates to about one fourth of a mile from any Florida shoreline. The entire coastline of Florida is off limits for 1500 feet. This is not fair because history shows us that the majority of shipwrecks were blown toward or onto shore by hurricanes. The vast majority of shipwrecks on Florida's submerged lands are probably included within this area. It also means no one (without a grandfathered in Admiralty Claim) will get a permit within 500 yards of any inland waters, inlets, National Park systems, National Marine Sanctuaries such as the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary), State Parks, Local public recreation areas, resource conservation areas and resource management areas, areas conveyed to public or private entities............. etc.

    3. We believe the Division of Historical Resources should do more to work with the private sector salvors of Florida and encourage salvors to come into a fair, even handed and just permit process. Rule 1A-31 does not seek to do this.

    4. We believe Florida's private sector salvors have done an excellent job of recovering and preserving our maritime heritage, to the direct benefit of the public and at little cost to the taxpayers and should be allowed to continue with as little interference as possible. Rule 1A-31 does not do this.

    5. We do not want our tax dollars used by state archaeologists to dive on shipwrecks. The private sector salvors have done a great job, using their own money, with Florida getting the benefits by receiving 20% of the conserved artifacts and treasures recovered. We do not support any changes to rule 1A-31 that would make it harder for the salvors to continue.

    6. We feel the new rule is unfair because it treats commercial salvors as second class citizens due to the fact that it does not give the same standards to commercial salvors as Rule 1A-32 gives to universities and nonprofit organizations. For example, the turnover or response time to get permits for 1A-32 is two weeks while commercial groups have waited months and in some cases, years. Also 1A-32 uses students as excavators while commercial enterprises must use experts.

    7. We think Rule 1A-31 is unfair because university and nonprofit 1A‐32 permit holders get a search & survey, recovery & salvage permit ALL in their first permit while 1A-31 requires commercial salvors to obtain only search & survey permits with rules that vary from salvor to salvor. NO recovery & salvage permits (unless already grandfathered in by Federal Admiralty Claims) have been issued to commercial groups in Florida for over 15 years.

    8. We are opposed to the rule because individuals who have current contracts for exploration have not all been individually notified of the workshops and hearings. It is also unfair that when they are notified, the locations of such meetings repeatedly take place at locations remote to the majority of the private and commercial entities that it will affect. Therefore, if a few dozen commercial groups from the Keys want to attend, they need to drive either 9 hours to St. Augustine area or 12 hours to the Tallahassee area (and back.) This means they have to miss THREE days work to attend. Two days driving and one day at the meetings. Future meetings should be held in a central location of the state such as the Orlando area to accommodate the majority of thestakeholders. Additionally, these meetings should not be held between June 1 and Sept 30th of any year, as that is the 120 day window for good weather conditions on the majority of the archaeological sites worked by commercial salvors in Florida.

    9. We are opposed to the rule because it insists that an archaeologist be on board each salvage vessel during each and every survey and excavation. This is unnecessary because most electronic surveys are non‐intrusive and the majority of actual excavation areas are empty or turn out to be modern intrusions such as lawn chairs, discarded shrimp or lobster traps, beer cans and in some cases, U.S. military bombs in old target practice areas. Of course when major conglomerates of shipwreck material or structure are found, it would then be appropriate for the archaeologist to be on board to supervise the proper mapping and recording of these areas The reality is that the majority of the archaeologist's time is spent working with a cartographer, mapping and analyzing data collected during remote sensing surveys and identifying patterns from other known sites in an effort to decide which anomalies to excavate first, and writing reports after poring through the reams of data provide by the artifact recovery process. His presence on the site is not necessary until significant cultural deposits or structures are encountered.

    10. The new rule should address some sort of Annual Adjudication of Title from the State to the permit holder rather than "Transfer of objects" in exchange for recovery services. This way, the state can receive donations of artifacts, because it is usually impossible to put an actual dollar value on each and every artifact found and this would create much confusion in tax law since the transfer of object has an indeterminable value.

    11. This rule creates more work and overhead for DHR to manage their resources. Permits should be issued for a minimum of three years, much like the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, thereby alleviating costs to the DHR by reducing paperwork.

    12. We feel this rule is unfair because commercial salvors are constantly in the research and development stages of using new technology for survey, excavation and conservation much of which is proprietary information. This rule eliminates many future possibilities and opportunities for research, development and testing of these new technologies.

    13. We feel this rule is unfair because it requires the permit holder to turn over thousands of dollars worth of proprietary surveyresults without any guarantee that they will be allowed to salvage a site once it is found. There is no incentive for the permit holder to obtain a survey & exploration permit. An alternative would be to use wording similar to that in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, which does not even require a "Survey & Exploration" permit at all and yet it seems to have been beneficial.

  6. #66
    Dec 2008
    Boston UK
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    Re: To All Treasure Hunters - Our Legal Rights are at Risk! WE NEED YOUR HELP!

    Hi have signed. although ..we have have our own draconian laws chipping away at our hobby this dosent affect me, ..living in the uk.
    Any coin over three hundred years if its gold or silver. has to be declared. but can be returned to you if it is a single find.

    I find that this is a joke ! treasure! before 1956 i know that your history is not as rich as it is in europe. ! but you think that they would give a starting date a bit earlier than this. The banks must be full of pre 56 coins.

    These new laws are probably new to the states. but" beware they spreading from europe. I had an email a while ago from the ancient coin forum...stating that they are trying to ban the import of roman coins into the states from italy.
    Good hunting.
    Regards Ron.

  7. #67
    Feb 2008
    Pikeville, Ky
    Garrett Ace 250
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    Re: To All Treasure Hunters - Our Legal Rights are at Risk! WE NEED YOUR HELP!

    It seems to me the state has laid claim to all the sites along the most likely sites in Florida. to pass this legislation would be wrong. It could cost the state more in tourist revenue alone than what is realized. This is not fair to the people. Although I do not reside in Florida, I belive I will write and voice my opinion to this. Thank you for letting me know.

  8. #68
    Sep 2008

    Re: To All Treasure Hunters - Our Legal Rights are at Risk! WE NEED YOUR HELP!

    I'm down for a friendly visit to the appropriate officials...

    detectorists unite! get the banners and picket signs!

    if i wanted to live in communism, i would invite Hitler over...

  9. #69

    Apr 2010
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    Re: To All Treasure Hunters - Our Legal Rights are at Risk! WE NEED YOUR HELP!

    Quote Originally Posted by seekthenfind
    There is always that one person who has to bring politics into the discussion. Carson-Wreckma lets not forget about the debt our last president got us in
    Nothing even close to the latest idiot in office!
    Silence in the face of evil is itself evil: God will not hold us guiltless. Not to speak is to speak. Not to act is to act.
    -Dietrich Bonhoeffer

  10. #70
    Mar 2011
    Garrett ATPro

    Re: To All Treasure Hunters - Our Legal Rights are at Risk! WE NEED YOUR HELP!

    sent mine and also sent copy to brother in law n florida, he will get the word out more. happy hunting everyone!!!!

  11. #71
    Feb 2009
    Ace 250

    Re: To All Treasure Hunters - Our Legal Rights are at Risk! WE NEED YOUR HELP!

    Its also the same for gold prospecting. The BLM is trying to take that away soon. Its a nightmare to stack a claim. Wonder whats next, probably stop detecting also. Everyone has to stick together and fight this madness. They say to us preserve it for future generations well what about us.

  12. #72
    Sep 2009
    1 times

    Re: To All Treasure Hunters - Our Legal Rights are at Risk! WE NEED YOUR HELP!

    This all started when the crooked greedy bureaucrats extended all the areas to steal the Treasure of the Atocha from Mel. The fight is with the Feds, the State, the Church and the University. These lazy bum bureaucrats think more and more everyday they are entitled to the fruits of the labors of us hunters. It has to stop. It is "finders-Keepers" and should be returned to that caveat. Any lease should be for one year only and can be renewed, if worked, if abandoned it can be worked or filed on by a new renewie. Government and bureaucrats have "NO CLAIMS"...they can line up at the 'sale table' like all the other buyers!

    See my web site: www.lostloot-treasure.com

  13. #73
    Mar 2011

    Re: To All Treasure Hunters - Our Legal Rights are at Risk! WE NEED YOUR HELP!

    My comments were sent to the link given. I am fully against any laws that take away from our great hobby...

  14. #74
    Mar 2009
    started out with compass nugget.1970? have had many over years, current choice is Garrett ACE 350. collection includes: ace 250, AT Pro, ATX, Whites 6000, whites classic, still have my compass too.
    25 times

    Re: To All Treasure Hunters - Our Legal Rights are at Risk! WE NEED YOUR HELP!

    this original post is over three years old.. you got to be kidding,

  15. #75

    Apr 2010
    a piece, fisher f75
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    Re: To All Treasure Hunters - Our Legal Rights are at Risk! WE NEED YOUR HELP!

    I guess too late I don't see a make comment link?
    Silence in the face of evil is itself evil: God will not hold us guiltless. Not to speak is to speak. Not to act is to act.
    -Dietrich Bonhoeffer


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