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    Metal Detecting on a Florida beach - permit required???

    I'm going to the beach in and around the Port Charlotte, Florida area in June. I've read that I may need a permit from each county I want to use my metal detector on the beach. Is that true? If so, how do I go about doing this and how much is it? Thanks in advance!

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    Yes, you're in luck. I sell them. $100 each, and I take paypal. Also you must send me 50% of all your finds (you pay postage). Now do the right thing and send me your permit fee. No .... don't thank me .... it's the least I can do for the furtherance of our fine hobby!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tom_in_CA View Post
    Yes, you're in luck. I sell them. $100 each, and I take paypal. Also you must send me 50% of all your finds (you pay postage). Now do the right thing and send me your permit fee. No .... don't thank me .... it's the least I can do for the furtherance of our fine hobby!
    I see this forum is no different than many other forums I frequent.
    Does anyone know if I need a permit to do this on beaches in Florida?
    Last edited by GeauxLSU; Apr 03, 2013 at 08:51 AM.

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    Mar 2007
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    It's funny/odd how there'll be a single beach, or a single incident, in a single state somewhere, that has any sort of "rule" or "permit", and ..... from then-on-out, anyone else getting ready to go anywhere close (in that particular state, etc...) remembers it, and wonders "is there a permit where I'm about to go?" Or "is md'ing allowed where I'm about to go?" etc... I've wondered why FL beaches get this question over and over again on forum queeries (verses any other state's beaches). I guess because word of incidents, rules or laws circulated decades ago, from run-ins (perhaps d/t adjacent to sensitive wreck sites or something), and then .... from then on out .... people wonder about ALL Fl. beaches.

    The question has come up often enough, that I'm sure if you do forum key word search, you'll find multiple questions and their respective answers. Seems to me that as long as you're on the inter-tidal zone, at all those beaches, and below the higher dunes (for purposes of plant/vegetation habitation/growth), you're ok.
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    Well the County's beach parks site doesn't post any rules. Just mentions you have to follow posted rules. Community Services

    As far as beaches adjacent to hotels, you could call the hotel where you'll be staying.

    You might also want to post under the Florida section.

    Personally the only beach where I've not been able to detect was federal property. Never had to have a permit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GeauxLSU View Post
    I see this forum is no different than many other forums I frequent.
    Does anyone know if I need a permit to do this on beaches in Florida?
    NO, you do not need one to hunt, but as moderator and Florida native and resident I do get a cut of every thing you find....

    Florida beaches owned by public, you do not need hotel permission to hunt, just do not park in their parking lots or use their property to access beaches...

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    Mar 2007
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    I would not ask a hotel person "is it ok to hunt?". Because .... well ... for starters, they would do only the same thing you could do already: Look it up. But instead, what they would likely do (same as a lot of md'rs do), is go pass this question up-the-chain, and ask some desk-bound person somewhere. And then, alas, you get the "chain reaction" effect.

    For example: There's a true story that someone getting ready to go on a cruise-line through the caribbean. The cruise-ship stops in at various mexican beach resorts. So the cruise-passenger feels that the best thing to do is, to ask the cruise-line ticket-agent person. Sounds logical enough, right? Believe it or not, they got a "no". Apparently their question gets passed up the chain of command (to the cruise-line's lawyer, or whatever), and ..... they got told "no". That gets posted on to forums, and now people are all "riled" up trying to figure out if the answer was d/t the intrinsic fact of a metal detector in ones cabin? (as if it was like drugs, or weapons, or interferes with ships navigation, etc...). Or if the issue was the usage of them at their actual arrival destinations, etc... So, I would not ask hotels, as .... you can simply find yourself a victim of "no one cares, till you ask" routine.
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    Geaux LSU, Don't let Tom and Treasure Hunter fool you there is a little known very old "Poachers Clause " in Local Florida rules for metal detecting. It specifically says if your over the age of 60, and have an over abundance of white chest hair (maybe a little on the back wouldn't hurt either) and wear any color Speedo bathing suit while your detecting, You don't need a permit and may forgo turning over any of your finds to local detectors. LOL Obviously kidding. Depending where exactly you will be detecting you also need to be aware of offshore salvage claims. Most that I have researched include a 3 mile radius usually from a ship wreck. Typically you will find that if you stay between the dune and low tide water mark you will be OK. Believe it or not I've heard they patrol (on the water) the so called wreck sites for poachers and will call the law on you.
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