Walton judge to let Florida Supreme Court decide on customary use case

DeFUNIAK SPRINGS — In two different rulings, one particular on a movement and the other subsequent a courtroom listening to, Walton County Judge David Inexperienced declined to rule on the constitutionality of Florida’s current customary use doctrine.

His doing so didn’t shock anybody having to pay focus to the 3 1/2-year legal fight getting waged among the county and non-public beach landowners more than command of the white sand of the county’s beach locations. Eco-friendly had succinctly said his intentions regarding constitutional issues last November.

“This court docket does not have the authority to rule that the customary use doctrine adopted by the Florida Supreme Courtroom is unconstitutional,” he wrote.

The long-running customary use case in Walton County appears headed to an appellate court and then to the Florida Supreme Court.

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Daytona Beach front vs. Tona-Rama is the landmark 1974 Florida Supreme Courtroom scenario that established a normal of proof for what constitutes customary use. Customary use is a proposition by which Walton County has staked a assert that the dry sand regions of its coastline need to be open up to the general public.