New Florida law reignites beach access fight in Panhandle

SANTA ROSA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — A new Florida law is set to reignite a fight over beach access in a Florida Panhandle county known for its pristine white sand.

Walton County Sheriff Michael Adkinson says the law that takes effect July 1 will void a local ordinance that allows public access to sand that’s owned by beachfront property owners. If unwelcome beachgoers refuse to leave, they’ll be arrested for trespassing.

The law sets up a process that allows local governments to pass...

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