Battle of the beach: Who owns what?

Clearwater, Florida -- For the past six months, homeowners living on the water have been fighting with beach-goers who they say are trespassing on their property. But their property is white beach sand that some people think should never be private in the first place.

Beach-goer Teresa Massie sees a lot of unique things out on the beach, but she has a problem when she looks at this.

"I don't think it's right. I don't think it's right at all," says Massie.

Some homeowners on North Clearwater Beach have taken it upon themselves to put up signs and rope, letting people know that this block of sand doesn't belong to them.

"This should be open to the public and we don't need this here," says Bill Munroe, a beach-goer.

But according to this document we obtained from the Department of Environmental Protection, they approved the homeowner to install such a barrier.

"They are not on a public beach. There's no highwater mark that's been delineated by the state. It's a complicated issue," says Joelle Castelli, spokesperson for the City of Clearwater.

A complicated issue that goes back to the 1930s when these homes were developed.

"We offered to do mediation," says Castelli.

But the City says besides that there's not much more they can do.

"We feel this is a private matter and in the end of the day we need a judge to make a ruling," says Castelli.


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