Florida DEP says they will begin investigation into Hill Tide fence

October 28, 2021
By Marcy Shortuse

Little has changed since last week when we reported on the fence erected on the beach and into the water at Hill Tide Estates on the southern tip of the island. Several agencies have been sent inquiries about the legality of the fence, and the Florida Department of Environmental Protection seems to be the most interested.

According to Alexandra Kuchta, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection Press Secretary, they have opened an ongoing investigation into these claims.

“As part of our investigation, the department is reviewing this activity in light of any applicable Coastal Construction Control Line and public access requirements, as well as any applicable dredge and fill requirements under the submerged lands and environmental resources program,” she said. “If it is determined that a violation has occurred, appropriate enforcement, as well as any necessary remediation, will occur.” 

 Kuchta said the DEP has a number of compliance and enforcement tools available to address potential violations. Depending on the nature of the violation and circumstances surrounding the event, DEP will determine which measure is best-suited. This could include Compliance Assistance Offers for minor violations up to a formal enforcement response that includes penalties and other enforcement mechanisms.

We will keep you posted.