The city of St. Pete Beach removed its coastal construction line, opting instead to use the state’s coastal construction line. The city created its coastal construction line in the 1970s, before the state established a similar one.
“In this area, the city’s line is more restrictive [than the state’s coastal construction line],” Senior Planner Catherine Hartley said.
The change allows the Tradewinds another 1.4 acres on which it can build; other impacted properties will have lessor gains, according to Hartley.
Typically, beachfront property owners own their property up to the mean high water mark.
The state periodically reevaluates its line.
“As you know,” Hartley said, “dirt moves.”