Q: Who owns the beach in front of the hotels?
A: Most of the hotels own up to the mean high water line, according to City Manager Mike Bonfield. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) defines “mean high water” as the average of all the high water heights. In plain language, that means an average of the high tide mark.
The state owns the land on the other side of the mean high water line, although cities or counties may sign a submerged land lease (such as the city will do for the floating docks it will build in Boca Ciega Bay.)
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