New law allows Florida beachfront property owners to kick visitors off the beach

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) - Beach-goers in Florida may need to start paying closer attention to where they lay their towels in the sand.

Governor Rick Scott has signed a bill giving beachfront property owners the option to kick people off of their adjoining stretch of the beach.

Gov. Scott signed House Bill 631 into law on March 23.

The Possession of Real Property Bill stipulates that portions of the beach where the sand gets wet are exempt from this rule and would remain public. However, if the sand is in an area that remains dry, people can be asked to leave by property owners.

This law also includes hotels and condominiums.

The new law is the first of its kind in the country. It will go into effect July 1st.