||Friday, October 6, 2000
||Is it legal to use a metal detector on the beach of a
coastal state park in a zone between the water lane and
toe of the dunes?
||I called the Florida Department of Environmental Protection,
Division of Beaches and Coastal Systems at 850-488-3181
about your query and spoke with Rosalyn. She called
George Apthorp with Parks and Recreation who said that the
policy on metal detector use on beaches in state parks is
administered by the Bureau of Natural and Cultural Resources
. The policy is that metal detectors may be used to search
for lost personal items or modern money. Anything other
than those types of items cannot be removed. Anyone who
intends to use a metal detector must notify the park
manager. The intent of the policy is to preserve treasures.