ON THE WATERFRONT: The beach in front of Huckabee home is part of a local dispute over public access I Arkansas Times

Mike Huckabee and the fight for Florida beach access

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee is in the middle of a controversy over public access to the famed beaches of the Destin, Fla., area, fully reported by a local newspaper complete with video of the scenery.

Beachfront property owners like Huckabee paid a nominal sum (about $400) to take control of beach property down to the water line. Law enforcement has been enforcing those property lines by moving would-be beach users down from sand to the water line. The land is hugely valuable — $1.8 million for some lots with beachfront backyards such as Huckabee's The article notes that Huckabee complains about the property taxes on his $3 million-plus home in Santa Rosa.

A government effort is underway to restore public access to the beaches. This entails the question of what that land is worth. It can't be developed, but it is of course valuable.

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