Is it true that all coastal minor activities and structures must have approval by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection Agency? Florida Administrative Code 62B-33.004 – Exemption from permit requirements states that to get an exemption for an activity, you have to apply and get a letter of exemption. The State Coastal Permit Application specifies a permit fee for minor activities and structures.
Does this mean everyone needs to apply for and pay a permit fee to put up beach tents, beach umbrellas, private enclosed tents and cabanas on land that don’t belong to them, as well as on land they own? The beach tents turn serene beaches into tent cities that look like refugee camps during spring and summer. They come in various sizes and shapes to block beautiful views. They are potential public hazards as strong winds could turn them into rolling flying missiles. Then who knows what unauthorized activities occur inside the private tents, shielded from the eyes of beach patrol and the public. Which of these tents require permit and/or letter of exemption?