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A satellite image showing riparian rights.


Guidelines for Allocation of Riparian Rights

The 1985 and 2009 Studies

In 1985 and again in 2009, the Bureau of Survey and Mapping sponsored a study of the effect of shoreline and channel geometry on the division of riparian rights. This study was prepared by Dr. David Gibson, Associate Professor at the University of Florida.

The research was intended to analyze existing methods for making allocations of riparian rights together with a study of different shoreline configurations. The result was a set of recommended guidelines.

The result of the updated study is provided in the link below and concentrates on the two riparian right “equities” of dominant interest among waterfront owners: (1) right of ingress/egress to navigable waters – the right to build a dock out to deep water, and (2) right of view out to the edge of the main navigational channel (view). The document includes conclusions from the studies and examples of riparian rights allocations.

Guidelines for Allocation of Riparian Rights

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