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|Tropical Disturbance in the Atlantic (NOAA)|
I have commented on some situations, but advise doing your research concerning specific locations. If you have any questions, it is easy enough to ask a life guard or call the applicable county parks department or other governmental office or agency.
Asking is always a good policy.
I decided to post the following question and answer that can be found on the Florida Public Archaeology Network web site. Here it is.
If I find an artifact, can I keep it?
On State or Federal lands, it is not lawful to collect or remove artifacts. The Isolated Finds Policy in Florida has been discontinued and does not allow individuals to keep artifacts discovered in Florida’s rivers. If you do find an artifact, the best thing to do is leave it in place, record the approximate location on a map, take a photo with a well-known object (like a coin) as a scale, and contact your regional FPAN office which can help you properly report the find.
If you happen to find an artifact while metal detecting, don't be afraid to report it. Despite the horror stories you might hear about confiscated cars and all of that, they aren't out to punish good law-abiding citizens who are trying to do the right thing.. The people from the State of Florida that I've contacted in the past have all been consistently friendly and helpful. You won't get in trouble if you report something you see that might be of historic or archaeological significance.
You can also volunteer to work with FPAN.
Treasure Coast Beach Detecting Forecast and Conditions.
There is a tropical disturbance in the Atlantic now, but it is still far away from Florida and has only a 20% chance of developing into a cyclone in the next 48 hours. (See map at top of blog. Thanks to all of you tax payers.)
It will take days for that storm to reach Florida, if it ever does. It is too far away to predict now.
Otherwise not much has changed on our local Treasure Coast beaches and probably won't real soon.