Last week, Florida Governor Charlie Crist presented a signed copy of Senate Bill 1472 to eight-time world surfing champion Kelly Slater. The presentation took place at an event celebrating Slater’s appointment to the Governor’s Council for Physical Fitness.

Senate Bill 1472 works to preserve the public’s right to access the beach and protect beach users and sea turtles from the harmful affects caused by an experimental form of coastal armoring. Thanks in part to a statewide lobbying campaign undertaken by Surfrider Foundation’s Florida chapters, the bill recently received unanimous passage through both the Florida House and Senate.

“Here in Florida, the Surfrider Foundation has been extending itself beyond the surf community,” said Kelly Slater. “They’re not only looking out for the concerns of surfers but everyone that enjoys the ocean.” With the bill’s passage, Florida now joins such states as California, Texas and Oregon in having successfully established a formalized beach access protection policy.

“This is a landmark piece of legislation,” said Ericka D’Avanzo, Florida Regional Manager for the Surfrider Foundation. “Now recreational beach users can be assured that as growth continues along our coastline, we should not see any future loss of ocean access points.”

For more information on the Surfrider Foundation go to the Surfrider website.