You’re in town and (of course) you want to go to the beach. But unless you’re parked right near the clock tower and can walk right across Ocean Boulevard and out onto the sand, how are you going to find the nearest legal beach access point?
It’s a problem, especially in the North End. Last fall, Palm Beach real estate attorney Guy Rabideau created a solution. His firm’s website is home to an innovative Beach Access locator tool. Enter any address on the island, and the tool returns the closest legal access point, whether public or private. Most of the oceanfront gates are privately owned, but some allow public use and Rabideau’s nifty online tool lets you know which ones.
The search tool took more than a year to complete and test. “To my knowledge, nobody has ever attempted something like this,” Rabideau told The Shiny Sheet. “There are so many ambiguities out there regarding beach access.”
The search tool is also a valuable resource for potential home buyers, who unfortunately can’t presume that properties near the beach have easy access to the beach.