"Is there really a Federal law that says the States don't have the right to restrict passage
in navigable waters? And is there a federal definition of "navigable waters""
Ah, yeah, that and lots more and don't take it personally if I say "Do your homework" it is SO easy to find all the federal statutes online these days, and draw your own conclusions instead of trusting some dog on the internet
I had to do it the old fashioned way because in the NY/NE area there is LOTS of privately owned bottom land. Hell, there's even a fairly large privately owned island with a Crown Deed from England
that predates the revolution and gets even more complicated. Beach access laws, public rights of way, federally navigable waters, oh, and if you want a good laugh, by order of the USSC NY's Long Island
was declared to be a peninsula, not an island, because there are so many permanently fixed connections to the mainland now.
of the United States that predate the current
Federal Republic, and predate the first Confederation of the United States (not to be confused with the Confederacy) have longer histories of prior law and ownerships which often are not modified by newer federal policies. Those forlorn and godless places we acquired as war prizes (like Puerto Rico) or voluntary union (like California
and Texas) or bought (like the Louisiana Purchase) all come with their own baggage and the former Spanish lands sometimes have very alien backgrounds, compared to the "English" colonies that started the nation.
? Well, as the newest RC ArchBishop said in his welcoming speech after his appointment, he was delighted to be appointed to a diocese that was SO close to the continental United States. (The highly Cubano expat crowd loved it.)
So yeah, plenty of laws. Plenty of old laws. Not much new to be found about them, but in America, anyone can pay the filing fee and bring a case before a court. Sometimes, the courts even throw out the old law and say "in the interest of public policy" they are throwing it out and reversing it. Florida
? Doesn't seem like there's any federal conflict, to me. Just a cities-vs-state uniform laws issue, a local matter that the good ole boys and the moneyed sect have gotten upset about.
But then again, last time I played an admiralty lawyer on TV, we only lasted a half season, so what do I know about it?
Go, do homework, it can be fun to explore.