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What is the EROSION CONTROL LINE (ECL)?
The EROSION CONTROL LINE (ECL) is provided for by Chapter 161, Florida Statutes (F.S.). An ECL may be established along a section of sandy shoreline by the State through the Division of State Lands, following a formal Mean High Water Line (MHWL) survey, a technical review by Department staff and an Administrative Hearing. The ECL has the effect of replacing and permanently "fixing" the location of the otherwise fluctuating MHWL and becomes the new line that distinguishes between private upland ownership and public or sovereign ownership. An ECL is typically established immediately prior to a beach restoration project because the effect of the fill project would be to artificially relocate the natural MHWL; it may also be associated with beach placement of sand dredged for maintenance from an inlet channel. There is an established ECL on Longboat Key extending continuously from the north side of North Shore Road to the groin adjacent to New Pass at Sands Point.
 
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