Many metal detecting treasure hunters travel to warmer climates during the cold winters and Florida is one of the most popular destinations. Some visitors to this site have asked where they could hunt in Florida so I took one of the questions received on this subject and have posted the response for everyone’s benefit.
Do you have any tips on where we can hunt to do better then we have in the past and are there any regulations that we need to be concerned about?”
The timing of this question was uncanny as I had just received a copy of a new book from a fellow author and treasure hunter that covers this exact subject. Kevin Reilly, a professional treasure hunter based in Pompano Beach Florida, has heard similar questions from visiting (and even some local) treasure hunters over the years and took it upon himself to put a book together that would help improve the odds of succeeding when hunting the beaches along the east coast of Florida. Entitled “The Beach Bank, Your Treasure Teller“, it is destined to be the beachcombers handbook for treasure hunters working the Florida beaches. Covering the stretch of coastline from Sebastian to Miami, virtually every beach accessible to treasure hunters is discussed. In addition, Kevin has included several chapters that cover the techniques and equipment you need in order to be successful when hunting these beaches. It lists for ONLY $2.95
He has also put out another book and video tape that covers the stretch of coastline called the Treasure Coast in much greater detail. This is the area where Mel Fisher’s group found the sunken 1715 Galleon wrecks a few years ago and even today, treasure hunters recover coins and other artifacts on a regular basis. The book / video shows exact locations where treasure has been found and provides tips on when to hunt these areas for the best chance at success. The book sells for $9.95 and the video for $14.95. You can save $3 by ordering the pair for $22.
As far as regulations that you need to be aware of, Florida probably has the least restrictive laws of any state regarding metal detector usage. The state owns all of the land from the high tide mark down to the ocean. So, as long as you can gain access to the beach (which in some areas is more difficult than in others due to ocean-side homes and condominiums), you can walk up and down the coast as long as you stay below the high tide line. Metal detecting is allowed anywhere on the State-owned beaches with the exception of the following locations. John Lloyd State Park, located neat Fort Lauderdale, only allows metal detecting in the wet sand area – no detecting is permitted in the water or on the dry sand. And the biggest stretch of restricted beach is along the Treasure Coast mentioned previously. Mel Fisher still retains salvage rights to all of the wrecks and his rights extend up to the waterline. So, if you plan on hunting for Spanish treasure (or even modern valuables), you will need to stay out of the water to avoid an unexpected encounter with the local or state law enforcement authorities.
Hopefully this information will help you find some productive sites to search this winter while staying on the right side of the law. . . .