shrug-l: Submerged Lands data layer

Patterson, Tim Tim.Patterson at
Thu Aug 3 12:12:49 EDT 2006

The Division of State Lands tracks the areas of sovereign submerged lands
that have been disposed of or encumbered by lease or easement. The limits of
sovereign submerged lands can be difficult to define.  Generally if a water
body was originally meandered, appears to be navigable, is not man made and
is not subject to a previous disposition, legislative mandate or court order,
then lands below the ordinary high water line can be presumed to be sovereign
submerged lands.  However, in Florida, with its flat topography, defining the
ordinary high water line and limits of navigability can be difficult and when
there is a question, only the courts can define the line.  Therefore, we do
not have a broad-brush GIS data set that accurately depicts all sovereign
submerged lands in the state.  


Timothy M. Patterson
GIS Coordinator 
Florida DEP 
Division of State Lands 
Bureau of Survey and Mapping 
3800 Commonwealth Blvd. 
MS 105 
Tallahassee, FL  32399-3000 

From: shrug-l-bounces at
[mailto:shrug-l-bounces at]On Behalf Of Butgereit, Richard
Sent: Thursday, August 03, 2006 11:12 AM
To: Steve Carbone; SHRUG List
Subject: RE: shrug-l: Submerged Lands data layer

Hopefully some folks from DEP's Division of State Lands may be on the list
and will respond with a more thorough answer, but from my understanding, we
"some" of the state-owned submerged lands in Florida, but we don't have
You can visit DEP's internet mapping portal at and follow to the link to the BTLDS
Lands Records Web Map to explore the data. I am unaware of this data being
available for download, and you would have to contact State Lands for further
Richard Butgereit 
Environmental Manager 
GIS Coordinator, WRM, Florida DEP 
richard.butgereit at 
Office: (850) 245-8531 SC 205-8531 
Mobile: (850) 339-9084 


From: shrug-l-bounces at
[mailto:shrug-l-bounces at] On Behalf Of Steve Carbone
Sent: Thursday, August 03, 2006 10:54 AM
To: SHRUG List
Subject: shrug-l: Submerged Lands data layer

Does anyone have any idea where I could find a data layer that shows all of
the State-owned Submerged Lands in Florida? 

Steven Carbone 
GIS \ IT Specialist  

Quality, Integrity, and Experience

110 South Edison Ave.
Tampa, FL  33606
813.259.1085 office
813.259.1086 fax 
scarbone at 

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