Florida State Coastal Boundaries, Amendment 8 (1962)

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The Florida State Coastal Boundaries Amendment, also known as Amendment 8, was a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment in Florida which was approved on the ballot on November 6, 1962.

This amendment modified the Florida Constitution to authorize the revision to the state's coastal boundaries to match federal or international standards.[1]

Election results

Florida Amendment 8 (1962)
ResultVotesPercentage
Approveda Yes 354,983 74.11%
No124,03025.89%

Election results via: Report of the Secretary of State of the State of Florida (1961-1962)

Text of measure

The language that appeared on the ballot:

NO. 8

CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT TO

ARTICLE I

Proposing a revision of Article I of the Constitution of the State of Florida relating to the boundaries by giving the latitudes and longitudes of certain points and by reestablishing the coastal boundaries and provided that the Legislature may extend the coastal boundaries to such limits as the laws of the United States or international law may permit.[2][3]

Constitutional changes

ARTICLE I
BOUNDARIES

The state boundaries are: Begin at the mouth of the Perdido River, which for the purposes of this description is defined as the point where latitude 30 degrees 16 minutes 53 seconds north and longitude 87 degrees 31 minutes 06 seconds west intersect; thence to the point where latitude 30 degrees 17 minutes 02 seconds north and longitude 87 degrees 31 minutes 06 seconds west intersect; thence to the point where latitude 30 degrees 18 minutes 00 seconds north and longitude 87 degrees 27 minutes 08 seconds west intersect; thence to the point where the center line of the Intracoastal Canal (as the same existed on June 12, 1953) and longitude 87 degrees 27 minutes 00 seconds west intersect; the same being in the middle of the Perdido River; thence up the middle of the Perdido River to the point where it intersects the south boundary of the State of Alabama, being also the point of intersection of the middle of the Perdido River with latitude 31 degrees 00 minutes 00 seconds north; thence east, along the south boundary line of the State of Alabama, the same being latitude 31 degrees 00 minutes 00 seconds north, to the middle of the Chattahoochee River; thence down the middle of said river to its confluence with the Flint River; thence in a straight line to the head of the St. Marys River; thence down the middle of said river to the Atlantic Ocean, and extending therein to a point three (3) geographic miles from the Florida coast line, meaning the line of ordinary low water along that portion of the coast which is in direct contact with the open sea and the line marking the seaward limit of inland waters; thence southeastwardly following a line three (3) geographic miles distant from the Atlantic coast line of the state and three (3) leagues distant from the Gulf of Mexico coast line of the state to and around the Tortugas Islands; thence northeastwardly, three (3) leagues distant from the coast line, to a point three (3) leagues distant from the coast line of the mainland; thence north and northwestwardly, three (3) leagues distant from the coast line, to a point west of the mouth of the Perdido River, three (3) leagues from the coast line, as measured on a line bearing 00 degrees 01 minutes 00 seconds west from the point of beginning; thence along said line to the point of beginning.

The legislature may extend the coastal boundaries to such limits as the laws of the United States or international law may permit.[1]

Path to the ballot

  • The amendment was placed on the ballot by House Joint Resolution 1965 of 1961.
  • The amendment was filed with the Secretary of State on June 15, 1961.[1]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Florida Constitution Revision Commission, "Amendments, Election of 11-6-62"
  2. Sarasota Herald-Tribune, "Sample Ballot," November 5, 1962
  3. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.