Huckabee Loses Battle To Reopen His “Private Beach”

The Florida Times reports:

Federal Judge Roger Vinson today in Pensacola denied a request for an emergency preliminary injunction in favor of Mike Huckabee and other Florida beachfront landowners against a Walton County order closing the beach in front of their houses during the coronavirus crisis.

The hearing was closed to the public. Only attorneys joined the conference call. But the federal court record notes the judge heard arguments for the order and “orally denied it.”

Huckabee has a $3 million house on Santa Rosa beach near Destin. He pulled political strings to concoct a way to keep the public off the beach between the high tide line and his property, effectively ending decades of public access to the sugar sand beach.