Title: Safe Upland Line (SUL) Methodology for Submerged Land Lease or Easement Surveys in Non-Tidal Waters
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Title: Safe Upland Line (SUL) Methodology for Submerged Land Lease or Easement Surveys in Non-Tidal Waters
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Abstract: Safe Upland Line (SUL) Methodology for Submerged Land Lease or Easement Surveys in Non-Tidal Waters Florida Department of Natural Resources Bureau of Survey and Mapping
General Note: Box 9, Folder 10 ( SF- Safe Upland Line - 1967 and 1992 ), Item 8
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FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES
BUREAU OF SURVEY AND MAPPING


SAFE UPLAND LINE (SUL) METHODOLOGY FOR
SUBMERGED LAND LEASE OR EASEMENT SURVEYS
IN NON-TIDAL WATERS

This is to outline a procedure for determining a safe upland line
on nontidal lakes and rivers for the purpose of area computations
of submerged land leases and easements. The SUL determined by this
procedure is not to be considered a sovereignty submerged land
boundary and will not be recognized by the Department for use in
controlling future development or for any other use or purpose
unless specifically stated otherwise by the Department. The
typical procedure for establishing the elevation of a SUL follows:

(1) The SUL is generally based on the ground elevation of
mature upland plant communities. Upland communities must be of
sufficient age to indicate a preregulation SUL if man-made water
control structures control water levels.

(2).. Soil and hydrologic information may be used to supplement
the SUL determination in some cases. (See Sections 18-22.204 and
18-22.206.)

(3) In some cases the Bureau of survey and Mapping will have
sufficient information on the subject waterbody to determine the
SUL elevation without additional field work.

(4) The safe upland line is considered a continuous contour
approximated by bearings and distances included in a closed
traverse around a submerged lease or easement area.

Pertinent information and notes indicating the methodology used to
determine the SUL must be included as part of the survey drawing.
Also, the location of the upland vegetation and/or upland soils
sample area used to determine the SUL should be noted.

The above is intended to be general guidelines. Every lake and
river has its own individual characteristics and procedures will
vary.

Comments may be directed to:

Department of Natural Resources
Bureau of Survey and Mapping
Mail Station 105
3900 Commonwealth Boulevard
Tallahassee, Florida 32399
Phone: 904/488-2427

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Revised 7/92 7









BOUNDARY LINES OF SOVEREIGNTY SUBMERGED LANDS


There are two types of water boundaries that delineate sovereignty

submerged lands. In tidally influenced waters, the mean high water

line (MHWL) is the boundary, and in non-tidally influenced waters,

the ordinary high water line (OHWL) is the boundary.

A safe upland line (SUL) is at or above the OHWL or MHWL elevation

and is used where a more accurate (and more costly) delineation of

the water boundary would not result in a benefit to the applicant

or to the state. (For example, in situations where all of the

preempted area is to be leased, the location of the water boundary

is not a factor in the lease fee calculation.)

(a) Tidal Waterbodies The boundary line is to be located will be

one of the following:

1. A MHWL based on an actual tide study or an elevation

provided by DNR and surveyed as a contour line. The

procedures for establishing the MHWL elevation are

administered by DNR pursuant to Chapter 177, Part II,

Florida Statutes.

2. A SUL based on an elevation provided by DNR as being

safely above the approximate actual elevation of MHW and

surveyed as a contour line. The legal land description

for a parcel bounded by this line must be preceded by a

leader containing "That part of the sovereignty lands of

the State of Florida that lie within the following

described area:".



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Revised 7/92 8









b) Non-tidal (Freshwater) Waterbodies The boundary line to be

located will be one of the following:

1. An OHWL if established by judicial decision or boundary

agreement.

2. A SUL based on one or more of the following indicators of

water levels reached during the high water season; the

waterward extent of mature upland vegetation; the

landward extend of wetland vegetation; water marks on

trees or other objects that reflect high water stages;

and analysis of hydrologic data; or soil analysis that

reflects high water stages; or other indications of the

reach of water during the high water season. The method

for determining the SUL should be clearly noted on the

survey. The legal description for a marcel bounded by

this line must be Dreceded by a rualifvina statement

excluding privately owned lands, such as. "That part of

the sovereignty lands of the State of Florida that lie

within the following described area:".



Contact the Bureau of Survey and Mapping, 3900 Commonwealth

Boulevard, Mail Station 105, Tallahassee, Florida 32399, telephone

(904)488-2427, prior to beginning survey field work.







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