I grew up in Florida and water is a way of life for me even now. Ocean, gulf, river or lake, it does not matter to me . The Surfrider Foundation is active in preserving beach access to the general public, fill protests, and more.
Their page informs:
Surfrider Foundation's Beach Access initiative promotes the right of low-impact, free and open access to the world's waves and beaches for all people.In nearly every state, some portion of the beach is public land, which means that all members of the public have the right to use that portion of the beach. Because much of the land between where people can park and where they can enjoy the beach is privately owned, their ability to enjoy beaches often depends on the quality and availability of access between roads and parking lots and the beach. It is simply not equitable for only some people to have access to the ocean and beaches, which are public resources.