Is an Owner of a Natural Body of Water Required to Fence It or Put Up Signs?

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According to Florida case law as of the date of this article, an owner of a body of water, is not required to fence it, post guards, or put up signs in areas that are not designed for swimming.  This is true even in the case of children, unless there is some unusual danger not generally existing in similar bodies of water or the water contains a dangerous condition constituting a trap.

See: Saga Bay Property Owners Ass’n v. Askew, 513 So. 2d 691 (Fla. Dist. Ct. App. 3d Dist. 1987)

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