Installed to prevent wave action from eating away at one’s land, they are subject to Federal, State and County laws. Again, these interests compete, and may not or probably do not align with the shoreline realty owner’s wishes, typically to protect her/his/their upland real estate.
Since the east/west and north/south metes and bounds legal descriptions of Key Peninsula, as wisely set forth by D.B. White in his epic survey of Key Peninsula, and subsequently sought, located, argued over by subsequent owners and their lawyers, do so very rarely line up with one’s expectation, adverse possession may apply.
As you may imagine, with waterfront averaging ~ $ 1,000 a foot in appraisals of the adjacent real estate, mistakes in the order of many feet are considered significant. Waterfront owners tend to take their ownership very seriously around Key Peninsula, as I imagine they do elsewhere in Puget Sound’s wonderful shoreline, so fights even over as little as the 11.3 feet in the photo shown, generate passion in excess of the mere monetary value.
In the photo shown, the owner wisely maintains the last few feet of this bulkhead, since replacement is problematic. Because use over time is key to adverse possession, never give an inch!
Bulkheads are sometimes made of natural logs, pent or creosote treated logs, basalt man rock, so named since it takes three persons to lift one, (and I want to meet those persons because they must be very strong), or as shown, concrete.
Those in fisheries and biologists do not appreciate the bath tub-ification of Puget Sound by hard bulkheads. They reflect waves in a manner inconsistent with biology and nature. Basalt rock is better, since wave energy is absorbed and reflected in a manner more similar to nature. Also, with hard bulkheads, the trees may not lean over the water, so insect larvae may not drop into the water to feed salmonoids.
There are some great approaches that blend everyone’s interests, in my opinion, but typically one takes what is there when one is should one be fortunate enough to acquire Puget Sound waterfront, and thereafter moves forward to the best of their, and their lawyer’s abilities.