It is very important to understand how state waters are defined in each jurisdiction. A common misconception is that state waters always extend 3 miles from shore, but that is not always the case. For example, Florida’s west coast state waters extend 3 leagues, or 9 miles, from shore, while the state waters off Florida’s Atlantic coast extend much farther than 3 miles. Specifically, the Florida Constitution defines its boundaries as extending 3 geographic miles from shore, or to the western edge of the Gulf Stream, whichever is greater. Thus, it is also important to verify the location of the Gulf Stream with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration prior to performing an offshore closing on the east coast of Florida, or you may find that you were indeed in state waters when the transfer occurred.