Wow. Ok, first of all.....the size of the 'tax bill' is only relevant to this discussion if the money in question is calculated with the actual ownership of the intertidal zone included. In other words, once again, do you or do you NOT have any sort of title to the intertidal zone? If not, then the size of your property taxes is irrelevant. And no, I do NOT want to pay it. But thats not the issue here. If your 'beach front' property does not include ownership of the land (see the above post regarding beaches that Washington sold off....) then it's not yours. Regardless of what you pay in taxes. Yes or no? At any rate, (pardon the pun), I agree it's best to avoid all of this hassle and hard feelings if possible. And Steve.......do you own waterfront? Can I fish there? Please? And yet another comment....there is an ongoing discussion in the 'watercraft' forum about kayaks. It is my understanding that as long as you're floating, you're not trespassing. A small kayak can float in a couple of inches of water sooooooooo this seems to be a good solution to some potential trespassing issues. Leave no trace!