Florida maritime death claim remedies for non-seamen vary depending upon whether the death occurred in territorial waters or the high seas.
Deaths Occurring on Territorial Waters
Territorial waters are generally considered as rivers, bays, lagoons, estuaries and nearshore. Florida declares a territorial sea nine miles off its Gulf coast and the farther of three miles off its Atlantic coast or to the western edge of the Gulf Stream. See, Fla. Const., Art. II, Sec. 1. The United States declares a twelve-mile territorial sea. See, Proclamation No. 5928. Deaths which occur in territorial waters are governed by Federal maritime common law and supplemented by Florida’s wrongful death statute.