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had this question ask to me and was stumped!!

Are detectors allowed in the TCI?

Any rules for public beaches or private gardens etc??

thanks!!

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1. Re: metal detector

Private gardens NO! The Queen of England decrees the beautiful sandy shores of T& C to be public. As for metal detectors I do not know. But I know many will feel it's an intrusion on their space if you get too close. Sea shell hunting/picking is okay. DR. JIM

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Am confused...

so if the guy wants to use it in his own garden, thats a NO???

I have seen a guy on Grace bay often with a detector but dont know who he is?

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Husky, I think what the previous poster meant is you can't go into someone else's garden and start sweeping around. If it's your own yard (and you own it) that's a different story.

As far as the beaches go it looks like that's an area open to anyone with a detector

The fellow you've seen on the beach is actually looking for other peoples lost jewelry....here's his website:

http://www.ilostmyjewelry.com/contact.html

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I don't know the rules about bringing a detector into the country however.....

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I responded to your hypothetical questions. Does this guy own most of the private gardens on TCI. The answer is No. I only differentiated between public beaches and private gardens in the TCI. I surmise I was nebulous in my reponse. DR. JIM

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You must get goverment permission to use a metal detector on the beach. The guy you always see around has a permit and also must give all money he finds to the gov and anything else he puts it on a website to find its owner.

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If I remember correctly, I read somewhere no treasure hunting in T&C. I guess the use of a metal detector would fall into that category.

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Thanks all!!

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Like so many unenforced laws in the TCI. It is illegal to remove anything from our National Parks, which includes all of Grace Bay. This includes sea shells. Technically this also includes picking up other peoples trash! (It is against the law to sunbathe in the nude... anybody ever been arrested for that?) We ordered our family a metal detector one Christmas, imported with no restrictions and proceeded to spend many enjoyable hours scanning our own property and public beaches in a fruitless search of treasures. Well not entirely fruitless, found 2 Bic pens, aluminium foil bits, multiple screws/nails/beer caps & tabs and a Canadian penny. That guy on the beach provides an invaluable service and has many fabulous stories to tell of successfully reuniting people with lost heirlooms and wedding rings. It takes hours of patience, bending over and digging and the knowledge of tides/winds to know where to look. It would be legal to do on beaches outside the National Park system... I think. If not, please disregard this post!

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9. Re: metal detector

The guy you see with one is Santa Clause. He spends all his leisure time on Provo.

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10. Re: metal detector

yes, i too imported one once with no issues 9it was for work - finding elec cables) but was unsure about leisure use.

where would one get a permit to use one??