The real news here is the Department of Environmental Protection flexing their muscles. Why would the DEP be involved in how dredging will be paid, or who's liable to pay in the first place? Florida's ICW
is under the jursidiction of another department. Florida Fish
and Wildlife Conservation Commission.
There's been some disturbing developments in Florida's anchoring
laws in that the Department of Environmental Protection is pushing for 72 hour anchoring
ban statewide. Supposedly they have the votes in the legislature to get this done. So far, nothings been heard to contradict this from the Florida Fish
and Wildlife Conservation Commission
Is this a turf battle developing?
Right now, in addtion to FWC, we also have the St. John's Water River management district in control in our part of Florida. It's these folks that marina's contract
their bottom leases with, as they are the agency which manages the ICW
It sounds LIke DEP wants a more active management role.