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HB7175 and SB2128 contain the following provisions:
• Provides funding
for local projects regarding uniform waterway markers, boat
ramps, boat lifts and hoists, marine
railways, public boat launching facilities, and derelict vessel removal
• Authorizes marina owners or employees to take steps and charge reasonable fees
to secure a vessel in a marina after the issuance of a tropical storm or hurricane
watch has been issued and requires marina owners to give contractual notice of such authority.
• Clarifies local governments can enact or enforce regulations prohibiting or restricting mooring or anchoring within the marked boundaries of mooring fields. It also clarifies local authorities may not regulate the anchoring outside such mooring fields.
• Directs the Department of Highway Safety
Vehicles to provide forms for giving notification concerning change of interest and address of the vessel owner.
• Provides for the distribution of vessel registration fees
to counties and specifies the utilization of such funds relating to boat access.
• Provides grant program funding
for the removal
of derelict vessels to local governments and directs FWCC to implement a plan to seek federal disaster funds relating to the removal of derelict vessels.
• Derelict vessel removal and authorization of such removal is extended to all law enforcement officers.
• Provides exemption for certain floating vessel structures from environmental resource permitting.
• Provides provisions relating to abandoned and derelict vessels and the removal of such vessels, penalties for nonremoval of such vessels, and removal provisions for derelict vessels located on private property.
From the Florida
House of Representatives: http://www.myfloridahouse.gov/
HB 7175 - Vessels