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Senate Bill 2294

Senate Bill sb2294

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    Florida Senate - 2004                                  SB 2294

    By Senator Atwater

    25-1660-04                                          See HB 777

  1                      A bill to be entitled

  2         An act relating to working waterfronts;

  3         defining the term "working waterfront";

  4         providing requirements of counties and

  5         governmental entities with respect to working

  6         waterfronts; requiring a study and report to

  7         the Governor and Legislature; providing an

  8         effective date.


10         WHEREAS, the Legislature recognizes there is a

11  significant interest in the availability and economic impact

12  of public marinas and public boat ramps along the navigable

13  waterways in this state, and

14         WHEREAS, it is the interest of the Legislature that

15  local governmental comprehensive plans encourage the

16  availability of working waterfronts by means of restrictions

17  or incentives, NOW, THEREFORE,


19  Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida:


21         Section 1.  Definition.--As used in this act, the term

22  "working waterfront" means a facility that requires direct

23  access to or location in marine waters and therefore cannot be

24  located inland, including, but not limited to, public marinas,

25  public boat ramps, boat hauling and repair facilities,

26  waterfront recreational facilities, commercial fishing

27  facilities, and boating facilities.

28         Section 2.  Requirements.--

29         (1)  Each county government through its comprehensive

30  plan is authorized to provide a sufficient number of boat

31  ramps to achieve a boat trailer parking capacity of 5 percent


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    Florida Senate - 2004                                  SB 2294
    25-1660-04                                          See HB 777

 1  of the registered available vessels within its jurisdiction by

 2  July 1, 2014.

 3         (2)  A governmental entity that removes a working

 4  waterfront facility for any development and thereby limits

 5  public access to the working waterfront must replace the

 6  facility within its jurisdiction. The replacement facility

 7  must be substantially the same, provide similar access to

 8  navigable waterways, and be available for use when the

 9  existing working waterfront facility is removed.

10         Section 3.  Working waterfront study.--The Department

11  of Community Affairs shall commission a study on the economic

12  trends of the working waterfronts of the state and the impact

13  the loss of critical working waterfronts would have on the

14  state's economy. The study shall include, but not be limited

15  to, findings concerning coastal and waterway development

16  trends and their impact on the working waterfronts. The study

17  shall be completed no later than November 1, 2004, and a

18  written report on the conclusions of this study shall be

19  submitted to the Governor, the President of the Senate, and

20  the Speaker of the House of Representatives.

21         Section 4.  This act shall take effect upon becoming a

22  law.











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