Government Affairs

Bills That Passed

Anchoring Limitation Areas – HB 0437

Anchoring Limitation Areas: Revises anchoring limitation areas in certain sections of Biscayne Bay in Miami-Dade County; revises documentation & evidence criteria for proving location of vessel within anchoring limitation area. Effective Date: July 1, 2024...

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Unlawful Dumping – SB 1368 and HB 1367

Unlawful Dumping; Specifying that it is unlawful to dump litter in or on any water control district property or canal right-of-way without specified consent; providing that when litter is thrown or discarded from a boat, the operator or owner, or both, are in...

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Environmental Protection – SB 1632 and HB 1379

Environmental Protection: Revises, creates, & repeals various provisions relating to procedures & requirements for acquisition, retention, & disposal of state lands & prioritization of projects relating to such lands. Effective Date: July 1, 2023

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Vessel Regulations – SB 1082 and HB 847

Vessel Regulations: Authorizes counties & municipalities to establish boating-restricted areas for certain sewage pumpout stations within specified distance of Florida Intracoastal Waterway marked channel; removes provision authorizing local governments to require...

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Bills That Did Not Pass

Operating Vehicles and Vessels Under the Influence – SB 1172

Operating Vehicles and Vessels Under the Influence; Revising conditions under which a person commits the offense of driving under the influence or boating under the influence, respectively; providing that the disposition of an administrative proceeding relating to a...

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Vessel Safety – SB 0822

Vessel Safety; Revising the penalties for persons operating a vessel involved in an accident or injury who leave the scene of the accident or injury under certain circumstances; providing a mandatory minimum sentence for a person who willfully commits such a violation...

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Installation of Waterway Markers – SB 0784

Installation of Waterway Markers; Revising the application requirements for marking certain waters of this state; requiring that all waterway markers be affixed to certain structures or buoys beginning on a specified date; requiring state and local governmental...

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Boating Safety – SB 0030

Boating Safety; Requiring the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles to issue original, renewal, or replacement identification cards with a lifetime boating safety identification card symbol to applicants if certain conditions are met; requiring that...

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Boating Restricted Areas – SB 1314 and HB 1103

Boating-restricted Areas: Authorizes counties & municipalities to establish within certain portions of Florida Intracoastal Waterway slow speed, minimum wake boating-restricted areas within specified distance from private or public marina pumpouts. Effective Date:...

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Yacht and Ship Brokers – SB 406 and HB 83

Yacht and Ship Brokers: Renames Division of Florida Condominiums, Timeshares & Mobile Homes within DBPR as Division of Florida Condominiums, Timeshares, Yacht Brokers & Mobile Homes; revises & provides definitions; exempts visiting broker from licensure...

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