Florida House Bill 999 was signed by
Governor Rick Scott (F) in late May and will take effect on July 1, 2013. The bill 1.) provides for general permitting
of mooring fields not exceeding 100 vessels, removes availability of a general
permit for public marinas so all marinas will be subject to the standard
permitting process. The bill considers
mooring fields to be environmentally friendly and economical. This portion of the bill intends for local
governments to consider mooring fields in their areas to reduce the effects of
anchoring in sea grass areas. 2.) Allows for 10-year leases or consents of use
for boat show owners, allows reconfigurations of temporary docking facilities
within the lease areas and simplifies lease fee calculations to be based on
preempted size and period of the preemption.
3.) Directs state agencies to
issue special events permits that allow a movement of temporary structures
within the lease area. And 4.) adds dock fee reductions for certain
multi-family docks so they are more fairly treated as residential docks.
is unclear how these provisions will impact Florida boat yards and marinas.
bill had the support of several marine trades associations in Florida,
including the Marine Industries Association of Palm Beach County and the Marine
Industry Association of Florida.