Florida Senate - 2016 SENATOR AMENDMENT
Bill No. CS/CS/HB 1075, 1st Eng.
Senate . House
Floor: 1/AD/2R . Floor: SENAT/C
03/10/2016 11:34 AM . 03/11/2016 10:50 AM
Senator Dean moved the following:
1 Senate Amendment (with title amendment)
3 Before line 252
5 Section 1. Section 327.45, Florida Statutes, is created to
7 327.45 Protection zones for springs.—
8 (1) As used in this section, the term “navigable waters of
9 the United States” means the waters of the United States,
10 including the territorial seas, as referenced in the Clean Water
11 Act, 33 U.S.C. ss. 1251 et seq., and the federal rules and
12 regulations promulgated thereunder.
13 (2) The commission may establish by rule protection zones
14 that restrict the speed and operation of vessels to protect and
15 prevent harm to springs. This harm includes negative impacts to
16 water quality, water quantity, hydrology, wetlands, and aquatic
17 and wetland-dependent species.
18 (3) When developing a protection zone, the commission shall
19 do so in consultation and coordination with the water management
20 district, the Department of Environmental Protection, and the
21 governing bodies of the county and municipality, if applicable,
22 in which the zone is located. If the zone includes navigable
23 waters of the United States, the commission shall additionally
24 coordinate with the United States Coast Guard and the United
25 States Army Corps of Engineers.
26 (4) Any individual who operates a vessel in violation of a
27 spring protection zone rule adopted pursuant to this section
28 shall be charged on a uniform boating citation as provided in s.
29 327.74 and is subject to the penalties provided in s.
31 (5) Restrictions in a protection zone do not apply:
32 (a) To law enforcement, firefighting, or rescue personnel
33 operating a vessel in the course of performing their official
34 duties; or
35 (b) In emergency situations. However, the emergency
36 operation of a vessel must be a reasonable response given the
38 (6) The commission is responsible for the posting and
39 maintenance of regulatory markers identifying protection zones.
40 (7) The commission may adopt rules to implement this
42 Section 2. Paragraph (y) is added to subsection (1) of
43 section 327.73, Florida Statutes, to read:
44 327.73 Noncriminal infractions.—
45 (1) Violations of the following provisions of the vessel
46 laws of this state are noncriminal infractions:
47 (y) Section 327.45, relating to protection zones for
48 springs, for which the penalty is:
49 1. For a first offense, $50.
50 2. For a second offense occurring within 12 months after a
51 prior conviction, $250.
52 3. For a third offense occurring within 36 months after a
53 prior conviction, $500.
54 4. For a fourth or subsequent offense occurring within 72
55 months after a prior conviction, $1,000.
57 Any person cited for a violation of any provision of this
58 subsection shall be deemed to be charged with a noncriminal
59 infraction, shall be cited for such an infraction, and shall be
60 cited to appear before the county court. The civil penalty for
61 any such infraction is $50, except as otherwise provided in this
62 section. Any person who fails to appear or otherwise properly
63 respond to a uniform boating citation shall, in addition to the
64 charge relating to the violation of the boating laws of this
65 state, be charged with the offense of failing to respond to such
66 citation and, upon conviction, be guilty of a misdemeanor of the
67 second degree, punishable as provided in s. 775.082 or s.
68 775.083. A written warning to this effect shall be provided at
69 the time such uniform boating citation is issued.
70 Section 3. Subsection (1) of section 327.731, Florida
71 Statutes, is amended to read:
72 327.731 Mandatory education for violators.—
73 (1) A person convicted of a criminal violation under this
74 chapter, convicted of a noncriminal infraction under this
75 chapter if the infraction resulted in a reportable boating
76 accident, or convicted of two noncriminal infractions as
77 specified in s. 327.73(1)(h)-(k), (m), (o), (p), and (s)-(y)
(s)-(x), said infractions occurring within a 12-month period,
80 (a) Enroll in, attend, and successfully complete, at his or
81 her own expense, a classroom or online boating safety course
82 that is approved by and meets the minimum standards established
83 by commission rule;
84 (b) File with the commission within 90 days proof of
85 successful completion of the course; and
86 (c) Refrain from operating a vessel until he or she has
87 filed proof of successful completion of the course with the
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91 And the title is amended as follows:
92 Delete line 2
93 and insert:
94 An act relating to state areas; creating s. 327.45,
95 F.S.; defining a term; authorizing the Fish and
96 Wildlife Conservation Commission to establish certain
97 protection zones; requiring the commission to develop
98 such zones in consultation and coordination with
99 certain entities; requiring the commission to
100 coordinate with additional entities under certain
101 circumstances; providing penalties for certain
102 violations; providing applicability; amending s.
103 327.73, F.S.; providing penalties for violations
104 relating to protection zones for springs; amending s.
105 327.731, F.S.; conforming provisions to changes made
106 by the act; amending s. 253.025,