Florida Senate - 2018 SB 782 By Senator Rodriguez 37-00849A-18 2018782__ 1 A bill to be entitled 2 An act relating to the Bollards Grant Program; 3 creating s. 316.0899, F.S.; requiring the Department 4 of Transportation to develop the Bollards Grant 5 Program in order to provide grants to municipalities 6 and counties for the installation of bollards in their 7 jurisdictions; defining the term “bollard”; requiring 8 a county or municipality to specify in its application 9 the area, which may include private property, where it 10 intends to install bollards and why the installation 11 is needed; requiring the department to accept 12 applications and award grants each year; requiring the 13 department to develop a plan to promote the program; 14 requiring the department to adopt rules to establish 15 application and selection criteria, subject to certain 16 requirements; requiring the department to submit the 17 grant program guidelines and the plan for promoting 18 the program to the Governor and Legislature by a 19 specified date; providing an appropriation; providing 20 an effective date. 21 22 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida: 23 24 Section 1. Section 316.0899, Florida Statutes, is created 25 to read: 26 316.0899 Bollards Grant Program.— 27 (1) The Department of Transportation shall develop the 28 Bollards Grant Program in order to provide grants to 29 municipalities and counties for the installation of bollards in 30 their jurisdictions. 31 (2) For purposes of this section, the term “bollard” means 32 a post constructed to barricade an area to prevent motorized 33 vehicular traffic in the area. 34 (3)(a) A municipality or county must specify in its 35 application the area, which may include private property, where 36 it intends to install bollards and why the installation is 37 needed. The department must accept applications and award grants 38 each year if funds are available pursuant to subsection (5). 39 (b) The department shall develop a plan to promote the 40 program and adopt rules to establish the application and 41 selection criteria for the awarding of the grants. The selection 42 criteria must consider safety factors, including, but not 43 limited to, the number of vehicle collisions with a pedestrian 44 or structure occurring in the proposed areas, the population of 45 senior citizens in or near such areas, and the amount of use by 46 the public, particularly by senior citizens, such areas 47 experience. 48 (4) On or before January 1, 2019, the department shall 49 submit the grant program guidelines and the plan for promoting 50 the program to the Governor, the President of the Senate, and 51 the Speaker of the House of Representatives. 52 (5) For the 2018-2019 fiscal year, the sum of $250,000 in 53 nonrecurring funds is appropriated from the General Revenue Fund 54 to the Department of Transportation to fund the grants awarded 55 under this section. Thereafter, the Legislature may appropriate 56 money each year to continue the program. 57 Section 2. This act shall take effect July 1, 2018.