Florida Senate - 2024 SB 32 By Senator Garcia 36-00258-24 202432__ 1 A bill to be entitled 2 An act relating to mangrove replanting and 3 restoration; amending s. 403.9324, F.S.; requiring the 4 Department of Environmental Protection to adopt rules 5 for mangrove replanting and restoration; providing 6 requirements for the rules; providing an effective 7 date. 8 9 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida: 10 11 Section 1. Subsection (7) is added to section 403.9324, 12 Florida Statutes, to read: 13 403.9324 Mangrove protection rule; delegation of mangrove 14 protection to local governments.— 15 (7) The department shall adopt rules for mangrove 16 replanting and restoration. The rules must do all of the 17 following: 18 (a) Address significant erosion in areas of critical state 19 concern. 20 (b) Protect barrier and spoil islands. 21 (c) Assist Everglades restoration and Biscayne Bay 22 revitalization efforts, including the development of living 23 shoreline design options for the Biscayne Bay Aquatic Preserve 24 which are ecologically acceptable and consistent with s. 25 258.397. 26 (d) Promote public awareness of the value of mangroves 27 statewide and support mangrove education campaigns conducted by 28 local governmental entities. 29 (e) Identify vulnerable public and private properties along 30 the coastline and encourage partnerships with local governmental 31 entities to create local mangrove protection and restoration 32 zone programs for implementing the rules developed by the 33 department pursuant to this subsection. 34 (f) Protect and maintain access to and navigation of the 35 marked channel and the right-of-way of the Florida Intracoastal 36 Waterway as defined in s. 327.02. 37 Section 2. This act shall take effect July 1, 2024.