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.
    9  Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida:
   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.