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Vessels (Support)

HB 1407 (Webb) and CS/SB 1378 (Rouson) prohibit the operation of vessels faster than slow speed, minimum wake upon approaching within 300 feet of any emergency vessel with its emergency lights activated or upon approaching within 300 feet of any construction vessel or barge when the vessel is displaying an orange flag in a specified manner. The bills specify penalties for violations of these requirements. The bills also prohibit the anchoring or mooring of vessels within 20 feet of a mangrove or to upland vegetation on public lands. Specified law enforcement officers and agencies are authorized under the bill to relocate an at-risk vessel that violates this. (O’Hara)