Florida League of Cities

Floating Vessel Platforms and Floating Boat Lifts (Monitor) – Passed 

CS/CS/HB 847 (Stark) amends section 403.813, Florida Statutes, which currently authorizes exemptions from certain state and local permitting requirements for floating vessel platforms and floating boat lifts under specified circumstances. The bill provides that local governments may require only a one-time registration of floating vessel platforms where the platform owner self-certifies compliance with the statutory exemption criteria to ensure compliance with ordinances, codes, state-delegated programs or regulations relating to building or zoning, which may not be applied more stringently or inconsistently with the exemption criteria of the statute. In addition, the bill adds additional authority for municipalities and counties to adopt an ordinance establishing an idle speed, no wake boating-restricted area within the portion of the Florida Intracoastal Waterway within their jurisdiction under specified conditions. The additional authority would allow for the adoption of idle speed, no wake boating-restricted areas within 500 feet of a sewage pump-out facility at a public or private nonresidential marina on a waterway where the sewage pump-out facility is within 100 feet of the marked portion of the Florida Intracoastal Waterway. 

Effective date: July 1, 2023. (O'Hara)