Florida Senate - 2013                                    SB 1058
       By Senator Ring
       29-01207-13                                           20131058__
    1                        A bill to be entitled                      
    2         An act relating to freight logistic zones; creating s.
    3         311.103, F.S.; providing application requirements for
    4         a local government to apply for the designation of a
    5         freight logistic zone; directing the Department of
    6         Transportation to create a Logistic Zone Advisory
    7         Council; providing for membership and duties of the
    8         council; authorizing the Secretary of Transportation
    9         to designate pilot logistic zones; authorizing the
   10         department to adopt rules; providing an effective
   11         date.
   13  Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida:
   15         Section 1. Section 311.103, Florida Statutes, is created to
   16  read:
   17         311.103 Designation of state freight logistic zones.—
   18         (1) A local government may apply to the Department of
   19  Transportation for designation of a geographic area or areas
   20  within its jurisdiction as a freight logistic zone. The local
   21  government shall submit an application developed by the
   22  department which includes, but is not limited to:
   23         (a) A map depicting the geographic area or areas to be
   24  included within the designation.
   25         (b) Identification of existing transportation
   26  infrastructure, such as roads, rail, airports, and seaports,
   27  within or in close proximity to the proposed freight logistic
   28  zone.
   29         (c) Identification of existing workforce availability
   30  within or in close proximity to the proposed zone.
   31         (d) Identification of any local, state, or federal
   32  workforce training capabilities available for a business seeking
   33  to locate or expand within the proposed zone.
   34         (e) Identification of any local, state, or federal plans,
   35  including transportation, seaport, or airport plans, concerning
   36  the movement of freight within or in close proximity to the
   37  proposed zone.
   38         (f) Identification of financial or other local government
   39  incentives to encourage new development, expansion of existing
   40  development, or redevelopment within the proposed zone.
   41         (2)(a) The Logistic Zone Advisory Council is created to
   42  review applications submitted to the department pursuant to
   43  subsection (1). The council shall be composed of a
   44  representative from the Department of Economic Opportunity, a
   45  representative from the Office of Freight Logistics and
   46  Passenger Operations within the Department of Transportation,
   47  and a representative from the Florida Seaport Transportation and
   48  Economic Development Council.
   49         (b) The Logistic Zone Advisory Council shall review the
   50  applications and provide a recommendation to the Secretary of
   51  Transportation for approval or denial.
   52         (c) The Logistic Zone Advisory Council shall also review
   53  local, state, and federal financial and other governmental
   54  incentives available to encourage development of freight
   55  logistic zones in the state and provide any recommendations to
   56  the secretary to create such incentives or modify incentives
   57  offered by the state.
   58         (3) Beginning July 1, 2013, the secretary may designate up
   59  to four pilot freight logistic zones in the state. These zones
   60  may be eligible for priority in state funding and incentive
   61  programs relating to freight logistic zones, including
   62  applicable programs identified in parts I, III, and V of chapter
   63  288 and s. 311.101.
   64         (4) The Department of Transportation shall adopt rules for
   65  the administration of this section.
   66         Section 2. This act shall take effect July 1, 2013.