Florida Senate - 2019 SB 1056 By Senator Rodriguez 37-01980-19 20191056__ 1 A bill to be entitled 2 An act relating to the Florida Disaster Resilience 3 Task Force; creating s. 373.469, F.S.; establishing 4 the task force adjunct to the Department of 5 Environmental Protection; providing the purpose and 6 membership of the task force; requiring the appointees 7 to be experts from specified subject areas; requiring 8 a report to the Governor and the Legislature by a 9 specified date; providing requirements for the report; 10 requiring the department to post the report on the 11 department’s website; providing for expiration of the 12 task force; providing an effective date. 13 14 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida: 15 16 Section 1. Section 373.469, Florida Statutes, is created to 17 read: 18 373.469 Florida Disaster Resilience Task Force.—The Florida 19 Disaster Resilience Task Force, a task force as defined in s. 20 20.03, is established adjunct to the Department of Environmental 21 Protection. 22 (1) The purpose of the task force is to evaluate ways to 23 protect this state’s remaining coastal ecosystems and natural 24 habitats, increase coastal community resilience in the face of 25 sea-level rise, and apply the best available science as to sea 26 level rise and its anticipated impacts. 27 (2)(a) The task force shall consist of the following seven 28 members: 29 1. The Secretary of Environmental Protection or his or her 30 designee. 31 2. Two members appointed by the Governor. 32 3. Two members appointed by the President of the Senate. 33 4. Two members appointed by the Speaker of the House of 34 Representatives. 35 (b) The appointments must be made from individuals who have 36 expertise in any of the following areas: climatology, hydrology, 37 economics, marine fisheries, law enforcement and emergency 38 management, estuary programs, oceanography or coastal ocean 39 science, and ecology or environmental biology. 40 (3) By July 1, 2022, the task force shall submit to the 41 Governor, the President of the Senate, and the Speaker of the 42 House of Representatives, a report that contains all of the 43 following: 44 (a) An assessment of the anticipated impacts to this state 45 due to sea-level rise. 46 (b) Recommendations for stronger, more protective standards 47 and the implementation and enforcement of such standards for 48 coastal development, wetlands protection, shoreline armoring, 49 and storm recovery, as it relates to sea-level rise. 50 (c) Recommendations for adaptive measures to respond to 51 sea-level rise, including, but not limited to, protecting and 52 connecting terrestrial and aquatic habitats to allow animal and 53 plant species to migrate as temperatures change; protect and 54 restore habitat on which already stressed animal and plant 55 species depend to maintain the integrity of natural communities 56 and to protect the ecological services they provide, including 57 flood control, drinking water supply protection, and 58 purification of water and the air; identify and monitor early 59 effects of climate change on animals, plants, and natural 60 communities; and integrate climate change adaptation strategies 61 into state environmental plans. 62 (d) Recommendations for statutory changes necessary to 63 implement any of the recommendations in this subsection. 64 (4) The department shall post a copy of the report in a 65 prominent location on its website. 66 (5) The task force and this section shall expire July 1, 67 2022. 68 Section 2. This act shall take effect July 1, 2019.