Florida Senate - 2020 SB 648 By Senator Berman 31-00467-20 2020648__ 1 A bill to be entitled 2 An act relating to a Sargassum Seaweed Matching Grant 3 Program; creating s. 403.926, F.S.; requiring the 4 Department of Environmental Protection to establish a 5 Sargassum Seaweed Matching Grant Program for a 6 specified purpose; requiring the department to adopt 7 rules to govern the program; requiring the department 8 to submit an annual report to the Governor and the 9 Legislature by a specified date; providing an 10 effective date. 11 12 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida: 13 14 Section 1. Section 403.926, Florida Statutes, is created to 15 read: 16 403.926 Sargassum Seaweed Matching Grant Program; financial 17 assistance to local governments.— 18 (1) The Department of Environmental Protection shall 19 develop a Sargassum Seaweed Matching Grant Program to provide 20 annual grants, subject to legislative appropriation, to 21 qualified local governmental entities to fund projects related 22 to the buildup of Sargassum seaweed in their coastal 23 communities. 24 (2) The department shall adopt, by rule, procedures to 25 govern the program which, at a minimum, do all of the following: 26 (a) Provide a selection process designed to maximize the 27 benefit to the public. 28 (b) Require that each grant for a project described in this 29 section include a minimum of a 50 percent local match of funds. 30 (c) Require that a grant recipient comply with the Dennis 31 L. Jones Beach and Shore Preservation Act and any other rules 32 established by the department regarding beach cleanup. 33 (3) Beginning January 1, 2021, and each January 1 34 thereafter, the department shall submit a report regarding the 35 projects funded pursuant to this section to the Governor, the 36 President of the Senate, and the Speaker of the House of 37 Representatives. 38 Section 2. This act shall take effect July 1, 2020.