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HB 53 — Coral Reefs

by Rep. Jacobs and others (SB 232 by Senators Book and Farmer)

This summary is provided for information only and does not represent the opinion of any Senator, Senate Officer, or Senate Office.

Prepared by: Environmental Preservation and Conservation Committee (EP)

The bill (Chapter 2018-30) creates the Southeast Florida Coral Reef Ecosystem Conservation Area, which consists of the sovereignty submerged lands and state waters offshore of the following counties:

  • Broward;
  • Martin;
  • Miami-Dade; and
  • Palm Beach.

The area stretches from the St. Lucie Inlet in Martin County to the northern boundary of the Biscayne National Park in Miami-Dade County.

These provisions were approved by the Governor and take effect July 1, 2018.

Vote: Senate 35-0; House 107-0