Florida Senate - 2021 PROPOSED COMMITTEE SUBSTITUTE Bill No. SB 1482 Ì305928EÎ305928 576-03928-21 Proposed Committee Substitute by the Committee on Appropriations (Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture, Environment, and General Government) 1 A bill to be entitled 2 An act relating to Biscayne Bay; creating s. 163.11, 3 F.S.; establishing the Biscayne Bay Commission; 4 providing for commission purpose, membership, duties, 5 and authority; amending s. 403.086, F.S.; prohibiting 6 sewage disposal facilities from disposing of any 7 wastes into Biscayne Bay without providing advanced 8 waste treatment; providing an effective date. 9 10 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida: 11 12 Section 1. Section 163.11, Florida Statutes, is created to 13 read: 14 163.11 Biscayne Bay Commission.— 15 (1) The Biscayne Bay Commission is hereby established as an 16 advisory council, as defined in s. 20.03, within the Department 17 of Environmental Protection. The department shall provide 18 administrative support and service to the commission as 19 requested by the commission and within the available resources 20 of the department. The commission shall comply with the 21 requirements of s. 20.052 except as otherwise provided in this 22 section. 23 (2) The commission shall serve as the official coordinating 24 clearinghouse for all public policy and projects related to 25 Biscayne Bay to unite all governmental agencies, businesses, and 26 residents in the area to speak with one voice on bay issues; to 27 develop coordinated plans, priorities, programs, and projects 28 that might substantially improve the bay area; and to act as the 29 principal advocate and watchdog to ensure that bay projects are 30 funded and implemented in a proper and timely manner. 31 (3)(a) The Biscayne Bay Commission shall be comprised of 32 the following members: 33 1. One member appointed by the Governor. 34 2. Three members of the Miami-Dade Board of County 35 Commissioners, appointed by the board. 36 3. One member of the Miami-Dade County League of Cities, 37 nominated by the league and appointed by the Secretary of 38 Environmental Protection. 39 4. One member of the South Florida Water Management 40 District Governing Board who resides in Miami-Dade County, 41 appointed by the board. 42 5. One representative of the Department of Environmental 43 Protection, appointed by the Secretary of Environmental 44 Protection. 45 6. One representative of the Fish and Wildlife Conservation 46 Commission, appointed by the commission. 47 7. One representative of the Florida Inland Navigation 48 District, appointed by the district. 49 (b) Members shall serve for a term of 4 years; however, for 50 the purpose of providing staggered terms, the initial 51 appointments of representatives of the South Florida Water 52 Management District Governing Board, the Department of 53 Environmental Protection, the Fish and Wildlife Conservation 54 Commission, and the Florida Inland Navigation District shall be 55 for a term of 2 years. A vacancy shall be filled for the 56 remainder of the unexpired term in the same manner as the 57 initial appointment. Notwithstanding s. 20.052, private citizen 58 members of the commission are not required to be confirmed by 59 the Senate. 60 (c) All members shall be voting members. 61 (d) Members of the commission shall serve without 62 compensation and are not entitled to reimbursement for per diem 63 and travel expenses pursuant to s. 112.061. 64 (4) The commission may meet monthly, but shall meet at 65 least quarterly. 66 (5) The commission shall: 67 (a) Consolidate existing plans, programs, and proposals, 68 including the recommendations outlined in the June 2020 Biscayne 69 Bay Task Force report, into a coordinated strategic plan for 70 improvement of Biscayne Bay and the surrounding areas, 71 addressing environmental, economic, social, recreational, and 72 aesthetic issues. The commission shall monitor the progress on 73 each element of such plan and shall revise the plan regularly. 74 (b) Prepare a consolidated financial plan using the 75 projected financial resources available from the different 76 jurisdictional agencies. The commission shall monitor the 77 progress on each element of such plan and revise the plan 78 regularly. 79 (c) Provide technical assistance and support as needed to 80 help implement each element of the strategic and financial 81 plans. 82 (d) Work in consultation with the United States Department 83 of the Interior. 84 (e) Provide a forum for exchange of information. 85 (f) Act as a clearinghouse for public information. 86 (6) The commission may establish subcommittees as necessary 87 to carry out its responsibilities. 88 (7) The commission shall submit a semiannual report 89 describing the accomplishments of the commission and each member 90 agency, as well as the status of each pending task, to the Miami 91 City Commission, the Miami-Dade County Board of County 92 Commissioners, the Mayor of Miami, the Mayor of Miami-Dade 93 County, the Governor, and the chair of the Miami-Dade County 94 Legislative Delegation. The first report shall be submitted by 95 January 15, 2022. The report shall also be made available on the 96 Department of Environmental Protection’s website and Miami-Dade 97 County’s website. 98 (8) This act does not affect or supersede the regulatory 99 authority of any governmental agency or any local government, 100 and any responsibilities of any governmental entity relating to 101 Biscayne Bay remain with the respective governmental entity. 102 Section 2. Paragraph (c) of subsection (1) of section 103 403.086, Florida Statutes, is amended to read: 104 403.086 Sewage disposal facilities; advanced and secondary 105 waste treatment.— 106 (1) 107 (c) Notwithstanding this chapter or chapter 373, sewage 108 disposal facilities may not dispose of any wastes into Old Tampa 109 Bay, Tampa Bay, Hillsborough Bay, Boca Ciega Bay, St. Joseph 110 Sound, Clearwater Bay, Sarasota Bay, Little Sarasota Bay, 111 Roberts Bay, Lemon Bay, Charlotte Harbor Bay, Biscayne Bay, or, 112 beginning July 1, 2025, Indian River Lagoon, or into any river, 113 stream, channel, canal, bay, bayou, sound, or other water 114 tributary thereto, without providing advanced waste treatment, 115 as defined in subsection (4), approved by the department. This 116 paragraph does not apply to facilities which were permitted by 117 February 1, 1987, and which discharge secondary treated 118 effluent, followed by water hyacinth treatment, to tributaries 119 of tributaries of the named waters; or to facilities permitted 120 to discharge to the nontidally influenced portions of the Peace 121 River. 122 Section 3. This act shall take effect upon becoming a law.