Florida Senate - 2021                        COMMITTEE AMENDMENT
       Bill No. SB 1482
                              LEGISLATIVE ACTION                        
                    Senate             .             House              
                  Comm: RCS            .                                
                  04/08/2021           .                                

       Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture, Environment, and
       General Government (Garcia) recommended the following:
    1         Senate Amendment (with title amendment)
    3         Delete everything after the enacting clause
    4  and insert:
    5         Section 1. Section 163.11, Florida Statutes, is created to
    6  read:
    7         163.11Biscayne Bay Commission.—
    8         (1)The Biscayne Bay Commission is hereby established as an
    9  advisory council, as defined in s. 20.03, within the Department
   10  of Environmental Protection. The department shall provide
   11  administrative support and service to the commission as
   12  requested by the commission and within the available resources
   13  of the department. The commission shall comply with the
   14  requirements of s. 20.052 except as otherwise provided in this
   15  section.
   16         (2)The commission shall serve as the official coordinating
   17  clearinghouse for all public policy and projects related to
   18  Biscayne Bay to unite all governmental agencies, businesses, and
   19  residents in the area to speak with one voice on bay issues; to
   20  develop coordinated plans, priorities, programs, and projects
   21  that might substantially improve the bay area; and to act as the
   22  principal advocate and watchdog to ensure that bay projects are
   23  funded and implemented in a proper and timely manner.
   24         (3)(a)The Biscayne Bay Commission shall be comprised of
   25  the following members:
   26         1. One member appointed by the Governor.
   27         2.Three members of the Miami-Dade Board of County
   28  Commissioners, appointed by the board.
   29         3.One member of the Miami-Dade County League of Cities,
   30  nominated by the league and appointed by the Secretary of
   31  Environmental Protection.
   32         4.One member of the South Florida Water Management
   33  District Governing Board who resides in Miami-Dade County,
   34  appointed by the board.
   35         5.One representative of the Department of Environmental
   36  Protection, appointed by the Secretary of Environmental
   37  Protection.
   38         6.One representative of the Fish and Wildlife Conservation
   39  Commission, appointed by the commission.
   40         7.One representative of the Florida Inland Navigation
   41  District, appointed by the district.
   42         (b)Members shall serve for a term of 4 years; however, for
   43  the purpose of providing staggered terms, the initial
   44  appointments of representatives of the South Florida Water
   45  Management District Governing Board, the Department of
   46  Environmental Protection, the Fish and Wildlife Conservation
   47  Commission, and the Florida Inland Navigation District shall be
   48  for a term of 2 years. A vacancy shall be filled for the
   49  remainder of the unexpired term in the same manner as the
   50  initial appointment. Notwithstanding s. 20.052, private citizen
   51  members of the commission are not required to be confirmed by
   52  the Senate.
   53         (c)All members shall be voting members.
   54         (d)Members of the commission shall serve without
   55  compensation and are not entitled to reimbursement for per diem
   56  and travel expenses pursuant to s. 112.061.
   57         (4)The commission may meet monthly, but shall meet at
   58  least quarterly.
   59         (5)The commission shall:
   60         (a)Consolidate existing plans, programs, and proposals,
   61  including the recommendations outlined in the June 2020 Biscayne
   62  Bay Task Force report, into a coordinated strategic plan for
   63  improvement of Biscayne Bay and the surrounding areas,
   64  addressing environmental, economic, social, recreational, and
   65  aesthetic issues. The commission shall monitor the progress on
   66  each element of such plan and shall revise the plan regularly.
   67         (b)Prepare a consolidated financial plan using the
   68  projected financial resources available from the different
   69  jurisdictional agencies. The commission shall monitor the
   70  progress on each element of such plan and revise the plan
   71  regularly.
   72         (c)Provide technical assistance and support as needed to
   73  help implement each element of the strategic and financial
   74  plans.
   75         (d)Work in consultation with the United States Department
   76  of the Interior.
   77         (e)Provide a forum for exchange of information.
   78         (f)Act as a clearinghouse for public information.
   79         (6)The commission may establish subcommittees as necessary
   80  to carry out its responsibilities.
   81         (7)The commission shall submit a semiannual report
   82  describing the accomplishments of the commission and each member
   83  agency, as well as the status of each pending task, to the Miami
   84  City Commission, the Miami-Dade County Board of County
   85  Commissioners, the Mayor of Miami, the Mayor of Miami-Dade
   86  County, the Governor, and the chair of the Miami-Dade County
   87  Legislative Delegation. The first report shall be submitted by
   88  January 15, 2022. The report shall also be made available on the
   89  Department of Environmental Protection’s website and Miami-Dade
   90  County’s website.
   91         (8)This act does not affect or supersede the regulatory
   92  authority of any governmental agency or any local government,
   93  and any responsibilities of any governmental entity relating to
   94  Biscayne Bay remain with the respective governmental entity.
   95         Section 2. Paragraph (c) of subsection (1) of section
   96  403.086, Florida Statutes, is amended to read:
   97         403.086 Sewage disposal facilities; advanced and secondary
   98  waste treatment.—
   99         (1)
  100         (c) Notwithstanding this chapter or chapter 373, sewage
  101  disposal facilities may not dispose of any wastes into Old Tampa
  102  Bay, Tampa Bay, Hillsborough Bay, Boca Ciega Bay, St. Joseph
  103  Sound, Clearwater Bay, Sarasota Bay, Little Sarasota Bay,
  104  Roberts Bay, Lemon Bay, Charlotte Harbor Bay, Biscayne Bay, or,
  105  beginning July 1, 2025, Indian River Lagoon, or into any river,
  106  stream, channel, canal, bay, bayou, sound, or other water
  107  tributary thereto, without providing advanced waste treatment,
  108  as defined in subsection (4), approved by the department. This
  109  paragraph does not apply to facilities which were permitted by
  110  February 1, 1987, and which discharge secondary treated
  111  effluent, followed by water hyacinth treatment, to tributaries
  112  of tributaries of the named waters; or to facilities permitted
  113  to discharge to the nontidally influenced portions of the Peace
  114  River.
  115         Section 3. This act shall take effect upon becoming a law.
  117  ================= T I T L E  A M E N D M E N T ================
  118  And the title is amended as follows:
  119         Delete everything before the enacting clause
  120  and insert:
  121                        A bill to be entitled                      
  122         An act relating to Biscayne Bay; creating s. 163.11,
  123         F.S.; establishing the Biscayne Bay Commission;
  124         providing for commission purpose, membership, duties,
  125         and authority; amending s. 403.086, F.S.; prohibiting
  126         sewage disposal facilities from disposing of any
  127         wastes into Biscayne Bay without providing advanced
  128         waste treatment; providing an effective date.