Florida Senate - 2023                                    SB 1502
       By Senator Rodriguez
       40-01732D-23                                          20231502__
    1                        A bill to be entitled                      
    2         An act relating to vessel owner and operation
    3         requirements; amending s. 327.4108, F.S.; revising
    4         anchoring limitation areas in certain sections of
    5         Biscayne Bay in Miami-Dade County; revising the
    6         timeframe during which a person may anchor a vessel in
    7         an anchoring limitation area within which such
    8         anchoring would otherwise be unlawful; amending s.
    9         327.70, F.S.; requiring law enforcement officers to
   10         conduct national criminal background checks for vessel
   11         owners who are issued citations for specified
   12         violations; providing an effective date.
   14  Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida:
   16         Section 1. Subsection (1) and paragraph (c) of subsection
   17  (4) of section 327.4108, Florida Statutes, are amended to read:
   18         327.4108 Anchoring of vessels in anchoring limitation
   19  areas.—
   20         (1) The following densely populated urban areas, which have
   21  narrow state waterways, residential docking facilities, and
   22  significant recreational boating traffic, are designated as and
   23  shall be considered to be grandfathered-in anchoring limitation
   24  areas, within which, except as provided in subsections (4) and
   25  (5), a person may not anchor a vessel at any time during the
   26  period between one-half hour after sunset and one-half hour
   27  before sunrise and, at any other time, for more than 4 hours in
   28  a single day except as provided in subsections (4) and (5):
   29         (a) The section of Middle River lying between Northeast
   30  21st Court and the Intracoastal Waterway in Broward County.
   31         (b) Sunset Lake in Miami-Dade County.
   32         (c) The sections of Biscayne Bay in Miami-Dade County lying
   33  between:
   34         1. Rivo Alto Island and Di Lido Island.
   35         2.Di Lido Island and San Marino Island.
   36         3.2. San Marino Island and San Marco Island.
   37         4.3. San Marco Island and Biscayne Island.
   38         5.Star Island and MacArthur Causeway.
   39         6.Palm Island and MacArthur Causeway.
   40         7.Hibiscus Island and Palm Island.
   41         8.Julia Tuttle Causeway and Kennedy Causeway.
   42         9.The Sunset Islands.
   43         10.Belle Isle and Rivo Alto Island.
   45  For the purposes of this paragraph, the term “lying between”
   46  includes, without limitation, all of the area 200 yards to the
   47  west from the western shore of the Sunset Islands and Di Lido
   48  Island, all of the area 200 yards to the north from the northern
   49  shore of the Sunset Islands, and all of the area 200 yards to
   50  the east from the eastern shore of Di Lido Island.
   51         (4) Notwithstanding subsections (1), (2), and (3), a person
   52  may anchor a vessel in an anchoring limitation area during a
   53  time that would otherwise be unlawful:
   54         (c) For the duration of During events described in s.
   55  327.48 or other special events, including, but not limited to,
   56  public music performances, local government waterfront
   57  activities, or fireworks displays. A vessel may anchor for the
   58  lesser of the duration of the special event or 3 days, whichever
   59  is less.
   60         Section 2. Present subsection (5) of section 327.70,
   61  Florida Statutes, is redesignated as subsection (6), and a new
   62  subsection (5) is added to that section, to read:
   63         327.70 Enforcement of this chapter and chapter 328.—
   64         (5)When a law enforcement officer issues a citation to a
   65  vessel owner for a violation of this chapter, the law
   66  enforcement officer must conduct a national criminal background
   67  check on the vessel owner.
   68         Section 3. This act shall take effect July 1, 2023.