Florida Senate - 2023 SB 702 By Senator Simon 3-01152-23 2023702__ 1 A bill to be entitled 2 An act relating to the Apalachicola Bay Area of 3 Critical State Concern; amending s. 380.0555, F.S.; 4 authorizing the Department of Environmental Protection 5 to expend certain funds for the purpose of entering 6 into financial assistance agreements with the City of 7 Apalachicola for specified surface water and 8 groundwater quality improvement projects within the 9 Apalachicola Bay Area of Critical State Concern; 10 providing for expiration of the authorization; 11 providing an effective date. 12 13 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida: 14 15 Section 1. Subsection (11) is added to section 380.0555, 16 Florida Statutes, to read: 17 380.0555 Apalachicola Bay Area; protection and designation 18 as area of critical state concern.— 19 (11) FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE AGREEMENTS.—Beginning in the 20 2023-2024 fiscal year and continuing through the 2027-2028 21 fiscal year, the Department of Environmental Protection may 22 expend up to $5 million each fiscal year for the purpose of 23 entering into financial assistance agreements with the City of 24 Apalachicola to implement projects that improve surface water 25 and groundwater quality within the Apalachicola Bay Area of 26 Critical State Concern, including the construction of stormwater 27 management facilities and central sewage collection facilities, 28 installation of onsite sewage treatment and disposal systems, 29 direct and indirect potable reuse, and other water quality and 30 water supply projects. This subsection expires on June 30, 2028. 31 Section 2. This act shall take effect July 1, 2023.