FWC moves forward with changes to boating rules
Wednesday, April 28, 2010
Media contact: Captain Richard Moore, 850-488-5600
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation
Commission (FWC) heard staff proposals Wednesday for rule changes
regarding boating-restricted areas. Capt. Richard Moore, of the
FWC's Boating and Waterways Section, presented the proposed rule
and amendments to an existing one.
Moore suggested moving forward with adjustments to
current FWC rules in accordance with recent legislative
Last year, legislators approved changes to chapter
327.46, F.S., a statute governing local ordinances. Once the
statute took effect, the FWC was allotted 180 days to initiate its
rule-making process so that its rules would reflect the
"The new proposed rule, 68D-21, F.A.C.,
incorporates the changes made by 327.46, F.S., to boating
restricted area ordinances," Moore said. "Its purpose is to
guarantee that those ordinances are adopted uniformly and are
focused toward public safety."
The proposed rule will implement a process for the
Commission to review and approve some local boating ordinances
before they take effect.
"68D-21 informs local governments of the standards
the FWC will use to evaluate them and ensures that the public has
an opportunity to participate in their development," Moore
The recent statutory changes also spurred the
proposal to amend rule 68D-23, F.A.C.
"Since 68D-21 addresses the permit process, we
propose amending 68D-23 so that it will more appropriately address
the physical placement of waterway markers," Moore said.
After hearing public comment on the issue,
Commissioners followed staff recommendations and granted approval
to move forward with the next steps in the rule-making process.
After another public meeting and continued work with local
governments and stakeholders, FWC staff expects to present the
rules for a final hearing at the June 2010 Commission meeting.
Please visit MyFWC.com/Boating for more