Florida Region

2020 Legislative Priorities

In 2020, the Surfrider Foundation in Florida will continue to advocate for clean water and healthy beaches, by tackling plastic pollution and demanding water quality reform from our elected in the Florida Senate and House of Representatives.

Water Quality

  • Support (and improve) comprehensive water quality legislation to shift septic oversight from the Florida Department of Health to the Department of Environmental Protection. Restrict the use of and improve oversight of biosolids.
  • Improve municipal oversight of wastewater utilities and increase discharge penalties.
  • Increase oversight of agricultural best management practices and require participation in key watersheds.
  • Support comprehensive statewide water quality and quantity reporting.


  • Water Quality Improvements: CS/SB 712, Sen. Mayfield & HB 1343, Rep. Payne
  • Water Resources: HB 147 Rep. Jacobs & SB 690, Sen. Albritton
  • Stormwater Management Systems: HB 405, Rep. Goode & SB 686, Sen. Gruters

    The Surfrider Foundation is also advocating for an increase in Water Quality Monitoring Funding.

    For nearly a decade Florida zero-funded this program. Last year funding was restored to $500,000, but it’s not enough. In order to keep Floridians and visitors safe at our beaches, we need to increase double funding $1 million annually.

Plastic Pollution

  • Bag and foam preemption repeal. ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘Support SB 182/HB 6043 to repeal preemption of local regulation of plastic bags and foam foodware.
  • Smoking on Public Beaches and in Public Parks: ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘Support SB 670 (Sen. Gruters) & HB 457 (Rep. LaMarca) to allow local governments to ban smoking on their beaches and in parks.
  • Florida Drug & Cosmetic Act: ๐Ÿ‘Ž๐ŸšซOppose HB 113 (Rep. Roach) & SB 172 (Sen. Bradley). These bad bills would strip Key West of a local reef protection ordinance banning the sale of sunscreens containing oxybenzone and octinoxate.

Beach Access

Real Property: ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘ Support SB 1680 (Sen. Berman) & HB 6063 (Rep. Jenne) to repeal HB 631, the bad beach access bill that passed in 2018.