Florida Region

2021 Legislative Priorities

In 2021, the Surfrider Foundation in Florida will continue to advocate for clean water and healthy beaches by tackling plastic pollution, water quality, and climate change. Please note, this list is regularly updated as new legislation is filed.


Single Use Plastics

  • Repeal preemptions on local regulation of single-use plastic bags and polystyrene foam foodware. HB 6027/SB 594 (Rep. Grieco and Sen. Stewart)- Talking Points
  • Update and expand the outdated DEP 2010 Retail Bags Report to include information on polystyrene regulations and new information on plastic bag regulations.
  • Restore authority for local governments to regulate smoking on their beaches. SB 334, HB 239 (Sen. Gruters and Rep. Altman) – Talking Points

Water Quality

  • Fund the Florida Healthy Beaches Program through a recurring appropriation of $500,000.
  • Oppose any preemption of Key West’s recent ballot initiatives that protect human and ecological health by restricting certain cruise ships. SB 426 (Sen. Boyd), HB 267 (Rep. Roach)- OPPOSE
  • Repeal the preemption of local sunscreen ordinances. SB 1174 (Sen. Stewart), HB 6041 (Rep. Eskamani)
  • Improve public notification requirements at recreational beaches for elevated bacteria levels and wastewater spills.
  • Support efforts to reduce nutrient pollution, including septic to sewer conversions, funding for local government wastewater infrastructure improvements, and stringent regulations for the land application of biosolids.

Sea Level Rise & Climate Change

  • Support policies that promote and fund planning, adaptation, mitigation, and resiliency efforts that protect Florida from sea level rise and climate change.
  • Support the creation of a statewide Office of Resiliency.