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November 20, 2017

2018 Florida Legislative Session

The 2018 Legislative Session is almost underway! We’re monitoring legislation and making sure that our ocean, waves, and beaches are protected!


Recyclable Materials: SB 1014(Sen. Stewart) & HB 6039 (Rep. Richardson):

Deleting a preemption of local law relating to regulation of single-use plastic bags.

Disposable Bags: SB 348 (Sen. Rodriguez)

Allow coastal municipalities to create a pilot program to regulate or ban disposable plastic bags.

Coral Reefs: SB 232 (Sen. Book) & HB 53 (Rep. Jacobs)

Establish the Southeast Florida Coral Reef Ecosystem Conservation Area.

Public Financing of Construction Projects: SB 542 (Sen. Rodriguez)

Prohibiting state-financed constructors from building in certain coastal areas without first conducting a sea level impact projection study.

Regulation of Smoking: SB 562 (Sen. Mayfield) & HB 627 (Rep. Altman)            

Authorizes municipalities and counties to restrict smoking in public parks.

Gulf of Mexico Range Complex: SR 550 (Sen. Broxon) & HR 319 (Rep. Ponder)

Resolution supporting an extension of the current moratorium on drilling in the Eastern Gulf of Mexico.

Florida Healthy Beaches Program- Restore funding to monitor beaches for dangerous bacteria and water pollution. Appropriate $525,000 to the Florida Department of Health expressly for the Florida Healthy Beaches Program.


Possession of Real Property: SB 804 (Sen. Passidomo) & HB 631 (Rep. Edwards)

Prohibiting Customary Use ordinances, requiring a judicial determination customary use claim be determined by a court on a parcel-by-parcel basis.

Tree Trimming, Removal, and Harvesting: SB 574 (Sen. Steube) & HB 521 (Rep. Edwards)

Preempting the local regulation of trimming, removal, or harvesting of trees on private property.

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