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Progress On Hb1423 And Companion Senate Bill Still Needs Input


Latest (3/23/09) From SSCA On Florida Anchoring Bill Print E-mail
Wednesday, 25 March 2009

The release below is from the Seven Seas Cruising Assocation. The Cruisers' Net presents the text in full. Be advised that we have not yet been able to verify any of this independently.

Update on
Report on Status of Florida Mooring Field Issue
March 23, 2009

Wayne Marshall, Chairman
SSCA Concerned Cruisers Committee

Wow! Do I have some good news for a change! It appears that boaters have prevailed and successfully convinced our legislators that we have a decent plan!

IMPORTANT NOTE! SSCA NO LONGER FEELS that our best course of action is to kill this bill. In fact, we fully support its passage. The committee work today between the Florida Open Water Society, (Also representing the SSCA) Nat’l Marine Manufacturers Association, The Florida Leagues of Cities and Counties, and FWC personnel has resulted in a very acceptable group of amendments to further clarify this issue for the benefit of boaters! Among the many subtle but very significant changes is that the definition of live-aboard has been re-written to EXCLUDE cruisers in transit in any way, shape or form. That alone is a tremendous improvement of the status of cruisers, and recognition of the derelict boats as the major part of the problem.

This is a significantly positive change in the position of the League of Cities and also a complete change of position for the SSCA. We were originally taking the position that the Bill was incomplete and did not represent boater’s interests at all. Now, after a tremendous amount of behind the scenes work, reinforcing the SSCAs interests, Boaters have won the battle it appears…

So, please don’t stop your phone and email contacts to Tallahassee, but please change your message!

* We want this House Bill #1423 to pass, with a couple of minor points.
* The Senate companion Bill # 2536 needs to have draft version 7 of the proposed regulations attached to it.
* The amendments prepared for Representative Troutman for the House Bill should be the same amendments for the Senate Bill
* The implementation of the test sites will be the choice of FWC, and each site will have ample opportunity for public input. That is one of the reasons that the FWC concept allows for the test project to go until 2014. That amount of time will be necessary to allow for public comment and workshops on each site individually.
* The cities and municipalities will be ordered to cease and desist with all these local ordinances, and the bill has some teeth in it to reinforce that requirement
* Status Quo will be maintained elsewhere throughout the State, so no new regulations will be passed at the local level

We have been assured by the managers of the FWC that all the above points are viable. I believe them, and trust them, and I think you should to!

Wayne Marshall, Chairman
SSCA Concerned Cruisers Committee
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