Statewide Flooding and Sea Level Rise Resilience Plan
The Department is creating this rule chapter to implement Section 380.093, F.S., relating to the Statewide Flooding and Sea Level Rise Resilience Plan and project submittal requirements. Entities for which this rule is relevant include coastal and inland communities including counties, municipalities, water management districts, flood control districts, and regional resilience entities. The subject matters addressed by the rule will include sea level rise, flooding, infrastructure, planning, vulnerability, and resilience related to the development of the Statewide Flooding and Sea Level Rise Resilience Plan.
Sea Level Impact Projection (SLIP) Studies for State-Financed Coastal Construction
The Department of Environmental Protection is required by s. 161.551. F.S. to develop and adopt rules for implementing the section. The section requires state-financed constructors to assess the potential impacts of sea level rise and storms on new coastal construction. The rules will include definitions, requirements of state-financed constructors, standards for SLIP studies, implementation of SLIP study findings, enforcement mechanisms and the effective date of the rules.
As of 5:00 PM, April 23, 2021, the Department of Environmental Protection has received no written requests to hold a Public Hearing for Rule 62S-7, F.A.C. – Public Financing of Coastal Construction. No public hearing will be held.
Rules and Procedures for Coastal Construction and Excavation
The Department of Environmental Protection has amended two rules in Chapter 62B-33, F.A.C., Rules and Procedures for Coastal Construction and Excavation, 62B-33.002 (12) and (59). The amendments filed with the Department of State change definitions of “eligible” and “vulnerable” used to qualify projects for coastal armoring permits. “Eligible” now clarifies that for a private structure to be eligible for coastal armoring, it must be located wholly or partially seaward of the Coastal Construction Control Line (CCCL). “Vulnerable” now includes SBEACH in the coastal engineering models available to establish a building’s vulnerability to storm effects. The SBEACH model has been incorporated into the CCCL rule by reference.
A Notice of Workshop was published in the FAR on Dec. 20, 2019. The workshop was held on Jan. 7, 2020 in Tallahassee. Rule changes are effective July 29, 2020.
A Notice of Change was published in the FAR Vol. 46. No 111 page 2221on June 8, 2020. The change modified language in the Notice of Proposed Rule for how the SBEACH model is to be incorporated nto the rule by reference. Proposed amendments to Chapter 62B-33, Florida Administrative Code (FAC), Rules and Procedures for Coastal Construction and Excavation become effective July 29, 2020.
Updated: July 17, 2020
Beach Management Funding Assistance Program
The Department of Environmental Protection proposed amendments to Chapter 62B-36, F.A.C. as result of changes made to the beaches funding program in 2019, as codified in Chapter 2019-122, Law of Florida. These amendments revised the criteria that DEP must consider in determining and assigning annual funding priorities for beach management and erosion control projects and revised certain statutory provisions that the department must consider with respect to managing inlets.The effective date of the rule is Aug. 26, 2020.
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