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RCP Authorities and Responsibilities from Rules and Statutes

There are several Florida Statutes (F.S.) and Florida Administrative Code (F.A.C.) rules that either give authority to programs within the Office of Resilience and Coastal Protection, or programs for which RCP is directly responsible. For more information about any of these, please contact the Office of Resilience and Coastal Protection at (850) 245-2094.

Statutes and Rules from which multiple RCP programs derive authority and operate under

Florida Statute (F.S.) or Florida Administrative Code (F.A.C.) Rule Tile Description
Chapter 253, F.S. State Lands All lands owned by the State, including sovereign submerged lands.
Chapter 258, F.S. State Parks and Preserves State parks, aquatic preserves and wild and scenic rivers.
Chapter 373, F.S. Water Resources
State’s surface water and ground water resources.
Chapter 380, F.S. Land and Water Management Land and water management policies to protect natural resources and the environment
Environmental Control Wide ranging authorities to address various environmental issues and concerns
Chapter 18-21, F.A.C. Sovereignty Submerged Lands Management Implementation of administrative and management responsibilities regarding sovereignty submerged lands

Additional Statutes and Rules from which individual RCP programs derive authority, operate under, or maintain

Beaches and Coastal Systems

Florida Statute (F.S) or Florida Administrative Code (F.A.C.) Rule Title Description
Chapter 161, F.S. Beach and Shore Preservation State’s surface water and ground water resources.
Chapter 62B-26, F.A.C. Metes and Bounds Descriptions of Coastal Construction Control Lines The legal description of the location of the Coastal Construction Control Lines in the coastal counties of Florida.
Chapter 62B-33, F.A.C. Bureau of Beaches and Coastal Systems - Rules and Procedures for Coastal Construction and Excavation (Permits for Construction Seaward of the Coastal Construction Control Line and Fifty-Foot Setback) Rules and procedures to obtain Permits for construction seaward of the Coastal Construction Control Line
Chapter 62B-34, F.A.C. General Permits for Activities Seaward of the Coastal Construction Control Line Implement the provisions of Section 161.053(19), F.S., providing General Permit for activities performed seaward of the Coastal Construction Control Line.
Chapter 62B-36, F.A.C. Beach Management Fund Assistance Program
Governs policy on the ranking and cost sharing of state-funded restoration and inlet management projects. Provides procedures for executing a comprehensive, long-range, statewide beach management plan for the protection of Florida's critically eroded shoreline.
Chapter 62B-41, F.A.C. Rules and Procedures for Application for Coastal Construction Permits Contains criteria and procedure for obtaining a Coastal Construction permit.
Chapter 62B-49, F.A.C. Contains criteria and procedure for obtaining a Coastal Construction permit Contains the rules and procedures for obtaining a Joint Coastal Permit pursuant to section 161.055, Florida Statues.
Chapter 62B-54, F.A.C. Administrative Fines and Damage Liability
Provides a method for determining the amount of fines or damages to be assessed for violations pursuant to 161.054 FS, and the procedure for imposing and collecting such fines or damages.
Chapter 62B-55, F.A.C. Model Lighting Ordinance for Marine Turtle Protection Designates coastal areas utilized, or likely to be utilized, by sea turtles for nesting, and to establish guidelines for local government regulations that control beachfront lighting to protect hatching sea turtles.
Chapter 62B-56, F.A.C. Rules and Procedures for Using Sand-Filled Geotextile Dune Cores (Permits for Construction and Maintenance) Provide the criteria for constructing and maintaining sand-filled geotextile containers used as dune core structures for coastal armoring.

Florida Coastal Management Program

Florida Statute (F.S.) or Florida Administrative Code (F.A.C.) Rule Title Description
Coastal Planning and Management Florida Coastal Management Act; Beach Warning Flags and Safety; Lighthouse Preservation
Chapter 62S-4, F.A.C. Coastal Management Program Coastal Partnership Initiative Grants Application procedures, eligibility, and funding for Coastal Partnership Initiative Grants
Chapter 62S-5, F.A.C. Coastal Management Program Grants to State Agencies and Water Management Districts Application procedures and funding for FCMP grants to state agencies and water management districts

FCMP is also tasked with updating and maintaining their Enforceable Policies. These are Florida Statutes that FCMP annually reviews changes to and submits those changes for approval from NOAA to add to the federally-approved CMP for federal consistency review purposes. Please click here for a list of FCMP enforceable policies.

Coastal and Aquatic Managed Areas and National Estuarine Research Reserves

Florida Statute (F.S.) or Florida Administrative Code (F.A.C.) Rule Title Description
Chapter 18-18, F.A.C. Biscayne Bay Aquatic Preserve Boundaries, Management Criteria, and other rules pertaining to the Biscayne Bay Aquatic Preserve
Chapter 18-20, F.A.C. Florida Aquatic Preserves Boundaries, Management Criteria, and other rules pertaining to aquatic preserves throughout the state. Includes specific entries for Lake Jackson, Boca Ciega Bay, and Pinellas County Aquatic Preserves
Chapter 18-23, F.A.C. State Buffer Preserves Description, scope, activities, enforcement, and user fees for State Buffer Preserves

Coral Reef Conservation

Florida Statute (F.S.) or Florida Administrative Code (F.A.C.) Rule Title Description
Section 403.93345, F.S. Coral Reef Protection Florida Coral Reef Protection Act

Clean Boating Program

Florida Statute (F.S.) or Florida Administrative Code (F.A.C.) Rule Title Description
Section 327.53, F.S. Marine Sanitation Vessel and floating structure requirements for waste and sewage
Section 403.061, F.S. Department (of Environmental Protection); powers and duties Powers of DEP to control and prohibit pollution of air and water
Sections 403.072-.074, F.S. Pollution Prevention Act Goals, policy, and technical assistance for pollution prevention

Citizens Support Organizations

Florida Statute (F.S.) or Florida Administrative Code (F.A.C.) Rule Title Description
Section 20.058, F.S. Citizen Support and direct-support organizations Requirements and regulations regarding citizen support and direct-support organizations
Section 20.2551, F.S. Citizen support organizations; use of property; audit; public records; partnerships Use of property, audit and public records requirements, Legislative intent and appropriation power for partnerships, and transparency report to House and Senate leadership regarding Citizen support organizations submitted by DEP
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February 17, 2020 - 11:19am

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