66B-1.005: Funds Allocation
66B-1.008: Project Eligibility
PURPOSE AND EFFECT: The purpose of the proposed rule development is to include the following provisions in the program rule: Ensure consistency within the rule and Chapter 374, F.S., and define terms for land acquisition eligibility, clarify public navigation eligibility, add marine fire-fighting vessel eligibility, clarify accounting for fees, and determine environmental restoration parameters.
The effect of the rule development is to implement changes in the administration of the District’s Assistance Programs that will assist the District and program applicants in the review and evaluation of applications submitted pursuant to the rule.
SUMMARY: Minor changes to Waterways Assistance Program rule sections: Policy, Funds Allocation, and Project Eligibility.
SUMMARY OF STATEMENT OF ESTIMATED REGULATORY COSTS AND LEGISLATIVE RATIFICATION:
The Agency has determined that this will not have an adverse impact on small business or likely increase directly or indirectly regulatory costs in excess of $200,000 in the aggregate within one year after the implementation of the rule. A SERC has not been prepared by the agency.
The Agency has determined that the proposed rule is not expected to require legislative ratification based on the statement of estimated regulatory costs or if no SERC is required, the information expressly relied upon and described herein:
Any person who wishes to provide information regarding a statement of estimated regulatory costs, or provide a proposal for a lower cost regulatory alternative must do so in writing within 21 days of this notice.
RULEMAKING AUTHORITY: 374.976(2) FS.
LAW IMPLEMENTED: 374.976(1)-(3) FS.
IF REQUESTED WITHIN 21 DAYS OF THE DATE OF THIS NOTICE, A HEARING WILL BE HELD AT THE DATE,TIME AND PLACE SHOWN BELOW(IF NOT REQUESTED, THIS HEARING WILL NOT BE HELD):
DATE AND TIME: January 10, 2012, 11:00 a.m.
PLACE: District Office, 1314 Marcinski Road, Jupiter, Florida
Pursuant to the provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act, any person requiring special accommodations to participate in this workshop/meeting is asked to advise the agency at least 3 days before the workshop/meeting by contacting: Mark Crosley, Assistant Executive Director, Florida Inland Navigation District, 1314 Marcinski Road, Jupiter, Florida 33477, telephone Number: (561)627-3386. If you are hearing or speech impaired, please contact the agency using the Florida Relay Service, 1(800)955-8771 (TDD) or 1(800)955-8770 (Voice).
THE PERSON TO BE CONTACTED REGARDING THE PROPOSED RULE IS: Mark Crosley, Assistant Executive Director, Florida Inland Navigation District, 1314 Marcinski Road, Jupiter, Florida 33477, telephone Number: (561)627-3386
THE FULL TEXT OF THE PROPOSED RULE IS:
The following constitutes the policy of the District regarding the administration of the program.
(1) Financial Assistance Eligibility: Eligible federal, state and regional agencies may be provided financial assistance, support or cooperation in planning, acquisition, development, construction, reconstruction, extension, improvement, operation or the maintenance of public navigation, local and regional anchorage management, beach renourishment, public recreation, inlet channel maintenance, inlet management, environmental education, maritime management plans, and boating safety projects directly related to the waterways. Eligible projects shall include the acquisition and development of public boat ramps, launching facilities, and public boat docking and mooring facilities, including those in man-made, navigable waterways contiguous to “waterways” as defined in Rule 66B-1.003, F.A.C.
(2) through (10) No change.
(11) Fees: Any public project eligible for District program funds that charges a fee or will charge a fee must create and maintain an enterprise fund for the public project that shall plan for and retain at all times sufficient funds for the on-going maintenance of the facility during its project life. Accounting records of the previous five years of the public project’s enterprise fund will be submitted as part of any subsequent assistance program application to the District
demonstrate that the facility will utilize 50% or greater of the collected funds for project maintenance, and improvements throughout the anticipated 25-year life of a development project or the design life of other project types, as applicable.
Rulemaking Authority 374.976(2) FS. Law Implemented 374.976(1), (2) FS. History–New 12-17-90, Amended 2-6-97, Formerly 16T-1.004, Amended 5-17-98, 3-31-99, 3-5-00, 3-21-01, 7-30-02, 3-3-04, 4-21-05, 4-1-09, 3-7-11,__________.
66B-1.005 Funds Allocation.
The Board will allocate funding for this program based upon the District’s overall goals, management policies, fiscal responsibilities and operational needs for the upcoming year. If funds are determined to be available for the program, the District will notify potential eligible state and regional agencies of the availability of program funding and the authorized submission period. Applications will be reviewed by the Board utilizing District Form No. 00-25 and No. 00-25 (a) thru (f) Cooperative Assistance Program Application Evaluation and Rating Worksheet (effective date 4-24-06) hereby incorporated by reference and available from the District office.
(1) through (4) No change.
(5) Inlet Management: Projects and project elements in the categories of inlet management shall benefit public navigation within the District and shall be consistent with a Department of Environmental Protection approved inlet management plan.
(5) Public Navigation: Projects or project elements in the category of public navigation that will qualify for up to seventy-five percent (75%) program funds must be within the Intracoastal Right-of-Way (ROW), or provide public navigation channel access to two or more public accessible launching, mooring or docking facilities. In addition, the following shall apply:
(a) Navigation channel dredging: The project sponsor must demonstrate that the source of channel sedimentation has been identified and is in the process of, or has been controlled, or that the frequency and amount of shoaling is such that dredging will provide an improvement to the channel that will last for twenty (20) years or more and therefore is more cost effective than identifying and correcting the cause of shoaling, or that the cost of identifying the source of channel sedimentation exceeds the cost of the dredging project;
(b) Navigation channel lighting and markers must be located on primary or secondary public navigation channels.
All other public navigation projects or project elements must have a minimum of one facility open to the public and will only qualify for up to fifty percent (50%) program funding. Dredging that is associated or ancillary to another use (such as a boat ramp, marina or pier) will be prioritized according to the associated use.
(6) Inlet Management: Projects and project elements in the categories of inlet management shall benefit public navigation within the District and shall be consistent with a Department of Environmental Protection approved inlet management plan.
(7) Land Acquisition: All land acquisition projects shall qualify for a maximum of twenty-five (25) percent program funding. All pre-agreement expenses for land acquisition must be completed within one-year of the date of application for funding. All funded land acquisition projects must construct the required boating access facility within 7 years of completion of the land acquisition, or the Distirct may require the applicant to refund the program funding.
Rulemaking Authority 374.976(2) FS. Law Implemented 374.976(1), (3) FS. History–New 12-17-90, Amended 2-6-97, Formerly 16T-1.005, Amended 5-17-98, 3-31-99, 3-21-01, 7-30-02, 3-3-04, 4-21-05, 4-24-06, 4-15-07, 3-25-08, 4-1-09, 3-7-11,__________.
66B-1.008 Project Eligibility.
(1) Eligible Projects: Financial assistance and support through this program shall be used to plan or carry out public navigation and anchorage management, public recreation, environmental education, boating safety, acquisition and development of spoil sites and publicly owned commercial/industrial waterway access directly related to the waterways, acquisition and development of public boat ramps, launching facilities and boat docking and mooring facilities, and inlet management, maritime management planning, environmental mitigation and beach renourishment directly related to the waterways.
(a) Program funds may be used for projects such as acquisition planning, development, construction, reconstruction, extension or improvement, of the following for public use on land and water:
1. Public navigation channel dredging;
2. Public navigation aids and markers;
3. Inlet management projects that are a benefit to public navigation in the District;
4. Public shoreline stabilization directly benefiting the District’s waterway channels;
5. Acquisition and development of publicly owned spoil disposal site and public commercial/industrial waterway access;
6. Waterway signs and buoys for safety, regulation or information;
7. Acquisition, dredging, shoreline stabilization and development of public boat ramps and launching facilities;
8. Acquisition, dredging, shoreline stabilization and development of public boat docking and mooring facilities;
9. Derelict Vessel Removal;
10. Waterways related environmental education programs and facilities;
11. Public fishing and viewing piers;
12. Public waterfront parks and boardwalks and associated improvements;
13. Maritime Management Planning;
13. Waterways boating safety programs and equipment;
14. Beach renourishment on beaches adversely impacted by navigation inlets, navigation structures, navigation dredging, or a navigation project; and
16. Environmental restoration, enhancement or mitigation projects and
17. Other waterway related projects.
(b) through (c) No change.
2. Marine fire-fighting vessels are eligible for a maximum of $60,000 in initial District funding. Marine law enforcement and other vessels are eligible for a maximum of $30,000 in initial District funding. All future replacement and maintenance costs of the vessel and related equipment will be the responsibility of the applicant.
3. No change.
(d) No change.
(2) through (3) No change.
(4) Public Marina Qualifications: All public marina projects funded through this program shall include sewage pumpout facilities for vessels, unless the applicant can demonstrate that inclusion of such a facility is physically, operationally or economically impracticable. All public marina projects funded through this program shall have at least ten percent (10%) of their slips or mooring areas available for transient vessels. Public marina dockage rates shall be within market comparison of the dockage rates of other area marinas. The public marina will be required to establish and maintain an accounting of the funds for the facility and shall plan for and retain at all times sufficient funds for the on-going maintenance of the facility during its project life.
Program funds to public marina projects shall not be utilized for replacement of the facilities if revenues generated by the facility are not allocated to the operation, maintenance and improvement of the public marina facility. Public marinas operating under an enterprise fund shall not be subject to in accordance with subsection 66B-2.004(11), F.A.C.
(5) No change.
(6) All eligible environmental restoration, enhancement or mitigation projects as well as the environmental restoration, enhancement or mitigation components of other types of projects shall be required to assign the mitigation credits to the District for that share of the project funded through the District’s Assistance Program. All eligible environmental restoration, enhancement or mitigation projects shall provide public access where possible.
(6) Final Decisions: The Board will make all final decisions on the eligibility of a Project or specific project costs.
Rulemaking Authority 374.976(2) FS. Law Implemented 374.976(1)-(3) FS. History–New 12-17-90, Amended 2-6-97, Formerly 16T-1.008, Amended 5-17-98, 3-31-99, 3-5-00, 3-21-01, 7-30-02, 3-20-03, 3-3-04, 4-15-07, 3-25-08, 4-1-09, 2-22-10, 3-7-11, _________.