Notice of Proposed Rule

Florida Inland Navigation District
66B-1.003: Definitions
66B-1.005: Funds Allocation
66B-1.006: Application Process
66B-1.008: Project Eligibility
66B-1.015: Small-Scale Derelict Vessel Removal Projects
PURPOSE AND EFFECT: The purpose of the proposed rule making is to include the following provisions in the program rule: Clarify the necessary permitting requirements prior to project funding; identify the provisions for land acquisition eligibility; correct the rule language to allow small-scale and derelict vessel applications out of the regular grant cycle; and to revise the provisions of the small-scale derelict vessel removal program.
The effect of the rule development is to implement changes in the administration of the District's Cooperative Assistance Program that will assist the District and program applicants in the review and evaluation of applications submitted pursuant to the rule.
SUMMARY: Cooperative Assistance Program rule sections: Definitions, Funds Allocation, Application Process, Project Eligibility and, Small-Scale Derelict Vessel Removal Projects.
SUMMARY OF STATEMENT OF ESTIMATED REGULATORY COSTS: No Statement of Estimated Regulatory Cost was prepared.
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.
DATE AND TIME: January 22, 2008, 11:00 a.m.
PLACE: The 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 2 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


66B-1.003 Definitions.

The basic terms utilized in this rule are defined as follows:

(1) “APPLICANT” means an eligible state, regional or federal agency submitting an application through this program.

(2) through (7) No change.

(8) “ENVIRONMENTAL PERMITS” means those permits, proprietary authorizations, exemptions, or general permits for construction below mean high water line of a navigable waterway required and issued by or on behalf of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, and the South Florida or the St. Johns River Water Management Districts or their successors.

(9) through (26) No change.

Specific Authority 374.976(2) FS. Law Implemented 374.976(1) FS. History–New 12-17-90, Amended 9-2-92, 2-6-97, Formerly 16T-2.003, Amended 5-17-98, 3-21-01, 3-20-03, 3-3-04, 4-21-05, 4-24-06,________.


66B-1.005 Funds Allocation.

(1) No change.

(2) Project Funding Ratio: All financial assistance and support to eligible state and regional agencies shall require, at minimum, equal matching funds from the project sponsor's own budget, with the exception of public navigation projects that meet the provisions of subsection 66B-1.005(6), F.A.C. land acquisition projects in accordance with subsection 66B-1.005(7) and Rule 66B-1.008, and small-scale spoil island restoration and enhancement projects that meet the provisions of Rule 66B-1.014, F.A.C. Applicant’s in-house costs are limited pursuant to paragraph 66B-1.007(1)(c), F.A.C. All financial assistance to seaports shall require equal matching funds. The District shall contribute no more than fifty (50) percent of the state share of the cost of an inlet project. The District shall not contribute funding to both the state and local shares of an inlet management project.

(3) Pre-agreement Expenses: The project sponsor shall not commence work on an approved project element prior to the execution of the project agreement unless authorized by the Board during the review and funding approval process. Board authorization of pre-agreement expenses will be given for the commencement of work prior to the execution of a project agreement if the Board determines that there is a benefit to the District, its waterways or its constituents. All project costs must be incurred and work performed within the project period as stipulated in the project agreement unless pre-agreement costs are approved by the Board. Pre-agreement expenses will be approved if they are consistent with the provisions of Rule 66B-1.008, F.A.C., and occur within the fiscal year of the grant application submission (October 1st to September 30th). Pre-agreement expenses, except for projects approved by the Board as multi-year projects, will be limited to fifty (50) percent of the project's total cost and if the expenses are eligible project expenses in accordance with this rule. Only one-half (1/2) or less of the approved pre-agreement expenses will be eligible for reimbursement funding from the District, except for projects approved by the Board as multi-year projects. The Board may waive the limitation on pre-agreement expenses for Small-Scale Derelict Vessel grants and land acquisition projects when the applicant demonstrates a direct need and benefit and the project is in accordance with the applicable provisions of Chapter 66B-2, F.A.C.

(4) through (6) No change.

(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.

Specific Authority 374.976(2) FS. Law Implemented 374.976(1), (3) FS. History–New 12-17-90, Amended 6-24-93, 9-5-96, 2-6-97, Formerly 16T-2.005, Amended 5-17-98, 8-26-99, 3-21-01, 7-30-02, 3-3-04, 4-21-05, 4-24-06,________.


66B-1.006 Application Process.

(1) Application Period: With the exception of eligible Disaster Relief Projects, eligible Small-Scale Spoil Island Restoration and Enhancement Project and eligible Small-Scale Derelict Vessel Applications, all aApplications for assistance through this program will be submitted during the authorized submission period which shall be established by vote of the Board at a scheduled meeting.

 (2) through (9) No change.

Specific Authority 374.976(2) FS. Law Implemented 374.976(1) FS. History–New 12-17-90, Amended 2-6-97, Formerly 16T-1.006, Amended 3-5-00, 3-21-01, 7-30-02, 3-20-03, 4-21-05, 4-24-06,_________.


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, 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, 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 improvement, operation or maintenance 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;

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 and development of public boat ramps and launching facilities;

8. Acquisition and development of pPublic 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 boardwalks;

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

15. Other waterway related projects.

(b) Ineligible Projects or Project Elements. Project costs ineligible for program funding or matching funds will include: contingencies, miscellaneous, reoccurring personnel related costs, land acquisition that is not for additional trailer parking at an existing boat ramp, irrigation equipment, ball-courts, park and playground equipment, and any extraneous recreational amenities not directly related to the waterway such as the following:

1. Landscaping that does not provide shoreline stabilization or aquatic habitat;

2. Restrooms for non-waterway users;

3. Roadways providing access to non-waterway users;

4. Parking areas for non-waterway users;

5. Utilities for non-waterway related facilities;

6. Lighting for non-waterway related facilities;

7. Maintenance equipment;

8. Picnic shelters and furniture;

9. Vehicles to transport vessels;

10. Operational items such as fuel, oil, etc.;

11. Office space that is not incidental and necessary to the operation of the main eligible public building; and

12. Conceptual project planning, including: public surveys, opinion polls, public meetings, and organizational conferences.

(c) Project Elements with Eligibility Limits. Subject to approval by the Board of an itemized expense list:

1. The following project costs will be eligible for program funding or as matching funding if they are performed by an independent contractor:

a. Project management, administration and inspection;

b. Design, permitting, planning, engineering or surveying costs for completed construction project;

c. Restoration of sites disturbed during the construction of an approved project; and

d. Equipment costs. Before reimbursement is made by the District on any of the costs listed in subparagraph 1. above, a construction contract for the project approved and executed by the project sponsor and project contractor must be submitted to the District.

2. 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. Waterway related environmental education facility funding will be limited to those project elements directly related to the District’s waterways.

(d) Phasing of Projects: Applications for eligible waterway projects will be submitted as a phased project where Phase I will include the design, engineering and permitting elements and Phase II will include the construction of the project. A description and cost estimate of the Phase II work will be submitted along with the Phase I application for Board review. Applicants for construction projects that include elements that require state or federal environmental permits will demonstrate that all required environmental permitting and proprietary authorizations will be completed by the District's final TRIM hearing. This demonstration will be by the submission of the required environmental permit(s) or by the submission of a letter from the agency(s) stating that a permit is not required. Should the environmental permitting element of an application for a construction project that includes elements that require state or federal permits or exemptions not be completed by the District's final TRIM hearing, the construction portion of the project will not be considered for funding. The District will not deviate from the funding schedule, whereby funding decisions are completed at the final TRIM hearing, to accommodate any application deficiency.

(2) Property Control: The site of a new proposed land-based development project shall be dedicated for the public use for which the project was intended for a minimum period of 25 years after project completion. Such dedication shall be in the form of a deed, lease, management agreement or other legally binding document and shall be recorded in the public property records of the county in which the property is located. This property control requirement also applies to a project site owned by another governmental entity. The governmental entity that owns the project site may be joined as a co-applicant to meet this property control requirement. Existing land based development projects that are being repaired, replaced or modified must demonstrate that the project site has been dedicated for public use for at least 25 years with at least 10 years remaining on the dedication document. Property shall also be deemed dedicated for public use if:

(a) The property has been designated for the use for which the project is intended (even though there may have been no formal dedication) in a plat or map recorded prior to 1940, or

(b) The project sponsor demonstrates that it has had exclusive control over the property for the public use for which the project is intended for a period of at least 30 years prior to submission of the application, or

(c) There is no ongoing litigation challenging the designated use of the property as shown on the plat or map, nor has there been any judicial determination contrary to the use by the public for the use shown on the plat or map.

(3) Permits: The project sponsor is responsible for obtaining and abiding by any and all federal, state and local permits, laws, proprietary authorizations and regulations in the development of the project.

(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 (10%) percent of their slips or mooring areas available for transient vessels. Program funds to public marina projects shall not be utilized for maintenance of the facilities if revenues generated by the facility are not exclusively allocated to the operation, maintenance and improvement of the public marina facility. Certification that revenues generated by a marina facility are exclusively allocated to the operation, maintenance and improvement of the public marine facility will be required to be submitted with the application and, if approved, thereafter on an annual basis using form No. FIND 03-01 (effective date 3-3-04), hereby incorporated by reference and available from the District office.

(5) Final Decisions: The Board will make all final decisions on the eligibility of a project or specific project costs.

Specific 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, 4-24-06,_______.


66B-1.015 Small-Scale Derelict Vessel Removal Projects.

Proposals shall be accepted for financial assistance for the removal of derelict vessels within the District's waterways. The applicable provisions of this rule apply to these applications with the following additions or exceptions:

(1) Application Procedure – Applications shall be submitted on a completed FIND Form No. 05-01 (Small-Scale Derelict Vessel Removal Program) (effective date 4-24-06), and FIND Form No. 01-06 (Small-Scale Derelict Vessel Removal Program – Project Cost Estimate), (effective date 4-24-06), hereby incorporated by reference and available from the District office. Applications may be submitted to the District and considered by the Board at any time during the year.

(2) The District shall only fund applicants that have identified derelict vessels to be removed and have a current bid for removal for such vessels, or have completed the removal of such vessels within the 6 months preceding the application, subject to eligibility under these program rules.

(3) The program must be sponsored by an eligible government agency or not-for-profit organization.

(4) District funding shall be limited to $20.000 $10,000.00 per county, per year, provided on a reimbursement basis only. The limitation on pre-agreement expenses may be waived by the Board in accordance with subsection 66B-2.005(3), F.A.C.

(5) The eligible applicant must provide the remaining matching funds for project completion. In no case shall the District's cost-share contribution exceed 75% 50% of the total project costs. In-house project management or administration costs are not eligible costs or matching costs.

(6) The derelict vessel must be located in the District’s Waterways, as defined in Rule 66B-2.003, F.A.C, or immediately adjacent to, the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway or the Okeechobee Waterway.

(7) The District shall be recognized when possible in all written, audio or video advertising and promotions as a participating sponsor of the program.

(8) The funding provided by the District shall only be allocated for removal of derelict vessels. The District is providing program reimbursement funds only and shall be held harmless with regards to the activities initiated by the applicant.

(9) The applicant shall be responsible for all maintenance, management, disposal and operating expenses associated with the program.

(10) Funds derived from the sale of any derelict vessels or vessel parts removed through this grant program must be reinvested into the applicant's derelict vessel removal program.

(11) The District Board shall make all final decisions concerning the provision of funding for this program.

Specific Authority 374.976(2) FS. Law Implemented 374.976(1) FS. History–New 4-24-06, Amended 4-15-07,________.

NAME OF PERSON ORIGINATING PROPOSED RULE: Mark Crosley, Assistant Executive Director, Florida Inland Navigation District, 1314 Marcinski Road, Jupiter, Florida 33477, Telephone Number: (561)627-3386
NAME OF SUPERVISOR OR PERSON WHO APPROVED THE PROPOSED RULE: David K. Roach, Executive Director, Florida Inland Navigation District, 1314 Marcinski Road, Jupiter, Florida 33477, Telephone Number: (561)627-3386