Notice of Change/Withdrawal

Vessel Registration and Boating Safety
68D-23.101: Intent
Notice is hereby given that the following changes have been made to the proposed rule in accordance with subparagraph 120.54(3)(d)1., F.S., published in Vol. 32 No. 18, May 5, 2006 issue of the Florida Administrative Weekly.

In response to written material received prior to the final hearing on the rule, Rule 68D-23.101, F.A.C., will be revised to read as follows:

68D-23.101 Intent.

(1) This Chapter is consistent with and conforms to 33 C.F.R. part 62 – The navigable waters of the United States and non-navigable State waters (which together include all waters of this state), are marked to assist navigation using the United States Aids to Navigation System, a system consistent with the International Association of Lighthouse Authorities (IALA) Maritime Buoyage System. The IALA Maritime Buoyage System is followed by most of the world's maritime nations and will improve maritime safety by encouraging conformity with buoyage systems used worldwide.

(2)(1) It is the intent of this chapter:

(a) To provide for uniformity in design, construction and coloring of markers so that all vessel operators may readily recognize, identify and distinguish between authorized markers and unlawfully placed markers;

(b) To provide a means by which the Division and its officers and all other law enforcement officers charged with the enforcement of this chapter may determine with reasonable certainty which boating restricted areas are lawfully established and marked;

(c) To provide a grace period until December 31, 2003, during which time all markers shall be brought into conformity with the provisions of Chapter 327, F.S., this chapter, and Part 62 of Title 33 of the Code of Federal Regulations, and to provide for the removal of all nonconforming markers after that date; and

(c)(d) To insure that regulatory markers noticing boating restricted areas created pursuant to Sections 327.22, 327.60 and 370.12, F.S., are authorized only for the purposes of protecting human life and limb, vessel traffic safety and maritime property, and manatees.

(3)(2) It is further the intent of this chapter that no boating restricted area be established, continued in effect, or enforced for the purpose of noise abatement or for the protection of shoreline, shore-based structures, or upland property from vessel wake or shoreline wash. As provided in Section 327.33(2), F.S., “vessel wake and shoreline wash resulting from the reasonable and prudent operation of a vessel shall, absent negligence, not constitute damage or endangerment to property.” The wake resulting from the reasonable and prudent operation of a vessel is a force which should be anticipated by the owners of property adjacent to the navigable waters of this state.

(4)(3) The Division will not issue any permit authorizing the placement of regulatory markers for:

(a) Ordinances that apply within the Florida Intracoastal Waterway, in violation of Section 327.60(2), F.S.;

(b) Ordinances adopted pursuant to Section 370.12(2)(p)(o), F.S., until such ordinances have been reviewed and approved by the commission, and provided that such ordinances do not apply within the marked navigation channel of the Florida Intracoastal Waterway nor to the waters within 100 feet of said channel;

(c) Ordinances that discriminate against personal watercraft, in violation of Section 327.60(1), F.S.;

(d) Ordinances that discriminate against airboats, unless adopted by a two-thirds vote of the governing body enacting such ordinance, as provided in Section 327.60(1), F.S.

(e) Ordinances regulating the anchoring of non-live-aboard vessels in navigation, in violation of Section 327.60(2), F.S., when such vessels are outside the marked boundaries of mooring fields permitted as provided in Section 327.40, F.S., and this rule.

(5)(4) Where conflicting speed or operational restrictions are established by law or pursuant to law, the more restrictive shall be posted and shall apply.

(6)(5) Regulatory markers placed pursuant to a permit issued as provided herein shall be prima facie evidence of the boundaries of boating restricted areas and the speed or operational restrictions imposed therein.