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The 2017 Florida Statutes

Title XVIII
PUBLIC LANDS AND PROPERTY
Chapter 258
STATE PARKS AND PRESERVES
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F.S. 258.435
258.435 Use of aquatic preserves for the accommodation of visitors.
(1) The Department of Environmental Protection shall promote the public use of aquatic preserves and their associated uplands. The department may receive gifts and donations to carry out the purpose of this part. Moneys received in trust by the department by gift, devise, appropriation, or otherwise, subject to the terms of such trust, shall be deposited into the Grants and Donations Trust Fund and appropriated to the department for the administration, development, improvement, promotion, and maintenance of aquatic preserves and their associated uplands and for any future acquisition or development of aquatic preserves and their associated uplands.
(2) The department may grant a privilege or concession for the accommodation of visitors in and use of aquatic preserves and their associated state-owned uplands if the privilege or concession does not deny or interfere with the public’s access to such lands and is compatible with the aquatic preserve’s management plan as approved by the Acquisition and Restoration Council. Moneys received by the department under this subsection shall be deposited into the Internal Improvement Trust Fund. A concession must be granted based on business plans, qualifications, approach, and specified expectations or criteria. A privilege or concession may not be assigned or transferred by the grantee without the consent of the department.
(3) Upon submittal to the department of a proposed concession or privilege, the department shall post a description of the proposed concession or privilege on the department’s website, including a description of the activity to occur under the proposed concession or privilege, the time of year that the activity would take place, and the location of the activity. Once the description of the proposed privilege or concession is posted on the department’s website and at least 60 days before execution of a privilege or concession agreement, the department shall provide an opportunity for public comment on the proposed privilege or concession agreement.
History.s. 13, ch. 2014-151; s. 19, ch. 2015-229.