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The 2023 Florida Statutes (including Special Session C)

Chapter 379
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F.S. 379.504
379.504 Civil liability; joint and several liability.
(1) A person who commits a violation specified in s. 379.501(1) is liable to the state for any damage caused to the waters or property of the state, including animal, plant, or aquatic life, and for reasonable costs and expenses of the state in restoring its waters and property, including animal, plant, and aquatic life, to their former condition, and furthermore is subject to the judicial imposition of a civil penalty for each offense in an amount of not more than $10,000 per offense. However, the court may receive evidence in mitigation. Each day during any portion of which such violation occurs constitutes a separate offense. This section does not give the commission the right to bring an action on behalf of any private person.
(2) If two or more persons violate s. 379.501(1) so that the damage is indivisible, each violator shall be jointly and severally liable for the damage and for the reasonable cost and expenses of the state incurred in restoring the waters and property of the state, including the animal, plant, and aquatic life, to their former condition. However, if the damage is divisible and may be attributed to a particular violator or violators, each violator is liable only for that damage attributable to his or her violation.
(3) In assessing damages for fish killed, the value of the fish shall be determined in accordance with a table of values for individual categories of fish, which shall be adopted by the Department of Environmental Protection pursuant to s. 403.141(3). The total number of fish killed may be estimated by standard practices used in estimating fish population.
History.s. 46, ch. 2009-86.