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The 2023 Florida Statutes (including Special Session C)

Title XI
Chapter 161
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F.S. 161.091
161.091 Beach management; funding; repair and maintenance strategy.
(1) Subject to such appropriations as the Legislature may make therefor from time to time, disbursements from the Land Acquisition Trust Fund may be made by the department in order to carry out the proper state responsibilities in a comprehensive, long-range, statewide beach management plan for erosion control; beach preservation, restoration, and nourishment; storm and hurricane protection; and other activities authorized for beaches and shores pursuant to s. 28, Art. X of the State Constitution. Legislative intent in appropriating such funds is for the implementation of those projects that contribute most significantly to addressing the state’s beach erosion problems.
(2) The department shall develop a multiyear repair and maintenance strategy that:
(a) Encourages regional approaches to ensure the geographic coordination and sequencing of prioritized projects;
(b) Reduces equipment mobilization and demobilization costs;
(c) Maximizes the infusion of beach-quality sand into the system;
(d) Extends the life of beach nourishment projects and reduces the frequency of nourishment; and
(e) Promotes inlet sand bypassing to replicate the natural flow of sand interrupted by improved, modified, or altered inlets and ports.
(3) In accordance with the intent expressed in s. 161.088 and the legislative finding that erosion of the beaches of this state is detrimental to tourism, the state’s major industry, further exposes the state’s highly developed coastline to severe storm damage, and threatens beach-related jobs, which, if not stopped, may significantly reduce state sales tax revenues, funds deposited into the State Treasury to the credit of the Land Acquisition Trust Fund shall be used to fund the development, implementation, and administration of the state’s beach management plan, as provided in ss. 161.091-161.212 and as authorized in s. 28, Art. X of the State Constitution.
History.s. 1, ch. 65-408; ss. 25, 35, ch. 69-106; s. 1, ch. 71-182; s. 1, ch. 72-170; ss. 1-3, ch. 74-102; s. 1, ch. 75-288; s. 1, ch. 77-379; s. 6, ch. 78-257; s. 5, ch. 80-183; s. 4, ch. 86-138; ss. 16, 23, ch. 87-97; s. 1, ch. 91-79; s. 4, ch. 96-321; s. 1, ch. 97-187; s. 2, ch. 98-311; s. 5, ch. 99-247; s. 8, ch. 2000-346; s. 2, ch. 2008-114; s. 7, ch. 2015-229; s. 12, ch. 2016-10.