ALACHUA COUNTY
BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS
January 24, 2012 Regular BoCC Meeting
Agenda Item #16


Title
Letter to Alachua County Legislative Delegation Opposing Proposed Legislation Preempting Alachua County's Airboat Curfew Ordinance (Amended)

Amount
N/A

Description
This is a letter to the Alachua County Legislative Delegation opposing Senate Bill 58 and House Bill 733.

Recommendation
Approve the letter opposing Senate Bill 58 and House Bill 733 and authorize the Chair to sign.

Alternative(s)
Do not approve the letter.

Requested By
Board of County Commissioners

Originating Department
County Attorney

Attachment(s) Description
Draft letter

Documents Requiring Action
Letter

Executive Summary
The Board of County Commissioners, at its meeting of January 12, 2012, requested a letter be prepared opposing Senate Bill 958 and House Bill 773, which established sound level testing and certification for airboats. This legislation preempts the voter-approved airboat curfew airboat ordinance adopted in 2010 by a vote of 56% for the airboat curfew.

Background
At its meeting of January 12, 2012, the Board directed that a draft letter be prepared opposing Senate Bills 58 and House Bill 773. The Board discussed the draft letter at its meetings on January 17, 2012. The proposed legislation would require the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission to certify airboats that emit 107 dBs of noise while traveling on a plane from a distance of 100 feet. Once certified, the Commission would issue a decal to the owner of the airboat.. The legislation further preempts any local government ordinance that discriminates against airboats that bear the decal certifying that the noise level criteria have been met.

Issues
Should the Board approve the letter?

Fiscal Recommendation
n/a

Fiscal Alternative(s)
n/a

Funding Sources
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Account Code(s)
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Attachment:  OpposingAirboatLegislation.pdf