The Florida Senate unanimously passed HB 13 Sovereignty Submerged Lands by Representative Jim Frishe. The bill will mitigate the inequities and overregulation of the submerged land lease program as it affects multi-family residences.
“This bill restores equality in dock lease costs between private homes and multi-family homes. We are a country of justice and equality and this legislation is one example where we show that,” said Representative Jim Frishe.
“Pinellas County, for example, is an aquatic preserve that needs careful attention to maintain its environmental balance. However, we should never treat citizens inequitably in accomplishing our goal of conserving the environment that draws so many to our great state”.
Currently, multi-family residences are being charged at the higher commercial property rate compared to single family residences that are charged at the lesser private residence rate. HB 13 represents a compromise with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, who staff the Improvement Trust Fund.
“Our many thanks to Representative Frishe, Senator Jack Latvala, and Senator Andy Gardiner for their hard work and effort on behalf of this important legislation,” said Terri Pentek, Coalition Leader for Florida Homeowners for Fair Treatment.
HB 13 previously passed unanimously from the Florida House and is now on the way to the Governor’s desk to be signed into law.