Stuart/Martin Final Ordinance

Before the Board of County Commissioners
Martin County, Florida

Ordinance number 925

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An ordinance of Martin County, Florida, amending article 2, anchoring and mooring pilot program, chapter 8, anchoring and mooring, general ordinances, martin county code; providing for applicability, conflicting provisions, and  severability; providing for filing with the department of state, codification and an effective date.

Whereas, on January 15, 2013, the Board of County Commissioners adopted an ordinance creating Article 2. Anchoring and Mooring Pilot Program, Chapter 8.  Anchoring and Mooring, General Ordinances, Martin County Code; and

Whereas, the Board has determined that revisions are necessary.

Now therefore be it ordained by the Board of County Commissioners, Martin County, Florida, that:

Part 1: Amendment of Article 2, Anchoring and Mooring Pilot Program of Chapter 8, Anchoring and Mooring, General Ordinances, Martin County Code

Article 2, Anchoring and Mooring Pilot Program of Chapter 8, Anchoring and Mooring is hereby amended as follows:

Chapter 8 Anchoring and Mooring

Article 2.  Anchoring and Mooring Pilot Program

Section 8.10 Intent and Purpose

The purpose of this article is to implement the provisions of Section 327.4105, Florida Statutes, by developing and testing policies and regulatory regimes that: promote the establishment and use of properly permitted mooring fields; promote public access to the waters of this state; enhance navigational safety; protect maritime infrastructure; protect the marine environment; and deter improperly stored, abandoned, or derelict vessels.

Section 8.11. Definitions

For the purpose of this Article, the following words, terms and phrases shall have the meaning set forth herein.  Words used or defined in one tense or form shall include other tenses or derivative forms.  Words in the singular shall include the plural and words in the plural shall include the singular.  The words “must” and “shall” and “will” are mandatory.  The words “may” and “should” are permissive.  Words not defined shall be given their common and ordinary meaning.

Maritime infrastructure means seawalls, docks, and piers.

Occupied means boarding and remaining on a vessel for recreational activities consuming twelve (12) or more consecutive hours in any twenty-four (24) consecutive hour period of time; for the preparation, service and consumption of meals or for sleeping; for a period of time in excess of that required for the completion of maintenance or repair activities; or for securing or protecting the vessel in a time of emergency or severe weather.

Properly permitted mooring field means that certain area designated for the mooring of vessels that has been approved as such and permitted by all applicable state and federal agencies.

Stored vessel shall mean any vessel not under the direct supervision and control of person capable of operating the vessel and promptly moving the vessel.

Vessel is synonymous with boat as referenced in Section 1(b), Article VII of the State Constitution and includes every description of watercraft, barge and airboat, other than a seaplane on the water, used or capable of being used as a means of transportation on the water.

Section 8.12 Pilot Program Area Within the City of Stuart

  1. The City of Stuart Pilot Program Area is depicted on Exhibit A, City of Stuart Pilot Program Area, attached hereto, which is part of the following described area:

    All waters of the St. Lucie River including the North and South Fork, from shoreline to shoreline, including creeks and tributaries:

    bounded on the east by a line drawn from the north shoreline at 27 13.070 N, 80 13.240 W to the southern shoreline at 27 12.335 N, 80 13.240 W of the St. Lucie River

    bounded on the south by the Palm City Bridge in the South Fork of the St. Lucie River

    and bounded on the northwest by a line drawn from the north shoreline at 27 12.925 N, 80 16.690 W to the southern shoreline at 27 12.330 N, 80 16.538 W of the North Fork of the St. Lucie River.

  2. The provisions of Section 8.12.C through 8.12.H shall apply only within the City of Stuart Pilot Program Area.
  3. In order to promote the establishment and use of properly permitted mooring fields and protect maritime infrastructure, anchoring and mooring of occupied or stored vessels is prohibited within one hundred fifty (150) feet outside of the marked boundary of any properly permitted mooring field.
  4. There shall be no anchoring of vessels between the City of Stuart mooring field and the eastern shoreline running adjacent to the mooring field.
  5. In order to protect maritime infrastructure, promote public access to the water and enhance navigational safety, anchoring and mooring of occupied or stored vessels is prohibited within one hundred fifty (150) feet of any maritime infrastructure.
  6. Notwithstanding Sections 8.12.C, 8.12.D and 8.12.E, vessels may anchor or moor in areas otherwise prohibited in the event of a temporary mechanical breakdown or when imminent or existing extreme weather conditions would impose an unreasonable risk of harm to persons or property, in which case vessels may remain anchored or moored until the vessel is repaired, which shall occur within five (5) business days or seven (7) calendar days, whichever is greater, or in the event of extreme weather, until weather conditions improve. In the case of mechanical breakdown, additional time may be granted by the City Manager or their designee if the repairs cannot be completed in the allotted time.  Such extension shall be done in consultation with the captain, operator or other authorized person to determine the need for such extension.
  7. In order to deter improperly stored, abandoned or derelict vessels, any vessel which remains within the City of Stuart Pilot Program Area for more than ten (10) consecutive days shall demonstrate compliance with operability and safety requirements by documenting that once every six months the vessel has navigated, under its own power, to one of the designated locations.  Martin County, in coordination with the City of Stuart, shall establish several locations in close proximity to the City of Stuart Pilot Program Area to insure the maximum vessel accessibility possible. Information about the locations shall be disseminated utilizing all available media. Enforcement of this section shall be postponed until the locations have been identified and publically advertised.
  8. In order to protect the marine environment, all occupied vessels within the City of Stuart Pilot Program Area shall be in compliance with Section 327.53, Florida Statutes. All occupied vessels which remain within the City of Stuart Pilot Program Area for more than ten consecutive (10) days that are equipped with a Type III marine sanitation device shall demonstrate compliance with marine sanitation requirements by 1) providing a receipt documenting service within the previous ten (10) days from the Martin County mobile pump out boat or 2) providing proof of pump out within the previous ten (10) days from another authorized pump out facility.
  9. Enforcement of Section 8.12 shall be the responsibility of the City of Stuart. However, sworn law enforcement officers of the FFWCC and the Sheriff of Martin County, and any federal law enforcement officer shall have concurrent jurisdiction.
    1. Initially these regulations shall be implemented through the development by Martin County and the City of Stuart of an outreach and educational program to inform boaters of the regulations and the benefits of compliance.
    2. Prior to exercising other enforcement options, a reasonable effort shall be made to provide educational information to the owner of the non-compliant vessel and give the owner a reasonable time to achieve compliance.  If compliance is not achieved, enforcement shall proceed as set forth below.
    3. Violations shall first be enforced in accordance with Chapter 162, Fla. Stat. and Chapter 26, Article 2, of the Stuart Code of Ordinances.  If compliance is not achieved, then:
    4. Violations may be enforced by actions at law or in equity for damages and injunctive relief.  In the event the City prevails in any such action, the City may be entitled to an award of costs and attorney’s fees; or
    5. Violations may be prosecuted and punished as misdemeanors pursuant to Section 125.69, Florida Statutes and Section 166.021, Florida Statutes.

Section 8.13 Pilot Program Areas Within Unincorporated Martin County

 

  1. The St. Lucie River Pilot Program Area is depicted on Exhibit B, St. Lucie River Pilot Program Area, attached hereto, which is part of the following described area:

    All waters of the St. Lucie River including the North and South Fork, from shoreline to shoreline, including creeks and tributaries:

    bounded on the east by a line drawn from the north shoreline at 27 13.070 N, 80 13.240 W to the southern shoreline at 27 12.335 N, 80 13.240 W of the St. Lucie River

    bounded on the south by the Palm City Bridge in the South Fork of the St. Lucie River

    and bounded on the northwest by a line drawn from the north shoreline at 27 12.925 N, 80 16.690 W to the southern shoreline at 27 12.330 N, 80 16.538 W of the North Fork of the St. Lucie River.

  2. The Manatee Pocket Pilot Program Area includes the area described below and is depicted on Exhibit C, Manatee Pocket Pilot Program Area, attached hereto:

    From shoreline to shoreline, including all creeks and tributaries within Manatee Pocket south of a line drawn perpendicular to the channel at Red Channel Marker 6 (27 9.767 N, 80 11.575 W), excluding:

    all waters west of SE St. Lucie Blvd in Willoughby Creek.

  3. The provisions of Section 8.13.D through 8.13H shall apply only within the St. Lucie River and Manatee Pocket Pilot Program Areas.
  4. In order to promote the establishment and use of properly permitted mooring fields and protect maritime infrastructure, anchoring and mooring of occupied or stored vessels is prohibited within one hundred fifty (150) feet outside of the marked boundary of any properly permitted mooring field after the buoys and associated information/regulatory uniform waterway markers depicting the boundaries are in place.
  5. In order to protect maritime infrastructure, promote public access to the water and enhance navigational safety, anchoring and mooring of occupied or stored vessels is prohibited within one hundred fifty (150) feet of any maritime infrastructure. However, within the Manatee Pocket Pilot Program Area, anchoring and mooring of occupied or stored vessels is prohibited except pursuant to a mooring permit issued by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection or within the two Anchor Areas described below and depicted on Exhibit C, Manatee Pilot Program Area, attached hereto.

    The north anchoring area encompassed by Red Green Channel Marker A (27 9.291 N, 80 11.691 W), Red Green Channel Marker B (27 9.131 N, 80 11.694 W), Green Channel Marker 5 (27 9.206 N, 80 11.833 W) and Green Channel Marker 3 (27 9.240 N, 80 11.835 W) and

    the south anchoring area encompassed by Green Red Channel Marker B (27 8.923 N, 80 11.655 W), Red Channel Marker 2 (27 8.878 N, 80 11.618 W) and Green Channel Marker 23 (27 8.855 N, 80 11.706 W).

  6. Notwithstanding Sections 8.13.D. and 8.13.E, vessels may anchor or moor in areas otherwise prohibited in the event of a temporary mechanical breakdown or when imminent or existing extreme weather conditions would impose an unreasonable risk of harm to persons or property, in which case vessels may remain anchored or moored until the vessel is repaired, which shall occur within five (5) business days or seven (7) calendar days, whichever is greater, or in the event of extreme weather, until weather conditions improve. In the case of mechanical breakdown, additional time may be granted by the County Administrator or their designee if the repairs cannot be completed in the allotted time.  Such extension shall be done in consultation with the captain, operator or other authorized person to determine the need for such extension.
  7. In order to deter improperly stored, abandoned or derelict vessels, any vessel which remains within the St. Lucie River and/or Manatee Pocket Pilot Program Areas for more than ten (10) consecutive days shall demonstrate compliance with operability and safety requirements   by documenting that once every six months the vessel has navigated under its own power, to one of the designated locations Martin County, in coordination with the City of Stuart, shall establish several locations in close proximity to the Martin County Pilot Program Areas to insure the maximum vessel accessibility possible. Information about the locations shall be disseminated utilizing all available media.  Enforcement of this section shall be postponed until the locations have been identified and publically advertised.
  8. In order to protect the marine environment, all occupied vessels within the St. Lucie River and/or Manatee Pocket Program Areas shall be in compliance with Section 327.53, Florida Statutes.  All occupied vessels which remain within the St. Lucie River and/or Manatee Pocket Pilot Program Areas for more than ten consecutive (10) days  that are equipped with a Type III marine sanitation device shall demonstrate compliance with marine sanitation requirements by 1) providing a receipt documenting service  within the previous ten (10) days from the  Martin County mobile pump out boat  or 2) providing proof of pump out within the previous ten (10) days from another authorized pump out facility.
  9. Enforcement of Section 8.13 shall be the responsibility of Martin County. However, sworn law enforcement officers of the FFWCC and the Sheriff of Martin County, and any federal law enforcement officer shall have concurrent jurisdiction.   In addition, within the St. Lucie River Pilot Program Area, the City of Stuart Police Department shall have concurrent jurisdiction with sworn law enforcement officers of the FFWCC and the Sheriff of Martin County, and any federal law enforcement officer.
    1. Initially these regulations shall be implemented through the development by Martin County and the City of Stuart of an outreach and educational program to inform boaters of the regulations and the benefits of compliance.
    2. Prior to exercising other enforcement options, a reasonable effort shall be made to provide educational information to the owner of the non-compliant vessel and give the owner a reasonable time to achieve compliance.  If compliance is not achieved, enforcement shall proceed as set forth below.
    3. Violations shall first be enforced in accordance with Chapter 162, Fla. Stat. and Chapter 1, Article 4, of the Martin County Code of Ordinances. If compliance is not achieved, then:
    4. Violations may be enforced by actions at law or in equity for damages and injunctive relief.  In the event the County prevails in any such action, the County may be entitled to an award of costs and attorney’s fees; or
    5. Violations may be prosecuted and punished as misdemeanors pursuant to Section 125.69, Florida Statutes.

Part 3: Applicability of Ordinance.

This ordinance shall apply to the unincorporated areas of Martin County, and to the incorporated areas of Martin County to the extent permitted by Article VIII, Section 1 (f), of the Constitution of the State of Florida.

Part 4: Conflicting Provisions.

Special acts of the Florida Legislature applicable only to unincorporated areas of Martin County, Martin County ordinances, County resolutions, or parts thereof, in conflict with this ordinance are hereby superseded by this ordinance to the extent of such conflict except for ordinances concerning the adoption or amendment of the Comprehensive Plan, pursuant to Chapter 163, Part II, Florida Statutes.

Part 5: Severability.

If any portion of this ordinance is for any reason held or declared to be unconstitutional, inoperative or void by a court of competent jurisdiction, such holding shall not affect the remaining portions of this ordinance.  If this ordinance or any provision thereof shall be held to be inapplicable to any person, property or circumstances by a court of competent jurisdiction, such holding shall not affect its applicability to any other person, property or circumstances.

Part 6: Filing With the Department Of State.

The clerk shall be and is hereby directed to forthwith to send a certified copy of this ordinance to the Bureau of Administrative Code, Department of State, R.A. Gray Bldg., Room 101, 500 S. Bronough Street, Tallahassee, Florida 32399-0250.

Part 7: Codification.

Provisions of this ordinance shall be incorporated into the Martin County General Ordinances, except that parts 3 through 8 shall not be codified.  The word “ordinance” may be changed to “article,” “section,” or other word, and the sections of this ordinance may be renumbered or re-lettered.

Part 8: Effective Date

This ordinance shall take effect upon filing with the Department of State and shall expire on July 1, 2014, unless the Anchoring and Mooring Pilot Program authorized by Section 327.4105, Florida Statutes, is reenacted by the Florida Legislature.

Passed and duly adopted this 19th day of March, 2013.

Attest:

Carolyn Timmann, Clerk of the Circuit Court

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Board of County Commissioners Martin County, Florida

Sarah Heard, Chair

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Approved as to Form and Correctness:

Krista A. Storey, Acting County Attorney

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