RECREATION AND PARKS (Program); COASTAL AND AQUATIC MANAGED AREASGovernor's Recommendations
2022-23
Current Year Budget
2021-22
Difference
DollarsPositionsDollarsPositionsDollarsPositions
$146,541,935215.00$75,280,974124.00$71,260,96191.00
 

 
Policy Area:  LAND RESOURCES
Issue:            ENVIRONMENTAL PROJECTS

Justification
Governor's Recommendations 2022-23
GRANTS AND AIDS - FLORIDA RESILIENT COASTLINES The Governor's Budget Recommendation for Fiscal Year 2022-2023 includes funds to advance statutorily required components of the Resilient Florida Program and continue efforts initiated in the Florida Resilient Coastlines Program. Funds will be used to complete the Comprehensive Statewide Flood Vulnerability and Sea Level Rise Data Set and Assessment. Section 380.093, Florida Statutes - Statewide Flooding and Sea Level Rise Resilience Plan - directs the department to complete the development of a comprehensive statewide flood vulnerability and sea level rise data set, sufficient to conduct a comprehensive statewide flood vulnerability and sea level rise assessment. The assessment must identify inland and coastal infrastructure, geographic areas, and communities in the state that are vulnerable to flooding and sea level rise and the associated risks. RESILIENT FLORIDA PLANNING GRANTS The Governor's Budget Recommendation for Fiscal Year 2022-2023 includes funding for the Resilient Florida grant program established in FY/2021-22. Grant funds will be provided to counties or municipalities to fund the costs of community resilience planning and necessary data collection for such planning including comprehensive plan amendments and necessary corresponding analyses that address the programs statutory requirements; vulnerability assessments that identify or address risks of flooding and sea level rise; the development of projects, plans, and policies that allow communities to prepare for threats from flooding and sea level rise; and projects to adapt critical assets to the effects of flooding and sea level rise. Continued support for the Resilient Florida Grant Program will help statewide communities to understand, plan for and adapt to changing sea levels and extreme weather events. CLEAN MARINA The Governor's Budget Recommendation for Fiscal Year 2022-2023 includes authority for the Clean Vessel Act and Clean Marina Program to provide pass-through grants to public and private marinas for the construction, purchase, installation, and operation of pump-out facilities. CVA grant funding to public and private marinas has resulted in a total of over 575 pumpout projects throughout all areas of the state and has prevented more than 34,000,000 gallons of untreated boater sewage from being disposed of into the state's waters. Boater sewage not entering Florida's waterways is a direct benefit of the CVA grant program. BEACH PROJECTS - STATEWIDE The Governor's Budget Recommendation for Fiscal Year 2022-2023 includes a transfer of recurring Fixed Capital Outlay appropriation for the Beach Management Funding Assistance Program from the Division of Water Resource Management to the Office of Resilience and Coastal Protection (RCP). This issue coincides with an operating issue that transfers 66 positions and funding in the Beach and Inlet Management Programs from the Division of Water Resource Management and the Regulatory District Offices to the RCP. The merger focuses on aligning critical personnel, programs and resources to address resiliency. To foster continuity in reaching resiliency goals, this transfer enables a larger array of researchers, field staff, technical experts and policymakers to collaborate more effectively. GRANTS AND AID - WATER QUALITY IMPROVEMENTS - BISCAYNE BAY The Governor's Budget Recommendations for Fiscal Year 2022-2023 includes funding for critical infrastructure relating to wastewater and storm water runoff projects that address water quality impairments in Biscayne Bay. These cost-share grant funds for water quality improvements and coral reef restoration focus on nutrient and pollutant reduction in the bay.