Posted by: reefrescue | June 19, 2013

Stiff penalties for careless boaters

Reef Rescue - Coral Reef Blog

Thinking about anchoring on Florida’s coral reefs? – Think twice!

The Florida Coral Reef Protection Act allows for fines starting at $150.00 per square meter of coral damage and escalating up to $250,000 per occurrence.

What is the Coral Reef Protection Act?

The Coral Reef Protection Act is a Florida state law, effective July 1, 2009, created to improve the health of the Florida Reef Tract.

What damages does the Coral Reef Protection Act authorize FDEP to collect from the responsible party?

  •  Cost of damage assessments and activities undertaken by, or at the request of, the resource trustees to minimize or prevent further coral damages, including staff time.
  •  Cost of enforcement actions undertaken by the resource trustees, including court costs, attorney’s fees and expert witness fees.
  • Replacement, restoration or acquisition of the equivalent value of the injured coral reef, including compensation for the value of the lost use and ecological…

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