Proposed restrictions for Flagler Monument Island

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Monument Island

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that on September 16, 2019, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (Commission) received a complete application from the City of Miami Beach requesting approval of a draft ordinance to establish a Slow Speed Minimum Wake boating-restricted area within the area surrounding Flagler Monument Island pursuant to Section 327.46(1)(c), Florida Statutes (F.S.) and Rule 68D-21.004, Florida Administrative Code (F.A.C.).

The Slow Speed Minimum Wake boating-restricted area would be within Biscayne Bay, surrounding Flagler Monument Island, but excluding Meloy Channel (see attached map for details). The City of Miami Beach contends that the boating safety zone is needed for controlled and safer boating conditions within the traffic congested area. The City of Miami Beach is required to provide competent substantial evidence that the ordinance establishing the boating-restricted area is necessary to protect the safety of the public.

As a part of the City of Miami Beach’s ordinance review application, they have provided evidence in support of the proposed zone to the Commission. At this time the draft ordinance has been approved by the Commission based upon the evidence submitted.

As required by Rule 68D-21.001(3), F.A.C., the City of Miami Beach will publish as provided by Sections 50.011-.031, F.S., once a week for two consecutive weeks, a notice of the public hearing on their ordinance in a newspaper of general circulation in the area affected by the ordinance. The City of Miami Beach is required to adopt the Commission approved draft ordinance without amendment.

PUBLIC PARTICIPATION: Pursuant to Rules 68D-21.002, and 68D-21.003, F.A.C., comments regarding this request will be accepted no more than 21 calendar days from the date of publication/distribution of this public notice. The public may provide written comments, recommendations, requests, inquiries, or other correspondence to the Boating and Waterways Section at 620 South Meridian Street, Tallahassee, FL 32399-1600; or by email at waterway.management@myfwc.com. The Commission will conduct a public hearing within the City of Miami Beach if a written request for such a hearing is received within 21 days following this notice.

DUE DATE: Thursday, October 10, 2019 (5:00 PM EST)