Administrative Regulation 10.06-4

ADMINISTRATIVE REGULATION:   AR: 10.06-4 DATE APPROVED: July 25, 2023
SUBJECT: Policy and Procedures for Establishing Slow Speed Zones ORIGINATING DEPARTMENT: Public Works

POLICY:

  1. The Board of County Commissioners of Citrus County, Florida, (BOCC), has determined that the unregulated operation of vessels on the waterways of Citrus County constitutes a potential hazard to the safety and welfare of the Citizens of Citrus County (Chapter 106, Citrus County Code, provides for the designation of area(s) of regulated water activities). The County is not permitted by law to control vessel engine noise from air boats, boats or other watercraft.    
  2. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is the entity that reviews and approves requests to establish slow speed zones that meet certain criteria as stated in 68D-23 of the Florida Administrative Code and require creditable data/vessel traffic study to be submitted with an application.
  3. To designate slow speed zones Chapter 106-46 of Citrus County Code requires that a Resolution be adopted at a public hearing upon a minimum of fifteen days notice published in a newspaper of general circulation in Citrus County.
PROCEDURES:

  1. Request for Slow Speed Zones – Citizens, Homeowner Associations, or Civic Associations, must submit a Petition to Citrus County signed by at least two-thirds (2/3) of the property owners in the proposed slow speed zone supporting the slow speed zone.
  2. Non-Refundable Escrow Deposit – A Five Hundred ($500.00) Dollar fee shall be submitted to Citrus County with each Petition to cover administrative costs associated with County staff time.
  3. County Staff will prepare a map outlining the requested area of the slow speed zone to be regulated and will obtain a cost for a “vessel traffic study or other creditable data” from a consultant listed on the County’s Continuing Services Contract for Professional Engineering Services.
  4. Costs for the Consultant shall be paid by the applicant.
  5. If the study, or other creditable data gathered by the consultant supports the requested slow speed, an agenda item will be submitted to the BOCC for the creation of an ordinance.
  6. Upon approval of an ordinance by the BOCC, County Staff will prepare the required Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission permit application.
  7. Upon permit approval by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, the costs for the signage, pilings, and installation shall be paid by the applicant. 
  8. Once established, routine maintenance for the signage and piling will be paid by the County.