Administrative Regulation 10.13

ADMINISTRATIVE REGULATION:   AR: 10.13 DATE APPROVED: July 25, 2023
SUBJECT: Policy and Procedures for Establishing Quiet Zones ORIGINATING DEPARTMENT: Public Works

POLICY:

  1. The Board of County Commissioners of Citrus County, Florida (BOCC), has determined that excessive and unnecessary noise, vibration and air pollution interferes with the comfort of the public and the enjoyment of private property, and impairs the economic welfare of adjoining properties (Chapter 21, Citrus County Code, addresses Noise, Vibration, and Air Pollution).  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 permit applications to install signage for quiet zones that are installed on State waters.
  3. The BOCC shall determine whether a quiet zone is justified if excessive and unnecessary noise, vibration, and air pollution interferes with the comfort of the public and the enjoyment of private property and impairs the economic welfare of adjoining properties in the proposed quiet zone.
PROCEDURES:

  1. The BOCC shall determine whether a quiet zone is justified if excessive and unnecessary noise, vibration, and air pollution interferes with the comfort of the public and the enjoyment of private property and impairs the economic welfare of adjoining properties in the proposed quiet 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 quiet zone to be regulated and will prepare an agenda item for BOCC consideration.
  4. If BOCC approves requested quiet zone, an agenda item will be submitted by Legal to the BOCC for the creation of an ordinance.
  5. Upon approval of an ordinance by the BOCC, County Staff will prepare the required Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission permit application.
  6. 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. 
  7. Once established, routine maintenance for the signage and piling will be paid by the County.