Marine Advisory Committee

 

Current Committee
Chair:
Daniel H. Yaffe
Vice Chair:
Barry S. Webber, Esq.
  • Randolph Adams
  • Ronald Anania, Esq.
  • Chris Barile
  • Cliff Berry II
  • Allan M. Burrows
  • Penny Cutt
  • Mark Ercolin, Esq.
  • Clifford A. Germano
  • Peter Grady
  • Mary Ann Gray
  • Debera J. Hallmark
  • James Mathie
  • Capt. Clive E. Taylor
  • Stephen P. Tilbrook, Esq.
  • Anita Walker

John R. Fiore, MAC Liaison
Daphne Jones, MAC Attorney
Racquel Henry, MAC Secretary

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Mission Statement

The Marine Advisory Committee is dedicated to create and maintain a safe and enjoyable recreational boating environment in Broward County for all residents and visitors. Additionally, the Marine Advisory Committee is committed to providing the Broward County Board of County Commissioners with the best possible information, recommendations and advice relating to all marine- and recreational boating-related matters in Broward County.

Goal 1: To advise the County Commission on marine and recreational boating-related matters in Broward County.

Goal 2: To review boating improvement projects submitted by Cities, County, and other governmental agencies, and make recommendations to the Board of County Commissioners for the expenditure of funds retained from State vessel registration fees for the Broward Boating Improvement Program.

Goal 3: To review enhanced marine safety and boating safety education projects submitted by law enforcement agencies or other boating-related agencies, via their governing bodies, and make recommendations to the Board of County Commissioners for the expenditure of local funds from the Broward County Enhanced Marine Law Enforcement Grant program.

Goal 4: To recommend policies and programs to the Parks and Recreation Division for consideration by the County Administrator and the County Commission, for all existing and future needs of Broward County regarding recreational marine facilities and services.

Procedures:

1. Membership: Eighteen (18) members appointed by the County Commission, with each Commissioner having two (2) appointments.

2. Term: (a) Serve at the pleasure of the nominating County Commissioner or (b) serve until the expiration of the term of the nominating County Commissioner, provided, however, that no such term of an appointee shall expire until a successor to the appointee has been made.

3. Attorney: Daphne Jones, Assistant County Attorney

4. County Coordinator: John R. Fiore, Associate Planner
Parks and Recreation Division
950 N.W. 38th St.
Oakland Park, FL 33309
Phone: 954-357-8133
Email:
jfiore@broward.org

5. Meetings: First Thursday of every month at 2 p.m., if need is determined by Chair of Marine Advisory Committee, at Secret Woods Nature Center.

6. Duties: (a) Advise the Parks and Recreation Division, the County Administrator, and the County Commission on marine-related matters pursuant to Section 92-16 of the Broward County Code of Ordinances.

(b) Review and make recommendations to the Parks and Recreation Division for consideration by the County Administrator and the County Commission on matters regarding applications for grants and the use of funds retained by Broward County pursuant to Chapter 24 Broward County Administrative Code relating to the Broward Boating Improvement Program and Florida Statutes 328.72 relating to Vessel Registration Fees.

(c) Review and make recommendations to the Parks and Recreation Division for consideration by the County Administrator and the County Commission on matters regarding applications for grants and the use of funds pursuant to County Ordinance 14-19, Resolution 94-285, and County Code Article XXX Sec. 1-525 through Sect. 1-528, relating to the Broward County Enhanced Marine Law Enforcement Grant program.

(d) Recommend policies and programs to the Parks and Recreation Division for consideration by the County Administrator and the County Commission, for all existing and future needs of Broward County regarding recreational marine facilities and services.

Broward Boating Improvement Program

Description: The Broward Boating Improvement Program (BBIP) is funded by noncommercial vessel registration fees and is based on a percentage of the actual registration fees collected. The account is continuous and the funds may accumulate. State rules provide for counties to expend the monies or, at the County’s discretion, to allow municipalities to access the funds. The counties are to ensure that the municipalities properly expend the funds and administer the BBIP project according to State rules. The BBIP program provides funds for projects such as the construction of boat ramps, recreational channel marking, public docking and mooring facilities, access roads and parking for public launching facilities, derelict vessel removal, and recreational boating-related support facilities and utilities.

The Parks and Recreation Division acts as the County Liaison and is responsible for the administration of this program in conjunction with the Broward County Marine Advisory Committee. The annual allocations for this program are approximately $450,000. Since its inception in 1974 the MAC has recommended $12,463,902 for the development of recreational marine facilities and projects.

Enhanced Marine Law Enforcement Grant

Description: The Enhanced Marine Law Enforcement Grant (EMLEG) program is funded by a fifty percent (50%) increase in vessel registration fees approved by the County Commission under the Local Option Vessel Registration Fee provisions of the Florida State Statutes. The funds are collected by the Broward County Revenue Collection Division, with one dollar ($1) for each vessel registered sent to the State for manatee protection. The balances of the funds are kept in Broward County until they are distributed to fund the EMLEG program. The EMLEG program provides funds to local police agencies and organizations to enhance marine law enforcement and improve boating safety in Broward County.

The Parks and Recreation Division acts as the County Liaison and is responsible for the administration of this program in conjunction with the Broward County Marine Advisory Committee. The annual allocations for this program are approximately $700,000. Since its inception in 1994, the MAC has recommended $11,003,812 for enhanced marine law enforcement and boating safety projects.