The Broward County Manatee Protection Plan, as required by Section 370.12(2)(t), Florida Statutes and identified in the Governor and Cabinet's October 1989 Policy Directive, was accepted by the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission and the United States Fish and Wildlife Service in December 2007. The plan was subsequently revised. The current plan is designated as Version 1.1 and dated March 2008.
Manatee protection plans are developed to ensure the long-range protection of the manatee species and its habitat. The intent of the Broward County Manatee Protection Plan is to implement additional manatee protection measures, including increased law enforcement, manatee monitoring, education and awareness, throughout the County's waterways that are accessible to manatees.
As part of the Plan, the Board of County Commissioners adopted Ordinance No. 2007-34, which, beginning October 1, 2008:
- Establishes a $400 (with a 4% annual increase) per new slip fee for new marine facilities or existing marine facilities undergoing expansion.
- Sets an annual manatee conservation fee of $20 (with a 4% annual increase) per slip for all facilities with five or more slips (multi-family residential, commercial, municipal and private marinas, and/or boat ramps).
- To help document and track the number of slips in the County, requires facilities with five or more slips to apply for an annual Marine Facility Operating License (PDF - 410 KB).
Manatee Protection Plan Slip Availability Status
|MPP approved slips
|Reserved municipal development
|Slips returned to pool*
Slip availability will be updated as slips are allocated and licenses issued.
*Slips returned to the pool are from marine facilities that have reduced their number of licensed slips.
Comment on the County's Manatee Protection Plan
Environmental Protection and Growth Management Department
Natural Resources Planning and Management Division - Manatee Plan Comments
1 North University Drive, Suite 301
Plantation, FL 33324
For more information, call: 954-519-1284
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