Florida city approves tough marina building rules

PALM COAST, Fla. – The Florida city of Palm Coast has approved a 30-page marina building code that city officials say is among the toughest in the state, reported the Daytona Beach News-Journal in an article yesterday.

The code, which was designed to prevent fires, protect the ecosystem and enhance shoreline aesthetics, was intended as a compromise between developers and environmentalists, according to the newspaper.

It requires a 15-foot space to be placed every 20 boat slips, prohibits human waste from being discharged into the water, bans livaboards and mandates that a new marina pursues “clean marina” designation from the state after two years.

Existing marinas are exempt unless they add dock space, the newspaper reported.

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