eLaws of Florida

  SECTION 373.129. Maintenance of actions.  


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  • 1The department, the governing board of any water management district, any local board, or a local government to which authority has been delegated pursuant to s. 27373.103(8), 28is authorized to commence and maintain proper and necessary actions and proceedings in any court of competent jurisdiction for any of the following purposes:
    52(1) 53To enforce rules, regulations, and orders adopted or issued pursuant to this law.
    66(2) 67To enjoin or abate violations of the provisions of this law or rules, regulations, and orders adopted pursuant hereto.
    86(3) 87To protect and preserve the water resources of the state.
    97(4) 98To defend all actions and proceedings involving its powers and duties pertaining to the water resources of the state.
    117(5) 118To recover a civil penalty for each offense in an amount not to exceed $10,000 per offense. Each date during which such violation occurs constitutes a separate offense.
    147(a) 148A civil penalty recovered pursuant to this subsection shall be deposited in the Water Management Lands Trust Fund established under s. 169373.59 170and used exclusively by the water management district that deposits the money into the fund. Any such civil penalty recovered after the expiration of such fund shall be deposited in the Ecosystem Management and Restoration Trust Fund and used exclusively within the water management district that deposits the money into the fund.
    222(b) 223A local government that is delegated authority pursuant to s. 233373.103(8) 234may deposit a civil penalty recovered pursuant to this subsection into a local water pollution control program trust fund, notwithstanding the provisions of paragraph (a). However, civil penalties that are deposited in a local water pollution control program trust fund and that are recovered for violations of state water quality standards may be used only to restore water quality in the area that was the subject of the action, and civil penalties that are deposited in a local water pollution control program trust fund and that are recovered for violation of requirements relating to water quantity may be used only to purchase lands and make capital improvements associated with surface water management, or other purposes consistent with the requirements of this chapter for the management and storage of surface water.
    364(6) 365To recover investigative costs, court costs, and reasonable attorney’s fees.
    375(7) 376Enforce the provisions of part IV of this chapter in the same manner and to the same extent as provided in ss. 398373.430, 399403.121(1) 400and (2), 402403.131, 403403.141, 404and 405403.161406.
    407(8) 408In conflicts arising where a water management district is a party to litigation against another governmental entity, as defined in s. 429164.1031, 430a district has an affirmative duty to engage in alternative dispute resolution in good faith as required by chapter 164.
History.-s. 16, ch. 57-380; s. 16, ch. 63-336; ss. 25, 35, ch. 69-106; s. 25, ch. 73-190; s. 42, ch. 79-65; s. 9, ch. 84-341; s. 2, ch. 91-231; s. 4, ch. 91-288; s. 27, ch. 93-213; s. 38, ch. 96-321; s. 46, ch. 2010-205.

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Note.-Former s. 373.221.