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Legislature May Wish to Consider Options for Enhancing Florida’s Recreational Marine Industry, Report No. 07-48, December 2007
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Available data indicates that the demand for public access to coastal waterways may be outstripping the supply of public boat ramps and other facilities. While the state has created several programs to enhance public access, these programs may not be able to counteract the economic forces that make it more profitable for marina owners to sell their waterfront property. The Legislature may wish to direct a state agency to monitor and periodically report on trends in public access to coastal waters. Some boat manufacturers have recently left Florida to relocate in another state or expanded their operations outside the state. These manufacturers cited factors such as high property taxes; higher in-state costs for insurance, land acquisition, and labor; and financial incentives as factors in their decisions to leave Florida or expand in other states. Some of the other states’ incentive programs have less stringent wage requirements than Florida.

The Legislature may wish to consider several options for enhancing the state’s efforts to retain marine industry businesses. Such options include

  • changing qualifications for existing incentive programs,
  • creating a marine industry-specific incentive, and
  • requiring Enterprise Florida, Inc., to create a unit that would focus on retaining or recruiting marine industry companies.

Which Government Program Summaries contain related information?

Office of Tourism, Trade and Economic Development
Enterprise Florida, Inc.
Issuance Oversight
Law Enforcement (FWCC)

What other OPPAGA-related materials are available?

  • Report No. 09-18 Some Steps Have Been Taken to Retain and Expand Florida’s Marine Industry Businesses,published in March 2009.
  • Report No. 06-61 Scripps Funding Corporation Meets State’s Statutory and Contractual Requirements,published in September 2006.
  • Report No. 05-54 The Legislature Has Several Options Available for Enhancing Rural Enterprise Zones, published in November 2005.
  • Report No. 05-32 OPPAGA Report: Locals Find State Urban Revitalization Programs Useful; More Centralized Program Information Would Be Helpful, published in May 2005.
  • Report No. 04-83 OPPAGA Report: Several Issues Important in Redesigning Business Recruitment and Expansion Tax Refund Programs, published in December 2004. 
  • Report No. 04-24 Information Brief: Florida’s Enterprise Zone Program Is Similar to Those of Other States, published in March 2004.
  • Report No. 03-64 Special Review: Enterprise Zone Pilot Project Incentives Not Widely Used, But Progress Made in Revitalizing ProjectArea, published in December 2003.
  • Report No. 99-43 Program Review: Use of Enterprise Zone Incentives Has Increased, but Challenges Continue, published in March 2000.

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