Regulatory Permitting
Florida Uniform Waterway Markers

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, in conjunction with the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), Division of Law Enforcement, regulates the placement of signs (markers) within Florida's waterways and shores. Markers are placed within these areas to provide valuable information to boaters and other users of the waterways, such as noting restricted areas and prohibited activities. The markers confirm to law enforcement officers and agencies that patrol these waterways that boating restricted areas are lawfully established and marked. The placement of markers is sometimes required as a provision of permits issued by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USCOE), DEP, or other agencies for construction activities proposed within these waterways (marinas, docks, seawalls, piers, etc.). Common signage includes “Manatee Zone” and navigational channel delineation.

The Florida Uniform Waterway Marker Rule provides for uniformity in the design and construction of the markers. It regulates the size, shape, language format, material used, color, height above mean high water, number, letter or message of the marker along with the type of structure which will be used for support of the marker. All existing markers currently not in compliance with the existing requirements had to be made compliant or be removed by December 31, 2003.

Coastal Systems International, Inc. engineering and permitting teams work together to provide the regulatory agencies with a complete application package for the installation of required markers. Services provided include review of the regulatory codes as they apply to our client’s project, provision of a plan illustrating the location of the required markers and the design of the marker.