The Senate on Wednesday unanimously approved a plan to create a coral-reef conservation area off the Southeast coast of Florida, sending the measure to Gov. Rick Scott.
The bill (HB 53), sponsored by Rep. Kristin Jacobs, a Coconut Creek Democrat, and Plantation Democratic Sen. Lauren Book, also passed the House unanimously last month. Under it, the Southeast Florida Coral Reef Ecosystem Conservation Area would be established in waters off Broward, Martin, Miami-Dade and Palm Beach counties, from the St. Lucie Inlet to the northern boundary of Biscayne National Park.
A House staff analysis said the bill could help in receiving grant funding for efforts to protect coral reefs.