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Sovereignty Submerged Lands

Sovereignty submerged lands include, but are not limited to, tidal lands, islands, sandbars, shallow banks and lands waterward of the ordinary or mean high water line, beneath navigable fresh water or beneath tidally-influenced waters.

The State of Florida acquired title to sovereignty submerged lands on March 3, 1845, by virtue of statehood. Sovereignty submerged lands include all submerged lands, title to which is held by the Board of Trustees (Governor and Cabinet) of the Internal Improvement Trust Fund.

Application processing for the use of sovereignty submerged lands begins at either the DEP District or Water Management District Offices.

The Submerged Lands Section then prepares the submerged land leases and easements. This includes term renewals, modifications and assignment to new upland owners. 

The Florida Clean Marina Program is designed to bring awareness to marine facilities and boaters regarding environmentally friendly practices intended to protect and preserve Florida’s precious natural environment. Marinas, boatyards and marine retailers receive Clean designations by demonstrating a commitment to prescribed Best Management Practices.

Rules Governing Sovereignty Submerged Lands

The rules that govern sovereignty submerged lands include:

Penalties for violation of the above rules are found in Rule 18-14, F.A.C. – Administrative Fines for Damaging State Lands or Products Thereof.

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