Florida's legislature has proposed a bill which would require all informational waterway markers (permitted after July 1, 2023) to be affixed to a "plastic breakaway structure or a floating buoy".
My question to everyone is: have any of you utilized anything like a "plastic breakaway structure" or seen any technology related to same? And if so, how have they worked in real world conditions?
I have never heard of plastic breakaway structure for a waterway marker and am assuming you may have a hard time finding such a thing. I would also assume that the first hurricane would completely remove every sign each time if this were to be a thing that passes in your state. Texas has no experience that I know of that may help. Best of luck to you as you work to address this proposed legislation.
All new traffic signage, if in close proximity to traffic, are designed to breakaway when impacted to prevent/reduce injury. There are many designs which can be easily Googled - however, the "plastic" seems to be either new or not previously used. I would venture a guess that environment, i.e., in salt/brackish water, affected the thinking. Being a Louisiana native, I have seen some of the larger signs down after Hurricanes -
Hello Rachel, what is the bill number?
You should contact. if you haven't already, the 7th Coast Guard District Waterways Management Office or Scott Szczepaniak the 7th District RBS Specialist 843 327-9655. He can help get in touch with the waterway's folks there.
I checked into this bill...SB 1640. It likely will never have an initial hearing. It has no House companion bill, as well as being transparently benefiting some unknown vendor. I would not be concerned about this bill becoming law.
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