In response to comments received during a public hearing held on July 26, 2010, the Department has modified its proposed rule to recognize the distinct economic hardships faced by businesses in areas of critical economic concern, as identified by the Governor’s Office.
The proposed rule has been modified to include the following paragraph:
(2)(b) An annual permit fee of $1,300.00 is established for all interchanges located within the boundaries of rural communities designated as within a Rural Area of Critical Economic Concern (RACEC) as defined by Section 288.0656(2)(d) & (e), Florida Statutes. The list of rural communities and areas designated as RACEC is published by the Governor’s Office of Tourism, Trade and Economic Development. The RACEC status will be that which is in effect at the time the invoice for either the initial or renewal billing for participation in the Logo Sign Program is generated. If a RACEC designation is secured subsequent to the generation of the invoice, no refund, credit, or pro rata distribution of funds received by the Department for that year will be made to the permittee.