From the Lakeland Times:
Bill would allow unlimited maintenance, repair; codify NR115
For decades, the state's nonconforming statutory language, not to mention its regulatory companions, has shrouded homeowners in a cloud of uncertainty about what they can or cannot do with nonconforming structures. This new legislation, the WRA states, would remove that uncertainty.
Unlimited maintenance and repair
"While zoning ordinances will change over time, such changes should not prevent or place artificial limits on the ability of property owners to maintain and repair their existing homes and buildings," the WRA states. "Protecting the ability of property owners to keep their homes in good condition and make necessary repairs will help encourage greater investment in homes, buildings and older neighborhoods."
Specifically, the WRA points out, the legislation would allow owners of nonconforming structures to maintain and repair their homes without limitations on the dollar value of such maintenance or repairs.
Perhaps the most important change under the proposed measure would be to codify into law the regulatory framework of NR115.
The same is true of allowing unlimited maintenance and repair, or vertical expansion up to 35 feet between 35 feet and 75 feet of the water if local mitigation requirements are satisfied.
The problem was, though that's what the rule stated, that's not what state statutes said was necessarily true, a fact the WRA is now acknowledging.