Florida’s Harbors and Freight locations will get a new tracking number under a new settlement
FLORIDA – AUSTIN, Texas (AP) The U.S. Department of Transportation is settling with two Florida harbors that are fighting the federal government over a controversial new tracking system that uses a digital tracking device to identify ships that leave their ports.
The settlement will help resolve the lawsuits brought by the Florida Port Authority and the Florida Fishermen’s Association, which sued in 2015 over the system.
It comes nearly a year after a federal judge ruled the agency was wrong to classify a number of harbors as “non-compliant” under the federal tracking program.
The tracking system was first deployed in the spring of 2016, when a federal court in Washington, D.C., ordered the agency to stop using the tracking system by January 2019.
The settlement comes about a year and a half after the settlement, when the tracking program was in full swing.
Under the settlement agreement, the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization says that the tracking devices on the harbors will not be used to track ships leaving Florida ports.
The agency is paying $1.5 million to settle the lawsuits, according to a news release from the agency.
It says it will also donate $1 million to the Florida Food Bank, which helps food insecure individuals in Florida.