On December 16, the United Nations Security Council unanimously passed resolution 1851, which allows nations to “use all necessary measures” to fight piracy in the Gulf of Aden region, either from Somalia’s land or by sea, as long as the actions are first approved by Somalia’s transitional government.
A new law (formerly H.B. 283) addresses inconsistences between state and federal port security regulations. In 2000, Florida enacted a port security law to address criminal activity in the state’s seaports. However, the federal seaport security standards enacted after the 9-11 attacks, preempted some aspects of the state’s provisions. The ports were also duplicating their efforts on some measures.