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       Florida Senate - 2010                                     SB 376
       
       
       
       By Senator Dean
       
       
       
       
       3-00279-10                                             2010376__
    1                        A bill to be entitled                      
    2         An act relating to required advertisements and public
    3         notices by governmental entities; creating s. 50.0311,
    4         F.S.; defining the term “publicly accessible website”;
    5         authorizing a governmental entity to use its publicly
    6         accessible website for legally required advertisements
    7         and public notices; providing conditions for such use;
    8         providing for optional receipt of legally required
    9         advertisements and public notices by first-class mail;
   10         providing requirements for advertisements and public
   11         notices published on a publicly accessible website;
   12         amending s. 50.011, F.S.; providing that a notice,
   13         advertisement, or publication on a publicly accessible
   14         website in accordance with s. 50.0311, F.S.,
   15         constitutes legal notice; amending s. 50.021, F.S.;
   16         providing that advertisements directed by law or order
   17         or decree of court to be made in a county in which no
   18         newspaper is published may be made by publication on a
   19         publicly accessible website; amending s. 50.051, F.S.;
   20         providing clarifying provisions; amending s. 50.061,
   21         F.S.; providing clarifying provisions; amending s.
   22         100.342, F.S.; providing for notice of special
   23         election or referendum on a publicly accessible
   24         website; amending s. 125.012, F.S.; providing that
   25         required publication of notice of a county’s intention
   26         to grant certain exclusive franchises may be provided
   27         on a publicly accessible website; amending s. 125.35,
   28         F.S.; providing for publication of notice of the sale
   29         of real property by a county on a publicly accessible
   30         website for a specified period; amending s. 125.66,
   31         F.S.; providing for notice of consideration of an
   32         ordinance by a board of county commissioners to be
   33         published on a publicly accessible website; requiring
   34         maintenance of the advertisement for a specified
   35         period; providing clarifying provisions; amending s.
   36         129.03, F.S.; providing for the advertisement of a
   37         summary statement of adopted tentative county budgets
   38         on a publicly accessible website; amending s. 129.06,
   39         F.S.; providing for advertisement of a public hearing
   40         relating to the amendment of a county budget on a
   41         publicly accessible website; amending s. 138.12, F.S.;
   42         providing for publication of notice of a proposal to
   43         expand a county seat and meetings related thereto on a
   44         publicly accessible website; amending s. 153.53, F.S.;
   45         providing for publication of notice of an election to
   46         create a county water and sewer system district on a
   47         publicly accessible website; amending s. 153.55, F.S.;
   48         providing for advertisement of a hearing on a report
   49         relative to the creation of a county water and sewer
   50         system district on a publicly accessible website;
   51         amending s. 153.79, F.S.; providing for public
   52         advertisement by a county water and sewer system
   53         district of projects to construct, reconstruct,
   54         acquire, or improve a water system or a sewer system,
   55         and of a call for sealed bids for such projects, on a
   56         publicly accessible website; amending s. 157.03, F.S.;
   57         providing for advertisement for bids for the
   58         construction of ditches, drains, or canals within a
   59         county on a publicly accessible website; amending s.
   60         157.21, F.S.; providing for advertisement by a county
   61         on a publicly accessible website for bids to enlarge
   62         or deepen a drain; amending s. 157.28, F.S.; providing
   63         for advertisement for bids for the repair of a county
   64         ditch, drain, or canal on a publicly accessible
   65         website; amending s. 159.32, F.S.; providing for
   66         advertisement for competitive bids for contracts for
   67         the construction of a project under the Florida
   68         Industrial Development Financing Act on a publicly
   69         accessible website; amending s. 162.12, F.S.;
   70         providing for optional serving of notice by a code
   71         enforcement board of a violation of a county or
   72         municipal code via a publicly accessible website;
   73         amending s. 163.3184, F.S.; providing for notice of
   74         public hearings on the adoption of a local government
   75         comprehensive plan or plan amendment or the approval
   76         of a compliance agreement under the Local Government
   77         Comprehensive Planning and Land Development Regulation
   78         Act via a publicly accessible website; amending s.
   79         163.3225, F.S.; providing for advertisement by a local
   80         government of notice of intent to consider a
   81         development agreement on a publicly accessible
   82         website; amending s. 163.356, F.S.; providing for
   83         posting of notice of the filing of a report of the
   84         activities of a community redevelopment agency on a
   85         publicly accessible website; amending s. 163.360,
   86         F.S.; providing for notice of a public hearing on a
   87         community redevelopment plan via a publicly accessible
   88         website; amending s. 163.361, F.S.; providing for
   89         notice of a public hearing on a proposed modification
   90         of a community redevelopment plan via a publicly
   91         accessible website; amending s. 163.380, F.S.;
   92         providing for public notice of the disposition of any
   93         real property in a community redevelopment area on a
   94         publicly accessible website; amending s. 163.387,
   95         F.S.; providing for publication on a publicly
   96         accessible website of notice of a public hearing
   97         regarding a taxing authority’s intention to limit the
   98         amount of the authority’s contribution to a community
   99         redevelopment trust fund; providing for publication on
  100         a publicly accessible website of notice of a local
  101         governing body’s public hearing on a special
  102         district’s request for exemption from appropriation of
  103         tax increment funds to a community redevelopment trust
  104         fund; amending s. 163.511, F.S.; providing for
  105         notification of electors and freeholders of general
  106         provisions relating to special neighborhood
  107         improvement districts via a publicly accessible
  108         website; amending s. 163.514, F.S.; providing for
  109         notification of electors in a neighborhood improvement
  110         district of general provisions relating to powers of
  111         such districts via a publicly accessible website;
  112         amending s. 163.516, F.S.; providing for publication
  113         of notice of a public hearing on a safe neighborhood
  114         improvement plan or on the amendment or modification
  115         of a safe neighborhood improvement plan via a publicly
  116         accessible website; amending s. 163.524, F.S.;
  117         providing for publication of notice of a joint public
  118         hearing on the adoption, amendment, or modification of
  119         a neighborhood enhancement plan via a publicly
  120         accessible website; amending s. 165.041, F.S.;
  121         providing for publication of notice of an election for
  122         the approval of a charter for the merger of two or
  123         more municipalities and associated unincorporated
  124         areas via a publicly accessible website; amending s.
  125         165.051, F.S.; providing for notice of an election to
  126         vote on an ordinance to revoke the charter of an
  127         existing municipality to be published on a publicly
  128         accessible website; amending s. 166.041, F.S.;
  129         providing for notice of adoption of a municipal
  130         ordinance via a publicly accessible website; providing
  131         clarifying provisions; amending s. 166.0497, F.S.;
  132         providing for publication of notice of a public
  133         hearing on the adoption of an ordinance to alter,
  134         amend, or expand a municipal downtown development
  135         district via a publicly accessible website; amending
  136         s. 170.05, F.S.; providing for publication on a
  137         publicly accessible website of a resolution relating
  138         to municipal public improvements financed by special
  139         assessments; amending s. 170.07, F.S.; providing for
  140         publication on a publicly accessible website of notice
  141         of hearing on municipal public improvements financed
  142         by special assessments; amending s. 171.0413, F.S.;
  143         providing for publication of notice of a referendum on
  144         annexation of territory by a municipality via a
  145         publicly accessible website; amending s. 171.051,
  146         F.S.; providing for notice of a contraction ordinance
  147         and publication of notice of a referendum on
  148         contraction of municipal boundaries via a publicly
  149         accessible website; amending s. 173.09, F.S.;
  150         providing for advertisement via a publicly accessible
  151         website of the sale of land pursuant to foreclosure of
  152         municipal tax and special assessment liens; amending
  153         s. 177.101, F.S.; providing for publishing of legal
  154         notice of intention to apply to a county governing
  155         body to vacate a plat of land via a publicly
  156         accessible website; amending s. 180.09, F.S.;
  157         providing for publication of notice via a publicly
  158         accessible website of the adoption of a resolution or
  159         ordinance by a city council or other legislative body
  160         authorizing the issuance of mortgage revenue
  161         certificates or debentures; amending s. 180.24, F.S.;
  162         providing for advertisement via a publicly accessible
  163         website of specified construction contracts for
  164         utilities or extensions to a previously constructed
  165         utility; amending s. 189.4044, F.S.; providing for
  166         publication of a notice of proposed declaration of
  167         inactive status of a special district via a publicly
  168         accessible website; amending s. 189.417, F.S.;
  169         providing for the advertisement of meetings of the
  170         governing body of an independent special district via
  171         a publicly accessible website; providing for notice of
  172         public meetings of a water management district held to
  173         evaluate responses to solicitations issued by the
  174         district via a publicly accessible website; amending
  175         s. 190.006, F.S.; providing for publication of notice
  176         via a publicly accessible website of a meeting of the
  177         landowners of a community development district for the
  178         purpose of electing district supervisors; amending s.
  179         190.033, F.S.; providing for advertisement for notice
  180         of bids or other competitive solicitation by the board
  181         of supervisors of a community development district via
  182         a publicly accessible website; amending s. 191.005,
  183         F.S.; providing for publication via a publicly
  184         accessible website of special notice of any meeting at
  185         which the governing board of an independent fire
  186         control district will consider a salary change for a
  187         board member; amending s. 192.0105, F.S.; providing
  188         for advertisement via a publicly accessible website of
  189         a listing of the names of taxpayers who are delinquent
  190         in paying tangible personal property taxes as provided
  191         for under the Florida Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights;
  192         providing for advertised notice via a publicly
  193         accessible website of the actions of a value
  194         adjustment board as provided for under the Florida
  195         Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights; amending s. 194.037, F.S.;
  196         providing for publication on a publicly accessible
  197         website of the findings and results of a property tax
  198         value adjustment board; amending s. 197.3632, F.S.;
  199         providing for publication on a publicly accessible
  200         website of a local government’s notice of intent to
  201         use the uniform method of collecting non-ad valorem
  202         assessments; amending s. 200.065, F.S.; providing for
  203         advertisement on a publicly accessible website of a
  204         taxing authority’s intent to adopt a millage rate and
  205         budget; providing for advertisement on a publicly
  206         accessible website of a school district’s intent to
  207         adopt a tentative budget; providing for advertisement
  208         on a publicly accessible website of the intention of a
  209         specified multicounty taxing authority to adopt a
  210         tentative budget and millage rate; providing
  211         clarifying and conforming provisions; providing for
  212         notice via a publicly accessible website of correction
  213         of a specified error contained in a notice of proposed
  214         property taxes mailed to taxpayers; amending s.
  215         205.032, F.S.; providing for publication of notice on
  216         a publicly accessible website of the levy of a
  217         business tax by a county governing body; amending s.
  218         205.042, F.S.; providing for publication of notice on
  219         a publicly accessible website of the levy of a
  220         business tax by the governing body of an incorporated
  221         municipality; amending s. 255.0525, F.S.; providing
  222         for advertisement via a publicly accessible website
  223         for the solicitation of competitive bids or proposals
  224         for construction projects of a county, municipality,
  225         or other political subdivision which are projected to
  226         exceed specified costs; amending s. 274.06, F.S.;
  227         providing for publication of notice via a publicly
  228         accessible website of a local government’s sale of
  229         tangible personal property having a specified value;
  230         amending s. 290.0057, F.S.; providing for notice via a
  231         publicly accessible website of a public hearing on an
  232         enterprise zone strategic plan; amending s. 298.301,
  233         F.S.; providing for publication on a publicly
  234         accessible website of notice of a public hearing on a
  235         proposed district water control plan or plan
  236         amendment; providing for publication by the board of
  237         supervisors of a water control district on a publicly
  238         accessible website of the filing of an engineer’s
  239         report and a geographical depiction of the water
  240         control district; providing conforming provisions;
  241         amending ss. 348.243, 348.83, 348.943, 348.953, and
  242         348.968, F.S.; providing for advertisement via a
  243         publicly accessible website of public hearings on
  244         specified projects of the Broward County Expressway
  245         Authority, the Pasco County Expressway Authority, the
  246         St. Lucie County Expressway and Bridge Authority, the
  247         Seminole County Expressway Authority, and the Santa
  248         Rosa Bay Bridge Authority, respectively; amending s.
  249         350.81, F.S.; providing for publication on a publicly
  250         accessible website of notice of public hearings by a
  251         governmental entity that proposes to provide a
  252         communications service; amending s. 373.4592, F.S.;
  253         providing for publication on a publicly accessible
  254         website of notice by the South Florida Water
  255         Management District of the certification of a non-ad
  256         valorem assessment roll in specified counties relative
  257         to Everglades management and improvement; amending s.
  258         373.45924, F.S.; providing for publication as a notice
  259         on a publicly accessible website of a truth-in
  260         borrowing statement from the South Florida Water
  261         Management District relative to the district’s
  262         proposal to borrow or otherwise finance with debt any
  263         fixed capital outlay projects or operating capital
  264         outlay for Everglades management and improvement;
  265         amending s. 373.536, F.S.; providing for publication
  266         on a publicly accessible website of notice of budget
  267         hearings conducted by the governing board or district
  268         staff of the South Florida Water Management District,
  269         advertisement of budget workshops conducted by the
  270         district for the public, advertisement of the
  271         district’s intention to adopt a tentative budget and
  272         millage rate, and notices of the district governing
  273         board’s intention to adopt a final budget for the
  274         district for the ensuing fiscal year under the
  275         Everglades Restoration Investment Act; amending s.
  276         376.80, F.S.; providing for notice via a publicly
  277         accessible website of public hearings on the proposed
  278         designation of a specified brownfield area by a local
  279         government; amending s. 379.2425, F.S.; providing for
  280         publication of notice via a publicly accessible
  281         website of the establishment of a restricted area by
  282         the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission;
  283         amending s. 380.06, F.S.; providing for publication of
  284         an advertisement on a publicly accessible website of a
  285         public hearing by a local government on an areawide
  286         development of regional impact under the Florida
  287         Environmental Land and Water Management Act of 1972;
  288         amending s. 403.973, F.S.; redefining the term “duly
  289         noticed” to include publication on a publicly
  290         accessible website; providing conforming provisions;
  291         amending s. 420.9075, F.S.; providing for
  292         advertisement of notice on a publicly accessible
  293         website of funding availability through a local
  294         housing assistance plan under the State Housing
  295         Initiatives Partnership Act; amending s. 553.73, F.S.;
  296         providing for advertisement on a publicly accessible
  297         website of a public hearing on the need to adopt local
  298         technical amendments to the Florida Building Code
  299         which provide for more stringent requirements;
  300         amending s. 633.025, F.S.; providing for advertisement
  301         on a publicly accessible website of a public hearing
  302         to determine the need to strengthen a local governing
  303         body’s minimum firesafety code requirements; amending
  304         s. 705.103, F.S.; providing for publication of notice
  305         on a publicly accessible website of a law enforcement
  306         agency’s election to retain lost property; providing
  307         for publication on a publicly accessible website of
  308         the advertisement of public sale of lost property by a
  309         law enforcement agency; amending s. 715.109, F.S.;
  310         providing for publication on a publicly accessible
  311         website of advertisement of the sale of abandoned
  312         property under the Disposition of Personal Property
  313         Landlord and Tenant Act; reenacting ss. 125.56(1) and
  314         212.054(6), F.S., relating to enforcement and
  315         amendment of the Florida Building Code and Florida
  316         Fire Prevention Code and a discretionary sales surtax,
  317         to incorporate the amendment to s. 125.66, F.S., in
  318         references thereto; reenacting ss. 163.3164(18),
  319         163.346, and 376.80(1), F.S., relating to the
  320         definition of “public notice” for purposes of the
  321         Local Government Comprehensive Planning and Land
  322         Development Regulation Act, notice to taxing
  323         authorities, and the brownfield program administration
  324         process, respectively, to incorporate the amendments
  325         to ss. 125.66 and 166.041, F.S., in references
  326         thereto; reenacting ss. 30.50(4) and 200.065(3)(l),
  327         F.S., relating to amendment of a county budget
  328         relative to payment of salaries and expenses by a
  329         sheriff and advertisement and notice requirements with
  330         respect to the fixing of millage rates, to incorporate
  331         the amendments to ss. 129.03 and 129.06, F.S., in
  332         references thereto; reenacting ss. 163.3246(9)(a),
  333         163.32465(6)(h), 288.975(10) and (12)(d), 420.5095(9),
  334         and 1013.30(6), F.S., relating to adoption and review
  335         of local government comprehensive plan amendments,
  336         entry into compliance agreements between parties to an
  337         administrative challenge to an amendment to certain
  338         urban local comprehensive plans, military base reuse
  339         plans, a local government comprehensive plan amendment
  340         to implement a community workforce housing innovation
  341         pilot program project, and review of a university
  342         campus draft master plan, respectively, to incorporate
  343         the amendments to s. 163.3184, F.S., in references
  344         thereto; reenacting s. 163.3187(1)(c), F.S., relating
  345         to the amendment of an adopted comprehensive plan, to
  346         incorporate the amendments to s. 166.041, F.S., in a
  347         reference thereto; reenacting ss. 192.0105(1)(b) and
  348         (c), 200.068, and 286.0105, F.S., relating to taxpayer
  349         rights, certification of compliance with ch. 200,
  350         F.S., relating to determination of millage, and to a
  351         requirement that notices of meetings and hearings of a
  352         board, commission, or agency of the state advise that
  353         a record of the proceedings is required to appeal,
  354         respectively, to incorporate the amendments to s.
  355         200.065, F.S., in references thereto; reenacting ss.
  356         705.104(1) and 717.119(5)(b), F.S., relating to title
  357         to lost or abandoned property and to disposition by a
  358         law enforcement agency of a firearm or ammunition
  359         found in an unclaimed safe-deposit box or other
  360         safekeeping repository, respectively, to incorporate
  361         the amendment to s. 705.103, F.S., in references
  362         thereto; providing an effective date.
  363  
  364  Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida:
  365  
  366         Section 1. Section 530.0311, Florida Statutes, is created
  367  to read:
  368         530.0311Publication of advertisements and public notices
  369  on a governmental entity’s publicly accessible website.—
  370         (1)For purposes of notices and advertisements required by
  371  statute to be published by governmental entities, the term
  372  “publicly accessible website” means a governmental entity’s
  373  official website that is accessible via the Internet.
  374         (2)If specifically authorized by statute, a governmental
  375  entity may use its website for legally required advertisements
  376  and public notices if:
  377         (a)A public library or other governmental facility
  378  providing free access to the Internet during regular business
  379  hours exists within the jurisdictional boundaries of such
  380  governmental entity;
  381         (b)The governmental entity provides notice to its
  382  residents at least once per year in a newspaper of general
  383  circulation, the governmental entity’s newsletter or periodical,
  384  or another publication that is mailed or delivered to all
  385  residents or property owners throughout the governmental
  386  entity’s jurisdiction, indicating that residents may receive
  387  legally required advertisements and public notices from the
  388  governmental entity by first-class mail or e-mail upon
  389  registering their name and address or e-mail address with the
  390  local governmental entity;
  391         (c)The governmental entity maintains a registry of names,
  392  addresses, and e-mail addresses of residents who request in
  393  writing that they receive legally required advertisements and
  394  public notices from the governmental entity by first-class mail
  395  or e-mail; and
  396         (d)At the time of initial publication of an advertisement
  397  or public notice on a governmental entity’s publicly accessible
  398  website, the governmental entity mails or e-mails a copy of such
  399  publication to residents indicating a preference to receive such
  400  advertisements and notices by first-class mail or e-mail.
  401         (3)Advertisements and public notices published on a
  402  publicly accessible website shall be conspicuously placed on the
  403  website’s homepage or accessible through a direct link from the
  404  homepage. The advertisement shall indicate the date on which the
  405  advertisement was first published on the publicly accessible
  406  website.
  407         Section 2. Section 50.011, Florida Statutes, is amended to
  408  read:
  409         50.011 Where and in what language legal notices to be
  410  published.—Whenever by statute an official or legal
  411  advertisement or a publication, or notice in a newspaper has
  412  been or is directed or permitted in the nature of or in lieu of
  413  process, or for constructive service, or in initiating,
  414  assuming, reviewing, exercising or enforcing jurisdiction or
  415  power, or for any purpose, including all legal notices and
  416  advertisements of sheriffs and tax collectors, the
  417  contemporaneous and continuous intent and meaning of such
  418  legislation all and singular, existing or repealed, is and has
  419  been and is hereby declared to be and to have been, and the rule
  420  of interpretation is and has been, a publication in a newspaper
  421  printed and published periodically once a week or oftener,
  422  containing at least 25 percent of its words in the English
  423  language, entered or qualified to be admitted and entered as
  424  periodicals matter at a post office in the county where
  425  published, for sale to the public generally, available to the
  426  public generally for the publication of official or other
  427  notices and customarily containing information of a public
  428  character or of interest or of value to the residents or owners
  429  of property in the county where published, or of interest or of
  430  value to the general public. Notwithstanding any provisions to
  431  the contrary, and if specifically authorized by statute, a
  432  notice, advertisement, or publication on a publicly accessible
  433  website in accordance with s. 50.0311 constitutes legal notice.
  434         Section 3. Section 50.021, Florida Statutes, is amended to
  435  read:
  436         50.021 Publication when no newspaper in county.—When any
  437  law, or order or decree of court, shall direct advertisements to
  438  be made in any county and there be no newspaper published in the
  439  said county, the advertisement may be made by publishing such
  440  advertisement on a publicly accessible website maintained by the
  441  entity responsible for publication or posting three copies
  442  thereof in three different places in said county, one of which
  443  shall be at the front door of the courthouse, and by publication
  444  in the nearest county in which a newspaper is published.
  445         Section 4. Section 50.051, Florida Statutes, is amended to
  446  read:
  447         50.051 Proof of publication; form of uniform affidavit.—The
  448  printed form upon which all such affidavits establishing proof
  449  of publication in a newspaper are to be executed shall be
  450  substantially as follows:
  451  
  452                          NAME OF NEWSPAPER                        
  453                     Published (Weekly or Daily)                   
  454                   (Town or City) (County) FLORIDA                 
  455  
  456  STATE OF FLORIDA
  457  
  458  COUNTY OF ....:
  459         Before the undersigned authority personally appeared ....,
  460  who on oath says that he or she is .... of the ...., a ....
  461  newspaper published at .... in .... County, Florida; that the
  462  attached copy of advertisement, being a .... in the matter of
  463  .... in the .... Court, was published in said newspaper in the
  464  issues of .....
  465         Affiant further says that the said .... is a newspaper
  466  published at ...., in said .... County, Florida, and that the
  467  said newspaper has heretofore been continuously published in
  468  said .... County, Florida, each .... and has been entered as
  469  periodicals matter at the post office in ...., in said ....
  470  County, Florida, for a period of 1 year next preceding the first
  471  publication of the attached copy of advertisement; and affiant
  472  further says that he or she has neither paid nor promised any
  473  person, firm or corporation any discount, rebate, commission or
  474  refund for the purpose of securing this advertisement for
  475  publication in the said newspaper.
  476  
  477  Sworn to and subscribed before me this .... day of ....,
  478  ...(year)..., by ...., who is personally known to me or who has
  479  produced (type of identification) as identification.
  480  
  481  
  482  ...(Signature of Notary Public)...
  483  
  484  ...(Print, Type, or Stamp Commissioned Name of Notary Public)...
  485  
  486  ...(Notary Public)...
  487         Section 5. Subsection (4) of section 50.061, Florida
  488  Statutes, is amended to read:
  489         50.061 Amounts chargeable.—
  490         (4) All official public notices and legal advertisements
  491  published in a newspaper shall be charged and paid for on the
  492  basis of 6-point type on 6-point body, unless otherwise
  493  specified by statute.
  494         Section 6. Section 100.342, Florida Statutes, is amended to
  495  read:
  496         100.342 Notice of special election or referendum.—In any
  497  special election or referendum not otherwise provided for there
  498  shall be at least 30 days’ notice of the election or referendum
  499  by publication in a newspaper of general circulation in the
  500  county, district, or municipality, as the case may be, or
  501  publication on a publicly accessible website maintained by the
  502  entity responsible for publication and published daily during
  503  the 5 weeks immediately preceding the election or referendum. If
  504  advertised in the newspaper, the publication shall be made at
  505  least twice, once in the fifth week and once in the third week
  506  prior to the week in which the election or referendum is to be
  507  held. If there is no newspaper of general circulation in the
  508  county, district, or municipality and publication is not made on
  509  a publicly accessible website maintained by the entity
  510  responsible for publication, the notice shall be posted in no
  511  fewer less than five places within the territorial limits of the
  512  county, district, or municipality.
  513         Section 7. Subsection (17) of section 125.012, Florida
  514  Statutes, is amended to read:
  515         125.012 Project facilities; general powers and duties.—Any
  516  county and the board of county commissioners thereof shall have
  517  the power, in addition to the powers otherwise conferred:
  518         (17) To grant exclusive or nonexclusive franchises to
  519  persons, firms, or corporations for the operating of
  520  restaurants, cafeterias, bars, taxicabs, vending machines, and
  521  other concessions of a nonaeronautical nature in, on, and in
  522  connection with any project owned and operated by the county.
  523  However, no exclusive franchise shall be so granted unless the
  524  board of county commissioners of such county shall award such
  525  franchise following receipt of sealed competitive bids in the
  526  manner prescribed by law, or cause to be published on a publicly
  527  accessible website maintained by the county or in a newspaper of
  528  general circulation in the county notice of the fact that it
  529  intends to grant such exclusive franchise and will at a time
  530  certain to be fixed in such notice, not less than 30 days after
  531  the publication of the notice, enter into negotiations with any
  532  interested parties as to the terms, conditions, and provisions
  533  of any such exclusive franchise. Such negotiations with any
  534  interested parties as to the terms, conditions, and provisions
  535  of any such exclusive franchise are to continue for a period of
  536  not less than 10 days before such exclusive franchise is
  537  granted.
  538         Section 8. Paragraph (c) of subsection (1) of section
  539  125.35, Florida Statutes, is amended to read:
  540         125.35 County authorized to sell real and personal property
  541  and to lease real property.—
  542         (1)
  543         (c) No sale of any real property shall be made unless
  544  notice thereof is published once a week for at least 2 weeks in
  545  some newspaper of general circulation published in the county or
  546  published daily during the 2 weeks preceding the sale of any
  547  real property on a publicly accessible website maintained by the
  548  county, calling for bids for the purchase of the real estate so
  549  advertised to be sold. In the case of a sale, the bid of the
  550  highest bidder complying with the terms and conditions set forth
  551  in such notice shall be accepted, unless the board of county
  552  commissioners rejects all bids because they are too low. The
  553  board of county commissioners may require a deposit to be made
  554  or a surety bond to be given, in such form or in such amount as
  555  the board determines, with each bid submitted.
  556         Section 9. Paragraph (a) of subsection (2) and paragraph
  557  (b) of subsection (4) of section 125.66, Florida Statutes, are
  558  amended to read:
  559         125.66 Ordinances; enactment procedure; emergency
  560  ordinances; rezoning or change of land use ordinances or
  561  resolutions.—
  562         (2)(a) The regular enactment procedure shall be as follows:
  563  The board of county commissioners at any regular or special
  564  meeting may enact or amend any ordinance, except as provided in
  565  subsection (4), if notice of intent to consider such ordinance
  566  is given at least 10 days before the prior to said meeting on a
  567  publicly accessible website maintained by the county or by
  568  publication in a newspaper of general circulation in the county.
  569  If advertised on a publicly accessible website, the
  570  advertisement shall be published daily during the 10 days
  571  immediately preceding the meeting. A copy of such notice shall
  572  be kept available for public inspection during the regular
  573  business hours of the office of the clerk of the board of county
  574  commissioners. The notice of proposed enactment shall state the
  575  date, time, and place of the meeting; the title or titles of
  576  proposed ordinances; and the place or places within the county
  577  where such proposed ordinances may be inspected by the public.
  578  The notice shall also advise that interested parties may appear
  579  at the meeting and be heard with respect to the proposed
  580  ordinance.
  581         (4) Ordinances or resolutions, initiated by other than the
  582  county, that change the actual zoning map designation of a
  583  parcel or parcels of land shall be enacted pursuant to
  584  subsection (2). Ordinances or resolutions that change the actual
  585  list of permitted, conditional, or prohibited uses within a
  586  zoning category, or ordinances or resolutions initiated by the
  587  county that change the actual zoning map designation of a parcel
  588  or parcels of land shall be enacted pursuant to the following
  589  procedure:
  590         (b) In cases in which the proposed ordinance or resolution
  591  changes the actual list of permitted, conditional, or prohibited
  592  uses within a zoning category, or changes the actual zoning map
  593  designation of a parcel or parcels of land involving 10
  594  contiguous acres or more, the board of county commissioners
  595  shall provide for public notice and hearings as follows:
  596         1. The board of county commissioners shall hold two
  597  advertised public hearings on the proposed ordinance or
  598  resolution. At least one hearing shall be held after 5 p.m. on a
  599  weekday, unless the board of county commissioners, by a majority
  600  plus one vote, elects to conduct that hearing at another time of
  601  day. The first public hearing shall be held at least 7 days
  602  after the day that the first advertisement is published. The
  603  second hearing shall be held at least 10 days after the first
  604  hearing and shall be advertised at least 5 days prior to the
  605  public hearing.
  606         2. The required newspaper advertisements shall be no less
  607  than 2 columns wide by 10 inches long in a standard size or a
  608  tabloid size newspaper, and the headline in the advertisement
  609  shall be in a type no smaller than 18 point. The newspaper
  610  advertisement shall not be placed in that portion of the
  611  newspaper where legal notices and classified advertisements
  612  appear. The newspaper advertisement shall be placed in a
  613  newspaper of general paid circulation in the county and of
  614  general interest and readership in the community pursuant to
  615  chapter 50, not one of limited subject matter. It is the
  616  legislative intent that, whenever possible, the newspaper
  617  advertisement shall appear in a newspaper that is published at
  618  least 5 days a week unless the only newspaper in the community
  619  is published less than 5 days a week. The newspaper
  620  advertisement shall be in substantially the following form:
  621  
  622                     NOTICE OF (TYPE OF) CHANGE                    
  623  
  624         The ...(name of local governmental unit)... proposes to
  625  adopt the following by ordinance or resolution:...(title of
  626  ordinance or resolution)....
  627         A public hearing on the ordinance or resolution will be
  628  held on ...(date and time)... at ...(meeting place)....
  629  
  630  Except for amendments which change the actual list of permitted,
  631  conditional, or prohibited uses within a zoning category, the
  632  advertisement shall contain a geographic location map which
  633  clearly indicates the area within the local government covered
  634  by the proposed ordinance or resolution. The map shall include
  635  major street names as a means of identification of the general
  636  area.
  637         3. In lieu of publishing the advertisements set out in this
  638  paragraph, the board of county commissioners may mail a notice
  639  to each person owning real property within the area covered by
  640  the ordinance or resolution. Such notice shall clearly explain
  641  the proposed ordinance or resolution and shall notify the person
  642  of the time, place, and location of both public hearings on the
  643  proposed ordinance or resolution.
  644         Section 10. Paragraph (b) of subsection (3) of section
  645  129.03, Florida Statutes, is amended to read:
  646         129.03 Preparation and adoption of budget.—
  647         (3) No later than 15 days after certification of value by
  648  the property appraiser pursuant to s. 200.065(1), the county
  649  budget officer, after tentatively ascertaining the proposed
  650  fiscal policies of the board for the ensuing fiscal year, shall
  651  prepare and present to the board a tentative budget for the
  652  ensuing fiscal year for each of the funds provided in this
  653  chapter, including all estimated receipts, taxes to be levied,
  654  and balances expected to be brought forward and all estimated
  655  expenditures, reserves, and balances to be carried over at the
  656  end of the year.
  657         (b) Upon receipt of the tentative budgets and completion of
  658  any revisions made by the board, the board shall prepare a
  659  statement summarizing all of the adopted tentative budgets. This
  660  summary statement shall show, for each budget and the total of
  661  all budgets, the proposed tax millages, the balances, the
  662  reserves, and the total of each major classification of receipts
  663  and expenditures, classified according to the classification of
  664  accounts prescribed by the appropriate state agency. The board
  665  shall cause this summary statement to be advertised one time in
  666  a newspaper of general circulation published in the county, on a
  667  publicly accessible website maintained by the county, or by
  668  posting at the courthouse door if there is no such newspaper or
  669  website, and the advertisement shall appear adjacent to the
  670  advertisement required pursuant to s. 200.065.
  671         Section 11. Paragraph (f) of subsection (2) of section
  672  129.06, Florida Statutes, is amended to read:
  673         129.06 Execution and amendment of budget.—
  674         (2) The board at any time within a fiscal year may amend a
  675  budget for that year, and may within the first 60 days of a
  676  fiscal year amend the budget for the prior fiscal year, as
  677  follows:
  678         (f) If an amendment to a budget is required for a purpose
  679  not specifically authorized in paragraphs (a)-(e), unless
  680  otherwise prohibited by law, the amendment may be authorized by
  681  resolution or ordinance of the board of county commissioners
  682  adopted following a public hearing. The public hearing must be
  683  advertised at least 2 days, but not more than 5 days, before the
  684  date of the hearing. The advertisement must appear on a publicly
  685  accessible website maintained by the county or in a newspaper of
  686  paid general circulation and must identify the name of the
  687  taxing authority, the date, place, and time of the hearing, and
  688  the purpose of the hearing. If advertised in the newspaper, the
  689  public hearing must be advertised at least 2 days, but not more
  690  than 5 days, before the date of the hearing. If advertised on a
  691  publicly accessible website, the notice must be published daily
  692  during the 5 days immediately preceding the hearing. The
  693  advertisement must also identify each budgetary fund to be
  694  amended, the source of the funds, the use of the funds, and the
  695  total amount of each budget.
  696         Section 12. Section 138.12, Florida Statutes, is amended to
  697  read:
  698         138.12 Commissioners may expand county seat.—The board of
  699  county commissioners of any county may expand the geographical
  700  area of the county seat of its county beyond the corporate
  701  limits of the municipality named as the county seat by adopting
  702  a resolution to that effect at any regular or special meeting of
  703  the board. Such a resolution may be adopted only after the board
  704  has held not less than two public hearings on the proposal at
  705  intervals of not less than 10 or more than 20 days and after
  706  notice of the proposal and such meetings has been published on a
  707  publicly accessible website maintained by the county or in a
  708  newspaper of general circulation in the county. However, nothing
  709  herein shall be deemed to extend the boundaries of the
  710  municipality in which the county seat was previously located or
  711  annex to such municipality the territory added to the county
  712  seat.
  713         Section 13. Paragraph (d) of subsection (2) of section
  714  153.53, Florida Statutes, is amended to read:
  715         153.53 Establishment of districts in unincorporated areas.—
  716         (2)
  717         (d) Within 30 days after the petition is received by the
  718  property appraiser, said property appraiser shall determine
  719  whether such petition has been duly signed by the requisite
  720  number of property owners within the boundaries of the proposed
  721  district. If there is a sufficient number of valid signatures,
  722  the property appraiser shall forthwith deliver said petition to
  723  the board of county commissioners who shall within 60 days hold
  724  an election to determine if the district shall be created. The
  725  board of county commissioners shall have notice of such election
  726  published once a week for 4 successive weeks in a newspaper of
  727  general circulation within the area of the proposed district or
  728  daily during the 4 successive weeks immediately preceding the
  729  election on a publicly accessible website maintained by the
  730  county. Said notice shall describe the purpose for which the
  731  district is to be established and the territory proposed to be
  732  included in the said district. If there is no such newspaper or
  733  website, then notice may be posted on the courthouse door and in
  734  five conspicuous places within the proposed district.
  735         Section 14. Subsection (1) of section 153.55, Florida
  736  Statutes, is amended to read:
  737         153.55 Public hearing upon report of county commissioners
  738  and creation of district; findings of board of county
  739  commissioners.—
  740         (1) Upon submission of any such report the board of county
  741  commissioners shall hold a public hearing upon such report and
  742  the question of the creation of such district, giving at least
  743  20 days’ notice of such hearing by advertisement in a newspaper
  744  published in the county and circulating in the area of the
  745  proposed district, by daily publication during the 20 days
  746  immediately preceding the hearing on a publicly accessible
  747  website maintained by the county, or by posting as provided in
  748  s. 153.56 if no such newspaper or website is be published.
  749         Section 15. Section 153.79, Florida Statutes, is amended to
  750  read:
  751         153.79 Contracts for construction of improvements, sealed
  752  bids.—All contracts let, awarded, or entered into by the
  753  district for the construction, reconstruction, or acquisition or
  754  improvement of a water system or a sewer system or both or any
  755  part thereof, if the amount thereof shall exceed $1,000, shall
  756  be awarded only after public advertisement and call for sealed
  757  bids therefor on a publicly accessible website maintained by the
  758  county or, in a newspaper published in the county circulating in
  759  the district, or, if there is be no such website or newspaper,
  760  then in a newspaper published in the state and circulating in
  761  the district. If advertised in the newspaper, such advertisement
  762  shall to be published at least once at least 3 weeks before the
  763  date set for the receipt of such bids. If advertised on a
  764  publicly accessible website, such advertisement shall be
  765  published daily during the 3 weeks immediately preceding the
  766  date set for the receipt of such bids. Such advertisements for
  767  bids in addition to the other necessary and pertinent matter
  768  shall state in general terms the nature and description of the
  769  improvement or improvements to be undertaken and shall state
  770  that detailed plans and specifications for such work are on file
  771  for inspection in the office of the district clerk and copies
  772  thereof shall be furnished to any interested party upon payment
  773  of reasonable charges to reimburse the district for its expenses
  774  in providing such copies. The award shall be made to the
  775  responsible and competent bidder or bidders who shall offer to
  776  undertake the improvements at the lowest cost to the district
  777  and such bidder or bidders shall be required to file bond for
  778  the full and faithful performance of such work and the execution
  779  of any such contract in such amount as the district board shall
  780  determine, and in all other respects the letting of such
  781  construction contracts shall comply with applicable provisions
  782  of the general laws relating to the letting of public contracts.
  783  Nothing in this section shall be deemed to prevent the district
  784  from hiring or retaining such consulting engineers, attorneys,
  785  financial experts or other technicians as it shall determine, in
  786  its discretion, or from undertaking any construction work with
  787  its own resources, without any such public advertisement.
  788         Section 16. Section 157.03, Florida Statutes, is amended to
  789  read:
  790         157.03 Commissioners to appoint committee; report of plans
  791  and estimate; letting contract; right-of-way for drains.—When
  792  the county commissioners shall order that such ditch, drain, or
  793  canal, shall be established, they shall appoint a committee of
  794  three disinterested freeholders who are citizens of the county,
  795  who may employ a surveyor, and shall cause an accurate survey to
  796  be made of the proposed ditch, drain, or canal, and shall
  797  establish the commencement, route, and terminus of said ditch,
  798  drain, or canal, the width, length, and depth thereof, and shall
  799  make and present to the county commissioners, at their next
  800  regular meeting, or at a meeting as soon thereafter as
  801  practicable, plans, specifications, and profiles for said
  802  construction, together with an estimate of the approximate cost
  803  of said ditch, drain, or canal, and the annual cost of its
  804  maintenance, and upon this report of the said committee, the
  805  board of county commissioners shall advertise once a week for 3
  806  weeks, in a newspaper published in the said county or daily for
  807  3 weeks on a publicly accessible website maintained by the
  808  county, for bids for the construction of said ditch, drain, or
  809  canal, and the same shall be given to the lowest responsible
  810  bidder; provided, the board of county commissioners may, if they
  811  deem it for the best interest of all concerned, reject all bids;
  812  and in case said bids are rejected they may advertise for
  813  further bids. Whenever the survey for any proposed ditch, drain,
  814  or canal, shall run through the lands of anyone who shall object
  815  thereto, the board of county commissioners may proceed to
  816  condemn the right-of-way for such ditch, drain, or canal, and
  817  pay therefor out of the funds arising from the levy and
  818  assessments hereinafter provided for.
  819         Section 17. Section 157.21, Florida Statutes, is amended to
  820  read:
  821         157.21 Enlargement of drains; appointment of committee;
  822  report to commissioners; letting contract; contractor’s bond;
  823  payments; assessment.—Whenever the board of county commissioners
  824  shall have determined upon a petition, filed as provided in s.
  825  157.16, to enlarge or deepen any drain, they shall appoint a
  826  committee of the three competent and disinterested persons who
  827  are citizens of the county, who shall cause an accurate survey
  828  to be made of the proposed work, and shall establish the depth
  829  or width to which the same shall be deepened and shall make and
  830  present to the county commissioners at their next regular
  831  meeting, an estimate of the cost of said work, and upon the
  832  report of said committee to them, said county commissioners
  833  shall advertise not less than 2 weeks in a newspaper published
  834  in the county or daily for 2 weeks on a publicly accessible
  835  website maintained by the county, for bids on said work, to be
  836  given to the lowest responsible bidder, with the privilege of
  837  rejecting all bids that may be offered, should the same be
  838  considered unreasonable; and in case the said bids are rejected,
  839  they may again advertise for further bids. The said board of
  840  county commissioners shall require of the person whose bid is
  841  accepted for said work a good and sufficient bond for the
  842  faithful performance of said contract, which said work shall be
  843  done under the supervision of the committee appointed as
  844  aforesaid. When the work shall be completed the committee shall
  845  certify the same to the board of county commissioners who shall
  846  also inspect such work before final payment is made to the
  847  contractor, and such confirmation with the report of the
  848  committee that the work has been done according to contract,
  849  shall be made a matter of record; provided, that nothing in this
  850  chapter shall prevent the county commissioners from making
  851  payments in installments during the progress of the work, if
  852  deemed expedient. Before letting such contract, the committee
  853  appointed by the commissioners shall view the lands to be
  854  benefited by the enlargement or deepening of said drain or
  855  auxiliary and assess each parcel according and in proportion as
  856  each shall be benefited, both those lands lying immediately
  857  along such ditch, drain, or canal, and those adjacent thereto,
  858  for all the expenses that may be incurred in the enlarging or
  859  deepening of said drain and keeping the same in repair from year
  860  to year, and shall file a report of the same with the board of
  861  county commissioners, which said report shall show the several
  862  tracts of lands assessed and the names of the owners thereof,
  863  and the amounts assessed against each tract; provided, however,
  864  that if the owners of any tract cannot be ascertained by
  865  diligent inquiry, said tract shall be assessed as unknown.
  866         Section 18. Section 157.28, Florida Statutes, is amended to
  867  read:
  868         157.28 Awarding contracts for repair; approval.—If the
  869  estimated cost of repairing any such ditch, drain, or canal
  870  shall not exceed the sum of $100, the board of county
  871  commissioners shall have full power to have the same done in
  872  such manner as said board may see fit; but if such estimated
  873  cost shall exceed $100, then the contract shall be let to the
  874  lowest responsible bidder after advertising for bids at least
  875  once each week for 2 consecutive weeks in some newspaper
  876  published in the county or advertising daily for 2 consecutive
  877  weeks on a publicly accessible website maintained by the county,
  878  or by posting in five conspicuous places in the commissioners’
  879  district in which such ditch, drain, or canal shall be located,
  880  and all work done shall be subject to the approval and
  881  acceptance of the board of county commissioners.
  882         Section 19. Section 159.32, Florida Statutes, is amended to
  883  read:
  884         159.32 Construction contracts.—Contracts for the
  885  construction of the project may be awarded by the local agency
  886  in such manner as in its judgment will best promote free and
  887  open competition, including advertisement for competitive bids
  888  in a newspaper of general circulation within the boundaries of
  889  the local agency or on a publicly accessible website maintained
  890  by the local agency responsible for publication; however, if the
  891  local agency shall determine that the purposes of this part will
  892  be more effectively served, the local agency in its discretion
  893  may award or cause to be awarded contracts for the construction
  894  of any project, or any part thereof, upon a negotiated basis as
  895  determined by the local agency. The local agency shall prescribe
  896  bid security requirements and other procedures in connection
  897  with the award of such contracts as in its judgment shall
  898  protect the public interest. The local agency may by written
  899  contract engage the services of the lessee, purchaser, or
  900  prospective lessee or purchaser of any project in the
  901  construction of the project and may provide in the contract that
  902  the lessee, purchaser, or prospective lessee or purchaser may
  903  act as an agent of, or an independent contractor for, the local
  904  agency for the performance of the functions described therein,
  905  subject to such conditions and requirements consistent with the
  906  provisions of this part as shall be prescribed in the contract,
  907  including functions such as the acquisition of the site and
  908  other real property for the project; the preparation of plans,
  909  specifications, and contract documents; the award of
  910  construction and other contracts upon a competitive or
  911  negotiated basis; the construction of the project, or any part
  912  thereof, directly by the lessee, purchaser, or prospective
  913  lessee or purchaser; the inspection and supervision of
  914  construction; the employment of engineers, architects, builders,
  915  and other contractors; and the provision of money to pay the
  916  cost thereof pending reimbursement by the local agency. Any such
  917  contract may provide that the local agency may, out of proceeds
  918  of bonds, make advances to or reimburse the lessee, purchaser,
  919  or prospective lessee or purchaser for its costs incurred in the
  920  performance of those functions, and shall set forth the
  921  supporting documents required to be submitted to the local
  922  agency and the reviews, examinations, and audits that shall be
  923  required in connection therewith to assure compliance with the
  924  provisions of this part and the contract.
  925         Section 20. Paragraph (a) of subsection (2) of section
  926  162.12, Florida Statutes, is amended to read:
  927         162.12 Notices.—
  928         (2) In addition to providing notice as set forth in
  929  subsection (1), at the option of the code enforcement board,
  930  notice may also be served by publication or posting, as follows:
  931         (a)1. Such notice shall be published once during each week
  932  for 4 consecutive weeks (four publications being sufficient) in
  933  a newspaper of general circulation in the county where the code
  934  enforcement board is located or daily during the 4 weeks
  935  immediately preceding the hearing on a publicly accessible
  936  website maintained by the local government. The website and
  937  newspaper shall meet such requirements as are prescribed under
  938  chapter 50 for legal and official advertisements.
  939         2. Proof of newspaper publication shall be made as provided
  940  in ss. 50.041 and 50.051.
  941  
  942  Evidence that an attempt has been made to hand deliver or mail
  943  notice as provided in subsection (1), together with proof of
  944  publication or posting as provided in subsection (2), shall be
  945  sufficient to show that the notice requirements of this part
  946  have been met, without regard to whether or not the alleged
  947  violator actually received such notice.
  948         Section 21. Paragraph (b) of subsection (15) and paragraph
  949  (c) of subsection (16) of section 163.3184, Florida Statutes,
  950  are amended to read:
  951         163.3184 Process for adoption of comprehensive plan or plan
  952  amendment.—
  953         (15) PUBLIC HEARINGS.—
  954         (b) The local governing body shall hold at least two
  955  advertised public hearings on the proposed comprehensive plan or
  956  plan amendment as follows:
  957         1. The first public hearing shall be held at the
  958  transmittal stage pursuant to subsection (3). It shall be held
  959  on a weekday at least 7 days after the day that the first
  960  advertisement is published or after the notice of the first
  961  public hearing is initially published on the publicly accessible
  962  website.
  963         2. The second public hearing shall be held at the adoption
  964  stage pursuant to subsection (7). It shall be held on a weekday
  965  at least 5 days after the day that the second advertisement is
  966  published or after the notice of the second public hearing is
  967  initially published on the publicly accessible website.
  968         (16) COMPLIANCE AGREEMENTS.—
  969         (c) Before Prior to its execution of a compliance
  970  agreement, the local government must approve the compliance
  971  agreement at a public hearing advertised at least 10 days before
  972  the public hearing in a newspaper of general circulation in the
  973  area or daily during the 10 days immediately preceding the
  974  hearing on a publicly accessible website maintained by the local
  975  government in accordance with the advertisement requirements of
  976  subsection (15).
  977         Section 22. Paragraph (a) of subsection (2) of section
  978  163.3225, Florida Statutes, is amended to read:
  979         163.3225 Public hearings.—
  980         (2)(a) Notice of intent to consider a development agreement
  981  shall be advertised approximately 7 days before each public
  982  hearing in a newspaper of general circulation and readership in
  983  the county where the local government is located or advertised
  984  daily during the 7 days immediately preceding the hearing on a
  985  publicly accessible website maintained by the local government.
  986  Notice of intent to consider a development agreement shall also
  987  be mailed to all affected property owners before the first
  988  public hearing. The day, time, and place at which the second
  989  public hearing will be held shall be announced at the first
  990  public hearing.
  991         Section 23. Paragraph (c) of subsection (3) of section
  992  163.356, Florida Statutes, is amended to read:
  993         163.356 Creation of community redevelopment agency.—
  994         (3)
  995         (c) The governing body of the county or municipality shall
  996  designate a chair and vice chair from among the commissioners.
  997  An agency may employ an executive director, technical experts,
  998  and such other agents and employees, permanent and temporary, as
  999  it requires, and determine their qualifications, duties, and
 1000  compensation. For such legal service as it requires, an agency
 1001  may employ or retain its own counsel and legal staff. An agency
 1002  authorized to transact business and exercise powers under this
 1003  part shall file with the governing body, on or before March 31
 1004  of each year, a report of its activities for the preceding
 1005  fiscal year, which report shall include a complete financial
 1006  statement setting forth its assets, liabilities, income, and
 1007  operating expenses as of the end of such fiscal year. At the
 1008  time of filing the report, the agency shall publish on a
 1009  publicly accessible website maintained by the agency or in a
 1010  newspaper of general circulation in the community a notice to
 1011  the effect that such report has been filed with the county or
 1012  municipality and that the report is available for inspection
 1013  during business hours in the office of the clerk of the city or
 1014  county commission and in the office of the agency.
 1015         Section 24. Paragraph (a) of subsection (6) of section
 1016  163.360, Florida Statutes, is amended to read:
 1017         163.360 Community redevelopment plans.—
 1018         (6)(a) The governing body shall hold a public hearing on a
 1019  community redevelopment plan after public notice thereof by
 1020  posting on a publicly accessible website maintained by the local
 1021  government responsible for publication or by publication in a
 1022  newspaper having a general circulation in the area of operation
 1023  of the county or municipality. The notice shall describe the
 1024  time, date, place, and purpose of the hearing, identify
 1025  generally the community redevelopment area covered by the plan,
 1026  and outline the general scope of the community redevelopment
 1027  plan under consideration.
 1028         Section 25. Subsection (2) of section 163.361, Florida
 1029  Statutes, is amended to read:
 1030         163.361 Modification of community redevelopment plans.—
 1031         (2) The governing body shall hold a public hearing on a
 1032  proposed modification of any community redevelopment plan after
 1033  public notice thereof on a publicly accessible website
 1034  maintained by the local government responsible for publication
 1035  or by publication in a newspaper having a general circulation in
 1036  the area of operation of the agency.
 1037         Section 26. Paragraph (a) of subsection (3) of section
 1038  163.380, Florida Statutes, is amended to read:
 1039         163.380 Disposal of property in community redevelopment
 1040  area.—The disposal of property in a community redevelopment area
 1041  which is acquired by eminent domain is subject to the
 1042  limitations set forth in s. 73.013.
 1043         (3)(a) Before Prior to disposition of any real property or
 1044  interest therein in a community redevelopment area, any county,
 1045  municipality, or community redevelopment agency shall give
 1046  public notice of such disposition by publication in a newspaper
 1047  having a general circulation in the community or on a publicly
 1048  accessible website maintained by the entity responsible for
 1049  publication, at least 30 days before prior to the execution of
 1050  any contract to sell, lease, or otherwise transfer real property
 1051  and, before prior to the delivery of any instrument of
 1052  conveyance with respect thereto under the provisions of this
 1053  section, invite proposals from, and make all pertinent
 1054  information available to, private redevelopers or any persons
 1055  interested in undertaking to redevelop or rehabilitate a
 1056  community redevelopment area or any part thereof. Such notice
 1057  shall identify the area or portion thereof and shall state that
 1058  proposals must be made by those interested within 30 days after
 1059  the date of publication of the notice and that such further
 1060  information as is available may be obtained at such office as is
 1061  designated in the notice. The county, municipality, or community
 1062  redevelopment agency shall consider all such redevelopment or
 1063  rehabilitation proposals and the financial and legal ability of
 1064  the persons making such proposals to carry them out; and the
 1065  county, municipality, or community redevelopment agency may
 1066  negotiate with any persons for proposals for the purchase,
 1067  lease, or other transfer of any real property acquired by it in
 1068  the community redevelopment area. The county, municipality, or
 1069  community redevelopment agency may accept such proposal as it
 1070  deems to be in the public interest and in furtherance of the
 1071  purposes of this part. Except in the case of a governing body
 1072  acting as the agency, as provided in s. 163.357, a notification
 1073  of intention to accept such proposal must be filed with the
 1074  governing body not less than 30 days before prior to any such
 1075  acceptance. Thereafter, the county, municipality, or community
 1076  redevelopment agency may execute such contract in accordance
 1077  with the provisions of subsection (1) and deliver deeds, leases,
 1078  and other instruments and take all steps necessary to effectuate
 1079  such contract.
 1080         Section 27. Paragraph (b) of subsection (1) and paragraph
 1081  (d) of subsection (2) of section 163.387, Florida Statutes, are
 1082  amended to read:
 1083         163.387 Redevelopment trust fund.—
 1084         (1)
 1085         (b)1. For any governing body that has not authorized by
 1086  June 5, 2006, a study to consider whether a finding of necessity
 1087  resolution pursuant to s. 163.355 should be adopted, has not
 1088  adopted a finding of necessity resolution pursuant to s. 163.355
 1089  by March 31, 2007, has not adopted a community redevelopment
 1090  plan by June 7, 2007, and was not authorized to exercise
 1091  community redevelopment powers pursuant to a delegation of
 1092  authority under s. 163.410 by a county that has adopted a home
 1093  rule charter, the amount of tax increment to be contributed by
 1094  any taxing authority shall be limited as follows:
 1095         a. If a taxing authority imposes a millage rate that
 1096  exceeds the millage rate imposed by the governing body that
 1097  created the trust fund, the amount of tax increment to be
 1098  contributed by the taxing authority imposing the higher millage
 1099  rate shall be calculated using the millage rate imposed by the
 1100  governing body that created the trust fund. Nothing shall
 1101  prohibit any taxing authority from voluntarily contributing a
 1102  tax increment at a higher rate for a period of time as specified
 1103  by interlocal agreement between the taxing authority and the
 1104  community redevelopment agency.
 1105         b. At any time more than 24 years after the fiscal year in
 1106  which a taxing authority made its first contribution to a
 1107  redevelopment trust fund, by resolution effective no sooner than
 1108  the next fiscal year and adopted by majority vote of the taxing
 1109  authority’s governing body at a public hearing held not less
 1110  than 30 or more than 45 days after written notice by registered
 1111  mail to the community redevelopment agency and published on a
 1112  publicly accessible website maintained by the entity responsible
 1113  for publication or in a newspaper of general circulation in the
 1114  redevelopment area, the taxing authority may limit the amount of
 1115  increment contributed by the taxing authority to the
 1116  redevelopment trust fund to the amount of increment the taxing
 1117  authority was obligated to contribute to the redevelopment trust
 1118  fund in the fiscal year immediately preceding the adoption of
 1119  such resolution, plus any increase in the increment after the
 1120  adoption of the resolution computed using the taxable values of
 1121  any area which is subject to an area reinvestment agreement. As
 1122  used in this subparagraph, the term “area reinvestment
 1123  agreement” means an agreement between the community
 1124  redevelopment agency and a private party, with or without
 1125  additional parties, which provides that the increment computed
 1126  for a specific area shall be reinvested in services or public or
 1127  private projects, or both, including debt service, supporting
 1128  one or more projects consistent with the community redevelopment
 1129  plan that is identified in the agreement to be constructed
 1130  within that area. Any such reinvestment agreement must specify
 1131  the estimated total amount of public investment necessary to
 1132  provide the projects or services, or both, including any
 1133  applicable debt service. The contribution to the redevelopment
 1134  trust fund of the increase in the increment of any area that is
 1135  subject to an area reinvestment agreement following the passage
 1136  of a resolution as provided in this sub-subparagraph shall cease
 1137  when the amount specified in the area reinvestment agreement as
 1138  necessary to provide the projects or services, or both,
 1139  including any applicable debt service, has been invested.
 1140         2. For any community redevelopment agency that was not
 1141  created pursuant to a delegation of authority under s. 163.410
 1142  by a county that has adopted a home rule charter and that
 1143  modifies its adopted community redevelopment plan after October
 1144  1, 2006, in a manner that expands the boundaries of the
 1145  redevelopment area, the amount of increment to be contributed by
 1146  any taxing authority with respect to the expanded area shall be
 1147  limited as set forth in sub-subparagraphs 1.a. and b.
 1148         (2)
 1149         (d)1. A local governing body that creates a community
 1150  redevelopment agency under s. 163.356 may exempt from paragraph
 1151  (a) a special district that levies ad valorem taxes within that
 1152  community redevelopment area. The local governing body may grant
 1153  the exemption either in its sole discretion or in response to
 1154  the request of the special district. The local governing body
 1155  must establish procedures by which a special district may submit
 1156  a written request to be exempted from paragraph (a).
 1157         2. In deciding whether to deny or grant a special
 1158  district’s request for exemption from paragraph (a), the local
 1159  governing body must consider:
 1160         a. Any additional revenue sources of the community
 1161  redevelopment agency which could be used in lieu of the special
 1162  district’s tax increment.
 1163         b. The fiscal and operational impact on the community
 1164  redevelopment agency.
 1165         c. The fiscal and operational impact on the special
 1166  district.
 1167         d. The benefit to the specific purpose for which the
 1168  special district was created. The benefit to the special
 1169  district must be based on specific projects contained in the
 1170  approved community redevelopment plan for the designated
 1171  community redevelopment area.
 1172         e. The impact of the exemption on incurred debt and whether
 1173  such exemption will impair any outstanding bonds that have
 1174  pledged tax increment revenues to the repayment of the bonds.
 1175         f. The benefit of the activities of the special district to
 1176  the approved community redevelopment plan.
 1177         g. The benefit of the activities of the special district to
 1178  the area of operation of the local governing body that created
 1179  the community redevelopment agency.
 1180         3. The local governing body must hold a public hearing on a
 1181  special district’s request for exemption after public notice of
 1182  the hearing is published on a publicly accessible website
 1183  maintained by the local governing body or in a newspaper having
 1184  a general circulation in the county or municipality that created
 1185  the community redevelopment area. The notice must describe the
 1186  time, date, place, and purpose of the hearing and must identify
 1187  generally the community redevelopment area covered by the plan
 1188  and the impact of the plan on the special district that
 1189  requested the exemption.
 1190         4. If a local governing body grants an exemption to a
 1191  special district under this paragraph, the local governing body
 1192  and the special district must enter into an interlocal agreement
 1193  that establishes the conditions of the exemption, including, but
 1194  not limited to, the period of time for which the exemption is
 1195  granted.
 1196         5. If a local governing body denies a request for exemption
 1197  by a special district, the local governing body shall provide
 1198  the special district with a written analysis specifying the
 1199  rationale for such denial. This written analysis must include,
 1200  but is not limited to, the following information:
 1201         a. A separate, detailed examination of each consideration
 1202  listed in subparagraph 2.
 1203         b. Specific examples of how the approved community
 1204  redevelopment plan will benefit, and has already benefited, the
 1205  purpose for which the special district was created.
 1206         6. The decision to either deny or grant an exemption must
 1207  be made by the local governing body within 120 days after the
 1208  date the written request was submitted to the local governing
 1209  body pursuant to the procedures established by such local
 1210  governing body.
 1211         Section 28. Paragraph (c) of subsection (3) and paragraph
 1212  (c) of subsection (4) of section 163.511, Florida Statutes, are
 1213  amended to read:
 1214         163.511 Special neighborhood improvement districts;
 1215  creation; referendum; board of directors; duration; extension.—
 1216         (3)
 1217         (c) Within 45 days from compilation of the voter
 1218  registration list pursuant to paragraph (b), the city clerk or
 1219  the supervisor of elections shall notify each such elector of
 1220  the general provisions of this section, including the taxing
 1221  authority and the date of the upcoming referendum. Notification
 1222  shall be by United States mail and, in addition thereto, by
 1223  publication one time in a newspaper of general circulation in
 1224  the county or municipality in which the district is located or
 1225  on a publicly accessible website maintained by the entity
 1226  responsible for such publication.
 1227         (4)
 1228         (c) Within 45 days from compilation of the freeholders’
 1229  registration list pursuant to paragraph (b), the city clerk or
 1230  the supervisor of elections shall notify each such freeholder of
 1231  the general provisions of this section, including the taxing
 1232  authority and the date of the upcoming referendum, and the
 1233  method provided for submitting corrections to the registration
 1234  list should the status of the freeholder have changed since the
 1235  compilation of the tax rolls. Notification shall be by United
 1236  States mail and, in addition thereto, by publication one time in
 1237  a newspaper of general circulation in the county or municipality
 1238  in which the district is located or on a publicly accessible
 1239  website maintained by the entity responsible for such
 1240  publication.
 1241         Section 29. Paragraph (b) of subsection (16) of section
 1242  163.514, Florida Statutes, is amended to read:
 1243         163.514 Powers of neighborhood improvement districts.
 1244  Unless prohibited by ordinance, the board of any district shall
 1245  be empowered to:
 1246         (16)
 1247         (b) In order to implement this subsection, the city clerk
 1248  or the supervisor of elections, whichever is appropriate, shall
 1249  compile a list of the names and last known addresses of the
 1250  electors in the neighborhood improvement district from the list
 1251  of registered voters of the county as of the last day of the
 1252  preceding month. The same shall constitute the registration list
 1253  for the purposes of a referendum. Within 45 days after
 1254  compilation of the voter registration list, the city clerk or
 1255  the supervisor of elections shall notify each elector of the
 1256  general provisions of this section, including the taxing
 1257  authority and the date of the upcoming referendum. Notification
 1258  shall be by United States mail and, in addition thereto, by
 1259  publication one time in a newspaper of general circulation in
 1260  the county or municipality in which the district is located or
 1261  on a publicly accessible website maintained by the county or
 1262  municipality responsible for such publication.
 1263         Section 30. Subsections (5) and (7) of section 163.516,
 1264  Florida Statutes, are amended to read:
 1265         163.516 Safe neighborhood improvement plans.—
 1266         (5) Before Prior to adoption of the safe neighborhood
 1267  improvement plan, the board shall hold a public hearing on the
 1268  plan after public notice thereof by publication in a newspaper
 1269  of general circulation in the county or municipality in which
 1270  the district is located or on a publicly accessible website
 1271  maintained by the entity responsible for such publication. The
 1272  notice shall describe the time, date, place, and purpose of the
 1273  hearing; identify the boundaries of the district; and outline
 1274  the general scope of the plan.
 1275         (7) If, at any time after approval of the safe neighborhood
 1276  improvement plan, it becomes desirable to amend or modify the
 1277  plan, the board may do so. Before Prior to any such amendment or
 1278  modification, the board shall obtain written approval of the
 1279  local governing body concerning conformity to the local
 1280  government comprehensive plan and hold a public hearing on the
 1281  proposed amendment or modification after public notice thereof
 1282  by publication in a newspaper of general circulation in the
 1283  county or municipality in which the district is located or on a
 1284  publicly accessible website maintained by the entity responsible
 1285  for such publication. The notice shall describe the time, place,
 1286  and purpose of the hearing and generally describe the proposed
 1287  amendment or modification.
 1288         Section 31. Subsections (10) and (11) of section 163.524,
 1289  Florida Statutes, are amended to read:
 1290         163.524 Neighborhood Preservation and Enhancement Program;
 1291  participation; creation of Neighborhood Preservation and
 1292  Enhancement Districts; creation of Neighborhood Councils and
 1293  Neighborhood Enhancement Plans.—
 1294         (10) Before Prior to the adoption of the Neighborhood
 1295  Enhancement Plan, the local government planning agency and
 1296  Neighborhood Council shall hold a joint public hearing on the
 1297  plan after public notice by the local government by publication
 1298  in a newspaper of general circulation in the county or
 1299  municipality in which the district is located or on a publicly
 1300  accessible website maintained by the entity responsible for such
 1301  publication. The notice shall describe the time, date, place,
 1302  and purpose of the hearing; identify the boundaries of the
 1303  district; and outline the general scope of the plan as required
 1304  by law.
 1305         (11) If at any time after approval of the Neighborhood
 1306  Enhancement Plan, it becomes desirable to amend or modify the
 1307  plan, the local governing body may do so. Before Prior to any
 1308  such amendment or modification, the local government planning
 1309  agency and the Neighborhood Council shall hold a joint public
 1310  hearing on the proposed amendment or modification after public
 1311  notice by the local government by publication in a newspaper of
 1312  general circulation in the county or municipality in which the
 1313  district is located or on a publicly accessible website
 1314  maintained by the entity responsible for such publication. The
 1315  notice shall describe the time, place, and purpose of the
 1316  hearing and shall generally describe the proposed amendment or
 1317  modification.
 1318         Section 32. Paragraph (c) of subsection (2) of section
 1319  165.041, Florida Statutes, is amended to read:
 1320         165.041 Incorporation; merger.—
 1321         (2)
 1322         (c) Notice of the election shall be published at least once
 1323  each week for 2 consecutive weeks immediately preceding prior to
 1324  the election, in a newspaper of general circulation in the area
 1325  to be affected or published daily during the 2 consecutive weeks
 1326  immediately preceding the election on a publicly accessible
 1327  website maintained by the local government responsible for
 1328  publication. Such notice shall give the time and places for the
 1329  election and a general description of the area to be included in
 1330  the municipality, which shall be in the form of a map to show
 1331  clearly the area to be covered by the municipality.
 1332         Section 33. Subsection (2) of section 165.051, Florida
 1333  Statutes, is amended to read:
 1334         165.051 Dissolution procedures.—
 1335         (2) If a vote of the qualified voters is required, the
 1336  governing body of the municipality or, if the municipal
 1337  governing body does not act within 30 days, the governing body
 1338  of the county or counties in which the municipality is located,
 1339  shall set the date of the election, which shall be the next
 1340  regularly scheduled election or a special election held before
 1341  prior to such election, if approved by a majority of the members
 1342  of the governing body of each governmental unit affected, but no
 1343  sooner than 30 days after passage of the ordinance. Notice of
 1344  the election shall be published at least once each week for 2
 1345  consecutive weeks preceding prior to the election in a newspaper
 1346  of general circulation in the municipality or published daily
 1347  during the 2 consecutive weeks immediately preceding the
 1348  election on a publicly accessible website maintained by the
 1349  local government responsible for publication.
 1350         Section 34. Paragraphs (a) and (c) of subsection (3) of
 1351  section 166.041, Florida Statutes, are amended to read:
 1352         166.041 Procedures for adoption of ordinances and
 1353  resolutions.—
 1354         (3)(a) Except as provided in paragraph (c), a proposed
 1355  ordinance may be read by title, or in full, on at least 2
 1356  separate days and shall, at least 10 days before prior to
 1357  adoption, be noticed once in a newspaper of general circulation
 1358  in the municipality or noticed daily during the 10 days
 1359  immediately preceding the adoption on a publicly accessible
 1360  website maintained by the municipality. The notice of proposed
 1361  enactment shall state the date, time, and place of the meeting;
 1362  the title or titles of proposed ordinances; and the place or
 1363  places within the municipality where such proposed ordinances
 1364  may be inspected by the public. The notice shall also advise
 1365  that interested parties may appear at the meeting and be heard
 1366  with respect to the proposed ordinance.
 1367         (c) Ordinances initiated by other than the municipality
 1368  that change the actual zoning map designation of a parcel or
 1369  parcels of land shall be enacted pursuant to paragraph (a).
 1370  Ordinances that change the actual list of permitted,
 1371  conditional, or prohibited uses within a zoning category, or
 1372  ordinances initiated by the municipality that change the actual
 1373  zoning map designation of a parcel or parcels of land shall be
 1374  enacted pursuant to the following procedure:
 1375         1. In cases in which the proposed ordinance changes the
 1376  actual zoning map designation for a parcel or parcels of land
 1377  involving less than 10 contiguous acres, the governing body
 1378  shall direct the clerk of the governing body to notify by mail
 1379  each real property owner whose land the municipality will
 1380  redesignate by enactment of the ordinance and whose address is
 1381  known by reference to the latest ad valorem tax records. The
 1382  notice shall state the substance of the proposed ordinance as it
 1383  affects that property owner and shall set a time and place for
 1384  one or more public hearings on such ordinance. Such notice shall
 1385  be given at least 30 days prior to the date set for the public
 1386  hearing, and a copy of the notice shall be kept available for
 1387  public inspection during the regular business hours of the
 1388  office of the clerk of the governing body. The governing body
 1389  shall hold a public hearing on the proposed ordinance and may,
 1390  upon the conclusion of the hearing, immediately adopt the
 1391  ordinance.
 1392         2. In cases in which the proposed ordinance changes the
 1393  actual list of permitted, conditional, or prohibited uses within
 1394  a zoning category, or changes the actual zoning map designation
 1395  of a parcel or parcels of land involving 10 contiguous acres or
 1396  more, the governing body shall provide for public notice and
 1397  hearings as follows:
 1398         a. The local governing body shall hold two advertised
 1399  public hearings on the proposed ordinance. At least one hearing
 1400  shall be held after 5 p.m. on a weekday, unless the local
 1401  governing body, by a majority plus one vote, elects to conduct
 1402  that hearing at another time of day. The first public hearing
 1403  shall be held at least 7 days after the day that the first
 1404  advertisement is published. The second hearing shall be held at
 1405  least 10 days after the first hearing and shall be advertised at
 1406  least 5 days prior to the public hearing.
 1407         b. The required newspaper advertisements shall be no less
 1408  than 2 columns wide by 10 inches long in a standard size or a
 1409  tabloid size newspaper, and the headline in the advertisement
 1410  shall be in a type no smaller than 18 point. The newspaper
 1411  advertisement shall not be placed in that portion of the
 1412  newspaper where legal notices and classified advertisements
 1413  appear. The newspaper advertisement shall be placed in a
 1414  newspaper of general paid circulation in the municipality and of
 1415  general interest and readership in the municipality, not one of
 1416  limited subject matter, pursuant to chapter 50. It is the
 1417  legislative intent that, whenever possible, the newspaper
 1418  advertisement appear in a newspaper that is published at least 5
 1419  days a week unless the only newspaper in the municipality is
 1420  published less than 5 days a week. The newspaper advertisement
 1421  shall be in substantially the following form:
 1422                     NOTICE OF (TYPE OF) CHANGE                    
 1423  
 1424         The ...(name of local governmental unit)... proposes to
 1425  adopt the following ordinance:...(title of the ordinance)....
 1426         A public hearing on the ordinance will be held on ...(date
 1427  and time)... at ...(meeting place)....
 1428  
 1429  Except for amendments which change the actual list of permitted,
 1430  conditional, or prohibited uses within a zoning category, the
 1431  advertisement shall contain a geographic location map which
 1432  clearly indicates the area covered by the proposed ordinance.
 1433  The map shall include major street names as a means of
 1434  identification of the general area.
 1435         c. In lieu of publishing the advertisement set out in this
 1436  paragraph, the municipality may mail a notice to each person
 1437  owning real property within the area covered by the ordinance.
 1438  Such notice shall clearly explain the proposed ordinance and
 1439  shall notify the person of the time, place, and location of any
 1440  public hearing on the proposed ordinance.
 1441         Section 35. Subsection (2) of section 166.0497, Florida
 1442  Statutes, is amended to read:c
 1443         166.0497 Alteration, amendment, or expansion of established
 1444  downtown development district; procedures.—
 1445         (2) In the resolution of intent, the governing body shall
 1446  set a date for a public hearing on adoption of an ordinance
 1447  altering, amending, or expanding the district and describing the
 1448  new proposed district. Upon the adoption of the resolution, the
 1449  governing body shall cause a notice of the public hearing to be
 1450  published in a newspaper of general circulation published in the
 1451  municipality or on a publicly accessible website maintained by
 1452  the municipality. Such, which notice shall be published in the
 1453  newspaper one time not less than 30 days and no nor more than 60
 1454  days before prior to the date of the hearing, or published daily
 1455  on the website during the 60 days immediately preceding the date
 1456  of the hearing. The notice shall set forth the date, time, and
 1457  place of the hearing and shall describe the new proposed
 1458  boundaries of the district. Any citizen, taxpayer, or property
 1459  owner shall have the right to be heard in opposition to the
 1460  proposed amendment or expansion of the district. After the
 1461  public hearing, if the governing body intends to proceed with
 1462  the amendment or expansion of the district, it shall, in the
 1463  manner authorized by law, adopt an ordinance defining the new
 1464  district. The governing body shall not incorporate land into the
 1465  district not included in the description contained in the
 1466  resolution and the notice of public hearing, but it may
 1467  eliminate any lands from that description when it adopts the
 1468  ordinance containing the final determination of the boundaries.
 1469         Section 36. Section 170.05, Florida Statutes, is amended to
 1470  read:
 1471         170.05 Publication of resolution.—Upon the adoption of the
 1472  resolution provided for in s. 170.03, the municipality shall
 1473  cause said resolution to be published on a publicly accessible
 1474  website maintained by the municipality or one time in a
 1475  newspaper of general circulation published in said municipality,
 1476  and if there is be no website or newspaper published in said
 1477  municipality, the governing authority of said municipality shall
 1478  cause said resolution to be published once a week for a period
 1479  of 2 weeks in a newspaper of general circulation published in
 1480  the county in which said municipality is located.
 1481         Section 37. Section 170.07, Florida Statutes, is amended to
 1482  read:
 1483         170.07 Publication of preliminary assessment roll.—Upon the
 1484  completion of said preliminary assessment roll, the governing
 1485  authority of the municipality shall by resolution fix a time and
 1486  place at which the owners of the property to be assessed or any
 1487  other persons interested therein may appear before said
 1488  governing authority and be heard as to the propriety and
 1489  advisability of making such improvements, as to the cost
 1490  thereof, as to the manner of payment therefor, and as to the
 1491  amount thereof to be assessed against each property so improved.
 1492  Thirty days’ notice in writing of such time and place shall be
 1493  given to such property owners. The notice shall include the
 1494  amount of the assessment and shall be served by mailing a copy
 1495  to each of such property owners at his or her last known
 1496  address, the names and addresses of such property owners to be
 1497  obtained from the records of the property appraiser or from such
 1498  other sources as the city or town clerk or engineer deems
 1499  reliable, proof of such mailing to be made by the affidavit of
 1500  the clerk or deputy clerk of said municipality, or by the
 1501  engineer, said proof to be filed with the clerk, provided, that
 1502  failure to mail said notice or notices shall not invalidate any
 1503  of the proceedings hereunder. Notice of the time and place of
 1504  such hearing shall also be given by two publications a week
 1505  apart in a newspaper of general circulation in said municipality
 1506  or by publication daily for 2 weeks on a publicly accessible
 1507  website maintained by the municipality, and if there is be no
 1508  website or newspaper published in said municipality, the
 1509  governing authority of said municipality shall cause said notice
 1510  to be published in like manner in a newspaper of general
 1511  circulation published in the county in which said municipality
 1512  is located; provided that the last publication shall be at least
 1513  1 week before prior to the date of the hearing. Said notice
 1514  shall describe the streets or other areas to be improved and
 1515  advise all persons interested that the description of each
 1516  property to be assessed and the amount to be assessed to each
 1517  piece or parcel of property may be ascertained at the office of
 1518  the clerk of the municipality. Such service by publication shall
 1519  be verified by the affidavit of the publisher and filed with the
 1520  clerk of said municipality.
 1521         Section 38. Paragraph (b) of subsection (2) of section
 1522  171.0413, Florida Statutes, is amended to read:
 1523         171.0413 Annexation procedures.—Any municipality may annex
 1524  contiguous, compact, unincorporated territory in the following
 1525  manner:
 1526         (2) Following the final adoption of the ordinance of
 1527  annexation by the governing body of the annexing municipality,
 1528  the ordinance shall be submitted to a vote of the registered
 1529  electors of the area proposed to be annexed. The governing body
 1530  of the annexing municipality may also choose to submit the
 1531  ordinance of annexation to a separate vote of the registered
 1532  electors of the annexing municipality. The referendum on
 1533  annexation shall be called and conducted and the expense thereof
 1534  paid by the governing body of the annexing municipality.
 1535         (b) The governing body of the annexing municipality shall
 1536  publish notice of the referendum on annexation at least once
 1537  each week for 2 consecutive weeks immediately preceding the date
 1538  of the referendum in a newspaper of general circulation in the
 1539  area in which the referendum is to be held or daily during the 2
 1540  weeks immediately preceding the date of the referendum on a
 1541  publicly accessible website maintained by the annexing
 1542  municipality. The notice shall give the ordinance number, the
 1543  time and places for the referendum, and a brief, general
 1544  description of the area proposed to be annexed. The description
 1545  shall include a map clearly showing the area and a statement
 1546  that the complete legal description by metes and bounds and the
 1547  ordinance can be obtained from the office of the city clerk.
 1548         Section 39. Subsections (3) and (7) of section 171.051,
 1549  Florida Statutes, are amended to read:
 1550         171.051 Contraction procedures.—Any municipality may
 1551  initiate the contraction of municipal boundaries in the
 1552  following manner:
 1553         (3) After introduction, the contraction ordinance shall be
 1554  noticed at least once per week for 2 consecutive weeks in a
 1555  newspaper of general circulation in the municipality or
 1556  published daily during the 2 consecutive weeks immediately
 1557  preceding the date of the meeting on a publicly accessible
 1558  website maintained by the municipality, such notice to describe
 1559  the area to be excluded. Such description shall include a
 1560  statement of findings to show that the area to be excluded fails
 1561  to meet the criteria of s. 171.043, set the time and place of
 1562  the meeting at which the ordinance will be considered, and
 1563  advise that all parties affected may be heard.
 1564         (7) The municipal governing body shall establish the date
 1565  of election and publish notice of the referendum election at
 1566  least once a week for the 2 consecutive weeks immediately
 1567  preceding prior to the election in a newspaper of general
 1568  circulation in the area proposed to be excluded or in the
 1569  municipality or daily during the 2 consecutive weeks immediately
 1570  preceding the date of the meeting on a publicly accessible
 1571  website maintained by the municipality. Such notice shall give
 1572  the time and places for the election and a general description
 1573  of the area to be excluded, which shall be in the form of a map
 1574  clearly showing the area proposed to be excluded.
 1575         Section 40. Subsection (1) of section 173.09, Florida
 1576  Statutes, is amended to read:
 1577         173.09 Judgment for complainant; special magistrate’s sale;
 1578  complainant may purchase and later sell.—
 1579         (1) Any such decree shall direct the special magistrate
 1580  thereby appointed to sell the several parcels of land separately
 1581  to the highest and best bidder for cash (or, at the option of
 1582  complainant, to the extent of special assessments included in
 1583  such judgment, for bonds or interest coupons issued by
 1584  complainant), at public outcry at the courthouse door of the
 1585  county in which such suit is pending, or at such point or place
 1586  in the complainant municipality as the court in such final
 1587  decree may direct, after having advertised such sale (which
 1588  advertisement may include all lands so ordered sold) once each
 1589  week for 2 consecutive weeks in some newspaper published in the
 1590  city or town in which the complainant is situated or publishing
 1591  notice of the sale daily for 2 consecutive weeks on a publicly
 1592  accessible website maintained by the municipality, or if there
 1593  is no such website or newspaper, in a newspaper published in the
 1594  county in which the suit is pending, and if all the lands so
 1595  advertised for sale be not sold on the day specified in such
 1596  advertisement, such sale shall be continued from day to day
 1597  until the sale of all such land is completed.
 1598         Section 41. Subsection (4) of section 177.101, Florida
 1599  Statutes, is amended to read:
 1600         177.101 Vacation and annulment of plats subdividing land.—
 1601         (4) Persons making application for vacations of plats
 1602  either in whole or in part shall give notice of their intention
 1603  to apply to the governing body of the county to vacate said plat
 1604  by publishing legal notice in a newspaper of general circulation
 1605  in the county in which the tract or parcel of land is located,
 1606  in not less than two weekly issues of said paper, or daily for 2
 1607  weeks on a publicly accessible website maintained by the local
 1608  government, and must attach to the petition for vacation the
 1609  proof of such publication, together with certificates showing
 1610  that all state and county taxes have been paid. For the purpose
 1611  of the tax collector’s certification that state, county, and
 1612  municipal taxes have been paid, the taxes shall be deemed to
 1613  have been paid if, in addition to any partial payment under s.
 1614  194.171, the owner of the platted lands sought to be vacated
 1615  shall post a cash bond, approved by the tax collector of the
 1616  county where the land is located and by the Department of
 1617  Revenue, conditioned to pay the full amount of any judgment
 1618  entered pursuant to s. 194.192 adverse to the person making
 1619  partial payment, including all costs, interest, and penalties.
 1620  The circuit court shall fix the amount of said bond by order,
 1621  after considering the reasonable timeframe for such litigation
 1622  and all other relevant factors; and a certified copy of such
 1623  approval, order, and cash bond shall be attached to the
 1624  application. If such tract or parcel of land is within the
 1625  corporate limits of any incorporated city or town, the governing
 1626  body of the county shall be furnished with a certified copy of a
 1627  resolution of the town council or city commission, as the case
 1628  may be, showing that it has already by suitable resolution
 1629  vacated such plat or subdivision or such part thereof sought to
 1630  be vacated.
 1631         Section 42. Section 180.09, Florida Statutes, is amended to
 1632  read:
 1633         180.09 Notice of resolution or ordinance authorizing
 1634  issuance of certificates.—Upon the adoption of resolution or
 1635  ordinance by the city council, or other legislative body, by
 1636  whatever name known, authorizing the issuance of mortgage
 1637  revenue certificates or debentures, a notice thereof shall be
 1638  published once a week for 2 consecutive weeks in a newspaper of
 1639  general circulation in the county in which the municipality is
 1640  located or daily for 2 consecutive weeks on a publicly
 1641  accessible website maintained by the municipality, or posted by
 1642  posting a notice in at least three conspicuous places within the
 1643  limits of the municipality, one of which shall be posted at the
 1644  door of the city hall or city offices; provided, that if any of
 1645  the mortgage revenue certificates or debentures are to be
 1646  purchased by the United States of America, or any
 1647  instrumentality or subdivision thereof, it shall not be
 1648  necessary to advertise or offer the same for sale by competitive
 1649  bidding.
 1650         Section 43. Subsection (1) of section 180.24, Florida
 1651  Statutes, is amended to read:
 1652         180.24 Contracts for construction; bond; publication of
 1653  notice; bids.—
 1654         (1) Any municipality desiring the accomplishment of any or
 1655  all of the purposes of this chapter may make contracts for the
 1656  construction of any of the utilities mentioned in this chapter,
 1657  or any extension or extensions to any previously constructed
 1658  utility, which said contracts shall be in writing, and the
 1659  contractor shall be required to give bond, which said bond shall
 1660  be executed by a surety company authorized to do business in the
 1661  state; provided, however, construction contracts in excess of
 1662  $25,000 shall be advertised by the publication of a notice in a
 1663  newspaper of general circulation in the county in which said
 1664  municipality is located at least once each week for 2
 1665  consecutive weeks, by publication daily for 2 weeks on a
 1666  publicly accessible website maintained by the municipality, or
 1667  by posting three notices in three conspicuous places in said
 1668  municipality, one of which shall be on the door of the city
 1669  hall; and that at least 10 days shall elapse between the date of
 1670  the first publication or posting of such notice and the date of
 1671  receiving bids and the execution of such contract documents. For
 1672  municipal construction projects identified in s. 255.0525, the
 1673  notice provision of that section supersedes and replaces the
 1674  notice provisions in this section.
 1675         Section 44. Subsection (1) of section 189.4044, Florida
 1676  Statutes, is amended to read:
 1677         189.4044 Special procedures for inactive districts.—
 1678         (1) The department shall declare inactive any special
 1679  district in this state by documenting that:
 1680         (a) The special district meets one of the following
 1681  criteria:
 1682         1. The registered agent of the district, the chair of the
 1683  governing body of the district, or the governing body of the
 1684  appropriate local general-purpose government notifies the
 1685  department in writing that the district has taken no action for
 1686  2 or more years;
 1687         2. Following an inquiry from the department, the registered
 1688  agent of the district, the chair of the governing body of the
 1689  district, or the governing body of the appropriate local
 1690  general-purpose government notifies the department in writing
 1691  that the district has not had a governing board or a sufficient
 1692  number of governing board members to constitute a quorum for 2
 1693  or more years or the registered agent of the district, the chair
 1694  of the governing body of the district, or the governing body of
 1695  the appropriate local general-purpose government fails to
 1696  respond to the department’s inquiry within 21 days; or
 1697         3. The department determines, pursuant to s. 189.421, that
 1698  the district has failed to file any of the reports listed in s.
 1699  189.419.
 1700         (b) The department, special district, or local general
 1701  purpose government published a notice of proposed declaration of
 1702  inactive status on a publicly accessible website maintained by
 1703  the entity responsible for publication or in a newspaper of
 1704  general circulation in the county or municipality in which the
 1705  territory of the special district is located and sent a copy of
 1706  such notice by certified mail to the registered agent or chair
 1707  of the board, if any. Such notice must include the name of the
 1708  special district, the law under which it was organized and
 1709  operating, a general description of the territory included in
 1710  the special district, and a statement that any objections must
 1711  be filed pursuant to chapter 120 within 21 days after the
 1712  publication date; and
 1713         (c) Twenty-one days have elapsed from the publication date
 1714  of the notice of proposed declaration of inactive status and no
 1715  administrative appeals were filed.
 1716         Section 45. Subsection (1) of section 189.417, Florida
 1717  Statutes, is amended to read:
 1718         189.417 Meetings; notice; required reports.—
 1719         (1) The governing body of each special district shall file
 1720  quarterly, semiannually, or annually a schedule of its regular
 1721  meetings with the local governing authority or authorities. The
 1722  schedule shall include the date, time, and location of each
 1723  scheduled meeting. The schedule shall be published quarterly,
 1724  semiannually, or annually in a newspaper of general paid
 1725  circulation in the manner required in this subsection. The
 1726  governing body of an independent special district shall
 1727  advertise the day, time, place, and purpose of any meeting other
 1728  than a regular meeting or any recessed and reconvened meeting of
 1729  the governing body, at least 7 days before prior to such
 1730  meeting, in a newspaper of general paid circulation in the
 1731  county or counties in which the special district is located, or
 1732  daily during the 7 days immediately preceding the meeting on a
 1733  publicly accessible website maintained by the district, unless a
 1734  bona fide emergency situation exists, in which case a meeting to
 1735  deal with the emergency may be held as necessary, with
 1736  reasonable notice, so long as it is subsequently ratified by the
 1737  board. No approval of the annual budget shall be granted at an
 1738  emergency meeting. If the advertisement is published in a
 1739  newspaper, the advertisement shall be placed in that portion of
 1740  the newspaper where legal notices and classified advertisements
 1741  appear and. The advertisement shall appear in a newspaper that
 1742  is published at least 5 days a week, unless the only newspaper
 1743  in the county is published fewer than 5 days a week. The
 1744  newspaper selected must be one of general interest and
 1745  readership in the community and not one of limited subject
 1746  matter, pursuant to chapter 50. Any other provision of law to
 1747  the contrary notwithstanding, and except in the case of
 1748  emergency meetings, water management districts may provide
 1749  reasonable notice of public meetings held to evaluate responses
 1750  to solicitations issued by the water management district, by
 1751  publication in a newspaper of general paid circulation in the
 1752  county where the principal office of the water management
 1753  district is located, or in the county or counties where the
 1754  public work will be performed, no less than 7 days before such
 1755  meeting or on a publicly accessible website maintained by the
 1756  district during the 7 days immediately preceding the meeting.
 1757         Section 46. Paragraph (a) of subsection (2) of section
 1758  190.006, Florida Statutes, is amended to read:
 1759         190.006 Board of supervisors; members and meetings.—
 1760         (2)(a) Within 90 days following the effective date of the
 1761  rule or ordinance establishing the district, there shall be held
 1762  a meeting of the landowners of the district for the purpose of
 1763  electing five supervisors for the district. Notice of the
 1764  landowners’ meeting shall be published once a week for 2
 1765  consecutive weeks in a newspaper that which is in general
 1766  circulation in the area of the district, the last day of such
 1767  newspaper publication to be not less fewer than 14 days or more
 1768  than 28 days before the date of the election, or published daily
 1769  during the 28 days immediately preceding the date of the
 1770  election on a publicly accessible website maintained by the
 1771  district. The landowners, when assembled at such meeting, shall
 1772  organize by electing a chair who shall conduct the meeting. The
 1773  chair may be any person present at the meeting. If the chair is
 1774  a landowner or proxy holder of a landowner, he or she may
 1775  nominate candidates and make and second motions.
 1776         Section 47. Subsection (1) of section 190.033, Florida
 1777  Statutes, is amended to read:
 1778         190.033 Bids required.—
 1779         (1) No contract shall be let by the board for any goods,
 1780  supplies, or materials to be purchased when the amount thereof
 1781  to be paid by the district shall exceed the amount provided in
 1782  s. 287.017 for category four, unless notice of bids or other
 1783  competitive solicitation, including requests for proposals or
 1784  qualifications, is advertised once in a newspaper in general
 1785  circulation in the county and in the district or on a publicly
 1786  accessible website maintained by the district. Any board seeking
 1787  to construct or improve a public building, structure, or other
 1788  public works shall comply with the bidding procedures of s.
 1789  255.20 and other applicable general law. In each case, the bid
 1790  of the lowest responsive and responsible bidder shall be
 1791  accepted unless all bids are rejected because the bids are too
 1792  high, or the board determines it is in the best interests of the
 1793  district to reject all bids. In each case in which requests for
 1794  proposals, qualifications, or other competitive solicitations
 1795  are used, the district shall determine which response is most
 1796  advantageous for the district and award the contract to that
 1797  proposer. The board may require the bidders or proposers to
 1798  furnish bond with a responsible surety to be approved by the
 1799  board. If the district does not receive a response to its
 1800  competitive solicitation, the district may proceed to purchase
 1801  such goods, supplies, materials, or construction services in the
 1802  manner it deems in the best interests of the district. Nothing
 1803  in this section shall prevent the board from undertaking and
 1804  performing the construction, operation, and maintenance of any
 1805  project or facility authorized by this act by the employment of
 1806  labor, material, and machinery.
 1807         Section 48. Subsection (4) of section 191.005, Florida
 1808  Statutes, is amended to read:
 1809         191.005 District boards of commissioners; membership,
 1810  officers, meetings.—
 1811         (4) Members of the board may each be paid a salary or
 1812  honorarium to be determined by at least a majority plus one vote
 1813  of the board, which salary or honorarium may not exceed $500 per
 1814  month for each member. Special notice of any meeting at which
 1815  the board will consider a salary change for a board member shall
 1816  be published at least once, at least 14 days before prior to the
 1817  meeting, in a newspaper of general circulation in the county in
 1818  which the district is located or published daily during the 14
 1819  days immediately preceding the meeting on a publicly accessible
 1820  website maintained by the district. Separate compensation for
 1821  the board member serving as treasurer may be authorized by like
 1822  vote so long as total compensation for the board member does not
 1823  exceed $500 per month. Members may be reimbursed for travel and
 1824  per diem expenses as provided in s. 112.061.
 1825         Section 49. Paragraph (i) of subsection (1) and paragraph
 1826  (g) of subsection (2) of section 192.0105, Florida Statutes, are
 1827  amended to read:
 1828         192.0105 Taxpayer rights.—There is created a Florida
 1829  Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights for property taxes and assessments to
 1830  guarantee that the rights, privacy, and property of the
 1831  taxpayers of this state are adequately safeguarded and protected
 1832  during tax levy, assessment, collection, and enforcement
 1833  processes administered under the revenue laws of this state. The
 1834  Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights compiles, in one document, brief but
 1835  comprehensive statements that summarize the rights and
 1836  obligations of the property appraisers, tax collectors, clerks
 1837  of the court, local governing boards, the Department of Revenue,
 1838  and taxpayers. Additional rights afforded to payors of taxes and
 1839  assessments imposed under the revenue laws of this state are
 1840  provided in s. 213.015. The rights afforded taxpayers to assure
 1841  that their privacy and property are safeguarded and protected
 1842  during tax levy, assessment, and collection are available only
 1843  insofar as they are implemented in other parts of the Florida
 1844  Statutes or rules of the Department of Revenue. The rights so
 1845  guaranteed to state taxpayers in the Florida Statutes and the
 1846  departmental rules include:
 1847         (1) THE RIGHT TO KNOW.—
 1848         (i) The right to an advertisement in a newspaper or on a
 1849  publicly accessible website maintained by the entity responsible
 1850  for publication listing names of taxpayers who are delinquent in
 1851  paying tangible personal property taxes, with amounts due, and
 1852  giving notice that interest is accruing at 18 percent and that,
 1853  unless taxes are paid, warrants will be issued, prior to
 1854  petition made with the circuit court for an order to seize and
 1855  sell property (see s. 197.402(2)).
 1856         (2) THE RIGHT TO DUE PROCESS.—
 1857         (g) The right to be mailed a timely written decision by the
 1858  value adjustment board containing findings of fact and
 1859  conclusions of law and reasons for upholding or overturning the
 1860  determination of the property appraiser, and the right to
 1861  advertised notice, including notice on a publicly accessible
 1862  website, of all board actions, including appropriate narrative
 1863  and column descriptions, in brief and nontechnical language (see
 1864  ss. 194.034(2) and 194.037(3)).
 1865         Section 50. Subsection (1) of section 194.037, Florida
 1866  Statutes, is amended to read:
 1867         194.037 Disclosure of tax impact.—
 1868         (1) After hearing all petitions, complaints, appeals, and
 1869  disputes, the clerk shall make public notice of the findings and
 1870  results of the board. If advertised in the newspaper, the
 1871  advertisement shall be in at least a quarter-page size
 1872  advertisement of a standard size or tabloid size newspaper, and
 1873  the headline shall be in a type no smaller than 18 point. If
 1874  advertised in the newspaper, the advertisement shall not be
 1875  placed in that portion of the newspaper where legal notices and
 1876  classified advertisements appear. The advertisement shall be
 1877  published in a newspaper of general paid circulation in the
 1878  county or on a publicly accessible website maintained by the
 1879  entity responsible for publication. If the advertisement is
 1880  published in a newspaper, the newspaper selected shall be one of
 1881  general interest and readership in the community, and not one of
 1882  limited subject matter, pursuant to chapter 50. The headline
 1883  shall read: TAX IMPACT OF VALUE ADJUSTMENT BOARD. The public
 1884  notice shall list the members of the value adjustment board and
 1885  the taxing authorities to which they are elected. The form shall
 1886  show, in columnar form, for each of the property classes listed
 1887  under subsection (2), the following information, with
 1888  appropriate column totals:
 1889         (a) In the first column, the number of parcels for which
 1890  the board granted exemptions that had been denied or that had
 1891  not been acted upon by the property appraiser.
 1892         (b) In the second column, the number of parcels for which
 1893  petitions were filed concerning a property tax exemption.
 1894         (c) In the third column, the number of parcels for which
 1895  the board considered the petition and reduced the assessment
 1896  from that made by the property appraiser on the initial
 1897  assessment roll.
 1898         (d) In the fourth column, the number of parcels for which
 1899  petitions were filed but not considered by the board because
 1900  such petitions were withdrawn or settled prior to the board’s
 1901  consideration.
 1902         (e) In the fifth column, the number of parcels for which
 1903  petitions were filed requesting a change in assessed value,
 1904  including requested changes in assessment classification.
 1905         (f) In the sixth column, the net change in taxable value
 1906  from the assessor’s initial roll which results from board
 1907  decisions.
 1908         (g) In the seventh column, the net shift in taxes to
 1909  parcels not granted relief by the board. The shift shall be
 1910  computed as the amount shown in column 6 multiplied by the
 1911  applicable millage rates adopted by the taxing authorities in
 1912  hearings held pursuant to s. 200.065(2)(d) or adopted by vote of
 1913  the electors pursuant to s. 9(b) or s. 12, Art. VII of the State
 1914  Constitution, but without adjustment as authorized pursuant to
 1915  s. 200.065(6). If for any taxing authority the hearing has not
 1916  been completed at the time the notice required herein is
 1917  prepared, the millage rate used shall be that adopted in the
 1918  hearing held pursuant to s. 200.065(2)(c).
 1919         Section 51. Paragraph (a) of subsection (3) of section
 1920  197.3632, Florida Statutes, is amended to read:
 1921         197.3632 Uniform method for the levy, collection, and
 1922  enforcement of non-ad valorem assessments.—
 1923         (3)(a) Notwithstanding any other provision of law to the
 1924  contrary, a local government which is authorized to impose a
 1925  non-ad valorem assessment and which elects to use the uniform
 1926  method of collecting such assessment for the first time as
 1927  authorized in this section shall adopt a resolution at a public
 1928  hearing before prior to January 1 or, if the property appraiser,
 1929  tax collector, and local government agree, March 1. The
 1930  resolution shall clearly state its intent to use the uniform
 1931  method of collecting such assessment. The local government shall
 1932  publish notice of its intent to use the uniform method for
 1933  collecting such assessment weekly in a newspaper of general
 1934  circulation within each county contained in the boundaries of
 1935  the local government for 4 consecutive weeks preceding the
 1936  hearing or daily during the 4 consecutive weeks immediately
 1937  preceding the hearing on a publicly accessible website
 1938  maintained by the local government. The resolution shall state
 1939  the need for the levy and shall include a legal description of
 1940  the boundaries of the real property subject to the levy. If the
 1941  resolution is adopted, the local governing board shall send a
 1942  copy of it by United States mail to the property appraiser, the
 1943  tax collector, and the department by January 10 or, if the
 1944  property appraiser, tax collector, and local government agree,
 1945  March 10.
 1946         Section 52. Paragraphs (d) and (f) of subsection (2),
 1947  paragraph (g) of subsection (3), paragraph (b) of subsection
 1948  (12), and paragraph (a) of subsection (14) of section 200.065,
 1949  Florida Statutes, are amended to read:
 1950         200.065 Method of fixing millage.—
 1951         (2) No millage shall be levied until a resolution or
 1952  ordinance has been approved by the governing board of the taxing
 1953  authority which resolution or ordinance must be approved by the
 1954  taxing authority according to the following procedure:
 1955         (d) Within 15 days after the meeting adopting the tentative
 1956  budget, the taxing authority shall advertise in a newspaper of
 1957  general circulation in the county as provided in subsection (3),
 1958  its intent to finally adopt a millage rate and budget or
 1959  advertise on its publicly accessible website its intent to
 1960  finally adopt a millage rate and budget, and shall maintain the
 1961  notice on its website until completion of the hearing. If
 1962  advertised in a newspaper, a public hearing to finalize the
 1963  budget and adopt a millage rate shall be held not less than 2
 1964  days nor more than 5 days after the day that the advertisement
 1965  is first published. During the hearing, the governing body of
 1966  the taxing authority shall amend the adopted tentative budget as
 1967  it sees fit, adopt a final budget, and adopt a resolution or
 1968  ordinance stating the millage rate to be levied. The resolution
 1969  or ordinance shall state the percent, if any, by which the
 1970  millage rate to be levied exceeds the rolled-back rate computed
 1971  pursuant to subsection (1), which shall be characterized as the
 1972  percentage increase in property taxes adopted by the governing
 1973  body. The adoption of the budget and the millage-levy resolution
 1974  or ordinance shall be by separate votes. For each taxing
 1975  authority levying millage, the name of the taxing authority, the
 1976  rolled-back rate, the percentage increase, and the millage rate
 1977  to be levied shall be publicly announced before prior to the
 1978  adoption of the millage-levy resolution or ordinance. In no
 1979  event may The millage rate adopted pursuant to this paragraph
 1980  may not exceed the millage rate tentatively adopted pursuant to
 1981  paragraph (c). If the rate tentatively adopted pursuant to
 1982  paragraph (c) exceeds the proposed rate provided to the property
 1983  appraiser pursuant to paragraph (b), or as subsequently adjusted
 1984  pursuant to subsection (11), each taxpayer within the
 1985  jurisdiction of the taxing authority shall be sent notice by
 1986  first-class mail of his or her taxes under the tentatively
 1987  adopted millage rate and his or her taxes under the previously
 1988  proposed rate. The notice must be prepared by the property
 1989  appraiser, at the expense of the taxing authority, and must
 1990  generally conform to the requirements of s. 200.069. If such
 1991  additional notice is necessary, its mailing must precede the
 1992  hearing held pursuant to this paragraph by not less than 10 days
 1993  and not more than 15 days.
 1994         (f)1. Notwithstanding any provisions of paragraph (c) to
 1995  the contrary, each school district shall advertise its intent to
 1996  adopt a tentative budget in a newspaper of general circulation
 1997  pursuant to subsection (3) or on the school district’s publicly
 1998  accessible website within 29 days after of certification of
 1999  value pursuant to subsection (1). Not less than 2 days or more
 2000  than 5 days thereafter, the district shall hold a public hearing
 2001  on the tentative budget pursuant to the applicable provisions of
 2002  paragraph (c). The advertisement shall remain on the website or
 2003  in the newspaper through the date of the hearing.
 2004         2. Notwithstanding any provisions of paragraph (b) to the
 2005  contrary, each school district shall advise the property
 2006  appraiser of its recomputed proposed millage rate within 35 days
 2007  after of certification of value pursuant to subsection (1). The
 2008  recomputed proposed millage rate of the school district shall be
 2009  considered its proposed millage rate for the purposes of
 2010  paragraph (b).
 2011         3. Notwithstanding any provisions of paragraph (d) to the
 2012  contrary, each school district shall hold a public hearing to
 2013  finalize the budget and adopt a millage rate within 80 days
 2014  after of certification of value pursuant to subsection (1), but
 2015  not earlier than 65 days after certification. The hearing shall
 2016  be held in accordance with the applicable provisions of
 2017  paragraph (d), except that a newspaper advertisement need not
 2018  precede the hearing.
 2019         (3) The advertisement shall be no less than one-quarter
 2020  page in size of a standard size or a tabloid size newspaper, and
 2021  the headline in the advertisement shall be in a type no smaller
 2022  than 18 point. The advertisement shall not be placed in that
 2023  portion of the newspaper where legal notices and classified
 2024  advertisements appear. The advertisement shall be published in a
 2025  newspaper of general paid circulation in the county or in a
 2026  geographically limited insert of such newspaper. The geographic
 2027  boundaries in which such insert is circulated shall include the
 2028  geographic boundaries of the taxing authority. It is the
 2029  legislative intent that, whenever possible, the advertisement
 2030  appear in a newspaper that is published at least 5 days a week
 2031  unless the only newspaper in the county is published less than 5
 2032  days a week, or that the advertisement appear in a
 2033  geographically limited insert of such newspaper which insert is
 2034  published throughout the taxing authority’s jurisdiction at
 2035  least twice each week. It is further the legislative intent that
 2036  the newspaper selected be one of general interest and readership
 2037  in the community and not one of limited subject matter, pursuant
 2038  to chapter 50.
 2039         (g) If In the event that the mailing of the notice of
 2040  proposed property taxes is delayed beyond September 3 in a
 2041  county, any multicounty taxing authority which levies ad valorem
 2042  taxes within that county shall advertise its intention to adopt
 2043  a tentative budget and millage rate on a publicly accessible
 2044  website maintained by the taxing authority or in a newspaper of
 2045  paid general circulation within that county, as provided in this
 2046  subsection, and shall hold the hearing required pursuant to
 2047  paragraph (2)(c). If advertised in the newspaper, the hearing
 2048  shall be held not less than 2 days or more than 5 days
 2049  thereafter, and not later than September 18. If advertised on
 2050  the website, the hearing shall be held not less than 2 days
 2051  after initial publication of the advertisement on the website
 2052  and not later than September 18, and shall remain on the website
 2053  until the date of the hearing. The advertisement shall be in the
 2054  following form, unless the proposed millage rate is less than or
 2055  equal to the rolled-back rate, computed pursuant to subsection
 2056  (1), in which case the advertisement shall be as provided in
 2057  paragraph (e):
 2058                       NOTICE OF TAX INCREASE                      
 2059  
 2060         The ...(name of the taxing authority)... proposes to
 2061  increase its property tax levy by ...(percentage of increase
 2062  over rolled-back rate)... percent.
 2063         All concerned citizens are invited to attend a public
 2064  hearing on the proposed tax increase to be held on ...(date and
 2065  time)... at ...(meeting place)....
 2066         (12) The time periods specified in this section shall be
 2067  determined by using the date of certification of value pursuant
 2068  to subsection (1) or July 1, whichever date is later, as day 1.
 2069  The time periods shall be considered directory and may be
 2070  shortened, provided:
 2071         (b) Any public hearing preceded by a newspaper
 2072  advertisement is held not less than 2 days or more than 5 days
 2073  following publication of such advertisement and any public
 2074  hearing preceded by advertisement on a website advertisement is
 2075  held not less than 2 days after initial publication; and
 2076         (14)(a) If the notice of proposed property taxes mailed to
 2077  taxpayers under this section contains an error, the property
 2078  appraiser, in lieu of mailing a corrected notice to all
 2079  taxpayers, may correct the error by mailing a short form of the
 2080  notice to those taxpayers affected by the error and its
 2081  correction. The notice shall be prepared by the property
 2082  appraiser at the expense of the taxing authority which caused
 2083  the error or at the property appraiser’s expense if he or she
 2084  caused the error. The form of the notice must be approved by the
 2085  executive director of the Department of Revenue or the executive
 2086  director’s designee. If the error involves only the date and
 2087  time of the public hearings required by this section, the
 2088  property appraiser, with the permission of the taxing authority
 2089  affected by the error, may correct the error by advertising the
 2090  corrected information on a publicly accessible website
 2091  maintained by the taxing authority or in a newspaper of general
 2092  circulation in the county as provided in subsection (3).
 2093         Section 53. Section 205.032, Florida Statutes, is amended
 2094  to read:
 2095         205.032 Levy; counties.—The governing body of a county may
 2096  levy, by appropriate resolution or ordinance, a business tax for
 2097  the privilege of engaging in or managing any business,
 2098  profession, or occupation within its jurisdiction. However, the
 2099  governing body must first give at least 14 days’ public notice
 2100  between the first and last reading of the resolution or
 2101  ordinance by publishing a notice in a newspaper of general
 2102  circulation within its jurisdiction as defined by law or by
 2103  publishing the notice daily for at least 14 days during the
 2104  period between the first and last reading of the resolution or
 2105  ordinance on a publicly accessible website maintained by the
 2106  county. The public notice must contain the proposed
 2107  classifications and rates applicable to the business tax.
 2108         Section 54. Section 205.042, Florida Statutes, is amended
 2109  to read:
 2110         205.042 Levy; municipalities.—The governing body of an
 2111  incorporated municipality may levy, by appropriate resolution or
 2112  ordinance, a business tax for the privilege of engaging in or
 2113  managing any business, profession, or occupation within its
 2114  jurisdiction. However, the governing body must first give at
 2115  least 14 days’ public notice between the first and last reading
 2116  of the resolution or ordinance by publishing the notice in a
 2117  newspaper of general circulation within its jurisdiction as
 2118  defined by law or by publishing the notice daily for at least 14
 2119  days during the period between the first and last reading of the
 2120  resolution or ordinance on a publicly accessible website
 2121  maintained by the county. The notice must contain the proposed
 2122  classifications and rates applicable to the business tax. The
 2123  business tax may be levied on:
 2124         (1) Any person who maintains a permanent business location
 2125  or branch office within the municipality, for the privilege of
 2126  engaging in or managing any business within its jurisdiction.
 2127         (2) Any person who maintains a permanent business location
 2128  or branch office within the municipality, for the privilege of
 2129  engaging in or managing any profession or occupation within its
 2130  jurisdiction.
 2131         (3) Any person who does not qualify under subsection (1) or
 2132  subsection (2) and who transacts any business or engages in any
 2133  occupation or profession in interstate commerce, if the business
 2134  tax is not prohibited by s. 8, Art. I of the United States
 2135  Constitution.
 2136         Section 55. Subsection (2) of section 255.0525, Florida
 2137  Statutes, is amended to read:
 2138         255.0525 Advertising for competitive bids or proposals.—
 2139         (2) The solicitation of competitive bids or proposals for
 2140  any county, municipality, or other political subdivision
 2141  construction project that is projected to cost more than
 2142  $200,000 shall be publicly advertised at least once in a
 2143  newspaper of general circulation in the county where the project
 2144  is located at least 21 days before prior to the established bid
 2145  opening and at least 5 days before prior to any scheduled prebid
 2146  conference, or advertised daily during the 21-day period
 2147  immediately preceding the established bid opening date and daily
 2148  during the 5-day period immediately preceding any scheduled
 2149  prebid conference on a publicly accessible website maintained by
 2150  the entity responsible for publication. The solicitation of
 2151  competitive bids or proposals for any county, municipality, or
 2152  other political subdivision construction project that is
 2153  projected to cost more than $500,000 shall be publicly
 2154  advertised at least once in a newspaper of general circulation
 2155  in the county where the project is located at least 30 days
 2156  before prior to the established bid opening and at least 5 days
 2157  before prior to any scheduled prebid conference, or advertised
 2158  daily during the 30-day period immediately preceding the
 2159  established bid opening date and daily during the 5-day period
 2160  immediately preceding any scheduled prebid conference on a
 2161  publicly accessible website maintained by the entity responsible
 2162  for publication. Bids or proposals shall be received and opened
 2163  at the location, date, and time established in the bid or
 2164  proposal advertisement. In cases of emergency, the procedures
 2165  required in this section may be altered by the local
 2166  governmental entity in any manner that is reasonable under the
 2167  emergency circumstances.
 2168         Section 56. Section 274.06, Florida Statutes, is amended to
 2169  read:
 2170         274.06 Alternative procedure.—Having consideration for the
 2171  best interests of the county or district, a governmental unit’s
 2172  property that is obsolete or the continued use of which is
 2173  uneconomical or inefficient, or which serves no useful function,
 2174  which property is not otherwise lawfully disposed of, may be
 2175  disposed of for value to any person, or may be disposed of for
 2176  value without bids to the state, to any governmental unit, or to
 2177  any political subdivision as defined in s. 1.01, or if the
 2178  property is without commercial value it may be donated,
 2179  destroyed, or abandoned. The determination of property to be
 2180  disposed of by a governmental unit pursuant to this section
 2181  instead of pursuant to other provisions of law shall be at the
 2182  election of such governmental unit in the reasonable exercise of
 2183  its discretion. Property, the value of which the governmental
 2184  unit estimates to be under $5,000, may be disposed of in the
 2185  most efficient and cost-effective means as determined by the
 2186  governmental unit. Any sale of property the value of which the
 2187  governmental unit estimates to be $5,000 or more shall be sold
 2188  only to the highest responsible bidder, or by public auction,
 2189  after publication of notice not less than 1 week nor more than 2
 2190  weeks before such prior to sale in a newspaper having a general
 2191  circulation in the county or district in which is located the
 2192  official office of the governmental unit, and in additional
 2193  newspapers if in the judgment of the governmental unit the best
 2194  interests of the county or district will better be served by the
 2195  additional notices, or daily during the 2 weeks immediately
 2196  preceding such sale on a publicly accessible website maintained
 2197  by the entity responsible for publication. This section does
 2198  not; provided that nothing herein contained shall be construed
 2199  to require the sheriff of a county to advertise the sale of
 2200  miscellaneous contraband of an estimated value of less than
 2201  $5,000.
 2202         Section 57. Subsection (3) of section 290.0057, Florida
 2203  Statutes, is amended to read:
 2204         290.0057 Enterprise zone development plan.—
 2205         (3) Prior to adopting the strategic plan, the governing
 2206  body or bodies shall hold a public hearing on the strategic plan
 2207  after public notice thereof by publication in a newspaper having
 2208  a general circulation in the area of operation of the governing
 2209  body or bodies or by publication on a publicly accessible
 2210  website maintained by the entity responsible for publication.
 2211  The notice shall describe the time, date, place, and purpose of
 2212  the hearing, identify the nominated area covered by the plan,
 2213  and outline the general scope of the strategic plan under
 2214  consideration.
 2215         Section 58. Subsections (2) and (6) of section 298.301,
 2216  Florida Statutes, are amended to read:
 2217         298.301 District water control plan adoption; district
 2218  boundary modification; plan amendment; notice forms; objections;
 2219  hearings; assessments.—
 2220         (2) Before adopting a water control plan or plan amendment,
 2221  the board of supervisors must adopt a resolution to consider
 2222  adoption of the proposed plan or plan amendment. As soon as the
 2223  resolution proposing the adoption or amendment of the district’s
 2224  water control plan has been filed with the district secretary,
 2225  the board of supervisors shall give notice of a public hearing
 2226  on the proposed plan or plan amendment by causing publication to
 2227  be made once a week for 3 consecutive weeks in a newspaper of
 2228  general circulation published in each county in which lands and
 2229  other property described in the resolution are situated or by
 2230  publication daily for 3 consecutive weeks on a publicly
 2231  accessible website maintained by the entity responsible for such
 2232  publication. The notice must be in substantially the following
 2233  form:
 2234  
 2235                          Notice of Hearing                        
 2236  
 2237         To the owners and all persons interested in the lands
 2238  corporate, and other property in and adjacent to the ...name of
 2239  district... District.
 2240         You are notified that the ...name of district... District
 2241  has filed in the office of the secretary of the district a
 2242  resolution to consider approval of a water control plan or an
 2243  amendment to the current water control plan to provide ...here
 2244  insert a summary of the proposed water control plan or plan
 2245  amendment.... On or before its scheduled meeting of ...(date and
 2246  time)... at the district’s offices located at ...(list address
 2247  of offices)... written objections to the proposed plan or plan
 2248  amendment may be filed at the district’s offices. A public
 2249  hearing on the proposed plan or plan amendment will be conducted
 2250  at the scheduled meeting, and written objections will be
 2251  considered at that time. At the conclusion of the hearing, the
 2252  board of supervisors may determine to proceed with the process
 2253  for approval of the proposed plan or plan amendment and direct
 2254  the district engineer to prepare an engineer’s report
 2255  identifying any property to be taken, determining benefits and
 2256  damages, and estimating the cost of implementing the
 2257  improvements associated with the proposed plan or plan
 2258  amendment. A final hearing on approval of the proposed plan or
 2259  plan amendment and engineer’s report shall be duly noticed and
 2260  held at a regularly scheduled board of supervisors meeting at
 2261  least 25 days but no later than 60 days after the last scheduled
 2262  publication of the notice of filing of the engineer’s report
 2263  with the secretary of the district.
 2264  
 2265         Date of first publication: ........, ...(year)...
 2266         ............................................
 2267         (Chair or President, Board of Supervisors)
 2268         ................ County, Florida
 2269         (6) Upon the filing of the engineer’s report, the board of
 2270  supervisors shall give notice thereof by arranging the
 2271  publication of the notice of filing of the engineer’s report
 2272  together with a geographical depiction of the district once a
 2273  week for 2 consecutive weeks in a newspaper of general
 2274  circulation in each county in the district or by publishing such
 2275  notice daily for 3 consecutive weeks on a publicly accessible
 2276  website maintained by the entity responsible for such
 2277  publication. A location map or legal description of the land
 2278  shall constitute a geographical depiction. The notice must be
 2279  substantially as follows:
 2280               Notice of Filing Engineer’s Report for              
 2281                      ................ District                    
 2282  
 2283         Notice is given to all persons interested in the following
 2284  described land and property in ........ County (or Counties),
 2285  Florida, viz.: ...(Here describe land and property)... included
 2286  within the ............ district that the engineer hereto
 2287  appointed to determine benefits and damages to the property and
 2288  lands situated in the district and to determine the estimated
 2289  cost of construction required by the water control plan, within
 2290  or without the limits of the district, under the proposed water
 2291  control plan or plan amendment, filed her or his report in the
 2292  office of the secretary of the district, located at ...(list
 2293  address of district offices)..., on the ........ day of
 2294  ............, ...(year)..., and you may examine the report and
 2295  file written objections with the secretary of the district to
 2296  all, or any part thereof, on or before ......(enter date 20 days
 2297  after the last scheduled publication of this notice, if
 2298  published in the newspaper, or if published on the website,
 2299  enter date 60 days after the initial publication on the website,
 2300  which date must be before the date of the final hearing).... The
 2301  report recommends ...(describe benefits and damages).... A final
 2302  hearing to consider approval of the report and proposed water
 2303  control plan or plan amendment shall be held ...(time, place,
 2304  and date at least 25 days but no later than 60 days after the
 2305  last scheduled newspaper publication of this notice, or if
 2306  published on the website, no less than 60 days after the initial
 2307  publication on the website)....
 2308  
 2309         Date of first publication: ........, ...(year)...
 2310         ............................................
 2311         (Chair or President, Board of Supervisors)
 2312         ................ County, Florida
 2313         Section 59. Subsection (3) of section 348.243, Florida
 2314  Statutes, is amended to read:
 2315         348.243 Purposes and powers.—
 2316         (3) Any provision in this part or any other provision of
 2317  law to the contrary notwithstanding, the consent of any
 2318  municipality is not necessary for any project of the authority,
 2319  whether or not the project lies in whole or in part within the
 2320  boundaries of the municipality. However, the officials and
 2321  residents of any municipality in which any project of the
 2322  authority is to be located, in whole or in part, shall be given
 2323  ample opportunity to discuss the project and advise the
 2324  authority as to their positions thereon at a duly advertised
 2325  public hearing. Advertisement of the public hearing shall be by
 2326  publication on a publicly accessible website maintained by the
 2327  entity responsible for publication daily during the 2 weeks
 2328  immediately preceding the public hearing, or by way of a
 2329  newspaper published in Broward County and circulated in the
 2330  affected municipality. If published in a newspaper, the legal
 2331  notice and display advertisement shall be published at least 2
 2332  weeks before the public hearing. Advertisement of the public
 2333  hearing and shall contain the time and place of the public
 2334  hearing and a short description of the subject to be discussed.
 2335  The public hearing may be adjourned from time to time and set
 2336  for a time and place certain without the necessity of further
 2337  advertisement. In routing and locating any expressway or its
 2338  interchanges in or through a municipality, the authority shall
 2339  give due regard to the effect of such location on the
 2340  municipality as a whole and shall not unreasonably split,
 2341  divide, or otherwise separate areas of the municipality one from
 2342  the other.
 2343         Section 60. Subsection (4) of section 348.83, Florida
 2344  Statutes, is amended to read:
 2345         348.83 Purposes and powers.—
 2346         (4) Anything in this part or any other provision of the law
 2347  to the contrary notwithstanding, the consent of any municipality
 2348  shall not be necessary for any project of the authority, whether
 2349  or not the project lies within the boundaries of any
 2350  municipality either in whole or in part. However, the officials
 2351  and residents of any municipality in which any project of the
 2352  authority is to be located in whole or in part shall be given
 2353  ample opportunity to discuss the project and advise the
 2354  authority as to their position thereon at a duly advertised
 2355  public hearing. Advertisement of said public hearing shall be by
 2356  publication on a publicly accessible website maintained by the
 2357  entity responsible for publication daily during the 2 weeks
 2358  immediately preceding the public hearing or by way of a
 2359  newspaper published in Pasco County and circulated in the
 2360  affected municipalities. If published in a newspaper, the Said
 2361  legal advertisement shall be published once at least 2 weeks
 2362  before prior to the public hearing. Advertisement of the public
 2363  hearing and shall contain the time and place of the public
 2364  hearing and a short description of the subject to be discussed.
 2365  The public hearing may be adjourned from time to time and set
 2366  for a time and place certain without necessity of further
 2367  advertisement.
 2368         Section 61. Subsection (3) of section 348.943, Florida
 2369  Statutes, is amended to read:
 2370         348.943 Purposes and powers.—
 2371         (3) Any provision in this part or any other provision of
 2372  law to the contrary notwithstanding, the consent of any
 2373  municipality is not necessary for any project of the authority,
 2374  whether or not the project lies in whole or in part within the
 2375  boundaries of the municipality. However, the officials and
 2376  residents of any municipality in which any project of the
 2377  authority is to be located, in whole or in part, shall be given
 2378  ample opportunity to discuss the project and advise the
 2379  authority as to their positions thereon at a duly advertised
 2380  public hearing. Advertisement of the public hearing shall be by
 2381  publication on a publicly accessible website maintained by the
 2382  entity responsible for publication daily during the 2 weeks
 2383  immediately preceding the public hearing or by way of a
 2384  newspaper published in St. Lucie County and circulated in the
 2385  affected municipality. If published in a newspaper, the legal
 2386  notice and display advertisement shall be published at least 2
 2387  weeks before the public hearing. Advertisement of the public
 2388  hearing and shall contain the time and place of the public
 2389  hearing and a short description of the subject to be discussed.
 2390  The public hearing may be adjourned from time to time and set
 2391  for a time and place certain without the necessity of further
 2392  advertisement. In routing and locating any expressway or its
 2393  interchanges in or through a municipality, the authority shall
 2394  give due regard to the effect of such location on the
 2395  municipality as a whole and shall not unreasonably split,
 2396  divide, or otherwise separate areas of the municipality one from
 2397  the other.
 2398         Section 62. Subsection (4) of section 348.953, Florida
 2399  Statutes, is amended to read:
 2400         348.953 Purposes and powers.—
 2401         (4) Anything in this part or any other provision of the law
 2402  to the contrary notwithstanding, the consent of any municipality
 2403  shall not be necessary for any project of the authority, whether
 2404  or not the project lies within the boundaries of any
 2405  municipality, either in whole or in part. However, the officials
 2406  and residents of any municipality in which any project of the
 2407  authority is to be located, in whole or in part, shall be given
 2408  ample opportunity to discuss the project and advise the
 2409  authority as to their position thereon at a duly advertised
 2410  public hearing. Advertisement of the public hearing shall be by
 2411  publication on a publicly accessible website maintained by the
 2412  entity responsible for publication daily during the 2 weeks
 2413  immediately preceding the public hearing or by way of a
 2414  newspaper published in Seminole County and circulated in the
 2415  affected municipalities. If published in a newspaper, the legal
 2416  advertisement shall be published once at least 2 weeks before
 2417  prior to the public hearing. Advertisement of the public hearing
 2418  and shall contain the time and place of the public hearing and a
 2419  short description of the subject to be discussed. The public
 2420  hearing may be adjourned from time to time and set for a time
 2421  and place certain without necessity of further advertisement. In
 2422  routing and locating any expressway or its interchanges in or
 2423  through a municipality, the authority shall give due regard to
 2424  the effect of such location on the municipality as a whole and
 2425  shall not unreasonably split, divide, or otherwise separate
 2426  areas of the municipality one from the other.
 2427         Section 63. Subsection (3) of section 348.968, Florida
 2428  Statutes, is amended to read:
 2429         348.968 Purposes and powers.—
 2430         (3) Any provision in this part or any other provision of
 2431  law to the contrary notwithstanding, the consent of any
 2432  municipality is not necessary for any project of the authority,
 2433  whether or not the project lies in whole or in part within the
 2434  boundaries of the municipality. However, the officials and
 2435  residents of any municipality in which any project of the
 2436  authority is to be located, in whole or in part, shall be given
 2437  ample opportunity to discuss the project and advise the
 2438  authority as to their positions thereon at a duly advertised
 2439  public hearing. Advertisement of the public hearing shall be by
 2440  publication on a publicly accessible website maintained by the
 2441  entity responsible for publication daily during the 2 weeks
 2442  immediately preceding the public hearing or by way of a
 2443  newspaper published in Santa Rosa County and circulated in the
 2444  affected municipality. If published in a newspaper, the legal
 2445  notice and display advertisement shall be published at least 2
 2446  weeks before the public hearing. Advertisement of the public
 2447  hearing and shall contain the time and place of the public
 2448  hearing and a short description of the subject to be discussed.
 2449  The public hearing may be adjourned from time to time and set
 2450  for a time and place certain without the necessity of further
 2451  advertisement. In routing and locating any expressway or its
 2452  interchanges in or through a municipality, the authority shall
 2453  give due regard to the effect of such location on the
 2454  municipality as a whole and shall not unreasonably split,
 2455  divide, or otherwise separate areas of the municipality one from
 2456  the other.
 2457         Section 64. Paragraph (a) of subsection (2) of section
 2458  350.81, Florida Statutes, is amended to read:
 2459         350.81 Communications services offered by governmental
 2460  entities.—
 2461         (2)(a) A governmental entity that proposes to provide a
 2462  communications service shall hold no less than two public
 2463  hearings, which shall be held not less than 30 days apart. At
 2464  least 30 days before the first of the two public hearings, the
 2465  governmental entity must give notice of the hearing by
 2466  publication in the predominant newspaper of general circulation
 2467  in the area considered for service or by publication daily
 2468  during the 30 days immediately preceding the first of the two
 2469  public hearings on a publicly accessible website maintained by
 2470  the entity responsible for such publication. At least 40 days
 2471  before the first public hearing, the governmental entity must
 2472  electronically provide notice to the Department of Revenue and
 2473  the Public Service Commission, which shall post the notice on
 2474  the department’s and the commission’s website to be available to
 2475  the public. The Department of Revenue shall also send the notice
 2476  by United States Postal Service to the known addresses for all
 2477  dealers of communications services registered with the
 2478  department under chapter 202 or provide an electronic
 2479  notification, if the means are available, within 10 days after
 2480  receiving the notice. The notice must include the time and place
 2481  of the hearings and must state that the purpose of the hearings
 2482  is to consider whether the governmental entity will provide
 2483  communications services. The notice must include, at a minimum,
 2484  the geographic areas proposed to be served by the governmental
 2485  entity and the services, if any, which the governmental entity
 2486  believes are not currently being adequately provided. The notice
 2487  must also state that any dealer who wishes to do so may appear
 2488  and be heard at the public hearings.
 2489         Section 65. Paragraph (c) of subsection (8) of section
 2490  373.4592, Florida Statutes, is amended to read:
 2491         373.4592 Everglades improvement and management.—
 2492         (8) SPECIAL ASSESSMENTS.—
 2493         (c) The district shall publish notice of the certification
 2494  of the non-ad valorem assessment roll pursuant to chapter 197 in
 2495  a newspaper of general circulation in the counties wherein the
 2496  assessment is being levied, within 1 week after the district
 2497  certifies the non-ad valorem assessment roll to the tax
 2498  collector pursuant to s. 197.3632(5), or on a publicly
 2499  accessible website maintained by the district during the week
 2500  after the district certifies the non-ad valorem assessment roll
 2501  to the tax collector. The assessments levied pursuant to
 2502  paragraph (a) shall be final and conclusive as to each lot or
 2503  parcel unless the owner thereof shall, within 90 days after of
 2504  certification of the non-ad valorem assessment roll pursuant to
 2505  s. 197.3632(5), commence an action in circuit court. Absent such
 2506  commencement of an action within such period of time by an owner
 2507  of a lot or parcel, such owner shall thereafter be estopped to
 2508  raise any question related to the special benefit afforded the
 2509  property or the reasonableness of the amount of the assessment.
 2510  Except with respect to an owner who has commenced such an
 2511  action, the non-ad valorem assessment roll as finally adopted
 2512  and certified by the South Florida Water Management District to
 2513  the tax collector pursuant to s. 197.3632(5) shall be competent
 2514  and sufficient evidence that the assessments were duly levied
 2515  and that all other proceedings adequate to the adoption of the
 2516  non-ad valorem assessment roll were duly held, taken, and
 2517  performed as required by s. 197.3632. If any assessment is
 2518  abated in whole or in part by the court, the amount by which the
 2519  assessment is so reduced may, by resolution of the governing
 2520  board of the district, be payable from funds of the district
 2521  legally available for that purpose, or at the discretion of the
 2522  governing board of the district, assessments may be increased in
 2523  the manner provided in s. 197.3632.
 2524         Section 66. Subsection (2) of section 373.45924, Florida
 2525  Statutes, is amended to read:
 2526         373.45924 South Florida Water Management District;
 2527  Everglades truth in borrowing.—
 2528         (2) Whenever the South Florida Water Management District
 2529  proposes to borrow or to otherwise finance with debt any fixed
 2530  capital outlay projects or operating capital outlay for purposes
 2531  pursuant to s. 373.4592, it shall develop the following
 2532  documents to explain the issuance of a debt or obligation:
 2533         (a) A summary of outstanding debt, including borrowing.
 2534         (b) A statement of proposed financing, which shall include
 2535  the following items:
 2536         1. A listing of the purpose of the debt or obligation.
 2537         2. The source of repayment of the debt or obligation.
 2538         3. The principal amount of the debt or obligation.
 2539         4. The interest rate on the debt or obligation.
 2540         5. A schedule of annual debt service payments for each
 2541  proposed debt or obligation.
 2542         (c) A truth-in-borrowing statement, developed from the
 2543  information compiled pursuant to this section, in substantially
 2544  the following form:
 2545  
 2546         The South Florida Water Management District is proposing to
 2547  incur $...(insert principal)... of debt or obligation through
 2548  borrowing for the purpose of ...(insert purpose).... This debt
 2549  or obligation is expected to be repaid over a period of
 2550  ...(insert term of issue from subparagraph (b)5.)... years from
 2551  the following sources: ...(list sources).... At a forecasted
 2552  interest rate of ...(insert rate of interest from subparagraph
 2553  (b)4.)..., total interest paid over the life of the debt or
 2554  obligation will be $...(insert sum of interest payments)....
 2555  
 2556  The truth-in-borrowing statement shall be published as a notice
 2557  in one or more newspapers having a combined general circulation
 2558  in the counties having land in the district or on a publicly
 2559  accessible website maintained by the district. If advertised in
 2560  a newspaper, such notice must be at least 6 inches square in
 2561  size and shall not be placed in that portion of the newspaper
 2562  where legal notices and classified advertisements appear.
 2563         Section 67. Paragraphs (a), (b), (c), and (d) of subsection
 2564  (3) of section 373.536, Florida Statutes, are amended to read:
 2565         373.536 District budget and hearing thereon.—
 2566         (3) BUDGET HEARINGS AND WORKSHOPS; NOTICE.—
 2567         (a) Unless alternative notice requirements are otherwise
 2568  provided by law, notice of all budget hearings conducted by the
 2569  governing board or district staff must be published in a
 2570  newspaper of general paid circulation in each county in which
 2571  the district lies not less than 5 days nor more than 15 days
 2572  before the hearing or published daily during the 15 days before
 2573  the hearing on a publicly accessible website maintained by the
 2574  district.
 2575         (b) Budget workshops conducted for the public and not
 2576  governed by s. 200.065 must be advertised in a newspaper of
 2577  general paid circulation in the community or area in which the
 2578  workshop will occur not less than 5 days nor more than 15 days
 2579  before the workshop or published daily during the 15 days before
 2580  the hearing on a publicly accessible website maintained by the
 2581  district.
 2582         (c) The tentative budget shall be adopted in accordance
 2583  with the provisions of s. 200.065; however, if the mailing of
 2584  the notice of proposed property taxes is delayed beyond
 2585  September 3 in any county in which the district lies, the
 2586  district shall advertise its intention to adopt a tentative
 2587  budget and millage rate, pursuant to s. 200.065(3)(g), in a
 2588  newspaper of general paid circulation in that county or on a
 2589  publicly accessible website maintained by the district.
 2590         (d) As provided in s. 200.065(2)(d), the board shall
 2591  publish one or more notices of its intention to adopt a final
 2592  budget for the district for the ensuing fiscal year. The notice
 2593  shall appear adjacent to an advertisement that sets forth the
 2594  tentative budget in a format meeting the budget summary
 2595  requirements of s. 129.03(3)(b). The district shall not include
 2596  expenditures of federal special revenues and state special
 2597  revenues when preparing the statement required by s.
 2598  200.065(3)(l). The notice and advertisement shall be published
 2599  in one or more newspapers having a combined general paid
 2600  circulation in each county in which the district lies or on a
 2601  publicly accessible website maintained by the district.
 2602  Districts may include explanatory phrases and examples in budget
 2603  advertisements published under s. 200.065 to clarify or
 2604  illustrate the effect that the district budget may have on ad
 2605  valorem taxes.
 2606         Section 68. Paragraphs (a) and (b) of subsection (2) of
 2607  section 376.80, Florida Statutes, are amended to read:
 2608         376.80 Brownfield program administration process.—
 2609         (2)(a) If a local government proposes to designate a
 2610  brownfield area that is outside community redevelopment areas,
 2611  enterprise zones, empowerment zones, closed military bases, or
 2612  designated brownfield pilot project areas, the local government
 2613  shall adopt the resolution and conduct the public hearings in
 2614  accordance with the requirements of subsection (1), except at
 2615  least one of the required public hearings shall be conducted as
 2616  close as reasonably practicable to the area to be designated to
 2617  provide an opportunity for public input on the size of the area,
 2618  the objectives for rehabilitation, job opportunities and
 2619  economic developments anticipated, neighborhood residents’
 2620  considerations, and other relevant local concerns. Notice of the
 2621  public hearing must be made in a newspaper of general
 2622  circulation in the area or on a publicly accessible website
 2623  maintained by the local government. If published in a newspaper,
 2624  and the notice must be at least 16 square inches in size. Notice
 2625  of the public hearing, must be in ethnic newspapers or local
 2626  community bulletins, must be posted in the affected area, and
 2627  must be announced at a scheduled meeting of the local governing
 2628  body before the actual public hearing. In determining the areas
 2629  to be designated, the local government must consider:
 2630         1. Whether the brownfield area warrants economic
 2631  development and has a reasonable potential for such activities;
 2632         2. Whether the proposed area to be designated represents a
 2633  reasonably focused approach and is not overly large in
 2634  geographic coverage;
 2635         3. Whether the area has potential to interest the private
 2636  sector in participating in rehabilitation; and
 2637         4. Whether the area contains sites or parts of sites
 2638  suitable for limited recreational open space, cultural, or
 2639  historical preservation purposes.
 2640         (b) A local government shall designate a brownfield area
 2641  under the provisions of this act provided that:
 2642         1. A person who owns or controls a potential brownfield
 2643  site is requesting the designation and has agreed to
 2644  rehabilitate and redevelop the brownfield site;
 2645         2. The rehabilitation and redevelopment of the proposed
 2646  brownfield site will result in economic productivity of the
 2647  area, along with the creation of at least 5 new permanent jobs
 2648  at the brownfield site that are full-time equivalent positions
 2649  not associated with the implementation of the brownfield site
 2650  rehabilitation agreement and that are not associated with
 2651  redevelopment project demolition or construction activities
 2652  pursuant to the redevelopment of the proposed brownfield site or
 2653  area. However, the job creation requirement shall not apply to
 2654  the rehabilitation and redevelopment of a brownfield site that
 2655  will provide affordable housing as defined in s. 420.0004 or the
 2656  creation of recreational areas, conservation areas, or parks;
 2657         3. The redevelopment of the proposed brownfield site is
 2658  consistent with the local comprehensive plan and is a
 2659  permittable use under the applicable local land development
 2660  regulations;
 2661         4. Notice of the proposed rehabilitation of the brownfield
 2662  area has been provided to neighbors and nearby residents of the
 2663  proposed area to be designated, and the person proposing the
 2664  area for designation has afforded to those receiving notice the
 2665  opportunity for comments and suggestions about rehabilitation.
 2666  Notice pursuant to this subparagraph must be made on a publicly
 2667  accessible website maintained by the entity responsible for
 2668  publication or in a newspaper of general circulation in the
 2669  area. The notice must be, at least 16 square inches in size, and
 2670  the notice must be posted in the affected area; and
 2671         5. The person proposing the area for designation has
 2672  provided reasonable assurance that he or she has sufficient
 2673  financial resources to implement and complete the rehabilitation
 2674  agreement and redevelopment of the brownfield site.
 2675         Section 69. Subsection (3) of section 379.2425, Florida
 2676  Statutes, is amended to read:
 2677         379.2425 Spearfishing; definition; limitations; penalty.—
 2678         (3) The Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission shall
 2679  have the power to establish restricted areas when it is
 2680  determined that safety hazards exist or when needs are
 2681  determined by biological findings. Restricted areas shall be
 2682  established only after an investigation has been conducted and
 2683  upon application by the governing body of the county or
 2684  municipality in which the restricted areas are to be located and
 2685  one publication in a local newspaper of general circulation in
 2686  said county or municipality or on a publicly accessible website
 2687  maintained by the entity responsible for publication, in
 2688  addition to any other notice required by law. Before Prior to
 2689  promulgation of regulations, the local governing body of the
 2690  area affected shall agree to post and maintain notices in the
 2691  area affected.
 2692         Section 70. Paragraph (e) of subsection (25) of section
 2693  380.06, Florida Statutes, is amended to read:
 2694         380.06 Developments of regional impact.—
 2695         (25) AREAWIDE DEVELOPMENT OF REGIONAL IMPACT.—
 2696         (e) The local government shall schedule a public hearing
 2697  within 60 days after receipt of the petition. The public hearing
 2698  shall be advertised at least 30 days before prior to the
 2699  hearing. In addition to the public hearing notice by the local
 2700  government, the petitioner, except when the petitioner is a
 2701  local government, shall provide actual notice to each person
 2702  owning land within the proposed areawide development plan at
 2703  least 30 days before prior to the hearing. If the petitioner is
 2704  a local government, or local governments pursuant to an
 2705  interlocal agreement, notice of the public hearing shall be
 2706  provided by the publication of an advertisement on a publicly
 2707  accessible website maintained by the entity responsible for
 2708  publication or in a newspaper of general circulation that meets
 2709  the requirements of this paragraph. The newspaper advertisement
 2710  must be no less than one-quarter page in a standard size or
 2711  tabloid size newspaper, and the headline in the newspaper
 2712  advertisement must be in type no smaller than 18 point. The
 2713  newspaper advertisement may shall not be published in that
 2714  portion of the newspaper where legal notices and classified
 2715  advertisements appear. The advertisement must be published on a
 2716  publicly accessible website maintained by the entity responsible
 2717  for publication or in a newspaper of general paid circulation in
 2718  the county and of general interest and readership in the
 2719  community, not one of limited subject matter, pursuant to
 2720  chapter 50. Whenever possible, the newspaper advertisement must
 2721  appear in a newspaper that is published at least 5 days a week,
 2722  unless the only newspaper in the community is published less
 2723  than 5 days a week. The advertisement must be in substantially
 2724  the form used to advertise amendments to comprehensive plans
 2725  pursuant to s. 163.3184. The local government shall specifically
 2726  notify in writing the regional planning agency and the state
 2727  land planning agency at least 30 days before prior to the public
 2728  hearing. At the public hearing, all interested parties may
 2729  testify and submit evidence regarding the petitioner’s
 2730  qualifications, the need for and benefits of an areawide
 2731  development of regional impact, and such other issues relevant
 2732  to a full consideration of the petition. If more than one local
 2733  government has jurisdiction over the defined planning area in an
 2734  areawide development plan, the local governments shall hold a
 2735  joint public hearing. Such hearing shall address, at a minimum,
 2736  the need to resolve conflicting ordinances or comprehensive
 2737  plans, if any. The local government holding the joint hearing
 2738  shall comply with the following additional requirements:
 2739         1. The notice of the hearing shall be published at least 60
 2740  days in advance of the hearing and shall specify where the
 2741  petition may be reviewed.
 2742         2. The notice shall be given to the state land planning
 2743  agency, to the applicable regional planning agency, and to such
 2744  other persons as may have been designated by the state land
 2745  planning agency as entitled to receive such notices.
 2746         3. A public hearing date shall be set by the appropriate
 2747  local government at the next scheduled meeting.
 2748         Section 71. Paragraph (a) of subsection (2) of section
 2749  403.973, Florida Statutes, is amended to read:
 2750         403.973 Expedited permitting; comprehensive plan
 2751  amendments.—
 2752         (2) As used in this section, the term:
 2753         (a) “Duly noticed” means publication on a publicly
 2754  accessible website maintained by the municipality or county
 2755  having jurisdiction or in a newspaper of general circulation in
 2756  the municipality or county having with jurisdiction. If
 2757  published in a newspaper, the notice shall appear on at least 2
 2758  separate days, one of which shall be at least 7 days before the
 2759  meeting. If published on a publicly accessible website, the
 2760  notice shall appear daily during the 7 days immediately
 2761  preceding the meeting. The notice shall state the date, time,
 2762  and place of the meeting scheduled to discuss or enact the
 2763  memorandum of agreement, and the places within the municipality
 2764  or county where such proposed memorandum of agreement may be
 2765  inspected by the public. The newspaper notice must be one-eighth
 2766  of a page in size and must be published in a portion of the
 2767  paper other than the legal notices section. The notice shall
 2768  also advise that interested parties may appear at the meeting
 2769  and be heard with respect to the memorandum of agreement.
 2770         Section 72. Paragraph (b) of subsection (4) of section
 2771  420.9075, Florida Statutes, is amended to read:
 2772         420.9075 Local housing assistance plans; partnerships.—
 2773         (4) Each local housing assistance plan is governed by the
 2774  following criteria and administrative procedures:
 2775         (b) The county or eligible municipality or its
 2776  administrative representative shall advertise the notice of
 2777  funding availability in a newspaper of general circulation and
 2778  periodicals serving ethnic and diverse neighborhoods, at least
 2779  30 days before the beginning of the application period or daily
 2780  during the 30 days immediately preceding the application period
 2781  on a publicly accessible website maintained by the county or
 2782  eligible municipality. If no funding is available due to a
 2783  waiting list, no notice of funding availability is required.
 2784         Section 73. Paragraph (b) of subsection (4) of section
 2785  553.73, Florida Statutes, is amended to read:
 2786         553.73 Florida Building Code.—
 2787         (4)
 2788         (b) Local governments may, subject to the limitations of
 2789  this section, adopt amendments to the technical provisions of
 2790  the Florida Building Code which apply solely within the
 2791  jurisdiction of such government and which provide for more
 2792  stringent requirements than those specified in the Florida
 2793  Building Code, not more than once every 6 months. A local
 2794  government may adopt technical amendments that address local
 2795  needs if:
 2796         1. The local governing body determines, following a public
 2797  hearing which has been advertised in a newspaper of general
 2798  circulation at least 10 days before the hearing or daily during
 2799  the 10 days immediately preceding the hearing on a publicly
 2800  accessible website maintained by the local government, that
 2801  there is a need to strengthen the requirements of the Florida
 2802  Building Code. The determination must be based upon a review of
 2803  local conditions by the local governing body, which review
 2804  demonstrates by evidence or data that the geographical
 2805  jurisdiction governed by the local governing body exhibits a
 2806  local need to strengthen the Florida Building Code beyond the
 2807  needs or regional variation addressed by the Florida Building
 2808  Code, that the local need is addressed by the proposed local
 2809  amendment, and that the amendment is no more stringent than
 2810  necessary to address the local need.
 2811         2. Such additional requirements are not discriminatory
 2812  against materials, products, or construction techniques of
 2813  demonstrated capabilities.
 2814         3. Such additional requirements may not introduce a new
 2815  subject not addressed in the Florida Building Code.
 2816         4. The enforcing agency shall make readily available, in a
 2817  usable format, all amendments adopted pursuant to this section.
 2818         5. Any amendment to the Florida Building Code shall be
 2819  transmitted within 30 days by the adopting local government to
 2820  the commission. The commission shall maintain copies of all such
 2821  amendments in a format that is usable and obtainable by the
 2822  public. Local technical amendments shall not become effective
 2823  until 30 days after the amendment has been received and
 2824  published by the commission.
 2825         6. Any amendment to the Florida Building Code adopted by a
 2826  local government pursuant to this paragraph shall be effective
 2827  only until the adoption by the commission of the new edition of
 2828  the Florida Building Code every third year. At such time, the
 2829  commission shall review such amendment for consistency with the
 2830  criteria in paragraph (8)(a) and adopt such amendment as part of
 2831  the Florida Building Code or rescind the amendment. The
 2832  commission shall immediately notify the respective local
 2833  government of the rescission of any amendment. After receiving
 2834  such notice, the respective local government may readopt the
 2835  rescinded amendment pursuant to the provisions of this
 2836  paragraph.
 2837         7. Each county and municipality desiring to make local
 2838  technical amendments to the Florida Building Code shall by
 2839  interlocal agreement establish a countywide compliance review
 2840  board to review any amendment to the Florida Building Code,
 2841  adopted by a local government within the county pursuant to this
 2842  paragraph, that is challenged by any substantially affected
 2843  party for purposes of determining the amendment’s compliance
 2844  with this paragraph. If challenged, the local technical
 2845  amendments shall not become effective until time for filing an
 2846  appeal pursuant to subparagraph 8. has expired or, if there is
 2847  an appeal, until the commission issues its final order
 2848  determining the adopted amendment is in compliance with this
 2849  subsection.
 2850         8. If the compliance review board determines such amendment
 2851  is not in compliance with this paragraph, the compliance review
 2852  board shall notify such local government of the noncompliance
 2853  and that the amendment is invalid and unenforceable until the
 2854  local government corrects the amendment to bring it into
 2855  compliance. The local government may appeal the decision of the
 2856  compliance review board to the commission. If the compliance
 2857  review board determines such amendment to be in compliance with
 2858  this paragraph, any substantially affected party may appeal such
 2859  determination to the commission. Any such appeal shall be filed
 2860  with the commission within 14 days of the board’s written
 2861  determination. The commission shall promptly refer the appeal to
 2862  the Division of Administrative Hearings for the assignment of an
 2863  administrative law judge. The administrative law judge shall
 2864  conduct the required hearing within 30 days, and shall enter a
 2865  recommended order within 30 days of the conclusion of such
 2866  hearing. The commission shall enter a final order within 30 days
 2867  thereafter. The provisions of chapter 120 and the uniform rules
 2868  of procedure shall apply to such proceedings. The local
 2869  government adopting the amendment that is subject to challenge
 2870  has the burden of proving that the amendment complies with this
 2871  paragraph in proceedings before the compliance review board and
 2872  the commission, as applicable. Actions of the commission are
 2873  subject to judicial review pursuant to s. 120.68. The compliance
 2874  review board shall determine whether its decisions apply to a
 2875  respective local jurisdiction or apply countywide.
 2876         9. An amendment adopted under this paragraph shall include
 2877  a fiscal impact statement which documents the costs and benefits
 2878  of the proposed amendment. Criteria for the fiscal impact
 2879  statement shall include the impact to local government relative
 2880  to enforcement, the impact to property and building owners, as
 2881  well as to industry, relative to the cost of compliance. The
 2882  fiscal impact statement may not be used as a basis for
 2883  challenging the amendment for compliance.
 2884         10. In addition to subparagraphs 7. and 9., the commission
 2885  may review any amendments adopted pursuant to this subsection
 2886  and make nonbinding recommendations related to compliance of
 2887  such amendments with this subsection.
 2888         Section 74. Paragraph (a) of subsection (4) of section
 2889  633.025, Florida Statutes, is amended to read:
 2890         633.025 Minimum firesafety standards.—
 2891         (4) Such codes shall be minimum codes and a municipality,
 2892  county, or special district with firesafety responsibilities may
 2893  adopt more stringent firesafety standards, subject to the
 2894  requirements of this subsection. Such county, municipality, or
 2895  special district may establish alternative requirements to those
 2896  requirements which are required under the minimum firesafety
 2897  standards on a case-by-case basis, in order to meet special
 2898  situations arising from historic, geographic, or unusual
 2899  conditions, if the alternative requirements result in a level of
 2900  protection to life, safety, or property equal to or greater than
 2901  the applicable minimum firesafety standards. For the purpose of
 2902  this subsection, the term “historic” means that the building or
 2903  structure is listed on the National Register of Historic Places
 2904  of the United States Department of the Interior.
 2905         (a) The local governing body shall determine, following a
 2906  public hearing that which has been advertised in a newspaper of
 2907  general circulation at least 10 days before the hearing or daily
 2908  on a publicly accessible website maintained by the local
 2909  government during the 10 days immediately preceding the hearing,
 2910  if there is a need to strengthen the requirements of the minimum
 2911  firesafety code adopted by such governing body. The
 2912  determination must be based upon a review of local conditions by
 2913  the local governing body, which review demonstrates that local
 2914  conditions justify more stringent requirements than those
 2915  specified in the minimum firesafety code for the protection of
 2916  life and property or justify requirements that meet special
 2917  situations arising from historic, geographic, or unusual
 2918  conditions.
 2919  
 2920  This subsection gives local government the authority to
 2921  establish firesafety codes that exceed the minimum firesafety
 2922  codes and standards adopted by the State Fire Marshal. The
 2923  Legislature intends that local government give proper public
 2924  notice and hold public hearings before adopting more stringent
 2925  firesafety codes and standards. A substantially affected person
 2926  may appeal, to the department, the local government’s resolution
 2927  of the challenge, and the department shall determine if the
 2928  amendment complies with this section. Actions of the department
 2929  are subject to judicial review pursuant to s. 120.68. The
 2930  department shall consider reports of the Florida Building
 2931  Commission, pursuant to part IV of chapter 553, when evaluating
 2932  building code enforcement.
 2933         Section 75. Paragraph (b) of subsection (2) of section
 2934  705.103, Florida Statutes, is amended to read:
 2935         705.103 Procedure for abandoned or lost property.—
 2936         (2) Whenever a law enforcement officer ascertains that an
 2937  article of lost or abandoned property is present on public
 2938  property and is of such nature that it cannot be easily removed,
 2939  the officer shall cause a notice to be placed upon such article
 2940  in substantially the following form:
 2941  
 2942  NOTICE TO THE OWNER AND ALL PERSONS INTERESTED IN THE ATTACHED
 2943  PROPERTY. This property, to wit: ...(setting forth brief
 2944  description)... is unlawfully upon public property known as
 2945  ...(setting forth brief description of location)... and must be
 2946  removed within 5 days; otherwise, it will be removed and
 2947  disposed of pursuant to chapter 705, Florida Statutes. The owner
 2948  will be liable for the costs of removal, storage, and
 2949  publication of notice. Dated this: ...(setting forth the date of
 2950  posting of notice)..., signed: ...(setting forth name, title,
 2951  address, and telephone number of law enforcement officer)....
 2952  
 2953  Such notice shall be not less than 8 inches by 10 inches and
 2954  shall be sufficiently weatherproof to withstand normal exposure
 2955  to the elements. In addition to posting, the law enforcement
 2956  officer shall make a reasonable effort to ascertain the name and
 2957  address of the owner. If such is reasonably available to the
 2958  officer, she or he shall mail a copy of such notice to the owner
 2959  on or before the date of posting. If the property is a motor
 2960  vehicle as defined in s. 320.01(1) or a vessel as defined in s.
 2961  327.02, the law enforcement agency shall contact the Department
 2962  of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles in order to determine the
 2963  name and address of the owner and any person who has filed a
 2964  lien on the vehicle or vessel as provided in s. 319.27(2) or (3)
 2965  or s. 328.15(1). On receipt of this information, the law
 2966  enforcement agency shall mail a copy of the notice by certified
 2967  mail, return receipt requested, to the owner and to the
 2968  lienholder, if any. If, at the end of 5 days after posting the
 2969  notice and mailing such notice, if required, the owner or any
 2970  person interested in the lost or abandoned article or articles
 2971  described has not removed the article or articles from public
 2972  property or shown reasonable cause for failure to do so, the
 2973  following shall apply:
 2974         (b) For lost property, the officer shall take custody and
 2975  the agency shall retain custody of the property for 90 days. The
 2976  agency shall publish notice of the intended disposition of the
 2977  property, as provided in this section, during the first 45 days
 2978  of this time period.
 2979         1. If the agency elects to retain the property for use by
 2980  the unit of government, donate the property to a charitable
 2981  organization, surrender such property to the finder, sell the
 2982  property, or trade the property to another unit of local
 2983  government or state agency, notice of such election shall be
 2984  given by an advertisement published daily for 2 consecutive
 2985  weeks on a publicly accessible website maintained by the entity
 2986  responsible for publication or once a week for 2 consecutive
 2987  weeks in a newspaper of general circulation in the county where
 2988  the property was found if the value of the property is more than
 2989  $100. If the value of the property is $100 or less, notice shall
 2990  be given by posting a description of the property at the law
 2991  enforcement agency where the property was turned in. The notice
 2992  must be posted for not less than 2 consecutive weeks in a public
 2993  place designated by the law enforcement agency. The notice must
 2994  describe the property in a manner reasonably adequate to permit
 2995  the rightful owner of the property to claim it.
 2996         2. If the agency elects to sell the property, it must do so
 2997  at public sale by competitive bidding. Notice of the time and
 2998  place of the sale shall be given by an advertisement of the sale
 2999  published daily for the 4 consecutive weeks immediately
 3000  preceding the sale on a publicly accessible website maintained
 3001  by the entity responsible for publication or once a week for 2
 3002  consecutive weeks in a newspaper of general circulation in the
 3003  county where the sale is to be held. The notice shall include a
 3004  statement that the sale shall be subject to any and all liens.
 3005  The sale must be held at the nearest suitable place to that
 3006  where the lost or abandoned property is held or stored. The
 3007  advertisement must include a description of the goods and the
 3008  time and place of the sale. If advertised in the newspaper, the
 3009  sale may take place no earlier than 10 days after the final
 3010  publication. If there is no publicly accessible website
 3011  maintained by the entity responsible for publication or
 3012  newspaper of general circulation in the county where the sale is
 3013  to be held, the advertisement shall be posted at the door of the
 3014  courthouse and at three other public places in the county at
 3015  least 10 days before the prior to sale. Notice of the agency’s
 3016  intended disposition shall describe the property in a manner
 3017  reasonably adequate to permit the rightful owner of the property
 3018  to identify it.
 3019         Section 76. Subsection (2) of section 715.109, Florida
 3020  Statutes, is amended to read:
 3021         715.109 Sale or disposition of abandoned property.—
 3022         (2) Notice of the time and place of the public sale shall
 3023  be given by an advertisement of the sale published once a week
 3024  for 2 two consecutive weeks in a newspaper of general
 3025  circulation where the sale is to be held or publication daily
 3026  during the 4 weeks immediately preceding the sale on a publicly
 3027  accessible website maintained by the entity responsible for
 3028  publication. The sale must be held at the nearest suitable place
 3029  to that where the personal property is held or stored. The
 3030  advertisement must include a description of the goods, the name
 3031  of the former tenant, and the time and place of the sale. If
 3032  advertised in a newspaper, the sale must take place at least 10
 3033  days after the first publication. If there is no newspaper of
 3034  general circulation where the sale is to be held or no publicly
 3035  accessible website maintained by the governing body responsible
 3036  for publication, the advertisement must be posted at least 10
 3037  days before the sale in not less than six conspicuous places in
 3038  the neighborhood of the proposed sale. The last publication
 3039  shall be at least 5 days before the sale is to be held. Notice
 3040  of sale may be published before the last of the dates specified
 3041  for taking possession of the property in any notice given
 3042  pursuant to s. 715.104.
 3043         Section 77. For the purpose of incorporating the amendment
 3044  made by this act to section 125.66, Florida Statutes, in a
 3045  reference thereto, subsection (1) of section 125.56, Florida
 3046  Statutes, is reenacted to read:
 3047         125.56 Enforcement and amendment of the Florida Building
 3048  Code and the Florida Fire Prevention Code; inspection fees;
 3049  inspectors; etc.—
 3050         (1) The board of county commissioners of each of the
 3051  several counties of the state is authorized to enforce the
 3052  Florida Building Code and the Florida Fire Prevention Code, as
 3053  provided in ss. 553.80, 633.022, and 633.025, and, at its
 3054  discretion, to adopt local technical amendments to the Florida
 3055  Building Code, pursuant to s. 553.73(4)(b) and (c) and local
 3056  technical amendments to the Florida Fire Prevention Code,
 3057  pursuant to s. 633.0215, to provide for the safe construction,
 3058  erection, alteration, repair, securing, and demolition of any
 3059  building within its territory outside the corporate limits of
 3060  any municipality. Upon a determination to consider amending the
 3061  Florida Building Code or the Florida Fire Prevention Code by a
 3062  majority of the members of the board of county commissioners of
 3063  such county, the board shall call a public hearing and comply
 3064  with the public notice requirements of s. 125.66(2). The board
 3065  shall hear all interested parties at the public hearing and may
 3066  then amend the building code or the fire code consistent with
 3067  the terms and purposes of this act. Upon adoption, an amendment
 3068  to the code shall be in full force and effect throughout the
 3069  unincorporated area of such county until otherwise notified by
 3070  the Florida Building Commission pursuant to s. 553.73 or the
 3071  State Fire Marshal pursuant to s. 633.0215. Nothing herein
 3072  contained shall be construed to prevent the board of county
 3073  commissioners from repealing such amendment to the building code
 3074  or the fire code at any regular meeting of such board.
 3075         Section 78. For the purpose of incorporating the amendment
 3076  made by this act to section 125.66, Florida Statutes, in a
 3077  reference thereto, subsection (6) of section 212.054, Florida
 3078  Statutes, is reenacted to read:
 3079         212.054 Discretionary sales surtax; limitations,
 3080  administration, and collection.—
 3081         (6) The governing body of any county levying a
 3082  discretionary sales surtax shall enact an ordinance levying the
 3083  surtax in accordance with the procedures described in s.
 3084  125.66(2).
 3085         Section 79. For the purpose of incorporating the amendments
 3086  made by this act to sections 125.66 and 166.041, Florida
 3087  Statutes, in references thereto, subsection (18) of section
 3088  163.3164, Florida Statutes, is reenacted to read:
 3089         163.3164 Local Government Comprehensive Planning and Land
 3090  Development Regulation Act; definitions.—As used in this act:
 3091         (18) “Public notice” means notice as required by s.
 3092  125.66(2) for a county or by s. 166.041(3)(a) for a
 3093  municipality. The public notice procedures required in this part
 3094  are established as minimum public notice procedures.
 3095         Section 80. For the purpose of incorporating the amendments
 3096  made by this act to sections 125.66 and 166.041, Florida
 3097  Statutes, in references thereto, section 163.346, Florida
 3098  Statutes, is reenacted to read:
 3099         163.346 Notice to taxing authorities.—Before the governing
 3100  body adopts any resolution or enacts any ordinance required
 3101  under s. 163.355, s. 163.356, s. 163.357, or s. 163.387; creates
 3102  a community redevelopment agency; approves, adopts, or amends a
 3103  community redevelopment plan; or issues redevelopment revenue
 3104  bonds under s. 163.385, the governing body must provide public
 3105  notice of such proposed action pursuant to s. 125.66(2) or s.
 3106  166.041(3)(a) and, at least 15 days before such proposed action,
 3107  mail by registered mail a notice to each taxing authority which
 3108  levies ad valorem taxes on taxable real property contained
 3109  within the geographic boundaries of the redevelopment area.
 3110         Section 81. For the purpose of incorporating the amendments
 3111  made by this act to sections 125.66 and 166.041, Florida
 3112  Statutes, in references thereto, subsection (1) of section
 3113  376.80, Florida Statutes, is reenacted to read:
 3114         376.80 Brownfield program administration process.—
 3115         (1) A local government with jurisdiction over the
 3116  brownfield area must notify the department of its decision to
 3117  designate a brownfield area for rehabilitation for the purposes
 3118  of ss. 376.77-376.86. The notification must include a
 3119  resolution, by the local government body, to which is attached a
 3120  map adequate to clearly delineate exactly which parcels are to
 3121  be included in the brownfield area or alternatively a less
 3122  detailed map accompanied by a detailed legal description of the
 3123  brownfield area. If a property owner within the area proposed
 3124  for designation by the local government requests in writing to
 3125  have his or her property removed from the proposed designation,
 3126  the local government shall grant the request. For
 3127  municipalities, the governing body shall adopt the resolution in
 3128  accordance with the procedures outlined in s. 166.041, except
 3129  that the notice for the public hearings on the proposed
 3130  resolution must be in the form established in s. 166.041(3)(c)2.
 3131  For counties, the governing body shall adopt the resolution in
 3132  accordance with the procedures outlined in s. 125.66, except
 3133  that the notice for the public hearings on the proposed
 3134  resolution shall be in the form established in s. 125.66(4)(b)2.
 3135         Section 82. For the purpose of incorporating the amendments
 3136  made by this act to section 129.06, Florida Statutes, in a
 3137  reference thereto, subsection (4) of section 30.50, Florida
 3138  Statutes, is reenacted to read:
 3139         30.50 Payment of salaries and expenses.—
 3140         (4) The sheriff shall keep necessary budget accounts and
 3141  records, and shall charge all paid bills and payrolls to the
 3142  proper budget accounts. The reserve for contingencies, or any
 3143  part thereof, may be transferred to any of the budget
 3144  appropriations, in the discretion of the sheriff. With the
 3145  approval of the board of county commissioners, or of the budget
 3146  commission if there is a budget commission in the county, the
 3147  budget may be amended as provided for county budgets in s.
 3148  129.06(2).
 3149         Section 83. For the purpose of incorporating the amendment
 3150  made by this act to section 129.03, Florida Statutes, in a
 3151  reference thereto, paragraph (l) of subsection (3) of section
 3152  200.065, Florida Statutes, is reenacted to read:
 3153         200.065 Method of fixing millage.—
 3154         (3) The advertisement shall be no less than one-quarter
 3155  page in size of a standard size or a tabloid size newspaper, and
 3156  the headline in the advertisement shall be in a type no smaller
 3157  than 18 point. The advertisement shall not be placed in that
 3158  portion of the newspaper where legal notices and classified
 3159  advertisements appear. The advertisement shall be published in a
 3160  newspaper of general paid circulation in the county or in a
 3161  geographically limited insert of such newspaper. The geographic
 3162  boundaries in which such insert is circulated shall include the
 3163  geographic boundaries of the taxing authority. It is the
 3164  legislative intent that, whenever possible, the advertisement
 3165  appear in a newspaper that is published at least 5 days a week
 3166  unless the only newspaper in the county is published less than 5
 3167  days a week, or that the advertisement appear in a
 3168  geographically limited insert of such newspaper which insert is
 3169  published throughout the taxing authority’s jurisdiction at
 3170  least twice each week. It is further the legislative intent that
 3171  the newspaper selected be one of general interest and readership
 3172  in the community and not one of limited subject matter, pursuant
 3173  to chapter 50.
 3174         (l) Any advertisement required pursuant to this section
 3175  shall be accompanied by an adjacent notice meeting the budget
 3176  summary requirements of s. 129.03(3)(b). Except for those taxing
 3177  authorities proposing to levy ad valorem taxes for the first
 3178  time, the following statement shall appear in the budget summary
 3179  in boldfaced type immediately following the heading, if the
 3180  applicable percentage is greater than zero:
 3181  
 3182         THE PROPOSED OPERATING BUDGET EXPENDITURES OF ...(name of
 3183  taxing authority)... ARE ...(percent rounded to one decimal
 3184  place)... MORE THAN LAST YEAR’S TOTAL OPERATING EXPENDITURES.
 3185  
 3186  For purposes of this paragraph, “proposed operating budget
 3187  expenditures” or “operating expenditures” means all moneys of
 3188  the local government, including dependent special districts,
 3189  that:
 3190         1. Were or could be expended during the applicable fiscal
 3191  year, or
 3192         2. Were or could be retained as a balance for future
 3193  spending in the fiscal year.
 3194  
 3195  Provided, however, those moneys held in or used in trust,
 3196  agency, or internal service funds, and expenditures of bond
 3197  proceeds for capital outlay or for advanced refunded debt
 3198  principal, shall be excluded.
 3199         Section 84. For the purpose of incorporating the amendments
 3200  made by this act to section 163.3184, Florida Statutes, in a
 3201  reference thereto, paragraph (a) of subsection (9) of section
 3202  163.3246, Florida Statutes, is reenacted to read:
 3203         163.3246 Local government comprehensive planning
 3204  certification program.—
 3205         (9)(a) Upon certification all comprehensive plan amendments
 3206  associated with the area certified must be adopted and reviewed
 3207  in the manner described in ss. 163.3184(1), (2), (7), (14),
 3208  (15), and (16) and 163.3187, such that state and regional agency
 3209  review is eliminated. The department may not issue any
 3210  objections, recommendations, and comments report on proposed
 3211  plan amendments or a notice of intent on adopted plan
 3212  amendments; however, affected persons, as defined by s.
 3213  163.3184(1)(a), may file a petition for administrative review
 3214  pursuant to the requirements of s. 163.3187(3)(a) to challenge
 3215  the compliance of an adopted plan amendment.
 3216         Section 85. For the purpose of incorporating the amendments
 3217  made by this act to section 163.3184, Florida Statutes, in a
 3218  reference thereto, paragraph (h) of subsection (6) of section
 3219  163.32465, Florida Statutes, is reenacted to read:
 3220         163.32465 State review of local comprehensive plans in
 3221  urban areas.—
 3222         (6) ADMINISTRATIVE CHALLENGES TO PLAN AMENDMENTS FOR PILOT
 3223  PROGRAM.—
 3224         (h) Parties to a proceeding under this section may enter
 3225  into compliance agreements using the process in s. 163.3184(16).
 3226  Any remedial amendment adopted pursuant to a settlement
 3227  agreement shall be provided to the agencies and governments
 3228  listed in paragraph (4)(a).
 3229         Section 86. For the purpose of incorporating the amendments
 3230  made by this act to section 163.3184, Florida Statutes, in a
 3231  reference thereto, subsection (10) and paragraph (d) of
 3232  subsection (12) of section 288.975, Florida Statutes, are
 3233  reenacted to read:
 3234         288.975 Military base reuse plans.—
 3235         (10) Within 60 days after receipt of a proposed military
 3236  base reuse plan, these entities shall review and provide
 3237  comments to the host local government. The commencement of this
 3238  review period shall be advertised in newspapers of general
 3239  circulation within the host local government and any affected
 3240  local government to allow for public comment. No later than 180
 3241  days after receipt and consideration of all comments, and the
 3242  holding of at least two public hearings, the host local
 3243  government shall adopt the military base reuse plan. The host
 3244  local government shall comply with the notice requirements set
 3245  forth in s. 163.3184(15) to ensure full public participation in
 3246  this planning process.
 3247         (12) Following receipt of a petition, the petitioning party
 3248  or parties and the host local government shall seek resolution
 3249  of the issues in dispute. The issues in dispute shall be
 3250  resolved as follows:
 3251         (d) Within 45 days after receiving the report from the
 3252  state land planning agency, the Administration Commission shall
 3253  take action to resolve the issues in dispute. In deciding upon a
 3254  proper resolution, the Administration Commission shall consider
 3255  the nature of the issues in dispute, any requests for a formal
 3256  administrative hearing pursuant to chapter 120, the compliance
 3257  of the parties with this section, the extent of the conflict
 3258  between the parties, the comparative hardships and the public
 3259  interest involved. If the Administration Commission incorporates
 3260  in its final order a term or condition that requires any local
 3261  government to amend its local government comprehensive plan, the
 3262  local government shall amend its plan within 60 days after the
 3263  issuance of the order. Such amendment or amendments shall be
 3264  exempt from the limitation of the frequency of plan amendments
 3265  contained in s. 163.3187(1), and a public hearing on such
 3266  amendment or amendments pursuant to s. 163.3184(15)(b)1. shall
 3267  not be required. The final order of the Administration
 3268  Commission is subject to appeal pursuant to s. 120.68. If the
 3269  order of the Administration Commission is appealed, the time for
 3270  the local government to amend its plan shall be tolled during
 3271  the pendency of any local, state, or federal administrative or
 3272  judicial proceeding relating to the military base reuse plan.
 3273         Section 87. For the purpose of incorporating the amendments
 3274  made by this act to section 163.3184, Florida Statutes, in a
 3275  reference thereto, subsection (9) of section 420.5095, Florida
 3276  Statutes, is reenacted to read:
 3277         420.5095 Community Workforce Housing Innovation Pilot
 3278  Program.—
 3279         (9) Notwithstanding s. 163.3184(3)-(6), any local
 3280  government comprehensive plan amendment to implement a Community
 3281  Workforce Housing Innovation Pilot Program project found
 3282  consistent with the provisions of this section shall be
 3283  expedited as provided in this subsection. At least 30 days prior
 3284  to adopting a plan amendment under this subsection, the local
 3285  government shall notify the state land planning agency of its
 3286  intent to adopt such an amendment, and the notice shall include
 3287  its evaluation related to site suitability and availability of
 3288  facilities and services. The public notice of the hearing
 3289  required by s. 163.3184(15)(b)2. shall include a statement that
 3290  the local government intends to use the expedited adoption
 3291  process authorized by this subsection. Such amendments shall
 3292  require only a single public hearing before the governing board,
 3293  which shall be an adoption hearing as described in s.
 3294  163.3184(7). The state land planning agency shall issue its
 3295  notice of intent pursuant to s. 163.3184(8) within 30 days after
 3296  determining that the amendment package is complete. Any further
 3297  proceedings shall be governed by ss. 163.3184(9)-(16).
 3298  Amendments proposed under this section are not subject to s.
 3299  163.3187(1), which limits the adoption of a comprehensive plan
 3300  amendment to no more than two times during any calendar year.
 3301         Section 88. For the purpose of incorporating the amendments
 3302  made by this act to section 163.3184, Florida Statutes, in a
 3303  reference thereto, subsection (6) of section 1013.30, Florida
 3304  Statutes, is reenacted to read:
 3305         1013.30 University campus master plans and campus
 3306  development agreements.—
 3307         (6) Before a campus master plan is adopted, a copy of the
 3308  draft master plan must be sent for review or made available
 3309  electronically to the host and any affected local governments,
 3310  the state land planning agency, the Department of Environmental
 3311  Protection, the Department of Transportation, the Department of
 3312  State, the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, and the
 3313  applicable water management district and regional planning
 3314  council. At the request of a governmental entity, a hard copy of
 3315  the draft master plan shall be submitted within 7 business days
 3316  of an electronic copy being made available. These agencies must
 3317  be given 90 days after receipt of the campus master plans in
 3318  which to conduct their review and provide comments to the
 3319  university board of trustees. The commencement of this review
 3320  period must be advertised in newspapers of general circulation
 3321  within the host local government and any affected local
 3322  government to allow for public comment. Following receipt and
 3323  consideration of all comments and the holding of an informal
 3324  information session and at least two public hearings within the
 3325  host jurisdiction, the university board of trustees shall adopt
 3326  the campus master plan. It is the intent of the Legislature that
 3327  the university board of trustees comply with the notice
 3328  requirements set forth in s. 163.3184(15) to ensure full public
 3329  participation in this planning process. The informal public
 3330  information session must be held before the first public
 3331  hearing. The first public hearing shall be held before the draft
 3332  master plan is sent to the agencies specified in this
 3333  subsection. The second public hearing shall be held in
 3334  conjunction with the adoption of the draft master plan by the
 3335  university board of trustees. Campus master plans developed
 3336  under this section are not rules and are not subject to chapter
 3337  120 except as otherwise provided in this section.
 3338         Section 89. For the purpose of incorporating the amendments
 3339  made by this act to section 166.041, Florida Statutes, in a
 3340  reference thereto, paragraph (c) of subsection (1) of section
 3341  163.3187, Florida Statutes, is reenacted to read:
 3342         163.3187 Amendment of adopted comprehensive plan.—
 3343         (1) Amendments to comprehensive plans adopted pursuant to
 3344  this part may be made not more than two times during any
 3345  calendar year, except:
 3346         (c) Any local government comprehensive plan amendments
 3347  directly related to proposed small scale development activities
 3348  may be approved without regard to statutory limits on the
 3349  frequency of consideration of amendments to the local
 3350  comprehensive plan. A small scale development amendment may be
 3351  adopted only under the following conditions:
 3352         1. The proposed amendment involves a use of 10 acres or
 3353  fewer and:
 3354         a. The cumulative annual effect of the acreage for all
 3355  small scale development amendments adopted by the local
 3356  government shall not exceed:
 3357         (I) A maximum of 120 acres in a local government that
 3358  contains areas specifically designated in the local
 3359  comprehensive plan for urban infill, urban redevelopment, or
 3360  downtown revitalization as defined in s. 163.3164, urban infill
 3361  and redevelopment areas designated under s. 163.2517,
 3362  transportation concurrency exception areas approved pursuant to
 3363  s. 163.3180(5), or regional activity centers and urban central
 3364  business districts approved pursuant to s. 380.06(2)(e);
 3365  however, amendments under this paragraph may be applied to no
 3366  more than 60 acres annually of property outside the designated
 3367  areas listed in this sub-sub-subparagraph. Amendments adopted
 3368  pursuant to paragraph (k) shall not be counted toward the
 3369  acreage limitations for small scale amendments under this
 3370  paragraph.
 3371         (II) A maximum of 80 acres in a local government that does
 3372  not contain any of the designated areas set forth in sub-sub
 3373  subparagraph (I).
 3374         (III) A maximum of 120 acres in a county established
 3375  pursuant to s. 9, Art. VIII of the State Constitution.
 3376         b. The proposed amendment does not involve the same
 3377  property granted a change within the prior 12 months.
 3378         c. The proposed amendment does not involve the same owner’s
 3379  property within 200 feet of property granted a change within the
 3380  prior 12 months.
 3381         d. The proposed amendment does not involve a text change to
 3382  the goals, policies, and objectives of the local government’s
 3383  comprehensive plan, but only proposes a land use change to the
 3384  future land use map for a site-specific small scale development
 3385  activity.
 3386         e. The property that is the subject of the proposed
 3387  amendment is not located within an area of critical state
 3388  concern, unless the project subject to the proposed amendment
 3389  involves the construction of affordable housing units meeting
 3390  the criteria of s. 420.0004(3), and is located within an area of
 3391  critical state concern designated by s. 380.0552 or by the
 3392  Administration Commission pursuant to s. 380.05(1). Such
 3393  amendment is not subject to the density limitations of sub
 3394  subparagraph f., and shall be reviewed by the state land
 3395  planning agency for consistency with the principles for guiding
 3396  development applicable to the area of critical state concern
 3397  where the amendment is located and shall not become effective
 3398  until a final order is issued under s. 380.05(6).
 3399         f. If the proposed amendment involves a residential land
 3400  use, the residential land use has a density of 10 units or less
 3401  per acre or the proposed future land use category allows a
 3402  maximum residential density of the same or less than the maximum
 3403  residential density allowable under the existing future land use
 3404  category, except that this limitation does not apply to small
 3405  scale amendments involving the construction of affordable
 3406  housing units meeting the criteria of s. 420.0004(3) on property
 3407  which will be the subject of a land use restriction agreement,
 3408  or small scale amendments described in sub-sub-subparagraph
 3409  a.(I) that are designated in the local comprehensive plan for
 3410  urban infill, urban redevelopment, or downtown revitalization as
 3411  defined in s. 163.3164, urban infill and redevelopment areas
 3412  designated under s. 163.2517, transportation concurrency
 3413  exception areas approved pursuant to s. 163.3180(5), or regional
 3414  activity centers and urban central business districts approved
 3415  pursuant to s. 380.06(2)(e).
 3416         2.a. A local government that proposes to consider a plan
 3417  amendment pursuant to this paragraph is not required to comply
 3418  with the procedures and public notice requirements of s.
 3419  163.3184(15)(c) for such plan amendments if the local government
 3420  complies with the provisions in s. 125.66(4)(a) for a county or
 3421  in s. 166.041(3)(c) for a municipality. If a request for a plan
 3422  amendment under this paragraph is initiated by other than the
 3423  local government, public notice is required.
 3424         b. The local government shall send copies of the notice and
 3425  amendment to the state land planning agency, the regional
 3426  planning council, and any other person or entity requesting a
 3427  copy. This information shall also include a statement
 3428  identifying any property subject to the amendment that is
 3429  located within a coastal high-hazard area as identified in the
 3430  local comprehensive plan.
 3431         3. Small scale development amendments adopted pursuant to
 3432  this paragraph require only one public hearing before the
 3433  governing board, which shall be an adoption hearing as described
 3434  in s. 163.3184(7), and are not subject to the requirements of s.
 3435  163.3184(3)-(6) unless the local government elects to have them
 3436  subject to those requirements.
 3437         4. If the small scale development amendment involves a site
 3438  within an area that is designated by the Governor as a rural
 3439  area of critical economic concern under s. 288.0656(7) for the
 3440  duration of such designation, the 10-acre limit listed in
 3441  subparagraph 1. shall be increased by 100 percent to 20 acres.
 3442  The local government approving the small scale plan amendment
 3443  shall certify to the Office of Tourism, Trade, and Economic
 3444  Development that the plan amendment furthers the economic
 3445  objectives set forth in the executive order issued under s.
 3446  288.0656(7), and the property subject to the plan amendment
 3447  shall undergo public review to ensure that all concurrency
 3448  requirements and federal, state, and local environmental permit
 3449  requirements are met.
 3450         Section 90. For the purpose of incorporating the amendments
 3451  made by this act to section 200.065, Florida Statutes, in
 3452  references thereto, paragraphs (b) and (c) of subsection (1) of
 3453  section 192.0105, Florida Statutes, are reenacted to read:
 3454         192.0105 Taxpayer rights.—There is created a Florida
 3455  Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights for property taxes and assessments to
 3456  guarantee that the rights, privacy, and property of the
 3457  taxpayers of this state are adequately safeguarded and protected
 3458  during tax levy, assessment, collection, and enforcement
 3459  processes administered under the revenue laws of this state. The
 3460  Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights compiles, in one document, brief but
 3461  comprehensive statements that summarize the rights and
 3462  obligations of the property appraisers, tax collectors, clerks
 3463  of the court, local governing boards, the Department of Revenue,
 3464  and taxpayers. Additional rights afforded to payors of taxes and
 3465  assessments imposed under the revenue laws of this state are
 3466  provided in s. 213.015. The rights afforded taxpayers to assure
 3467  that their privacy and property are safeguarded and protected
 3468  during tax levy, assessment, and collection are available only
 3469  insofar as they are implemented in other parts of the Florida
 3470  Statutes or rules of the Department of Revenue. The rights so
 3471  guaranteed to state taxpayers in the Florida Statutes and the
 3472  departmental rules include:
 3473         (1) THE RIGHT TO KNOW.—
 3474         (b) The right to notification of a public hearing on each
 3475  taxing authority’s tentative budget and proposed millage rate
 3476  and advertisement of a public hearing to finalize the budget and
 3477  adopt a millage rate (see s. 200.065(2)(c) and (d)).
 3478         (c) The right to advertised notice of the amount by which
 3479  the tentatively adopted millage rate results in taxes that
 3480  exceed the previous year’s taxes (see s. 200.065(2)(d) and (3)).
 3481  The right to notification by first-class mail of a comparison of
 3482  the amount of the taxes to be levied from the proposed millage
 3483  rate under the tentative budget change, compared to the previous
 3484  year’s taxes, and also compared to the taxes that would be
 3485  levied if no budget change is made (see ss. 200.065(2)(b) and
 3486  200.069(2), (3), (4), and (8)).
 3487         Section 91. For the purpose of incorporating the amendments
 3488  made by this act to section 200.065, Florida Statutes, in a
 3489  reference thereto, section 200.068, Florida Statutes, is
 3490  reenacted to read:
 3491         200.068 Certification of compliance with this chapter.—Not
 3492  later than 30 days following adoption of an ordinance or
 3493  resolution establishing a property tax levy, each taxing
 3494  authority shall certify compliance with the provisions of this
 3495  chapter to the Department of Revenue. In addition to a statement
 3496  of compliance, such certification shall include a copy of the
 3497  ordinance or resolution so adopted; a copy of the certification
 3498  of value showing rolled-back millage and proposed millage rates,
 3499  as provided to the property appraiser pursuant to s. 200.065(1)
 3500  and (2)(b); maximum millage rates calculated pursuant to s.
 3501  200.065(5), s. 200.185, or s. 200.186, together with values and
 3502  calculations upon which the maximum millage rates are based; and
 3503  a certified copy of the advertisement, as published pursuant to
 3504  s. 200.065(3). In certifying compliance, the governing body of
 3505  the county shall also include a certified copy of the notice
 3506  required under s. 194.037. However, if the value adjustment
 3507  board completes its hearings after the deadline for
 3508  certification under this section, the county shall submit such
 3509  copy to the department not later than 30 days following
 3510  completion of such hearings.
 3511         Section 92. For the purpose of incorporating the amendments
 3512  made by this act to section 200.065, Florida Statutes, in a
 3513  reference thereto, section 286.0105, Florida Statutes, is
 3514  reenacted to read:
 3515         286.0105 Notices of meetings and hearings must advise that
 3516  a record is required to appeal.—Each board, commission, or
 3517  agency of this state or of any political subdivision thereof
 3518  shall include in the notice of any meeting or hearing, if notice
 3519  of the meeting or hearing is required, of such board,
 3520  commission, or agency, conspicuously on such notice, the advice
 3521  that, if a person decides to appeal any decision made by the
 3522  board, agency, or commission with respect to any matter
 3523  considered at such meeting or hearing, he or she will need a
 3524  record of the proceedings, and that, for such purpose, he or she
 3525  may need to ensure that a verbatim record of the proceedings is
 3526  made, which record includes the testimony and evidence upon
 3527  which the appeal is to be based. The requirements of this
 3528  section do not apply to the notice provided in s. 200.065(3).
 3529         Section 93. For the purpose of incorporating the amendments
 3530  made by this act to section 705.103, Florida Statutes, in a
 3531  reference thereto, subsection (1) of section 705.104, Florida
 3532  Statutes, is reenacted to read:
 3533         705.104 Title to lost or abandoned property.—
 3534         (1) Title to lost or abandoned property is hereby vested in
 3535  the finder upon the expiration of the 90-day custodial time
 3536  period specified in s. 705.103(2)(b), provided the notice
 3537  requirements of s. 705.103 have been met, unless the rightful
 3538  owner or a lienholder claims the property within that time.
 3539         Section 94. For the purpose of incorporating the amendments
 3540  made by this act to section 705.103, Florida Statutes, in
 3541  references thereto, paragraph (b) of subsection (5) of section
 3542  717.119, Florida Statutes, is reenacted to read:
 3543         717.119 Payment or delivery of unclaimed property.—
 3544         (5) All intangible and tangible property held in a safe
 3545  deposit box or any other safekeeping repository reported under
 3546  s. 717.117 shall not be delivered to the department until 120
 3547  days after the report due date. The delivery of the property,
 3548  through the United States mail or any other carrier, shall be
 3549  insured by the holder at an amount equal to the estimated value
 3550  of the property. Each package shall be clearly marked on the
 3551  outside “Deliver Unopened.” A holder’s safe-deposit box contents
 3552  shall be delivered to the department in a single shipment. In
 3553  lieu of a single shipment, holders may provide the department
 3554  with a single detailed shipping schedule that includes package
 3555  tracking information for all packages being sent pursuant to
 3556  this section.
 3557         (b) Any firearm or ammunition found in an unclaimed safe
 3558  deposit box or any other safekeeping repository shall be
 3559  delivered by the holder to a law enforcement agency for disposal
 3560  pursuant to s. 705.103(2)(b) with the balance of the proceeds
 3561  deposited into the State School Fund if the firearm is sold.
 3562  However, the department is authorized to make a reasonable
 3563  attempt to ascertain the historical value to collectors of any
 3564  firearm that has been delivered to the department. Any firearm
 3565  appearing to have historical value to collectors may be sold by
 3566  the department pursuant to s. 717.122 to a person having a
 3567  federal firearms license. Any firearm which is not sold pursuant
 3568  to s. 717.122 shall be delivered by the department to a law
 3569  enforcement agency in this state for disposal pursuant to s.
 3570  705.103(2)(b) with the balance of the proceeds deposited into
 3571  the State School Fund if the firearm is sold. The department
 3572  shall not be administratively, civilly, or criminally liable for
 3573  any firearm delivered by the department to a law enforcement
 3574  agency in this state for disposal.
 3575         Section 95. This act shall take effect October 1, 2010.

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