250.40 Armory Board; creation; membership, terms, and compensation; duties and responsibilities.—
(1) There is created an Armory Board, which is charged with the supervision and control of all Florida National Guard armories, facilities, and real property within the state used for military purposes.
(2)(a) Voting members of the Armory Board include the Governor as Commander in Chief and chair of the board, the Adjutant General as vice chair, the Assistant Adjutants General, and major command commanders reporting directly to the Adjutant General, in the active Florida National Guard. If necessary due to exigencies of military duty, any member of the board may delegate his or her deputy commander to attend the meetings as an alternate member with voting privileges.
(b) The Governor may appoint one representative from his or her staff to attend meetings of the Armory Board. The appointee shall serve as a nonvoting advisory member and liaison to the board.
(c) The State Quartermaster shall act as the recorder and secretary of the Armory Board. In addition, the State Quartermaster shall execute the policy, decisions, and official actions of the board. When the board is in recess, the State Quartermaster shall conduct the day-to-day business of the board. The State Quartermaster and his or her staff are not liable, civilly or criminally, for any lawful act done by them in the performance of their duty, while acting in good faith, and while acting in the scope of either state or federal duty.
(3) The term of each member of the Armory Board is the period during which the member possesses the qualifications for such membership under subsection (1).
(4) The members of the Armory Board must perform the duties imposed upon them by this chapter without any special compensation for their services; however, members of the Armory Board are eligible for reimbursement for travel expenses as provided in s. 112.061, and such expenses must be paid from the expense appropriation from the Department of Military Affairs.
(5) The Armory Board must:
(a) Supervise and control all Florida National Guard armories, military buildings, and real property within the state used for military purposes.
(b) Consider and approve the plans for all armories and other buildings before such buildings are rented, constructed, or otherwise acquired for military purposes.
(c) Receive from counties, municipalities, and other sources donations of land, services, or money to aid in providing, operating, improving, and maintaining armories and other facilities used for military purposes. The national military policy recognizes the Florida National Guard as an important component of the United States Army and Air Force, and a member of the total force, sharing in the defense of the country. The Florida National Guard is available to assist the state and local governments in the event of an emergency. Therefore, it is reasonable and equitable that the expense of maintaining the Florida National Guard be shared by the federal, state, and local governments. As the Federal Government is providing liberally for the equipment and training of the Florida National Guard and the state for its administration, management, and maintenance, local governments are encouraged to provide services at no cost to Florida National Guard armories.
1. Any contributions of money, any moneys derived from the rental of armories and other facilities, the armory-operations allowances provided in s. 250.20, and all money collected through fines imposed by a court-martial or nonjudicial proceeding of the Florida National Guard, as provided in s. 250.36(5), shall be received on behalf of the Armory Board by the post commander of such facility and must be deposited into a federal depository, approved by the Department of Military Affairs, in an account in a banking institution in the county in which such facility is located.
2. The funds received shall be disbursed for the purposes enumerated in this subsection at the discretion of the post commander according to rules established by the Armory Board.
3. Any real property donated shall be held as other property for use by the state, and counties and municipalities may make donations of lands by deed or long-term lease and contributions of moneys for the purposes set forth in this section, and may issue bonds or certificates of indebtedness to provide funds for such purposes. Boards of county commissioners may levy taxes, not to exceed 1 mill, to provide funds for the construction of armories or for the retirement of bonds or certificates of indebtedness issued to provide funds for the construction of armories. Counties and municipalities may construct armories upon state-owned land, which may be made available for such purpose by action of the Armory Board. Counties and municipalities may also grant to the Armory Board, by deed or long-term leases, property that is acquired or buildings that are constructed for military purposes. Each local government is encouraged to provide economic incentives to reduce the cost of locating Florida National Guard facilities in its jurisdiction. A local government may appropriate funds to pay expenses of the Florida National Guard unit in its jurisdiction. Such funds will be received, accounted for, and dispersed as other funds received by the unit.
(d) Exercise the right of eminent domain to acquire private property for armories, buildings, and other facilities needed for military purposes, when in the public interest. Whenever it becomes necessary in the public interest to acquire private property, and the property cannot be acquired by agreement satisfactory to the Armory Board and the parties interested in, or the owners of, the private property, eminent domain may be used to condemn such property in the manner provided by law. Any suit or action brought by the Armory Board to condemn property, as provided for under this section, shall be brought in the name of the Armory Board; and the Department of Legal Affairs shall conduct the proceedings for and act as the counsel of the board in such matters.
(e) Accept and hold title to real property, by deed or long-term lease, from federal, state, or local governments, or from private interests, for use as armories or for other military purposes.
(f) Adopt rules for managing armories and other facilities under the control of the Department of Military Affairs. The rules must ensure that federal and state military property is secure. Each unit commander shall provide for the safekeeping, accountability, and proper care of such property and for its protection against misappropriation or loss. An armory, while it is occupied and in use by troops, is a military post and must be under the control and jurisdiction of the post commander. A building that is not under the control and supervision of the post commander or other properly constituted military authority may not be used to house or train troops or to store military property.
(g) Supervise, manage, and maintain any permanent structures or facilities used for military purposes which are the property of the Department of Military Affairs or, if property of the United States, are provided to the Department of Military Affairs for military purposes. The Armory Board may provide for the maintenance and care of armories and other state facilities used for military purposes from any funds that are available for that purpose. All moneys accruing to the Armory Board from the operation, management, and sale of properties or facilities as authorized in this paragraph may be used for maintaining state properties under the control of the Armory Board.
(h) Convey, lease, or re-lease any real property under its ownership, supervision, or control which is no longer required for military purposes.
(i) Acquire, renovate, or construct armories needed for military purposes throughout the state.
(j) Enter into a lease-purchase, sale-leaseback, or tax-exempt leveraged lease contract or other financing arrangement for acquiring, renovating, or constructing needed facilities, subject to authorization by an appropriations act. Each capital outlay project or other contract, agreement, or transaction authorized under this paragraph must be specifically approved by the Legislature.
(k) Report annually to the Adjutant General on the proceedings incident to locating and managing armories and on the management of other property entrusted to the care of the Armory Board. The report must include a detailed account of all disbursements and be made a part of the annual report of the Department of Military Affairs.
History.—ss. 42, 43, 63, ch. 8502, 1921; s. 4, ch. 10185, 1925; s. 5, ch. 12089, 1927; CGL 2054, 2073; s. 6, ch. 20849, 1941; s. 1, ch. 25112, 1949; s. 19, ch. 63-400; ss. 11, 35, ch. 69-106; s. 1, ch. 84-174; s. 1, ch. 90-68; s. 113, ch. 95-148; s. 1, ch. 97-57; s. 38, ch. 2003-68.