Florida Senate - 2018 SB 1608 By Senator Grimsley 26-00608B-18 20181608__ 1 A bill to be entitled 2 An act relating to agritourism signage; creating s. 3 604.71, F.S.; requiring the Department of 4 Transportation to create and administer a program to 5 install directional signs to assist visitors in 6 locating certain agritourism facilities; specifying 7 requirements for the placement of signs; specifying 8 qualifications for the program; requiring the 9 department to adopt rules and coordinate with the 10 Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services in 11 administering the program; providing an effective 12 date. 13 14 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida: 15 16 Section 1. Section 604.71, Florida Statutes, is created to 17 read: 18 604.71 Florida agritourism signage program.—The department 19 shall create and administer a program to provide and install 20 directional signs on major public highways at, or in reasonable 21 proximity to, the nearest interchange or within 1 mile of roads 22 leading to commercial agricultural facilities that promote 23 tourism by providing tours and onsite sales or samples of 24 Florida agricultural products to tourists. 25 (1) Directional signage must be placed at intervals in a 26 manner that provides visitors with sufficient information to 27 locate the agricultural facility. 28 (2) To qualify for participation in the program, an 29 agricultural facility must: 30 (a) Be open for business at least 4 days a week, 10 months 31 of the year; 32 (b) Have a working growing or ranching area of at least 2 33 acres that can be toured from the facility location specified in 34 the signage; 35 (c) Offer tours of the growing or ranching area; and 36 (d) Apply to and be approved by the department under this 37 section. Upon application by a facility, the department shall 38 assess the facility as to its suitability for the program and 39 the reasonable costs of creating and installing directional 40 signs. 41 (3) The department shall adopt rules to administer this 42 section, including, but not limited to, an application and 43 approval process for applicants. 44 (4) The department shall coordinate with the Department of 45 Agriculture and Consumer Services in administering this section. 46 Section 2. This act shall take effect July 1, 2018.