Florida Senate - 2016                                    SB 1210
       By Senator Bullard
       39-01469A-16                                          20161210__
    1                        A bill to be entitled                      
    2         An act relating to land authorities; amending s.
    3         380.0666, F.S.; authorizing land authorities to
    4         acquire real and personal property or any interest
    5         therein to reduce impacts on hurricane evacuation
    6         clearance times and to contribute funds to the
    7         Department of Environmental Protection for the
    8         acquisition of lands by the department; providing an
    9         effective date.
   11  Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida:
   13         Section 1. Subsection (3) of section 380.0666, Florida
   14  Statutes, is amended to read:
   15         380.0666 Powers of land authority.—The land authority shall
   16  have all the powers necessary or convenient to carry out and
   17  effectuate the purposes and provisions of this act, including
   18  the following powers, which are in addition to all other powers
   19  granted by other provisions of this act:
   20         (3) To acquire and dispose of real and personal property or
   21  any interest therein when such acquisition is necessary or
   22  appropriate to protect the natural environment, provide public
   23  access or public recreational facilities, preserve wildlife
   24  habitat areas, provide affordable housing to families whose
   25  income does not exceed 160 percent of the median family income
   26  for the area, reduce impacts on hurricane evacuation clearance
   27  times, or provide access to management of acquired lands; to
   28  acquire interests in land by means of land exchanges; to
   29  contribute tourist impact tax revenues received pursuant to s.
   30  125.0108 to its most populous municipality or the housing
   31  authority of such municipality, at the request of the commission
   32  or council of such municipality, for the construction,
   33  redevelopment, or preservation of affordable housing in an area
   34  of critical state concern within such municipality; to
   35  contribute funds to the Department of Environmental Protection
   36  for the acquisition of lands by the department; and to enter
   37  into all alternatives to the acquisition of fee interests in
   38  land, including, but not limited to, the acquisition of
   39  easements, development rights, life estates, leases, and
   40  leaseback arrangements. However, the land authority shall make
   41  an such acquisition or contribution to the Department of
   42  Environmental Protection only if:
   43         (a) Such acquisition or contribution is consistent with
   44  land development regulations and local comprehensive plans
   45  adopted and approved pursuant to this chapter;
   46         (b) The property acquired is within an area designated as
   47  an area of critical state concern at the time of acquisition or
   48  is within an area that was designated as an area of critical
   49  state concern for at least 20 consecutive years before prior to
   50  removal of the designation; and
   51         (c) The property to be acquired has not been selected for
   52  purchase through another local, regional, state, or federal
   53  public land acquisition program. Such restriction does shall not
   54  apply if the land authority cooperates with the other public
   55  land acquisition programs which listed the lands for
   56  acquisition, to coordinate the acquisition and disposition of
   57  such lands. In such cases, the land authority may enter into
   58  contractual or other agreements to acquire lands jointly or for
   59  eventual resale to other public land acquisition programs.
   60         Section 2. This act shall take effect July 1, 2016.