Florida Senate - 2018                                     SB 432
       By Senator Lee
       20-00595-18                                            2018432__
    1                        A bill to be entitled                      
    2         An act relating to community redevelopment agencies;
    3         creating s. 112.327, F.S.; defining terms; prohibiting
    4         a person from lobbying a community redevelopment
    5         agency until he or she has registered as a lobbyist
    6         with that agency; providing registration requirements;
    7         requiring an agency to make lobbyist registrations
    8         available to the public; requiring a database of
    9         currently registered lobbyists and principals to be
   10         available on certain websites; requiring a lobbyist to
   11         send a written statement to the agency canceling the
   12         registration for a principal that he or she no longer
   13         represents; authorizing an agency to remove the name
   14         of a lobbyist from the list of registered lobbyists
   15         under certain circumstances; authorizing an agency to
   16         establish an annual lobbyist registration fee, not to
   17         exceed a specified amount; requiring an agency to be
   18         diligent in ascertaining whether persons required to
   19         register have complied, subject to certain
   20         requirements; requiring the Commission on Ethics to
   21         investigate a lobbyist or principal under certain
   22         circumstances, subject to certain requirements;
   23         requiring the commission to provide the Governor with
   24         a report of its findings and recommendations in such
   25         investigations; authorizing the Governor to enforce
   26         the commission’s findings and recommendations;
   27         authorizing community redevelopment agencies to adopt
   28         rules to govern the registration of lobbyists;
   29         amending s. 112.3142, F.S.; requiring ethics training
   30         for community redevelopment agency commissioners;
   31         specifying requirements for such training; amending s.
   32         163.340, F.S.; revising the definition of the term
   33         “blighted area”; amending s. 163.356, F.S.; revising
   34         reporting requirements; deleting provisions requiring
   35         certain annual reports; amending s. 163.357, F.S.;
   36         requiring, rather than authorizing, a governing body
   37         that consists of five members to appoint two
   38         additional persons to act as members of the community
   39         redevelopment agency; providing requirements for the
   40         additional members; amending s. 163.367, F.S.;
   41         requiring ethics training for community redevelopment
   42         agency commissioners; amending s. 163.370, F.S.;
   43         revising the list of projects that are prohibited from
   44         being financed by increment revenues; requiring
   45         community redevelopment agencies to follow certain
   46         procurement procedures; creating s. 163.371, F.S.;
   47         providing annual reporting requirements; requiring a
   48         community redevelopment agency to publish annual
   49         reports and boundary maps on its website; creating s.
   50         163.3756, F.S.; providing legislative findings;
   51         requiring the Department of Economic Opportunity to
   52         declare inactive community redevelopment agencies that
   53         have reported no financial activity for a specified
   54         number of years; providing hearing procedures;
   55         authorizing certain financial activity by a community
   56         redevelopment agency that is declared inactive;
   57         providing for application; requiring the department to
   58         maintain a website identifying all inactive community
   59         redevelopment agencies; amending s. 163.387, F.S.;
   60         effective on a specified date, revising requirements
   61         for the use of redevelopment trust fund proceeds;
   62         limiting allowed expenditures; revising requirements
   63         for the annual budget of a community redevelopment
   64         agency; requiring municipal community redevelopment
   65         agencies to provide an annual budget to the county
   66         commission; revising requirements for use of moneys in
   67         the redevelopment trust fund for specific
   68         redevelopment projects; revising requirements for the
   69         annual audit; requiring the audit to be included with
   70         the financial report of the county or municipality
   71         that created the community redevelopment agency;
   72         amending s. 218.32, F.S.; revising criteria for
   73         finding that a county or municipality failed to file a
   74         report; requiring the Department of Financial Services
   75         to provide a report to the Department of Economic
   76         Opportunity concerning community redevelopment
   77         agencies reporting no revenues, expenditures, or
   78         debts; amending s. 163.524, F.S.; conforming a cross
   79         reference; making technical changes; providing an
   80         effective date.
   82  Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida:
   84         Section 1. Section 112.327, Florida Statutes, is created to
   85  read:
   86         112.327 Lobbying before community redevelopment agencies;
   87  registration and reporting.—
   88         (1) As used in this section, the term:
   89         (a) “Agency” or “community redevelopment agency” means a
   90  public agency created by, or designated pursuant to, s. 163.356
   91  or s. 163.357 and operating under the authority of part III of
   92  chapter 163.
   93         (b) “Lobby” means to seek to influence an agency with
   94  respect to a decision of the agency in an area of policy or
   95  procurement or to attempt to obtain the goodwill of an agency
   96  official or employee on behalf of another person. The term shall
   97  be interpreted and applied consistently with the rules of the
   98  commission implementing s. 112.3215.
   99         (c) “Lobbyist” has the same meaning as provided in s.
  100  112.3215.
  101         (d) “Principal” has the same meaning as provided in s.
  102  112.3215.
  103         (2) A person may not lobby an agency until he or she has
  104  registered as a lobbyist with that agency. Such registration
  105  shall be due upon the person initially being retained to lobby
  106  and is renewable on a calendar-year basis thereafter. Upon
  107  registration, the person shall provide a statement, signed by
  108  the principal or principal’s representative, stating that the
  109  registrant is authorized to represent the principal. The
  110  principal shall also identify and designate its main business on
  111  the statement authorizing that lobbyist pursuant to a
  112  classification system approved by the agency. Any changes to the
  113  information required by this section must be disclosed within 15
  114  days by filing a new registration form. An agency may create its
  115  own lobbyist registration forms or may accept a completed
  116  legislative branch or executive branch lobbyist registration
  117  form. In completing the form required by the agency, the
  118  registrant must disclose, under oath, the following:
  119         (a) His or her name and business address.
  120         (b) The name and business address of each principal
  121  represented.
  122         (c) The existence of any direct or indirect business
  123  association, partnership, or financial relationship with any
  124  officer or employee of an agency with which he or she lobbies or
  125  intends to lobby.
  126         (3) An agency shall make lobbyist registrations available
  127  to the public. If an agency maintains a website, a database of
  128  currently registered lobbyists and principals must be available
  129  on that website. If the agency does not maintain a website, the
  130  database of currently registered lobbyists and principals must
  131  be available on the website of the county or municipality that
  132  created the agency.
  133         (4) A lobbyist shall promptly send a written statement to
  134  the agency canceling the registration for a principal upon
  135  termination of the lobbyist’s representation of that principal.
  136  An agency may remove the name of a lobbyist from the list of
  137  registered lobbyists if the principal notifies the agency that a
  138  person is no longer authorized to represent that principal.
  139         (5) An agency may establish an annual lobbyist registration
  140  fee, not to exceed $40, for each principal represented. The
  141  agency may use registration fees only for the purpose of
  142  administering this section.
  143         (6) An agency shall be diligent in ascertaining whether
  144  persons required to register under this section have complied.
  145  An agency may not knowingly authorize an unregistered person to
  146  lobby the agency.
  147         (7) Upon receipt of a sworn complaint alleging that a
  148  lobbyist or principal has failed to register with an agency or
  149  has knowingly submitted false information in a report or
  150  registration required under this section, the commission shall
  151  investigate a lobbyist or principal pursuant to the procedures
  152  established under s. 112.324. The commission shall provide the
  153  Governor with a report of its findings and recommendations in
  154  any investigation conducted pursuant to this subsection. The
  155  Governor may enforce the commission’s findings and
  156  recommendations.
  157         (8) Community redevelopment agencies may adopt rules to
  158  govern the registration of lobbyists, including the adoption of
  159  forms and the establishment of the lobbyist registration fee.
  160         Section 2. Subsection (2) of section 112.3142, Florida
  161  Statutes, is amended to read:
  162         112.3142 Ethics training for specified constitutional
  163  officers and elected municipal officers.—
  164         (2)(a) All constitutional officers must complete 4 hours of
  165  ethics training each calendar year which addresses, at a
  166  minimum, s. 8, Art. II of the State Constitution, the Code of
  167  Ethics for Public Officers and Employees, and the public records
  168  and public meetings laws of this state. This requirement may be
  169  satisfied by completion of a continuing legal education class or
  170  other continuing professional education class, seminar, or
  171  presentation if the required subjects are covered.
  172         (b) Beginning January 1, 2015, All elected municipal
  173  officers must complete 4 hours of ethics training each calendar
  174  year which addresses, at a minimum, s. 8, Art. II of the State
  175  Constitution, the Code of Ethics for Public Officers and
  176  Employees, and the public records and public meetings laws of
  177  this state. This requirement may be satisfied by completion of a
  178  continuing legal education class or other continuing
  179  professional education class, seminar, or presentation if the
  180  required subjects are covered.
  181         (c) Beginning October 1, 2018, each commissioner of a
  182  community redevelopment agency under part III of chapter 163
  183  must complete 4 hours of ethics training each calendar year
  184  which addresses, at a minimum, s. 8, Art. II of the State
  185  Constitution, the Code of Ethics for Public Officers and
  186  Employees, and the public records and public meetings laws of
  187  this state. This requirement may be satisfied by completion of a
  188  continuing legal education class or other continuing
  189  professional education class, seminar, or presentation if the
  190  required subject material is covered by such class.
  191         (d) The commission shall adopt rules establishing minimum
  192  course content for the portion of an ethics training class which
  193  addresses s. 8, Art. II of the State Constitution and the Code
  194  of Ethics for Public Officers and Employees.
  195         (e)(d) The Legislature intends that a constitutional
  196  officer or elected municipal officer who is required to complete
  197  ethics training pursuant to this section receive the required
  198  training as close as possible to the date that he or she assumes
  199  office. A constitutional officer or elected municipal officer
  200  assuming a new office or new term of office on or before March
  201  31 must complete the annual training on or before December 31 of
  202  the year in which the term of office began. A constitutional
  203  officer or elected municipal officer assuming a new office or
  204  new term of office after March 31 is not required to complete
  205  ethics training for the calendar year in which the term of
  206  office began.
  207         Section 3. Subsection (8) of section 163.340, Florida
  208  Statutes, is amended to read:
  209         163.340 Definitions.—The following terms, wherever used or
  210  referred to in this part, have the following meanings:
  211         (8) “Blighted area” means an area in which there are a
  212  substantial number of deteriorated or deteriorating structures;
  213  in which conditions, as indicated by government-maintained
  214  statistics or other studies, endanger life or property or are
  215  leading to economic distress; and in which two or more of the
  216  following factors are present:
  217         (a) Predominance of defective or inadequate street layout,
  218  parking facilities, roadways, bridges, or public transportation
  219  facilities.
  220         (b) Aggregate assessed values of real property in the area
  221  for ad valorem tax purposes have failed to show any appreciable
  222  increase over the 5 years before prior to the finding of such
  223  conditions.
  224         (c) Faulty lot layout in relation to size, adequacy,
  225  accessibility, or usefulness.
  226         (d) Unsanitary or unsafe conditions.
  227         (e) Deterioration of site or other improvements.
  228         (f) Inadequate and outdated building density patterns.
  229         (g) Falling lease rates per square foot of office,
  230  commercial, or industrial space compared to the remainder of the
  231  county or municipality.
  232         (h) Tax or special assessment delinquency exceeding the
  233  fair value of the land.
  234         (i) Residential and commercial vacancy rates higher in the
  235  area than in the remainder of the county or municipality.
  236         (j) Incidence of crime in the area higher than in the
  237  remainder of the county or municipality.
  238         (k) Fire and emergency medical service calls to the area
  239  proportionately higher than in the remainder of the county or
  240  municipality.
  241         (l) A greater number of violations of the Florida Building
  242  Code in the area than the number of violations recorded in the
  243  remainder of the county or municipality.
  244         (m) Diversity of ownership or defective or unusual
  245  conditions of title which prevent the free alienability of land
  246  within the deteriorated or hazardous area.
  247         (n) Governmentally owned property with adverse
  248  environmental conditions caused by a public or private entity.
  249         (o) A substantial number or percentage of properties
  250  damaged by sinkhole activity which have not been adequately
  251  repaired or stabilized.
  252         (p) Rates of unemployment higher in the area than in the
  253  remainder of the county or municipality.
  254         (q) Rates of poverty higher in the area than in the
  255  remainder of the county or municipality.
  256         (r) Rates of foreclosure higher in the area than in the
  257  remainder of the county or municipality.
  258         (s) Rates of infant mortality higher in the area than in
  259  the remainder of the county or municipality.
  261  However, the term “blighted area” also means any area in which
  262  at least one of the factors identified in paragraphs (a) through
  263  (o) is present and all taxing authorities subject to s.
  264  163.387(2)(a) agree, either by interlocal agreement with the
  265  agency or by resolution, that the area is blighted. Such
  266  agreement or resolution must be limited to a determination that
  267  the area is blighted. For purposes of qualifying for the tax
  268  credits authorized in chapter 220, the term “blighted area”
  269  means an area as defined in this subsection.
  270         Section 4. Paragraphs (c) and (d) of subsection (3) of
  271  section 163.356, Florida Statutes, are amended to read:
  272         163.356 Creation of community redevelopment agency.—
  273         (3)(c) The governing body of the county or municipality
  274  shall designate a chair and vice chair from among the
  275  commissioners. An agency may employ an executive director,
  276  technical experts, and such other agents and employees,
  277  permanent and temporary, as it requires, and determine their
  278  qualifications, duties, and compensation. For such legal service
  279  as it requires, an agency may employ or retain its own counsel
  280  and legal staff.
  281         (d) An agency authorized to transact business and exercise
  282  powers under this part shall file with the governing body the
  283  report required pursuant to s. 163.371(1), on or before March 31
  284  of each year, a report of its activities for the preceding
  285  fiscal year, which report shall include a complete financial
  286  statement setting forth its assets, liabilities, income, and
  287  operating expenses as of the end of such fiscal year. At the
  288  time of filing the report, the agency shall publish in a
  289  newspaper of general circulation in the community a notice to
  290  the effect that such report has been filed with the county or
  291  municipality and that the report is available for inspection
  292  during business hours in the office of the clerk of the city or
  293  county commission and in the office of the agency.
  294         (e)(d) At any time after the creation of a community
  295  redevelopment agency, the governing body of the county or
  296  municipality may appropriate to the agency such amounts as the
  297  governing body deems necessary for the administrative expenses
  298  and overhead of the agency, including the development and
  299  implementation of community policing innovations.
  300         Section 5. Paragraph (c) of subsection (1) of section
  301  163.357, Florida Statutes, is amended to read:
  302         163.357 Governing body as the community redevelopment
  303  agency.—
  304         (1)
  305         (c) A governing body that which consists of five members
  306  shall may appoint two additional persons to act as members of
  307  the community redevelopment agency. These members may not be
  308  elected officials. The two additional members must have
  309  expertise in at least one of the following areas: architecture,
  310  finance, construction, land use, affordable housing,
  311  sustainability, or other educational or professional experience
  312  in the area of community redevelopment. The terms of office of
  313  the additional members shall be for 4 years, except that the
  314  first person appointed shall initially serve a term of 2 years.
  315  Persons appointed under this section are subject to all
  316  provisions of this part relating to appointed members of a
  317  community redevelopment agency.
  318         Section 6. Subsection (1) of section 163.367, Florida
  319  Statutes, is amended to read:
  320         163.367 Public officials, commissioners, and employees
  321  subject to code of ethics.—
  322         (1)(a) The officers, commissioners, and employees of a
  323  community redevelopment agency created by, or designated
  324  pursuant to, s. 163.356 or s. 163.357 are shall be subject to
  325  the provisions and requirements of part III of chapter 112.
  326         (b)Commissioners of a community redevelopment agency must
  327  comply with the ethics training requirements in s. 112.3142.
  328         Section 7. Paragraphs (d), (e), and (f) are added to
  329  subsection (3) of section 163.370, Florida Statutes, and
  330  subsection (5) is added to that section, to read:
  331         163.370 Powers; counties and municipalities; community
  332  redevelopment agencies.—
  333         (3) The following projects may not be paid for or financed
  334  by increment revenues:
  335         (d) Community redevelopment agency activities related to
  336  festivals or street parties designed to promote tourism.
  337         (e) Grants to entities that promote tourism.
  338         (f) Grants to nonprofit entities providing socially
  339  beneficial programs.
  340         (5)A community redevelopment agency shall procure all
  341  commodities and services under the same purchasing processes and
  342  requirements that apply to the county or municipality that
  343  created the agency.
  344         Section 8. Section 163.371, Florida Statutes, is created to
  345  read:
  346         163.371Reporting requirements.—
  347         (1)Beginning March 31, 2019, and no later than March 31 of
  348  each year thereafter, a community redevelopment agency shall
  349  file an annual report with the county or municipality that
  350  created the agency and publish the information on the agency’s
  351  website. The report must include the following information:
  352         (a)A complete audit report of the redevelopment trust fund
  353  pursuant to s. 163.387(8).
  354         (b)The performance data for each plan authorized,
  355  administered, or overseen by the community redevelopment agency
  356  as of December 31 of the year being reported, including the:
  357         1.Total number of projects started and completed and the
  358  estimated cost for each project.
  359         2.Total expenditures from the redevelopment trust fund.
  360         3.Original assessed real property values within the
  361  community redevelopment agency’s area of authority as of the day
  362  the agency was created.
  363         4.Total assessed real property values of property within
  364  the boundaries of the community redevelopment agency as of
  365  January 1 of the year being reported.
  366         5.Total amount expended for affordable housing for low
  367  income and middle-income residents.
  368         (c)A summary indicating if and to what extent the
  369  community redevelopment agency has achieved the goals set out in
  370  its community redevelopment plan.
  371         (2)By January 1, 2019, each community redevelopment agency
  372  shall publish on its website digital maps that depict the
  373  geographic boundaries and total acreage of the community
  374  redevelopment agency. If any change is made to the boundaries or
  375  total acreage, the agency shall post updated map files on its
  376  website within 60 days after the date such change takes effect.
  377         Section 9. Section 163.3756, Florida Statutes, is created
  378  to read:
  379         163.3756Inactive community redevelopment agencies.—
  380         (1)The Legislature finds that a number of community
  381  redevelopment agencies continue to exist but report no revenues,
  382  no expenditures, and no outstanding debt in their annual report
  383  to the Department of Financial Services pursuant to s. 218.32.
  384         (2)(a)A community redevelopment agency that has reported
  385  no revenues, expenditures, or debt under s. 218.32 or s.
  386  189.016(9) for 3 consecutive fiscal years calculated from no
  387  earlier than October 1, 2015, shall be declared inactive by the
  388  Department of Economic Opportunity, which shall notify the
  389  agency of the declaration of inactive status under this
  390  subsection. If the agency has no board members and no agent, the
  391  notice of inactive status must be delivered to the governing
  392  board or commission of the county or municipality which created
  393  the agency.
  394         (b)The governing board of a community redevelopment agency
  395  declared inactive under this subsection may seek to invalidate
  396  the declaration by initiating proceedings under s. 189.062(5)
  397  within 30 days after the date of the receipt of the notice from
  398  the Department of Economic Opportunity.
  399         (3)A community redevelopment agency declared inactive
  400  under this section is authorized to expend funds only from the
  401  redevelopment trust fund as necessary to service outstanding
  402  bond debt. The agency may not expend other funds without an
  403  ordinance of the governing body of the local government which
  404  created the agency consenting to the expenditure of funds.
  405         (4)The provisions of s. 189.062(2) and (4) do not apply to
  406  a community redevelopment agency that has been declared inactive
  407  under this section.
  408         (5)The provisions of this section are cumulative to the
  409  provisions of s. 189.062. To the extent the provisions of this
  410  section conflict with the provisions of s. 189.062, this section
  411  prevails.
  412         (6)The Department of Economic Opportunity shall maintain
  413  on its website a separate list of community redevelopment
  414  agencies declared inactive under this section.
  415         Section 10. Subsections (6) and (8) of section 163.387,
  416  Florida Statutes, are amended to read:
  417         163.387 Redevelopment trust fund.—
  418         (6) Effective October 1, 2018, moneys in the redevelopment
  419  trust fund may be expended from time to time for undertakings of
  420  a community redevelopment agency as described in the community
  421  redevelopment plan only pursuant to an annual budget adopted by
  422  the board of commissioners of the community redevelopment agency
  423  and only for the following purposes stated in this subsection.,
  424  including, but not limited to:
  425         (a) Except as provided in this subsection, a community
  426  redevelopment agency shall comply with the requirements of s.
  427  189.016.
  428         (b)A community redevelopment agency created by a
  429  municipality shall submit its annual budget to the board of
  430  county commissioners for the county in which the agency is
  431  located within 10 days after the adoption of such budget and
  432  submit amendments of its annual budget to the board of county
  433  commissioners within 10 days after the date the amended budget
  434  is adopted Administrative and overhead expenses necessary or
  435  incidental to the implementation of a community redevelopment
  436  plan adopted by the agency.
  437         (c)The annual budget of a community redevelopment agency
  438  may provide for payment of the following expenses:
  439         1.Administrative and overhead expenses directly or
  440  indirectly necessary to implement a community redevelopment plan
  441  adopted by the agency. However, administrative and overhead
  442  expenses may not exceed 18 percent of the total annual budget of
  443  the community redevelopment agency.
  444         2.(b) Expenses of redevelopment planning, surveys, and
  445  financial analysis, including the reimbursement of the governing
  446  body or the community redevelopment agency for such expenses
  447  incurred before the redevelopment plan was approved and adopted.
  448         3.(c) The acquisition of real property in the redevelopment
  449  area.
  450         4.(d) The clearance and preparation of any redevelopment
  451  area for redevelopment and relocation of site occupants within
  452  or outside the community redevelopment area as provided in s.
  453  163.370.
  454         5.(e) The repayment of principal and interest or any
  455  redemption premium for loans, advances, bonds, bond anticipation
  456  notes, and any other form of indebtedness.
  457         6.(f) All expenses incidental to or connected with the
  458  issuance, sale, redemption, retirement, or purchase of bonds,
  459  bond anticipation notes, or other form of indebtedness,
  460  including funding of any reserve, redemption, or other fund or
  461  account provided for in the ordinance or resolution authorizing
  462  such bonds, notes, or other form of indebtedness.
  463         7.(g) The development of affordable housing within the
  464  community redevelopment area.
  465         8.(h) The development of community policing innovations.
  466         9. Infrastructure improvement, building construction, and
  467  building renovation, including improvements, construction, and
  468  renovation related to parking lots, parking garages, and
  469  neighborhood parks.
  470         10. Grants and loans to businesses for facade improvements,
  471  signage, sprinkler system upgrades, and other structural
  472  improvements.
  473         (8)(a) Each community redevelopment agency with revenues or
  474  a total of expenditures and expenses in excess of $100,000, as
  475  reported on the trust fund financial statements, shall provide
  476  for a financial an audit of the trust fund each fiscal year and
  477  a report of such audit shall to be prepared by an independent
  478  certified public accountant or firm. Each financial audit
  479  provided pursuant to this subsection must be conducted in
  480  accordance with rules for audits adopted by the Auditor General
  481  which are in effect as of the last day of the community
  482  redevelopment agency’s fiscal year being audited.
  483         (b)The audit Such report shall:
  484         1. Describe the amount and source of deposits into, and the
  485  amount and purpose of withdrawals from, the trust fund during
  486  such fiscal year and the amount of principal and interest paid
  487  during such year on any indebtedness to which increment revenues
  488  are pledged and the remaining amount of such indebtedness.
  489         2.Include a complete financial statement identifying the
  490  assets, liabilities, income, and operating expenses of the
  491  community redevelopment agency as of the end of such fiscal
  492  year.
  493         3.Include a finding by the auditor determining whether the
  494  community redevelopment agency complies with the requirements of
  495  subsection (7).
  496         (c)The audit report for the community redevelopment agency
  497  shall be included with the annual financial report submitted by
  498  the county or municipality that created the agency to the
  499  Department of Financial Services as provided in s. 218.32,
  500  regardless of whether the agency reports separately under s.
  501  218.32.
  502         (d) The agency shall provide by registered mail a copy of
  503  the audit report to each taxing authority.
  504         Section 11. Subsection (3) of section 218.32, Florida
  505  Statutes, is amended to read:
  506         218.32 Annual financial reports; local governmental
  507  entities.—
  508         (3)(a) The department shall notify the President of the
  509  Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives of any
  510  municipality that has not reported any financial activity for
  511  the last 4 fiscal years. Such notice must be sufficient to
  512  initiate dissolution procedures as described in s.
  513  165.051(1)(a). Any special law authorizing the incorporation or
  514  creation of the municipality must be included within the
  515  notification.
  516         (b)Failure of a county or municipality to include in its
  517  annual report to the department the full audit required by s.
  518  163.387(8) for each community redevelopment agency created by
  519  that county or municipality constitutes a failure to report
  520  under this section.
  521         (c)By November 1 of each year, the department must provide
  522  the Special District Accountability Program of the Department of
  523  Economic Opportunity with a list of each community redevelopment
  524  agency reporting no revenues, expenditures, or debt for the
  525  community redevelopment agency’s previous fiscal year.
  526         Section 12. Subsection (3) of section 163.524, Florida
  527  Statutes, is amended to read:
  528         163.524 Neighborhood Preservation and Enhancement Program;
  529  participation; creation of Neighborhood Preservation and
  530  Enhancement Districts; creation of Neighborhood Councils and
  531  Neighborhood Enhancement Plans.—
  532         (3) After the boundaries and size of the Neighborhood
  533  Preservation and Enhancement District have been defined, the
  534  local government shall pass an ordinance authorizing the
  535  creation of the Neighborhood Preservation and Enhancement
  536  District. The ordinance shall contain a finding that the
  537  boundaries of the Neighborhood Preservation and Enhancement
  538  District comply with s. 163.340(7) or (8)(a)-(s) (8)(a)-(o) or
  539  do not contain properties that are protected by deed
  540  restrictions. Such ordinance may be amended or repealed in the
  541  same manner as other local ordinances.
  542         Section 13. This act shall take effect July 1, 2018.