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The 2018 Florida Statutes

Title XXVI
PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION
Chapter 348
EXPRESSWAY AND BRIDGE AUTHORITIES
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F.S. 348.756
348.756 Remedies of the bondholders.
(1) The rights and the remedies herein conferred upon or granted to the bondholders shall be in addition to and not in limitation of any rights and remedies lawfully granted to such bondholders by the resolution or resolutions providing for the issuance of bonds, or by a lease-purchase agreement, deed of trust, indenture or other agreement under which the bonds may be issued or secured. In the event that the authority shall default in the payment of the principal of or interest on any of the bonds issued pursuant to the provisions of this part after such principal of or interest on said bonds shall have become due, whether at maturity or upon call for redemption, or the department shall default in any payments under, or covenants made in, any lease-purchase agreement between the authority and the department, and such default shall continue for a period of 30 days, or in the event that the authority or the department shall fail or refuse to comply with the provisions of this part or any agreement made with, or for the benefit of, the holders of the bonds, the holders of 25 percent in aggregate principal amount of the bonds then outstanding shall be entitled as of right to the appointment of a trustee to represent such bondholders for the purposes hereof; provided, however, that such holders of 25 percent in aggregate principal amount of the bonds then outstanding shall have first given notice of their intention to appoint a trustee, to the authority and to the department. Such notice shall be deemed to have been given if given in writing, and deposited in a securely sealed postpaid wrapper, mailed at a regularly maintained United States post office box or station and addressed, respectively, to the chair of the authority and to the secretary of the Department of Transportation at the principal office of the department.
(2) Such trustee, and any trustee under any deed of trust, indenture or other agreement, may, and upon written request of the holders of 25 percent, or such other percentages as may be specified in any deed of trust, indenture or other agreement aforesaid, in principal amount of the bonds then outstanding, shall, in any court of competent jurisdiction, in his, her, or its own name:
(a) By mandamus or other suit, action or proceeding at law, or in equity, enforce all rights of the bondholders, including the right to require the authority to fix, establish, maintain, collect and charge rates, fees, rentals, and other charges, adequate to carry out any agreement as to, or pledge of, the revenues or receipts of the authority to carry out any other covenants and agreements with or for the benefit of the bondholders, and to perform its and their duties under this part.
(b) By mandamus or other suit, action or proceeding at law, or in equity, enforce all rights of the bondholders under or pursuant to any lease-purchase agreement between the authority and the department, including the right to require the department to make all rental payments required to be made by it under the provisions of any such lease-purchase agreement, whether from the Orange County gasoline tax funds or other funds of the department so agreed to be paid and to require the department to carry out any other covenants and agreements with or for the benefit of the bondholders, and to perform its and their duties under this part.
(c) Bring suit upon the bonds.
(d) By action or suit in equity require the authority or the department to account as if it were the trustee of an express trust for the bondholders.
(e) By action or suit in equity enjoin any acts or things which may be unlawful or in violation of the rights of the bondholders.
(3) When a trustee is appointed pursuant to subsection (1), or is acting under a deed of trust, indenture, or other agreement, and whether or not all bonds have been declared due and payable, the trustee is entitled to the appointment of a receiver, who may enter upon and take possession of the Central Florida Expressway System or the facilities or any part of the system or facilities, the rates, fees, rentals, or other revenues, charges, or receipts that are, or may be, applicable to the payment of the bonds so in default, and subject to and in compliance with the provisions of any lease-purchase agreement between the authority and the department operate and maintain the same, for and on behalf of and in the name of, the authority, the department, and the bondholders, and collect and receive all rates, fees, rentals, and other charges or receipts or revenues arising therefrom in the same manner as the authority or the department might do, and shall deposit all such moneys in a separate account and apply the same in such manner as the court directs. In any suit, action, or proceeding by the trustee, the fees, counsel fees, and expenses of the trustee, and the receiver, if any, and all costs and disbursements allowed by the court must be a first charge on any rates, fees, rentals, or other charges, revenues, or receipts, derived from the Central Florida Expressway System, or the facilities or services or any part of the system or facilities, including payments under any such lease-purchase agreement which rates, fees, rentals, or other charges, revenues, or receipts may be applicable to the payment of the bonds that are in default. The trustee has all of the powers necessary or appropriate for the exercise of any functions specifically set forth in this section or incident to the representation of the bondholders in the enforcement and protection of their rights.
(4) This section or any other section of this part does not authorize any receiver appointed for the purpose, subject to and in compliance with the provisions of any lease-purchase agreement between the authority and the department, of operating and maintaining the Central Florida Expressway System or any facilities or part of the system or facilities, to sell, assign, mortgage, or otherwise dispose of any of the assets of whatever kind and character belonging to the authority. The powers of the receiver, subject to and in compliance with the provisions of any lease-purchase agreement between the authority and the department, are limited to the operation and maintenance of the Central Florida Expressway System, or any facility, or part thereof, as the court may direct, in the name and for and on behalf of the authority, the department, and the bondholders, and no holder of bonds on the authority nor any trustee, has the right in any suit, action, or proceeding at law or in equity, to compel a receiver, nor may any receiver be authorized or any court be empowered to direct the receiver to sell, assign, mortgage, or otherwise dispose of any assets belonging to the authority.
History.s. 6, ch. 63-573; s. 5, ch. 67-461; ss. 23, 35, ch. 69-106; s. 521, ch. 95-148; s. 11, ch. 2014-171.
Note.Former s. 348.0105.