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Title XVIII
PUBLIC LANDS AND PROPERTY
Chapter 272
CAPITOL CENTER
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CHAPTER 272
CHAPTER 272
CAPITOL CENTER
272.03 Department of Management Services to supervise Capitol Center buildings; title in state.
272.04 Department to allocate space.
272.05 Budgets for repair and maintenance; review.
272.06 Authority to contract for utility services.
272.07 Department may provide for parks, drives, and walkways.
272.08 Duty of repair, maintenance, and supervision.
272.09 Management, maintenance, and upkeep of Capitol Center.
272.11 Capitol information center.
272.111 Legislative intent.
272.12 Florida Capitol Center Planning District.
272.121 Capitol Center long-range planning.
272.122 Acquisition of land for state buildings and facilities in the Capitol Center.
272.124 Department of Management Services; power to contract.
272.129 Florida Historic Capitol; space allocation; maintenance and repair.
272.131 Florida Historic Capitol Museum Council.
272.133 Vested rights of projects approved by Capitol Center Planning Commission.
272.135 Florida Historic Capitol Museum Director.
272.136 Direct-support organization.
272.16 Parking areas within Capitol Center area.
272.161 Rental of reserved parking spaces.
272.18 Governor’s Mansion Commission.
272.185 Maintenance of Governor’s Mansion by Department of Management Services.
272.03 Department of Management Services to supervise Capitol Center buildings; title in state.
(1) All state buildings now or hereafter constructed included in the Capitol Center at the state capital and the grounds and squares contiguous thereto shall be under the general control, custodianship, and supervision of the Department of Management Services.
(2) Title to said buildings shall vest in the state.
(3) Nothing herein is intended to disturb or impair the contractual obligations for the discharge of the indebtedness incurred for the construction of the Florida Industrial Commission Building.
History.ss. 1, 2, 3, ch. 25032, 1949; ss. 22, 35, ch. 69-106; s. 78, ch. 71-355; s. 73A, ch. 71-377; s. 2, ch. 75-70; s. 43, ch. 85-349; s. 199, ch. 92-279; s. 55, ch. 92-326; s. 44, ch. 98-279.
272.04 Department to allocate space.The Department of Management Services shall have authority to allocate space to house the various departments, agencies, boards, and commissions in said buildings, excepting, however, the new Supreme Court Building, for which authority shall be vested in the justices of the Supreme Court.
History.s. 4, ch. 25032, 1949; ss. 22, 35, ch. 69-106; s. 2, ch. 75-70; s. 44, ch. 85-349; s. 200, ch. 92-279; s. 55, ch. 92-326; s. 45, ch. 98-279.
272.05 Budgets for repair and maintenance; review.The Department of Management Services and the Executive Office of the Governor shall be empowered to review, change, and modify the budgets of the departments, agencies, boards, and commissions relating to the repair, upkeep, and maintenance of said buildings.
History.s. 5, ch. 25032, 1949; ss. 2, 3, ch. 67-371; ss. 22, 31, 35, ch. 69-106; s. 2, ch. 75-70; s. 116, ch. 79-190; s. 45, ch. 85-349; s. 201, ch. 92-279; s. 55, ch. 92-326; s. 46, ch. 98-279.
272.06 Authority to contract for utility services.The Department of Management Services may provide or enter into contracts to provide heating, power, lighting, cooling systems, and other necessary services or facilities for any or all of said buildings.
History.s. 6, ch. 25032, 1949; ss. 22, 35, ch. 69-106; s. 74, ch. 71-377; s. 2, ch. 75-70; s. 46, ch. 85-349; s. 202, ch. 92-279; s. 55, ch. 92-326; s. 47, ch. 98-279.
272.07 Department may provide for parks, drives, and walkways.The Department of Management Services may provide for the establishment of parks, drives, walkways, and parkways on said grounds and squares and for the supervision, regulation, and maintenance of the same, including traffic and parking thereon.
History.s. 7, ch. 25032, 1949; ss. 22, 35, ch. 69-106; s. 2, ch. 75-70; s. 47, ch. 85-349; s. 203, ch. 92-279; s. 55, ch. 92-326; s. 48, ch. 98-279.
272.08 Duty of repair, maintenance, and supervision.Except when otherwise directed by the Department of Management Services, the official or officials now having the duty of repair, care, maintenance, and supervision of any of said buildings shall continue to exercise such authority.
History.s. 8, ch. 25032, 1949; ss. 22, 35, ch. 69-106; s. 2, ch. 75-70; s. 48, ch. 85-349; s. 204, ch. 92-279; s. 55, ch. 92-326; s. 49, ch. 98-279.
272.09 Management, maintenance, and upkeep of Capitol Center.The management, maintenance, and upkeep of the Capitol Center as defined in s. 272.03, are hereby vested in and made the direct obligation of the Department of Management Services, which shall have authority to do all things necessary to satisfactorily accomplish these functions, including the employment of a superintendent of grounds and buildings and other employees; the establishment of central repair and maintenance shops; and the designation or appointment of nonsalaried advisory committees to advise with them.
History.s. 1, ch. 29843, 1955; s. 1, ch. 57-60; ss. 22, 35, ch. 69-106; s. 2, ch. 75-70; s. 49, ch. 85-349; s. 205, ch. 92-279; s. 55, ch. 92-326; s. 50, ch. 98-279.
272.11 Capitol information center.Enterprise Florida, Inc., shall establish, maintain, and operate a Capitol information center somewhere within the area of the Capitol Center and employ personnel or enter into contracts to maintain same.
History.s. 3, ch. 29843, 1955; ss. 22, 35, ch. 69-106; s. 1, ch. 73-274; s. 6, ch. 91-218; s. 23, ch. 96-320; s. 123, ch. 2011-142.
272.111 Legislative intent.It is hereby declared to be the finding of the Legislature that the area described herein as the “Capitol Center” is a vital part of the past, present, and future of the State of Florida and that its development must be regulated in such a manner as to ensure the character and dignity of the public facilities which constitute the capitol buildings of the State of Florida. The Legislature, in adopting this act, has recognized that the downtown area of the City of Tallahassee and the other area included in the district is, first and foremost, the Capitol Center of a great state and that the final authority for planning and development within the Capitol Center, whether public or private, should vest in the state. It is not the purpose of this act to acquire property or to prohibit private development, but rather to ensure that all development within the district, whether public or private, is consistent with the state concern for a well-planned, efficient and aesthetically attractive state capitol.
History.s. 1, ch. 72-13.
272.12 Florida Capitol Center Planning District.
(1) There is hereby created the Florida Capitol Center Planning District, which may be referred to in this chapter as “Capitol Center” or “district.” The district shall extend to and include all lands within the following boundaries of the City of Tallahassee: Commence at the northwest corner of Lot 293 of the Old Plan of the City of Tallahassee as recorded in the office of the Clerk of the Circuit Court, Leon County, Florida; thence east along the south right-of-way line of West College Avenue and East College Avenue to its intersection with the west right-of-way line of Franklin Boulevard; thence south along said right-of-way line of Franklin Boulevard to its intersection with the south right-of-way line of East Jefferson Street; thence east along said right-of-way line of East Jefferson Street and the east prolongation of East Jefferson Street to its intersection with the west right-of-way line of the Seaboard Coastline Railroad; thence southerly and westerly along said Seaboard Coastline Railroad right-of-way line to a point of intersection with the south prolongation of the east right-of-way line of South Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard; thence north along said south prolongation of the east right-of-way line of South Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard and along the east right-of-way line of South Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard to the point of beginning.
(2) The Department of Management Services is hereby authorized to purchase at fair market value any lands or buildings owned by the Department of Transportation within the Capitol Center. The Department of Management Services may use for this purpose any funds which are available to it at the time of the purchase.
History.s. 1, ch. 29840, 1955; s. 1, ch. 63-28; ss. 22, 23, 35, ch. 69-106; ss. 2, 4, 5, ch. 72-13; s. 2, ch. 75-70; s. 17, ch. 78-95; s. 4, ch. 78-323; ss. 1, 2, ch. 79-214; ss. 1, 2, 3, ch. 81-12; ss. 1, 4, ch. 82-46; s. 50, ch. 85-349; ss. 1, 2, 3, ch. 88-13; s. 5, ch. 91-429; s. 206, ch. 92-279; s. 55, ch. 92-326; s. 184, ch. 95-148; s. 51, ch. 98-279; s. 19, ch. 2001-89.
272.121 Capitol Center long-range planning.
(1) The Department of Management Services shall develop a comprehensive and long-range plan for the development of state-owned property within the Capitol Center. In developing this plan, the department shall consider:
(a) The most efficient, expeditious, and economical method of accomplishing the desired results.
(b) The architectural and aesthetic coordination of the proposed plan with the existing structures.
(c) The effective utilization of all available space so as to minimize waste.
(d) The plans adopted by the local planning agencies in Leon County.
(2) The department shall further determine the needs of state government and the various agencies thereof occupying the Capitol Center and activities requiring space or facilities in the Capitol Center. When these needs have been determined, the department shall develop a comprehensive plan for meeting these needs and for providing immediate facilities for state government and its agencies to effectively and efficiently discharge their duties and responsibilities.
(3) In carrying out the provisions of the foregoing, the department shall request the cooperation of those state and private architects, engineers and interior designers determined by the department to possess expertise or information helpful to the development of a Capitol Plan and solicit and accept information, suggestions, and recommendations from all interested parties.
(4) The department shall prepare a report of its findings and recommendations and submit the same to the Governor and the Legislature every fifth year, except that the next report shall not be due until February 1, 1979. Said report shall reflect the actions of the department in carrying out the provisions of this act and shall include an updated comprehensive plan to carry out the provisions of this act each time the report is submitted.
(5) The department is authorized to contract with the City of Tallahassee, Leon County, the Tallahassee-Leon County Planning Department, or any other agency of such city or county to obtain planning services and functions required for the planning and development of the district in harmony with the coordinated planning of the city and the county. Services and functions covered under such agreements may include, but shall not be limited to, topographic surveys; base mapping; inventory of land use, employment, parking, and building floor areas; land acquisition information; analysis of trends; physical planning activities, including a master plan and any other required planning studies; coordination of plans for development in the district with city and county development plans; and application for and use of federal funds which may be available for planning or related purposes.
History.ss. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, ch. 65-262; s. 1, ch. 67-532; ss. 22, 35, ch. 69-106; s. 76, ch. 71-377; s. 3, ch. 72-13; s. 2, ch. 75-70; s. 6, ch. 77-320; s. 51, ch. 85-349; s. 207, ch. 92-279; s. 55, ch. 92-326; s. 52, ch. 98-279; s. 20, ch. 2001-89.
272.122 Acquisition of land for state buildings and facilities in the Capitol Center.The Department of Management Services is hereby authorized and directed to acquire both land and buildings now needed or to be needed for use, in whole or in part, by state government or any agency, board, bureau, or commission thereof. However, no building can be constructed or land acquired under this section without specific legislative approval. The acquisition of the land, buildings, and facilities may be financed by grants, by direct appropriations, or by the issuance of revenue bonds or certificates pledging the revenues and rentals derived from the use of the buildings and facilities. The Department of Management Services is expressly authorized to issue revenue certificates to carry out the purposes of this section. Title to any lands acquired pursuant to this section shall be vested in the Board of Trustees of the Internal Improvement Trust Fund for the use and benefit of the State of Florida.
History.s. 1, ch. 65-385; s. 1, ch. 67-55; ss. 22, 27, 35, ch. 69-106; s. 77, ch. 71-377; s. 2, ch. 75-70; s. 52, ch. 85-349; s. 208, ch. 92-279; s. 55, ch. 92-326; s. 53, ch. 98-279.
272.124 Department of Management Services; power to contract.The Department of Management Services is authorized and empowered to make and enter into any contract or agreement, with any person or agency, public or private, to lease, buy, acquire, construct, hold, or dispose of real and personal property necessary to carry out the objects and purposes of this act; however, no contract may be entered into without specific authorization of the Legislature for the project. Lands shall be acquired by the department in accordance with acquisition procedures for state lands provided for in s. 253.025.
History.s. 3, ch. 65-385; ss. 22, 35, ch. 69-106; s. 2, ch. 75-70; s. 16, ch. 79-255; s. 53, ch. 85-349; s. 209, ch. 92-279; s. 55, ch. 92-326; s. 54, ch. 98-279.
272.129 Florida Historic Capitol; space allocation; maintenance and repair.
(1) The Legislature shall ensure that all space in the Florida Historic Capitol is restored in a manner consistent with the 1902 form and made available for allocation. Notwithstanding the provisions of ss. 255.249 and 272.04 that relate to space allocation in state-owned buildings, the President of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives shall have responsibility and authority for the allocation of all space in the restored Florida Historic Capitol, provided:
(a) The rotunda, corridors, Senate chamber, House of Representatives chamber, and Supreme Court chamber may not be used as office space.
(b) The Legislature shall be allocated sufficient space for program and administrative functions relating to the preservation, museum, and cultural programs of the Legislature.
(2) The Florida Historic Capitol shall be maintained in accordance with good historic preservation practices as specified in the National Park Service Preservation Briefs and the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Rehabilitation and Guidelines for Rehabilitating Historic Buildings.
(3) Custodial and preventive maintenance and repair of the entire Florida Historic Capitol and the grounds located adjacent thereto shall be the responsibility of the Department of Management Services, subject to the special requirements of the building as determined by the Florida Historic Capitol Museum Director.
History.ss. 1, 3, ch. 81-232; s. 210, ch. 92-279; s. 55, ch. 92-326; s. 5, ch. 2006-111; s. 13, ch. 2008-199; s. 1, ch. 2015-47.
272.131 Florida Historic Capitol Museum Council.The Florida Historic Capitol Museum Council is created within the legislative branch of state government.
(1) The council is composed of 13 members. Council members shall be selected based on their dedication to preserving the Florida Historic Capitol and advancing the mission of the Florida Historic Capitol Museum. Council members must demonstrate an interest in documenting the institutional knowledge and historic traditions of state governance with an emphasis on legislative history, the advancement of civics education, and the encouragement of residents of this state to engage with state government. To serve on the council, prospective members should be experts in, or hold credentials in, the fields most directly related to the mission of the Florida Historic Capitol Museum, including, but not limited to, history, education, historic preservation, legal history, or political science, or be leaders in their respective communities or statewide, with demonstrated success in building community support for cultural institutions. The council consists of the following members:
(a) The Secretary of the Senate.
(b) The Clerk of the House of Representatives.
(c) The Sergeants at Arms of both houses of the Legislature.
(d) The President of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives shall each appoint three members, two of whom must be former legislators or officers of the Legislature and one of whom must be a representative of the general public.
(e) The board of directors of the Florida Historic Capitol Museum’s direct-support organization shall appoint three members from its membership.
(2) A council member shall:
(a) Serve without compensation, except that he or she is entitled to receive reimbursement for per diem and travel expenses in accordance with s. 112.061. Such expenses must be paid out of funds of the Florida Historic Capitol Museum’s direct-support organization.
(b) Attend a majority of the council’s quarterly meetings.
(c) Serve as an advocate and ambassador for the museum.
(d) Lend expertise for the advancement of the museum.
(e) Participate in key museum events.
(f) Become a member of the museum.
(3) The council shall:
(a) Designate a chair.
(b) Provide guidance and support to assist the Florida Historic Capitol Museum Director and staff in developing a strategic plan to guide the activities of the museum.
(c) Periodically review the museum’s strategic plan.
(d) Ensure that the museum retains an emphasis on preserving legislative history and traditions by cultivating relationships with current and former legislators, collecting historic materials, and encouraging public participation in the museum’s programs.
(e) Ensure that the museum operates as a public trust in accordance with the Ethics, Standards, and Best Practices and the Code of Ethics for Museums adopted by the American Alliance of Museums.
(f) Meet annually with the board of directors of the Florida Historic Capitol Museum’s direct-support organization to jointly review the museum’s strategic plan before it is presented to the President of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives and evaluate the direct-support organization’s long-term development goals and near-term strategies.
(g) Assist museum staff in planning the Biennial Joint Legislative Reunion.
History.s. 2, ch. 2015-47.
272.133 Vested rights of projects approved by Capitol Center Planning Commission.Upon the abolishment of the Capitol Center Planning Commission or the restriction by law of its jurisdiction to state-owned lands, any private project that received design approval before the effective date of an act that provides for such abolishment or restriction shall be considered vested for the zoning, land use, and variances approved by the commission. A vested project is required to demonstrate only that it is in compliance with environmental and building permitting requirements to be eligible for the issuance of a building permit.
History.s. 46, ch. 2001-89.
272.135 Florida Historic Capitol Museum Director.
(1) The position of Florida Historic Capitol Museum Director is created within the Legislature, which shall establish the qualifications for the position. The director shall be appointed by and serve at the pleasure of the President of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives.
(2) The director shall:
(a) Promote and encourage throughout the state knowledge and appreciation of the Florida Historic Capitol.
(b) Collect, research, exhibit, interpret, preserve, and protect the history, artifacts, objects, furnishings, and other materials related to the Florida Historic Capitol, except for archaeological research and resources.
(c) Develop, direct, supervise, and maintain the interior design and furnishings of all space within the Florida Historic Capitol in a manner consistent with the restoration of the Florida Historic Capitol in its 1902 form.
(d) Propose a strategic plan to the President of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives by May 1 of each year in which a general election is held and propose an annual operating plan.
(3) In conjunction with the Florida Historic Capitol Museum Council, the director may assist the Florida Historic Capitol Museum in the performance of its mission by:
(a) Raising money.
(b) Submitting requests for and receiving grants.
(c) Receiving, holding, investing, and administering in the name of the Florida Historic Capitol Museum securities, funds, objects of value, or other real and personal property.
(d) Receiving gifts and donations for the direct or indirect benefit of the Florida Historic Capitol.
(e) Making expenditures to or for the direct or indirect benefit of the Florida Historic Capitol.
History.s. 2, ch. 81-232; s. 6, ch. 2006-111; s. 2, ch. 2009-179; s. 3, ch. 2015-47; s. 29, ch. 2016-10.
272.136 Direct-support organization.The Florida Historic Capitol Museum Council and the Florida Historic Capitol Museum Director may establish a direct-support organization to provide assistance and promotional support through fundraising for the Florida Historic Capitol Museum, including, but not limited to, its educational programs and initiatives.
(1) The direct-support organization shall be governed by a board of directors. Board members must demonstrate a capacity for supporting the mission of the Florida Historic Capitol.
(a) Initial appointments to the board shall be made by the President of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives at the recommendation of the council and the director. Appointments to the board shall thereafter be made by the board.
(b) The initial board shall consist of nine members who shall be appointed to 3-year terms, except that the terms of such appointees shall be designated so that three members are appointed for 1 year, three members are appointed for 2 years, and three members are appointed for 3 years, in order to achieve staggered terms, as determined by the presiding officers.
(c) Effective July 1, 2015, the board may add up to 12 additional members to be appointed for 3-year terms.
(d) Board members shall serve without compensation, but are entitled to receive reimbursement for per diem and travel expenses in accordance with s. 112.061. Such expenses must be paid out of funds of the direct-support organization.
(e) The board may use the fixed property and facilities of the Florida Historic Capitol, subject to the provisions of this subsection. Such use must be directly in keeping with the approved purposes of the direct-support organization and may not be made at times or places that would unreasonably interfere with the normal operations of the Florida Historic Capitol.
(2) The direct-support organization must be a Florida corporation, not for profit, incorporated under chapter 617 and approved by the Department of State.
(3) The director and council may prescribe any condition with which the direct-support organization must comply.
(4) The director may not authorize the use of any fixed property or facilities by the direct-support organization if the organization does not provide equal membership and employment opportunities to all persons regardless of race, color, religion, gender, age, or national origin.
(5) The direct-support organization shall provide for an annual financial audit in accordance with s. 215.981.
(6) If the direct-support organization is no longer authorized by this section, fails to comply with the requirements of this section, fails to maintain its tax-exempt status pursuant to s. 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, or ceases to exist, all funds obtained through grants, gifts, and donations in the direct-support organization account shall revert to the state and be deposited into an account designated by the Legislature for the support of the Florida Historic Capitol, provided that donations made for specific purposes in an original donor agreement shall be applied only to those purposes.
(7)(a) The identity of a donor or prospective donor to the direct-support organization who desires to remain anonymous, and all information identifying such donor or prospective donor, is confidential and exempt from s. 119.07(1) and s. 24(a), Art. I of the State Constitution. Such anonymity shall be maintained in any auditor’s report created pursuant to the annual financial audit required under subsection (5).
(b) This subsection is subject to the Open Government Sunset Review Act in accordance with s. 119.15 and shall stand repealed on October 2, 2017, unless reviewed and saved from repeal through reenactment by the Legislature.
History.s. 3, ch. 2009-179; s. 1, ch. 2012-11; s. 4, ch. 2015-47.
272.16 Parking areas within Capitol Center area.
(1) The Department of Management Services may assign parking areas within the Capitol Center area to a state agency for its own use or for reassignment to state officers and employees employed in Tallahassee; however, parking areas must be provided for members of the Legislature during sessions of the Legislature, regular and extraordinary. Not more than 15 percent of said parking areas may be set aside for the use of persons temporarily visiting or attending to business in the Capitol Center area who reside beyond the territorial limits of the City of Tallahassee. Any remaining portion of the parking areas not assigned as aforesaid may be limited in period of time for use. However, the Department of Management Services shall have no power to assign parking spaces in the legislative office buildings, nor shall those spaces and spaces in the parking facility within the Capitol Building which are allocated to the Legislature be included under the provisions of this section and s. 272.161(1), except as provided in subsection (2) of this section.
(2) The presiding officer of each house of the Legislature shall be responsible for the assignment of parking spaces in its respective office building.
(3) The parking areas so assigned, or so limited in use, shall be clearly marked, and any violation of the same shall constitute a violation of this chapter and may be punished as if it constituted a violation of a municipal ordinance of the City of Tallahassee.
(4) The Department of Management Services shall adopt such rules as are necessary to carry out the purposes of subsections (1) and (3).
History.s. 5, ch. 29840, 1955; ss. 22, 35, ch. 69-106; s. 1, ch. 73-34; s. 2, ch. 75-70; s. 1, ch. 80-225; s. 54, ch. 85-349; s. 211, ch. 92-279; s. 55, ch. 92-326; s. 55, ch. 98-279.
272.161 Rental of reserved parking spaces.
(1)(a) The Department of Management Services may assign a reserved parking space to any state employee, qualified state employee car pool, provider of essential services to the state, or state agency for reassignment to its employees. Any state agency assigned a reserved parking space shall charge the user of such space, except a qualified state employee car pool, a fee in accordance with guidelines established by the department.
(b) Any state agency assigned a reserved parking space which is not rented for a period of 7 consecutive days shall return such space to the department for reassignment. All state agencies assigned reserved parking spaces shall assure the timely payment of assessed rent to the department.
(c) Assignments of reserved parking spaces shall be limited to the amount of available parking under the supervision of the department. Preference in the assignment of reserved parking spaces shall be given qualified state employee car pools. A state agency, employee, state employee car pool, or provider of essential services may request a reserved parking space in a manner prescribed by the department.
(2) All employee parking fees shall be payable by the payroll deduction plan, periodically according to the employee’s pay schedule, to the Department of Management Services or to the contracting agency.
(3) All fees collected by the Department of Management Services under the provisions of this section shall be deposited in the Supervision Trust Fund. The department shall account for the revenues and expenditures related to the paid parking program in compliance with the provisions of s. 215.32(2)(b). The revenues collected from parking fees shall be used for the maintenance, minor construction, enforcement, security, and administration of parking facilities and programs.
(4) The Department of Management Services shall adopt such rules as are necessary to carry out the purposes of this section. The department shall establish guidelines for qualifying as a state employee car pool and for the preferential assignment of reserved spaces to car pools.
(5) The Department of Management Services shall establish fees on all state-owned reserved parking spaces, except those assigned to qualified state employee car pools, under the jurisdiction of the department. The department shall also issue loading zone permits and scramble parking permits for a fee sufficient to cover the cost of administering the permits and maintaining the parking areas.
(6) The Department of Management Services shall have the authority to remove or tow away, or cause to be removed or towed away, any wrongfully parked vehicle in any assigned or reserved parking space or area under the control of the Department of Management Services throughout the state at the expense of the owner of the wrongfully parked vehicle.
History.s. 1, ch. 70-249; s. 1, ch. 72-124; s. 2, ch. 80-225; s. 1, ch. 84-116; s. 1, ch. 85-15; s. 1, ch. 88-230; s. 212, ch. 92-279; s. 55, ch. 92-326; s. 16, ch. 94-265; s. 42, ch. 2000-158; s. 4, ch. 2000-340.
272.18 Governor’s Mansion Commission.
(1)(a) There is created within the Department of Management Services a Governor’s Mansion Commission to be composed of eight members. Five members shall be private citizens appointed by the Governor and subject to confirmation by the Senate; one member shall be the Secretary of Management Services or his or her designee; one member shall be the director of the Division of Recreation and Parks of the Department of Environmental Protection; and one member shall be designated by the Secretary of State and shall be an employee of the Department of State with curatorial and museum expertise. The Governor shall appoint all citizen members for 4-year terms. The Governor shall fill vacancies for the remainder of unexpired terms. The spouse of the Governor or the designated representative of the Governor shall be an ex officio member of the commission but shall have no voting rights except in the case of a tie vote.
(b) No member of the commission may hold any other state or local office during his or her tenure as a member of the commission.
(c) Each commission member is accountable to the Governor for the proper performance of the duties of his or her office. The Governor shall cause to be investigated any complaint or unfavorable report received concerning the actions of the commission or any member and shall take appropriate action thereon. The Governor may remove from office any commission member for malfeasance, misfeasance, neglect of duty, incompetence, permanent inability to perform official duties, or pleading guilty or nolo contendere to, or being found guilty of, a felony.
(2)(a) The commission shall annually elect a chair from among the citizen members appointed by the Governor. The chair shall serve for 1 year and may be elected for 1 additional year. Meetings of the commission shall be held at the call of its chair, at the request of a majority of its membership, at the request of the department, or at such times as may be prescribed by its rules. A majority of the commission shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business.
(b) The commission shall obtain clerical, expert, technical, or other services from the Department of Management Services as the commission requires to carry out the purposes of this section.
(c) Members of the commission shall serve without compensation or honorarium but shall be entitled to receive reimbursement for per diem and travel expenses as provided in s. 112.061. All expenses of the commission shall be paid from appropriations to be made by the Legislature to the Department of Management Services for that purpose. The commission shall submit its budgetary requests to the Department of Management Services for approval and inclusion in the legislative budget request of the department. All vouchers shall be approved by the secretary of the Department of Management Services before being submitted to the Chief Financial Officer for payment.
(3)(a) The commission shall keep the structure, style, and character of the Governor’s Mansion, its grounds, and all structures thereon consistent with its original plan of construction and design. It shall preserve and protect the antique furnishings in the private quarters of the Governor’s Mansion and the articles of furniture, fixtures, and decorative objects used or displayed in the state rooms of the Governor’s Mansion. For the purposes of this section and s. 272.185, the entrance hall, the state bedroom and its hallway and bath, the reception hall, the Florida Room, and the state dining room are the state rooms of the Governor’s Mansion. The commission may assist with the private quarters of the Governor’s Mansion when requested by the Governor, the Governor’s spouse, or the Governor’s designee.
(b) The commission shall recommend for approval by the Governor and Cabinet any major changes in the architecture, furniture, furnishings, fixtures, or decorative objects of the Governor’s Mansion, the structures thereon, or the landscaping of the grounds.
(c) The commission shall catalog and maintain a descriptive, photographic inventory of the antique furnishings in the private quarters and of all articles of furniture, fixtures, and decorative objects used or displayed in the state rooms of the Governor’s Mansion.
(d) The commission shall employ or utilize the services of a full-time curator to catalog and maintain the inventory, to aid in the care and upkeep of the furnishings, to train Governor’s Mansion docents, and to assist and advise the commission in the furtherance of the purposes of this section.
(e) The commission may receive on behalf of the state contributions, bequests, and gifts of money, furniture, works of art, memorabilia, or other property consistent with the purposes for which the commission is created. Title to all property which is acquired by the commission shall vest in the state and shall be held in trust by the commission to further the purposes of this section. No gifts, contributions, or bequests shall be accepted for the Governor’s Mansion without the approval of the commission.
(f) The commission may authorize corporations not for profit, incorporated in accordance with chapter 617 and approved by the Department of State, to operate for the benefit of the Governor’s Mansion. Any such corporation shall operate under contract to the commission. The commission shall adopt rules prescribing material conditions of the contract, including, but not limited to, provisions which prescribe procedures for acquiring and disposing of property by the corporation, which describe the relationship of the corporation to the commission, and which require the corporation to disclose material provisions of the contract to donors of gifts, contributions, or bequests.
(g) The commission also shall adopt rules governing the use of the state rooms of the Governor’s Mansion, the selection and acquisition of furnishings and decorations for these rooms, and the acceptance of gifts, contributions, bequests, or loans of property.
(4) The Department of Environmental Protection and the Department of State shall provide reasonable assistance when requested by the commission.
History.s. 1, ch. 57-61; s. 1, ch. 61-30; s. 10, ch. 63-400; ss. 22, 35, ch. 69-106; s. 2, ch. 75-70; s. 4, ch. 78-323; ss. 1, 3, 4, ch. 81-13; ss. 1, 4, ch. 82-46; s. 55, ch. 85-349; ss. 1, 2, 3, ch. 88-15; s. 5, ch. 91-429; s. 213, ch. 92-279; s. 55, ch. 92-326; s. 110, ch. 94-356; s. 856, ch. 95-148; s. 25, ch. 99-399; s. 285, ch. 2003-261.
272.185 Maintenance of Governor’s Mansion by Department of Management Services.
(1) The Department of Management Services shall maintain all structures, furnishings, equipment, and grounds of the Governor’s Mansion, except that the exterior facades; the landscaping of the grounds; the antique furnishings in the private quarters; the interiors of the state rooms; and the articles of furniture, fixtures, and decorative objects used or displayed in the state rooms shall be maintained pursuant to the directives of the Governor’s Mansion Commission.
(2) The department shall insure the Governor’s Mansion, its contents, and all structures and appurtenances thereto with the State Risk Management Trust Fund as provided in s. 284.01. The department may purchase any necessary insurance either by a primary insurance contract, excess coverage insurance, or reinsurance to cover the contents of the mansion, whether title of the contents is in the state or in any other person or entity not a resident of the mansion, notwithstanding the provision of s. 287.025.
(3) The department shall have authority to contract and be contracted with for work and materials required.
(4) The department shall keep a continuing and accurate inventory of all equipment and furnishings.
History.ss. 2, 3, ch. 57-61; s. 1, ch. 61-30; ss. 22, 35, ch. 69-106; s. 78, ch. 71-377; s. 2, ch. 75-70; s. 2, ch. 81-13; s. 1, ch. 81-316; s. 56, ch. 85-349; s. 214, ch. 92-279; s. 55, ch. 92-326; s. 59, ch. 96-418; s. 56, ch. 98-279; s. 26, ch. 99-399; s. 8, ch. 2000-122.
Note.Former s. 272.18(2), (3).