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The 2023 Florida Statutes (including Special Session C)

Chapter 509
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F.S. 509.281
509.281 Prosecution for violation; duty of state attorney; penalties.
(1) The division or an agent of the division, upon ascertaining by inspection that any public lodging establishment or public food service establishment is being operated contrary to the provisions of this chapter, shall make complaint and cause the arrest of the violator, and the state attorney, upon request of the division or agent, shall prepare all necessary papers and conduct the prosecution. The division shall proceed in the courts by mandamus or injunction whenever such proceedings may be necessary to the proper enforcement of the provisions of this chapter, of the rules adopted pursuant hereto, or of orders of the division.
(2) Any operator who obstructs or hinders any agent of the division in the proper discharge of the agent’s duties; who fails, neglects, or refuses to obtain a license or pay the license fee required by law; or who fails or refuses to perform any duty imposed upon it by law or rule is guilty of a misdemeanor of the second degree, punishable as provided in s. 775.082 or s. 775.083. Each day that such establishment is operated in violation of law or rule is a separate offense.
History.s. 11, ch. 6952, 1915; RGS 2131; CGL 3360; s. 9, ch. 29821, 1955; ss. 16, 35, ch. 69-106; s. 481, ch. 71-136; s. 21, ch. 73-325; s. 26, ch. 73-334; s. 3, ch. 76-168; s. 1, ch. 77-457; ss. 23, 39, 42, ch. 79-240; ss. 3, 4, ch. 81-161; ss. 2, 3, ch. 81-318; ss. 30, 51, 52, ch. 90-339; s. 4, ch. 91-429; s. 673, ch. 97-103.
Note.Former s. 511.12.