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The 2023 Florida Statutes (including Special Session C)

Title XII
Chapter 165
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F.S. 165.031
165.031 Definitions.The following terms and phrases, when used in this chapter, shall have the meanings ascribed to them in this section, except where the context clearly indicates a different meaning:
(1) “County” means a political subdivision of the state established pursuant to s. 1, Art. VIII of the State Constitution.
(2) “Formation” means any one of the following activities:
(a) “Incorporation”The establishment of a municipality.
(b) “Dissolution”The dissolving of the corporate status of a municipality.
(c) “Merger”The merging of two or more municipalities with each other and with any unincorporated areas authorized pursuant to this act to form a new municipality; the merging of one or more municipalities or special districts, in any combination thereof, with each other; or the merging of one or more counties with one or more special districts.
(3) “Municipality” means a municipality created pursuant to general or special law authorized or recognized pursuant to s. 2 or s. 6, Art. VIII of the State Constitution.
(4) “Newspaper of general circulation” means a newspaper printed in the language most commonly spoken in the area within which it circulates, which is readily available for purchase by all inhabitants in its area of circulation, but does not include a newspaper intended primarily for members of a particular professional or occupational group, a newspaper the primary function of which is to carry legal notices, or a newspaper that is given away primarily to distribute advertising.
(5) “Parties affected” means any person owning property or residing in a municipality proposing a formation or in the territory that is proposed for a formation or any governmental unit with jurisdiction over such area.
(6) “Qualified voter” means any person registered to vote in accordance with law.
(7) “Special district” means a local unit of special government, as defined in s. 189.012. This term includes dependent special districts, as defined in s. 189.012, and independent special districts, as defined in s. 189.012. All provisions of s. 200.001(8)(d) and (e) shall be considered provisions of this chapter.
History.s. 1, ch. 74-192; s. 11, ch. 81-167; s. 71, ch. 81-259; s. 24, ch. 82-154; s. 11, ch. 83-55; s. 37, ch. 89-169; s. 481, ch. 2011-142; s. 1, ch. 2012-121; s. 65, ch. 2014-22.