Florida Senate - 2018 SB 1052 By Senator Young 18-01353-18 20181052__ 1 A bill to be entitled 2 An act relating to lost or abandoned property; 3 amending s. 705.17, F.S.; providing that certain 4 provisions of ch. 705, F.S., do not apply to lost or 5 abandoned personal property on the premises of theme 6 parks, entertainment complexes, or other specified 7 facilities if certain conditions are met; creating s. 8 705.185, F.S.; providing for the disposal of lost or 9 abandoned personal property found on the premises of 10 certain theme parks, entertainment complexes, or other 11 specified facilities; specifying procedures as to the 12 property’s disposal; authorizing the rightful owner to 13 claim lost or abandoned property at any time before 14 its disposal; providing an effective date. 15 16 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida: 17 18 Section 1. Section 705.17, Florida Statutes, is amended to 19 read: 20 705.17 Exceptions.—Sections
The provisions of ss.705.101 21 705.106 do not apply of this chapter shall not be appliedto any 22 personal property lost or abandoned on the campus of any 23 institution in the State University System; oron premises owned 24 or controlled by the operator of a public-use airport having 25 regularly scheduled international passenger service; or on any 26 premises located within a theme park or entertainment complex, 27 as the term is defined in s. 509.013(9), or operated as a zoo, a 28 museum, or an aquarium, if the operator of such facility elects 29 to comply with s. 705.185. 30 Section 2. Section 705.185, Florida Statutes, is created to 31 read: 32 705.185 Disposal of personal property lost or abandoned on 33 the premises of certain facilities.—Whenever any lost or 34 abandoned personal property is found on any premises located 35 within a theme park or entertainment complex, as the term is 36 defined in s. 509.013(9), or operated as a zoo, a museum, or an 37 aquarium, if the operator of such facility elects to comply with 38 this section, persons controlling any premises located within 39 the facility shall deliver the lost or abandoned property to the 40 facility operator, who shall take charge of the property and 41 make a record of the date such property was found. If the 42 property is not claimed by the owner within 30 days after it is 43 found, or a longer period of time as may be deemed appropriate 44 by the facility operator, the facility operator shall dispose of 45 the property or donate it to a charitable institution that is 46 exempt from federal income tax under s. 501(c)(3) of the 47 Internal Revenue Code for sale or disposal as that charitable 48 institution deems appropriate. The rightful owner of the 49 property may reclaim the property at any time before the 50 disposition, sale, or donation of the property in accordance 51 with this section and the established policies and procedures of 52 the facility operator. 53 Section 3. This act shall take effect July 1, 2018.