2011 Florida Statutes
MEMORIALS, MUSEUMS, AND ARTS AND CULTURE
MEMORIALS, MUSEUMS, AND ARTS AND CULTURE
MEMORIALS, MUSEUMS, AND ARTS AND CULTURE
265.001 Florida Women’s Hall of Fame.
265.002 Legislative intent; Florida Medal of Honor Wall; duties of the Department of Veterans’ Affairs.
265.003 Florida Veterans’ Hall of Fame.
265.27 Loan of objects of art and artifacts.
265.281 Florida Arts and Culture Act; short title.
265.282 Legislative intent.
265.284 Chief cultural officer; director of division; powers and duties.
265.285 Florida Council on Arts and Culture; membership, duties.
265.286 Art and cultural grants.
265.2865 Florida Artists Hall of Fame.
265.32 County fine arts council.
265.565 Property loaned to museums; obligations to lenders; notice; loan termination; acquisition of title; liens; conservation or disposal.
265.601 Cultural Endowment Program; short title.
265.602 Legislative intent.
265.603 Definitions relating to Cultural Endowment Program.
265.605 Cultural Endowment Program; rulemaking.
265.606 Cultural Endowment Program; administration; qualifying criteria; matching fund program levels; distribution.
265.701 Cultural facilities; grants for acquisition, renovation, or construction; funding; approval; allocation.
265.7025 Definitions relating to historic programs.
265.703 Citizen support organizations; use of state administrative services and property; audit.
265.704 Historical museums; powers and duties of the Division of Cultural Affairs.
265.705 State policy relative to historical properties.
265.706 Objects of historical or archaeological value.
265.707 Museum of Florida History and programs; other historical museums.
265.001 Florida Women’s Hall of Fame.—
(1) It is the intent of the Legislature to recognize and honor those women who, through their works and lives, have made significant contributions to the improvement of life for women and for all citizens of Florida.
(2)(a) There is hereby established the Florida Women’s Hall of Fame. The Department of Management Services shall set aside an area on the Plaza Level of the Capitol Building and shall consult with the Florida Commission on the Status of Women regarding the design and theme of such area.
(b) Each person who is selected as a member shall have a designation placed in the Florida Women’s Hall of Fame, which designation shall provide information regarding the member’s particular discipline or contribution and any vital information relating to the member.
(3)(a) Every year, the commission shall accept nominations for persons to be recommended as members of the Florida Women’s Hall of Fame. The commission shall recommend to the Governor 10 persons from which up to three members shall be selected.
(b) In making recommendations pursuant to this subsection, the commission shall recommend women who were born in Florida or adopted Florida as their home state and base of operation and who have made a significant contribution to the enhancement of women in this state.
(4) The Florida Commission on the Status of Women may set specific time periods for acceptance of nominations and the selection of members to coincide with the appropriate activities of the Florida Women’s Hall of Fame.
History.—s. 1, ch. 92-48; s. 15, ch. 95-143; s. 41, ch. 98-279; s. 41, ch. 2000-158; s. 3, ch. 2000-340.
265.002 Legislative intent; Florida Medal of Honor Wall; duties of the Department of Veterans’ Affairs.—
(1) It is the intent of the Florida Legislature to recognize and honor those who are accredited, or associated by birth, to the State of Florida, who through their conspicuous bravery and gallantry during wartime, and at considerable risk to their own lives, were made recipients of the Medal of Honor. In doing so, these members of our Armed Forces brought great credit upon themselves, their military units, and the State of Florida.
(2)(a) There is hereby established the Florida Medal of Honor Wall. The Department of Management Services shall, in consultation with the Department of Veterans’ Affairs, designate an appropriate area on the Plaza Level of the Capitol Building in Tallahassee for this purpose. The department shall also subsequently consult with the Department of Veterans’ Affairs regarding the design and theme of such area.
(b) Each recipient who is accredited, or associated by birth, to the State of Florida and has been awarded the Medal of Honor shall have a plaque or similar designation approved by the Department of Veterans’ Affairs placed on the Medal of Honor Wall, which designation shall provide information regarding the Floridian’s particular act of heroism as well as other information relating to the nature of the act.
(3) Verification of residency, dates of the receipt of the award, and other specific information pertaining to each recipient shall be the responsibility of the Department of Veterans’ Affairs, which shall certify eligibility for inclusion of individuals to be added to the Florida Medal of Honor Wall.
History.—s. 1, ch. 96-208; s. 42, ch. 98-279; s. 2, ch. 2008-84.
265.003 Florida Veterans’ Hall of Fame.—
(1) It is the intent of the Legislature to recognize and honor those military veterans who, through their works and lives during or after military service, have made a significant contribution to the State of Florida.
(2) There is established the Florida Veterans’ Hall of Fame.
(a) The Florida Veterans’ Hall of Fame is administered by the Florida Department of Veterans’ Affairs without appropriation of state funds.
(b) The Department of Management Services shall set aside an area on the Plaza Level of the Capitol Building along the northeast front wall and shall consult with the Department of Veterans’ Affairs regarding the design and theme of the area.
(c) Each person who is inducted into the Florida Veterans’ Hall of Fame shall have his or her name placed on a plaque displayed in the designated area of the Capitol Building.
(3)(a) The Department of Veterans’ Affairs shall annually accept nominations of persons to be considered for induction into the Florida Veterans’ Hall of Fame and shall then transmit its recommendations to the Governor and the Cabinet who will select the nominees to be inducted.
(b) In making its recommendations to the Governor and the Cabinet, the Department of Veterans’ Affairs shall give preference to veterans who were born in Florida or adopted Florida as their home state or base of operation and who have made a significant contribution to the state in civic, business, public service, or other pursuits.
(4) The Department of Veterans’ Affairs may establish criteria and set specific time periods for acceptance of nominations and for the process of selection of nominees for membership and establish a formal induction ceremony to coincide with the annual commemoration of Veterans’ Day.
History.—s. 1, ch. 2011-168.
265.27 Loan of objects of art and artifacts.—The Board of Trustees of the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art is hereby given authority to make temporary loans of paintings and other objects of art or artifacts belonging to the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art for the purpose of public exhibition in art museums, other museums, or institutions of higher learning wherever located, including such museums or institutions in other states or countries. Temporary loans may also be made to the executive mansion in Tallahassee, chapters and affiliates of the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, and, for educational purposes, to schools, public libraries, or other institutions in the state, where such exhibition will benefit the general public as in the judgment of the board of trustees is deemed wise and for the best interest of the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, and under policies established by the board of trustees and approved by the Department of State for the protection of the paintings and other objects of art and artifacts. In making temporary loans, the board of trustees shall give first preference to art museums, other museums, and institutions of higher learning.
History.—s. 1, ch. 59-61; ss. 10, 35, ch. 69-106; s. 1, ch. 77-15; s. 1, ch. 78-254; s. 4, ch. 78-323; ss. 2, 3, ch. 81-8; ss. 1, 4, ch. 82-46; s. 2, ch. 83-265; ss. 3, 4, ch. 90-114; s. 5, ch. 91-429; s. 3, ch. 94-157.
Note.—Former s. 272.20.
265.281 Florida Arts and Culture Act; short title.—Sections 265.281-265.709 may be cited as the “Florida Arts and Culture Act.”
History.—s. 1, ch. 80-319; s. 3, ch. 2009-72.
265.282 Legislative intent.—The Legislature recognizes the vast cultural resources available in Florida for the development, promotion, and enjoyment of arts and culture. It is the intent of the Legislature to provide state support for, and to gain national and international recognition of, the efforts, works, and performances of Florida artists, art agencies, museums, and nonprofit organizations. Furthermore, the Legislature shall foster and ensure, through the state arts administrative agency programs authorized in this act, that arts and culture have a significant and positive effect on Florida residents.
History.—s. 1, ch. 80-319; s. 4, ch. 2009-72.
265.283 Definitions.—The following definitions shall apply to ss. 265.281-265.709:
(1) “Council” means the Florida Council on Arts and Culture.
(2) “Department” means the Department of State.
(3) “Director” means the Director of the Division of Cultural Affairs of the Department of State.
(4) “Division” means the Division of Cultural Affairs of the Department of State.
(5) “Panel” means a grant review panel.
(6) “Secretary” means the Secretary of State.
(7) “Arts and cultural disciplines” include, but are not limited to, music, dance, theatre, creative writing, literature, architecture, painting, sculpture, folk arts, photography, crafts, media arts, visual arts, programs of museums, and other such allied, major art forms.
(8) “Local arts agency” means a public or private nonprofit organization located in Florida and operating on a permanent basis for the primary purpose of strengthening, supporting, and stabilizing the activities of one or more county art and cultural constituencies.
(9) “Historical museum” means a department or agency of state or local government or a public or private nonprofit organization located in Florida and operating on a permanent basis for the primary purpose of sponsoring, producing, and exhibiting educational programs that are related to the historical resources of Florida.
(10) “Science museum” means a public or private nonprofit organization located in Florida and operating on a permanent basis for the primary purpose of sponsoring, producing, and exhibiting programs for the observation and study of various types of natural science and science technology.
(11) “Youth and children’s museum” means a public or private nonprofit organization located in Florida and operating on a permanent basis for the primary purpose of sponsoring, producing, and exhibiting multidisciplinary and participatory programs for visitors who are 6 months to 15 years old, and their families, teachers, and caregivers.
(12) “State service organization” means a public or private nonprofit organization located in Florida operating on a permanent basis for the primary purpose of implementing programs that have cultural significance and that emphasize American creativity and the maintenance and encouragement of professional excellence.
(13) “Arts in education grants” means grants used to cultivate the learning and artistic development of all students and teachers by promoting, encouraging, and supporting arts and culture as an integral part of education and lifelong learning for residents and visitors.
(14) “Cultural support grants” means grants that provide support for general programs and specific cultural projects.
(15) “State touring program grants” means grants used to provide performances, activities, and exhibitions by Florida artists to communities.
(16) “Underserved arts community assistance program grants” means grants used by qualified organizations under the Rural Economic Development Initiative, pursuant to ss. 288.0656 and 288.06561, for the purpose of economic and organizational development for underserved cultural organizations.
(17) “Culture Builds Florida grants” means grants used for the purpose of connecting the arts to key areas of the division’s long-term strategic plan.
History.—s. 1, ch. 80-319; s. 1, ch. 81-127; s. 8, ch. 90-267; s. 5, ch. 2009-72.
265.284 Chief cultural officer; director of division; powers and duties.—
(1) The Secretary of State is the chief cultural officer of the state.
(2) The division is the state arts administrative agency and shall be headed by a director who shall serve at the pleasure of the secretary.
(3) The division shall directly administer and oversee all of the programs authorized by this act. In furtherance thereof, the division shall:
(a) Accept and administer state and federal funds appropriated by the Legislature or funds received from other public or private sources.
(b) Advance funds for grants on a quarterly basis.
(c) Enter into agreements for awarding grants or other contracts with any person, firm, performing arts company, educational institution, arts organization, corporation, or governmental agency as may be necessary or advisable to carry out its functions under this act.
(d) Upon request, or at its own initiative, consult with and advise other individuals, groups, organizations, or state agencies and officials, particularly the Governor and the Cabinet, concerning the acquisition by gift or purchase of fine art works, the appropriate use and display of state-owned art treasures for maximum public benefit, and the suitability of any structures or fixtures, including framing, primarily intended for ornamental or decorative purposes in the interior of public buildings.
(e) Accept on behalf of the state donations of money, property, art objects, and antiquities. Such donations of money and any cash income may be received from the disposal of any donations of property, art objects, or antiquities, which shall be deposited into the Grants and Donations Trust Fund and are hereby appropriated for use by the division for the purposes authorized in this act.
(f) Sponsor performances and exhibits; promote and encourage the study and appreciation of arts and culture; and collect, publish, and print pamphlets, papers, newsletters, and other materials related to arts and cultural programs available throughout the state.
(g) Conduct and support cultural programs and cultural exchanges by coordinating with the appropriate state agencies and other organizations.
(h) Accept funding and other forms of support for the purposes in this act.
(i) Notwithstanding s. 287.022 or s. 287.025(1)(e), enter into contracts to insure museum collections, artifacts, relics, and fine arts to which it holds title or which are on loan to the division.
(j) Adopt rules pursuant to ss. 120.536(1) and 120.54 to implement this subsection.
History.—ss. 1, 2, ch. 80-319; s. 1, ch. 92-61; s. 194, ch. 92-279; s. 55, ch. 92-326; s. 5, ch. 95-282; s. 2, ch. 95-333; s. 52, ch. 98-200; s. 48, ch. 2001-61; s. 4, ch. 2003-401; s. 7, ch. 2005-207; s. 6, ch. 2009-72; s. 2, ch. 2010-20.
265.285 Florida Council on Arts and Culture; membership, duties.—
(1)(a) The Florida Council on Arts and Culture is created within the department as an advisory body, as defined in s. 20.03(7), consisting of 15 members. Seven members shall be appointed by the Governor, four members shall be appointed by the President of the Senate, and four members shall be appointed by the Speaker of the House of Representatives. The appointments, to be made in consultation with the Secretary of State, shall recognize the need for geographical representation. Council members appointed by the Governor shall be appointed for 4-year terms beginning on January 1 of the year of appointment. Council members appointed by the President of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives shall be appointed for 2-year terms beginning on January 1 of the year of appointment. A member of the council who serves two 4-year terms or two 2-year terms is not eligible for reappointment for 1 year following the expiration of the member’s second term. A member whose term has expired shall continue to serve on the council until such time as a replacement is appointed. Any vacancy on the council shall be filled for the remainder of the unexpired term in the same manner as for the original appointment. Members should have a substantial history of community service in the performing or visual arts, which includes, but is not limited to, theatre, dance, folk arts, music, architecture, photography, literature, and media arts, or in the areas of science, history, or children’s museums. In addition, it is desirable that members have successfully served on boards of cultural institutions such as museums and performing arts centers or are recognized as patrons of the arts.
(b) The members shall elect a chair from their number annually. The council shall meet at the call of its chair, at the request of the division, or at such times as may be prescribed by its rules. A majority of the members of the council constitutes a quorum, and a meeting may not be held with less than a quorum present. The affirmative vote of a majority of the members of the council present is necessary for any official action by the council.
(c) Members of the council and panels may not receive any compensation for their services but shall be reimbursed for travel and expenses incurred in the performance of their duties, as provided in s. 112.061.
(d) If a member of the council is absent from two consecutive meetings or any two regularly scheduled meetings in any calendar year, the council member’s appointment shall be terminated unless the original appointing authority determines that extenuating circumstances exist.
(e) The original appointing authority may remove any of his or her appointees from the council for misconduct or malfeasance in office, neglect of duty, incompetence, or permanent inability to perform official duties or if there has been an adjudication that the member is guilty of a felony.
(2) The council shall:
(a) Advocate for arts and culture by encouraging the study and presentation of arts and cultural activities that are of public interest and encourage participation in such activities throughout the state.
(b) Advise the secretary in matters pertaining to arts and cultural programs and grants administered by the division.
(c) Encourage the participation in and appreciation of arts and culture to meet the needs and aspirations of persons in all parts of the state.
(d) Encourage public interest in the state’s cultural heritage and expand its cultural resources.
(e) Encourage and assist freedom of artistic expression that is essential for the well-being of the arts.
(f) Advise the secretary in matters concerning the awarding of grants for arts and culture as authorized in this act.
(g) Review applications for grants for the acquisition, renovation, or construction of cultural facilities and recommend a priority for the receipt of such grants, as provided in s. 265.701.
History.—ss. 1, 4, ch. 80-319; ss. 2, 4, 5, ch. 81-127; ss. 1, 4, ch. 82-46; s. 2, ch. 83-265; s. 1, ch. 84-8; s. 6, ch. 88-137; ss. 9, 12, 13, ch. 90-267; s. 5, ch. 91-429; s. 195, ch. 92-279; s. 55, ch. 92-326; s. 155, ch. 95-148; s. 1, ch. 96-151; s. 1, ch. 2002-202; s. 19, ch. 2004-5; s. 2, ch. 2006-111; s. 7, ch. 2009-72.
265.286 Art and cultural grants.—
(1) The secretary may appoint review panels consisting of members from various art and cultural disciplines and programs to assist the council in the grant review process. Each panel member shall be appointed to a 1-year term. Each panel shall consist of practicing artists or other professionals actively involved in the specific discipline or program for which the panel has been appointed. Each panel shall review and score grant applications and recommend to the council the applicants to which grants should be awarded. The panels shall submit lists of eligible applicants by score. The division shall adopt rules establishing a formula for such scoring.
(2) The council and each panel shall provide a forum for public comment before voting on any grant application.
(3) After the council reviews the lists of eligible applicants submitted by each review panel, it shall develop two lists, one of which must consist of eligible applicants for general program support funding and one of which must consist of eligible applicants for specific cultural project funding, and submit the lists to the secretary. The secretary shall review the council’s recommendations and, beginning July 1, 2010, include the lists of approved applicants in the department’s legislative budget request submitted to the Legislature.
(4) Project grants shall be funded from the secretary’s approved list by score until all appropriated funds are depleted. If specific project grant funds are returned to the division, it shall award such funds to the next grant applicant on the secretary’s list of approved applicants. General program support grants shall be awarded to applicants on the secretary’s list in amounts determined by rule.
(5) The division shall fund:
(a) Grants for general program support for science museums, youth and children’s museums, historical museums, local arts agencies, state service organizations, and organizations that have cultural program activities in any of the art and cultural disciplines defined in s. 265.283(7).
(b) Grants for specific cultural projects for arts in education, museums, Culture Builds Florida, or nonprofit public or private organizations having cultural project activity in any of the art and cultural disciplines.
(c) Grants for a touring program that has a selection procedure that ensures the maximum opportunity for Florida artists and cultural groups.
(d) An individual artist fellowship program. The division shall establish a selection procedure that identifies individual artists of exceptional talent and demonstrated ability and distribute grant appropriations as provided by rule.
(e) Other programs consistent with the purpose of this act.
(6) The division shall adopt rules establishing:
(a) Eligibility criteria for the award of grants, which may include, but need not be limited to, application requirements, program quality, artistic quality, creativity, potential public exposure and benefit, the ability to properly administer grant funds, professional excellence, fiscal stability, state or regional impact, matching requirements, and other requirements to further the purposes of this act.
(b) Particular grant programs, categories of grants, and procedures necessary for the prudent administration of the grant programs.
(c) The panel review process, including, but not limited to, criteria for reviewing grant applications to ensure compliance with applicable federal and state law, including those related to discrimination and conflicts of interest. The division may not award any new grant that will, in whole or in part, inure to the personal benefit of any council or review panel member during the member’s term of office if the council or panel member participated in the vote of the council or panel recommending the award. This paragraph does not prohibit the division from awarding a grant to an entity with which a council or panel member is associated.
(7) The division shall award grants:
(a) To supplement the financial support of artistic and cultural activities and programs that, without the assistance, may otherwise be unavailable to Florida residents.
(b) To activities and programs that have substantial artistic and cultural significance and emphasize creativity and professional excellence.
(c) To activities and programs that meet the professional standards or standards of authenticity of significant merit, regardless of origin.
(d) For other reasons consistent with this act.
(8) Eligible grantees must:
(a) Be a nonprofit, tax-exempt Florida corporation; or
(b) A local or state governmental entity, school district, community college, college, university, agency of state government, or artist engaged in or concerned with arts and cultural activities.
(9) In order to equitably distribute limited state funding, applicants may apply for and be awarded only one grant per annual grant cycle, except for cultural facilities, a cultural endowment, or touring program grants and individual artist fellowships.
(10) Of the total amount of grant funds available from all sources for grants, except cultural facilities and cultural endowments, 70 percent shall be awarded on at least a dollar-to-dollar matching basis. Up to 50 percent of the grantee’s match may consist of in-kind funds. Up to 30 percent of all grant funds may be awarded on a nonmatching basis, including individual fellowships.
(11) The division shall adopt rules to administer and implement this section.
History.—s. 1, ch. 80-319; s. 3, ch. 81-127; s. 128, ch. 83-217; s. 5, ch. 88-137; s. 2, ch. 89-359; ss. 7, 13, ch. 90-267; ss. 2, 7, ch. 91-214; s. 5, ch. 91-429; s. 1, ch. 92-77; s. 7, ch. 95-145; s. 2, ch. 2002-202; s. 8, ch. 2009-72.
265.2865 Florida Artists Hall of Fame.—
(1) It is the intent of the Legislature to recognize and honor those persons, living or dead, who have made significant contributions to the arts in this state, either as performing artists, or practicing artists in individual disciplines.
(2)(a) There is hereby created the Florida Artists Hall of Fame. The Florida Council on Arts and Culture shall identify an appropriate location in the public area of a building in the Capitol Center that is under the jurisdiction of the Department of Management Services, which location shall be set aside by the department and designated as the Florida Artists Hall of Fame.
(b) Each person who is selected as a member shall have a plaque placed in the Florida Artists Hall of Fame, which plaque shall designate the member’s particular discipline or contribution and shall set forth vital information relating to the member. Each member, or the person designated by the Secretary of State in the case of a posthumous selection, shall also receive a standardized memento of the member’s selection.
(3) The Florida Council on Arts and Culture shall accept nominations annually for persons to be recommended as members of the Florida Artists Hall of Fame. The council shall recommend to the Secretary of State persons to be named as members of the Florida Artists Hall of Fame. The council shall recommend as members of the Florida Artists Hall of Fame persons who were born in Florida or adopted Florida as their home state and base of operation and who have made a significant contribution to the enhancement of the arts in this state.
(4) The Secretary of State shall name no more than four members to the Florida Artists Hall of Fame in any one year.
(5) Any benefactor of the arts who was named to the Florida Artists Hall of Fame before October 1, 1995, shall remain in the Florida Artists Hall of Fame.
(6) The Division of Cultural Affairs of the Department of State shall adopt rules necessary to carry out the purposes of this section, including, but not limited to, procedures for accepting nominations to, making recommendations for, selecting members of the Florida Artists Hall of Fame, and providing travel expenses for such recipients. Notwithstanding the provisions of s. 112.061, the Secretary of State may approve first-class travel accommodations for recipients of the Florida Artists Hall of Fame award and their representatives for health or security purposes.
(7) The Secretary of State shall annually request an appropriation sufficient to carry out the purposes of this section.
History.—s. 1, ch. 86-169; s. 13, ch. 90-267; s. 78, ch. 91-221; s. 5, ch. 91-429; s. 196, ch. 92-279; s. 55, ch. 92-326; s. 2, ch. 93-46; s. 1, ch. 95-235; s. 43, ch. 98-279; s. 8, ch. 2005-207; s. 40, ch. 2010-5.
265.32 County fine arts council.—
(1) COUNTY AUTHORITY TO CREATE; PURPOSE.—Each county of the state is hereby vested with the authority to create a county fine arts council, hereinafter referred to as “council” or “arts council,” a public agency corporate and politic, for the purposes of:
(a) Stimulating greater governmental and public awareness and appreciation of the importance of the arts to the people of Florida.
(b) Encouraging and facilitating greater and more efficient use of governmental and private resources for the development and support of the arts.
(c) Encouraging and facilitating opportunities for Florida residents to participate in artistic activities.
(d) Promoting the development of Florida artists, arts institutions, community organizations sponsoring arts activities, and audiences.
(e) Surveying and assessing the needs of the arts, artists, arts institutions, community organizations sponsoring arts activities, and people of this state relating to the arts.
(f) Supporting and facilitating the preservation and growth of the state’s artistic resources.
(g) Contracting for artistic services, performances, and exhibits.
(h) Developing a center or complex of physical facilities for the use of the arts.
(i) Providing financial and technical assistance to artists, arts institutions, and audiences.
(j) Otherwise serving the citizens of the county and state in the realm of the arts.
The purposes provided by this section are hereby deemed to be public purposes.
(2) MEMBERSHIP AND ORGANIZATION.—
(a) Initial members of the arts council shall be appointed by the board of county commissioners and shall be selected in such manner as to assure that the general arts needs of the people in the county may best be served. It shall be remembered that each council member will be charged with the responsibility of serving the best interests of the arts in the county within the purposes of this act, and no council member shall view his or her role as that of representing any particular geographic area of the county, interest group, arts institution, community organization, or audience. No individual committed to, or owing allegiance to, any particular arts faction shall be eligible to serve on the council.
(b)1. If a county is creating a council under the provisions of this act, the arts council shall consist of 15 members. Vacancies which exist on the council shall be filled by the board of county commissioners. However, in filling any vacancy which occurs, the board of county commissioners shall select the replacement council member from a list of three candidates to be submitted by the remaining members of the council. In the event that none of the three candidates suggested meets commission approval, the council shall submit another and entirely different list for commission consideration. This process shall continue until a suitable replacement has been found to fill the existing or anticipated vacancy.
2. The council shall make the general public aware of any vacancy which occurs, or which is expected, by complying with the notice and publication requirements established in paragraph (f). The council shall then consider suggestions or recommendations made by members of the public; representative civic, labor, and cultural associations; and groups concerned with encouraging the development and appreciation of the arts before submitting any list of candidates to the board of county commissioners.
3. There shall be an ex officio member who shall be a member of the board of county commissioners to be designated by it. The council may authorize additional ex officio members from any municipality within the county which it determines deserves representation, and any such member shall be designated by the city commission from its membership. The council may also authorize other ex officio members from the general public when such membership will serve the best interests of the arts and help carry out the objectives and duties of the council.
(c) The term of office for each member shall be 4 years. All members of the council shall be qualified electors residing in the county.
(d) No council member who serves two full terms shall be reappointed to the council during the 2-year period following expiration of his or her term.
(e) No council member may receive compensation for his or her services, but each member may be reimbursed in accordance with chapter 112 for actual expenses necessarily incurred in the performance of his or her duties.
(f) For purposes of this section, notice and publication requirements shall be deemed to have been met by daily advertisement in a newspaper, or in any of the electronic media, with countywide circulation or exposure for a period of 3 days at least 10 days prior to the taking of the intended action.
(g) Council members may be removed for cause, and continued and unexcused absence shall constitute a form of, but not limit, such cause for removal. The removed member’s replacement shall be chosen as provided in paragraph (b). Removal shall only be accomplished by a two-thirds vote of the remaining council members.
(3) COUNCIL OFFICERS.—The council shall elect annually one of the members of the council to be its chair. No member of the council may serve as its chair for more than two terms. The council may annually elect such other officers as it deems appropriate.
(4) EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR.—The council may appoint an executive director who shall be a full-time employee and shall serve at the pleasure of, and at a salary fixed by, the council. The executive director shall carry out the policies and programs established by the council, shall employ, subject to council approval, such full-time and part-time staff and consultants as appropriate to carry out those policies and programs, and shall be in charge of the day-to-day operations of those policies and programs. The executive director may be empowered by the council to sign contracts, leases, and other agreements on its behalf.
(5) POWERS OF THE COUNCIL.—Within the limit of funds available to it and the conditions set forth in this act, the council shall have all legal powers necessary and appropriate to effectuate its purposes and duties as set forth in this act and as enumerated in the bylaws of the council. The council shall adopt at the earliest possible opportunity a set of bylaws enumerating its purposes, duties, powers, and rules of organization and operation, which bylaws shall not be inconsistent with, or exceed the provisions of, this act.
(6) BONDS AUTHORIZED.—
(a) Upon resolution of the county commission approving such authority, each county arts council created pursuant to this act shall have the power to issue, refund, or take any other action with respect to revenue bonds to finance or refinance a capital project as part I of chapter 159 authorizes, insofar as the provisions of part I of chapter 159 are applicable. For the purposes of this act, the term “unit,” as defined in s. 159.02, shall be deemed to include any county fine arts council created pursuant to this act, and the term “governing body,” as defined in s. 159.02, shall be deemed to include any county fine arts council created pursuant to this act.
(b) Bonds issued under the provisions of this act shall not constitute a debt of the county or any municipality therein or a pledge of the faith and credit of the county or any municipality therein, and a statement to that effect shall be recited on the face of the bonds. However, any county or municipality therein may, by express resolution, assume as its debt, or pledge its faith and credit as a guarantee of, the bonds of the county arts council if such bonds are issued to finance or refinance a capital project authorized by law and are approved by a vote of the electors.
(7) COUNCIL MEETINGS; PUBLIC HEARINGS; COMMITTEES AND ADVISERS; REPORTS; RULES.—
(a) The council shall meet at least quarterly pursuant to notice and at such times and places as the council shall determine. One-half of the council membership, plus one, shall comprise a quorum for the transaction of business at council meetings.
(b) The council shall hold at least one public hearing annually, pursuant to public notice specifying the date and place of hearing and the subjects to be considered, for the purposes of making the council’s work known and investigating and assessing the needs and development of the arts in the county. Notwithstanding the publication of an agenda for the annual meeting, the specification of subjects shall not preclude consideration of any other subject pertinent to the above-stated purpose of the meeting if that other subject is raised by any county resident present at the meeting.
(c) The council may establish such working committees of council members as it deems appropriate to carry out its objectives, duties, and powers.
(d) The council may convene such advisory panels and may consult with such advisers and experts as it deems necessary and appropriate for carrying out its objectives, duties, and powers.
(e) The council shall formulate and publish rules setting forth the criteria pursuant to which its financial aid is given and such other rules regarding its activities as it deems appropriate.
(f) The county arts council may, from time to time and at any time, submit to the Florida Council on Arts and Culture a report summarizing its activities and setting forth any recommendations it considers appropriate, including recommendations with respect to present or proposed legislation concerning state encouragement and support of the arts.
(8) ACT FOR PUBLIC PURPOSE; EFFECT ON EXISTING COUNCILS.—
(a) This act, being for public purpose and for the welfare of the citizens of Florida, shall be liberally construed to effect the purposes hereof.
(b) Nothing in this act shall affect the operation or structure of any existing arts council that provides service to any community or county and is so recognized by members of said community or county. Nonetheless, any existing council may be reorganized by resolution of the board of county commissioners into a public agency corporate and politic as provided in subsection (1); however, the council shall conform to the provisions of subsection (2) except as to number of appointed members. In such case, any and all prior enabling legislation pursuant to which said council was established shall be repealed and superseded by this act insofar as it is inconsistent with this act. Council members serving at the time of passage of the hereinbefore mentioned resolution may serve for the remaining portions of their terms. In the event that some council members are elected to their positions, those positions shall continue to be filled by election as they had been previously.
History.—ss. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9, 10, ch. 76-244; s. 1, ch. 77-174; s. 129, ch. 83-217; s. 14, ch. 90-267; s. 11, ch. 91-49; s. 156, ch. 95-148; s. 41, ch. 2010-5.
265.565 Property loaned to museums; obligations to lenders; notice; loan termination; acquisition of title; liens; conservation or disposal.—
(1) LEGISLATIVE FINDINGS.—The people of Florida benefit from having property of artistic, historic, cultural, or scientific value loaned to museums in this state. Loans of such property are made to these museums for study or display in furtherance of their educational purposes. However, problems arise in relation to loans for indefinite or long terms when museums and lenders fail to maintain contact. Museums routinely store and care for loaned property long after loan periods have expired or should reasonably be deemed expired. In such circumstances, museums have limited rights to the use and treatment of unclaimed loan property, while at the same time they bear substantial unreimbursed expenses, including, but not limited to, costs related to storage, recordkeeping, climate control, security, periodic inspection, insurance, conservation, and general overhead. The Legislature finds and declares that it is in the public interest to establish uniform procedures governing the disposition of unclaimed property on loan to museums in the state and, more particularly, to encourage museums and their lenders to exercise due diligence in monitoring loans, to allocate fairly responsibilities between lenders and borrowing museums, to establish procedures for lenders to preserve their interests in property loaned to museums for indefinite or long terms, and to resolve expeditiously the title to unclaimed loans left in the custody of museums.
(a) “Lender” means an individual, corporation, partnership, trust estate, or other organization or entity whose name appears in the records of the museum as the entity legally entitled to control property on loan to the museum.
(b) “Loans,” “loaned,” or “on loan” refers to property in possession of the museum not accompanied by a transfer of title to the property or accompanied by evidence that the lender intended to retain title to the property and to return to take physical possession of the property in the future.
(c) “Museum” means a public or private not-for-profit agency or institution located in Florida and organized on a permanent basis for primarily educational, scientific, or aesthetic purposes, which owns or utilizes tangible objects, cares for them, and exhibits them to the public on a regular basis.
(d) “Property” means all tangible objects in the custody of a museum which have intrinsic historical, artistic, scientific, or cultural value.
(e) “Records” or “museum records” means documents created or held by a museum in its regular course of business.
(f) “Unclaimed property” means property which is on loan to the museum and in regard to which the lender, or anyone acting legitimately on the lender’s behalf, has not contacted the museum for at least 25 years from the date of the beginning of the loan, if the loan was for an indefinite or undetermined period, or for at least 5 years after the date upon which the loan for a definite period expired.
(3) OBLIGATIONS OF MUSEUMS TO LENDERS.—
(a) For property loaned to a museum after the effective date of this act, the museum shall:
1. Make and retain a written record containing, at a minimum, the lender’s name, address, and telephone number, a description of the property loaned in sufficient detail for clear identification, including a description of the general condition of the property at the time of the loan, the beginning date of the loan, and the expiration date of the loan.
2. Provide the lender with a signed receipt or loan agreement containing, at a minimum, the record set forth in subparagraph 1.
3. Inform the lender of the existence of the provisions of this act and provide the lender with a copy of the provisions of this act upon the lender’s request.
(b) Regardless of the date of a loan of property, the museum shall:
1. Update its records if a lender informs the museum of a change of address or change in ownership of property loaned, or if the lender and museum negotiate a change in the duration of the loan.
2. Inform the lender of the existence of the provisions of this act when renewing or updating the records of an existing loan and provide the lender with a copy of the provisions of this act upon the lender’s request.
(c) A museum shall give a lender prompt notice of any known injury to or loss of property on loan.
(4) LENDER’S NOTICE.—
(a) It is the responsibility of the owner of property on loan to a museum to notify the museum promptly in writing of any change in the lender’s address or change in ownership of the property. Failure to notify the museum of these changes may result in the owner’s loss of rights to the property.
(b) It is the responsibility of a successor of a lender to document passage of rights of control of the property in the custody of a museum.
1. Unless there is evidence of bad faith or gross negligence, no museum shall be prejudiced by reason of any failure to deal with the true owner of any loaned property.
2. In cases of disputed ownership of loaned property, a museum shall not be held liable for its refusal to surrender loaned property in its possession except in reliance upon a court order or judgment.
(5) TERMINATION OF LOANS.—
(a) A museum may terminate a loan for unclaimed property in its possession by making a good faith and reasonable search for the identity and last known address of the lender from the museum records and other records reasonably available to museum staff. If the museum is able to identify the lender and the lender’s last known address, the museum shall give notice to the lender that the loan is terminated pursuant to paragraph (b). If the identity or last known address of the lender remains unknown after a good faith and reasonable search, the museum shall give notice by publication pursuant to paragraph (c).
(b) A museum shall provide notice of termination of a loan of unclaimed property by sending a letter by certified mail to the lender at the lender’s last known address giving notice of termination of the loan, which shall include the date of notice of termination, the name of the lender, a description of the property sufficient in detail for ready identification, the beginning date of the loan, if known, the termination date of the loan, if applicable, the name and address of the appropriate museum official to be contacted regarding the loan, and a statement that within 90 days of the date of the notice of termination, the lender is required to remove the property from the museum or contact the designated official in the museum to preserve the lender’s interests in the property. Failure to provide such notice will result in the loss of all rights in the property pursuant to subsection (6).
(c) If the museum is unable to identify sufficient information to send notice pursuant to paragraph (b), or if a signed return receipt of a notice sent by certified mail pursuant to paragraph (b) is not received by the museum within 30 days after the notice is mailed, the museum shall publish the notice of termination of loan containing all the information available to the museum provided in paragraph (b) at least twice, 60 or more days apart, in a publication of general circulation in the county in which the museum is located and the county of the lender’s last known address, if known.
(6) MUSEUM GAINING TITLE TO PROPERTY; CONDITIONS.—As of the effective date of this act, a museum acquires title to unclaimed property under any of the following circumstances:
(a) For property for which a museum provides notice to a lender in accordance with paragraph (5)(b) and a signed receipt is received, if the lender of the property does not contact the museum within 90 days after the date notice was received.
(b) For property for which notice by publication is made pursuant to paragraph (5)(c), if the lender or anyone claiming a legal interest in the property does not contact the museum within 90 days after the date of the second publication.
(7) CONTRACTUAL OBLIGATIONS.—Notwithstanding the provisions of this act, a lender and museum can bind themselves to different loan provisions by written contract.
(8) EFFECT ON OTHER RIGHTS.—
(a) Property on loan to a museum shall not escheat to the state under any state escheat law but shall pass to the museum under the provisions of subsection (6).
(b) Property interests other than those specifically addressed in this act are not altered by this act.
(9) TITLE OF PROPERTY ACQUIRED FROM A MUSEUM.—A museum which acquires title to property under this act passes good title to another when transferring such property with the intent to pass title.
(10) MUSEUM LIEN FOR EXPENSES OF EXPIRED LOANS.—As of the effective date of this act, a museum shall have a lien for expenses for reasonable care of loaned property unclaimed after the expiration date of the loan.
(11) CONSERVATION OR DISPOSAL OF LOANED PROPERTY.—Unless there is a written loan agreement to the contrary, a museum may apply conservation measures to or dispose of a loaned property without a lender’s permission if:
(a) Immediate action is required to protect the property on loan or to protect other property in the custody of the museum, or because the property on loan has become a hazard to the health and safety of the public or the museum’s staff and:
1. The museum is unable to reach the lender at the lender’s last address of record, so that the museum and the lender can promptly agree upon a solution; or
2. The lender will not agree to the protective measures the museum recommends yet is unwilling or unable to terminate the loan and retrieve the property.
(b) In the case of a lender who cannot be contacted in person, the museum publishes a notice of its intent to apply conservation measures or dispose of the property on loan in a publication of general circulation in the county in which the museum is located and the county of the lender’s last known address, if known, and there is no response for 60 days. Such a notice shall also contain the lender’s name, the lender’s address, if known, the date of the loan, and the name, address, and telephone number of the appropriate museum office to be contacted for information regarding the property on loan.
(12) If a museum applies conservation measures to or disposes of a property pursuant to subsection (11), the museum shall have a lien on the property and on the proceeds from any disposition thereof for the costs incurred by the museum, and the museum shall not be liable for injury to or loss of the property if:
(a) The museum had a reasonable belief at the time the action was taken that the action was necessary to protect the property on loan or other property in the custody of the museum, or that the property on loan constituted a hazard to the health and safety of the public or the museum’s staff.
(b) The museum exercised reasonable care in the choice and application of conservation measures.
History.—s. 1, ch. 97-267.
265.601 Cultural Endowment Program; short title.—Sections 265.601-265.607 may be cited as the “Cultural Endowment Program.”
History.—s. 1, ch. 85-152; s. 2, ch. 96-386.
265.602 Legislative intent.—The Legislature recognizes the critical need for significant additional funding which is currently being experienced by local cultural organizations in this state. Furthermore, the Legislature recognizes that this supplemental funding should be available on a recurring basis, and should be primarily utilized for the day-to-day expenses incurred by cultural groups. It is, therefore, the intent of the Legislature to create an endowment matching fund program which will guarantee sufficient operating resources for those organizations which participate.
History.—s. 2, ch. 85-152; s. 3, ch. 96-386.
265.603 Definitions relating to Cultural Endowment Program.—The following terms and phrases when used in ss. 265.601-265.607 shall have the meaning ascribed to them in this section, except where the context clearly indicates a different meaning:
(1) “Department” means the Department of State.
(2) “Division” means the Division of Cultural Affairs of the Department of State.
(3) “Cultural” means the disciplines of dance, music, theater, visual arts, literature, media arts, interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary, and programs of museums.
(4) “Secretary” means the Secretary of State.
(5) “Sponsoring organization” means a cultural organization which:
(a) Is designated as not for profit pursuant to s. 501(c)(3) or (4) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1954;
(b) Is described in, and allowed to receive contributions pursuant to, the provisions of s. 170 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1954;
(c) Is a corporation not for profit incorporated pursuant to chapter 617; and
(d) Is primarily and directly responsible for conducting, creating, producing, presenting, staging, or sponsoring a cultural exhibit, performance, or event. This provision includes museums owned and operated by political subdivisions of the state, except those constituted pursuant to s. 1004.67.
History.—s. 3, ch. 85-152; s. 1, ch. 88-255; s. 1, ch. 91-132; s. 4, ch. 96-386; s. 931, ch. 2002-387.
265.605 Cultural Endowment Program; rulemaking.—
(1) The department shall adopt rules pursuant to ss. 120.536(1) and 120.54 to implement the provisions of this act.
(2) Information which, if released, would identify donors and amounts contributed by donors to the trust fund, or to the local organization’s matching fund, is, at the request of the donor, confidential and exempt from the provisions of s. 119.07(1). Information which, if released, would identify prospective donors is confidential and exempt from the provisions of s. 119.07(1) when the department or the local organization has identified the prospective donor itself and has not obtained the name of the prospective donor by copying, purchasing, or borrowing names from another organization or source.
History.—s. 4, ch. 85-152; s. 6, ch. 86-169; s. 4, ch. 88-255; s. 3, ch. 89-55; s. 90, ch. 90-360; s. 2, ch. 91-132; s. 4, ch. 92-77; s. 5, ch. 96-386; s. 118, ch. 96-406; s. 5, ch. 96-418; s. 53, ch. 98-200.
265.606 Cultural Endowment Program; administration; qualifying criteria; matching fund program levels; distribution.—
(1) To be eligible for receipt of state matching funds, the local sponsoring organization shall meet all of the following criteria:
(a) Establish a cultural endowment program fund or funds, which it shall administer and invest.
(b) Deposit into the appropriate program fund account the required matching funds which have been collected from new public and private donations and gifts having a total annual value of at least $360,000 for each individual endowment.
(c) Be designated a cultural sponsoring organization by the department, if recommended by the Florida Council on Arts and Culture to the Secretary of State pursuant to the procedures contained in s. 265.285.
(2) Contributions to the sponsoring organization for which state matching funds may be received shall include cash or negotiable securities.
(3) Each individual endowment in this program shall have a total value of $600,000 of which $360,000 shall be raised by the sponsoring organization with the remaining $240,000 in matching funds being contributed by the state. A sponsoring organization that receives a matching fund endowment is eligible to apply for additional matching fund endowments; however, additional endowments shall not be awarded to a sponsoring organization more frequently than once every 36 months. Application for and award of each matching fund endowment must comply with the requirements of this section, including the matching fund requirements. A sponsoring organization may establish an endowment program fund for each endowment, or may combine two or more endowments in one program fund.
(4) Once the secretary has determined that the sponsoring organization has complied with the criteria imposed by this section, he or she may authorize the transfer of the appropriate state matching funds to the organization. However, the secretary shall ensure that the local group has made prudent arrangements for the trusteeship of the entire endowment, and such trusteeship is hereby created. The sponsoring organization may then expend moneys in the endowment program fund, subject to the following requirements:
(a) The organization may expend funds only for operating costs incurred while engaged in programs directly related to cultural activities.
(b) The organization shall annually submit a report to the division, in such form as the division specifies, explaining how endowment program funds were utilized.
(5) The $240,000 state matching fund endowment for each individual endowment shall revert to the General Revenue Fund if any of the following events occurs:
(a) The recipient sponsoring organization is no longer able to manage an endowment.
(b) The recipient sponsoring organization files for protection under federal bankruptcy provisions.
(c) The recipient sponsoring organization willfully expends a portion of the endowment principal of any individual endowment.
(6)(a) Preservation of the $600,000 capital value of each endowment shall be the primary investment constraint upon the trustee.
(b) The investment objectives of the trustee are to preserve the principal amount of each endowment while maximizing current income through the use of investment-quality financial instruments of the types set forth in rules promulgated by the department. The market value of $600,000 for each individual endowment in a local cultural endowment program fund shall be maintained.
(7) Qualified sponsoring organizations which are approved and recommended by the Secretary of State and not funded by the Legislature shall be retained on the Cultural Endowment Program priority list for the following fiscal year. All organizations that are retained shall be required to meet the definition of a sponsoring organization and qualifying criteria as required in this section and by the Department of State for the Cultural Endowment Program.
History.—s. 6, ch. 85-152; s. 4, ch. 86-169; s. 76, ch. 87-224; ss. 13, 15, ch. 90-267; s. 3, ch. 91-132; s. 5, ch. 91-429; s. 157, ch. 95-148; s. 6, ch. 96-386; s. 6, ch. 96-418; s. 1, ch. 2001-113; s. 9, ch. 2005-207; s. 3, ch. 2006-111; s. 42, ch. 2010-5.
265.701 Cultural facilities; grants for acquisition, renovation, or construction; funding; approval; allocation.—
(1) The Division of Cultural Affairs may accept and administer moneys appropriated to it for providing grants to counties, municipalities, and qualifying nonprofit corporations for the acquisition, renovation, or construction of cultural facilities.
(2) A county, municipality, or qualified corporation may apply for a grant of state funds for the acquisition, renovation, or construction of a cultural facility. For the purposes of this section, a “qualified corporation” is a corporation which is designated a not-for-profit corporation pursuant to s. 501(c)(3) or (4) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1954, and which is described in, and allowed to receive contributions pursuant to the provisions of, s. 170 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1954, and which is a corporation not for profit incorporated pursuant to chapter 617. The state grant must be matched by a contribution from the county, municipality, or nonprofit corporation in an amount to be determined by the Department of State.
(3) The Florida Council on Arts and Culture shall review each application for a grant to acquire, renovate, or construct a cultural facility which is submitted pursuant to subsection (2) and shall submit annually to the Secretary of State for approval lists of all applications that are recommended by the council for the award of grants, arranged in order of priority. The division may allocate grants only for projects that are approved or for which funds are appropriated by the Legislature. Projects approved and recommended by the Secretary of State which are not funded by the Legislature shall be retained on the project list for the following grant cycle only. All projects that are retained shall be required to submit such information as may be required by the department as of the established deadline date of the latest grant cycle in order to adequately reflect the most current status of the project.
(4) Any contract administered under this section shall require the recordation of a restrictive covenant by the grantee and property owner or the purchase of a bond as prescribed by rule to ensure that the facility continues to be used as a cultural facility for a period of 10 years following the grant award. If the facility ceases to be used as a cultural facility during the 10 years following the grant award, the grant funds shall be repaid to the department according to an amortization schedule set forth in rule.
(5) The Division of Cultural Affairs shall adopt rules prescribing the criteria to be applied by the Florida Council on Arts and Culture in recommending applications for the award of grants and rules providing for the administration of the other provisions of this section.
History.—s. 7, ch. 88-137; ss. 11, 13, ch. 90-267; s. 5, ch. 91-429; s. 10, ch. 2005-207; s. 43, ch. 2010-5.
265.7025 Definitions relating to historic programs.—For the purposes of ss. 265.7025-265.709, the term:
(1) “Agency” means any state, county, or municipal officer, department, division, board, bureau, commission, or other separate unit of government created or established by law.
(2) “Division” means the Division of Cultural Affairs of the Department of State.
(3) “Florida history museum” means a public or private nonprofit institution that is established permanently in this state for the purpose of promoting and encouraging knowledge and appreciation of Florida history through the collection, preservation, exhibition, and interpretation of artifacts and other historical properties related to Florida history and the primary role of which is to collect and care for artifacts and other objects of intrinsic historical or archaeological value and exhibit them regularly through a facility or facilities owned or operated by the institution.
(4) “Historic property” or “historic resource” means any prehistoric or historic district, site, building, object, or other real or personal property of historical, architectural, or archaeological value, and folklife resources. These properties or resources may include, but are not limited to, monuments, memorials, Indian habitations, ceremonial sites, abandoned settlements, sunken or abandoned ships, engineering works, treasure troves, artifacts, or other objects having intrinsic historical or archaeological value, or any part thereof, relating to the history, government, or culture of the state.
(5) “Preservation” or “historic preservation” means the identification, evaluation, recordation, documentation, analysis, recovery, interpretation, curation, acquisition, protection, management, rehabilitation, restoration, stabilization, maintenance, or reconstruction of historic properties.
History.—s. 1, ch. 2008-199.
265.703 Citizen support organizations; use of state administrative services and property; audit.—
(1) CITIZEN SUPPORT ORGANIZATIONS.—The division may support the establishment of citizen support organizations to provide assistance, funding, and promotional support for the cultural, arts, historical, and museum programs of the division. For the purposes of this section, a “citizen support organization” means an organization which is:
(a) A Florida corporation not for profit incorporated under the provisions of chapter 617 and approved by the Department of State.
(b) Organized and operated to conduct programs and activities; raise funds; request and receive grants, gifts, and bequests of money; acquire, receive, hold, invest, and administer, in its own name, securities, funds, objects of value, or other property, real or personal; and make expenditures to or for the direct or indirect benefit of the division or individual program units of the division.
(c) Determined by the division to be consistent with the goals of the division and in the best interests of the state.
(d) Approved in writing by the division to operate for the direct or indirect benefit of the division. Such approval shall be given in a letter of agreement from the division.
(2) USE OF ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICES AND PROPERTY.—
(a) The division may fix and collect charges for the rental of facilities and properties managed by the division and may permit, without charge, appropriate use of administrative services, property, and facilities of the division by a citizen support organization, subject to the provisions of this section. Such use must be directly in keeping with the approved purposes of the citizen support organization and may not be made at times or places that would unreasonably interfere with opportunities for the general public to use such facilities for established purposes. Any moneys received from rentals of facilities and properties managed by the division may be held in the Grants and Donations Trust Fund of the division or in a separate depository account in the name of the citizen support organization and subject to the provisions of the letter of agreement with the division. The letter of agreement shall provide that any funds held in the separate depository account in the name of the citizen support organization shall revert to the division if the citizen support organization is no longer approved by the division to operate in the best interests of the state.
(b) The division may prescribe by rule any condition with which a citizen support organization shall comply in order to use division administrative services, property, or facilities.
(c) The division shall not permit the use of any administrative services, property, or facilities of the state by a citizen support organization which does not provide equal membership and employment opportunities to all persons regardless of race, color, religion, sex, age, or national origin.
(3) ANNUAL AUDIT.—The citizen support organization shall provide for an annual financial audit in accordance with s. 215.981. Information of the Museum of Florida History citizen support organization which is confidential and exempt pursuant to s. 267.17 shall retain its confidential and exempt status.
History.—s. 12, ch. 2005-207; s. 2, ch. 2008-199.
265.704 Historical museums; powers and duties of the Division of Cultural Affairs.—
(1) The division shall adopt rules pursuant to ss. 120.536(1) and 120.54 to administer the provisions of ss. 265.7025-265.709.
(2) The division may make and enter into all contracts and agreements with other agencies, organizations, associations, corporations, and individuals or with federal agencies as it may determine are necessary, expedient, or incidental to the performance of its duties or the execution of its powers under ss. 265.7025-265.709.
(3) The division may accept gifts, grants, bequests, loans, and endowments for purposes not inconsistent with its responsibilities under this chapter. The division may also establish an endowment that is consistent with the responsibilities under ss. 265.7025-265.709.
(4) It is the duty of the division to:
(a) Promote and encourage throughout the state knowledge and appreciation of Florida history by encouraging the people of the state to engage in the preservation and care of artifacts, museum items, treasure troves, and other historical properties; the collection, research, fabrication, exhibition, preservation, and interpretation of historical materials; the publicizing of the state’s history through public information media; and other activities in historical and allied fields.
(b) Encourage, promote, maintain, and operate historical museums, including, but not limited to, mobile museums, junior museums, and the Museum of Florida History in the state capital.
(c) Plan and develop, in cooperation with other state agencies and with municipalities, programs to promote and encourage the teaching of Florida’s history and heritage in Florida schools and other educational institutions and other such educational programs as may be appropriate.
(d) Establish professional standards for the preservation, exclusive of acquisition, of historical resources in state ownership or control.
(e) Take such other actions as are necessary or appropriate to locate, acquire, protect, preserve, operate, interpret, and promote the location, acquisition, protection, preservation, operation, and interpretation of historical resources to foster an appreciation of Florida history and culture.
History.—s. 3, ch. 2008-199.
265.705 State policy relative to historical properties.—The rich and unique heritage of historical properties in this state, representing more than 10,000 years of human presence, is an important legacy to be valued and conserved for present and future generations. The destruction of these nonrenewable historical resources will engender a significant loss to the state’s quality of life, economy, and cultural environment. It is therefore declared to be state policy to provide leadership in the preservation of the state’s historical resources and to administer state-owned or state-controlled historical resources in a spirit of stewardship and trusteeship.
History.—s. 4, ch. 2008-199.
265.706 Objects of historical or archaeological value.—The division shall acquire, maintain, preserve, interpret, exhibit, and make available for study objects that have intrinsic historical or archaeological value relating to the history, government, or culture of the state. Such objects may include tangible personal property of historical or archaeological value. Objects acquired under this section belong to the state, and title to such objects is vested in the division.
(1) Notwithstanding s. 273.02, the division shall maintain an adequate record of all objects in its custody which have a historical or archaeological value. Once each year, on July 1 or as soon thereafter as practicable, the division shall take a complete inventory of all such objects in its custody the current value or cost of which is $1,000 or more and a sample inventory of such objects the current value or cost of which is less than $1,000. Each inventory shall be compared with the property record, and all discrepancies shall be traced and reconciled. Objects of historical or archaeological value are not required to be identified by marking or other physical alteration of the objects.
(2) The division may arrange for the temporary or permanent loan of any object that has historical or archaeological value in its custody. Such loans shall be for the purpose of assisting historical, archaeological, or other studies; providing objects relating to interpretive exhibits and other educational programs that promote knowledge and appreciation of Florida history and the programs of the division; or assisting the division in carrying out its responsibility to ensure proper curation of the objects.
(3) The division may determine from time to time that an object in its custody and owned by the state has no further use or value for the research, exhibit, or educational programs of the division, or that such an object will receive more appropriate maintenance and preservation by another agency, institution, or organization, and may loan, exchange, sell, or otherwise transfer ownership and custody of such object to another agency, institution, or organization for the purpose of ensuring the continued maintenance and preservation of such object, or for the purpose of acquiring another object that better serves the interests of the state and is more appropriate for promoting knowledge and appreciation of Florida history and the programs of the division.
(4) For the purpose of the exchange, sale, or other transfer of objects of historical or archaeological value, the division is exempt from chapter 273.
(5) All moneys received from the sale of an object that has historical or archaeological value pursuant to subsection (3) shall be deposited in the Grants and Donations Trust Fund and shall be used exclusively for the acquisition of additional historical and archaeological objects or the preservation and maintenance of any such objects in the custody of the division.
(6) The division shall adopt rules pursuant to ss. 120.536(1) and 120.54 which prescribe criteria for the inventory and for the loan, exchange, sale, transfer, or other disposal of state-owned objects of historical or archaeological value.
(7) Any custodian as defined in s. 273.01(1) who violates any provision of this section or any rule adopted pursuant to this section commits a misdemeanor of the second degree, punishable as provided in s. 775.082 or s. 775.083.
(8) Notwithstanding any provision of s. 287.022 or s. 287.025(1)(e), the division may enter into contracts to insure museum collections, artifacts, exhibitions, relics, and fine arts that are loaned to it or to which it holds title.
History.—s. 5, ch. 2008-199.
265.707 Museum of Florida History and programs; other historical museums.—
(1) The division is authorized to operate the Museum of Florida History and other historical museums.
(2) The division shall establish and administer a museum store in the Museum of Florida History to provide information and materials relating to museum exhibits, collections, and programs to the public and may operate additional stores associated with the museum. The store may produce, acquire, and sell craft products, replicas and reproductions of artifacts, documents, and other merchandise relating to historical and cultural resources and may make a reasonable charge for such merchandise. All proceeds received from sales must be deposited into the Grants and Donations Trust Fund or, funds in excess of the amount required to pay employees involved in the direct management of the museum store, may be deposited into a bank account of the citizen support organization created pursuant to s. 265.703 and may be used only to support the programs of the Museum of Florida History. The museum store may enter into agreements and accept credit-card payments as compensation for goods and products sold. The division may establish accounts in credit-card banks for the deposit of credit-card sales invoices and to pay discounts and service charges in connection with the use of credit cards.
(3) The division shall support the establishment and operation of a nonprofit organization or association established pursuant to s. 265.703 to promote and encourage knowledge and appreciation of Florida history and the programs of the Museum of Florida History and to cooperate with historical societies and other organizations to provide funding and promotional support for the programs of the museum. Such organization or association may, with the consent of the division, operate the museum store or conduct special events and programs in the museum. All proceeds must be used to support the programs of the Museum of Florida History.
(4) The division shall deposit gifts and donations for the purpose of assisting the Museum of Florida History and its programs in the Grants and Donations Trust Fund to be used exclusively for the benefit of programs of the museum and in a manner consistent with any terms or conditions agreed to by the division in accepting such gifts.
History.—ss. 2, 3, 4, ch. 80-159; s. 7, ch. 81-173; s. 2, ch. 83-243; s. 51, ch. 86-163; s. 5, ch. 89-359; s. 1, ch. 90-115; s. 4, ch. 95-235; s. 11, ch. 96-418; s. 1, ch. 97-305; s. 35, ch. 2000-258; ss. 8, 9, 10, ch. 2001-199; s. 6, ch. 2008-199.
Note.—Former s. 267.072.
265.709 Publications.—The division may promote and encourage the writing of Florida history and collect, edit, publish, and print pamphlets, papers, manuscripts, documents, books, monographs, and other materials relating to Florida history. The division may establish a reasonable charge for such publications and shall hold any moneys received from the sale of publications in the Grants and Donations Trust Fund or in a separate depository account in the name of a citizen support organization formed pursuant to s. 265.703 and subject to the provision of a letter of agreement with the division.
History.—s. 8, ch. 2008-199.