Florida Senate - 2013                        COMMITTEE AMENDMENT
       Bill No. CS for SB 336
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                              LEGISLATIVE ACTION                        
                    Senate             .             House              
                  Comm: RCS            .                                
                  02/21/2013           .                                

       The Committee on Community Affairs (Latvala) recommended the
    1         Senate Amendment 
    3         Delete lines 12 - 61
    4  and insert:
    5         Section 1. Paragraphs (a) and (c) of subsection (5) and
    6  subsection (7) of section 125.0104, Florida Statutes, are
    7  amended to read:
    8         125.0104 Tourist development tax; procedure for levying;
    9  authorized uses; referendum; enforcement.—
   10         (5) AUTHORIZED USES OF REVENUE.—
   11         (a) All tax revenues received pursuant to this section by a
   12  county imposing the tourist development tax shall be used by
   13  that county for the following purposes only:
   14         1. To acquire, construct, extend, enlarge, remodel, repair,
   15  improve, maintain, operate, or promote one or more:
   16         a. Publicly owned and operated convention centers, sports
   17  stadiums, sports arenas, coliseums, or auditoriums within the
   18  boundaries of the county or subcounty special taxing district in
   19  which the tax is levied; or,
   20         b. Aquariums, or museums that are publicly owned and
   21  operated or owned and operated by not-for-profit organizations
   22  and open to the public, within the boundaries of the county or
   23  subcounty special taxing district in which the tax is levied.
   24         2. Tax revenues received pursuant to this section may also
   25  be used for promotion of zoological parks that are publicly
   26  owned and operated or owned and operated by not-for-profit
   27  organizations and open to the public. However, these purposes
   28  may be implemented through service contracts and leases with
   29  lessees that have with sufficient expertise or financial
   30  capability to operate such facilities;
   31         3.2. To promote and advertise tourism in this state the
   32  State of Florida and nationally and internationally; however, if
   33  tax revenues are expended for an activity, service, venue, or
   34  event, the activity, service, venue, or event must shall have as
   35  one of its main purposes the attraction of tourists as evidenced
   36  by the promotion of the activity, service, venue, or event to
   37  tourists;
   38         4.3. To fund convention bureaus, tourist bureaus, tourist
   39  information centers, and news bureaus as county agencies or by
   40  contract with the chambers of commerce or similar associations
   41  in the county, which may include any indirect administrative
   42  costs for services performed by the county on behalf of the
   43  promotion agency; or
   44         5.4. To finance beach park facilities or beach improvement,
   45  maintenance, renourishment, restoration, and erosion control,
   46  including shoreline protection, enhancement, cleanup, or
   47  restoration of inland lakes and rivers to which there is public
   48  access as those uses relate to the physical preservation of the
   49  beach, shoreline, or inland lake or river. However, any funds
   50  identified by a county as the local matching source for beach
   51  renourishment, restoration, or erosion control projects included
   52  in the long-range budget plan of the state’s Beach Management
   53  Plan, pursuant to s. 161.091, or funds contractually obligated
   54  by a county in the financial plan for a federally authorized
   55  shore protection project may not be used or loaned for any other
   56  purpose. In counties of fewer less than 100,000 population, up
   57  to no more than 10 percent of the revenues from the tourist
   58  development tax may be used for beach park facilities.
   59         (c) The revenues to be derived from the tourist development
   60  tax may be pledged to secure and liquidate revenue bonds issued
   61  by the county for the purposes set forth in subparagraphs (a)1.,
   62  2., and 5. 4. or for the purpose of refunding bonds previously
   63  issued for such purposes, or both; however, no more than 50
   64  percent of the revenues from the tourist development tax may be
   65  pledged to secure and liquidate revenue bonds or revenue
   66  refunding bonds issued for the purposes set forth in
   67  subparagraph (a)5. (a)4. Such revenue bonds and revenue
   68  refunding bonds may be authorized and issued in such principal
   69  amounts, with such interest rates and maturity dates, and
   70  subject to such other terms, conditions, and covenants as the
   71  governing board of the county shall provide. The Legislature
   72  intends that this paragraph shall be full and complete authority
   73  for accomplishing such purposes, but such authority is shall be
   74  supplemental and additional to, and not in derogation of, any
   75  powers now existing or later conferred under law.