Florida Senate - 2018 CS for CS for SB 1052 By the Committees on Banking and Insurance; and Commerce and Tourism; and Senators Young and Hutson 597-02619-18 20181052c2 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 6 specified facilities if certain conditions are met; 7 creating s. 705.185, F.S.; providing for the disposal 8 of lost or abandoned personal property found on the 9 premises of specified facilities; specifying 10 procedures for the disposal or donation of such 11 property; authorizing the rightful owner to claim lost 12 or abandoned property at any time before its disposal 13 or donation; providing an effective date. 14 15 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida: 16 17 Section 1. Section 705.17, Florida Statutes, is amended to 18 read: 19 705.17 Exceptions.—Sections 705.1015-705.106 do not apply 20
The provisions of ss. 705.101-705.106 of this chapter shall not21 be appliedto any personal property lost or abandoned on the 22 campus of any institution in the State University System; oron 23 premises owned or controlled by the operator of a public-use 24 airport having regularly scheduled international passenger 25 service; or, if the owner or operator of the premises elects to 26 comply with s. 705.185, on any premises located within a theme 27 park or entertainment complex, as the term is defined in s. 28 509.013(9), or operated as a zoo, a museum, or an aquarium or on 29 any premises of a public food service establishment or public 30 lodging establishment licensed under part I of chapter 509. 31 Section 2. Section 705.185, Florida Statutes, is created to 32 read: 33 705.185 Disposal of personal property lost or abandoned on 34 the premises of certain facilities.—Whenever any lost or 35 abandoned personal property is found on any premises located 36 within a theme park or entertainment complex, as the term is 37 defined in s. 509.013(9), or operated as a zoo, a museum, or an 38 aquarium; or on any premises of a public food service 39 establishment or public lodging establishment licensed under 40 part I of chapter 509, if the owner or operator of the premises 41 elects to comply with this section, any lost or abandoned 42 property must be delivered to the owner or operator of the 43 premises, who shall take charge of the property and make a 44 record of the date such property was found. If the property is 45 not claimed by the owner within 30 days after it is found, or a 46 longer period of time as may be deemed appropriate by the owner 47 or operator of the premises, the owner or operator of the 48 premises may not sell and must dispose of the property or donate 49 it to a charitable institution that is exempt from federal 50 income tax under s. 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code for 51 sale or disposal as that charitable institution deems 52 appropriate. The rightful owner of the property may reclaim the 53 property at any time before the disposition or donation of the 54 property in accordance with this section and the established 55 policies and procedures of the owner or operator of the 56 premises. 57 Section 3. This act shall take effect July 1, 2018.