Florida Senate - 2021                                    SB 1670
       By Senator Gainer
       2-01189-21                                            20211670__
    1                        A bill to be entitled                      
    2         An act relating to outdoor advertising; amending s.
    3         252.35, F.S.; expanding the duties of the Division of
    4         Emergency Management to include the identification and
    5         maintenance of an inventory of available digital
    6         outdoor advertising structures capable of providing
    7         messaging to the public during declared states of
    8         emergency; amending s. 479.07, F.S.; requiring the
    9         Department of Transportation to include details for
   10         each sign permit issued by the department in a
   11         publicly accessible database; deleting a requirement
   12         for the department to furnish a metal permit tag to an
   13         applicant for a sign permit; conforming provisions to
   14         changes made by the act; providing an effective date.
   16  Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida:
   18         Section 1. Paragraph (z) is added to subsection (2) of
   19  section 252.35, Florida Statutes, to read:
   20         252.35 Emergency management powers; Division of Emergency
   21  Management.—
   22         (2) The division is responsible for carrying out the
   23  provisions of ss. 252.31-252.90. In performing its duties, the
   24  division shall:
   25         (z)Identify and maintain an inventory of available digital
   26  outdoor advertising structures capable of providing messaging to
   27  the public during a declared state of emergency.
   28         Section 2. Subsection (5) and paragraph (a) of subsection
   29  (8) of section 479.07, Florida Statutes, are amended to read:
   30         479.07 Sign permits.—
   31         (5)(a) For each permit issued, the department shall include
   32  the permit details in a publicly accessible electronic database.
   33  Those details must include, but are not limited to, the name and
   34  contact information of the permit operator, the structure
   35  identification number or numbers, the panel or face
   36  identification number or numbers, the latitude and longitude of
   37  the permitted sign, the compass bearing, images of the permitted
   38  sign once constructed, and the most recent date the department
   39  visually inspected the permitted sign furnish to the applicant a
   40  serially numbered permanent metal permit tag. The permittee is
   41  responsible for maintaining a valid permit tag on each permitted
   42  sign facing at all times. The tag shall be securely attached to
   43  the upper 50 percent of the sign structure, and attached in such
   44  a manner as to be plainly visible from the main-traveled way.
   45  The permit tag must be properly and permanently displayed at the
   46  permitted site within 30 days after the date of permit issuance.
   47  If the permittee fails to erect a completed sign on the
   48  permitted site within 270 days after the date on which the
   49  permit was issued, the permit will be void, and the department
   50  may not issue a new permit to that permittee for the same
   51  location for 270 days after the date on which the permit becomes
   52  void.
   53         (b) If a permit tag is lost, stolen, or destroyed, the
   54  permittee to whom the tag was issued must apply to the
   55  department for a replacement tag. The department shall establish
   56  a service fee for replacement tags in an amount that will
   57  recover the actual cost of providing the replacement tag. Upon
   58  receipt of the application accompanied by the service fee, the
   59  department shall issue a replacement permit tag.
   60         (8)(a) In order to reduce peak workloads, the department
   61  may provide for staggered expiration dates for licenses and
   62  permits. Unless otherwise provided for by rule, all licenses and
   63  permits expire annually on January 15. All license and permit
   64  renewal fees are required to be submitted to the department by
   65  no later than the expiration date. At least 105 days before the
   66  expiration date of licenses and permits, the department shall
   67  send to each permittee a notice of fees due for all licenses and
   68  permits that were issued to him or her before the date of the
   69  notice. Such notice must list the permits and the permit fees
   70  due for each sign facing. The permittee shall, no later than 45
   71  days before the expiration date, advise the department of any
   72  additions, deletions, or errors contained in the notice. Permit
   73  tags that are not renewed shall be returned to the department
   74  for cancellation by the expiration date. Permits that are not
   75  renewed or are canceled shall be certified in writing at that
   76  time as canceled or not renewed by the permittee, and permit
   77  tags for such permits shall be returned to the department or
   78  shall be accounted for by the permittee in writing, which
   79  writing shall be submitted with the renewal fee payment or the
   80  cancellation certification. However, failure of a permittee to
   81  submit a permit cancellation does not affect the nonrenewal of a
   82  permit. Before cancellation of a permit, the permittee shall
   83  provide written notice to all persons or entities having a right
   84  to advertise on the sign that the permittee intends to cancel
   85  the permit.
   86         Section 3. This act shall take effect July 1, 2021.