Florida Senate - 2022                                    SB 1876
       By Senator Perry
       8-01336A-22                                           20221876__
    1                        A bill to be entitled                      
    2         An act relating to municipal contraction procedures;
    3         amending s. 171.051, F.S.; specifying the method of
    4         contracting a municipality when a specified percentage
    5         of landowners are not registered electors of the area;
    6         specifying the method of contracting a municipality
    7         when there are no registered electors in the area
    8         proposed to be contracted; providing an effective
    9         date.
   11  Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida:
   13         Section 1. Subsections (11) and (12) are added to section
   14  171.051, Florida Statutes, to read:
   15         171.051 Contraction procedures.—Any municipality may
   16  initiate the contraction of municipal boundaries in the
   17  following manner:
   18         (11) Notwithstanding subsections (2) and (4), if more than
   19  70 percent of the land in an area proposed for contraction is
   20  owned by individuals, corporations, or legal entities that are
   21  not registered electors of that area, the area may only be
   22  contracted if the owners of more than 50 percent of the total
   23  area of the land in the area consent to the contraction. Such
   24  consent shall be obtained by the parties proposing the
   25  contraction before the referendum to be held on the contraction,
   26  as set forth in subsections (6) and (7), is held.
   27         (12)Notwithstanding subsections (2) and (4), if the area
   28  proposed for contraction does not have any registered electors
   29  on the date the ordinance is adopted, a vote of electors of the
   30  area is not required. In addition to meeting the requirements of
   31  subsection (11), the area may only be contracted if the owners
   32  of more than 50 percent of the total area of the land in the
   33  area proposed for contraction consent to the contraction. If the
   34  governing body does not hold a referendum of the contracting
   35  municipality under subsection (2), the consent of the property
   36  owners that are required under subsection (11) shall be obtained
   37  by the parties proposing the contraction before the final
   38  adoption of the ordinance, and the ordinance shall become
   39  effective upon its adoption or as otherwise provided in the
   40  ordinance.
   41         Section 2. This act shall take effect July 1, 2022.