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TO:                  Historic Preservation Community

 

FROM:            Roy Hunt, Special Advisor to the Secretary of State

 

DATE:            November 28, 2000

 

SUBJECT:     Draft Legislation Creating the Florida Historical Council

 

 

 

Enclosed is proposed draft legislation creating a Florida Historical Council.

 

This legislation, if adopted, would provide a framework for historic preservation in Florida after 2002, when the State of Florida no longer elects a Secretary of State.

 

Please note that the five gubernatorial appointees on the Council requiring professional credentials would also serve as the Florida National Register Review Board.  This is consistent with a gubernatorial mandate to decrease rather than increase the total number of appointees to assist in performing the Division of Historical Resources’ various functions.

 

Your comments are invited and I ask that you please share this with others who may be interested.  Comments should be sent to me by December 15, 2000.  Should you choose to email me, my address is rhunt@mail.dos.state.fl.us.

 

 


 

267.0612 Florida Historical Council; creation; membership; powers and duties.--In order to enhance public participation and involvement in the preservation and protection of the state's historic and archaeological sites and properties, there is created within the Department of State the "Florida Historical Council." The council shall serve in an advisory capacity to the Director of the Division of Historical Resources to assist the director in carrying out the purposes, duties, and responsibilities of the division, as specified in this chapter.

(1)  The council shall be composed of eleven regular members. Seven members shall be

appointed by the governor in consultation with the secretary of state; two members shall be appointed by the president of the senate and two member shall be appointed by the speaker of the house of representatives. Of the seven members appointed by the governor, one member must be a licensed architect who has expertise in historic preservation and architectural history; one must be a professional historian in the field of American history; one member must be a professional architectural historian; one member must be an archaeologist specializing in the field of pre-history; and one member must be an archeologist specializing in the historic period. The remaining two members appointed by the governor and the four members appointed by the president of the senate and the speaker of the house must be representatives of the general public with demonstrated interest in the preservation of Florida’s historical and archaeological heritage.

(a) In addition, non-voting ex-officio members of the council shall be the chairs of each citizen support organization created pursuant to s. 267.061(3)(o), and the chairs of  the Governor’s Council on Indian Affairs, Inc., the Grove Advisory Council, the Florida Folk-life Council, the State Historical Marker Council, the Hispanic American Heritage Council, and the African American Heritage Council. (b) The initial regular members of the council shall be the members of the Historic Preservation Advisory Council and the National Register of Historic Places Review Board, who are serving on the effective date of this statute, who may serve the remainder of their respective terms. New appointments to the council shall not be made until the retirement, resignation, removal or expiration of the terms of the initial members result in fewer than eleven members remaining.

(c) The secretary may appoint review panels chaired by members of the council to assist the Florida Historical Council in the grant review process.  The panels shall review grant applications and make recommendations to the council concerning the relative merits of the applications. The division shall, by rule, establish criteria for reviewing grant applications to ensure compliance with applicable federal and state laws relating to discrimination and conflicts of interest.

(2) Council members appointed by the president of the senate and the speaker of the

house of representatives shall be appointed for two-year terms. Council members appointed by the governor shall be appointed to 4-year terms.

(a) In order to stagger the terms, three of the initial appointees of the governor shall

be appointed to a 2-year term, two shall be appointed to a 3-year term and two shall be appointed to a 4-year term.

(b) Vacancies shall be filled for the remainder of the term and by the same appointing authority.

(c) The governor shall designate a member of the council as the council’s presiding officer to serve in that capacity at the pleasure of the governor. Each year the council shall select an assistant presiding officer from its membership.

(3) The council shall meet upon the call of the presiding officer or secretary of state,

which shall occur at least quarterly.

(4)  The division shall provide staff support to assist the council in the performance of

its duties.

(5)  Members of the council shall receive no salary, but are entitled to reimbursement

for travel and per diem expenses, as provided in s. 112.061, while performing their duties under this section.        

(6) It shall be the responsibility of the council to provide assistance, advice, and recommendations to the division in:

(a) Establishing priorities for the identification, acquisition, protection, and preservation of historic and archaeological sites and properties.

(b) Establishing criteria for use in assessing the significance of historic and archaeological sites and properties.

(c) Evaluating all proposals for special category grants and making recommendations, including a priority ranking, reflecting such evaluation. In making such evaluation and recommendations, the council shall, at a minimum, consider the purpose, economic and other public benefit, location, compatibility with statewide historic preservation priorities, and cost of each proposal for special category grant assistance.

(d) Recommending to the Secretary approval or disapproval of non-special category grants evaluated by review panels pursant to s.(c) above.

(e) Providing an active outreach program to encourage public understanding of and involvement in the preservation of the state's historic and archaeological sites and properties.

(f) Identifying and expressing public goals for historic preservation and gathering public ideas necessary for the formulation of alternative policies.

(g) Recommending rules relating to the historic preservation programs administered by the division pursuant to this chapter.

(7) It shall be the additional responsibility of the council to provide such other assistance and advice to the division as may be required from time to time in matters pertaining to the protection and preservation of the state's historic and archaeological sites and properties.

History.--ss. 1, 2, ch. 83-103; s. 48, ch. 86-163; s. 1, ch. 87-33; ss. 1, 2, ch. 90-26; s. 5, ch. 91-429; s. 4, ch. 94-190; s. 855, ch. 95-148.

 


267.___ The African American Heritage Advisory Council; creation; membership; purposes.--

(1)   There is created within the Department of State as a subcommittee of the Florida

Historical Council the African American Advisory Council for the purpose of advising the Division of Historical Resources on the operation, maintenance, preservation, and protection of the Union Bank Building and in the development of cooperative projects by the Black Archives Research Center and Museum, Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University,

and to promote a greater knowledge and appreciation of African American heritage in Florida.

 (2)(a) The African American Heritage Advisory Council shall be composed of four members, serving four year, staggered terms, who have demonstrated an understanding and appreciation of Florida’s African American history and culture, as follows:

1. Two members shall be appointed by the Governor.

2. Two members shall be appointed by the President of Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University.

The Director of the the Black Archives Research Center and Museum, Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University, and the Director of the Division of Historical Resources shall be ex officio members of the Council.

(b) The Council shall annually elect a chair from among the four members of the Council. The chair shall serve for a term of 1 year. Meetings of the Council shall be held at the call of the chair, at the request of a majority of its membership, at the request of the Secretary of State, at the request of the President of Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University, or at such times as may be prescribed by rules of the Council. The Council shall meet at least twice annually. A majority of the Council shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business.

(c) The Council shall obtain clerical, expert, technical, or other services from the Division of Historical Resources. 

(d) Members of the Council shall serve without compensation or honorarium but shall be entitled to receive reimbursement for per diem and travel expenses as provided in s. 112.061. All expenses of the Council shall be paid from appropriations to be made by the Legislature to the Department of State. All vouchers shall be approved by the Division of Historical Resources before being submitted to the Comptroller for payment.

(3) The primary role of the Council will be to provide guidance concerning the current preservation needs and concerns of the African American Community in Florida. The objectives of the Council shall be as follows:

(a)   To focus on historic preservation by encouraging grant and marker applications,

historic preservation surveys, and National Register nominations that address the

African American presence in Florida;

(b)   To work cooperatively with the Division to identify, evaluate, interpret, preserve, and

promote Florida’s African American culture and history;

(c)   To give advice for cooperative exhibits, programs, and projects that could utilize the

combined resources of the Black Archives Research Center and Museum, the Florida Department of State, Division of Historical Resources, and Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University;

(d)   To review educational development projects for the Black Archives at the Union Bank;

(e)   To assist with the revision and distribution of the Florida Black Heritage Trail publication;

(f)    To suggest topics for exhibits and other educational programs, seminars, and workshops

to be jointly sponsored by the Division and the Black Archives; and

(g) To prepare and present an annual report of its activities.   

History.--New.

 


267.___ The Hispanic American Heritage Advisory Council; creation; membership; purposes.--

(2)   There is created within the Department of State as a subcommittee of the Florida

Historical Council the Hispanic American Advisory Council for the purpose of advising the Division of Historical Resources on the operation, maintenance, preservation, and protection of the Florida Cuban Heritage Trail and in the development of cooperative projects and to promote a greater knowledge and appreciation of Hispanic American heritage in Florida.

 (2)(a) The Hispanic American Heritage Advisory Council shall be composed of four members, serving four year, staggered, terms, who have demonstrated an understanding and appreciation of Florida’s Hispanic American history and culture, to be appointed by the governor. 

 (b) The Council shall annually elect a chair from among the four members of the Council. The chair shall serve for a term of 1 year. Meetings of the Council shall be held at the call of the chair, at the request of a majority of its membership, at the request of the Secretary of State, or at such times as may be prescribed by rules of the Council. The Council shall meet at least twice annually. A majority of the Council shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business.

(c) The Council shall obtain clerical, expert, technical, or other services from the Division of Historical Resources. 

(d) Members of the Council shall serve without compensation or honorarium but shall be entitled to receive reimbursement for per diem and travel expenses as provided in s. 112.061. All expenses of the Council shall be paid from appropriations to be made by the Legislature to the Department of State. All vouchers shall be approved by the Division of Historical Resources before being submitted to the Comptroller for payment.

(3) The primary role of the Council will be to provide guidance concerning the current preservation needs and concerns of the Hispanic American Community in Florida. The objectives of the Council shall be as follows:

(g)   To focus on historic preservation by encouraging grant and marker applications,

historic preservation surveys, and National Register nominations that address the

Hispanic American presence in Florida;

(h)   To work cooperatively with the Division to identify, evaluate, interpret, preserve, and

promote Florida’s Hispanic American culture and history;

(c)To give advice for cooperative exhibits, programs, and projects;

(d)  To review educational development projects;

(e)  To assist with the revision and distribution of the Florida Cuban Heritage Trail

publication;

(f)    To suggest topics for exhibits and other educational programs, seminars, and workshops

to be sponsored by the Division; and

(g) To prepare and present an annual report of its activities.   

History.--New.

 


267.075 The Grove Advisory Council; creation; membership; purposes.--

(1) The Call/Collins House, commonly known as "The Grove," located in Tallahassee, Leon County, shall be utilized as a house museum of history for the educational benefit of the citizens of this state. The utilization of The Grove as a museum of history shall emphasize the lives and accomplishments of The Grove's first owner, Richard Keith Call, Florida's last Territorial Governor, and LeRoy Collins, Florida's 33rd Governor, who, with his wife, Mary Call Darby Collins, were the last owners of The Grove. The faithful restoration and maintenance of The Grove undertaken by LeRoy Collins and Mary Call Darby Collins during the nearly six decades of Collins family ownership and stewardship which has preserved the original plan of construction and design of The Grove shall be continued as provided for in this section.

(2) There is created within the Department of State the Grove Advisory Council for the purpose of advising the Division of Historical Resources on the operation, maintenance, preservation, and protection of the Call/Collins House, commonly known as "The Grove," its grounds, cemetery, and all structures thereon; the furniture and furnishings located therein; any changes in the architecture, structure, furnishings, or landscaping deemed necessary or desirable by the council; and the design and development of interpretive programs and exhibits in connection therewith.

(3)(a) The Grove Advisory Council shall be composed of eight members, as follows:

1. Five members shall be private citizens appointed by the Secretary of State.

2. One member shall be the Secretary of Management Services or his or her designee.

3. One member shall be the director of the Division of Historical Resources of the Department of State.

4. At least one member shall be a direct descendant of Mary Call Darby Collins appointed by the Secretary of State with the advice of the oldest living generation of lineal descendants of Mary Call Darby Collins. Of the citizen members, at least one member shall have professional curatorial and museum expertise, one member shall have professional architectural expertise in the preservation of historic buildings, and one member shall have professional landscape expertise. The five citizen members of the council appointed by the Secretary of State and the member of the council who is a direct descendant of Mary Call Darby Collins appointed by the Secretary of State shall be appointed for staggered 4-year terms. The Secretary of State shall fill the remainder of unexpired terms for the five citizen members of the council and the member of the council who is a direct descendant of Mary Call Darby Collins.

(b) The council shall annually elect a chair from among the five citizen members of the council appointed by the Secretary of State and the member of the council who is a direct descendant of Mary Call Darby Collins appointed by the Secretary of State. The chair shall serve for a term of 1 year. Meetings of the council shall be held at the call of the chair, at the request of a majority of its membership, at the request of the Secretary of State, or at such times as may be prescribed by rules of the council. The council shall meet at least twice annually. A majority of the council shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business.

(c) The council shall obtain clerical, expert, technical, or other services from the Division of Historical Resources. The Department of Management Services shall provide reasonable assistance to the Department of State in carrying out the purposes of this section.

(d) Members of the council shall serve without compensation or honorarium but shall be entitled to receive reimbursement for per diem and travel expenses as provided in s. 112.061. All expenses of the council shall be paid from appropriations to be made by the Legislature to the Department of State. All vouchers shall be approved by the Division of Historical Resources before being submitted to the Comptroller for payment.

(4)(a) The Division of Historical Resources, with the advice and assistance of the council, shall maintain the structure, style, character, and landscaping of The Grove, its grounds, its private family cemetery, and all structures thereon consistent with the character, plan, and design of The Grove at the time the state takes physical possession of The Grove and its surrounding property from Mary Call Darby Collins. It shall preserve and protect the antique furnishings and other articles of furniture, fixtures, and decorative objects and articles used or displayed in the premises.

(b) The Division of Historical Resources shall catalog and maintain a descriptive, photographic inventory of the furnishings, fixtures, and decorative objects and articles used or displayed in the premises.

(c) The Division of Historical Resources may receive, on behalf of the state, contributions, bequests, and gifts of money, furniture, works of art, memorabilia, or other property consistent with the use of The Grove as described in this section. Title to all property which is received in this manner shall vest in the state and shall be held in trust by the Division of Historical Resources solely to further the purposes of this section. No furniture, furnishings, fixtures, or decorative objects acquired from the Collins family or any of its members shall be used for any purpose except as a permanent part of The Grove's furniture, furnishings, fixtures, or decorative objects, and any such item not so utilized shall forthwith revert to the Collins family member or members from whom it was acquired. No gifts, contributions, or bequests shall be accepted for The Grove without the advice and recommendation of the council.

(d) The Division of Historical Resources shall adopt rules governing the maintenance and use of The Grove; the selection, acquisition, and disposition of furnishings and decorations for the premises; and the acceptance of gifts, contributions, bequests, or loans of property.

History.--s. 2, ch. 97-305; s. 24, ch. 99-399.

 


267.____ Historical Marker Program.—The division shall coordinate and direct the state historical marker program, which shall be a program of popular history and heritage designed to inform the general public about persons, events, structures, and other topics relating to the history and culture of the state; encourage interest in preserving the historical resources of the state and its localities; promote a sense of community and place among Florida citizens; and provide for the enjoyment and edification of tourists.

(1) The division shall install markers recognizing historic properties, as well as individuals, events, and other topics significant in Florida or American history, architecture, archaeology, or culture and shall keep a register of those markers.

(2)(a) The division shall designate an approved marker as an Official Florida Historical Marker.

(b) To ensure a degree of uniformity and quality of historical markers, monuments, plaques, medallions, and similar devices in this state, and to avoid any confusion with or misrepresentation of an Official Florida Historical Marker, no such marker or reasonable facsimile thereof may be fabricated with any emblem, design, or logo signifying another organization. No other emblem, design, or marker size may be used in addition to or instead of those offered by the division for an Official Florida Historical Marker. Emblems, designs, or logos offered by the division are property of the state and may not be used for commercial advertising or copied for the use of any other agency, association, corporation, or individual without the express consent and authorization of the division.

(3) The division shall establish and maintain a central inventory of historic properties for the state which shall consist of all such properties as may be reported to the division. This inventory shall be known as the Florida Master Site File.

(4) The division shall also establish and maintain a central register of historic properties, to be known as the Florida Register of Heritage Landmarks, which generally shall consist of properties more than 50 years of age deemed worthy of preservation for their exceptional historical significance to the state as a whole or a region of the state and their architectural or archaeological integrity.

(a) The division shall adopt rules pursuant to chapter 120 that prescribe criteria and a process for the identification, evaluation, and designation of Heritage Landmark properties, as well as for withdrawal of designation.

(b) The division may waive the age requirement of 50 years for properties of overwhelming state or national importance; however, it is the intent of the Legislature that exceptions shall rarely be given.

(c) The division shall undertake a program to identify and nominate properties eligible for designation as Heritage Landmarks.

(d) Designation of private property as a Heritage Landmark does not prohibit under Florida law or regulation any actions which may otherwise be taken by the property owner with respect to the property.

(5) By means of appropriate variations in marker design, the division shall distinguish the following categories of Official Florida Historical Markers:

(a) Florida Heritage Landmark markers, which shall be used to identify and interpret Heritage Landmark properties.

(b) State Historic Highway markers, which shall be used to identify state historic highways, as provided in general law.

(c) Florida Heritage markers, which shall be used to identify and interpret people, events, and places, including buildings and archaeological sites, which do not meet the criteria for a Florida Heritage Landmark, and other subjects relating to Florida history and culture.

(d) Other special series of markers which the division may establish to facilitate guiding the general public to places of historic interest and to facilitate identification and interpretation of topics of statewide interest, including, but not limited to, historic and scenic trails, byways, and greenways and anniversaries or other occasions of special significance to the history and culture of Florida.

The division may exercise the right of trademark over the terms "Florida Heritage" or "Heritage Florida" pursuant to s. 286.031.

(6) The division shall develop a comprehensive plan for the state historical marker program which shall be kept up to date and shall incorporate goals and objectives of the program, as well as policies, plans, and procedures relating to:

(a) Categories of Official Florida Historical Markers, criteria for their use, and specifications for design.

(b) Selection of subjects to be marked.

(c) Published guides to Official Florida Historical Markers, including methods for public distribution.

(d) Maintenance of markers.

(e) Removal or replacement of markers.

(f) Placement of markers at historic sites which shall be, in general, conspicuous and accessible to and easily reached by the public and where something associated with the person, historic property, event, or other subject being marked is still visible.

(g) Physical placement of the markers which shall be, in general, conspicuous and easily reached by the public.

(7) In order to enhance public participation and involvement in the identification and interpretation of subjects relating to the history and culture of Florida, there is created the "State Historical Marker Committee."

(a) The committee shall consist of three members who represent different areas of the state, are appointed by the Governor, and are qualified through the demonstration of special interest, experience, or education in interpretation of the state's history and historical properties. Each member shall have professional training and experience in one or more of the following fields: history, historic preservation, architecture, architectural history, or archaeology.

(b) Members shall be appointed for 3-year, staggered, terms, except for an appointment to fill an unexpired term, in which event the appointment shall be for the remainder of the unexpired term only. No person shall serve more than two consecutive terms on the committee.

(c) It shall be the responsibility of the council to provide assistance, advice, and recommendations to the division in evaluating proposals for Official Florida Historical Markers and identifying goals for the state historical marker program. The process of evaluation shall seek to establish the significance of the subject proposed for a marker, but neither the division nor the council shall make proposal or evaluation requirements so complex or onerous as to preclude private citizens from directly submitting proposals without professional assistance.

(8) The division may establish a reasonable fee to recover its costs arising from review of a proposal for a historical marker, monument, plaque, medallion, or similar device. Any fee established shall be payable by the applicant for the marker, monument, plaque, medallion, or similar device.

(9) The division shall encourage the initiation of proposals for Official Florida Historical Markers from departments or agencies of the state; units of county, municipal, or other local governments; corporations, partnerships, or other organizations, whether public or private or whether or not for profit; or any individual.

(10) Funds for the creation and placement of an Official Florida Historical Marker shall be provided by the agency, organization, individual, or other entity proposing the marker. The division may erect Official Florida Historical Markers at its own expense and may make competitive grants from the Historical Resources Operating Trust Fund, pursuant to s. 267.0617, to assist in funding the costs of Official Florida Historical Markers. All Official Florida Historical Markers shall be considered property of the state.

(11) The division shall seek cooperation from local volunteers throughout the state and, where appropriate, shall encourage the establishment of citizen support organizations, pursuant to s. 267.17, to assist in maintaining Official Florida Historical Markers and facilitating public access to places marked.

(12)(a) The division is authorized and empowered to erect and maintain appropriate signs or markers indicating sites of historic interest and value upon public property as well as upon private property where permission is obtained.

(b) The Department of Transportation or the governing body of each county or municipality is authorized to permit and assist the division in erecting and maintaining said historic signs or markers within the right-of-way of any state highway, county road, or municipal street, or any other property under its jurisdiction and control, under such conditions and limitations as may be appropriate. The division is hereby vested with the exclusive authority and power to erect and maintain said historic signs or markers within the right-of-way of any state highway.

 


267.031 Division of Historical Resources; powers and duties.--

(1) The division has authority to adopt rules pursuant to ss. 120.536(1) and 120.54 to implement provisions of this chapter conferring duties upon it.

(2) The division may make and enter into all contracts and agreements with other agencies, organizations, associations, corporations and individuals, or federal agencies as it may determine are necessary, expedient, or incidental to the performance of its duties or the execution of its powers under this chapter.

(3) The division may accept gifts, grants, bequests, loans, and endowments for purposes not inconsistent with its responsibilities under this chapter.

(4) All law enforcement agencies and offices are authorized and directed to assist the division in carrying out its duties under this chapter.

(5) DIVISION RESPONSIBILITY.--It is the responsibility of the division to:

(a) Cooperate with federal and state agencies, local governments, and private organizations and individuals to direct and conduct a comprehensive statewide survey of historic resources and to maintain an inventory of such resources.

(b) Develop a comprehensive statewide historic preservation plan.

(c) Identify and nominate through the State Historic Preservation Officer eligible properties to the National Register of Historic Places and otherwise administer applications for listing historic properties in the National Register.

(d) Cooperate with federal and state agencies, local governments, and organizations and individuals to ensure that historic resources are taken into consideration at all levels of planning and development.

(e) Advise and assist, as appropriate, federal and state agencies and local governments in carrying out their historic preservation responsibilities and programs.

(f) Provide public information, education, and technical assistance relating to historic preservation programs.

(g) Cooperate with local governments and organizations and individuals in the development of local historical preservation programs, including the Main Street Program of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, or any similar programs that may be developed by the division.

(h) Carry out on behalf of the state the programs of the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, as amended, and to establish, maintain, and administer a state historic preservation program meeting the requirements of an approved program and fulfilling the responsibilities of state historic preservation programs as provided in subsection 101(b) of that act.

(i) Take such other actions necessary or appropriate to locate, acquire, protect, preserve, operate, interpret, and promote the location, acquisition, protection, preservation, operation, and interpretation of historic resources to foster an appreciation of Florida history and culture. Prior to the acquisition, preservation, interpretation, or operation of a historic property by a state agency, the division shall be provided a reasonable opportunity to review and comment on the proposed undertaking and shall determine that there exists historical authenticity and a feasible means of providing for the preservation, interpretation, and operation of such property. Expenditures by the division to protect or preserve historical properties leased by the division from the Board of Trustees of the Internal Improvement Trust Fund may be exempt from the competitive bid requirements of chapters 255 and 287.

(j) Cooperate and coordinate with the Division of Recreation and Parks of the Department of Environmental Protection in the operation and management of historic properties or resources subject to the Division of Historical Resources.

(k) Establish professional standards for the preservation, exclusive of acquisition, of historic resources in state ownership or control.

(l) Establish guidelines for state agency responsibilities under s.267.061(2).

(m) Establish regional offices for the purpose of assisting the division in the delivery of historic preservation services to the counties and municipalities of the state and to the citizens of the State of Florida. Historic preservation regional offices shall be established in St. Augustine, Tampa, Palm Beach County, and in other areas of the state which the division deems appropriate. For each regional office established, the division shall establish a citizen support organization in accordance with s. 267.17. The board of directors of each citizen support organization shall be appointed by the Secretary of State.

(6) STATE ARCHAEOLOGIST.--The division shall employ a State Archaeologist, and such other archaeologists as deemed necessary, who shall possess such qualifications as the division may prescribe. The State Archaeologist shall serve at the pleasure of the division director and shall have his or her duties prescribed by the division director.

(7) STATE HISTORIC PRESERVATION OFFICER.--The division shall employ a State Historic Preservation Officer, and such other specialists in the field of historic preservation as deemed necessary, who shall possess such qualifications as the division may prescribe. The State Historic Preservation Officer shall serve at the pleasure of the governor upon the recommendation of the Secretary of State and shall have his or her duties prescribed by the Secretary of State.

 

History.--s. 6, ch. 67-50; ss. 10, 25, 35, ch. 69-106; s. 5, ch. 81-173; s. 19, ch. 83-216; s. 2, ch. 85-281; s. 47, ch. 86-163; s. 2, ch. 87-33; s. 1, ch. 88-351; s. 1, ch. 90-259; s. 243, ch. 91-224; s. 2, ch. 92-61; s. 197, ch. 92-279; s. 55, ch. 92-326; s. 3, ch. 94-190; s. 108, ch. 94-356; s. 854, ch. 95-148; s. 3, ch. 95-235; s. 9, ch. 96-418; s. 7, ch. 97-68.

History.--s. 3, ch. 67-50; ss. 10, 25, 27, 35, ch. 69-106; s. 73, ch. 71-377; s. 1, ch. 73-280; s. 4, ch. 78-323; s. 1, ch. 81-173; s. 11, ch. 83-85; s. 130, ch. 83-217; s. 44, ch. 86-163; s. 54, ch. 98-200.

 


267.061 Historic properties; state policy, responsibilities.--

(1) STATE POLICY RELATIVE TO HISTORIC PROPERTIES.--

(a) The rich and unique heritage of historic 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:

1. Provide leadership in the preservation of the state's historic resources;

2. Administer state-owned or state-controlled historic resources in a spirit of stewardship and trusteeship;

3. Contribute to the preservation of non-state-owned historic resources and to give encouragement to organizations and individuals undertaking preservation by private means;

4. Foster conditions, using measures that include financial and technical assistance, for a harmonious coexistence of society and state historic resources;

5. Encourage the public and private preservation and utilization of elements of the state's historically built environment; and

6. Assist local governments to expand and accelerate their historic preservation programs and activities.

(b) It is further declared to be the public policy of the state that all treasure trove, artifacts, and such objects having intrinsic or historical and archaeological value which have been abandoned on state-owned lands or state-owned sovereignty submerged lands shall belong to the state with the title thereto vested in the Division of Historical Resources of the Department of State for the purposes of administration and protection.

(2) RESPONSIBILITIES OF STATE AGENCIES OF THE EXECUTIVE BRANCH.--

(a) Each state agency of the executive branch having direct or indirect jurisdiction over a proposed state or state-assisted undertaking shall, in accordance with state policy and prior to the approval of expenditure of any state funds on the undertaking, consider the effect of the undertaking on any historic property that is included in, or eligible for inclusion in, the National Register of Historic Places. Each such agency shall afford the division a reasonable opportunity to comment with regard to such an undertaking.

(b) Each state agency of the executive branch shall initiate measures in consultation with the division to assure that where, as a result of state action or assistance carried out by such agency, a historic property is to be demolished or substantially altered in a way which adversely affects the character, form, integrity, or other qualities which contribute to historical, architectural, or archaeological value of the property, timely steps are taken to determine that no feasible and prudent alternative to the proposed demolition or alteration exists, and, where no such alternative is determined to exist, to assure that timely steps are taken either to avoid or mitigate the adverse effects, or to undertake an appropriate archaeological salvage excavation or other recovery action to document the property as it existed prior to demolition or alteration.

(c) In consultation with the division, each state agency of the executive branch shall establish a program to locate, inventory, and evaluate all historic properties under the agency's ownership or control that appear to qualify for the National Register. Each such agency shall exercise caution to assure that any such historic property is not inadvertently transferred, sold, demolished, substantially altered, or allowed to deteriorate significantly.

(d) Each state agency of the executive branch shall assume responsibility for the preservation of historic resources which are owned or controlled by such agency. Prior to acquiring, constructing, or leasing buildings for the purpose of carrying out agency responsibilities, the agency shall use, to the maximum extent feasible, historic properties available to the agency. Each agency shall undertake, consistent with the preservation of such properties, the mission of the agency, and the professional standards established pursuant to paragraph (3)(k), any preservation actions necessary to carry out the intent of this paragraph.

(e) Each state agency of the executive branch, in seeking to acquire additional space through new construction or lease, shall give preference to the acquisition or use of historic properties when such acquisition or use is determined to be feasible and prudent compared with available alternatives. The acquisition or use of historic properties is considered feasible and prudent if the cost of purchase or lease, the cost of rehabilitation, remodeling, or altering the building to meet compliance standards and the agency's needs, and the projected costs of maintaining the building and providing utilities and other services is less than or equal to the same costs for available alternatives. The agency shall request the division to assist in determining if the acquisition or use of a historic property is feasible and prudent. Within 60 days after making a determination that additional space is needed, the agency shall request the division to assist in identifying buildings within the appropriate geographic area that are historic properties suitable for acquisition or lease by the agency, whether or not such properties are in need of repair, alteration, or addition.

(f) Consistent with the agency's mission and authority, all state agencies of the executive branch shall carry out agency programs and projects, including those under which any state assistance is provided, in a manner which is generally sensitive to the preservation of historic properties and shall give consideration to programs and projects which will further the purposes of this section.

(3) DEPARTMENT OF MANAGEMENT SERVICES.--The Department of Management Services, in consultation with the division, shall adopt rules for the renovation of historic properties which are owned or leased by the state. Such rules shall be based on national guidelines for historic renovation, including the standards and guidelines for rehabilitation adopted by the United States Secretary of the Interior.

History.--s. 6, ch. 67-50; ss. 10, 25, 35, ch. 69-106; s. 5, ch. 81-173; s. 19, ch. 83-216; s. 2, ch. 85-281; s. 47, ch. 86-163; s. 2, ch. 87-33; s. 1, ch. 88-351; s. 1, ch. 90-259; s. 243, ch. 91-224; s. 2, ch. 92-61; s. 197, ch. 92-279; s. 55, ch. 92-326; s. 3, ch. 94-190; s. 108, ch. 94-356; s. 854, ch. 95-148; s. 3, ch. 95-235; s. 9, ch. 96-418; s. 7, ch. 97-68.

 


267.0617 Historic Preservation Grant Program.--

(1) There is hereby created within the division the Historic Preservation Grant Program, which shall make grants of moneys appropriated by the Legislature, moneys deposited pursuant to ss. 550.0351(2) and 607.1901(2)(g), and moneys contributed for that purpose from any other source. The program funds shall be used by the division for the purpose of financing grants in furtherance of the purposes of this section.

(2) The division is authorized to conduct and carry out a program of historic preservation grants-in-aid, including matching grants, to any department or agency of the state; any unit of county, municipal, or other local government; any corporation, partnership, or other organization, whether public or private or whether or not for profit; or any individual for projects having as their purpose the identification, acquisition, protection, preservation, rehabilitation, restoration, or construction of historic sites and properties, or Florida history, or the planning of such activities. Funds appropriated from general revenue for the historic preservation grants-in-aid program shall not be provided for a project owned by private individuals or owned by for-profit corporations. All moneys received from any source as appropriations, deposits, or contributions to this program shall be paid and credited to the Historical Resources Operating Trust Fund.

(3) All grants of state funds to assist the preservation of historic properties shall be made from the Historical Resources Operating Trust Fund and may be awarded only pursuant to applications for such assistance made to the Division of Historical Resources. The Florida Historical Council shall review each application for a historic preservation grant-in-aid 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, as well as funds received from federal sources or paid into the Historical Resources Operating Trust Fund.

(4) The Division of Historical Resources may accept and administer moneys appropriated to it for the purpose of providing grants for the projects approved by the Secretary of State.

(5) The Division of Historical Resources shall adopt rules prescribing the criteria to be applied by the Florida Historical Council in recommending applications for the award of grants and rules providing for the administration of the other provisions of this section.

History.--s. 3, ch. 78-357; s. 1, ch. 81-126; s. 170, ch. 81-259; s. 1, ch. 84-248; s. 49, ch. 86-163; s. 8, ch. 88-137; s. 2, ch. 90-26; s. 3, ch. 90-267; s. 5, ch. 91-429; s. 59, ch. 92-348; s. 5, ch. 94-190; ss. 28, 31, ch. 95-242; s. 10, ch. 96-418.

 


267.062__ Naming of state buildings and other facilities.--

(1)   Except as specifically provided by law, no state building, road bridge, park, recreational

complex, or other similar facility shall be named for any living person.

(2)   The division shall, after consulting with the Florida Historical Council, recommend

several persons whose contributions to the state have been of such significance that the division may recommend that state buildings and facilities be named for them.

History.—ss.1, 2, ch. 71-267; s. 50, ch. 86-163.


267.081 Publications.--It is the duty of the division to:

(1) Promote and encourage the writing of Florida history.

(2) 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.

(3) Cooperate with and coordinate research and publication activities of other agencies, organizations, historical commissions and societies, corporations, and individuals, which relate to historical matters.

(4) Hold any moneys received from the sale of publications by the division in the operating trust fund of the division or in a separate depository account in the name of a citizen-support organization formed pursuant to s. 267.17 and subject to the provision of a letter of agreement with the division.

(5) The division may exercise the right of trademark and service mark over the terms “Florida History & the Arts” or “Florida History and the Arts” pursuant to s. 286.031.

History.--s. 8, ch. 67-50; ss. 10, 35, ch. 69-106; s. 8, ch. 81-173; s. 53, ch. 86-163; s. 3, ch. 99-216.

 


267.___ Great Floridians program.—The division shall establish and administer a program, to be entitled the Great Floridians program, which shall be designed to recognize and record the achievements of Floridians, living and deceased, who have made major contributions to the progress and welfare of this state.

(1) The division shall nominate present or former citizens of this state, living or deceased, who during their lives have made major contributions to the progress of the nation or this state and its citizens. Nominations shall be submitted to the Secretary of State who shall select from those nominated not less than two persons each year who shall be honored with the designation "Great Floridian," provided no person whose contributions have been through elected or appointed public service shall be selected while holding any such office.

(a) To enhance public participation and involvement in the identification of any person worthy of being nominated as a Great Floridian, the division shall seek advice and assistance from persons qualified through the demonstration of special interest, experience, or education in the dissemination of knowledge about the state's history.

(b) In formulating its nominations, the division shall also seek the assistance of the Museum of Florida History Foundation, Inc., or its successor, acting in the capacity as a citizen support organization of the division, pursuant to s. 267.17 and approved to act on behalf of the Museum of Florida History.

(2) Upon designation of a person as a Great Floridian by the Secretary of State, the division shall undertake appropriate activities intended to achieve wide public knowledge of the person designated.

(a) The division may seek to initiate production of a film or videotape depicting the life and contributions of the designee to this state and to the nation. If technology surpasses the use of film or videotape, another medium of equal quality may be used.

1. In the production of such films, the division shall seek cooperation from local volunteers throughout the state and, in particular, shall seek fundraising and other assistance of the citizen support organization created pursuant to s. 267.17 to support the programs of the Museum of Florida History.

2. The Museum of Florida History shall be the repository of the original negative, the original master tape, and all cuttings, of any film or videotape produced under the authority of this paragraph. The division also may exercise the right of trademark over the terms "Great Floridian" or "Great Floridians" pursuant to s. 286.031.

3. The division shall arrange for the distribution of copies of all films to the general public, public television stations, educational institutions, and others and may establish a reasonable charge to recover costs associated with production and to provide a source of revenue to assist with reproduction, marketing, and distribution of Great Floridians films. Proceeds from such charges shall be deposited into the Historical Resources Operating Trust Fund.

(b) Deceased persons designated as Great Floridians typically shall be recognized by markers affixed to properties significantly associated with the major contributions of the designee. Such markers shall be erected pursuant to the provisions of s. 267.061(3)(n).

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.

 


267.14 Legislative intent.It is hereby declared to be the public policy of the State of Florida to preserve archaeological sites and objects of antiquity for the public benefit and to limit exploration, excavation and collection of such matters to qualified persons and educational institutions possessing the requisite skills and purpose to add to the general store of knowledge concerning history, archaeology and anthropology. It is further declared to be the public policy of the State of Florida that field investigation activities on privately owned lands should be discouraged except in accordance with both the provisions and spirit of ss. 267.11-267.14; and persons having knowledge of the location of archaeological sites are encouraged to communicate such information to the division.

History.--s. 1, ch. 73-166; s. 57, ch. 86-163.


267.____ Objects of historical or archaeological value.—The Division shall acquire, maintain, preserve, interpret, exhibit, and make available for study objects which 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 paragraph 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 value or cost of which is $500 or more and a sample inventory of such objects the value or cost of which is less than $500. 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 which 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 which 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 which is in its custody and which is 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 which 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 which has historical or archaeological value pursuant to subparagraph 3. shall be deposited in the Historical Resources Operating 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 chapter 120 that 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 paragraph or any rule adopted pursuant to this paragraph is guilty of 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, relics, and fine arts to which it holds title.

(9) The division may implement a program to administer finds of isolated historic artifacts from state-owned river bottoms whereby the division may transfer ownership of such artifacts to the finder in exchange for information about the artifacts and the circumstances and location of their discovery.

 


267.13 Prohibited practices; penalties.--

(1)(a) Any person who by means other than excavation either conducts archaeological field investigations on, or removes or attempts to remove, or defaces, destroys, or otherwise alters any archaeological site or specimen located upon, any land owned or controlled by the state or within the boundaries of a designated state archaeological landmark or landmark zone, except in the course of activities pursued under the authority of a permit or under procedures relating to accredited institutions granted by the division, commits a misdemeanor of the first degree, punishable as provided in s. 775.082 or s. 775.083, and, in addition, shall forfeit to the state all specimens, objects, and materials collected, together with all photographs and records relating to such material.

(b) Any person who by means of excavation either conducts archaeological field investigations on, or removes or attempts to remove, or defaces, destroys, or otherwise alters any archaeological site or specimen located upon, any land owned or controlled by the state or within the boundaries of a designated state archaeological landmark or landmark zone, except in the course of activities pursued under the authority of a permit or under procedures relating to accredited institutions granted by the division, commits a felony of the third degree, punishable as provided in s. 775.082, s. 775.083, or s. 775.084, and any vehicle or equipment of any person used in connection with the violation is subject to forfeiture to the state if it is determined by any court of law that the vehicle or equipment was involved in the violation. Such person shall forfeit to the state all specimens, objects, and materials collected or excavated, together with all photographs and records relating to such material. The court may also order the defendant to make restitution to the state for damage and the cost of restoring the affected resource as provided in s. 775.089. the archaeological or commercial value and cost of restoration and repair as defined in section 4.

(c) Any person who offers for sale or exchange any object with knowledge that it has previously been collected or excavated in violation of any of the terms of ss. 267.11-267.14, or who procures, counsels, solicits, or employs any other person to violate any prohibition contained in ss. 267.11-267.14 or to sell, purchase, exchange, transport, receive, or offer to sell, purchase, or exchange any archaeological resource excavated or removed from any land owned or controlled by the state or within the boundaries of a designated state archaeological landmark or landmark zone, except with the express consent of the division, commits a felony of the third degree, punishable as provided in s. 775.082, s. 775.083, or s. 775.084, and any vehicle or equipment of any person used in connection with the violation is subject to forfeiture to the state if it is determined by any court of law that such vehicle or equipment was involved in the violation. All specimens, objects, and material collected or excavated, together with all photographs and records relating to such material, shall be forfeited to the state. The court may also order the defendant to make restitution to the state for damage and the cost of restoring the affected resource as provided in s. 775.089. the archaeological or commercial value and cost of restoration and repair as defined in section 4.

(2)(a) The division may institute an administrative proceeding to impose an administrative fine of not more than $500 a day on any person or business organization that, without written permission of the division, explores for, salvages, or excavates treasure trove, artifacts, sunken or abandoned ships, or other objects having historical or archaeological value located on state-owned or state-controlled lands, including state sovereignty submerged lands.

(b) The division shall institute an administrative proceeding by serving written notice of a violation by certified mail upon the alleged violator. The notice shall specify the law or rule allegedly violated and the facts upon which the allegation is based. The notice shall also specify the amount of the administrative fine sought by the division. The fine shall not become due until after service of notice and an administrative hearing. However, the alleged violator shall have 20 days from service of notice to request an administrative hearing. Failure to respond within that time shall constitute a waiver, and the fine shall become due without a hearing.

(c) The division may enter its judgment for the amount of the administrative penalty imposed in a court of competent jurisdiction, pursuant to s. 120.69. The judgment may be enforced as any other judgment.

(d) The division may apply to a court of competent jurisdiction for injunctive relief against any person or business organization that explores for, salvages, or excavates treasure trove, artifacts, sunken or abandoned ships, or other objects having historical or archaeological value located on state-owned or state-controlled land, including state sovereignty submerged land, without the written permission of the division.

(3) Any person who:

(a) Reproduces, retouches, reworks, or forges any archaeological or historical object originating from an archaeological site as designated by ss. 267.11-267.14 and deriving its principal value from its antiquity or makes any such object, whether a copy or not; or

(b) Falsely labels, describes, identifies, or offers for sale or exchange any object with intent to represent the same to be an original and genuine archaeological or historical specimen,
commits a misdemeanor of the first degree, punishable as provided in s. 775.082 or s. 775.083.

 (4) Determination of archaeological or commercial value and cost of restoration and repair.

(a)  Archaeological value. For purposes of this part, the archaeological value of any

archaeological resource involved in a violation of the prohibitions in ss. 267.11-267.14 or conditions of a permit issued pursuant to ss. 267.11-267.14 shall be the value of the information associated with the archaeological resource. This value shall be appraised in terms of the costs of the retrieval of the scientific information which would have been obtainable prior to the violation. These costs may include, but need not be limited to, the cost of preparing a research design, conducting field work, carrying out laboratory analysis, and preparing reports as would be necessary to realize the information potential.

(b)  Commercial value. For purposes of this part, the commercial value of any archaeological

resource involved in a violation of the prohibitions in ss. 267.11-267.14 or conditions of a permit issued pursuant ss. 267.11-267.14 shall be its fair market value. Where the violation has resulted in damage to the archaeological resource, the fair market value should be determined using the condition of the archaeological resource prior to the violation, to the extent that its prior condition can be ascertained.

(c)  Cost of restoration and repair. For purposes of this part, the cost of restoration and

repair of archaeological resources damaged as a result of a violation of prohibitions or conditions pursuant to this part, shall be the sum of the costs already incurred for emergency restoration or repair work, plus those costs projected to be necessary to complete restoration and repair, which may include, but need not be limited to, the costs of the following:

(1)  Reconstruction of the archaeological resource;

(2)  Stabilization of the archaeological resource;

(3)  Ground contour reconstruction and surface

stabilization;

(4)  Research necessary to carry out reconstruction or

stabilization;

(5)  Physical barriers or other protective devices,

necessitated by the disturbance of the archaeological

resource, to protect it from further disturbance;

(6)  Examination and analysis of the archaeological resource

including recording remaining archaeological information, where necessitated by disturbance, in order to salvage remaining values which cannot be otherwise conserved;

(7)  Reinterment of human remains in accordance with

religious custom and State, local, or tribal law, where appropriate, as determined by the land manager.

(8)  Preparation of reports relating to any of the above activities.

 

History.--s. 1, ch. 73-166; s. 9, ch. 81-173; s. 1, ch. 93-114.