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1 A bill to be entitled
2 An act relating to the St. Augustine-St. Johns County
3 Airport Authority, St. Johns County; amending chapter
4 2002-347, Laws of Florida; renaming the St. Augustine-
5 St. Johns County Airport Authority as the St. Johns
6 County Airport Authority; authorizing the Authority to
7 conduct airport operations under a specified name;
8 providing for compensation of board members under
9 certain conditions; providing an effective date.
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11 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida:
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13 Section 1. Sections 1 through 3 of section 3 of chapter
14 2002-347, Laws of Florida, are amended to read:
15 Section 1. Status of the St. Johns St. Augustine-St. Johns
16 County Airport Authority.—The St. Johns St. Augustine-St. Johns
17 County Airport Authority is declared to be an independent
18 special district pursuant to chapter 189, Florida Statutes, as
19 it may be amended from time to time. The St. Johns County
20 Airport Authority may conduct airport operations under the name
21 "Northeast Florida Regional Airport."
22 Section 2. Boundaries of the St. Johns St. Augustine-St.
23 Johns taxing district.—All lands lying within St. Johns County,
24 Florida, shall constitute the boundaries of the St. Johns St.
25 Augustine-St. Johns County special taxing district.
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26 Section 3. Minimum charter requirements.—In accordance
27 with section 189.404(3), Florida Statutes, the following
28 subsections constitute the charter of the St. Johns St.
29 Augustine-St. Johns County Airport Authority:
30 (1) There is hereby created an authority to be known as
31 the St. Johns St. Augustine-St. Johns County Airport Authority
32 with the power to sue and be sued and with the additional powers
33 specified herein.
34 (2) There is also created a special taxing district in St.
35 Johns County, which district shall be a body politic and
36 corporate and political subdivision of the state under the name
37 of "St. Johns St. Augustine-St. Johns County Airport Authority
38 District." The St. Johns St. Augustine-St. Johns County Airport
39 Authority shall be the governing body and shall exercise its
40 powers and jurisdiction within the territory of said district,
41 which shall comprise all of St. Johns County.
42 (3) The St. Johns St. Augustine-St. Johns County Airport
43 Authority shall be governed by a board of five members known as
44 the St. Johns St. Augustine-St. Johns County Airport Authority
45 board. The expiration of each 4-year term for each seat is
46 staggered, such that two or three of the five seats are elected
47 every 2 years. At the general election held prior to the
48 expiration of each of said terms, successors shall be elected by
49 the qualified electors residing within the boundaries of the St.
50 Johns St. Augustine-St. Johns County Airport Authority District
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51 for a term of 4 years, to expire the first Tuesday after the
52 first Monday in January following the election. Vacancies in
53 office shall be filled by appointment of the Governor and
54 confirmed by the Senate for the remainder of the unexpired
55 terms. No member of the St. Johns St. Augustine-St. Johns County
56 Airport Authority board shall be an officer or employee of the
57 City of St. Augustine, St. Johns County, or the State of
58 Florida, except members of the militia or notaries public. Not
59 more than two of the members shall be persons who are primarily
60 engaged in the aviation business, and no person shall be
61 eligible for appointment or election as a board member except
62 persons residing within the boundaries of the St. Johns St.
63 Augustine-St. Johns County Airport Authority District. The
64 members constituting the St. Johns St. Augustine-St. Johns
65 County Airport Authority board shall select one of their number
66 as chair, and the term of office of the chair shall be 1 year.
67 The members shall receive no compensation for their services so
68 long as the St. Johns County Airport Authority levies ad valorem
69 taxes greater than 0.00 mills, but they are authorized to be
70 reimbursed for verified travel and other expenses, which shall
71 be paid from the funds of the Authority. The members shall
72 receive compensation for their services as set by the Authority
73 up to but not exceeding $7,500 per year so long as the St. Johns
74 County Airport Authority levies ad valorem taxes of 0.00 mills,
75 and they are authorized to be reimbursed for verified travel and
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76 other expenses, which shall be paid from the funds of the
77 Authority. Three members shall constitute a quorum for the
78 purpose of conducting business, exercising powers, and all other
79 purposes. Notices of election shall be given through the Office
80 of the Secretary of State, as provided by the general laws of
81 the state. Members of the St. Johns St. Augustine-St. Johns
82 County Airport Authority board shall be identified on such board
83 by numbered groups, and candidates for election to such board
84 shall qualify in particular groups, and otherwise as provided by
85 the laws of the state.
86 (4) The St. Johns St. Augustine-St. Johns County Airport
87 Authority is empowered to employ an executive director, a legal
88 counsel, and other such permanent or temporary employees,
89 including, but not limited to, technical experts, secretaries,
90 and clerical help, as may be needed to operate the Authority.
91 The St. Johns St. Augustine-St. Johns County Airport Authority
92 board is empowered to determine the qualifications, duties, and
93 compensation of said employees, the compensation to be fixed by
94 resolution of the members of the board and to be paid from the
95 income of the Authority.
96 (5) The St. Johns St. Augustine-St. Johns County Airport
97 Authority as hereby created is authorized and empowered to own
98 and acquire property by purchase, lease, lease-purchase, eminent
99 domain, gift, or transfer from the City of St. Augustine, the
100 United States of America, the State of Florida, or any agencies
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101 thereof, and other entities or individuals, and to acquire,
102 construct, maintain, and operate airport facilities, warehouses,
103 hangars, repair facilities, seaplane bases, and all other
104 facilities incident to the operation of airport facilities for
105 both foreign and domestic air transportation, either by land
106 planes or seaplanes, including multimodal transportation
107 facilities which interconnect with the airport facility. The
108 Authority is authorized and empowered to own, acquire, and
109 operate airplanes, seaplanes, and lighter-than-air craft, and to
110 engage in instruction in aviation, research in aeronautical
111 fields, and promotion of aeronautical development. Property of
112 the St. Johns St. Augustine-St. Johns County Airport Authority
113 may be utilized for purposes which are not related to aviation.
114 (6) The St. Johns St. Augustine-St. Johns County Airport
115 Authority is authorized and empowered to conduct activities
116 necessary to create and support a multimodal transportation
117 system to interconnect with and support the airport activities
118 and to serve the district and the region.
119 (7) The St. Johns St. Augustine-St. Johns County Airport
120 Authority shall have the right and power of eminent domain over
121 real and personal property and to maintain eminent domain
122 proceedings in the form and in the manner as prescribed by the
123 general laws of the state, provided that the power of eminent
124 domain shall be exercised to carry out the purposes of this act.
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125 (8) The St. Johns St. Augustine-St. Johns County Airport
126 Authority is authorized and empowered to enter into contracts
127 with any individual, corporation, or political subdivision or
128 agency of the state, and the United States of America, and to
129 enter into operating contracts or leases for facilities owned by
130 the Authority and any and all other contracts for furthering the
131 business, operation, and maintenance of the facilities as herein
132 provided, including the right to lease any or all airport
133 facilities and appurtenances to individuals, corporations, or
134 government entities. The Authority is further authorized to fix
135 and revise from time to time rates, fees, and other charges for
136 the use of and for the services furnished or to be furnished by
137 any airport facility owned or operated by the Authority. Such
138 rates, fees, and charges shall be fixed and revised so that the
139 revenues of the Authority, together with any other available
140 funds, will be sufficient at all times:
141 (a) To pay the costs, including salaries, for maintaining,
142 operating, and repairing the airport facilities owned or
143 operated by the Authority, including reserves for such purposes.
144 (b) To pay the principal of and interest on all bonds or
145 revenue certificates issued by the Authority under the
146 provisions of this act as the same become due and payable and to
147 provide reserves therefor.
148
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149 Notwithstanding any of the foregoing provisions of this section,
150 the Authority may enter into contracts relating to the use of or
151 for the services furnished or to be furnished by any airport
152 facility, which contracts shall not be subject to revision
153 except in accordance with the terms of such contracts.
154 (9) Within the limits of its budget, the St. Johns County
155 St. Augustine-St. Johns Airport Authority is authorized to
156 borrow money and give its notes as evidence of indebtedness
157 therefor in order to carry out the purposes and authorizations
158 of this act.
159 (10) To carry out the purposes of this act, the Authority
160 is authorized, for the purpose of construction, acquiring,
161 paying for, and improving its properties and facilities, to
162 raise moneys by the issuance and sale of revenue bonds or
163 certificates or general obligation bonds or combined revenue and
164 general obligation bonds.
165 (a) Revenue bonds or certificates issued pursuant to this
166 act shall be payable from and secured by a pledge of all or any
167 part of the income, rents, and revenues derived by the Authority
168 from any of its properties or facilities now or hereafter owned
169 or operated by the Authority. The Authority may further pledge
170 its full faith and credit and taxing power for the payment of
171 such revenue bonds or certificates to the full extent that the
172 revenues derived from the operation of the properties and
173 facilities of the Authority are insufficient for the payment of
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174 the principal of and interest on and reserves for such revenue
175 bonds or certificates, provided that the issuance of such
176 revenue bonds or certificates, if the full faith and credit of
177 the Authority are pledged therefor, have been first approved by
178 the qualified electors residing in the district in the manner
179 provided in Section 12 of Article VII of the State Constitution.
180 (b) The Authority may also issue its general obligation
181 bonds for the purposes aforesaid and may pledge its full faith
182 and credit and taxing power for the payment of the principal of
183 and interest on said bonds and reserves therefor as the same
184 become due, provided that the issuance of such general
185 obligation bonds has been first approved by the qualified
186 electors residing in the district in the manner provided in
187 Section 12 of Article VII of the State Constitution.
188 (c) Any bond election of the qualified electors residing
189 in the district shall be called and held in the manner provided
190 in the applicable Florida Statutes for the holding of bond
191 elections.
192 (d) After the issuance of any revenue bonds, which are
193 additionally secured by the full faith and credit of the
194 Authority as provided above, or of any general obligation bonds,
195 the Authority shall have the power and shall be irrevocably
196 obligated to levy ad valorem taxes on all taxable property
197 within the district to the full extent necessary to pay the
198 principal of and interest on and reserves for any general
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199 obligation bonds issued, as the same mature and become due, and
200 to pay the principal of and interest on and reserves therefor
201 due on any revenue bonds or certificates to the full extent that
202 the revenues derived from the operation of the Authority's
203 properties and facilities are insufficient for the payment
204 thereof.
205 (e) Any of said revenue bonds or certificates or general
206 obligation bonds may be authorized by resolution or resolutions
207 adopted by the Authority, which may be adopted at the same
208 meeting at which they are introduced, by a majorit