Any person desiring to engage in the business of a citrus fruit dealer in the state must apply to the department for a license. The department shall adopt rules prescribing the information to be contained in such application.
(1) All such applications, in addition to other information that may be prescribed by the department, must contain the following information:
(a) Name and address of the individual, firm, partnership, association, corporation, or other business unit applying for a license.
Terms Used In Florida Statutes 601.56
- Agent: means any person who, on behalf of any citrus fruit dealer, negotiates the consignment, purchase, or sale of citrus fruit, or weighs citrus fruit so that the weight thereof may be used in computing the amount to be paid therefor. See Florida Statutes 601.03
- Citrus fruit: means all varieties and regulated hybrids of citrus fruit and also means processed citrus products containing 20 percent or more citrus fruit or citrus fruit juice. See Florida Statutes 601.03
- Citrus fruit dealer: means any consignor, commission merchant, consignment shipper, cash buyer, broker, association, cooperative association, express or gift fruit shipper, or person who in any manner makes or attempts to make money or other thing of value on citrus fruit in any manner whatsoever, other than of growing or producing citrus fruit. See Florida Statutes 601.03
- Commission: means the Florida Citrus Commission as head of the department. See Florida Statutes 601.03
- Corporation: A legal entity owned by the holders of shares of stock that have been issued, and that can own, receive, and transfer property, and carry on business in its own name.
- Department: means the Department of Citrus. See Florida Statutes 601.03
- Partnership: A voluntary contract between two or more persons to pool some or all of their assets into a business, with the agreement that there will be a proportional sharing of profits and losses.
- Person: means any natural person, partnership, association, corporation, trust, estate, or other legal entity. See Florida Statutes 601.03
- Service of process: The service of writs or summonses to the appropriate party.
- shipping: means to move, or cause to be moved, citrus fruit or the canned or concentrated products thereof in intrastate, interstate, or foreign commerce by rail, truck, boat, airplane, or any other means. See Florida Statutes 601.03
(b) Names and addresses of the principal stockholders, officers, partners, or other individuals belonging to or connected with the applicant if the applicant for a license is a firm, partnership, association, corporation, or other business unit, whether it be for profit or otherwise.
(c) The length of time the applicant has been engaged in the citrus fruit business in the state in any manner whatsoever.
(d) A statement of delinquent accounts, if any, growing out of the ordinary course of business with producers.
(e) A financial statement of the applicant, if required by the department, showing such information as the department may prescribe regarding the financial conditions of the applicant.
(f) Whether or not the applicant or any of its officers, directors, or stockholders have previously been licensed as a citrus fruit dealer or connected with a licensed citrus fruit dealer in the state and, if so, the date all such licenses were obtained.
(g) The number of boxes of citrus fruit, measured in terms of standard-packed boxes, that the applicant intends to deal with during the current or ensuing shipping season.
(2) If the applicant is an individual and is shown to be a nonresident of the state or is a copartnership and each member is shown to be a nonresident of the state, the applicant shall designate some bona fide resident of the state as such applicant’s resident agent upon whom process may be served. The service of process of any of the courts of this state upon such resident agent shall be as effectual and binding upon such applicant as if personally served upon such applicant.
(3) If the applicant is a corporation, such corporation must be one organized and existing under the laws of this state or having an unrevoked permit authorizing it to transact business in this state.
(4) When a license application is submitted for a person or business entity that has an unpaid balance due and owing the department for any citrus assessments or delinquency fees levied and imposed under the authority of this chapter, the applicant shall be notified immediately by the department, and such application may not be further processed or presented to the commission for action until such assessments and fees are paid in full. However, any applicant whose assessments are under review by the department or are contested in the appropriate administrative agency or court shall not have its application denied solely on the basis of owed assessments or fees until the matter is determined by the department, agency, or court.