Part I Environmental Land and Water Management 380.012 – 380.12
Part II Coastal Planning and Management 380.20 – 380.285
Part III Florida Communities Trust 380.501 – 380.515

Terms Used In Florida Statutes > Chapter 380 - Land and Water Management

  • Advisory committee: means the Off-Highway Vehicle Recreation Advisory Committee created by…. See Florida Statutes 261.03
  • Affidavit: A written statement of facts confirmed by the oath of the party making it, before a notary or officer having authority to administer oaths.
  • Amendment: A proposal to alter the text of a pending bill or other measure by striking out some of it, by inserting new language, or both. Before an amendment becomes part of the measure, thelegislature must agree to it.
  • Amortization: Paying off a loan by regular installments.
  • Appeal: A request made after a trial, asking another court (usually the court of appeals) to decide whether the trial was conducted properly. To make such a request is "to appeal" or "to take an appeal." One who appeals is called the appellant.
  • Appraisal: A determination of property value.
  • Appropriation: The provision of funds, through an annual appropriations act or a permanent law, for federal agencies to make payments out of the Treasury for specified purposes. The formal federal spending process consists of two sequential steps: authorization
  • Assets: (1) The property comprising the estate of a deceased person, or (2) the property in a trust account.
  • ATV: means any motorized off-highway or all-terrain vehicle 55 inches or less in width which has a dry weight of 1,500 pounds or less, is designed to travel on three or more nonhighway tires, and is manufactured for recreational use by one or more persons. See Florida Statutes 261.03
  • Bankruptcy: Refers to statutes and judicial proceedings involving persons or businesses that cannot pay their debts and seek the assistance of the court in getting a fresh start. Under the protection of the bankruptcy court, debtors may discharge their debts, perhaps by paying a portion of each debt. Bankruptcy judges preside over these proceedings.
  • Board: means the Board of Orthotists and Prosthetists. See Florida Statutes 468.80
  • Board: means the Governor and Cabinet, as the Board of Trustees of the Internal Improvement Trust Fund. See Florida Statutes 259.03
  • Board: means the Board of Trustees of the Internal Improvement Trust Fund. See Florida Statutes 260.013
  • commission: means the Governor and the Cabinet; and for purposes of this chapter the commission shall act on a simple majority. See Florida Statutes 380.031
  • committee: means a committee appointed pursuant to…. See Florida Statutes 380.031
  • Complaint: A written statement by the plaintiff stating the wrongs allegedly committed by the defendant.
  • Contract: A legal written agreement that becomes binding when signed.
  • 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.
  • Damages: Money paid by defendants to successful plaintiffs in civil cases to compensate the plaintiffs for their injuries.
  • Deed: The legal instrument used to transfer title in real property from one person to another.
  • Department: means the Department of Health. See Florida Statutes 468.80
  • Department: means the Department of Environmental Protection. See Florida Statutes 259.03
  • Department: means the Department of Environmental Protection. See Florida Statutes 260.013
  • Department: means the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. See Florida Statutes 261.03
  • Designation: means the identification and inclusion of specific lands and waterways as part of the statewide system of greenways and trails pursuant to a formal public process, including the specific written consent of the landowner. See Florida Statutes 260.013
  • Developer: means any person, including a governmental agency, undertaking any development as defined in this chapter. See Florida Statutes 380.031
  • Development order: means any order granting, denying, or granting with conditions an application for a development permit. See Florida Statutes 380.031
  • Development permit: includes any building permit, zoning permit, plat approval, or rezoning, certification, variance, or other action having the effect of permitting development as defined in this chapter. See Florida Statutes 380.031
  • Devise: To gift property by will.
  • Dismissal: The dropping of a case by the judge without further consideration or hearing. Source:
  • Donor: The person who makes a gift.
  • Equitable: Pertaining to civil suits in "equity" rather than in "law." In English legal history, the courts of "law" could order the payment of damages and could afford no other remedy. See damages. A separate court of "equity" could order someone to do something or to cease to do something. See, e.g., injunction. In American jurisprudence, the federal courts have both legal and equitable power, but the distinction is still an important one. For example, a trial by jury is normally available in "law" cases but not in "equity" cases. Source: U.S. Courts
  • Evidence: Information presented in testimony or in documents that is used to persuade the fact finder (judge or jury) to decide the case for one side or the other.
  • Ex officio: Literally, by virtue of one's office.
  • Fair market value: The price at which an asset would change hands in a transaction between a willing, informed buyer and a willing, informed seller.
  • Federal Reserve System: The central bank of the United States. The Fed, as it is commonly called, regulates the U.S. monetary and financial system. The Federal Reserve System is composed of a central governmental agency in Washington, D.C. (the Board of Governors) and twelve regional Federal Reserve Banks in major cities throughout the United States. Source: OCC
  • Fee simple: Absolute title to property with no limitations or restrictions regarding the person who may inherit it.
  • Felony: A crime carrying a penalty of more than a year in prison.
  • Fiduciary: A trustee, executor, or administrator.
  • Fiscal year: The fiscal year is the accounting period for the government. For the federal government, this begins on October 1 and ends on September 30. The fiscal year is designated by the calendar year in which it ends; for example, fiscal year 2006 begins on October 1, 2005 and ends on September 30, 2006.
  • Gift: A voluntary transfer or conveyance of property without consideration, or for less than full and adequate consideration based on fair market value.
  • Governmental agency: means :
    (a) The United States or any department, commission, agency, or other instrumentality thereof;
    (b) This state or any department, commission, agency, or other instrumentality thereof;
    (c) Any local government, as defined in this chapter, or any department, commission, agency, or other instrumentality thereof;
    (d) Any school board or other special district, authority, or other governmental entity. See Florida Statutes 380.031
  • Greenway: means a linear open space established along either a natural corridor, such as a riverfront, stream valley, or ridgeline, or over land along a railroad right-of-way converted to recreational use, a canal, a scenic road, or other route; any natural or landscaped course for pedestrian or bicycle passage; an open space connector linking parks, nature reserves, cultural features, or historic sites with each other and populated areas; or a local strip or linear park designated as a parkway or greenbelt. See Florida Statutes 260.013
  • Jurisdiction: (1) The legal authority of a court to hear and decide a case. Concurrent jurisdiction exists when two courts have simultaneous responsibility for the same case. (2) The geographic area over which the court has authority to decide cases.
  • Land: means the earth, water, and air above, below, or on the surface, and includes any improvements or structures customarily regarded as land. See Florida Statutes 380.031
  • Land development regulations: include local zoning, subdivision, building, and other regulations controlling the development of land. See Florida Statutes 380.031
  • Land use: means the development that has occurred on land. See Florida Statutes 380.031
  • Lease: A contract transferring the use of property or occupancy of land, space, structures, or equipment in consideration of a payment (e.g., rent). Source: OCC
  • Legacy: A gift of property made by will.
  • Liabilities: The aggregate of all debts and other legal obligations of a particular person or legal entity.
  • Lien: A claim against real or personal property in satisfaction of a debt.
  • Local comprehensive plan: means any or all local comprehensive plans or elements or portions thereof prepared, adopted, or amended pursuant to the Community Planning Act, as amended. See Florida Statutes 380.031
  • Local government: means any county or municipality and, where relevant, any joint airport zoning board. See Florida Statutes 380.031
  • Major public facility: means any publicly owned facility of more than local significance. See Florida Statutes 380.031
  • Mandatory courses: means continuing education courses that the board has defined by rule and required for license issuance or renewal. See Florida Statutes 468.80
  • minor: includes any person who has not attained the age of 18 years. See Florida Statutes 1.01
  • Misdemeanor: Usually a petty offense, a less serious crime than a felony, punishable by less than a year of confinement.
  • Mortgage: The written agreement pledging property to a creditor as collateral for a loan.
  • Obligation: An order placed, contract awarded, service received, or similar transaction during a given period that will require payments during the same or a future period.
  • Off-highway vehicle: means any ATV, two-rider ATV, ROV, or OHM that is used off the roads or highways of this state and that is not registered and licensed for highway use under chapter 320. See Florida Statutes 261.03
  • Office: means the Office of Greenways and Trails within the Department of Environmental Protection. See Florida Statutes 260.013
  • Office of Economic and Demographic Research: means an entity designated by joint rule of the Legislature or by agreement between the President of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives. See Florida Statutes 1.01
  • Orthotics: means the practice of evaluating, treatment formulating, measuring, designing, fabricating, assembling, fitting, adjusting, servicing, or providing the initial training necessary to accomplish the fitting of an orthosis or pedorthic device. See Florida Statutes 468.80
  • Orthotist: means a person licensed to practice orthotics pursuant to this chapter. See Florida Statutes 468.80
  • Parcel of land: means any quantity of land capable of being described with such definiteness that its location and boundaries may be established, which is designated by its owner or developer as land to be used or developed as a unit or which has been used or developed as a unit. See Florida Statutes 380.031
  • 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.
  • Pedorthics: means the practice of evaluating, treatment formulating, measuring, designing, fabricating, assembling, fitting, adjusting, servicing, or providing the initial training necessary to accomplish the fitting of a pedorthic device. See Florida Statutes 468.80
  • Pedorthist: means a person licensed to practice pedorthics pursuant to this chapter. See Florida Statutes 468.80
  • Person: means an individual, corporation, governmental agency, business trust, estate, trust, partnership, association, two or more persons having a joint or common interest, or any other legal entity. See Florida Statutes 380.031
  • person: includes individuals, children, firms, associations, joint adventures, partnerships, estates, trusts, business trusts, syndicates, fiduciaries, corporations, and all other groups or combinations. See Florida Statutes 1.01
  • Personal property: All property that is not real property.
  • Program: means the Off-Highway Vehicle Recreation Program. See Florida Statutes 261.03
  • Prosthetics: means the practice of evaluating, treatment formulating, measuring, designing, fabricating, assembling, fitting, adjusting, servicing, or providing the initial training necessary to accomplish the fitting of a prosthesis. See Florida Statutes 468.80
  • Prosthetist: means a person licensed to practice prosthetics pursuant to this chapter. See Florida Statutes 468.80
  • Public lands: means lands within the state that are available for public use and that are owned, operated, or managed by a federal, state, county, or municipal governmental entity. See Florida Statutes 261.03
  • Quorum: The number of legislators that must be present to do business.
  • Real property: Land, and all immovable fixtures erected on, growing on, or affixed to the land.
  • Regional planning agency: means the agency designated by the state land planning agency to exercise responsibilities under this chapter in a particular region of the state. See Florida Statutes 380.031
  • Remainder: An interest in property that takes effect in the future at a specified time or after the occurrence of some event, such as the death of a life tenant.
  • Remand: When an appellate court sends a case back to a lower court for further proceedings.
  • Rescission: The cancellation of budget authority previously provided by Congress. The Impoundment Control Act of 1974 specifies that the President may propose to Congress that funds be rescinded. If both Houses have not approved a rescission proposal (by passing legislation) within 45 days of continuous session, any funds being withheld must be made available for obligation.
  • ROV: means any motorized recreational off-highway vehicle 80 inches or less in width which has a dry weight of 2,500 pounds or less, is designed to travel on four or more nonhighway tires, and is manufactured for recreational use by one or more persons. See Florida Statutes 261.03
  • Rule: means a rule adopted under chapter 120. See Florida Statutes 380.031
  • Settlement: Parties to a lawsuit resolve their difference without having a trial. Settlements often involve the payment of compensation by one party in satisfaction of the other party's claims.
  • State land planning agency: means the Department of Economic Opportunity and may be referred to in this part as the "department. See Florida Statutes 380.031
  • Statute: A law passed by a legislature.
  • Structure: means anything constructed, installed, or portable, the use of which requires a location on a parcel of land. See Florida Statutes 380.031
  • System: means the off-highway vehicle recreation areas and trails on public lands within the state. See Florida Statutes 261.03
  • Trails: means linear corridors and any adjacent support parcels on land or water providing public access for recreation or authorized alternative modes of transportation. See Florida Statutes 260.013
  • Trust fund: means the Incidental Trust Fund of the Florida Forest Service. See Florida Statutes 261.03
  • Trustee: A person or institution holding and administering property in trust.
  • Uniform Commercial Code: A set of statutes enacted by the various states to provide consistency among the states' commercial laws. It includes negotiable instruments, sales, stock transfers, trust and warehouse receipts, and bills of lading. Source: OCC
  • writing: includes handwriting, printing, typewriting, and all other methods and means of forming letters and characters upon paper, stone, wood, or other materials. See Florida Statutes 1.01