Florida League of Cities

Monuments and Memorials (Monitor) – Failed 

CS/SB 1096 (Martin) and CS/HB 1607 (Black) provide that any person or entity that damages, defaces, destroys or removes an existing monument or memorial will be civilly liable for the costs to return, repair or replace the monument or memorial unless the person was authorized or the entity was the owner. The bills provide legal standing to any resident of this state to bring a civil action against any person or entity for damaging a monument or memorial displayed on public property. The bills clarify that these provisions do not prevent an agency from relocating a monument or memorial when necessary for the construction, expansion or alteration of publicly owned buildings, roadways or other transportation projects. The agency must relocate the monument or memorial to a site of similar prominence, honor and visibility within the same jurisdiction. (Taggart)