Code of Ordinances

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The Code of Ordinances is a compilation of laws adopted by City Commission.

“Ordinance” means an official, legislative action of the commission, which action is a regulation of a general and permanent nature and enforceable as a local law.

(a)  Form. Each ordinance or resolution shall be introduced in writing and shall embrace but one subject and matters properly connected therewith. The subject shall be clearly stated in the title. No ordinance shall be revised or amended by reference to its title only. Ordinances to revise or amend shall set out in full the revised or amended act, section, subsection or paragraph of a section or subsection.

(b) Procedure. A proposed ordinance, other than an emergency ordinance, shall be read by title, or in full, on at least two (2) separate days, at either regular or special meetings of the commission, and shall, at least ten (10) days prior to adoption, be noticed once in a newspaper of general circulation in the city. The notice or proposed enactment shall state the date, time and place of the meeting; the title or titles of proposed ordinances, and the place or places within the city where such proposed ordinances may be inspected by the public. Said notice shall also advise that interested parties may appear at the meeting and be heard with respect to the proposed ordinance.

(c) Effective date. Except as otherwise provided in this Charter, every adopted ordinance shall become effective ten (10) days after adoption or as otherwise specified therein.

(d) Action requiring an ordinance. In addition to other acts required by law or by specific provisions of this Charter to be done by ordinance, those acts of the city commission shall be by ordinance which:

  • (1) Adopt or amend an administrative code or establish, alter or abolish any city department or agency;
  • (2) Establish a rule or regulation, the violation of which carries a penalty;
  • (3) Levy taxes authorized by general law;
  • (4) Grant, renew or extend a franchise;
  • (5) Set service or user charges for municipal services or granting administrative authority for such charges;
  • (6) Authorize the borrowing of money not inconsistent with the limitations in the constitution and general law of the state;
  • (7) Convey or lease or authorize by administrative action the conveyance or lease of any lands of the city;
  • (8) Amend or repeal any ordinance previously adopted, except as otherwise provided in article V, with respect to repeal of ordinances reconsidered under the referendum power.