Governor Ron DeSantis Cracks Down on Foreign Countries of Concern, Launches SecureFlorida for Property Registration
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. ~ Governor Ron DeSantis announced the launch of the SecureFlorida Portal on Tuesday, a platform where foreign principals from countries of concern must register property as required by sections 692.203 and 692.204, Florida Statutes. This registration requirement was created by Senate Bill 264, which was signed by Governor DeSantis in May as part of the strongest legislation in the nation counteracting the malign influence of the People's Republic of China and other countries of concern.

The bill limits the ability of individuals and businesses affiliated with the People's Republic of China or the Chinese Communist Party to acquire real property in Florida and requires registration for all real property owned within the state. It also requires foreign principals from other countries of concern to register any property located within 10 miles of a military installation or critical infrastructure facility before July 1, 2023. Failure to do so will result in a civil penalty of $1,000 for each day that registration is late.

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"Protecting Floridians and Florida's infrastructure from agents like the Chinese Communist Party and other foreign adversaries is important to our state's security," said Governor DeSantis. "I am proud to have signed the strongest legislation in the nation to fight back against foreign malign influence."

Florida Secretary of Commerce J. Alex Kelly expressed his gratitude for Governor DeSantis' leadership on this issue that is critical to both national security and Florida's economy. "Under Governor DeSantis' leadership, Florida is in the driver's seat and our Freedom First policies are setting the stage for a robust and efficient supply chain," he said.

Entities and property owners can register their properties through SecureFlorida portal here while a technical assistance webinar will be hosted on Tuesday, November 21 at 11am to provide an instructional walkthrough of how to use it. Those interested can register for it here while Senate Bill 264 can be accessed here.

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