Florida is home to countless condominiums, homeowners’ associations, and cooperatives. These types of residences can offer convenient and affordable ways to live, but they often come with a bundle of laws and regulations that the homeowner may not know about. Earlier this year, Governor Rick Scott signed HB 791 into law, a bill that provides a package of new laws that affect the aforementioned types of residents. Taking effect on July 1, 2015, the bill creates several new laws that change the way homeowners’ associations and condominiums can go about their business.
Recently, e-cigarettes have taken the market by storm, promising smokers a safer and healthier alternative to traditional cigarettes. Although there are many types of e-cigarettes, most of them include a rechargeable lithium battery, a nicotine-containing cartridge, a heating coil, and an LED light. The heating element, or atomizer, heats the nicotine liquid to a boiling point, creating a vapor that the smoker inhales.
Despite e-cigarette companies’ promises that using the device is healthier than cigarettes, many e-cigarette users have suffered devastating personal injuries while using e-cigarettes. For example, the FDA has determined that some liquid cartridges that are marketed as nicotine-free actually contain nicotine, while others did not include the amount of nicotine that is printed on the cartridge’s label.
The state of Florida does not have any statewide leash laws governing the restraint of dogs. Instead, each county has enacted its own statutes governing pet-related issues, including leash laws. While these laws are similar from country to county, they are not identical. Therefore, it is important to be aware of the unique laws that apply to the county in which you reside.
Under the statutes enacted by Lee County, all dog owners are prohibited from allowing the dog in their control from becoming stray or roaming at large on:
• Public streets