Florida State Board of
Statutes, Rules, Regulations
Revised to February 8th, 1921
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THE DREW PRESS, JACKSONVILLE 377092
Florida State Board of Health
Headquarters and General Offices
Hon. Joe L. Earman, President West Palm Beach
Hon. Ed. M. Earnest . .Palatka
Hon. J. E. Graves . Quincy
Ralph N. Greene, M. D., State Health Officer
Engineering .. . George W. Simons, Jr., S. B.
Diagnostic Laboratories .B. L. Arms, M. D.
Vital Statistics . Stewart G. Thompson, D. P. H.
Auditor . .. Samuel F. Flood
Child Welfare .. . William B. Keating, M. D.
Venereal Diseases . George A. Dame, M. D.
District Health Oficers
A. C. Hamblin, M. D., Tampa
F. L. Tatom, M. D., .DeFuniak Springs
T. A. Blinn, M. D., .. .Fort Pierce
. .. J. Knox Simpson, M. D.
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This Sanitary Code, containing the laws of the State having a
special applicability to public health matters, the Rules and Regu-
lations of the State Board of Health and a few recommendations
for the proper control of certain communicable diseases, has been
compiled for the convenience of County and City Health Officers,
Physicians, Social Workers and others interested in safeguarding
the health of our people.
The State Board of Health desires to express its appreciation
for the material assistance rendered by the great number of men
and women who have been constant in their efforts to promote the
general health of Florida.
RALPH N. GREENE, M. D.,
State Health Officer.
STATUTES OF FLORIDA
And the Powers and Duties of the
STATE BOARD OF HEALTH
EXTRACTS FROM GENERAL STATUTES OF FLORIDA,
1920 AND STATUTES OF 1919
Sections 1986, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1993, 1996, 2007, 2015, 5544, 5546,
5547, 5549, were adopted in 1889 by a special session of the legisla-
ture, called by the Governor for the purpose of establishing a
State Board of Health and defining its duties.
STATUTES OF 1919
LAWS OF FLORIDA
CHAPTER 7817-(No. 35).
AN ACT Providing for the Acceptance and Disbursement of Money
Received from the United States Which Was Appropriated By
An Act of Congress Entitled "An Act Making Appropriations
for the Support of the Army for the Fiscal Year Ending June
30th, 1919," As An Allotment Out of the Sum of One Million
Dollars Set Apart By the Said Act for the Prevention, Control,
and Treatment of Venereal Diseases.
Whereas, Under the provisions of An Act of Congress approved
July 9th, 1918, entitled An Act making appropriations for the sup-
port of the army for the fiscal year ending June 30th, 1919, which
provided for the allotment and distribution of the sum of One
Million Dollars among the different States of the United States
according to the last preceding United States census the sum of
Eight Thousand One Hundred and Eighty-three Dollars and
Eleven Cents was paid into the Treasury of the State of Florida on
February 11th, 1919, which said sum by the terms of the Act is to
be used in the prevention, control and treatment of venereal dis-
Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida:
Section 1. That the State of Florida accept the money paid over
to the State Treasurer under the Act of Congress of July 9th, 1918,
entitled "An Act making appropriations for the support of the
army for the fiscal year ending June 30th, 1919," to be used and
expended by the State Board of Health in the prevention, control
and treatment of venereal diseases in accordance with the rules and
regulations prescribed by the Secretary of the Treasury and the
rules and regulations promulgated or to be promulgated by the
Inter-departmental Social Hygiene Board for the expenditure of
the One Million Dollars civilian quarantine and isolation fund
under control of the Secretary of War and Secretary of the Navy,
which said latter rules and regulations shall be given consideration
by the State Board of Health representatives in order that the funds
from the two sources may be correlated.
Sec. 2. That all vouchers for expenditures made under this
Act shall be itemized and approved by the State Board of Health
and by the State Treasurer, and all expenditures shall be distributed
and limited in proportion for the different purposes as follows:
(a) For treatment of infected persons in hospitals, clinics and
other institutions, including arsphenamine and other drugs, 50 per
cent of the allotment.
(b) In carrying out educational measures, 20 per cent.
(c) In carrying out repressive measures, 20 per cent.
(d) In general administration and other activities of venereal
disease control work, 10 per cent. Provided, that the provisional
distribution above set forth shall be subject to modification after
conference and agreement between each State and the United
States Public Health Service the best needs of the particular State.
Sec. 3. That the sum of Eight Thousand One Hundred Eighty-
three and 11/100 Dollars and such other money as may be paid into
the State Treasury for the same purpose by the United States Gov-
ernment be and the same is hereby appropriated for the uses and
purposes set forth in this Act, and the Comptroller is authorized to
draw warrants on the State Treasurer in payment of properly ap-
proved vouchers for all expenses incurred relating to this Act.
Sec. 4. That this Act shall take effect immediately upon its
becoming a law.
Approved May 5, 1919.
CHAPTER 7822-(No. 40).
AN ACT Amending Section 1, of Chapter 6895, Laws of Florida,
Acts of 1915, Entitled "An Act Making it a Misdemeanor to
Keep or Maintain Surface Closets or Privies Used for the Deposit
of Human Excreta, Within Incorporated Towns, Which Are
Not Fly-Proof in Construction and Are Not in Conformity With
Plans Recommended and Approved by the State Board of
Health, and Prescribing a Penalty for the Violation of the Pro-
visions of this Act."
Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida:
Section 1. That Section 1 of Chapter 6895, Laws of Florida,
Acts of 1915, be amended as follows:
Section 1. That any person, firm or corporation keeping or
maintaining surface closets and privies used for the deposit of
human excreta within incorporated limits, unincorporated towns,
suburbs and thickly settled communities which are not fly-proof in
construction and are not in conformity with plans recommended or
approved by the State Board of Health, shall be guilty of a misde-
meanor and upon conviction thereof shall be punished by a fine not
exceeding ten dollars ($10.00).
Sec. 2. All laws or parts of laws in conflict with the provisions
of this Act are hereby repealed.
Sec. 3. This Act shall take effect upon its passage and approval
by the Governor or upon its becoming a law without such approval.
Approved May 5, 1919.
CHAPTER 7823-(No. 41).
AN ACT to Amend Section 1122 of the General Statutes of Florida
Relating to the Making of Rules and Regulations by the State
Board of Health.
Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida:
Section 1. That Section 1122 of the General Statutes of Florida
be amended to read as follows:
Section 1122. Board to Make and Publish Rules.-It shall be
the duty of the State Board of Health to formulate such rules and
regulations for the preservation of the public health as, in their
judgment, they may deem necessary, and to meet at any time they
may deem necessary to formulate such additional rules and regula-
tions for the preservation of the public health, as their experience
may suggest, and they shall have the same published in such place
and in such manner as they may deem best to give greatest pub-
licity to the same.
Sec. 2. This Act shall take effect upon its passage an& approval
by the Governor.
Approved May 5, 1919.
CHAPTER 7824-(No. 42).
AN ACT to Repeal Section 1128 of the General Statutes of Florida,
relating to Assistant State Health Officer.
Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida:
Section 1. That Section 1128 of the General Statutes of Florida,
relating to Assistant State Health Officer be and the same is hereby
Sec. 2. This Act shall take effect upon its passage and ap-
proval by the Governor.
Approved May 7, 1919.
CHAPTER 7825-(No. 43).
AN ACT Providing for the Sanitation, Healthfulness and Cleanli-
ness of Swimming Pools, Public Bath Houses, Swimming and
Bathing Places; Regulating and Granting and Revocation of
Permits Therefor from the State Board of Health, Providing for
the Inspection of Such Places; Declaring Places and Things
in Violation of This Act to Be Nuisances, Dangerous to Health
and Providing for the Abatement of the Same; Making Viola-
tions of This Act Misdemeanors; and Providing for the Punish-
ment of the Same.
Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida:
Section 1. The State Board of Health shall have supervision
over the sanitation, healthfulness and cleanliness of swimming
pools, bath houses, public swimming and bathing places and all
related appurtenances and is hereby empowered to make and en-
force such rules and regulations pertaining thereto as it shall
Sec. 2. It shall be unlawful for any person, persons, firm,
corporation, institution, municipality or county to construct or to
add to or modify, or to operate or to continue to operate any
swimming pool, public bath house, bathing or swimming place, or
any structure intended to be used for swimming or bathing pur-
poses without an unrevoked permit so to do from the State Board
of Health. This permit shall be obtained in the following manner:
any person, persons, firm, corporation, institution, municipality or
county desiring to construct, add to or modify, or to operate and
maintain any swimming pool, bath house, bathing or swimming
places or structures intended to be used for swimming or bathing
purposes within the State of Florida shall file application for per-
mission so to do with the State Board of Health, which application
shall be accompanied by detailed maps, drawings, specifications
and descriptions of the structure, its appurtenances and operation,
description of the source or sources of water supply, amount and
quality of water available and intended to be used, method and
manner of water purification, treatment, disinfection, heating,
regulating and cleaning; measures to insure personal cleanliness of
bathers; method and manner of washing, disinfecting, drying and
storing bathing apparel and towels, and all other information- and
statistics that may be required by the State Board of Health; where-
upon, the State Board of Health shall cause an investigation to be
made of the proposed or existing pool or public bathing places and
if it shall determine as a fact that the same is or may reasonably be
expected to become unclean or unsanitary or may constitute a
menace to public health, it shall deny the application for permit;
if it shall determine as a fact that the same is or may reasonably be
expected to be conducted continuously in a clean and sanitary man-
ner and will not constitute a menace to public health, it shall grant
the application for permit under such restrictions as it shall deem
Sec. 3. For the purpose of this Act the State Board of Health
or its inspectors shall at any and all reasonable times have full
power and authority to, and shall be permitted to enter upon any
and all parts of the premises of such bathing and swimming places
to make examination and investigation to determine the sanitary
condition of such places and whether the provisions of this Act or
rules and regulations of the State Board of Health pertaining there-
to are being violated. The State Board of Health may from time to
time at its discretion publish the reports of such inspections in its
Sec. 4. Any permit granted by the State Board of Health as
provided in this Act shall be revocable or subject to suspension at
any time, if it shall determine as a fact that the swimming or bath-
ing place or places are being conducted in a manner unsanitary, un-
clean or dangerous to public health.
Sec. 5. Any swimming pool, public swimming or bathing place
or places, constructed, operated or maintained contrary to the pro-
visions of this Act are hereby declared to be public nuisances,
dangerous to health. Such nuisances may be abated or enjoined
in an action brought by the local or State Board of Health.
Sec. 6. Any person, firm or corporation, whether as principal
or agent, employer or employee, who violates any of the provisions
of this Act shall be guilty of a misdemeanor, and each day that con-
ditions or actions, in violation of this Act shall continue, shall be
deemed to be a separate and distinct offense, and for each offense,
upon conviction, he shall be punished by a fine of not less than
'twenty-five dollars nor more than five hundred dollars, or shall be
imprisoned in the county jail for a term of not exceeding six months,
or by both such fine and imprisonment.
Approved May 29, 1919.
CHAPTER 7826-(No. 44)
AN ACT Designating the Headquarters of the State Board of
Health, and Fixing the Place of Residence of the State Health
Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida:
Section 1. The headquarters of the State Board of Health shall
be in the City of Jacksonville, Florida, and the State Health Officer
shall reside in the City where the headquarters of the State Board
of Health is located.
Sec. 2. This Act shall take effect on July 1, 1919.
Approved June 2, 1919.
CHAPTER 7827.-(No. 45)
AN ACT Authorizing the State Board of Health to Sell Any Prop-
erty Acquired Under the Provisions of Chapter 6894, Laws of
Florida, Acts of 1915, Not Necessary in the Carrying on of the
Work of Said Board.
Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida:
Section 1. The State Board of Health is hereby authorized to
sell any property that it may have acquired under the provisions of
Chapter 6894, Laws of Florida, Acts of 1915, which may in its judg-
ment be not necessary to be used further in connection with the
work of the State Board of Health, and all proceeds derived from
the sale of any such property shall be transmitted to the State
Treasury to be credited to the State Board of Health Fund.
Sec. 2. This Act shall take effect immediately upon its becom-
ing a law.
Approved June 9, 1919.
CHAPTER 7829-(No. 47)
AN ACT Defining Venereal Diseases, Regulating and Suppressing
Such Diseases, Requiring the Separating of Cases Thereof;
Authorizing the Examination, Treatment and Isolation of per-
sons Infected Therewith; Giving Health Authorities Certain
Power Over Jails and Prisons in Connection Therewith;
Authorizing the State Board of Health to Promulgate Rules and
Regulations Relating Thereto and Providing a Penalty for the
Violation of this Act or Any Rule or Regulations Passed or
Promulgated by the State Board of Health Under the Authority
of This Act; Authorizing Towns, Cities or Counties to Make
Donations to Assist in the Enforcement of This Act.
Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida:
Section 1. That Syphilis, Gonorrhea and Chancroid are hereby
designated as venereal diseases and are declared to be contagious
infections, communicable and dangerous to the public health. It
shall be unlawful for any one infected with either of these diseases
to expose another to infection.
Sec. 2. It shall be unlawful for any female afflicted with any
venereal disease, who knowing of such condition, to have sexual
intercourse with any male person, or for any male person afflicted
with any venereal disease, who knowing of such condition, to have
sexual intercourse with any female.
Sec. 3. Any person who shall violate any of the provisions of
Sections one and two of this Act, shall be guilty of a misdemeanor
and on conviction shall be punished as for a misdemeanor.
Sec. 4. Any person suspected of being afflicted with any in-
fectious venereal disease shall be subject to physical examination
and inspection by any representative of the State Board of Health,
and for failure or refusal to allow such inspection or examination,
they shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and shall be punished as for a
misdemeanor. Provided, the suspected person shall not be appre-
hended, inspected or examined against his will, except upon the
sworn testimony of the person or persons accusing; and upon the
presentation of the warrant duly authorized by the Justice of the
Peace, or some Court Officer charged with the execution of this law.
Sec. 5. Any person wilfully violating any rule or regulation
promulgated by the State Board of Health under the authority of
this Act, shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor and may be
punished as for a misdemeanor.
Sec. 6. Any physician or other person who makes a diagnosis
in or treats a case of venereal disease, or any superintendent or
manager of a hospital, dispensary or charitable or penal institution
in which there is a case of venereal disease shall make a report of
such case to the Health Authorities according to such form and
manner as the State Board of Health shall direct.
Sec. 7. State, County and Municipal Health Officers, or their
authorized deputies, within their respective jurisdictions, are here-
by directed and empowered, when in their judgment it is necessary
to protect the Public Health, to make examination of persons
being, or suspected of being infected with a venereal disease, to
require persons infected with a venereal disease to report for treat-
ment to a reputable physician and continue treatment until cured,
or to submit to treatment provided at Public Expense, and to isolate
persons infected with a venereal disease. Provided, the suspected
person shall not be apprehended, inspected or examined against
his will, except upon the sworn testimony of the person or persons
accusing; and upon the presentation of the warrant duly authorized
by the Justice of the Peace or some court officer charged with the
execution of this law.
Sec. 8. All persons who shall be confined or imprisoned in any
state, county or city prison of this State, may be examined and
treated for venereal diseases by the Health Authorities or their
deputies. The State, County and Municipal Boards of Health shall
have authority to take over such portions of any State, County or
City Prison as may be necessary for a Board of Health Hospital,
wherein all persons who shall have been confined or imprisoned
and who are suffering with- a venereal disease at the time of the
expiration of their terms of imprisonment, shall be isolated and
treated at public expense until cured, or, in lieu of such isolation,
such person may, in the discretion of the Board of Health, be re-
quired to report to a licensed physician or submit to treatment at
public expense as provided in Section seven of this Act.
Sec. 9. The State Board of Health is hereby empowered and
directed to make such rules and regulations as shall in its judg-
ment be necessary for the carrying out of the purposes of this Act,
including rules and regulations providing for such labor on the
part of the isolated persons as may be necessary to provide in whole
or in part for their subsistence and to safeguard their general
health, and such other rules and regulations concerning venereal
diseases as it may from time to time deem advisable. All such rules
and regulations so made shall be of force and binding upon all
county and municipal Health Officers and other persons affected
by this Act.
Sec. 10. All reports of cases of venereal disease shall be filed
in a safe or some place of safe keeping in the office of the State
Board of Health, and shall not be subject to Public Inspection.
That no clerk or officer of the State Board of Health shall give out
any personal information as to such reported cases, except upon
the demand of the judge of a court empowered to deal with the
operation of this law; nor shall the reports of cases of venereal
disease be made to the State Board of Health, or any City or
County Board of Health, except in a sealed, stamped envelope,
which shall be furnished the physicians of the State without cost
to them by the State Board of Health.
Sec. 11. Any town, city or county, is hereby authorized to
make donations to the State Board of Health to assist in the enforce-
ment of this Act.
Sec. 12. This Act shall become a law upon its passage and ap-
proval by the Governor.
Approved June 7, 1919.
CHAPTER 7830-(No. 48)
AN ACT Making it the Duty of the State Board of Health to Make
Certain Analyses, and Providing for Expert Testimony.
Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida:
Section 1. That the State Board of Health shall make or have
made analysis of any part of the contents of the human body sub-
mitted to it by any regular practicing physician licensed to practice
in this State, or any State Attorney or Solicitor of any Criminal
Court or Court of Record, or Sheriff in this State, for the purpose
of determining whether or not it contains any foreign matter or
drugs poisonous to the human system, and upon the completion of
such analysis furnished to the person submitting the same, a certifi-
cate under oath of the result of such analysis.
Sec. 2. The State Board of Health shall make or have made
analysis of any part of the contents of the carcass of any domestic
animal submitted to it by any duly authorized agent of the Live
Stock Sanitary Board, or County Demonstration Agent, or Sheriff,
for the purpose of determining whether or not it contains any
foreign matter or drugs poisonous to the life of such animal, and
upon the completion of such analysis the said Board shall furnish
to the person submitting same a certificate under oath giving the
result of such analysis; provided that in all such cases when the
agent of the Live Stock Sanitary Board, County Demonstration
Agent or Agent submits any specimen to the State Board of Health
for analysis he shall at the same time forward to the Secretary of
the Board a fee of Five Dollars to be applied to the expense incident
to such analysis, and the said fee shall become a part of the State
Board of Health Funds and forwarded to the State Treasurer.
Sec. 3. Any person who is required under process of court to
give expert testimony under either Section 1 or 2 of this Act shall
be paid all expenses going to and from the place where such testi-
mony is to be given.
Sec. 4. This Act shall take effect immediately upon its becom-
ing a law.
Approved June 9, 1919.
CHAPTER 7920-(No. 138)
AN ACT to Provide for the Assistance of Poor Mothers or Other
Poor Women Having Children Dependent Upon Them for Sup-
port and Care Under the Age of Sixteen Years and to Provide
the Necessary Means of Carrying This Law Into Effect.
Whereas, Section 3 of Article XIII of the Constitution of this
State ordains that "the respective counties of the State shall pro-
vide in the manner prescribed by law for those of the inhabitants
that by reason of age, infirmity or misfortune may have claims upon
the aid and sympathy of society;" and
Whereas, It has been found by those engaged in social welfare
work among the poorer people of the State that there are numbers
of Mothers and other women who have children depending solely
upon them for food, clothing and education, and in many instances
deprived almost wholly of all of these necessities; and
Whereas, It has been demonstrated that a Republic is as strong
as its citizenship, and the citizen is useful accordingly as to his
intellect and environments and training; therefore
Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida:
Section 1. General Duties of Officers.-The County Commis-
sioners of the several Counties of the State of Florida are em-
powered and authorized to provide in the annual budget of the Gen-
eral Revenue Fund an appropriation sufficient to meet the purposes
of this Law for the support of women who have dependent upon
them for food, raiment and education an orphan or orphans or half
orphan children under sixteen years of age, including any woman
whose husband is dead or an inmate of some State Institution, or
whose husband has been prosecuted for desertion or non-support
and has been adjudicated by the Court when prosecuted to be
wholly unable to support his wife and children; whose support
and the support of the children depend wholly or partially upon her
labor, shall be entitled to the assistance as provided for in this Act,
for the support of herself and for her children.
Sec. 2. Allowance Authorized.-The allowance for the aid of
such women shall not exceed twenty-five dollars a month
when she has but one child under sixteen years of age. If
she has more than one child under the age of sixteen years it shall
not exceed twenty-five dollars for the first child, and eight dollars
a month for each of the other children.
Sec. 3. Condition of Allowance.-That the County Commis-
sioners of their respective counties shall levy a Tax of not more than
y2 of one mill on all taxable property of their respective Counties
for the purpose of supplying funds to carry this Bill into effect, and
provide means for the same, provided the condition of allowance
of said allotment shall be made by the County Commissioners upon
the recommendation of the School Board in the County in which
such Mothers reside, and only upon the following conditions:
First. The child or children for whose benefit the allowance is
made, must be living with the mother of such child or children.
Second. The Mother must in the judgment of the County Com-
missioners of such County, which body shall finally pass upon all
applications for aid under this Act, be a proper person morally,
physically and mentally for the bringing up of her children.
Third. Said allowance shall, in the judgment of the County
Commissioners, be necessary to save the child or children from
Fourth. No person shall receive the benefit of this Act who
shall not have been a resident of the State for at least four years
and a resident of the County in which the allowance is given, for
at least one year next before the making of the application for aid
in such County.
Sec. 4. When Allowances Shall Cease.-Whenever any child
shall reach the age of sixteen years, or the mother shall remarry
the allowance to the mother or the children shall cease: Provided,
however, that if it is made to appear to the Board of County Com-
missioners, after an investigation and recommendation by the
County School Board, that there exists some special reason that it
is for the best interest of any child, as well as for society, to con-
tinue said allowance for a longer period of time such allowance
may be continued for such time as the justice of the case may de-
mand. In all cases, however, when the mother remarries all
allowances shall cease.
Sec. 5. Female Relative.-The provisions of this Act shall
also be extended for the benefit of orphan children who are depend-
ent on some female relative unable to support them, or to any such
child or children under guardianship who are dependents or paupers
and have no means of support.
Sec. 6. How Carried Into Effect.-In order to carry the pro-
visions of this Act into effect, it shall be the duty of the County
School Attendance Officer, or like officer by whatever name called,
to have direct supervision of the investigation of all cases, and he
shall have the assistance of the Bureau of Education and Child
Welfare of the State Board of Health to cooperate with the Board
of Public Instruction or social workers of each county in the State
in investigating all persons entitled to the provisions of this Act in
the gathering of data and the history, and making a report on each
case, and to this end the necessary blanks will be provided, and it
shall be the duty of the Board of Child Welfare and Education of
the State Board of Health to provide uniform blanks to be printed
and paid for by the counties to be used in gathering and recording
the history of each case.
Sec. 7. History of Each Case.-The history of each case when
investigated by the Board of Public Instruction, School Attend-
ance Officer, or the nurse or social worker of the county, or a com-
mittee hereinafter provided to be appointed, shall be made' up in
triplicate, the original to be filed with the Board of County Com-
missioners of the county, which shall include the recommendation
of the Board of Public Instruction of the county, and one copy shall
be retained by the Board of Public Instruction, and one copy for-
warded to and filed with the Bureau of Child Welfare and Educa-
tion of the State Board of Health.
Sec. 8. How Families Are to be Investigated.-It shall be the
duty of the Board of Public Instruction of each county to require
each nurse or social worker employed by said County Board of
Public Instruction or School Attendance Officer to carefully and
speedily investigate the condition of any and all poor mothers'
children, orphan and half orphan children, whose needs may be
brought to their attention, and after having gathered the history
of eaci case and recorded such history upon the blanks as herein-
before required to be provided, to immediately place such report
of such case before the Board of Public Instruction of such county
for its immediate action, and said Board of Public Instruction shall
examine such report and immediately transmit such application
together with its recommendations to the Board of County Com-
missioners of the county for final action. The Board of County
Commissioners shall immediately take up such application and
grant or reject such application as that Board in its judgment shall
find the applicant entitled in this Act.
Sec. 9. Other Persons May be Appointed to Carry Law Into
Effect.-In absence of a social worker or nurse, as provided for in
Section 8, in any county of the State, it shall become the duty of
the Board of Public Instruction, upon this Act becoming a law, to
immediately recommend for appointment three capable women,
residents of such county, who will be willing to accept such ap-
pointment and serve without compensation, to investigate and
report the cases of poor mothers, orphans and half orphan children
entitled to the provisions of this Act, and who shall serve until a
nurse or social worker or School Attendance Officer is employed,
and such persons so appointed shall individually or collectively make
their investigation of poor mothers, orphans and half orphans in
the same manner as nurses and social workers as is provided for
in Section 8 of this Act.
Sec. 10. Where Child May Reside.-The child or children to
whom the allowance is made under this Act must be living with
the mother, or other female guardian of such child or children unless
special privilege of separation is authorized by the Board of
County Commissioners, upon the recommendation of the Board of
Public Instruction for the sake of the child's education.
Sec. 11. Construed Liberally.-The provisions of this Act shall
be construed liberally to the ends that the best interest of all de-
pendent children shall be conserved.
sec. 12. Require Attendance at School.-All children receiving
aid under the provisions of this Act shall be required to attend the
schools of the County during the whole term or terms of such
schools, and upon failure of such children to attend schools for the
whole term or terms thereof, the aid herein provided for such
mothers and child or children shall cease without notice.
Sec. 13. Penalty for Fraud.-Any person procuring an allow-
ance under the provisions of this Act for a person or persons not
entitled thereto shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and on conviction
shall be punished by a fine of not more than One Hundred Dollars
($100.00) or by imprisonment for a period of not more than six
months or by both such fine and imprisonment at the discretion of
the trial Judge.
Sec. 14. All laws or parts of laws in conflict with the provisions
of this Act are hereby repealed.
Sec. 15. This Law shall become effective upon its becoming a
Approved May 31, 1919.
FROM CONSTITUTION OF THE STATE OF FLORIDA
Section 1. The legislature shall establish a State Board of
Health and also county boards of health in all counties where it
may be necessary.
Sec. 2. The State Board of Health shall have supervision of
all matters relating to public health, with such duties, powers, and
responsibilities as may be prescribed by law.
Sec. 2 of article 15 of the Constitution of 1885, conferring "supervision" of matters of
public health upon the State board, subject to legislative control, has no application when it
is shown the board declines to interfere with a municipal ordinance. Logan v. Childs, 51
Fla. 233, 41 So. 197.
Sec. 3. The county boards of health shall have such powers
and be under the supervision of the State Board to such extent as
the legislature may prescribe.
Ch. 6836, 473. School closets; separate compartments for each
Sec. 1. sex.-That all school buildings, public or private, in
this State shall be provided with adequate facilities for
nature's conveniences, by either water carriage or sur-
face closets, with separate compartments for each sex.
Ib., Sec. 2. 474. School closets in rural districts.-That in rural
districts where sewerage systems do not exist, all sur-
face closets used in connection with such schools shall
be of fly-proof construction and in conformity with plans
recommended or approved by the State Board of Health,
with separate compartments for each sex.
(Penalty for failure to provide school buildings with closets, see Sec. 5872).
Ch. 7336, 1817. Tuberculosis hospitals; how established; elec-
sec. 1. tion; notice; places of election; form of ballot.-When-
ever a petition signed by not less than twenty-five per
cent of the qualified voters of any county shall be pre-
sented to the county commissioners of such county, ask-
ing that a tax be levied annually for the establishment
and maintenance of a county tuberculosis hospital in
such county, said county commissioners shall order that
an election shall be held to determine whether such tax
shall be levied. The county commissioners shall appoint
a day for the holding of said election and shall publish
notice of such election in a newspaper published in said
county once a week for four consecutive weeks prior to
the date of such election. Such election shall be held at
the several places where the last general election was
held in said county, unless the county commissioners
shall otherwise order. The form of the ballot for such
election shall be "For the Levy of a Tax for County
Tuberculosis Hospital," or "Against the Levy of a Tax
for County Tuberculosis Hospital," and at such election
every qualified elector may vote.
1818. Conduct of election and canvass of votes; if lb.
election affirmative county to levy tax; amount of tax;
requisition and budget.-Such elections shall be con-
ducted and the canvass of the votes certified to and re-
turned and the returns canvassed in the manner and
within the time prescribed for general elections, except
as otherwise provided herein, and except that the returns
shall be delivered to the chairman and clerk of the board
of county commissioners who shall canvass the returns
and declare the result and cause the same to be recorded
in their minutes. If the majority of votes cast at such elec-
tion shall be for the levy of a tax for a county tuberculosis
hospital, the board of county commissioners shall be
authorized and required to levy annually such tax upon
the taxable property within the limits of said county, not
to exceed two mills on the dollar, as may be necessary
to pay the liabilities and necessary expenses of said
county tuberculosis hospital, except that in counties
having an assessed valuation of twenty million dollars
or over such tax shall not exceed one mill on the dollar,
the amount to be raised by such levy to be fixed by requi-
sition of the board of tuberculosis commissioners here-
inafter provided for. Said tax shall be collected in the
same manner as other taxes. The requisition herein re-
quired shall be in writing and shall be accompanied by a
budget in which shall be set forth clearly on a form to be
prescribed by the State Comptroller the several items
of expenditure to be made during the ensuing year and
the amounts to be employed for each purpose.
Ib., Sec. 2. 1819. Tuberculosis commissioners; appointment;
term of office; vacancies; no compensation; expenses.-
When in any county a levy for a tax for a county tubercu-
losis hospital has been authorized, the Governor shall
proceed to appoint a board of three tuberculosis com-
missioners upon the recommendation of the local medical
society or association, one at least of said tuberculosis
commissioners shall be a physician, all residents of the
county. Said commissioners shall hold office for four
years. Vacancies on the board of tuberculosis commis-
sioners shall be filled in like manner as original appoint-
ments. Said commissioners shall serve without compen-
sation, but shall be allowed out of the funds created by
this chapter all necessary expenses incurred by them in
the performance of their official duties.
Ib., Sec. 3. 1820. Organization of commissioners; by-laws;
regulations for government of hospitals; receive and pay
out moneys; bond.-The said tuberculosis commission-
ers shall annually elect their own chairman and secre-
tary. They shall make and adopt such by-laws, rules
and regulations for their own guidance and for the gov-
ernment of the hospitals and the activities connected
therewith as may be expedient. They shall control and
pay out all moneys collected or received for the credit
of the tuberculosis hospital and of the construction of
any hospital building, and shall supervise, inspect and
care for the grounds and buildings constructed or set
apart for that purpose, and shall appoint all officers and
employees of said hospital and fix their compensation.
All moneys collected under this tax shall be deposited
to the credit of the board of tuberculosis commissioners
and shall be withdrawn and paid out by said board of
tuberculosis commissioners in like manner as provided
by law for the deposit and withdrawal of county funds by
the board of county commissioners. Each of said
tuberculosis commissioners shall give bond in the sum of
five thousand dollars with good and sufficient sureties,
conditioned for the faithful performance of his duties to
the Governor of the State of Florida, and his successors
in office, such bond to be approved by the board of,
1821. Powers and duties of commissioners.-The Ib.,Sec. 4.
board of tuberculosis commissioners shall have the power
to purchase or lease lands within the limits of such
county for the location of such hospital, and to lease or
erect appropriate buildings for the use of said tuberculosis
hospital: Provided, however, That no such tuberculosis
hospital shall be built on the grounds of a county insti-
tution for the care of paupers. It shall be the duty of said
board to submit the proposed sites and buildings to the
State Health officer and request his advice and recom-
1822. Hospital used for benefit of inhabitants of lb., Sec. 5.
county suffering from tuberculosis; patients; indigent
patients; other powers of commissioners.-Every hospital
established under this chapter shall be for the use and
benefit of the inhabitants of such county suffering from
tuberculosis who shall have resided in such county con-
tinuously for not less than one year next preceding ap-
plication for admission or treatment. Such residents
shall be admitted to said hospital and be entitled to oc-
cupancy, nursing, care, medicine and attendance, subject
to the rules and regulations prescribed by said board of
tuberculosis commissioners. Said tuberculosis hospital
shall care for.and treat without charge indigent patients,
but may collect from patients financially able such charges
as the tuberculosis commissioners may from time to
time establish. Said board of tuberculosis commission-
ers shall have the power to extend the benefits and privi-
leges of such hospital and treatment to the homes of
persons suffering from tuberculosis and to furnish nurses,
instruction, medicines and attendance and all other things
necessary to effect a cure and to stamp out tuberculosis
in such county. Said board of tuberculosis commis-
sioners may extend the privileges and use of the hospitals
to persons afflicted with tuberculosis, who are non-resi-
dents of such county, upon such terms and conditions
as said tuberculosis commissioners may from time to
time by its rules and regulations prescribe.
Ib., Sec. 6. 1823. Annual reports to Governor and State Board
of Health.-The board of tuberculosis commissioners
shall make to the Governor and to the State Board of
Health an annual report showing the number of patients,
the condition of the tuberculosis hosiptal, the various
sums received from taxes and other sources, and how
such moneys have been expended and for what purpose.
Ib., Sec. 7. 1824. Board of tuberculosis commissioners given
corporate powers.-Each board of tuberculosis commis-
sioners created and existing under the provisions of this
chapter, shall be a corporation, with power to adopt a
seal, to sue and contract, and to acquire and dispose of
property, both real and personal, and to do every other
act and thing necessary to the proper discharge of its
duties and functions as a board of tuberculosis com-
Ch. 3839, 1986. (1109.) Governor to appoint.-The Governor
Sec. 1. shall appoint three discreet citizens of the State of
Florida, who shall be confirmed by the Senate, and who
shall, after taking and subscribing an oath before some
person competent to administer oaths, faithfully to per-
form the duties of their offices, constitute the State
Board of Health.
Ch. 4345, 1987. (1110.) Regular meeting, times of.-The regu-
Sec. 1. lar meeting of the State Board of Health shall be on the
second Tuesday of February of each year.
1988. (1111.) Governor may convene board.-It
shall be the duty of the members of said board to convene
upon the call of the Governor, at such time and place as
he may direct.
1989. (1112.) Board to elect president and health Ch. 3839,
officer.-It shall be the duty of the said board, at their Sec. 2.
first meeting, to elect one of their number as president
of said board. At the same meeting it shall be the duty
of said board to designate and employ a physician, who
shall be an expert in diagnosis of yellow fever, smallpox,
cholera and other infectious diseases, and who must be a
person of recognized ability and skilled in hygiene and
sanitary science, and a graduate physician of a recognized
and reputable medical college, which said person shall be
known as the State Health Officer. The State Health
Officer shall be the executive officer of the board and
secretary of the same, and shall hold the office for the
term hereinafter specified, unless removed by the board
for just cause.
1990. (1113.) Terms of office.-The term of office of Ib., Sec. 3.
each member of the board of health shall be four years
from the date of his appointment, or until his successor
is appointed and qualified, and the term of employment
of State Health Officer shall be for four years from the
date of his appointment, or until his successor is ap-
pointed and qualified: Provided, That should any mem-
ber of the said board be and remain absent from the State
for ten days after any disease has been declared epi-
demic, the Governor may declare his office vacant, and
proceed to fill the same by appointment; and should the
health officer be and remain absent from the State for
five days after his attention has been called to the
presence of any disease in the State, the board of health
may declare the office vacant and proceed to fill the same
by designation and employment of a suitable person to
perform the duties thereof.
1991. (1114.) Physicians to make certain reports.-It Ib., Sec. 4.
shall be the duty of every practicing or licensed physi-
cian in the State of Florida to.report immediately to the
president of the board of health, by telegram or in the
most expeditious manner, every case of yellow fever,
smallpox or cholera that comes within his practice, such
telegram to be paid for out of the funds provided for the
expenses of said board of health.
Ch. 4348, 1992. (1115.) Duties of president and health officers
sec. 1. concerning investigation and quarantine.-It shall be the
duty of the president of the board of health, immediately
upon the receipt of information that there is any case of
yellow fever, smallpox, cholera or hydrophobia in any
portion of this State, to order the State Health Officer by
telegram, if he is not at hand, to proceed immediately
to said place, and there to investigate the said reported
case or cases of yellow fever, smallpox, cholera or hydro-
phobia and to report to the said president by telegram
the result of his said investigation: Provided, That in
cases of hydrophobia, the State Health Officer may be
represented by any authorized agent or agents of the
State Board of Health, and said State Health Officer shall
have power, and it shall be his duty, to declare said in-
fected point and animal or animals to be in quarantine,
and to place any and all such restrictions upon ingress
and egress of animals or persons threat as, in his judg-
ment, shall be necessary to prevent a spread of the dis-
ease from the infected locality or animal or animals; and
.it shall be the duty of the State Health Officer, when he
shall have declared any city, town or other place, or
animals to be in quarantine, to so control the population
or animals of said city, town or other place, and make
such disposition of the same as shall in his judgment ap-
pear best to protect that population and at the same time
prevent a spread of the infection, or running at large of
animals infected with rabies, among the same. The
sheriff and constables of the several counties of this State,
and the police officers of the cities and towns of this
State, shall be under the control of the said State Health
Officer to enforce and carry out any and all quarantine
regulations that he may prescribe, which said regulations
shall be immediately published in the most practicable
manner in the several counties, cities, towns or other
places where quarantine may be established; and said
State Health Officer shall make immediate report of his
actions and doings in the premises to the president of
the board of health, and from time to time, so long as
quarantine shall continue.
1993. (1116.) Duty of Governor to furnish means of ch. 3839,
enforcing quarantine.-It shall be the duty of the Gover- Sec. 10.
nor of this State, whenever called upon by the State
Health Officer so to do, to furnish the said officer with all
requisite means to enforce whatever quarantine regula-
tions it may be necessary in his judgment to prescribe,
including such armed force from the militia of the State
as, in the judgment of the Governor, may be required,
upon information furnished by said officer.
1994. (1117.) Duties of State Health Officer.-The Ch. 4345,
State Health Officer, under the direction of the State eA. 895
Board of Health, shall have the general administrative
and executive control of all the maritime and domestic
quarantine systems of the State. He shall have the
power to make arrests without warrants for any viola-
tion of the quarantine rules and regulations of the State
Board of Health after they have been duly promulgated.
He shall have power to deputize sanitary agents for that
purpose. In all such cases the person or persons arrested
for violating the quarantine and sanitary rules aforesaid
shall be surrendered without delay to the custody of the
*nearest sheriff and formal complaint made against him,
her or them, in accordance with law.
1995. (1118.) Quarantine, etc.-No quarantine regu- lb., Sec. 3.
lations of commerce or travel (sea coast or inland) shall
be instituted or operated by any port, place or county of
this State against any other port, place or county in this
or any other State or any foreign country, except by
authority of the State Board of Health.
Neither the statute of 1885, nor the statute of 1879, establishes of itself a
quarantine at any place or in any county, but they leave it to the board of
health to establish the same when, in their judgment, it is expedient for the
public welfare to do so. Ex parte O'Donovan, 24 Fla. 281, 4 So 789.
1996. (1119.) Regulations concerning railways and Ch. 3839,
vessels.-The board of health shall have power, and il Sec. 11.
shall be their duty at all times, to impose upon all rail-
way and navigation companies, and upon all individuals
who may own or operate steamships or other vessels
plying between any of the West Indian, South American,
or any other foreign ports and the ports of the State of
Florida, such restrictions and regulations as to inspec-
tion, quarantine and sanitary rules as, in their judgment,
may be necessary to protect the health of the people of
this State, and which may not be in conflict with the acts
of Congress already passed, or that may hereafter be
passed, and do not amount to an absolute interruption of
commerce with said foreign ports: Provided, That
whenever any case of yellow fever, smallpox, cholera or
other infectious disease shall appear or be developed
among the passengers, officers or crew of any such
steamship or other vessel, said steamship or other vessel
shall be ordered in quarantine for such time and under
such regulations as may be prescribed by said board of
health: Provided further, That should said board of
health at any time be convinced that yellow fever, small-
pox, cholera or other infectious disease exists in any
foreign port, in such form that the landing of any steam-
ship or other vessel hailing from said infected foreign
port, at any of the ports of Florida, will put in peril the
health of the people of said State, it shall be the duty of
said board to put all and any such steamships or vessels,
their crew, passengers and cargo, in quarantine for such
time and under such rules and regulations as may be
prescribed by said board of health: Provided further,
That said board of health shall charge and receive from
such vessels undergoing inspection or sanitation, as pro-
vided in this section, such fee or fees as said board may
In authorizing a county board of health to establish quarantine and to
appoint a port inspector, the act of 1885 means quarantine as defined and
authorized by the act of 1879, and a port inspector with the powers and duties
prescribed by the latter act. Ex part O'Donovan, 24 Fla. 281, 4 So. 789.
The regulation of the board of health of Escambia County, involved in
this case, held to be invalid for the reason that as presented by the record it
purports to be operated notwithstanding the absence of the establishment of
quarantine by such board. Ib.
The quarantine act of 1885 does not, by virtue of the general powers it
confers on county boards of health, authorize charges to be made against a
vessel for quarantine purposes. Ferrari v Board of Health Escambia County,
24 Fla. 390, 5 So. 1.
A reasonable charge according to tonnage of the material for the use of
a crib erected by the.board for receiving ballast, is proper where the discharge
of the ballast is for the purpose of disinfection, but it is not proper to base any
charge on the tonnage of the vessel. Ib.
Under the act of 1879, as amended in 1883, county boards of health have
no authority to collect from vessels coming into the jurisdiction of said boards
fees for fumigation or disinfection, unless said vessels are subject to and
have been put in quarantine. Forbes v Board of Health Escambia County,
28 Fla. 26, 9 So. 862.
County boards of health have no authority without any examination or in-
spection to require vessels upon entering ports within the jurisdiction of said
boards to deviate from their course six miles and go to a quarantine station
for inspection. Ib.
1997. (1120.) General powers of board.-The State Ch. 4348.
Board of Health shall have the general supervision of the Acts 1895,
public health of the State of Florida, and shall have "ameding
power to make, promulgate and enforce such rules and 'Rev Stats.
regulations as may be necessary for the preservation of
the same; and to prevent the importation or spread of
1998. Dissemination of information concerning corn- Ch. 6894,
municable disease.-The State Board of Health is hereby tec 915
authorized to disseminate information concerning the
cause, nature, extent and prevention of communicable
disease, and shall arrange for free lectures and health
exhibits, and shall cause to be printed and distributed,
free of cost to the people, bulletins, pamphlets, circulars,
leaflets, cards and other printed matter containing useful
information for the protection of the individual and the
1999. Public health exhibits in railway car author- Ib.
ized.-Said board is further authorized to send a public
health exhibit in a railway car or cars over the lines of
railroads in this State, and shall cause the exhibit to be
displayed in the cities and towns and other places in its
discretion on such railway lines. With the display of
the exhibit there may be given free lectures and talks
to the people, illustrated, where possible, with stereopti-
con and moving pictures, and printed matter containing
useful information pertaining to the protection of health
and prevention of disease shall be distributed. The de-
tails of the work shall be planned by the said board, and
the State Health Officer may employ assistants to carry
on the work, for such periods of time as may be neces-
sary, and shall fix their salaries. Necessary expenses of
such employes shall be paid in the same manner that ex-
penses of other employes of the State Board of Health
Ib., Sec. 2. 2000. Railway companies may transport cars free.-
It shall be lawful for any railroad company to furnish
and transport, free of charge, a car or cars for the display
,of the public health exhibit, and to furnish free trans-
portation to any such car or cars owned or used by said
board, and to persons actually engaged in the work in
connection with the display of the public health exhibit.
Ib.. Sec. 3. 2001. Governing body of any county or city may con-
tribute to public health exhibits.-It shall be lawful for
any county, city or town, or the governing body of any
county, city or town, to contribute to the local expense
of the display of the public health exhibit.
Ib., Sec. 4. 2002. State health officer may accept contributions
for health exhibits.-It shall be lawful for the State
Health Officer to accept donations and contributions to
the expense of the display of the public health exhibit.
Ib., Sec. 5. 2003. Expenses of exhibits to be paid out of State
Board of Health fund.-That all expenses incident to or
necessary in the execution of any of the powers of Sec-
tions 1998 and 1999, vested in said State Board of Health
or State Health Officer, or their employes or agents, shall
be paid by said board out of the funds for the mainten-
ance and support of said State Board of Health.
Ch. 5931, 2004. Sanitation of public places; isolation of per-
sec. 1. sons having communicable diseases; general sanitation;
rules, etc.-That the State Board of Health shall have
the power to make, adopt, promulgate and enforce rules
and regulations from time to time, requiring and pro-
viding for the thorough sanitation and disinfection of all
passenger cars, sleeping cars, steamboats and other
vehicles of transportation in this State, and also of all
convict camps, penitentiaries, jails, factories, hotels,
schools and other places used by or open to the public;
to provide for the treatment, segregation and disinfection
of animals having communicably contagious or infectious
diseases; to provide for the care, segregation and isola-
tion of persons having, or suspected of having, any com-
municable, contagious or infectious disease; to regulate
the method of disposition of garbage or sewage and any
other refuse matter in or near any incorporated city or
town or unincorporated town or village of this State; to
provide for the thorough investigation and study of the
causes of all diseases, epidemics and otherwise, in this
State, and the means for prevention of contagion and
disease, and the publication and distribution of such in-
formation as may contribute to the preservation of the
public health and the prevention of disease; to super-
vise and regulate municipal and county sanitation; and
to make separate orders and rules to meet any emergency
not provided for by general rules and regulations
for the purpose of suppressing nuisances and com-
municable, contagious and infectious diseases and
other dangers to the public life and health: Provided,
however, That nothing herein contained shall be con-
strued as in any wise preventing or restricting any per-
son so segregated or isolated from choosing his own
method of treatment, or in any wise limiting any diseased
person in his right to choose or select whatever method
or mode of treatment he may believe to be the most
efficacious in the cure of his ailment: Provided, how-
ever, That nothing herein contained shall be construed
as in anywise limiting any duty, power or powers now
possessed by or heretofore granted to the said State
Board of Health by the statutes of this State, or as affect-
ing, modifying or repealing any rule or regulation here-
tofore adopted by said board.
(Penalty for violation of rules made by State Board of Health, see
2005. Sanitary engineer.-That the State Board of h. 6166,
Health of Florida be, and is hereby, authorized to employ "ec 1,2.
or engage the services of a sanitary engineer, whose ex-
pert knowledge on the subject shall be determined by
the State Health Officer whenever, in the opinion of the
State Health Officer, the necessities of sanitation in and
about the State may require an expert opinion and de-
cision in regard to construction of sewer, drainage of a
sanitary character, the disposal of sewage and domestic
waste, or the institution of potable water supply for any
of the cities or towns of the State of Florida.
That the sanitary engineer, as provided for by this
section, shall only be employed at such times and such
periods as, in the judgment of the State Health Officer,
his expert services may be required.
b., Sec. 3. 2006. Compensation of sanitary engineer.-That the
compensation for services of the sanitary engineer pro-
vided for in Section 2005 shall be fixed by the State
Health Officer, with the approval of the president of the
State Board of Health.
Ch. 3839, 2007. (1121.) Visits by health officer and condemna-
Sec. 12.9 tion of certain property.-It shall be the duty of the State
Health Officer, between the first of November and the
first of May of each and every year, and oftener, if
deemed necessary by the board, to visit all the cities and
towns, or other points where two or more railroads meet,
in the State of Florida, which, in the judgment of the
board, it may be necessary for him to inspect, and to
thoroughly investigate the sanitary conditions of said
cities or towns; and he shall have the power, and it
shall be his duty, to condemn in any of said cities or
towns any sidewalks, pavements, buildings, wharves or
other things that in his judgment shall be likely to pro-
duce or cause the spread of epidemic diseases; and he
shall give notice to the mayor and council of such city
or town, or other authority, to repair, remove, cleanse or
remedy the same within thirty-six hours, and if the same
shall not be done, as so required, it shall be his duty to
have the same done himself, and the expense thereof
shall be paid out of the health fund hereinafter provided,
and be afterward assessed as a tax upon the assessable
property of said city or town, to be assessed by the
county assessor upon the notification by the health
officers of the amount, and collected by the county col-
lector at the next annual assessment and collection there-
after, said amount so realized to be replaced in the health
fund of the State by the proper authorities: Provided,
A list and memorandum of property to be condemned
shall be made and valuation placed upon the same by
three disinterested freeholders, one to be selected by said
health officer, one to be selected by the owner of the
property or his agent, and the third to be selected by the
two freeholders already selected, before being con-
demned or destroyed; and the value of any private prop-
erty that may be condemned and ordered to be destroyed
by the health officer shall be paid to the owner thereof
out of any funds provided and appropriated for the ex-
penses of the State Board of Health, upon the certificate
of said health officer that said property was destroyed,
approved by the board of health and endorsed by the
president of the board.
2009. (1123.) Health officer to act as secretary.-It Ch. 3839,
shall be the duty of the State Health Officer to attend Set. 13.
all meetings of said board of health, and act as secretary
of the same.
2010. (1124.) President may call meetings.-The Ibid.
president of said board of health shall have power to call
meetings of said board at any time and at such place as
he may designate, to take measures for the public safety.
2011. (1125.) Board may abrogate quarantine.-The Ibid.
State Board of Health shall have the power, after close sec. 14.
personal inspection, to modify or abrogate any and all
quarantine regulations after they may be established by
said State Health Officer.
2012. (1126.) With consent of Governor, may call Ibid.
upon general government.-The State Board of Health
shall have the power, by and with the consent of the
Governor, when the occasion demands it, to call upon the
general government for such aid as the necessities aris-
ing out of any epidemic may require.
Ibid. 2013. (1127.) Compensation of members of board
and health officer.-The State Health Officer shall receive
a salary of three thousand dollars a year, to be paid
quarterly, upon his requisition, approved by the president
of the board of health, out of the fund hereinafter pro-
vided, together with his actual traveling expenses while
engaged in the discharge of his duties as State Health
Officer. The members of the State Board of Health shall
receive a per diem of six dollars for each day of actual
session, with a mileage to and from their homes to the
place of meeting, by the nearest and most practicable
route, at the rate of ten cents per mile.
Ibid. 2014. (1129). Oath and bond of State Health Officer.
See. 18. The State Health Officer, before entering upon his
duties, shall take before some person competent to ad-
minister oaths, an oath to faithfully perform the duties
of his office, and enter into a bond, with good and
sufficient sureties, in the sum of ten thousand dollars,
payable to the president of the board of health, said
bond to be approved by said president, conditioned for
the faithful discharge of his duties. Said bond to be
prosecuted by the Attorney-General for any neglect of
duty or abuse of power herein conferred, and if said bond
should be forfeited, all amounts collected from. such
prosecution shall be placed to the credit of the before-
named health fund, by said president of the board.
Ib., 2015. (1130). President to certify expenses and re-
Sec. 19. port to Governor.-All expenditures of the board of
health shall be certified by the president of the board, and
he shall make an annual report to the Governor of all
such expenditures, in a clear and concise statement, to-
gether with any special observations, and recommenda-
tions of fact that he may present that would be conducive
to the health and sanitary condition of the State; and
such annual statements shall finally be submitted by the
Governor to the State Legislature, when in regular ses-
sion convened, and shall be published like other reports
of State officers, and the president of said board shall
hold for inspection properly certified vouchers for such
expenditures, a copy of which shall be furnished the
Comptroller, who shall not draw his warrant on the
Treasurer without the proper certificates and vouchers.
2016. (1131.) One-half mill tax for State Board of Ch.4693,
Health.-There shall be levied and collected annually ec 899.
upon the assessable property of the State a tax of one-
half of one mill to create a special fund for the mainte-
nance and support of the State Board of Healthother than
for maintenance, quarantine or maritime sanitation.
Section 1 of chapter 4516 of the laws of 1897, providing for the levy
upon the real and personal property of three and one-half mills upon the dol-
lar for the current expenses of the State for each of the years 1897 and 1898,
being a part of a general law providing for levying taxes in those years, does
not take away the power conferred by section 784 of the revised statutes of
levying a special tax of not more than one-half mill for public health purposes
in addition to the three and one-half mills provided for in section 1 of chapter
4516; section 784 being a special law. Nor is it necessary to make a levy legal
under the latter section that there should be a further act of appropriation of
the money raised thereunder. State v Southern L. & T. Co., 45 Fla. 374, 33
2017. (1132.) Comptroller to audit account and draw Ibid.
warrant.-Upon the presentation to the Comptroller of Sec. 2.
any accounts duly approved by the State Board of
Health, accompanied by such itemized vouchers as shall
be required by him, the Comptroller is hereby authorized
to audit the same and draw a warrant on the State
Treasurer for the amount for which the account is
audited, payable out of the money received from the
special tax, provided for in Section 2016.
2018. (1133.) Monthly requisition on Comptroller.- Ibid.
The State Board of Health is hereby authorized to for- Sec. 3.
ward to the Comptroller of the State at the end of each
month a requisition for a sum of not more than $2,500.00
for current qnd incidental expenses for the ensuing
month. Upon the receipt of such requisition the Comp-
troller shall endorse on same the amount that may be so
required, and the Treasurer shall transmit the amount
named in the requisition to the State Board of Health,
which amount so advanced shall be covered and ac-
counted for to the Comptroller by proper vouchers and
payment of any unexpended balance during the current
month and before a succeeding monthly advance is made,
and the Comptroller shall audit the accounts and vouch-
ers, and draw his warrants upon the treasury for the
amount due, and shall pay over to the Treasurer such
warrant and any amount returned by the State Board of
Health, as provided for in this section, taken up by the
requisition of the State Board of Health given to the
Ch. 6167, 2019. Authorized to establish plant for distribution
Sec. 1. of hog cholera serum.-The State Board of Health is
hereby authorized and empowered to establish, maintain
and operate a plant for the protection and distribution
of hog cholera serum for the purpose of distribution to
the farmers of this State upon application therefore.
No cost shall be charged by the State Board of Health
for the hog cholera serum so distributed.
(Act designating headquarters of state board of health, see Ch. 7826,
(Act authorizing state board of health to sell certain property, see Ch.
7827, Acts of 1919.)
(Act making it the duty of state board of health to make certain analyses,
see Ch. 7830, Acts of 1919.)
MEDICAL INSPECTION OF SCHOOL CHILDREN
Ch. 6829, 2020. Medical inspection of school children under
See. 1. supervision State Board of Health.-The State Board
of Health shall have supervision over all matters pertain-
ing to the medical inspection of school children in
Florida, with such duties and powers as are prescribed by
law pertaining to public health, and all school children
shall be examined as to their physical condition at least
once during each school year.
Ibid., 2021. Rules for medical inspection to be formulated
by State Board of Health.-It shall be the duty of the
State Board of Health to formulate and adopt such rules
and regulations as will be necessary to provide for
thorough and uniform medical inspection of school
children in Florida, as provided in Section 2020.
2022. County medical inspectors; payment for Ibid.,
services out of State Board of Health fund.-The county
physicians of each county in the State of Florida shall
act as county medical inspectors of school children in
their respective counties, providing that in such coun-
ties where there are no regular appointed county phy-
sicians, it shall be the duty of the board of county com-
missioners to appoint a physician as county medical in-
spector of school children: Provided further, that the
county physician or county medical inspector of school
children be paid for their services out of the State Board
of Health funds: Provided further, that no one phy-
sician shall have more than twenty-five hundred school
children under his charge, and in counties having more
than twenty-five hundred school children, there shall be
two medical inspectors of school children appointed, as
2023. Cities already having medical inspection not Ibid.,
affected.-The provisions of this chapter shall not affect
cities of over five thousand inhabitants, where medical
inspection of school children has already been established
under the jurisdiction of the city board of health, pro-
vided that the city board of health adopt the forms pre-
scribed by the State Board of Health, and make full re-
port to the State Board of Health.
2024. Expenditures to be certified by president State Ibid.,
Board of Health; annual reports to Governor.-The ex- sec. 5.
penditures of the State Board of Health for the purpose
of carrying out the provisions of this chapter shall be
certified by the president of the State Board of Health,
and he shall make an annual report to the Governor of
all such expenditures, together with any special observa-
tions, recommendations or facts that he may present,
showing the value of medical school inspection from a
public health standpoint, or from a standpoint of educa-
tional efficiency, or otherwise, and such annual state-
ments shall finally be submitted by the Governor to the
State Legislature, when in regular session convened,
and shall be published like other reports of State officers.
The accounts necessary to carry out the provisions of
this chapter shall be approved, audited and paid in the
same manner as is prescribed for the payment of other
accounts of the State Board of Health, and out of the
State Board of Health funds.
BUREAU OF VITAL STATISTICS
ch. 6892, 2068. Registration of births and deaths under charge
ec. 1.' of State Board of Health; forms and blanks.-That the
State Board of Health shall have charge of the registra-
tion of births and deaths; shall furnish forms and blanks
for obtaining and preserving such records and shall pro-
cure the faithful registration of the same in each primary
registration district as constituted in Section 2070, and
in the central bureau of vital statistics at the office of the
State Board of Health. The said board shall be charged
with the uniform and thorough enforcement of the law
throughout the State, and shall from time to time recom-
mend any additional legislation that may be necessary for
Ibid., 2069. Central Bureau; clerical assistance; compensa-
2. tion fixed by Board of Health; offices.-That the central
bureau of vital statistics, which is hereby authorized to
be established by said board, shall be under the immedi-
ate direction of the State Health Officer, who shall be by
virtue of his office State Registrar of Vital Statistics. The
State Board of Health shall provide for such clerical and
other assistants as may be necessary for the purposes of
this Chapter, and shall fix the compensation of persons
thus employed, and shall provide for the bureau of vital
statistics suitable offices, which shall be properly
equipped with fireproof vault and filing cases for the
permanent and safe preservation of all official records
made and returned under this Chapter.
2070. Registration districts established.-That for Ibid.,
the purposes of this Chapter the State shall be divided Se. 3
into registration districts as follows: Each city and each
incorporated town shall constitute a primary registra-
tion district; and for that portion of each county outside
of the cities and incorporated towns therein the State
Registrar shall define and designate the boundaries of a
sufficient number of rural registration districts, which
districts he may change, divide or combine from time to
time as may be necessary to insure the convenience and
completeness of registration.
2071. Appointment of local registrars; term of office; Ibid.,
vacancies; penalty.-That the State Registrar shall ap- Sec. 4.
point a local registrar of vital statistics for each registra-
tion district in the State. The term of office of each local
registrar so appointed shall'be four years, and until his
successor has been appointed and has qualified, unless
such office shall sooner become vacant by death, dis-
qualification, operation of law, or other causes: Provided,
That in incorporated towns or cities where health officers
or other officials are, in the judgment of the State Regis-
trar, conducting effective registration of births and deaths
under local ordinances, such officials may be appointed
as registrars in and for such incorporated towns or
cities, and shall be subject to the instructions of the
State Registrar, and to all of the provisions of this Chap-
ter. Any vacancy occurring in the office of local registrar
of vital statistics shall be filled for the unexpired term
by the State Registrar. At least ten days before the
expiration of the term of office of any such local registrar,
his successor shall be appointed by the State Registrar.
Any local registrar who, in the judgment of the State
Registrar, fails or neglects to discharge efficiently the
duties of his office as set forth in this Chapter, or to make
prompt and complete returns of births and deaths as re-
quired thereby, shall be forthwith removed by the State
Registrar, and such other penalties may be imposed as
are provided under Section 5550.
Ib. 2072. Deputy registrars; sub-registrars.-Each local
registrar shall, immediately upon his acceptance of ap-
pointment as such, appoint a deputy, whose duty it shall
be to act in his stead in case of his absence or disability;
and such deputy shall in writing accept such appointment,
and be subject to all instructions governing local regis-
trars. And when it appears necessary for the con-
venience of the people, in any district, the State Registrar
is hereby authorized, to appoint one or more suitable per-
sons to act as sub-registrars, who shall be authorized to
receive certificates, to issue burial, removal, or other per-
mits in and for such portions of the district as may be
designated; and each sub-registrar shall note, on each
certificate, over his signature, the date of filing, and shall
forward all certificates to the local registrar of the dis-
trict within ten days, and in all -cases before the third
day of the following month: Provided, That such sub-
registrar shall be subject to the supervision and control
of the State Registrar, and may be by him removed for
neglect or failure to perform his duty in accordance with
the provisions of this Chapter or the instructions of the
State Registrar, and shall be subject to the same penal-
ties for neglect of duty as the local registrar.
Ibid.. 2073. Burial permit; removal permit.-That the
Se. 5. body of any person whose death occurs in this State, or
which shall be found dead therein, shall not be interred,
deposited in a vault or tomb, cremated or otherwise dis-
posed of, or removed from or into any registration dis-
trict, or be temporarily held pending further disposition
more than seventy-two hours after death, unless a per-
mit for burial, removal, or other disposition thereof shall
have been properly issued by the local registrar of the
registration district in which the death occurred or the
body was found. And no such burial or removal permit
shall be issued by any registrar until, wherever practi-
cable, a complete and satisfactory certificate oT death
has been filed with him as hereinafter provided: Pro-
vided, That when a dead body is transported from out-
side the State into a registration district in Florida for
burial, the transit or removal permit, issued in accord-
ance with the law and health regulations of the place
where the death occurred, shall be accepted by the local
registrar of the district into which the body has been
transported for burial or other disposition, as a basis
upon which he may issue a local burial permit; he shall
note upon the face of the burial permit the fact that it
was a body shipped in for interment, and give the actual
place of death; and no local registrar shall receive any
fee for the issuance of burial or removal permits under
this Chapter other than the compensation provided in
2074. "Stillborn" child to be registered.-That a b.,
stillborn child shall be registered as a birth and also as a sec.s.
death, and separate certificates of both ihe birth and
death shall be filed with the local registrar, in the usual
form and manner, the certificate of birth to contain in
place of the name of the child, the word "stillbirth;"
Provided, That a certificate of birth and a certificate of
death shall not be required for a child that has not ad-
vanced to the fifth month of uterogestation. The medi-
cal certificate of the cause of death be signed by the at-
tending physician, if any, and shall state the cause of
death as "stillborn," with the cause of the stillbirth, if
known, whether a premature birth, and, if born prema-
turely, the period of uterogestation, in months, if known;
and a burial or removal permit of the prescribed form
shall be required. Midwives shall not sign certificates
of death for stillborn children; but such cases, and still-
births occurring without attendance of a physician, shall
be treated as deaths without medical attendance, as pro-
vided for in Section 2077.
2075. Death certificate.-That the certificate of death Ib.,
shall be on the standard form approved by the United ec. 7.
States Bureau of the Census, all of the items of which
are hereby declared necessary for the legal, social, and
sanitary purposes subserved by registration records.
The personal and statistical particulars shall be authenti-
cated by the signature 9f the informant, who may be any
competent person acquainted with the facts.
The statement of facts relating to the disposition of
the body shall be signed by the undertaker or person
acting as such.
Ib. 2076. Medical certificate.-The medical certificate
shall be made and signed by the physician, if any, last
in attendance on the deceased, who shall specify the
time in attendance, the time he last saw the deceased
alive and the hour of the day at which death occurred.
And he shall further state the cause of death, so as to
show the course of disease or sequence of causes result-
ing in the death, giving first the name of the disease
causing death (primary cause), and the contributory
(secondary) cause, if any, and the duration of each.
Indefinite and unsatisfactory terms, denoting only symp-
toms of disease or conditions resulting from disease, will
not be held sufficient for the issuance of a burial or re-
moval permit; and any certificate containing only such
terms, as defined by the State Registrar, shall be returned
to the physician or person making the medical certificate
for correction and more definite statement. Causes of
death which may be the result of either disease or violence
shall be carefully defined; and if from violence, the
means of injury shall be stated, and whether (probably)
accidental, suicidal, or homicidal. And for deaths in
hospitals, institutions, or of non-residents, transients, or
recent residents, the physician shall supply the informa-
tion required under this head, if he is able to do so, and
may state where, in his opinion, the disease was con-
Ib., 2077. Where death occurs without medical at-
tendance.-That in case of any death occurring without
medical attendance, it shall be the duty of the under-
taker, or other person to whose knowledge the death
may come, to notify the local registrar of such death, and
when so notified the registrar shall, prior to the issuance
of the permit, inform the local health officer and refer the
case to him for immediate investigation and certification;
Provided, That when the local health officer is not a phy-
sician, or when there is no such official, and in such cases
only, the registrar is authorized to make the certificate
and return from the statement of relatives or other per-
sons having adequate knowledge of the facts; Provided,
further, That if the undertaker, or person acting as such,
or the registrar, has reason to believe that the death may
have been due to unlawful act or neglect, the registrar
shall then refer the case to the coroner or other proper
officer for his investigation and certification. And the
coroner or other proper officer whose duty it is to hold
an inquest on the body of any deceased person, and to
make the certificate of death required for a burial per-
mit, shall state in his certificate the name of the disease
causing death, or if from external causes, (1) the means
of death; and (2) whether (probably) accidental, suicidal,
or homicidal; and shall, in any case, furnish such infor-
mation as may be required by the State Registrar in
order properly to classify the death.
2078. Duty of undertaker.-That the undertaker or Ib.,
person acting as undertaker, shall file the certificate of ec. 9.
death with the local registrar of the district in which the
death occurred and obtain a burial, removal, or other
permit prior to any disposition of the body. He shall
obtain the required personal and statistical particulars
from the person best qualified to supply them, over the
signature and address of his informant. He shall then
present the certificate of the attending physician, if any,
or to the health officer or coroner, as directed by the
local registrar, for the medical certificate of the cause of
death and other particulars necessary to complete the
record, as specified in Sections 2075, 2076 and 2077.
And he shall then state the facts required relative to the
date and place of burial, other disposition, or removal,
over his signature and with his address, and present the
complete certificate to the local registrar in order to ob-
tain a permit for burial, removal or other disposition of
the body. The undertaker shall deliver the burial per-
mit to the person in charge of the place of burial, before
interring or otherwise disposing of the body; or shall
attach the removal and transit permit to the box contain-
ing the corpse, when shipped by any transportation com-
pany; said permit to accompany the corpse to its destina-
tion, where, if within the State of Florida, the removal
permit shall be delivered to the person in charge of the
place of burial.
Ib. 2079. Casket dealers to make monthly reports.-
Every person, firm or corporation selling a casket shall
keep a record showing the name of the purchaser, pur-
chaser's post office address, name of deceased, date of
death, place of death, and color or race of deceased,
which record shall be open to inspection of the State
Registrar at all times. On the first day of each month
the person, firm or corporation selling caskets shall re-
port to the State Registrar each sale for the preceding
month, on a blank provided for that purpose: Provided,
however, That no person, firm or corporation selling
caskets to dealers or undertakers only shall be required
to keep such record, nor shall such report be required
from undertakers when they have direct charge of the
disposition of a dead body.
Every person, firm, or corporation selling a casket at
retail, and not having charge of the disposition of the
body, shall inclose within the casket a notice furnished
by the State Registrar calling attention to the require-
ments of the law, and a blank certificate of death.
Ib., 2080. Burial or removal permit; certificate of death.
see. 10. That if the interment, or other disposition of the body
is to be made within the State, the wording of the burial
or removal permit may be limited to a statement by the
registrar, and over his signature, that a satisfactory cer-
tificate of death having been filed with him, as required
by law, permission is granted to inter, remove, or dispose
otherwise of the body, upon the form prescribed by the
2081. Interment prohibited unless body accompanied Ib.,
by burial permit; keepers of burial places to keep rec-
ords; form.-That no person in charge of any premises
on which interments, or other dispositions are made shall
inter or permit the interment or other disposition of any
body unless it is accompanied by a burial, other dispo-
sition, or removal permit as herein provided. Any such
person shall endorse upon the permit the date of inter-
ment, or other disposition, over his signature, and shall
return all permits so endorsed to the local registrar of
his district within ten days from the date of interment or
other disposition. He shall keep a record of all bodies
interred or otherwise disposed of on the premises under
his charge in each case stating the name and color or
race of each deceased person, place of death, date of burial
or disposal, and name and address of the undertaker;
which record shall at all times be open to official inspec-
tion: Provided: That the undertaker or person acting as
such, when burying a body in a cemetery or burial
grounds having no person in charge, shall sign the burial
or removal permit, giving the date of burial, and shall
write across the face of the permit the words "No person
in charge," and file the burial or removal permit within
ten days with the registrar of the district in which the
cemetery is located.
2082. All births to be registered.-That the birth of Ib.,
each and every child born in this State shall be regis- sec. 12.
tered as hereinafter provided.
2083. Certificate of birth.-That within ten days after Ib.,
the date of each birth there shall be filed with the local
registrar of the district in which the birth occurred a cer-
tificate of such birth, as provided in Section 2084.
In each case where a physician, midwife or person
acting as midwife, was in attendance upon the birth, it
shall be the duty of such physician, midwife or person
acting as midwife, to file in accordance herewith the
certificate herein contemplated.
In each case where there was no physician, midwife
or person acting as midwife, in attendance upon the
Birth, it shall be the duty of the father or mother of the
child, the householder or owner of the premises where
the birth occurred, or the manager or superintendent of
the public or private institution where the birth occurred,
each in the order named, within ten days after the date
of such birth, to report to the local registrar the fact of
such birth. In such case and in case the physician, mid-
wife, or person acting as midwife, in attendance upon the
birth is unable, by diligent inquiry, to obtain any item or
items of information on the certificate of birth, it shall
then be the duty of the local registrar to secure from the
person so reporting, or from any other person having
acquired knowledge, such information as will enable
him to prepare the certificate of birth herein contem-
plated, and it shall be the duty of the person reporting
the birth or who may be interrogated in relation thereto
to answer correctly and to the best of his knowledge all
questions put to him by the local registrar which may
be calculated to elicit any information needed to make
the complete record of the birth as contemplated, and it
shall be the duty of the informant as to any statement
made in accordance herewith to verify such statement
by his signature.
Ib., 2084. Certificate of birth to be of standard form.-
Sec. 14. That the certificate of birth shall be on the standard form
approved by the United States Bureau of the Census, all
of the items of which are hereby declared necessary for
the legal, social, and sanitary purposes subserved by
Ib., 2085. Certificate of birth to show given name of
child.-That when any certificate of birth of a living child
is presented without the statement of the given name,
then the local registrar shall make out and deliver to the
parents of the child a special blank for supplemental re-
port of the given name of the child, which shall be filled
out as directed, and returned to the local registrar as
soon as the child shall have been named.
2086. Physicians, midwives, sextons, retail casket b.,
dealers, and undertakers must register; local registrars to
make annual reports.-That every physician, midwife,
sexton, retail casket dealer, and undertaker shall, with-
out delay, register his or her name, address and occupa-
tion and color or race, with the local registrar of the dis-
trict in which he or she resides or may hereafter estab-
lish a residence, and shall thereupon be supplied by the
local registrar with a copy of this chapter, together with
such instructions as may be prepared by the State Regis-
trar relative to its enforcement. Within thirty days after
the close of each calendar year each local registrar shall
make a return to the State Registrar of all physicians,
midwives, sextons retail casket dealers, or undertakers
who have registered in his district during the whole or
any part of the preceding calendar year: Provided, That
no fee or other compensation shall be charged by local
registrars to physicians, midwives, sextons, retail casket
dealers, or undertakers for registering their names under
this Section or making returns thereof to the State
2087. 'Hospitals and almshouses required to keep Ib.,
certain records.-That all superintendents or managers, Sec. 17.
or other persons in charge of hospitals, almshouses, lying
in or other institutions, public or private, to which per-
sons resort for treatment of diseases, confinement, or
are committed by process of law, shall make a record
of all the personal and statistical particulars relative to
the inmates in their institutions at the date of the ap-
proval of this Act, which are required in the forms of the
certificates provided for by this chapter, as directed by
the State Registrar; and thereafter such record shall be,
by them made for all future inmates at the time of their
admittance. And in case of persons admitted or com-
mitted for treatment of disease, the physician in charge
shall specify for entry in the record, the nature of the
disease, and where, in his opinion, it was contracted, or
if injured the nature and cause thereof. The personal
particulars and information required by this Section shall
be obtained from the individual himself if it is practicable
to do so; and when they can not be so obtained, they
shall be obtained in as complete a manner as possible
from relatives, friends, or other persons acquainted with
Ib., 2088. State Registrar to supply all blanks and forms;
duties.-That the State Registrar shall prepare, print
and supply to all registrars all blanks and forms used in
registering, recording and preserving the returns, or in
otherwise carrying out the purposes of this chapter; and
shall prepare and issue such detailed instructions as may
be required to procure the uniform observance of its pro-
visions and the maintenance of a perfect system of regis-
tration; and no other blanks shall be used than those sup-
plied by the State Registrar. He shall carefully examine
the certificates received monthly from the local registrars,
and if any such are incomplete or unsatisfactory he shall
require such further information to be supplied as may
be necessary to make the record complete and satisfac-
tory. And all physicians, midwives, informants, or
undertakers, and all other persons having knowledge of
the facts, are hereby required to supply, upon a form
provided by the State Registrar or upon the original cer-
tificate, such information as they may possess regarding
any birth or death, upon demand of the State Registrar,
in person, by mail or through the local registrar. The
State Registrar shall further arrange, bind and perma-
nently preserve the certificates in a systematic manner,
and shall prepare and maintain a comprehensive and
continuous card index of all births and deaths registered ;
said index to be arranged alphabetically, in the case of
deaths, by the names of the decedents, and in the case
of births, by the names of fathers and mothers. He shall
inform all registrars what diseases are to be considered
infectious, contagious or communicable and dangerous
to the public health, as decided by the State board of
health, in order that when deaths occur from such dis-
eases proper precautions may be taken to prevent their
2089. Duties of local registrar.-That each local Ib.,
registrar shall supply blank forms to such persons as re-
quire them. Each local registrar shall carefully examine
each certificate of birth or death when presented for
record, in order to ascertain whether or not it has been
made out in accordance with the provisions of this chap-
ter and the instructions of the State Registrar; and if any
certificate of death is incomplete or unsatisfactory it
shall be his duty to call attention to the defect in the re-
turn, and to withhold the burial, removal or other permit
until such defects are corrected. All certificates, either
of birth or death, shall be written legibly in durable black
ink, and no certificate shall be held to be complete and
correct that does not supply all of the items of informa-
tion called for therein, or satisfactorily account for their
omission. If the certificate of death is properly executed
and complete he shall then issue a burial, removal or
other permit to the undertaker or the person acting as
such: Provided, That in case the death occurred from
some disease which is held by the State board of health
to be infectious, contagious or communicable and danger-
ous to the public health, no permit for the removal or
other disposition of the body shall be issued by the regis-
trar, except under such conditions as may be prescribed
by the State board of health. If a certificate of birth is
incomplete the local registrar shall immediately notify
the informant, and require him or her to supply the miss-
ing items of information if they can be obtained. He
shall number consecutively the certificates of birth and
death, in two separate series, beginning with number one
for the first birth and the first death in each calendar
year, and sign his name as registrar in attest of the date
of filing in his office. He shall also make a complete and
accurate copy of each birth and each death certificate
registered by him in a record book supplied by the State
Registrar, to be preserved as the local record, in such
manner as directed by the State Registrar. And he shall,
on the tenth day of each month, transmit to the State
Registrar all original certificates registered by him for
the preceding month. And if no births or no deaths oc-
curred in any month he shall, on the tenth day of the
following month, report that fact to the State Registrar,
on a card provided for such purpose.
Ib., 2090. Fees of local registrar.-That each local regis-
20. trar shall be paid the sum of twenty-five cents for each
birth certificate and each death certificate properly and
completely made out and registered with him, and cor-
rectly recorded and promptly returned by him to the
State Registrar as required by this chapter. And in case
no births or no deaths were registered during any month,
the local registrar shall be entitled to be paid the sum of
twenty-five cents for each report to that effect, but only
if such report be made promptly as required by this
chapter. All amounts payable to a local registrar under
the provisions of this Section shall be from the funds of
the State board of health upon certification by the State
Registrar. And the State Registrar shall annually cer-
tify to the treasurers of the several counties the number
of births and deaths properly registered, with the names
of the local registrars and the amounts due each at the
rates fixed herein.
Ib., 2091. State Registrar, on request, to furnish certified
21. copy of record; fee; certified records prima facie evi-
dence.-That the State Registrar shall, upon request,
supply to any applicant a certified copy of the record of
any birth or death registered under provisions of this
chapter, for the making and certification of which he
shall be entitled to a fee of fifty cents, to be paid by the
applicant. And any copy of the record of a birth or death,
when properly certified by the State Registrar, shall be
prima facie evidence in all courts and cases of the facts
therein stated. For any search of the files and records
when no certified copy is made, the State Registrar shall
be entitled to a fee of fifty cents for each hour or frac-
tional part of an hour of time of search, said fee to be
paid by the applicant: Provided, That the State board
of Health may waive any or all of the fees required under
this Section. And the State Registrar shall keep a true
and correct account of all fees by him received under
these provisions, and turn the same over to the State
2092. Local registrar charged with enforcement of Ib.,
law; must report all violations.-That each local regis- Sec. 23.
trar is hereby charged with the strict and thorough en-
forcement of the provisions of this chapter in his regis-
tration district, under the supervision and direction of
the State Registrar. And he shall make an immediate
report to the State Registrar of any violation of this
law coming to his knowledge, by observation or upon
complaint of any person, or otherwise.
2093. State Registrar charged with execution of law; Ib.,
duty of attorneys for the State-The State Registrar is
hereby charged with the thorough and efficient execution
of the provisions of this Chapter in every part of the
State, and is hereby granted supervisory power over
local registrars, deputy registrars, and sub-registrars, to
the end that all of its requirements shall be uniformly
complied with. The State Registrar, either personally
or by an accredited representative, shall have authority
to investigate cases of irregularity or violation of law,
and all registrars shall aid him, upon request, in such
investigations. When he shall deem it necessary, he
shall report cases of violations of any of the provisions of
this Chapter to the State's Attorney, county solicitor or
county attorney or other prosecuting officer having
charge of the prosecution of misdemeanors in the regis-
tration district in which such violation shall occur, with
a statement of the facts and circumstances; and when
any such case is reported to him by the State Registrar,
the said prosecuting officer shall forthwith initiate and
promptly follow up the necessary court proceedings
against the person or corporation responsible for the
alleged violation of law. And upon request of the State
Registrar, the Attorney-General shall assist in the en-
forcement of the provisions of this Chapter.
lb. 2094. State Board of Health given power to adopt
sec. 24. and enforce rules.-That the State Board of Health shall
have the power to adopt, promulgate and enforce rules
and regulations requiring the notification of all cases of
sickness necessary for the preservation and protection of
the public health, and for the collection of statistics of
marriages and divorces.
(Penalty for violations as to vital statistics, see Sec. 5550.)
CASES OF CONTAGIOUS OR INFECTIOUS
Ch. 4695, 2095. (1146.) Physicians to report suspicious cases
sec. i. of diseases.-Whenever a physician or other person shall
report a suspicious case of disease to the State Board of
Health as required by the provisions of Section 5544 of
the Revised General Statutes of Florida, he shall also im-
mediately give notice thereof to the city health officer, if
there be any health officer, and if not to the mayor of
the incorporated city or town in which the sick person
may be, or if the sick person resides or be found outside
the limits of a city or town, to the county health phy-
sician or his representative if there be any, and if not
to the chairman of the county commissioners of the
county within which the sick person may be.
Ib., 2096. (1147.) Duty of health officer.-It shall be the
See. 2. duty of the city or county health officer, or the mayor, or
the chairman of the board of county commissioners, to
whom a suspicious case of disease is reported in ac-
cordance with the provisions of the preceding section,
to take immediate measures to examine the case reported,
to furnish medical attention, food, clothing, and what-
ever may be necessary to care for, segregate and guard
such suspicious reported case, in accordance with the
rules and regulations of the State Board of Health for
the protection of the public health, now in force, or
hereafter adopted, and shall manage and control such
case or cases until the arrival of the State health officer
or his agent.
2097. (1148.) Physician to assure control in certain Ib.,
cases.-Whenever the State health officer shall investi-
gate any suspicious case or cases of diseases, in accord-
ance with the provisions of Section 2096 of these Revised
General Statutes, and shall determine that such disease
is contagious or infectious and a menace to the public
health of the citizens of the State, then he or his agent
,shall assume charge and management of all and every
such case of contagious and infectious disease. All
necessary and legitimate expenses attendant upon such
case or cases of diseases, after the State health officer or
his agent shall have investigated and determined the
same and assumed management and control, shall be
paid out of the public health fund of the State on vouch-
ers approved by the president of the State Board of
Health as now provided by law.
(For offenses against health and quarantine laws, see Secs. 5544-5548.)
2098. State Board of Health authorized to create; Ch. 5932,
certain patients required to pay charges fixed by board. Acts 1909,
That the State Board of Health is hereby authorized to
establish, conduct and maintain a sanatorium for the
treatment of persons suffering from tuberculosis, and
for that purpose to receive, hold and use gifts of land,
money and other kinds of property. That the said State
Board of Health is hereby authorized to care for and
treat without charge indigent persons suffering from
tuberculosis. That patients financially able shall be re-
quired to pay such charges as said board may from time
to time establish for treatment in such sanatorium.
Ib., 2099. Board of Health to make rules for manage-
Sec. 2. ment; appointment of employees.-That said State Board
of Health shall make, promulgate and enforce rules
governing the management and conduct of such sana-
torium, and the care and control of inmates thereof,
violations of which rules shall be punishable in like man-
ner as violations of other rules of said board are now
punishable by law. That said board may appoint phy-
sicians, nurses and other employees necessary for the
maintenance, control and proper administration of said
Ib., 2100. Cost paid from funds of State Board of Health.
That the cost and expenses of establishing and maintain-
ing said sanatorium shall be paid out of the funds of the
said State Board of Health, now provided for by law,
and from such funds as may accrue from patients finan-
cially able to pay, as provided for in this Chapter.
HOTELS, RESTAURANTS, AND BOARDING
Sanitary Inspection of Hotels and Boardine Houses.
Ch. 4696, 2120. (1149.) Examination of buildings, etc.-Te
sec. 1. State Board of Health shall cause, as often as may be
necessary, upon information or complaint of any person,
or at the request of any town or city council, or health
officer, an examination to be made of any building or
buildings, and the premises connected therewith, used
for board and lodging of visitors or other persons, con-
taining ten or more rooms, such examination to be made
by or under the supervision of the State Board of Health,
or by persons under its appointment, as soon as possible
after such application or complaint shall have been made.
2121. (1150.) Purpose of examination.-It shall be Ib., Sec. 2.
the purpose in making such examination, to ascertain the
source and sufficiency of the water supply, the quality
.of the water, the methods of removal of waste water,
slops, excreta, house refuse, garbage, and all other
putrescible matter of any kind, the ventilation available,
and all other conditions relating to the health, sanitary
conditions and safety of said buildings and premises.
That for each inspection so made the owner or managing
occupant of the premises so inspected shall pay to the
State Board of Health the sum of two dollars, if premises
are found to be in unsanitary condition, which amount
shall be used by said board in defraying the expense of
such inspection, and issuing the certificates hereinafter
2122. (1151.) State health officer to issue certificate. Ib., Sec. 3.
Upon the completion of such inspection, the said State
Board of Health shall authorize the State health officer
to issue a certificate, reciting the details of the sanitary
and other conditions of the examined premises, in accord-
ance with the facts ascertained by such examination, and
said certificate shall forthwith be posted by the owner or
managing occupant of such premises in a safe and con-
spicuous place, where it may be easily seen and read by
all persons, guests or other occupants of said premises;
and if the said certificate shall become defaced or de-
stroyed, said managing occupant shall immediately pro-
cure a copy of the same, which shall be placed in a like
conspicuous position, for which copy the State Board of
Health shall not be entitled to receive any fee.
2123. (1152.) Duty of State Board of Health as to Ib., Sec. 5.
certain buildings.-Whenever, upon an examination of
any premises, the inspection of which is required by this
Article, it shall be found by said State Board of Health
that the premises and building so inspected are in an un-
sanitary condition, such as to constitute a menace to the
health and safety of the occupants thereof, it shall then
be the duty of the said State Board of Health to cause
to be posted upon some conspicuous place on said premi-
ses, a written or printed notice, requiring the owner or
managing occupant of said premises, or both, to make
such changes or to perform or refrain from the perform-
ance of such acts as may be necessary to place said
premises in a sanitary and safe condition for the occu-
pants thereof, within a reasonable time to be fixed by
(Penalty for failure to place premises in sanitary condition after notice,
see Sec. 5638.)
Ch. 6953, 2153. Kitchens of hotels and restaurants to be
Sec. 1. screened.-It shall be unlawful for any person, firm or
corporation to operate any hotel, boarding house, restau-
rant or lunch counter within this State without keeping
all doors, windows and other similar openings in or to
dining rooms, kitchens, or any other place where food is
prepared or stored, and passage ways between the same,
and hallways leading thereto, screened with wire netting,
with mesh sufficiently close to prevent the admission of
Ib., Sec. 2. 2154. Food exposed for sale to be screened.-It shall
be unlawful for any person, firm or corporation to sell or
offer for sale food for consumption in the raw state, or
which may be consumed without further cooking, at any
meat shop, butcher shop, market, grocery store, fruit
stand, or any other places where food is exposed for sale,
without having such food securely screened by wire net-
ting with mesh sufficiently close to prevent the admis-
sion of flies.
Ib.. Sec. 3. 2155. Dining and buffet cars to be screened.-It shall
likewise be unlawful for any person, firm or corporation
to operate any dining or buffet car within this State,
without having all doors, windows and other similar
openings to the same securely screened with wire netting
with mesh sufficiently close to prevent the admission
2156. Duty of owners, tenants and operators to keep Ib., Sec. 4.
flies out.-It shall be the duty of the owner, tenant, opera-
tor or person in charge of any of the foregoing described
hotels, boarding houses, restaurants, lunch counters,
meat shops, butcher shops, grocery stores, fruit stands,
dining rooms, kitchens, dining or buffet cars, lunch
counters and other places, to keep all flies out of the said
places so far as may be possible.
(Penalty for violation of regulations as to screening hotels, places where
food is exposed, and dining cars, see Sec. 5642.)
NUISANCES INJURIOUS TO HEALTH.
2157. (1153.) What constitutes a sanitary nuisance, Ch. 4346,
A sanitary nuisance is hereby declared to be the commis- ese895,
sion of any act, by an individual, municipality, organiza-
tion or corporation, or the keeping, maintaining, propaga-
tion, existence or permission of anything, by an indivi-
dual, municipality, organization or corporation, by which
the health or life of an individual, or the health or lives
of individuals, may be threatened or impaired, or by
which or through which, directly or indirectly, disease
may be caused.
Inferential and consequential damage to private property arising out of
health laws does not violate the Federal Constitution. Logan v. Childs, 51 Fla.
233, 41 So. 197.
2158. (1154.) Duty of State Health Officer.-It shall lb.,
be the duty of the State Health Officer, upon request of See. 11.
the proper authorities, or of any three responsible resi-
dent citizens, or whenever it may seem necessary to the
president of the State Board of Health, or to the State
Health Officer himself, to investigate the sanitary con-
edition of any city, town or place in the State of Florida;
and if, upon examination, the State Health Officer shall
ascertain the existence of any sanitary nuisance as herein
defined, it shall be. his duty to serve notice upon the
proper party or parties to remove or abate the said
nuisance or if necessary to proceed to remove or abate
the said nuisance in the manner provided in Section 5624.
Ib., 2159.( 1155.) Ibid.-It shall be the duty of the State
Sec. 12. Health Officer, upon receiving information or obtaining
knowledge of the existence of anything or things herein
declared to be nuisances by law, to notify the person or
persons committing, creating, keeping or maintaining the
same, to remove or cause to be removed, the same, with-
in twenty-four hours, or such other reasonable time as
may be determined by the State Board of Health, after
such notice be duly given; and if the same is not removed
by such person or persons within the time prescribed in
said notice, it shall be the duty of the State Health Officer
to remove, or cause to be removed, such nuisance or
nuisances, and the cost or expenses of such removal shall
be paid by the person or persons committing, creating,
keeping or maintaining such nuisances; and if the said
costs and expenses thus accruing shall not be paid within
ten days after such removal, the same shall be collected
from the person or persons committing, creating, keep-
ing or maintaining such nuisances, by suit at law.
(Penalties concerning nuisances, see Secs. 5624-5639.)
UNDERGROUND WATERS OF THE STATE
'h. 6443, 2160. The term "underground waters of the State"
cts 1913, defined.-That the term "underground waters of the
State," when used in this chapter, shall include all under-
ground streams and springs and underground waters
within the borders of the State of Florida, whether flow-
ing in underground channels or passing through the pores
of the rocks.
2161. Draining surface water or sewerage, without Ib., Sec. 2.
permit, in underground waters of the.State prohibited.-
No municipal corporation, private corporation, person or
persons within the State shall use any cavity, sink, driven
or drilled well now in existence, "or sink any new well
within the corporate limits, or within five miles of the
corporate limits, of any incorporated city or town, or
within any unincorporated city, town or village, or with-
in five miles thereof, for the purpose of draining any sur-
face water or discharging any sewerage into the under-
ground waters of the State, without first obtaining a
written permit from the State Board of Health.
2162. Revocation of permits; permits to be filed with Ib., Sec. 3.
clerk.-Every such permit for the discharge of sewerage,
or surface water, shall be revocable or subject to
modification or change by the State Board of Health, on
due notice, after an investigation and hearing, and an
opportunity for all interests and persons interested there-
in to be heard thereon; said notice or notices being
served on the person or persons owning, maintaining or
using the well, cavity or sink, and by publication for two
weeks in a newspaper published in the county in which
said well, cavity or sink is located. The length of time
after the receipt of the notice within which it shall be
discontinued may be stated in the permit. All such per-
mits, before becoming operative, shall be filed in the
office of the clerk of the circuit court of the county in
which such permit has been granted.
2163. The term "sewerage" defined.-For the pur- Ib., Sec. 4.
pose of this chapter, sewerage shall be defined as any
substance that contains any of the waste products or
excrementitious or other discharge from the bodies of
human beings' or animals.
2164. Sewerage or surface drainage in underground Ib., Sec. 5.
waters to be discontinued.-Every individual, municipal
corporation, private corporation or company shall dis-
continue the discharge within the corporate limits or
within five miles of the corporate limits of any incorpo-
rated city or town, or within any unincorporated city,
town or village or within five miles thereof, of sewerage
or surface drainage into any of the'underground waters
of the State within ten days after having been so ordered
by the State Board of Health.
(Penalty for discharging sewerage in underground waters see Sec. 5525.)
DISPENSING AND SALE OF HABIT FORMING
Ch. 6891, 2165. Unlawful to sell certain drugs except on
Sts 191 authorized prescription; form of prescription.-It shall
be unlawful for any pharmacist, druggist, apothecary or
other person, firm or corporation doing business in which
drugs, medicines or poisons are retailed or physicians'
prescriptions are compounded or dispensed, to sell at re-
tail any opium or coca leaves or any compound, manu-
facture, salt derivative or preparation thereof, except
upon the written prescription of a duly licensed phy-
sician or of a dentist or a veterinary surgeon, and except
as hereinafter provided. Such prescription shall con-
tain the name and address of the person for whom it is
written, the exact amount of any of the above named
drugs or substances to be given, and the signature of the.
physician writing it. No pharmacist, druggist, apothe-
cary or other person, firm or corporation shall sell, dis-
pense or otherwise furnish more or less of any of the be-
fore mentioned drugs, compounds or mixtures than the
amount set forth in such prescription. Every such pre-
scription shall contain the date upon which it shall have
been filled, and a serial number. Such prescription shall
be filled but once, and no copy shall be given to any
person, except that a copy may be taken by any officer or
agent of the State Board of Health, the local board of
health or of the law.
2166. Preparations, not included, as prohibited.- Ib.,Sec. 2.
That the provisions of this chapter shall not be construed
to apply to the sale, distribution, giving away, dispensing
or possession of preparations and remedies which do not
contain more than two grains of opium, or more than
one-fourth grain of morphine, or more than one-eighth
grain of heroin, or more than one grain of codeine, or any
salt or derivative of any of them in one fluid ounce, or, if
a solid or semi-solid preparation, in one avoirdupois
ounce; or to liniments, ointments or other preparations
which are prepared for external use only, except lini-
ments, ointments and other preparations which .contain
cocaine or any of its salts, or alpha or beta cocaine or
any of their salts or any synthetic substitute for them:
Provided, That such remedies and preparations are sold,
distributed, given away, dispensed or possessed as medi-
cines and not for the purpose of evading the intentions
and provisions of this chapter. The provisions of this
chapter shall not apply to decocanized coca leaves or
preparations made therefrom or to other preparations of
coca leaves which do not contain cocaine.
2167. Physicians, dentists, veterinary surgeons may Ib., Sec..
administer such drugs under certain regulations.-Any
duly licensed physician, a dentist or veterinary surgeon,
may prescribe, dispense or administer any of the before-
mentioned drugs or preparations or their derivatives for
the treatment or cure of diseases in the course of their
professional practice: Provided, That such physician,
dentist or veterinary surgeon shall not prescribe, dispense
or furnish any of the before mentioned drugs to any per-
sons who may be addicted to the habitual use of these
drugs or any of their derivatives or preparations, ex-
cept that a duly licensed physician may, for the cure of
such habit or addiction, prescribe or administer these
drugs in reducing doses to an habitual user while per-
sonally supervising and controlling such habitual user
and treating him or her for the habit or addiction afore-
said. In the event that any such case of habitual user
of any of the drugs mentioned in Section 2165 shall prove
refractory or unusually difficult of treatment, it shall be
the duty of the physician treating such case to report
the fact to the State Board of Health, the local board of
health or to the county judge. It shall also be the duty
of any physician treating any such case of drug addiction
to report such case to the State Board of Health, the
local board of health or to the county judge in the event
that such patient shall not pursue his treatment in good
faith until final cure: Provided, That nothing in this
section shall prevent the prescribing, by a duly licensed
physician, of opium or any of its derivatives or prepara-
tions for such habitual users or addicts as may be de-
clared incurable after investigation by the county judge
and an agent of the State Board of Health, or of a munici-
pal health officer, in and after consultation with the phy-
sician in attendance.
Ib., Sec. 4. 2168. Refractory cases; duty of prosecuting officers.
In the event that such refractory or difficult or uncured
case be brought to the attention of the authorities men-
tioned in Section 2167, it shall be the duty of said authori-
ties to bring such case to the official attention of the prose-
cuting officer of the county.
It shall be the duty of the prosecuting officers of each
county to prosecute each offender against this chapter
when duly brought to his notice.
(Penalty for unlawful sale of habit-forming drugs, see Sec. 5533.)
Ch. 7395 2257. State board of embalming; how constituted.-
Acts 1917 A board is hereby created and established, which shall
be known under the name of the State Board of Em-
2258. Appointment of board; by whom composed, Ib., Sec. 2.
and how appointed.-The board shall consist of the State
Health officer and four members to be appointed by the
Governor. Provided, no person shall be eligible to ap-
pointment as a member of said board of embalming who
has not been engaged in the business of, and practiced em-
balming in this State for a period of at least five years
preceding said appointment.
2259. Term of office.-The term of office of each Ib., Sec. 3.
member of said board shall be four years, except the
members of the first board to be appointed under this
chapter, who shall serve one, two, three and four years,
respectively, and until his successor is appointed and
2260. Oath of office.-Each member of said board Ib., Sec. 4.
shall, before entering upon his duties take before some
person competent to administer oaths, an oath to faith-
fully perform the duties of his office, and that he is legally
qualified to become a member of said board, under the
provisions of this chapter.
2261. Organization.-The said board of embalming Ib., Sec. 5.
shall within thirty days after having been appointed and
qualified, meet at Jacksonville and organize, by electing
from its number a president, and secretary and treasurer
thereof and it shall meet from time to time thereafter
at such place and as often as may be found to be neces-
2262. Time and place of meeting.-The president of Ib., Sec. 6.
said State Board of Embalming shall have the power to
call a meeting of said board at any time, and at such
place as he may designate.
2263. Quorum.-A majority of said board shall at Ib.,Sec. 7.
all times constitute a quorum.
Ib., Sec. 8. 2264. Seal.-Said board shall provide itself with a
Ib., Sec. 9. 2265. Preservation of records.-The records of said
board shall be kept at the office of the secretary and treas-
urer, who shall give such bond as the board shall deem
Ib., 2266. Board to make and publish rules.-It shall be
c. 10. the duty of said board of embalming to formulate and
adopt rules, regulations and by-laws, not inconsistent
with the law of this State or the United States whereby
the duties of said board can be performed and the prac-
tice of embalming dead human bodies regulated.
Ib., 2267. Licenses and so forth.-Every person desiring
Sec. 11. to engage in the practice of embalming dead human
bodies, within the State of Florida shall make a written
application to the secretary of the State Board of Em-
balming for a license, accompanying same with a
license fee of an amount not exceeding twenty-five dol-
lars, whereupon the applicant as aforesaid shall present
himself or herself before said board at a time and place
to be fixed by said board, and if the said board shall find
upon due examination that the applicant is of good
moral character, and not addicted to the excessive use of
alcoholic or narcotic drugs, possessed of the skill and
knowledge of said science of embalming and the care and
disposition of the dead, and has a reasonable knowledge
of sanitation and the disinfection of bodies of deceased
persons and the apartments, clothing and bedding, in
case of death from infectious, contagious or other com-
municable disease, shall issue to said applicant a license
to practice embalming and shall register such applicant
as a duly licensed embalmer. Such license shall be
signed by the majority of the board and attested by its
seal, and all persons receiving a license under the pro-
visions of this chapter shall register the fact at the office
of the clerk of the court in each and every county in
which he may thereafter locate, and with the local dis-
trict registrar in whose district he may practice his pro-
fession: Provided, further, That no embalmer shall be
considered eligible for licensure who had not had at least
two years' experience under a licensed embalmer.
2268. Certificates of former practitioners.-All practi- Ib.,
tioners who have been engaged in the practice of embalm- Sec. 12.
ing in this State prior to the 21st day of May, 1917, under
a license issued by the State board of health, shall be
granted by the State Board of Embalming a certificate of
licensure without further examination and expense.
2269. Renewal of Registration.-Every registered Ib.,
embalmer who desires to continue the practice of his
profession, shall annually thereafter during the time he
shall continue in such practice, on such dates as said
board may determine, pay to the secretary of said board
a fee of two dollars for the renewal of registration.
2270. Compensation of members of board and other Ib.,
expenses.-All expenses, salary and per diem of mem-
bers of said board shall be defrayed from fees received
under the provision of this chapter, and shall in no man-
ner be an expense to the State.
2271. Limitations of Act.-Nothing in this chap- Ib.,
ter shall apply to or in any manner interfere with the
duties of any officers of local or State institution, or shall
this chapter apply to any person engaged simply in the
furnishing of burial receptacles for the dead and burying
of the dead and not embalming.
2272. Revocation of license.-Any embalmer who Sec. 17.
shall violate the provisions of this chapter may have
his license revoked at the discretion of this board.
(Penalty for practicing embalming without complying with law, see Sec.
HOSPITAL FOR INDIGENT CRIPPLED CHIL-
Ch. 6153, 2292. State Board of Health authorized to establish
sec. 1. hospital for indigent crippled children.-That the State
Board of Health be, and it is hereby authorized and di-
rected to establish at some suitable and convenient loca-
tion in this State a hospital for the treatment of indigent
crippled children of this State. In such hospital indigent
crippled children of this State shall be received and
treated free of charge.
Ib., Sec. 2. 2293. Authorized to purchase site and erect build-
ings; purchase of equipment; appropriation from Board
of Health fund.-That for the purposes of Section 2292
hereof the State Board of Health is hereby authorized to
purchase a plot of ground and erect thereon a building
suitable for such purpose, or to purchase a plot of ground
with building already erected, in its discretion. For
such purchase and for the purchase of suitable instru-
ments, apparatus, furniture, fixtures and other articles
necessary for such an institution, the sum of twenty
thousand dollars, or so much thereof as may be found
necessary, is hereby appropriated, payable from the State
Board of Health fund.
Ib., Sec. 3. 2294. State Board of Health authorized to arrange
with private hospital for care of crippled children.-That
until the number of indigent crippled children, citizens
of the State of Florida, shall be sufficient in number to
warrant the State Board of Health to erect and maintain
an institution of this character and nature, that the State
Board of Health is authorized to arrange with any sani-
tarium or hospital in Florida to care for and treat the
indigent crippled and deformed children of the State and
to pay for such treatment out of the funds of the State
Board of Health, not in excess of the amount appropri-
ated by this Act.
ABATEMENT OF NUISANCES
3223. Bill maintained in name of State; parties de- Ch. 7367,
fendant.-Whenever any nuisance as defined in Section See. 2.
5639 is kept, maintained or exists the State's Attorney,
county solicitor, county prosecutor, or any citizen of the
county through any attorney he may select, may main-
tain his action by bill in chancery in the proper court in
the name of the State of Florida upon the relation of such
attorneys or citizen to enjoin said nuisance, the person,
or persons conducting or maintaining the same and the
owner or agent of the building or ground upon which
said nuisance exists.
3224. Temporary injunction.-In such action the lb.
court, judge or court commissioner before whom the bill
may be brought may upon proper proof being made,
allow a temporary writ of injunction without bond, if it
shall appear to the satisfaction of the court or judge or
commissioner by evidence or by affidavit that a tem-
porary injunction shall issue. At least three days' notice
in writing shall be given defendant or defendants of the
time and place of application for said temporary injunc-
3225. Answer or demurrer; evidence; rule of evi- Ib., Sec. 3.
dence; costs in certain cases.-The defendant shall file
his answer or demurrer to said bill of complaint within
twenty days after service of process and the said cause
shall thereafter proceed as the court may order; and it
shall be the duty of the court to hear the evidence in
open court or by an examiner as it shall deem most ex-
pedient for a prompt hearing or disposition of the cause.
In such actions evidence of the general reputation of the
alleged nuisance and place shall be admissible for the
purpose of proving the existence of said nuisance. No
bill of complaint when filed by any citizen shall be dis-
missed except upon a sworn statement made by said
citizen and submitted to the court and unless the court
shall be satisfied that said cause shall be dismissed, the
said bill shall not be dismissed but shall continue and
the State Attorney or county solicitor notified to pro-
ceed with said cause. If said action is brought by any
citizen and the court shall find that there was no reason-
able ground for said action the costs of said action shall
be taxed against said citizen and execution may issue
therefore on order of the court.
Ib., Sec. 4. 3226. On final hearing court may issue perpetual
injunction; costs.-Upon final hearing of said cause the
court shall if the allegations of said bill are proved and
the existence of a nuisance is shown shall issue a per-
petual injunction in said cause and shall order the costs
of said proceeding to be paid by the persons responsible
for establishing or maintaining said nuisance and shall
adjudge that said costs shall become a lien upon all
personal property found in the house or place of the
nuisance and upon the failure of said property and fix-
tures to bring enough to pay said costs, then upon the
real estate and buildings occupied by said nuisance, pro-
vided no lien shall attach to the real estate and build-
ings of any other than the occupant unless five days'
written notice shall have been given to the owner or his
agent who shall fail to abate said nuisance within said
five days. If the owner or claimant pays said costs of
proceedings said property, personal and real, shall by
court order be released from the lien for costs upon the
owner or claimant giving bond with proper surety for
payment of costs and that said property shall no longer
constitute a nuisance or be used in furtherance of any
similar nuisance for one year from the date of said decree.
Ib., Sec. 5. 3227. Order and decrees; enforcement by contempt
proceedings.-The courts of chancery in this State shall
upon proper proof make such orders and decrees as will
suppress and abate any and all nuisances mentioned in
Section 5639 and shall have the authority to enforce in-
junctions and decrees by proper contempt proceedings,
but the jurisdiction hereby granted to said courts of chan-
cery shall not be construed to repeal or alter Section
5624, or Sec.tion 5497.
OFFENSES AGAINST MORALITY AND DECENCY
Adultery and Fornication
5406. (3518.) Living in open adultery.-Whoever Ch. 1986,
lives in an open state of adultery shall be punished by Acts 1874.
imprisonment in the State prison not exceeding two
years, or in the county jail not exceeding one year, or
by fine not exceeding five hundred dollars. Where either
of the parties living in an open state of adultery is mar-
ried, both parties so living shall be deemed to be guilty
of the offense provided for in this section.
As to evidence of acts anterior to time laid. Brevaldo v State, 21 Fla. 789.
Where there was no evidence of a living in an open state of adultery
within the limited period charged, the single act of intercourse between
the parties anterior to such time is not admissible to convict of an offense
committed between such periods. Woodson v State, 62 Fla. 106, 57 So. 174.
An information under this section is fatally defective where it does
not allege that the defendants lived in an open state of adultery. Teston v
State, 66 Fla. 244, 63 So. 433.
5407. (3519.) Lewd and lascivious behavior.-If any Ch. 1637,
man and woman, not being married to each other, lewdly Sec. 6,
and lasciviously associate and cohabit together, or if any
man or woman, married or unmarried, is guilty of open
and gross lewdness and lascivious behavior, they shall
be punished by imprisonment in the State prison not ex-
ceeding two years, or in the county jail not exceeding
one year, or by fine not exceeding three hundred dollars.
Purpose of section stated. What necessary to constitute the crime.
Luster v State, 23 Fla. 339, 2 So. 690.
In order to convict under this section the evidence must show that the
defendants were not married to each other, and that they lived together as
husband and wife. Pinson v State, 28 Fla. 735, 9 So. 706.
In the offense of lewd and lascivious association and cohabitation, there
is included both lewd and lascivious intercourse and a living or dwelling to-
gether as if the conjugal relation existed between the parties. Pinson v State,
28 Fla. 735, 9 So. 706; Thomas v State, 39 Fla. 437, 22 So. 725; Penton v
State, 42 Fla. 560, 28 So. 774; Whitehead v State, 48 Fla. 64, 37 So. 302.
In order to convict of the offense and of lewdly and lasciviously asso-
ciating and cohabiting together, the evidence must show a dwelling or living
together by the parties as if the conjugal relation existed. A single or mere
occasional acts of incontinency are insufficient to sustain the charge. Penton
v State, 42 Fla 560, 28 So. 774
To convict of the crime of lewd and lascivious cohabitation, under this
section, there must be proved both lewd and lascivious intercourse, and a
living or dwelling together openly as husband and wife. Whitehead v State,
48 Fla. 64, 37 So. 302; Cloud v State, 64 Fla. 237, 60 So. 180.
When the evidence shows a lewd and lascivious intercourse, but does
not show that the parties associated and cohabited together as man and wife,
a conviction should not be sustained. Cloud v State, 64 Fla. 237, 60 So. 180.
In a prosecution based under this section the open lewdness and lascivi-
ous behavior must be such conduct as would bring upon a husband and wife
the penalty of the statute. Pitchford v State, 65 Fla. 146, 61 So. 243.
Ibid. 5408. (3520.) Fornication.-If any man commits
Ib., Sec. 8. fornication with a woman, each of them shall be punished
by imprisonment not exceeding three months, or by fine
not exceeding thirty dollars.
Ch. 4965, 5409. (3521.) Carnal intercourse with unmarried
sec. 1. female under eighteen years.-That any male person who
by Ch. has unlawful carnal intercourse with any unmarried
1915, Sec. female person of previous chaste character, who is at the
amended time of such intercourse, under the age of eighteen
7732, Acts years, shall be punished by imprisonment in the State
1. penitentiary not more than ten years, or by fine not ex-
ceeding two thousand dollars.
See Hogan v State, 50 Fla. 86, 39 So. 464; Walden v State, 50 Fla. 151,
39 So. 151.
The mother of one whose age is a material fact in a criminal prosecution
who knows her age independently of any record thereof, may be permitted
to testify tb her age. Carter v State, 68 Fla. 143, 66 So. 1000.
In a prosecution under this section, no error is committed in permitting
the prosecuting witness to testify, over objections upon the sole ground that
such witness held an infant child upon her lap or in her arms. Ib.
In a prosecution under this section for an offense committed prior to
the enactment of chapter 6974, acts of 1915, it is not error to charge the jury
that the previous chaste character of the prosecuting witness is not in issue.
Gorey v State, 71 Fla. 195, 71 So. 328.
In a prosecution for the statutory offense of having carnal intercourse
with an unmarried female under the age of eighteen, proof that the female
was unmarried is essential to a conviction. Watson v State, 72 Fla. 16, 72
In a criminal prosecution for carnal intercourse with an unmarried female
under the age of eighteen years the following charge is not erroneous: "To
constitute carnal intercourse there must have been actual contact of the male
organ with the female organ resulting in penetration of the female by the
male organ to some extent, but not necessarily to the extent of puncturing the
hymen. It is also unnecessary for the State to prove emission of seed."
Harris v State, 72 Fla. 128, 72 So. 520.
Ch. 5909, 5410. Carnal intercourse with unmarried female
1909, idiot.-That any male person who has carnal intercourse
Sec. I. with an unmarried female, with or without her consent,
who is at the time an idiot, lunatic or imbecile, shall be
deemed guilty of a felony, and, on conviction, shall be
punished by imprisonment in the State prison at hard
labor for not exceeding ten years, in the discretion of the
Enticing Away Unmarried Women.
5411. (3522.) Enticing away for clandestine mar- Ch. 1637,
riage.-Whoever fraudulently and deceitfully entices ub.-Ch. 8,
away an unmarried female, under the age of sixteen Acts 1868.
years, from her father's house, or wherever else she may
be found, without the consent of the parent, guardian
or master, if any, under whose care and custody she is
living, for the purpose of effecting a clandestine mar-
riage of such female without such consent, shall be
punished by imprisonment in the State prison not exceed-
ing one year, or by fine not exceeding one thousand
The inducing of an unmarried female under the age of sixteen years to
leave her home, without the consent of her parents, for the purpose of effect-
ing a marriage, so long as no deceit or fraud is practiced upon her, does not
constitute the offense set forth in this section. Hay v State, 68 Fla. 458, 67
5412. (3523.) Enticing away for prostitution.-Who-
ever fraudulently and deceitfully entices or takes away Ib., Sec. 2.
an unmarried woman, of a chaste life and conversation,
from her father's house, or wherever else she may be
found, for the purpose of prostitution at a house of ill-
fame, assignation or elsewhere, and whoever aids and
assists in such abduction for such purpose, shall be
punished by imprisonment in the State prison ,not ex-
ceeding three years, or in the county jail not exceeding
one year, or by fine not exceeding one thousand dollars.
5413. Enticing female to come into State or to leave Ch. 6225,
her home for immoral purposes.-Whoever shall induce, 1911, Sec.
entice or procure to come into this State or to leave her
home or other place where she may be residing in .this
State, any woman or girl for the purpose of prostitution
or concubinage or for other immoral purposes, or to
enter any house of prostitution in this State, shall upon
conviction be imprisoned in the State penitentiary for a
period of not more than five years, or be fined not exceed-
ing one thousand dollars, or shall be both so fined or
5422. (3532.) White persons and negroes living in
adultery.-If any white person and negro, or mulatto,
shall live in adultery or fornication with each other, each
shall be punished by imprisonment not exceeding twelve
months, or by fine not exceeding one thousand dollars.
Every person who shall have one-eighth negro blood
shall be deemed and held a mulatto.
Ch. 3282, 5423. (3533.) Negro man and white woman or white
Secs. 2, 4,
Acts1881. man and negro woman occupying same room.-Any
negro man and white woman, or any white man and
negro woman, who are not married to each other, who
shall habitually live in and occupy in the night time the
same room shall each be punished by imprisonment not
exceeding twelve months, or by fine not exceeding five
Vagrants and Tramps.
Ch. 1637, 5497. (3570.) Who are vagrants.-Rogues and vaga-
Ats 8h8,' bonds, idle or dissolute persons who go about begging,
Sec. 24; common gamblers, persons who use juggling, or unlaw-
ct 1905, ful games or plays, common pipers and fiddlers, com-
Samened mon drunkards, common night walkers, thieves, pilferers,
5 70, ojne traders in stolen property, lewd, wanton and lascivious
See. 1. persons, keepers of gambling places, common railers and
brawlers, persons who neglect their calling or employ-
ment, or are without reasonably continuous employment
or regular income and who have not sufficient property
to sustain them, and misspend what they earn without
providing for themselves or the support of their families,
persons wandering or strolling around from place to place
without any lawful purpose or object, habitual loafers,
idle and disorderly persons, persons neglecting all law-
ful business and habitually spending their time by fre-
quenting houses of ill fame, gaming houses or tippling
shops, persons able to work but habitually living upon
the earnings of their wives or minor children, and all able
bodied male persons over the age of eighteen years who
are without means of support and remain in idleness,
shall be deemed vagrants, and upon conviction shall be
subject to the penalty provided in Section 5498.
5524. Depositing deleterious substance in waters of Ch. 5954,
lakes, rivers, etc.-Any person or persons, firm, com- 1909,
pany, corporation or association in this State, or the
managing agent of any person or persons, firm, company,
corporation or association in this State, or any duly
elected, appointed or lawfully created State officer of this
State, or any duly elected, appointed or lawfully created
officer of any county, city, town, municipality, or munici-
pal government in this State, who shall deposit, or who
shall permit or allow any person or persons in their em-
ploy or under their control, management or direction to
deposit in any of the waters of the lakes, rivers, streams
and ditches in this State, any rubbish, filth, or poisonous,
or deleterious substance or substances, liable to affect the
health of persons, fish, or live stock, or place or deposit
any such deleterious substance or substances in any place
where the same may be washed or infiltered into any of
the waters herein named, shall be deemed guilty of a
misdemeanor, and, upon conviction thereof in any court
of competent jurisdiction, shall be fined in a sum not
more than five hundred dollars; "Provided, further, That
the carrying into effect of the provisions of this Section
shall be under the supervision of the State Board of
5525. Discharging sewerage, etc., in underground Ch. 6443,
waters.-Any municipal corporation, private corporation, 1913, sec.
person or persons that shall discharge sewerage or sur-
face drainage, or permit the same to flow into the under-
ground waters of the State, contrary to the provisions
of Chapter 14, Title 11 First Division of these Revised
General Statutes, shall be deemed guilty of a misde-
meanor, and shall upon conviction be punished by a fine
of twenty-five dollars for each offense, and the doing
of the prohibited Act for each day shall constitute a
separate offense, or by imprisonment not exceeding one
month, or both, at the discretion of the court.
Ch. 7395, 5543. Practicing embalming without complying with
Sec. 16. law.-Any person who shall practice or be known as
practicing embalming without complying with the pro-
visions of Chapter 27, Title 11, First Division of these
Revised General Statutes, shall be guilty of a misde-
meanor and upon conviction thereof before a court of
competent jurisdiction shall be sentenced to pay a fine
of not less than twenty-five dollars or more than one
hundred dollars for each and every offense. All fines
assessed for the violation of any of the provisions of this
section shall be paid to the Treasurer of the State to ap-
ply to the public school fund.
Health and Quarantine Laws.
Ch. 3839, 5544. (3619.) Physicians to report certain diseases.
Secs. 4, 5,
Acts 1889. Whoever, being a licensed or practicing physician, fails
to report immediately to the president of the State Board
of Health by telegram (to be paid for out of the funds
to be provided for the expenses of the said Board of
Health), or in the most expeditious manner, every case
of yellow fever, smallpox or cholera that comes within
his practice, shall be punished by imprisonment not ex-
ceeding six months, or by fine not exceeding one thou-
5545. (3620.) Suspicious cases of contagious or in- h. 4695
fectious diseases.-Any physician, city health officer, Sec. 4.
mayor, county health physician, or chairman of the board
of county commissioners, who shall neglect or fail to
comply with the provisions of Sections 2095 to 2097,
shall, upon conviction, be liable to a fine of one hundred
dollars or imprisonment for thirty days.
5546. (3621.) Disseminating rumors of disease.- Ch. 3839,
Whoever falsely or maliciously disseminates or spreads Acts 1889.
rumors or reports concerning the existence of any infec-
tious or contagious disease shall be punished by imprison-
ment not exceeding six months, or by fine not exceeding
one thousand dollars.
5547. (3622.) Disobeying quarantine regulations.- Ib.,
Whoever violates, disobeys, omits, neglects or refuses
to comply with any quarantine regulations which may
be established by the State Health Officer or any of the
rules and regulations which may be duly promulgated
by said State Health Officer or said State Board of
Health, shall be punished by imprisonment not exceed-
ing six months, or by fine not exceeding one thousand
5548. Violation of rules made by State Board of ch. 5931,
Health.-That any person who shall violate, disobey, Sec. 2.
refuse, omit or neglect to comply with any rule of the
State Board of Health made by it in pursuance of Sec-
tion 2004 of these Revised General Statutes shall be
guilty of a misdemeanor, and, upon conviction thereof,
shall be punished in the manner provided by law for
violation of the rules of said board.
5549. (3623.) Obstructing officer.-Whoever inter- ch. 3859,
feres with, hinders or opposes any agent, officer or mem- Acts 1889.
ber of the State Board of Health in the discharge of his
duty as such, shall be punished by imprisonment not ex-
ceeding six months, or by fine not exceeding one thou-
sand dollars. Nothing in this section shall prevent a
member or any officer of the State Board of Health from
exercising or performing any of the requirements of law.
relative to the State Board of Health, or any of the rules
and regulations of said State board.
Ch. 6892, 5550. Violation of regulations as to vital statistics.-
sec. 22. That any person, who for himself or as an officer, agent
or employee of any other person, or of any corporation or
partnership, shall refuse or neglect to perform any of the
duties required by Chapter 8, Title 11, First Division of
these Revised General Statutes, instructions and direc-
tions of the State Registrar, or rules and regulations of
the State Board of Health, or who shall violate any of
the provisions of said chapter, shall be deemed guilty of
a misdemeanor, and upon conviction thereof, shall be
punished by a fine of not less than five dollars nor more
than one hundred dollars.
Ch. 5195, 5551. (3625.) Water companies to clean tanks and
flush mains.-All water companies, whether owned and
controlled by individuals, corporations or municipalities,
who sell, rent or supply to private individuals water for
drinking purposes, are hereby required to clean all tanks
and receptacles for holding water used for drinking pur-
poses, and flush their water mains in such a manner as
to get rid of all sediment, rust, etc., that may have col-
lected therein, not less than twice in each calendar year;
such cleaning and flushing to be done within ten days
immediately preceding the first day of May and first day
of November, respectively, of each year. Violations of
this section shall be punished by fine of not less than
one hundred dollars, nor more than five hundred dollars
for each offense.
Feb. 10, 5624. (3680.) Indictment and removal.-All nuisan-
Sec. 47. ces which tend to annoy the community or injure the
health of the citizens in general, or to corrupt the public
morals, shall be indictable and punishable by a fine not
exceeding two hundred dollars, at the discretion of the
court; and any nuisance which tends to the immediate
annoyance of the citizens in general, or is manifestly in-
jurious to the public health and safety, or tends greatly
to corrupt the manners and morals of the people, may be
removed and suppressed by the order of the justice of
the peace of the district, founded upon the verdict of
twelve householders of the same, who shall be sum-
moned, sworn and impaneled for that purpose, which
order shall be directed to and executed by any sheriff or
constable of the county; and an indictment shall lie for
Judgment must be adapted to nature of nuisance. P. & I. R. Ry. Co. v
State, 23 Fla. 546, 3 So. 158.
See J. T. & K. W. Ry. Co. v Thompson, 34 Fla. 346, 16 So. 282.
5627. (3683.) Nuisances injurious to health.-Filth, Ch. 4346,
the contents of cesspools, offal, garbage, foul water, dye- Sec. 2.
water, refuse from manufactories, urine, stable manure,
decayed animal or vegetable matter, or other offensive
substance detrimental to health, thrown, placed or
allowed to remain in or upon any private premises, street,
avenue, alley, sidewalk, gutter, public reservation or
open lot within any incorporated city or unincorporated
town or village of the State of Florida, are hereby de-
clared nuisances injurious to health; and any person
who shall commit, create or maintain the aforesaid
nuisances, or either of them, shall upon conviction be
fined not less than five nor more than twenty-five dollars
for every such offense.
See Logan v Childs, 51 Fla. 233, 41 So. 197.
5628. (3684.) Noisome odors or noxious gases aris- Ib., Sec. 3.
ing from certain causes.-The filling, leveling or raising
the surface of any ground or lot, within any incorporated
city or unincorporated town or village of the State of
Florida, with animal or vegetable substances, filth gath-
ered in cleaning yards or streets, waste material from
mills or factories, or the removal of the surface of any
ground or lot within said cities, towns or villages, filled
with such offensive matter or substance, in such man-
ner as to cause noisome odors or noxious gases to arise,
are hereby declared nuisances injurious to health; and
any person who shall cause, commit, create or maintain
such nuisance shall be fined not less than five nor more
-than twenty dollars for every such offense.
Ib., Sec. 4. 5629. (3685.) Water closets.-All water closets and
privies connected with any house, building or premises,
within any incorporated city or unincorporated town or
village of the State of Florida, in or upon which people
live, or where they congregate or assemble, or any kind
of business is done, kept in a filthy and offensive con-
dition, or from which noisome odors and noxious gases
arise, and all water closets located within and being a
part of any such house or building, not provided with
proper sewer traps, so as to prevent the return and es-
cape of noxious gases and offensive odors from any
public or private sewer connected therewith, are hereby
declared nuisances injurious to health, and any person
creating, keeping or maintaining such nuisance shall be
fined not less than five nor more than twenty-five dollars.
Ib., Sec. 5. 5630. (3686.) Privies to be inspected.-Fecal mat-
ter, not thoroughly deodorized and disinfected, remaining
in privies in any incorporated city or unincorporated
town or village of the State of Florida, is hereby declared
a nuisance injurious to health; and the State Health
Officer shall, upon receipt of complaint in writing, cause
any privy to be inspected, and, if necessary, cleaned by
the person authorized for said purpose; and any person
owning or occupying premises on which any privy is
situated, which shall be inspected and cleaned at the
times designated by the said State Health Officer, or
whenever necessary, shall, upon conviction, be fined not
less than five nor more than twenty dollars for every
Ib., Sec. 6. 5631. (3687.) Contents of privies.-It shall be un-
lawful for any person to deposit the contents of any privy
in any other place than such as may be approved by the
State Health Officer, the health authorities of any in-
corporate city or by the inspector of the State Board
of Health, if in an unincorporated town, in the State of
Florida; and any person so offending shall be fined not
less than five nor more than fifty dollars for every such
5632. Violation of regulations as to surface closets.- ch 6895,
That any person, firm or corporation keeping or main- Sec. 1, as
training surface closets and privies used for the deposit by Ch.
of human excreta within incorporated limits, unincorpo- 1919.
rated towns, suburbs and thickly settled communities
which are not fly-proof in construction and are not in
conformity with plans recommended or approved by the
State Board of Health, shall be guilty of a misdemeanor
and upon conviction thereof shall be punished by a fine
not exceeding ten dollars.
5633. (3688.) Keeping hogs in pen.-The keeping, Ch. 4346,
herding and feeding of-hogs in pens or otherwise within See. .'
any incorporated city or unincorporated town of the
State of Florida of over two thousand inhabitants, is
hereby declared a nuisance injurious to health; and any
person creating or maintaining such nuisance who shall
fail, after due notice from the State Health Officer to
abate the same, shall be fined not less than five nor more
than twenty-five dollars for every such offense.
5634. (3689.) Glanders and other contagious diseases. b., Sec. 8.
Any animal affected by glanders or other contagious or
pestilential disease kept in any part of the State of
Florida, is hereby declared a nuisance injurious to
health; and any person keeping or maintaining such
nuisance, who shall fail, after due notice from the State
Health Officer, to abate the same, shall be fined not less
than five nor more than twenty-five dollars for every
5635. (3690.) Certain acts declared to be nuisances. Ib., Sec. 9.
The boiling of offal, swill, bones, fat, tallow or lard, the
crushing, grinding or burning of bones or shells, clean-
ing guts, making glue from any dead animal or part
thereof, making or boiling varnish or oil, making lamp
black, turpentine or tar, distilling ardent, alcoholic or
fermented spirits, storing or keeping fat scraps, grease
or other offensive animal matter, rendering or trying out
dead, undressed and unslaughtered animals, or any other
business or trade whereby noisome stenches and odors
and noxious gases arise or are generated, within any in-
corporated or unincorporated city or town of the State
of Florida of over two hundred inhabitants, are hereby
declared nuisances injurious to health; and any person
who shall cause, erect, create, maintain or continue any
such nuisance, and who shall fail, after due notice from
the State Health Officer, to abate the same, shall be fined
one hundred dollars.
Ib., 5636. (3691.) Slaughter houses.-Unclean and filthy
c. 10. slaughter houses, rooms, buildings or places where sheep,
hogs, cattle or other animals are slaughtered within any
incorporated city or town or any unincorporated town
or village of the State of Florida are hereby declared
nuisances injurious to health; and any person creating,
keeping or maintaining such nuisances, who shall fail,
after due notice from the State Health officer, to abate
the same, shall be fined not more than fifty dollars.
ch. 4315, 5637. (3692.) Diseased animals.-It shall be unlaw-
Sec. 1. ful for any person to bring into this State or to offer for
sale therein any horses, mules, cattle, hogs or other do-
mestic animals, knowing at the time of such introduction
or offering for sale of any such animals that they are
suffering from disease known as glanders, farcy, cholera,
Texas fever or other virulent, contagious or infectious
diseases; and any person convicted of such offense shall
be punished by imprisonment not more than four years
in the State prison, or by fine of not more than one
h.4696, 5638. (3693.) Sanitary inspection of buildings.-If
Sec. 5. the owner or managing occupant, or both, who shall be
required by notice from the State Board of Health to
remedy such unsanitary conditions, as provided against
by law, shall fail to comply therewith within the time
mentioned, he shall be punished by fine not exceeding one
hundred dollars, or imprisonment not exceeding thirty
5639. Places declared a nuisance; may be abated and ch. 7367,
enjoined.-Whoever shall erect, establish, continue, or Sec. 1.
maintain, own or lease any building, booth, tent or place
which tends to annoy the community or injure the health
of the community, or become manifestly injurious to
the morals or manners of the people as described in Sec-
tion 5624, or shall be frequented by the class of persons
mentioned in Section 5497, or any house or place of
prostitution, assignation, lewdness or place or building
where games of chance are engaged in in violation of law
or any place where any law of the State of Florida is
violated, shall be deemed guilty of a nuisance, and the
building, erection, place, tent or booth and the furniture,
fixtures and contents are also declared a nuisance, and all
such persons, places, shall be abated and enjoined as pro-
vided in Article 19, Chapter 10, Title 3, Second Division
of these Revised General Statutes.
5642. Violation of regulations as to screening hotels, ch. 6953,
etc. places where food is exposed, and dining cars.-Any ec. 915,
person, firm or corporation found guilty of violating any
of the provisions of Sections 2153 to 2156, inclusive, shall
be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor, and, upon conviction,
fined not exceeding fifty dollars or punished by imprison-
ment not exceeding three months. Each day's business
conducted in violation of the provisions of this Act shall
constitute a separate offense.
5672. Violation of regulations as to employment Ch. 6519,
bonds.-Any person, company, corporation, association Jns 5ec.
or firm who shall violate any of the provisions of Article 4.
4, Chapter 5, Title 2, Fourth Division of these Revised
General Statutes, shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and be
punished by a fine of not less than one hundred dollars
nor more than one thousand dollars, and by imprison-
ment in the county jail for a period of not less than thirty
days, nor more than one year.
Ch. 6836, 5872. Failure to provide school building with closets.
sec. 3. That any public school board or any person, firm or
corporation conducting any private school, who shall
have charge of the erection, repair or maintenance of
any school building, who shall fail to provide said build-
ings with the facilities required by Section 473, or who
shall fail to provide surface closets as required by Sec-
tion 474, shall be guilty of a misdemeanor, and upon con-
viction thereof shall be fined not exceeding fifty dollars.
RULES, REGULATIONS AND INSTRUCTIONS
The Florida State Board of Health promulgates the following
Rules, Regulations and Instructions for the preservation of the
public health of the State of Florida; made pursuant to authority
by law in said board vested.
Rule No. 1. (33.) Warning Cards. Any County or Municipal
Health Officer or accredited representative of the State Board of
Health, having knowledge of or having reason to suspect the
existence of a case of smallpox, diphtheria, bubonic plague, measles,
scarlet fever, typhus fever, epidemic cerebrospinal meningitis,
Asiatic cholera, acute anterior poliomyelitis or whooping cough,
shall investigate and at once place upon any house or other place of
residence where such diseases exist, a sign or warning card setting
forth the facts. Such signs or warning cards shall not be removed
by any person until authorized by a county or municipal Health
Officer or accredited representative of the State Board of Health,
upon the termination of infection.
Rule No. 2. (34.) Specifications of Warning Cards. The State
Health Officer shall, upon request, furnish to attending physicians,
local health officers and to local representatives of the State Board
of Health, such warning or isolation cards as are required-by Rule
No. 1, to be placed when necessary or required upon infected or
isolated premises, which cards shall be of such size and color and
shall contain thereon such written or printed warning and such
designation of the disease as the State Health Officer may consider
reasonable and proper for the protection of the public.
Rule No. 3. (35.) Destroying or Defacing Warning Cards.
No person or persons shall alter, deface, remove, destroy or tear
down any warning card posted by a local health officer or repre-
sentative of the State Board of Health. The occupant or persons
having possession or control of a building upon which a warning
card has been placed shall within twenty-four (24) hours after the
destruction or removal of such notice by other than the proper
sanitary officials, notify the local health officer or representative of
the State Board of Health of such destruction or removal.
Rule No. 4. (4.) Definition of Isolation. Isolation is defined
to be the complete separation of the person infected with a com-
municable disease and those attendant upon him, from all other
persons upon the premises.
Rule No. 5. (3.) Isolation of Persons Infected With Com-
municable Diseases. When any person is found infected with any
communicable disease, dangerous to public health, the State Health
Officer or his accredited representative is empowered and
authorized to remove such infected person to a safe, suitable and
proper place, and there provide medical treatment for such per-
son, provided same can be done without danger to the life of such
If, in the opinion of the State Health Officer or his representa-
tive, complete isolation of such infected person can be had in the
house where he or she is found, such person may be permitted to
remain there, in which event a complete isolation of the room or
rooms of the house in which such infected person is, shall be estab-
lished, and the physician, nurse, attendant and persons sick therein,
and all persons approaching or coming within the limits thereof,
and all furniture and other articles used or brought there, shall be
subject to such restrictions as the State Health Officer or his ac-
credited representative may prescribe.
Rule No. 6. Defining Period of Isolation. The period during
which isolation shall be in force shall date from the onset of the
disease and shall be as follows:
Sm allpox ..........................14 days,
Scarlet fever............... ....... 30 days,
and until all discharges have disappeared.
M easles ...........................10 days,
Whooping cough ...................50 days,
Chickenpox ........................14 days,
M um ps ............................14 days.
Epidemic cerebrospinal meningitis must be isolated from the
onset of the disease until bacteriological disappearance of the
meningococcus. Acute Anterior Poliomyelitis' must be isolated
from the onset of the disease until three weeks after recovery from
all acute symptoms.
Rule 7.( 30.) Isolation of Leprosy. All persons affected with
leprosy shall be continually confined upon their home premises
and kept off the public thoroughfares and out of public vehicles
of transportation, or confined in such places as shall be designated
by the State Health Officer.
Rule No. 8. Diphtheria, How Released From Isolation. No
case of diphtheria shall be released from isolation, nor shall the
placard or warning sign on a place where such case is isolated be
removed, until two successive sets of swabs taken from nose and
throat of such patient, not less than twenty-four hours apart, shall
show negative reports.
No swabs for such release from isolation shall be taken from
such patients less than four hours from the time of the last local
treatment, nor shall cultures from such swabs be made in any
other than a State Board of Health laboratory or other laboratory
approved by the State Health Officer.
Rule No. 9. (10, 15, 17, 36.) Disinfection of Premises. The
apartments, rooms, boat or any other domicile or the contents there-
of occupied by a person infected with any communicable disease,
shall be disinfected when made vacant by death, removal or recov-
ery of the patient. All persons having occupied such apartments
or other domicile during the period of isolation must have their
clothing disinfected and take a disinfecting bath before being re-
leased from isolation.
No person shall let for hire, or cause or permit anyone to oc-
cupy such apartments or other domicile until said apartments or
other domicile shall have been disinfected.
(See Rule No. 39, Method of Disinfection.)
Rule No. 10. Protecting Schools Against Communicable
Disease. No person infected with a communicable disease shall
be permitted to attend, teach or be otherwise employed in any
private, parochial or public school, or any college or university.
Rule No. 11. (32.) Trachoma Excluded From Schools. Persons
afflicted with trachoma are prohibited from attending public,
private or parochial schools, colleges or universities.
Rule No. 12. (81.) A rule forbidding individuals to teach in
the public schools of Florida without having a health certificate
from a reputable physician showing that they are not affected with
or are not carriers of communicable diseases.
Section No. 1. All teachers or instructors in any public school
operating within the State of Florida or in any private school
operating in the State of Florida, shall be required to file with the
State Board of Health of Florida annually before the beginning of
each school year a certificate obtained from a reputable physician
who is licensed to practice in the State of Florida certifying that
said teacher or instructor has been duly and carefully examined
and is free from communicable diseases and is believed to be a non-
Rule No. 13. Children's Certificate for Admission to School.
All children on entering school in Florida must present a certificate
from a reputable physician, stating that they are free from all com-
municable diseases, and are not carriers of any.
Rule No. 14. Prohibiting Certain Occupations. No person
infected with any communicable disease shall engage in the occupa-
tion of nurse, nurse-maid, domestic servant, barber, hairdresser,
manicurist, chiropodist, bath attendant, masseur; or any occupa-
tion which involves the preparation, handling, serving or dispens-
ing, by the infected person, of foods, drugs or beverages intended
for the use of others.
Rule No. 15. (28.) Muzzling. If it shall appear to the State
Health Officer that the life and health of any settlement, village,
town or city is endangered by the prevalence of rabies, then the
State Health Officer shall require all dogs kept in such settlement,
village, town or city to be effectively muzzled and for such a length
of time as shall be necessary and proper. It shall be the duty of
the mayor and police authorities of any settlement, village, town
or city, when such an order is promulgated by the State Health
Officer, to enforce its provisions.
Rule No. 16. (25.) Suspected Rabid Animals to be Confined.
When an animal suspected of having rabies has bitten a human
being, the person so bitten or his or her legal representative shall
secure or cause to be secured, such animal alive and without injury
if possible. The animal shall be confined in a safe, quiet, roomy
and comfortable place, and a report giving full particulars concern-
ing the action taken sent to the State Health Officer at Jackson-
ville, Florida. This report shall include the name of the locality in
which the biting occurred, the date the bite was inflicted, the name,
residence and address of the owner of the animal; the full name or
names of the person or persons bitten, together with their place of
residence, age, sex, race, and information as to location and extent
of bite or bites; the names, addresses and residences of all owners
of animals which have been bitten by the animal in question, to-
gether with a list and description of the animals bitten and the
disposition made of same. Such supposedly rabid animal must be
kept under careful observation for at least ten days, when, if rabid,
clinical evidence of rabies will manifest itself, and death will shortly
Rule No. 17. (26.) Laboratory Examination in Rabies.
When such suspected animal dies, the head and several inches of
the neck must be cut off and sent to the nearest bacteriological
laboratory of the State Board of Health of Florida for microscopical
examination. Care .must be taken not to injure the brain or the
spinal cord. The head and neck of the animal must be carefully
packed in a tin container, surrounded with sufficient ice and saw-
dust to preserve it from decomposition while in transit, and so pre-
pared for shipment that its contents will not become a nuisance to
the transportation company handling the shipment, the expense of
preparation and of transportation all to be borne by the shipper.
Rule No. 18. (76.) A rule to better protect public health and
particularly to prevent the egress of rats and rodents from vessels
and wharves, docks and landings, within the State of Florida.
Section 1. No vessel shall come into any port or landing in
Florida, to land or to moor at any wharf or dock, unless said ves-
sel shall be fended away from the landing place, wharf or dock for
a distance of at least four (4) feet, and every hawser, line, rope
and other means of staying said vessel at such landing, wharf or
dock shall be provided with a rat shield or a guard properly at-
tached to such hawser or rope which shield shall be of the pattern
approved by the United States Public Health Service, and so de-
signed and constructed and used as to effectually prevent the egress
of rats and rodents from such vessels to such landing, wharf or
Sec. 2. No gangplank, staging, ladder, skids or other device
whatsoever whereby rats and rodents may find egress from a vessel
to such wharf, dock or landing shall be ever allowed to extend from
any vessel in communication with such wharf, landing or dock
except only during such times as such vessel is actually engaged in
discharging or receiving cargo and at the time of loading or dis-
charging cargo only when the master, owner or agent, of said ves-
sel shall have stationed at every gangplank, and within five (5)
feet of same, a person whose duty it shall be to prevent rats and
rodents from reaching the wharf, dock or landing from said ves-
sel, while not actually in use all such staging, gangplanks, and
other devices and means of egress for rats and rodents from ves-
sels to shore shall be removed so as to positively cut off all com-
munication from said vessel to the dock, landing or wharf.
Sec. 3. No freight so packed or crated as to allow the harbor-
ing of rats and rodents shall be removed from any vessel until the
same shall have been examined and inspected so as to insure the
absence of rats and rodents from such freight.
Sec. 4. The following definitions of words used in this Rule
are hereby adopted:
"Vessel" is meant any boat engaged in traffic or carrying
"Wharf" "dock" or "landing" mean and shall embrace any
place where a vessel may land, discharge or take on a cargo or
freight, receive or disembark passengers, whether the same be the
natural shore of the bay or a structure of any kind that may be used
for any such purpose.
Sec. 5. That the owner, master or agent of any vessel, or their
servants or employees, or any person whomsoever who shall violate
any provision of this Rule shall, upon conviction, be punished as
Sec. 6. All rules and parts of rules in conflict herewith be and
the same are hereby repealed.
Ins. No. 19. Smallpox. In the presence of a case of small-
pox, or of an epidemic of such, it is recommended:
1. See the case and personally make a diagnosis. Where a
diagnosis is difficult as between smallpox and some other less
dangerous infection, it is best to temporarily assume, for the pur-
pose of safeguarding the public health, that the case is one of small-
pox and to be governed accordingly.
2. Isolate the patient. Contacts, or persons who have been
exposed to a case of smallpox but as yet have not developed any
symptoms of the infection, can not be isolated. (The term "quaran-
tine" has been abandoned for the terms "isolate" and "isolation.")
3. Placard house, apartment, hotel room, tent, boat or other
domicile wherein patient is found. Proper placards will be fur-
nished by the State Health Officer upon application.
4. Urge immediate vaccination of all other occupants of the
premises and all persons who have been exposed. It is also
proper to urge the vaccination of children in schools. It is not
proper nor desirable to close schools on account of the presence of
smallpox in the community.
5. It must be borne in mind that vaccination is not, under any
circumstances, compulsory in Florida.
6. It should be impressed upon the public that vaccination is
the only way to prevent smallpox and the only proper way to pre-
vent spread of the disease, and that all other measures are more
or less ineffective in its control and likely to create a false sense of
security in the minds of persons unknowingly exposed.
7. Vaccine will be furnished free by the State Board of Health.
(See list of laboratories and distributors of State Board of Health
Ins. No. 20. Diphtheria. 1. In handling an infection the
clinical evidence of which is sufficient to indicate diphtheria, it is
recommended that swabs be immediately taken from both nose
and throat and forwarded to a State Board of Health laboratory.
2. Antitoxin should be given such cases at once, in a liberal
dose (5,000 to 10,000 units or more) and repeated as indicated,
not waiting for a laboratory report. The toxin of diphtheria pro-
duces its injurious effect immediately; antitoxin is less effective
with each day's delay and is of doubtful effect after the fourth day.
3. If first culture reports are negative, and if case is clinically
diphtheria, continue to treat it as such until diphtheria can be posi-
4. Cases known or suspected to be diphtheria should be isola-
ted, placarded and reported as required by the Rules and Regula-
tions and finally should be released when and as prescribed by
Rule No. 8.
5. On the appearance of a case of diphtheria in a school, it is
proper to make swabs both from nose and throat of all children
and teachers to determine if there be a carrier. By most physicians
the nose swab is considered to be more important than that from
6. Diphtheria carriers are classed as cases of diphtheria and are
subject to the same Rules and Regulations as are active cases.
7. The State Board of Health does not recommend the use of
immunizing doses of antitoxin. More than fifty per cent of all per-
sons are immune to diphtheria. In giving immunizing doses the
patient is frequently sensitized and as a consequence, when if found
necessary, later curative doses of antitoxin be given, untoward
results may be obtained through anaphylaxis.
8. It is recommended in the case of contacts, as better pro-
cedure, to isolate such patients, secure nose and throat cultures
and if found infected to proceed as in the case of an ordinary car-
rier; in carrier cases only local treatment is recommended. Where
contacts do not clear'up in a reasonable length of time, the State
Laboratory will determine the virulence of the organisms pre-
sent, by animal inoculation. Upon the appearance of clinical evi-
dence of diphtheria, in such contacts under observation, proceed as
indicated in active cases; giving liberal doses of antitoxin.
9. It is recommended that schools be not closed upon the ap-
pearance of diphtheria.
Ins. No. 21. Scarlet Fever. 1. In the presence of an out-
break of scarlet fever, isolate cases of suspicious sore throat pend-
ing a diagnosis. If diagnosis is in doubt, take all necessary pre-
cautions necessary for scarlet fever until diagnosis is definitely de-
2. Cases of scarlet fever should be isolated, placarded and re-
ported as required by the Rules and Regulations of the State Board
3. It is recommended that care should be taken to see that
all excretions, secretions, pus and all discharges from cases of
scarlet fever, are burned or thoroughly disinfected.
4. Serious consideration should be. given to the matter of isola-
ting patients until disappearance of all discharges.
Ins. No. 22. Typhoid Fever. Organism typhoid bacillus, pre-
sent in the intestinal discharges and urine, frequently found in the
excreta from the skin and bronchial secretions.
The infection invariably comes from a case or carrier either
through direct contact or through contaminated food or drink, or
through the hands of a second person as the nurse or attendant.
Flies can carry the infection for considerable distance, a half mile
Success in the management of typhoid fever depends on an
early diagnosis. When a case of typhoid fever is diagnosed the
patient should preferably be placed in a hospital or isolated in a
well ventilated room containing as little furnishings as possible.
The room should be thoroughly screened to prevent the access of
flies, in the absence of screens the patient should be protected by
No dusting or dry sweeping should be done in the room.
The case should be promptly reported to the State Board of
An effort should be made to determine the source of the in-
All food, milk and water used by the patient during a period of
thirty days immediately preceding the illness should be investi-
gated and its source determined. Inquiries should be instituted
to determine possible contact with a case or carrier, keeping in
mind the possible transmission by flies from cases or carrier in
Success in the prevention of the spread of the infection depends
on the scrupulous cleanliness of the person of the patient and at-
tendant. The physician in attendance upon a case of typhoid fever
should give to the nurse or other attendant, definite and minute
instruction relative to the care of the patient and the precautions
necessary to be taken both with the patient and by the attendant
to prevent the spread of the disease to others.
The disinfection of the stools, urine and other excreta is of
the first importance and should be carried out with great care.
For the disinfection of the urine sufficient bichloride to make a
1 to 1000 solution, carbolic acid two and a half (2.5) per cent, of
formalin ten (10) per cent, may be used. The urine should be
allowed to stand for one hour before discarding.
Stools may be disinfected by a bleaching powder, three (3)
per cent. milk of lime (1-8), cresole one (1) per cent, carbolic acid
five (5) per cent, formalin ten (10) per cent, or quick lime and hot
water. The discharges should be received in glass or porcelain
enameled vessels containing some of the germicidal solution, then
sufficient of the solution added to make twice the volume of the
excreta to be disinfected. Disintegrate the mass thoroughly and
let stand one or two hours protected from flies before emptying.
Masses are so difficult to penetrate that they must be broken up
thoroughly with a stick or paddle. It takes twelve hours for
strong carbolic solution to penetrate a small fecal mass, larger
masses are impenetrable to most germicidals. Bichloride of mercury
in ordinary strength is worthless as a disinfectant for typhoid
The patient should have his own dishes, cups, spoons, glasses,
etc., which should be scalded after using. They should not be
washed in common with dishes used by others.
Remnants of food should not be eaten by others; such remnants
should be burned or boiled before discarding. Those who nurse
typhoid should not prepare food for others; it is particularly
dangerous for them to have anything to do with the handling of
milk used by other members of the family.
Towels, sheets, night gowns and all fabrics used about the
patient should be changed daily or as often as they become soiled
and should be disinfected by boiling or emersed in a disinfecting
solution for one hour. 1-1000 bichloride solution, 2 point 5 carbolic
acid 2.5 cresol, or Liq. cresolis compositus one per cent solution.
The water used to bathe the patient should be disinfected before it
is emptied; this may be done by adding sufficient carbolic acid to
make two and a half (2.5) per cent solution or three (3) per cent
bleaching powder, the latter is cheaper and most practical. The
nurse should disinfect her hands by washing with soap and water
or emerse them in a bichloride solution each time after attending
to the patient.
Ins. No. 23. Tuberculosis. 1. It is recommended that phy-
sicians treating cases of tuberculosis, instruct other persons com-
ing in contact with such infected persons as to the various means
of personal prophylaxis, such as:
Living a clean, normal and temperate life. Avoiding close or
prolonged association with persons known to have tuberculosis;
such as living or working in the same room. Refusing to drink
from common drinking cups. Refusing to drink milk that does
not come from tuberculin-tested cattle. Strengthening his resist-
ance by getting a sufficient amount of rest, fresh air, good food
and sunshine. Avoiding recurrent colds and continuous fatigue
and a condition of anaemia and underweight.
2. As tuberculous sputum is the principal source of infection,
it should be disinfected or disposed of so that it will be harmless
to others. Perhaps the best way is to receive the expectorated mat-
ter into cloths, which may be burned, or the material may be re-
ceived into one of the various forms of sputum cups and finally
burned or disinfected. Persons with pulmonary tuberculosis
should be warned against the possible danger to others of coughing
without holding the handkerchief before the mouth and nose; under
no circumstances should they spit upon the floor.
3. Rooms occupied by tuberculosis patients should be kept
clean and disinfected from time to time. Open cases of tubercu-
losis should not be cared for in the home except when not other-
4. It is urged that all physicians and others be diligent in
searching out and reporting all cases of tuberculosis in the early
stages of the disease in order that the patient may have the benefit
of care and treatment at a time when his case has not become hope-
less and in order that members of his family and other persons
coming in contact with him may observe proper precautions
5. It should be borne in mind that it is the consensus of
opinion of a majority of authorities, that tuberculosis is essentially
a disease of childhood.
Treatment of Indigent Crippled Children.
Ins. No. 24. The State Board of Health, under the provisions of
Chapter No. 6133 of the Laws of 1911, is authorized to treat indi-
gent crippled children, of Florida.
This service has been called the Orthopedic Service of the State
Board of Health.
The Orthopedic Service, of the State Board of Health, is under
the direction of Doctor J. Knox Simpson, Surgeon in Charge.
Arrangements have been perfected with St. Luke's Hospital,
Jacksonville, Florida, in which institution the cases are given the
necessary care and attention.
It is requested, by the State Board of Health, that, before cases
are sent to St. Luke's Hospital for treatment, authority be obtained
from the State Health Officer who will, upon application, forward
certain blanks which must be properly filled out before authority
will be given for receiving the case.
Under all conditions, it is required that transportation to and
from Jacksonville be paid by relatives or friends of the patient as
there is no legal authority for payment of transportation charges
for crippled children from the funds of the State Board of Health
Treatment of Indigent Cancer Cases.
Ins. No. 25. The State Board of Health has been desirous of
offering free treatment for indigent cancer cases.
It was developed that the expenditure of State Board of Health
funds for this purpose is illegal.
Arrangements have been perfected with Doctor Gerry R.
Holden, Jacksonville, Florida, who has kindly consented to treat
with radium a limited number of female, inoperable cancer cases
without expense to the State Board of Health.
Only women who are regarded as having inoperable cancer
are offered this free radium treatment.
The profession is earnestly requested to not send any cancer
cases to Jacksonville for treatment except upon specific authority
from the State Health Officer who will, upon application, send
certain forms which must be properly filled out before authority
for receiving the case is given.
Rule No. 26. (69.) Regulating the Manufacture, Importation
and Bottling of Waters. Sec. 1. It shall be the duty of every
manufacturer, importer, bottler or other person, firm or corpora-
tion, manufacturing, bottling or importing in the State of Florida,
any artificial or natural mineral, spring or other water for drinking
purposes to file, on or before each January tenth, under oath, with
the State Board of Health, the name of such water and the exact
location from which it is obtained, together with the bacteriological
Sec. 2. No person, persons, firm or corporation shall manu-
facture or bottle mineral, carbonated, spring or natural waters in
the State of Florida without a permit from the State Board of
Health. No permit shall be required, however, where the city
water supply is conducted through closed pipes and connected
with a carbonated apparatus, from which it is dispensed directly to
the consumer, without coming in contact with the air and not
handled in any way. The State Board of Health, however, reserves
the right to revoke any permit or permits at any time when, after
a thorough investigation and examination the domestic use of the
water of any person, persons, firm or corporation shall appear to
it to be a menace to the public health.
Sec. 3. It shall further be the duty of every manufacturer,
bottler, importer or other person, firm or corporation manufactur-
ing, bottling or importing in the State of Florida any artificial,
natural mineral, spring or other water for drinking purposes, to
provide the State Board of Health with two bottled samples, as
prepared for sale on the market, at frequent intervals for labora-
tory examination as to purity.
Sec. 4. Any person, persons, firm or corporation violating any
of the provisions of the above sections shall be deemed guilty of
a misdemeanor and upon conviction thereof forfeit his or its permit
or pay a penalty not to exceed two hundred dollars or both at the
discretion of the court.
Sec. 5. All regulations or rules in conflict herewith are re-
Rule No. 27. (71.) Providing for sanitation of markets, gro-
cery stores, drug stores, fruit stands, hotels, restaurants or any other
place where foods, fruits, drinks or ice cream are prepared, kept or
offered for sale and providing a penalty for the violation of the
Be it ordained that:
Section 1. All places preparing, keeping, dispensing or offering
for sale foods, fruits, ice creams, soft drinks or other substances in-
tended for human consumption except those in sealed bottles or
other sealed containers, shall have all doors, windows or other
openings thoroughly screened with wire netting of such a mesh as
to prevent the access of flies.
Sec. 2. The District Health Officer or any other duly author-
ized authority of the State Board of Health may or shall, follow-
ing due notification, post a placard on any insanitary market, gro-
cery store, drug store, fruit stand, hotel, restaurant or any other
place where foods, fruits, drinks or ice cream are prepared, kept or
offered for sale.
Sec. 3. That any person who shall violate, disobey, refuse,
omit or neglect to comply with this rule of the State Board of
Health made by it in pursuance of Chapter 5931 (No. 62) Laws of
Florida, shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and upon conviction
thereof, shall be punished by imprisonment not exceeding thirty
days or a fine not exceeding fifty dollars.
Rule No. 28. (72.) Governing the preparation, sale and vending
of foods in the State of Florida and providing a penalty for the
violation of the same.
Be it ordained that:
Section 1. All foods offered for sale in the State of Florida shall
be prepared in such a manner as to meet the approval of a duly
authorized inspector of the State Board of Health.
Sec. 2. All premises surrounding places where foods are kept,
prepared or offered for sale shall be approved by a duly authorized
inspector of the State Board of Health.
Sec. 3. All foods for sale shall be kept in and offered to the
public only in such a manner as may be prescribed by a duly
authorized authority of the State Board of Health.
Sec. 4. That any person who shall violate, disobey, refuse,
omit or neglect to comply with this rule of the State Board of
Health, made by it in pursuance of Chapter 5931 (No. 62), Laws of
Florida, shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and upon conviction
thereof, shall be punished by imprisonment not exceeding thirty
days or by a fine not exceeding fifty dollars.
Rule No. 29. (73.) Controlling Water and Sewage Treatment
Plants. Sec. 1. The Superintendent, owner or operator of all
water supply and sewage treatment plants, either privately or
municipally owned or controlled where water for human consump-
tion or sewage is treated in any manner by filtration, chlorination
or the addition of chemicals shall submit weekly to the State Board
of Health, or as often as may be deemed necessary by the State
Health Officer, daily records of treatment plant operation. These
data will include daily amount of chlorine or other chemicals used,
the daily quantity of water or sewage treated, the daily pumpage,
the rate of filtration, daily loss of head, and any other data as may
be required on forms furnished to water and sewage plant opera-
tors by the State Board of Health.
Sec. 2. Any responsible person as noted above failing to sub-
mit records as prescribed in Section 1 shall be deemed guilty of a
misdemeanor and upon conviction thereof pay a penalty not to
exceed $100.00 or suffer imprisonment or both at the discretion of
Sec. 3. All regulations or rules in conflict herewith are re-
Rule No. 30. (74.) For Sewage Plant Operators. 1. Annually,
during the month of January, the city clerk of every incorporated
city or town wherein a sewage treatment plant is located shall
submit to the Bureau of Engineering of the State Board of Health,
on a form furnished by it, the name of the individual responsible for
the proper operation of the sewage treatment plant. Upon occur-
rence of a vacancy, or change of responsibility, the city clerk shall
promptly notify the State Board of Health of such a change.
2. Sewage treatment plants in the scope of this rule include
any and all devices for the receiving, storing, screening and modify-
ing of sewage.
Rule No. 31. (75.) For the Control of Sanitation and Cleanli-
ness of Camps in Incorporated Towns Within the State of Florida.
Section 1. All camp sites shall be dry and well drained.
Sec. 2. An adequate supply of potable drinking water shall be
provided on camp grounds. Water from wells other than a public
supply shall not be used until it has been approved by the State
Board of Health.
Sec. 3. Waste liquids and slops shall be disposed of in a man-
ner approved by the State Board of Health, so as not to create a
nuisance, attract or breed flies.
Sec. 4. Sewer connected, water supplied, properly flushed water
closets shall be provided where sewer connections are possible.
Sec. 5. Where sewer connections are not possible, sanitary fly-
proof privies approved by the State Board of Health or specified
by the ordinance of the city wherein the camp is located shall be
Sec. 6. All garbage and refuse shall be stored in metal cans
with tight covers and Ishall )be removed from the premises and dis-
posed of daily.
Sec. 7. Garbage and refuse shall be disposed of by incinera-
tion or burial.
Any camper violating any of these above sections shall be
deemed guilty of a misdemeanor and upon conviction, be fined no
less than ten dollars ($10.00). Each and every violation shall be
considered a separate offense punishable by fine.
Rule No. 32. (80). For the Control of Sanitation and Cleanli-
ness of Camps Within the State of Florida. Sec. 1. Campers
shall select sites which are dry and well drained.
Sec. 2. Campers shall not use for drinking purposes water
from pools, ponds, lakes, ditches, dug wells or other surface sources
without first filtering and boiling same thoroughly. Water from
deep wells should be used in preference to other waters.
Sec. 3. All campers shall provide a straddle pit for the dis-
posal of human discharges and other wastes. When leaving a
camp site all straddle and refuse pits shall be filled with earth.
Sec. 4. All camp sites must be kept clean and free from all
accumulations of refuse. All refuse shall be collected at a suit-
able point for disposal by burning or burial. All tin cans shall be
crushed and buried.
Any camper violating any of these above sections shall be
deemed guilty of a misdemeanor and upon conviction be fined no
less than ten dollars ($10.00). Each and every violation shall be
considered a separate offense punishable by fine.
Rule No. 33. (78.) Common Drinking Cups Prohibited in
Public Places. Section 1. The use of the common drinking cup or
common receptacle for drinking water in any public place, park, or
square, or in any public institution, hotel, theater, factory, depart-
ment or other store, public hall, or public school, or in any railway
station in the State of Florida or the furnishing of such common
drinking cup or common receptacle for use of any such place as
herein mentioned is hereby prohibited.
Sec. 2. Any person, firm, or corporation violating any of the
provisions of this ordinance shall be deemed guilty of a misde-
meanor and upon conviction thereof shall be punishable by a fine of
not exceeding $50 or by imprisonment in the county jail not to
exceed 30 days, or by both such fine and imprisonment.
Rule No. 34. (79.) Common Towels Prohibited in Public
Places. Section 1. That no person, firm or corporation in the
State of Florida shall hang or place, or cause or permit to be hung
or placed, any towel, or other material which could be used for the
purpose of a towel, in any place in any store, building, hotel,
restaurant, church, hall, factory, theater, or other public place where
more than one person could use the same for said purposes. Pro-
vided, That this ordinance shall not apply to paper towels which
are to be discarded after use by one individual, or towels of such
size that they can properly be used but once, and if placed in
sufficient quantity to accommodate all persons who may make use
Sec. 2. Any violation of this ordinance shall be punished by
a fine not exceeding $50.
Rule No. 35. (76.) For Sanitation and Cleanliness of Barber
Shops. Section 1. Each barber shall at all times be supplied with
hot and cold water. If a heating or storage tank is used the open-
ing at the top of the tank must not exceed two inches in diameter.
The dipping of towels, mugs, tools or utensils of any kind in hot
or cold water tank is prohibited.
Sec. 2. All cups, lather brushes, and tools must be thoroughly
cleansed in hot water in each instance before using.
Sec. 3. Hair brushes and all other brushes must be kept in
a clean and thoroughly sanitary condition at all times.
Sec. 4. Nothing but fresh laundered towels, including dry
towels, steam towels, or wash cloths shall be used for each patron.
The head rest must be covered with a fresh paper before using for
each patron. In cutting the hair of any person a newly laundered
towel shall be placed about the neck so as to prevent the hair cloth
touching the skin.
Sec. 5. All razors, shears, clippers or other instruments used in
cutting the hair, shaving the face or neck of a person suffering from
any eruption must be thoroughly sterilized immediately after use
with" hypochlorite solution or other disinfectants of similar
strength and germicidal power. All tweezers, needles, massage
applicators and other instruments of this kind must be thoroughly
sterilized both before and after use.