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Statute Regarding Accessibility: Title 30, section 413.08 (2002), subsections 1-8 SOCIAL
Locations Allowed: Full and equal accommodations, advantages, facilities, and privileges on
all common carriers, airplanes, motor vehicles, railroad trains, motor buses, streetcars,
boats, and other public conveyances or modes of transportation and at hotels, lodging
places, places of public accommodation, amusement, or resort, and other places to which
the general public is invited, subject only to the conditions and limitations established by law
and applicable alike to all persons.
Statute Regarding Interference: 413.08 (2) (2002)
Interference Includes: Any person, firm, or corporation, or the agent of any person, firm, or
corporation, who denies or interferes with admittance to, or enjoyment of, the public
facilities enumerated in subsection (1) or otherwise interferes with the rights of a deaf
person, a totally or partially blind person, or an otherwise physically disabled person under
this section is guilty of a misdemeanor of the second degree.
Statute Regarding Housing: 413.08 (4) (2002)
Housing Includes: All housing accommodations except for a room in a single family residence
Trainers Allowed With Dogs: 413.08 (7) (2002) Any trainer of a guide, hearing or service
dog while engaged in the training of such dog, has the same rights and privileges with
respect to access to public facilities and the same liability for damage as is provided for
deaf, blind, or mobility impaired persons.
Killing or Injury to Dog: 413.081 (2002) Any person who, with reckless disregard, or who
intentionally interferes, injures or kills or permits a dog that he or she owns or is in
immediate control of to injures or kills, interfere, with the use of a guide dog or service
animal by obstructing, intimidating, or otherwise jeopardizing the safety of the animal or its
user is guilty of a misdemeanor or felony and responsible for restitution.
Penalties for Interference: As provided in 775.082, 775.083, or 775.084
Summary of Law: Florida law guarantees a blind, person who subject to epilepsy or other
such seizure disorders, deaf or physically disabled person has the legal right to be
accompanied by a specially trained dog in housing, all public accommodations and on all
common carriers. No extra charge can be levied because of the dog's presence, but the dog
user is liable for any damage the dog might cause to the premises.
Additional: Includes primates, genus Cebus.
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