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The 2023 Florida Statutes (including Special Session C)

Chapter 559
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F.S. 559.20
559.20 Definitions.In construing this part, and each and every word, phrase or part thereof, where the context will permit, the definitions contained in s. 1.01, shall be applicable, and:
(1) “Fire and other altered goods sale” is a sale held out in such a manner as to reasonably cause the public to believe that the sale will offer goods damaged or altered by fire, smoke, water, or other means.
(2) “Going-out-of-business sale” is a sale held out in such a manner as to reasonably cause the public to believe that upon the disposal of the stock of goods on hand the business will cease and be discontinued, including but not limited to the following sales: Adjusters, adjustment, alteration, assignees, bankrupt, benefit of administrators, benefit of creditors, benefit of trustees, building coming down, closing, creditor’s committee, creditors, end, executors, final days, forced out of business, insolvents, last days, lease expires, liquidation, loss of lease, mortgage sale, receiver’s, trustees, quitting business, removal. Any sale using any of the foregoing words or words of similar import, at the conclusion of which sale the business will not cease and be discontinued, and not publishing that fact or the qualified nature of said sale with equal prominence with each advertisement of such sale, shall be deemed to be a going-out-of-business sale.
(3) “Goods” is meant to include any goods, wares, merchandise, or other property capable of being the object of a sale regulated hereunder.
(4) “Person” is any person, firm, partnership, association, corporation, company, or organization of any kind.
(5) The words “publish,” “publishing,” “advertising” and “advertisement” shall include any and all means of conveying to the public notice of sale or notice of intention to conduct a sale, whether by word of mouth, by newspaper advertisement, by magazine advertisement, by handbill, by written notice, by printed display, by billboard display, by poster, by radio announcement, and any and all means including oral, written, or printed.
(6) The word “shall” is always mandatory and not merely directory.
History.s. 1, ch. 59-292.