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Upcoming Job Fair – August 15, 2023


The Division will be participating in the Department’s upcoming Job Fair on August 15th.  See HERE for more information.  We hope to find qualified individuals to fill the following open vacancies in the Division:

Examination Team

  • Financial Specialist – Tampa

Inspection Team

  • Financial Examiner/Analyst I – Ft. Lauderdale
  • OPS Financial Examiner/Analyst I - Tallahassee

Notice Regarding 2023 Appointment Process for Appointment to The Board of Funeral, Cemetery and Consumer Services

Application Receipt Deadline:  Friday, June 30, 2023

The Board of Funeral, Cemetery, and Consumer Services (the “Board”) is created by section 497.101, Florida Statutes. In partnership with the Florida Department of Financial Services, Division of Funeral, Cemetery, and Consumer Services (the “Division”), the Board regulates the deathcare industry in Florida under Chapter 497, Florida Statutes.  The Board consists of 10 persons. The requirements for appointment to the Board are specified in section 497.101, Florida Statutes.  Pursuant to this section, when a vacancy on the Board occurs, Florida’s Chief Financial Officer (CFO) provides nominations for each position to the Office of the Governor and the Governor appoints Board members from among the CFO's nominees.  

The current term of appointment of the following four members of the Board is scheduled to expire on September 30, 2023.  The descriptions below, as applied to the four referenced positions, are from section 497.101, Florida Statutes. 

 

Current Board MemberSpecific Board Position Criteria
Christian “Chris” Jensen, Jr.A person licensed as a funeral director under part III of chapter 497, Florida Statutes, who is associated with a funeral establishment.
Andrew ClarkA person whose primary occupation is associated with a cemetery company licensed pursuant to chapter 497, Florida Statutes.
Sanjena ClayA consumer who:
  • is a resident of Florida
  • has never been licensed as a funeral director or embalmer
  • is not connected with a cemetery or cemetery company licensed pursuant to chapter 497, Florida Statutes,
  • is not connected with the death care industry or the practice of embalming, funeral directing, or direct disposition, and
  • is at least 60 years of age
Jay LyonsA principal of a monument establishment licensed under chapter 497, Florida Statutes, as a monument builder.

 

Each Board member whose term is expiring may seek reappointment. Pursuant to section 497.101, Florida Statutes, however, all applicants for the referenced positions will be considered. 

Persons interested in applying for appointment or reappointment to the Board must follow the initial phase of the application process outlined below.


  • Complete the “2023 Application for Appointment to Board of Funeral, Cemetery, and Consumer Services,” which is linked here: 2023 Application for Appointment to Board

  • Complete the “Application for Chief Financial Officer Board and Commission Appointments” which is which is linked here: 2023 CFO Appointments Application

  • Submit both completed application forms referenced above, and any attachments, to the Division of Funeral, Cemetery and Consumer Services by EMAIL to:


The deadline for the Division’s receipt of applications is close of business on Friday, June 30, 2023.  To best meet this receipt deadline, the Division recommends that submissions be sent by email to Ms. Bryant in advance of the deadline.

Selected nominees will be notified by Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis’ office and provided further instructions regarding the completion of the next phase of the application process.    

Questions regarding any of the application process should be directed to LaTonya Bryant, Administrative Assistant III, or to Mary Schwantes, Division Director, at 800-323-2627 (within Florida only) or 850-413-3039.



Rules Committee Meeting

The Rules Committee of the Board of Funeral, Cemetery, and Consumer Services announces a public meeting on June 8, 2023, 1:00 p.m., to which all persons are invited. The meeting will take place at the Florida Department of Revenue Capital Circle Office Center (CCOC) conference room 2-1250 in Building 2, Tallahassee FL. A copy of the agenda may be obtained by contacting LaTonya Bryant at LaTonya.Bryant@myfloridacfo.com or (850)413-3039, seven (7) days before the meeting. 

Notice  - 11/8/22
Regarding Tropical Storm Nicole and Hurricane Preparations for Future Storms

Tropical Storm Nicole is expected to become a hurricane prior to making landfall along the east coast of Florida.  Since this is a large storm, many Florida counties will be impacted with wind and/or flooding issues.  In anticipation of inclement weather resulting from this or future storms, we want to remind our licensees of the following.  This information was also directly provided to our licensed establishments by email on Tuesday, 11/8/22.

1. Hurricane preparation and aftermath information

State, county, and city governments provide a lot of information on preparing for natural disasters, including hurricanes.  One great resource is found at the Department of Financial Services’ website at:  https://myfloridacfo.com/Division/Consumers/storm/.  You may also wish to visit https://www.floridadisaster.org/ for more information regarding general hurricane preparedness, including emergency planning for businesses at https://www.floridadisaster.org/business/planning-for-businesses/.  These sites also provide helpful information on filing claims and other issues that may arise after a storm.

2. Power outages

If you have a refrigeration unit, and your facility or unit is damaged or otherwise inoperable due to a hurricane or other natural disaster, please consider the following options:

  • Contact another local funeral establishment to see if they might have space available; or
  • Contact your local county emergency management.  Contact information for the Emergency Management Directors of each county is found in the document linked below, which was provided to us by the Florida Division of Emergency Management.  Your county emergency management will coordinate with the state’s emergency management team or others as may be necessary to assist you.

List of County EM Directors

3. E-filing of Death Certificate Notices

At this time, the Electronic Death Registration System (EDRS) is not expected to be impacted by Tropical Storm Nicole.  We recognize, however, that your accessibility to the system may be limited due to power outages in your own areas.  The Florida Department of Health – Bureau of Vital Statistics recently sent an email to its list of funeral directors reminding them that licensees should print several blank copies of its death certificate form (DH512), fetal death form (DH428), and burial transit permit (DH326) in preparation for possible power outages and downtime.  If EDRS is not accessible for an extended period of time but power is available, then the aforementioned forms are available as an enterable pdf and may be used to complete the death record.  Please print the forms double-sided on legal sized (8 ½ x 14) paper. Once completed and signed, you may file the paper form at the local county vital statistics office for registration.

The Bureau of Vital Statistics Helpdesk (1-866-295-5902) has also advised that it is available: M - F 8am - 6pm, and Sat 9am - 2pm ET. Their Quality Assurance unit is also available at 904-359-6900 ext. 9020 and you may reach Ken Jones at 904-359-6900 ext. 1001.

4. Hurricane Follow-up

Following a hurricane, Division staff will be calling the licensed establishments in the impacted areas to obtain information on any power outage issues, building damages, etc., and determine if there are any needs with which we can assist.  If your establishment has refrigeration/storage space available at that time, please let our staff know so that they can share that information with other licensees in the area who may need that type of assistance.

5. Division of Funeral, Cemetery, and Consumer Services’ Offices

Office closures during the week will depend upon the path, duration, and impact of the storm.  If you have attempted to reach the Division at its main line (850-413-3039 or toll free in Florida at 1-800-323-2627) without success, please leave a message.  Division staff will return your call as soon as possible following the storm.

2023 Board Meeting Schedule: January to June

The January Public Meeting, of the Board of Funeral, Cemetery, and Consumer Services, will be held via videoconference on January 5, 2023, at 10:00 AM. The public may participate in this conference by either video using the following link: https://meet.goto.com/LaTonyaBryant/board-videoconference-january-3; or by teleconference by calling (571) 317-3112, Access Code: 756-224-677. 

The February Public Meeting, of the Board of Funeral, Cemetery, and Consumer Services, will be held via videoconference on February 2, 2023, at 10:00 AM. The public may participate in this conference by either video using the following link: https://meet.goto.com/LaTonyaBryant/board-videoconference-february-8; or by teleconference by calling (646) 749-3122, Access Code: 145-189-077. 

The March Public Meeting, of the Board of Funeral, Cemetery, and Consumer Services, will be held via videoconference on March 2, 2023, at 10:00 AM. The public may participate in this conference by either video using the following link: https://meet.goto.com/LaTonyaBryant/board-videoconference-march-6; or by teleconference by calling (571) 317-3112, Access Code: 134-412-133. 

The April Public Meeting, of the Board of Funeral, Cemetery, and Consumer Services, will be held in Tallahassee FL (Location: TBD) on April 4, 2023, at 10:00 AM.  

The May Public Meeting, of the Board of Funeral, Cemetery, and Consumer Services, will be held via videoconference on May 4, 2023, at 10:00 AM. The public may participate in this conference by either video using the following link: https://meet.goto.com/LaTonyaBryant/board-videoconference-may; or by teleconference by calling (646) 749-3122, Access Code: 280-832-061. 

The June Public Meeting, of the Board of Funeral, Cemetery, and Consumer Services, will be held via videoconference on June 29, 2023, at 10:00 AM. The public may participate in this conference by either video using the following link: https://meet.goto.com/LaTonyaBryant/board-videoconference-june; or by teleconference by calling (408) 650-3123, Access Code: 855-532-245.

Board Meeting Changes Due to Hurricane Ian

Due to widespread power outages and other issues resulting from Hurricane Ian, the videoconference for the Board of Funeral, Cemetery, and Consumer Services previously scheduled for October 6, 2022 has been rescheduled to Monday, October 17,  2022, at 10:00 a.m.   The public may participate in this conference by either video using the following link: https://meet.goto.com/LaTonyaBryant/board-videoconference-october; or by teleconference by calling (669) 224-3412, Access Code: 578-214-069. Further, the in-person meeting which was scheduled for Orlando on November 3rd will be changed to a videoconference meeting. The public may participate in this conference by either video using the following link: https://meet.goto.com/LaTonyaBryant/board-videoconference-november-8; or by teleconference by calling (571) 317-3122, Access Code: 516-340-349.

Please contact either LaTonya Bryant at LaTonya.Bryant@myfloridacfo.com or Ellen Simon at Ellen.Simon@myfloridacfo.com with any questions or concerns regarding the meeting changes.  We hope that our licensees and others impacted by Hurricane Ian will have fully recovered from the storm soon! 

Notices  - 9/29/22
Regarding Hurricane Ian Post-Storm Issues and Hurricane Preparations for Future Storms

As the state deals with post-storm issues caused by Hurricane Ian, please keep in mind the information below.  This information was also directly provided to our licensed establishments by email on Tuesday, 9/27/22.  It is our hope that the information provided on the E-filing of death certificate notices, county emergency management contacts, and storm preparations will assist our licensees through the aftermath of Hurricane Ian and preparation for any future storms.

1. Hurricane preparation and aftermath information

State, county, and city governments provide a lot of information on preparing for natural disasters, including hurricanes.  One great resource is found at the Department of Financial Services’ website at:  https://myfloridacfo.com/Division/Consumers/storm/.  You may also wish to visit https://www.floridadisaster.org/ for more information regarding general hurricane preparedness, including emergency planning for businesses at https://www.floridadisaster.org/business/planning-for-businesses/.  These sites also provide helpful information on filing claims and other issues that may arise after a storm.

2. Power outages

If you have a refrigeration unit, and your facility or unit is damaged or otherwise inoperable due to a hurricane or other natural disaster, please consider the following options:

  • Contact another local funeral establishment to see if they might have space available; or
  • Contact your local county emergency management.  Contact information for the Emergency Management Directors of each county is found in the document linked below, which was provided to us by the Florida Division of Emergency Management.  Your county emergency management will coordinate with the state’s emergency management team or others as may be necessary to assist you.

List of County EM Directors

3. E-filing of Death Certificate Notices

At this time, the Electronic Death Registration System (EDRS) is not expected to be impacted by Hurricane Ian.  We recognize, however, that your accessibility to the system may be limited due to power outages in your own areas.  On 09/26/2022, the Florida Department of Health – Bureau of Vital Statistics sent an email to its list of funeral directors reminding them that licensees should print several blank copies of its death certificate form (DH512), fetal death form (DH428), and burial transit permit (DH326) in preparation for possible power outages and downtime.  These forms were attached to the email from the Florida Department of Health which you may have received.  If EDRS is not accessible for an extended period of time but power is available, then the aforementioned forms are available as an enterable pdf and may be used to complete the death record.  Please print the forms double-sided on legal sized (8 ½ x 14) paper. Once completed and signed, you may file the paper form at the local county vital statistics office for registration.

The Bureau of Vital Statistics Helpdesk (1-866-295-5902) has also advised that it is available: M - F 8am - 6pm, and Sat 9am - 2pm ET. Their Quality Assurance unit is also available at 904-359-6900 ext. 9020 and you may reach Ken Jones at 904-359-6900 ext. 1001.

4. Hurricane Follow-up

Following a hurricane, Division staff will be calling the licensed establishments in the impacted areas to obtain information on any power outage issues, building damages, etc., and determine if there are any needs with which we can assist.  If your establishment has refrigeration/storage space available at that time, please let our staff know so that they can share that information with other licensees in the area who may need that type of assistance.

5. Division of Funeral, Cemetery, and Consumer Services’ Offices

At this time, the Division’s offices in Tampa, Orlando, and Ft. Lauderdale are closed until further notice.  Our Tallahassee office remains open and staff are available to assist callers as much as possible.  If you have attempted to reach the Division at its main line (850-413-3039 or toll free in Florida at 1-800-323-2627) without success, please leave a message.  Division staff will return your call as soon as possible following the storm.

Board Member Training

Board member training for the Board of Funeral, Cemetery, and Consumer Services, will be held via videoconference on June 7, 2022, at 10:00 AM. Board members and the public may participate via video using the following link: https://meet.goto.com/LaTonyaBryant/board-member-training, or via audio by calling (408) 650-3123, Access Code: 561-653-325.

Proposed Rule Change

The Division will give interested persons until 5:00 P.M. EST on June 11, 2021, to submit any written comments regarding the changes that were published in the May 10, 2021 issue of the Florida Administrative Register regarding rule 69K-1.001. Please send written comments to Ellen Simon at ellen.simon@myfloridacfo.com

Notice of Legislative Workshop – July 12, 2021

In preparation for the 2022 legislative session, the Florida Department of Financial Services seeks input on matters impacting the death care industry and chapter 497, Florida Statutes. To this end, the Department has scheduled a public workshop to allow for open discussion and input from industry licensees and the public. The public meeting will be held via videoconference on July 12, 2021, at 12:00 PM. The public may participate in the videoconference meeting by clicking on the link or dialing the number provided in the agenda linked below.

Legislative Workshop -- July 12, 2021

Pursuant to the provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act, any person requiring special accommodations to participate in this meeting is asked to advise LaTonya Bryant at (850) 413-3039 at least 48 hours before the meeting. If you are hearing or speech impaired, contact LaTonya Bryant via the Florida Relay Service at 1-800-955-8771 (TDD); or 1-800-955-8770 (Voice), for assistance.

For more information, you may contact: LaTonya Bryant at LaTonya.Bryant@myfloridacfo.com or (850) 413-3039.

2021 Board Videoconference Schedule

The January Public Meeting of the Board of Funeral, Cemetery, and Consumer Services, will be held via videoconference on January 7, 2021, at 10:00 AM. The public may participate in this conference by either video using the following link: https://www.gotomeet.me/LaTonyaBryant/board-videoconference-january; or by teleconference by calling (571) 317-3122, Access Code: 708-535-845.

The February Public Meeting of the Board of Funeral, Cemetery, and Consumer Services, will be held via videoconference on February 4, 2021, at 10:00 AM. The public may participate in this conference by either video using the following link: https://www.gotomeet.me/LaTonyaBryant/board-videoconference-february; or by teleconference by calling (408) 650-3123, Access Code: 239-248-765.

The March Public Meeting of the Board of Funeral, Cemetery, and Consumer Services, will be held via videoconference on March 4, 2021, at 10:00 AM. The public may participate in this conference by either video using the following link: https://www.gotomeet.me/LaTonyaBryant/board-videoconference-march; or by teleconference by calling (872) 240-3412, Access Code: 886-831-973.

The April Public Meeting of the Board of Funeral, Cemetery, and Consumer Services, will be held via videoconference on April 1, 2021, at 10:00 AM. The public may participate in this conference by either video using the following link: https://www.gotomeet.me/LaTonyaBryant/board-videoconference-april; or by teleconference by calling (571) 317-3122, Access Code: 188-884-685.

The May Public Meeting of the Board of Funeral, Cemetery, and Consumer Services, will be held via videoconference on May 6, 2021, at 10:00 AM. The public may participate in this conference by either video using the following link: https://www.gotomeet.me/LaTonyaBryant/board-videoconference-may; or by teleconference by calling (646) 749-3122, Access Code:263-034-837.

The June Public Meeting of the Board of Funeral, Cemetery, and Consumer Services, will be held via videoconference on June 24, 2021, at 10:00 AM. The public may participate in this conference by either video using the following link: https://www.gotomeet.me/LaTonyaBryant/board-videoconference-june; or by teleconference by calling 646) 749-3122, Access Code:423-281-085.

The July Legislative Workshop of the Board of Funeral, Cemetery, and Consumer Services, will be held via videoconference on July 12, 2021, at 12:00 PM. The public may participate in this conference by either video using the following link: https://www.gotomeet.me/LaTonyaBryant/legislative-workshop-july; or by teleconference by calling (872) 240-3212, Access Code: 580-223-589.

The July Public Meeting of the Board of Funeral, Cemetery, and Consumer Services, will be held via videoconference on July 13, 2021, at 10:00 AM. The public may participate in this conference by either video using the following link: https://www.gotomeet.me/LaTonyaBryant/board-videoconference-july; or by teleconference by calling (224) 501-3412, Access Code: 371-999-485.

The August Public Meeting of the Board of Funeral, Cemetery, and Consumer Services, will be held via videoconference on August 5, 2021, at 10:00 AM. The public may participate in this conference by either video using the following link: https://www.gotomeet.me/LaTonyaBryant/board-videoconference-august; or by teleconference by calling (872) 240-3311, Access Code: 464-501-581.

The September Public Meeting of the Board of Funeral, Cemetery, and Consumer Services, will be held via videoconference on September 2, 2021, at 10:00 AM. The public may participate in this conference by either video using the following link: https://www.gotomeet.me/LaTonyaBryant/board-videoconference-september; or by teleconference by calling (312) 757-3121, Access Code: 767-612-469.

The October Public Meeting of the Board of Funeral, Cemetery, and Consumer Services, will be held via videoconference on October 7, 2021, at 10:00 AM. The public may participate in this conference by either video using the following link: https://www.gotomeet.me/LaTonyaBryant/board-videoconference-october; or by teleconference by calling (408) 650-3123, Access Code: 378-083-301.

The November Public Meeting of the Board of Funeral, Cemetery, and Consumer Services, will be held via videoconference on November 4, 2021, at 10:00 AM. The public may participate in this conference by either video using the following link: https://www.gotomeet.me/LaTonyaBryant/board-videoconference-november; or by teleconference by calling (646) 749-3122, Access Code:817-576-541.

The December Public Meeting of the Board of Funeral, Cemetery, and Consumer Services, will be held via videoconference on December 2, 2021, at 10:00 AM. The public may participate in this conference by either video using the following link: https://www.gotomeet.me/LaTonyaBryant/board-videoconference-december; or by teleconference by calling (872) 240-3311, Access Code:874-995-613.

Important Notices Regarding COVID-19

Notice regarding CFO directive 2020-04, licensing deadline extension

 

 

Notice Regarding CFO Directive 2020-12

Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis has executed CFO Directive 2020-12. The directive promotes public health and safety by relieving certain requirements of Florida licensure for individuals who are active, out-of-state licensed deathcare professionals to enable these individuals to perform services related to the final disposition of human remains in Florida during this time of critical need.

Click here to view CFO Directive 2020-12

 

 

Potential Additional Source for Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

Many businesses licensed under Chapter 497, Florida Statutes, may now request various forms of PPE from the state’s Division of Emergency Management. The Division of Funeral, Cemetery, and Consumer Services is pleased to assist in this request process by reviewing and coordinating the licensees’ PPE requests with the Division of Emergency Management. To request supplies, licensees should carefully review and follow instructions contained in the  Information Regarding Requests for Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) from the Division of Emergency Management. Requesting licensees must also complete and submit the PPE Request Form by email as indicated on the form in order for their request to be considered. It is preferred that the form be completed electronically using Microsoft Excel.

There are several factors to consider before making a request. Businesses must first attempt to obtain PPE through their available supply chains before making a request. Additionally, since PPE quantities are limited in all occupations, businesses may not receive the PPE requested. As a result, businesses may want to continue pursuing other avenues for PPE, even after a request is made using this process. Finally, at some point, it is expected that licensees will be billed for any PPE supplies obtained from the Division of Emergency Management, just as they would if the supplies had been obtained through their private supply chain.

The PPE request process is the result of joint efforts between the Florida Department of Financial Services, the Division of Emergency Management, the state’s Emergency Operations Center, the Florida Department of Health, and Florida’s deathcare associations – the FCCFA, IFDF, FMA, and FMBA. If you have questions or need assistance with the request process, please email Division Director Mary Schwantes at Mary.Schwantes@myfloridacfo.com or Assistant Division Director Ellen Simon at Ellen.Simon@myfloridacfo.com. Association representatives at the FCCFA, IFDF, FMA, and FMBA may also be able to assist you.

 

Notice Regarding CFO Directive 2020-08

Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis has executed CFO Directive 2020-08. The directive promotes public health and safety by suspending section 872.03, F.S., which imposes a 48-hour waiting period before human remains may be cremated. The Directive also suspends administrative rules limiting funeral establishments to using cremation, refrigeration, embalming, or removal services located less than 75 miles away. Finally, the Directive grants the Division of Funeral, Cemetery and Consumer Services the authority to approve limited licenses for retired professionals who were once licensed, in any state, as a funeral director, embalmer, combined funeral director and embalmer, or direct disposer during this time of critical need, as provided in section 497.143, F.S.

CFO Directive 2020-08

 

Remaining 2020 Board Meetings Changed to Videoconferences

September

The September public meeting of the Board of Funeral, Cemetery, and Consumer Services, which was originally scheduled to be held by teleconference, will now be held via VIDEOCONFERENCE on September 3, 2020, at 10:00 AM. The public may participate in this conference by either video using the following link: https://www.gotomeet.me/LaTonyaBryant/board-videoconference or by teleconference by calling (669) 224-3412, Access Code: 859-724-437.  

October

The October public meting of the Board of Funeral, Cemetery, and Consumer Services, which was originally scheduled to be held in Jacksonville FL, will now be held via VIDEOCONFERENCE on October 1, 2020, at 10:00 AM. The public may participate in this conference by either video using the following link: https://www.gotomeet.me/LaTonyaBryant/board-videoconference-october, or by teleconference by calling (312) 757-3121, Access Code: 670-459-349.

November

The November public meeting of the Board of Funeral, Cemetery, and Consumer Services, which was originally scheduled to be held by teleconference, will now be held via VIDEOCONFERENCE on November 5, 2020, at 10:00 AM. The public may participate in this conference by either video using the following link: https://www.gotomeet.me/LaTonyaBryant/board-videoconference-november, or by teleconference by calling (872) 240-3212, Access Code: 999-406-517.  

December

The December public meeting of the Board of Funeral, Cemetery, and Consumer Services, which was originally scheduled to be held in Gainesville FL, will now be held via VIDEOCONFERENCE on December 3, 2020, at 10:00 AM. The public may participate in this conference by either video using the following link: https://www.gotomeet.me/LaTonyaBryant/board-videoconference-december, or by teleconference by calling (571) 317-3112, Access Code: 645-422-701.

If accessing by video, please begin at least ten minutes before the meeting, as the conferencing software will need to be downloaded in order to operate.

For more information, please contact LaTonya Bryant at LaTonya.Bryant@myfloridacfo.com or (850)413-3039.

Videoconference User Guide

 

June Board Meeting Changed to Teleconference

Please note that the June Public Meeting of the Board of Funeral, Cemetery, and Consumer Services, which was originally scheduled to be held in Daytona Beach, FL, will now be held via teleconference on June 18, 2020 at 10:00 AM. The public may participate in the teleconference by calling (669) 224-3412, Access Code: 674-866-853

For more information, you may contact: LaTonya Bryant at LaTonya.Bryant@myfloridacfo.com or (850)413-3039.


April Board Meeting Changed to Teleconference

Please note that the April public meeting, which was originally scheduled to be held in Tampa FL, will now be held via teleconference on April 2, 2020 at 10:00 AM. The public may participate in teleconference meeting by calling (872) 240-3311, Access Code: 541-360-885.

For more information, you may contact: LaTonya Bryant at LaTonya.Bryant@myfloridacfo.com or (850)413-3039.


2019 Board Appointment Deadline Extended

The deadline for receipt of applications has been extended to close of business on Friday, August 16, 2019. Persons interested in applying for appointment or reappointment to the Board must follow the application process outlined in the attached Notice Regarding Board Appointment Process (Page 2).

Notice Regarding Board Appointment Process 2019 - extended deadline

2019 Application for Appointment to Board - extended deadline


2019 Board Appointment Notice

The Board of Funeral, Cemetery, and Consumer Services implements regulation of the death care industry in Florida under Chapter 497, Florida Statutes. The Board consists of ten persons. The current term of four board members is scheduled to expire on September 30, 2019. Additionally, the Board has one current vacancy. While each member whose term is expiring may seek reappointment, all applicants for the expiring and/or vacant positions will be considered. Persons interested in applying for appointment or reappointment to the Board must follow the application process outlined in the documents below. The deadline for receipt of applications is close of business on Wednesday, July 31, 2019.

Notice Regarding Board Appointment Process 2019

CFO Appt Questionnaire

Application for Appointment to Board of Funeral, Cemetery, and Consumer Services


Notice of License Review Committee Meeting

The License Review Committee of the Board of Funeral, Cemetery, and Consumer Services, operating under Chapter 497, Florida Statutes, hereby gives notice that it will hold a public meeting on Thursday, May 30, 2019, 10:00 a.m., at the Claude Denson Pepper Building, 111 W Madison Street #G-01, Tallahassee FL 32399 to discuss the licensure requirements of funeral directors.

General subject matter to be considered: Future licensure requirements for individual licensure.

Meeting Agenda

Pursuant to the provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act, any person requiring special accommodations to participate in this meeting is asked to advise LaTonya Bryant at (850) 413-3039 at least 48 hours before the meeting. If you are hearing or speech impaired, contact LaTonya Bryant via the Florida Relay Service at 1-800-955-8771 (TDD); or 1-800-955-8770 (Voice), for assistance.

For more information, you may contact: LaTonya Bryant at LaTonya.Bryant@myfloridacfo.com or (850)413-3039.


Board Meeting Rescheduled

Please note that the April Board meeting previously scheduled for April 4, 2019, to be held at the Embassy Suites by Hilton Tampa Airport Westshore, 555 North Westshore Boulevard, 10:00 A.M., has been rescheduled for April 18, 2019. The location and time remains unchanged.

Public Workshop to Discuss Matters Regarding Chapter 497, Florida Statutes

The Division will hold a public workshop Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2018, from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. in the Hillsborough County Center Board Room, 2nd Floor, 601 E Kennedy Boulevard, Tampa, Florida.

Agenda for Public Workshop - October

Summary of Comments Received

If you have any questions, please contact the Division at (850) 413-3039.


Public Meeting Notice

The Board of Funeral, Cemetery and Consumer Services Probable Cause Panel B meeting has been rescheduled due to Hurricane Michael. The meeting will be held October 25, 2018, at 10:00 a.m.

Meeting Agenda


Public Workshop Notice

The next Public Workshop to Discuss Matters Regarding Chapter 497, Florida Statutes will be held:

Thursday, October 4, 2018 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m., Miami Dade College
Conference Center at North Campus, 11380 NW 27th Avenue, Miami, FL 33167

If you have any questions regarding these matters, please contact Ms. Mary Schwantes at Mary.Schwantes@myfloridacfo.com or 850/413-3039.

Agenda for Public Workshop

Industry comments received for 10-4-18 meeting

Summary of Comments Received for 10-4-18 meeting

 

Due to scheduling conflicts, the Public Workshop that was scheduled for September 12, 2018, in Tampa, Florida, has been cancelled. The Tampa workshop for stakeholders to provide input for legislative and policy changes has been rescheduled to take place on Wednesday, November 28, 2018, from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Depending upon the flow of the discussions, a brief break may be called around noon to permit attendees to have lunch.


The next Public Workshop will take place in Miami on Thursday, October 4, 2018, from 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. All written comments from industry representatives, which were received in preparation for the cancelled September workshop, will be discussed at the Miami workshop in October. In order to allow industry representatives additional time to submit comments for possible discussion for the Public Workshop, which will take place in Miami, we are extending the deadline for the submission of comments through close of business on Monday, September 17, 2018. Please submit your written comments, if any, via email to the attention of Mary Schwantes, Division Director at: mary.schwantes@myfloridacfo.com. All written comments received will be placed on the October 4th Public Workshop Agenda to allow time for open discussion of items. Please remember: the primary purpose of these workshops is to receive input from industry representatives on potential legislative issues relating to the death care industry.

As revised, the remaining 2018 Public Workshop schedule is as follows:

Thursday, October 4, 2018
1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Miami Dade College
Conference Center at North Campus
11380 NW 27th Avenue
Miami, FL 33167

Wednesday, November 28, 2018
10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Hillsborough County Center
Board Room, 2nd Floor
601 E Kennedy Boulevard
Tampa, Florida 33602

Questions regarding the workshops should be directed to the Department of Financial Services, Division of Funeral, Cemetery, and Consumer Services at 850/413-3039.


August 2, 2018 Public Workshop to Discuss Matters Regarding Chapter 497, Florida Statutes

We appreciate the discussion held with those who attended the July 23, 2018, “Public Workshop to Discuss Matters Regarding Chapter 497, Florida Statutes,” which was held in Tallahassee. The next Public Workshop will be held on August 2, 2018, from 1:00 – 5:00 p.m. at the following location:

Betty Easley Conference Center, Room 166
Southwood State Campus
4075 Esplanade Way
Tallahassee, Florida 32399

During the recent workshop, a number of attendees expressed interest in submitting written comments on items which were discussed and/or topics which they would like to see addressed at the upcoming public workshops. For this reason, we are accepting written comments regarding discussion topics through close of business on Monday, July 30, 2018. Please direct your written comments, if any, via email to the attention of Mary Schwantes, Division Director at: mary.schwantes@myfloridacfo.com. All written comments received will be reviewed at the August 2nd Public Workshop and the agenda changed, as necessary, to allow time for open discussion of items.

If you have any questions regarding these matters, please contact Ms. Schwantes at 850/413-3039.

8-2-18 Legislative Workshop Agenda


Upcoming Public Workshops to Discuss Legislation on Chapter 497, Florida Statutes

Attached, please find a copy of the Notice for Public Workshops to Discuss Legislation on Chapter 497, Florida Statutes. Any questions regarding these workshops should be addressed to Mary Schwantes, Division Director for the Florida Department of Financial Services, Division of Funeral, Cemetery and Consumer Services at 850/413-3039 or by email to: Mary.Schwantes@myfloridacfo.com.

Agenda for the July 23rd workshop


RULE 69K-30.001, F.A.C. (Disciplinary Guidelines and Penalties)

During the April 5th, 2018 Board meeting in Orlando, the Working Document pertaining to Rule 69K-30.001, Florida Administrative Code, will be presented. This Working Document is the result of Rules Committee meetings taking place over the previous year. Working Document pertaining to 69K-30.001.


NOTICE TO ALL PRENEED LICENSE RENEWAL FILERS

Please be advised that the initial renewal packets that were mailed out contained a misprint of the renewal deadline date as of July 1, 2018. The correct renewal deadline date is April 1, 2018. The Division will be mailing out revised renewal packets to Licensees correcting this misprint. All preneed renewal packets are due back to the Division by no later than April 1, 2018


RULES COMMITTEE MEETING

The next Rules Committee meeting for 69K-30.001, Florida Administrative Code, will be held on March 27, 2018, from 10:00 A.M. – 3:00 P.M. in room 302 of the Claude Denson Pepper Building located at 111 West Madison Street in Tallahassee. If you have any questions regarding the upcoming meeting, please contact Mary Schwantes at (850) 413-4984 or Ellen Simon at (850) 413-4985.

Parking Details


RULES WORKSHOP

The Division of Funeral, Cemetery, and Consumer Services will hold a Rules Workshop to discuss Rule 69K-30.001, F.A.C., Disciplinary Guidelines and Penalties, Friday, March 2, 2018, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., at the Betty Easley Conference Center, 4075 Esplanade Way, Bldg. 4075, Conference Room 152, Tallahassee, FL, 32399. Any questions regarding the meeting should be addressed to Mary Schwantes, Division Director for the Florida Department of Financial Services, Division of Funeral, Cemetery and Consumer Services at (850) 413-3039 or by email to: Mary.Schwantes@myfloridacfo.com.

Draft - Working Document

Department Concerns Regarding Proposed Rules

For further information,

Complete Notice

Map of Capital Circle Office Complex


NOTE REGARDING TIME OF NEXT BOARD MEETING

Please note that the February 1st Board meeting in Panama City begins at 10 a.m. Central Standard Time.

Rules Committee Meeting

The Rules Committee will meet from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 9, in Tallahassee, at the following location:

Auditor General’s Classroom
Claude Denson Pepper Bldg., Room G-01
111 W Madison Street
Tallahassee FL 32399

Map With Parking Details

Rules Committee Meeting

The Rules Committee will meet Tuesday, October 10, 2017, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., at the Claude Denson Pepper Building, Room 302, 111 W Madison Street, Tallahassee, Florida 32399

Tampa Board Meeting Location Changed

Due to damage suffered to the hotel caused by hurricane Irma, the Oct. 5 board meeting scheduled to take place in Tampa will be held in Tallahassee at the following location:
Auditor General's Conference Room
Claude Denson Pepper Bldg., Rm. G-01
111 W Madison Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399

Map with Parking Details

2017 Board Appointment Notice

The Board of Funeral, Cemetery, and Consumer Services implements regulation of the death care industry in Florida under Chapter 497, Florida Statutes. The Board consists of ten persons. The current term of five board members is scheduled to expire on September 30, 2017. While each member whose term is expiring may seek reappointment, all applicants for the expiring positions will be considered. Persons interested in applying for appointment or reappointment to the Board must follow the application process outlined in the documents below.

Notice Regarding Board Appointment Process

Application for Appointment to Board

Monthly Bodies Handled Reports No Longer Sent to the Division

Amended Section 497.382, F.S. (Effective July 1, 2013) Details

New E-mail Format

Effective immediately please use the following e-mail format when contacting the Division of Funeral, Cemetery and Consumer Services staff: FirstName.LastName@myfloridacfo.com