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Thank you for visiting the Official Site of Osceola County, Florida. It is presented to you by the Osceola County Board of County Commissioners. Our site adheres to the highest of Internet standards, complying with the State's Public Records statutes, observing and championing Net etiquette, linking externally without endorsements, and aiming in good faith for factual information throughout.

Terms of Use

Osceola County Provides its Web site for the user's convenience. By using the information, services and products available through this Web site the user agrees to be bound by all of Osceola County government terms and conditions as set forth herein.

The terms and conditions set forth in the privacy policy and terms of use may be updated from time to time without notice to the user. It is the users responsibility to review it from time to time to be aware of any such change. The users continued use of this service will indicate agreement of any such change.

Osceola County shall not be held liable for improper use of the data or materials described and/or contained herein. None of the data, materials and related graphics are legal documents and are not intended to be used as such. The user hereby recognizes that the information, data and materials are dynamic and may change over time without notice. The County makes no commitment to update the information, data or materials contained herein. All those that review the site should take appropriate precautions to verify all information. Visitors must review the official version of all documents upon which they plan to rely.

Prohibited Uses

By visiting the Official Site of Osceola County, Florida, users agree that they will not use the Web site for any unlawful activity or use it in any way that would violate the following terms and conditions. Use of this service for transmission, distribution, retrieval, or storage of any information data, or other material in violation of any applicable law or regulation is prohibited. Users also agree not to:

Provide false information or to impersonate someone else.

Distribute computer viruses, worms, or any other software intended to damage or alter a computer system.

Violate any applicable local, state, national or international law, rule, regulation, code or ordinance.

Violation of Terms of Use

In the event of any violation of the terms contained herein, Osceola County reserves the right to suspend, terminate, either temporarily or permanently, any or all services provided. Users who violate terms contained herein may additionally incur criminal and /or civil liability. Osceola County may refer violators to civil or criminal authorities for prosecution.

Disclaimer Regarding Accuracy of Information

Visitors to and users of the Official Site of Osceola County, Florida, are advised that information contained within the pages of the Site is believed to be accurate. However, errors can occur-even with computer-generated information. The County makes no representation regarding the completeness, accuracy, or timeliness of such information and data or that such information and data will be error-free. In the event that the information on the County's official printed documents differ from the information contained on this Web Site, the information on the County's official printed documents will control and take precedence. Visitors are encouraged to review the official version of all documents upon which they plan to rely. Any special notices related to the accuracy or the currency of specific elements of data presented in our Site will be defined on those specific pages.

Indemnity

User agrees to indemnify and hold Osceola County and its subsidiaries, affiliates, telecommunication providers, service providers, officers, employees, attorneys and agents harmless from any claim, liability, loss, expense or demand, including attorney's fees, related to the user's violation of the terms and conditions or the use of the services and information provided at this Web site.

Limitation of Liability

IN NO EVENT WILL OSCEOLA COUNTY, ITS SUPPLIERS, ITS SERVICE PROVIDERS, OR OTHER THIRD PARTY AFFILIATES BE LIABLE FOR ANY DAMAGES WHATSOEVER INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO:

DIRECT, INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL PUNITIVE AND CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES ARISING OUT OF THE USE, INABILITY TO USE, OR THE RESULTS OF USE OF THIS SERVICE;

ANY WEB SITES LINKED TO THE SERVICE, THE MATERIALS OR INFORMATION CONTAINED AT ANY OR ALL SUCH SITES;

CONTENT ANYWHERE ON THE INTERNET, WHETHER BASED ON WARRANTY, CONTRACT, TORT OR ANY OTHER LEGAL THEORY;

INCLUDING WITHOUT LIMITATION THOSE DAMAGES RESULTING FROM LOST PROFITS, LOST DATA OR BUSINESS INTERRUPTION;

AGGREGATE LIABILITY OF OSCEOLA COUNTY GOVERNMENT OR ANY OF ITS SUPPLIERS, SERVICE PROVIDERS, OR THIRD PARTY AFFILIATES.

IN NO EVENT SHALL OSCEOLA COUNTY GOVERNMENT BE LIABLE FOR ANY DIRECT, INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, CONSEQUENTIAL, SPECIAL AND EXEMPLARY DAMAGES, OR ANY DAMAGES WHATSOEVER, ARISING FROM THE USE OR PERFORMANCE OF THIS WEB SITE OR FROM ANY INFORMATION, SERVICES OR PRODUCTS PROVIDED THROUGH THIS WEB SITE, EVEN IF OSCEOLA COUNTY HAS BEEN ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES.

IF YOU ARE DISSATISFIED WITH THIS WEB SITE, OR ANY PORTION THEREOF, YOUR EXCLUSIVE REMEDY SHALL BE TO STOP USING THE WEB SITE.

Jurisdictional Issues

This Privacy Policy and Terms of Use shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of the State of Florida as it is applied to contracts entered into by residents of the State of Florida including the public records law (Chapter 119, Florida Statutes). You also consent to the exclusive jurisdiction of the state courts in Osceola County, Florida, and you further consent to the exercise of personal jurisdiction of the courts therein.

If any provision(s) of this policy that is found to be contrary to law, then such provision(s) shall be construed, as nearly as possible, to reflect the intentions of the parties with the other provisions remaining in full force and effect.

Osceola County Government's failure to exercise or enforce any right or provision of the policy shall not constitute a waiver of such right or provision unless acknowledged and agreed to by Osceola County Government in writing.

The section titles in this policy are solely used for the convenience of the parties and have no legal or contractual significance. These terms and conditions constitute the entire agreement between you and Osceola County Government with respect to the subject matter herein and supersede any and all prior or contemporaneous oral or written agreements. You may not assign this agreement to any other party.

Privacy Policy

Osecola county recognizes and appreciates the importance of responsible use of information collected on this site. Information may be saved for a designated periods of time in order to comply with the State of Florida's archiving policies. It is the policy of the State of Florida that all state records are open for public inspection. This policy is embodied in the Florida Constitution, together with the right of an individual to be free from unauthorized governmental intrusion into their private life, as provided in Article 1, Section 23. In recognition of these policies, the County has established this Internet Privacy Policy. When you use Osceola County's Web site, you are acknowledging that the personal information you provide is subject to Florida's Public Records Policy as stated in Chapter 119, Florida Statutes, and Article I, Section 24 of the state Constitution.

Users do not have to provide personal information to visit Osceola's Web site, download publications, use e-mail communications. Personal information will not be collected unless the user chooses to provide this information to the County. The information that you voluntarily provide will be used to notify you of selected content changes or new publications. It may also be used to conduct statistical analyses of user activities in order to measure user interest in the information provided and how it is provided.

Depending upon the activity, some of the information that we ask you to provide is identified as mandatory and some as voluntary. If you do not provide the mandatory data with respect to a particular activity, you will not be able to engage in that activity online. Instead, you will need to use a non-Web option for transacting that business with Osceola County Government.

Any information provided by you to Osceola County, including but not limited to feedback, questions, comments, and suggestions are non-confidential; moreover such information is a public record subject to public inspection pursuant to law. Osceola County has no obligation of any kind with respect to such information and is free to reproduce, use, and disclose the information to others without limitation. Additionally, Osceola county is free to use any ideas, concepts, etc. contained in such information for any purpose whatsoever.

Osceola County collects your information in order to record and support your participation in the activities you select. For example, information you provide to Osceola County may be used to help you obtain building permits, inspection requests, and the like. Information that you provide may also be used by Osceola County as part of our efforts to keep vendors informed about standards, requirements or service changes, or other services of Osceola County Government.

Children

Regulations enacted in April 2000 under the U.S. Children's Online Privacy Protection Act give children under 13 years of age greater privacy protection online. Children's privacy is of primary concern to the County, and our policies and practices reflect applicable laws and regulations on children's privacy. We do not knowingly collect personal information from children under 13 years of age. Any communication that is identified as being from a child under age 13 will not be kept by Osceola County.

Use of "Cookies"

When you visit Osceola County Florida's Web site, you can surf the site anonymously and access information without revealing your identity. In order to improve our site, we may use "cookies" to assist your visit. A cookie is small amount of data that is transferred to your browser by a Web server and can only be read by the server that gave it to you. The data allows your browser to communicate with our Web servers. However, it cannot be executed as code or deliver viruses. Most browsers are initially set to accept cookies. You can set your browser to notify you when you receive a cookie, giving you the chance to decide whether or not to accept it. However, if you do not accept cookies, you will not be able to use some of our functions that require their use.

For some Web pages that require an authorization, cookies are not optional. Users choosing not to accept cookies will probably not be able to access those pages. While certain Web pages use cookies to assist your visit to the County Web site, and while our Web servers automatically log the IP address of your computer, this information does not identify you personally, and you remain anonymous unless you have otherwise provided personal information to a specific Web page.

Links to Other Sites

Information, data or material accessible via the County's World Wide Web pages may contain hyperlinks to information, data or material held on networked information services beyond the County's Web pages. The County makes no warranty, or guarantee of promise, express or implied, that the data, or material accessible via the hyperlinks contained on the County's Web pages is either accurate, complete, up to date, or fit for any use whatsoever, nor represents or implies that its use will not infringe privately held rights. As such, the County is not responsible for the content of any off-site material referenced from hypertext documents via the County's Web pages. Use of information from those Web sites is voluntary. References at those Web sites to any specific commercial product, process, or service by trade name, trademark, or otherwise, does not constitute or imply endorsement, recommendation, affiliation or favoring by the Official Site of Osceola County, Florida. When you link to another site you are are subject to the privacy policy of the new site.

Florida Statute 668.6076

Public records status of e-mail addresses; agency website notice.--Any agency, as defined in s. 119.011, or legislative entity that operates a website and uses electronic mail shall post the following statement in a conspicuous location on its website:

Under Florida law, e-mail addresses are public records. If you do not want your e-mail address released in response to a public records request, do not send electronic mail to this entity. Instead, contact this office by phone or in writing. History.--s. 1, ch. 2006-232.

Note.--Section 6, ch. 2006-232, provides that "[t]his act shall take effect July 1, 2006, and shall apply to violations committed on or after that date."