Laws & Policies

Enabling Legislation

De Soto National Memorial was formed by Act of Congress in 1948. Here is the legislation:

U.S. Code TITLE 16 > CHAPTER 1 > SUBCHAPTER LXI > § 450dd

For the purpose of establishing an appropriate memorial to Hernando DeSoto, the Secretary of the Interior is authorized, in his discretion, to acquire on behalf of the United States, by donation, by purchase with donated funds when purchaseable [1] at prices deemed by him reasonable, or by condemnation with donated funds, such lands and interests in land within an area of not to exceed thirty acres as he may select in the vicinity of Tampa Bay and Bradenton, Florida, and to construct thereon a suitable memorial structure, together with such connecting roads and public facilities as may be desirable.

[1] So in original. Probably should be “purchasable.”

 


Title 18 United States Code Section 930

As of February 22, 2010, a new federal law allows people who can legally possess firearms under applicable federal, state, and local laws, to legally possess firearms in this park.

It is the responsibility of visitors to understand and comply with all applicable state, local, and federal firearms laws before entering this park. As a starting point, please visit our state’s website:http://licgweb.doacs.state.fl.us/weapons/index.html

Federal law also prohibits firearms in certain facilities in this park; those places are marked with signs at all public entrances.

De Soto National Memorial Bans the possession of Firearms in their Visitor Center and HQ Facilities

 
 

De Soto National Memorial's Compendium is the guiding rules and regulations for the park concerning what is authorized or permitted on park property, hours of operations, public access and park special use the contents for the compendium is as follows:
Superintendent's Compendium De Soto National Memorial

TITLE 36, CHAPTER I. iI.......... 36 CFR §1.5 VISITING HOURS, PUBLIC USE LIMITS, CLOSURES, AND AREA DESIGNATIONS FOR SPECIFIC USE OR ACTIVITIES. 1

PUBLIC USE LIMITS: 1

Balloons. 1

Food and Drink. 1

All-Terrain Vehicles. 1

Motorized Wheelchairs. 1

VISITING HOURS: 1

Entrances. 1

Administrative Areas. 1

CLOSURES: 1

Federal Holidays. 1

Emergency Situations. 2

Unmanned Aircraft 2

Mangrove Wetland Areas. 2

II........ 36 CFR §1.6 – ACTIVITIES THAT REQUIRE A PERMIT. 2

Required Permits. 2

III. ..... GENERAL REGULATIONS. 2

36 CFR §2.1 – Preservation of Natural, Cultural and Archeological Resources. 2

36 CFR §2.10 - Camping. 3

36 CFR §2.11 Picnicking. 3

36 CFR §2.13 - Fires. 3

36 CFR § 2.14 - Sanitation and Refuse. 3

36 CFR § 2.15 - Pets. 3

36 CFR §2.16 – Horses and Pack Animals. 3

36 CFR § 2.20 – Skating, Skateboards and Similar Devices. 3

36 CFR § 2.21 - Smoking. 4

36 CFR § 2.22 - Property. 4

36 CFR§ 2.3 - Fishing. 4

36 CFR§ 2.32 – Interfering with agency functions. 4

36 CFR § 2.35 – Alcoholic Beverages. 4

36 CFR §2.51 – Public Assemblies, Meetings. 4

36 CFR § 2.52 – Sale or Distribution of Printed Matter 4

36 CFR § 3.8 - Boating. 4

36 CFR § 4.21 – Speed Limits. 4

36 CFR § 4.30 - Bicycles. 4

APPENDIX A – Designated Areas for Public Assemblies/Meetings. xi

APPENDIX B - Statement of Findings in Support of Closures

For the full compendium please click here . xii

Last updated: November 1, 2017

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