without an amateur "ham" radio license it is illegal to use a scanner while in a vehicle in certain states of the US.
Florida is one of those states, although as far as I know the law applies to mobile scanners only. It doesn't apply to handheld ones.
In some jurisdictions one is required to obtain a "scanner permit" whereby they can use their scanner so as long as they have it registered with the local authorities.
Note that most of these laws are aimed at combating crime and have nothing to do
with terrorism, NSA wiretapping, Enron, Halliburton, torture ...etc.