If you were born after june of i think its 1975 you have to take the course. I took all of mine online and then drove to just past port st. joe to do the class portion and take my test. It was really really easy.
No you do not have to have the hunters safety course. Starting this year florida will now issue a supervised hunting permit. It looks the same it just says supervised on it. It requires you to be within so many feet of a licensed hunter 21 years of age or older. You can go to the tax collectors office to get one. It is only good for one year and you can only get it one time. It is issued in an effort to get people involved in the sport easily and give them a chance to see if it's something they like.