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Good evening. You are exactly right. Florida considers a foreign corporation as one incorporated in a different state. You do not need create an entirely new entity; only qualify your existing one in Florida.
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The registered agent doesn't necessarily need to be independent, but you will need a registered agent and registered address in Florida. If you don't know anyone, there are services that will do this for you for a small annual fee...such as Capitol Services.