|Background:||Your case is in DOAH, and you've heard about summoning defendants|
|Problem:||You are unsure about summoning the respondent|
|Solution:||You read this material to help quell doubt|
Barron's Dictionary of Legal Terms [Fifth Edition] - Gifis, (© 2016) Barron's
"A mandate requiring the appearance of the defendant under penalty of having judgment entered against him for failure to appear. The object of the summons is to notify the defendant that he has been sued."
(a) §48 Florida Statutes (2020) | Process and Service of Process
"§48.011 Process; how directed. - Summons, subpoenas, and other process in civil actions run throughout the state. All process except subpoenas shall be directed to all and singular the sheriffs of the state." (b) DOAH Case No. 18-0915 | 10/16/2018 | DOAH's Authority, Florida Rules of Civil Procedures
"There is nothing in chapter 120, Florida Statutes, or the Uniform Rules of Procedure that confers authority on an Administrative Law Judge to rehear a Final Order. The only Rules of Civil Procedure adopted by the Administration Commission are rules 1.280 through 1.400. See Fla. Admin. Code R. 28-106.206."
You do not need to summon the respondent to appear for an administrative hearing with DOAH.
TBD says this for the following reasons:
In short, you do not need to summon the respondent in your DOAH proceeding. TBD is 99.9% sure of this.
Of course, this differs from how you must proceed in state or federal court.
So, read those two webpages to learn more.