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Pinellas County Board of County Commissioners (BCC) Regular Public Meeting

Regular Public Meeting May 20, 2014 2:04 P.M. Printable version


Public Participation

Persons wishing to speak during the Citizens to be Heard portion of the agenda, excluding Regular Agenda items and Public Hearing items, must complete a yellow card. Persons wishing to speak regarding a Regular Agenda item or a Public Hearing item must complete a blue card. Cards should be given to staff at the table located at the front of the Assembly Room. At the scheduled section of the meeting when the item is before the Board of County Commissioners (Board), the Chair will call each speaker, one by one, to the podium to be heard. Each speaker may speak up to three minutes. Persons who have been authorized to represent a group of five or more individuals, who are present, should limit their presentation to 10 minutes. Items may be taken out of order by the Chair.


Pledge of Allegiance


Civility Month Proclamation

National Public Works Week Proclamation

American Public Works Association Awards

Safe Boating Week Proclamation

Creative Pinellas Presentation

Tampa Bay Water Presentation


David Ballard Geddis, Jr., Palm Harbor, re reclaimed water violates 13th amendment.
Greg Pound, Largo, re truth.
Lenore Faulkner, Madeira Beach, re middle school excellence.


All matters listed under this item are considered to be routine and action will be taken by one motion without separate discussion of each item. If discussion is desired by a member of the Board, that item(s) will be moved from the Consent Agenda and considered separately.


1. Approval of minutes of the regular meeting held April 15, 2014.

2. Reports to be received for filing:

a. Pinellas County Comprehensive Annual Financial Report for the Fiscal Year (FY) ended September 30, 2013.

b. Continuing Bond Disclosure Report dated April 30, 2014 pursuant to Rule 15c2-12 of the Securities and Exchange Commission for:

$86,580,000 Sewer Revenue Bonds, Series 2003.
$25,205,000 Sewer Revenue Refunding Bonds, Series 2006.
$59,510,000 Sewer Revenue Refunding Bonds, Series 2012.

c. Division of Inspector General, Audit Services, Clerk of the Circuit Court and Comptroller, Report No. 2014-13 dated May 7, 2014 – Audit of Health & Community Services’ Community Help and Electronic Data Application System (CHEDAS).

d. Juvenile Welfare Board Monthly Financial and Investment Report dated March 31, 2013.

3. Vouchers and bills:

a. $27,193,089.96 from February 23 to March 1, 2014.

b. $65,097,315.60 from March 2 to March 8, 2014.

c. $19,088,257.74 from March 9 to March 15, 2014.

d. $8,970,714.13 from March 16 to March 22, 2014.

e. $22,993,623.39 from March 23 to March 29, 2014.

f. $42,099,070.56 from March 30 to April 5, 2014.

g. $10,626,526.28 from April 6 to April 12, 2014.

4. Miscellaneous items to be received for filing:

a. Correspondence from Florida Department of Revenue certifying Pinellas County as having sufficient taxable sales to qualify as a High Tourism Impact County.

b. Correspondence from Florida Department of Economic Opportunity regarding registration of Gulf Consortium as an Independent Special District.

c. Public Official Bond, Oath, and Power of Attorney for Pinellas Suncoast Fire & Rescue District Commissioner David D. Gardella.

d. City of Oldsmar Notice of Public Hearing to be held May 20, 2014, regarding proposed Ordinance 2014-05 annexing certain property.

e. City of Safety Harbor Ordinance No. 2014-06 adopted April 21, 2014, annexing certain property.

f. City of Seminole Notice of Public Hearings regarding proposed Ordinances Nos. 02-2014, 04 2014, and 05-2014 to be held May 27, 2014, voluntarily annexing certain property.


Environment and Infrastructure

5. Approval of award of bids with:

a. Florida Dredge and Dock, LLC for Honeymoon Island Beach Restoration Project, Phase II.

b. Layne Inliner, LLC for stormwater pipeline repair, including cured in place pipelining.

See Item No. 11
6. Approval of ranking of firms and authority for staff to proceed with phase two of the competitive process with the two highest ranked firms for operation of the Waste to Energy Facility.

Other Departments

7. Receipt and file of:

a. Non-procurement items delegated to the County Administrator (County Administrator).

b. Quarterly Report of Claim Settlements from January 1 through March 31, 2014 (Risk Management).

8. Adoption of resolutions to appropriate earmarked receipts for a particular purpose in FY 2014 (Management and Budget):

a. General Fund budget for grant revenue to the Sheriff’s Office.

See Item No. 11
b. Community Development Grant Fund for grant revenue to Health and Community Services.


9. Notice of new lawsuit and defense of the same by the County Attorney in the case of Reliable Septic & Sewer, Inc., and M&D Grease Disposal, Inc. v. Pinellas County - Circuit Civil Case No. 14-002723-CI-13 – Allegations of Antitrust, Harassment, Negligence and Slander.


Emergency Medical Services Authority

10. Approval of certificates of public convenience and necessity for various non-medical wheelchair transport providers.

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Items Nos. 6 and 8b Approved
11. Items for discussion from the Consent Agenda (County Administrator and Clerk of Circuit Court and Comptroller).


Environment and Infrastructure

12. Approval of final agreement with Infax, Inc. for a multi-user flight information display system and voice paging system for the Airport.

13. Approval of the Resources and Ecosystems Sustainability, Tourist Opportunities and Revived Economies of the Gulf Coast States Act (RESTORE) goals and priorities and project selection and ranking process.

Planning and Development Services

14. Approval of an agreement with the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Historical Resources for implementation of the Florida Certified Local Government Program.

15. Adoption of resolutions granting ad valorem tax exemptions for three historic properties located in the City of St. Petersburg.

16. Approval of the Interlocal Agreement with the City of St. Petersburg for the Southside St. Petersburg Community Redevelopment Area.

Other Departments

17. Approval of FY 2014 Budget Amendment No. 5 (Management and Budget).

18. Approval of two facility encroachment agreements with CSX Transportation, Inc. for the Park Boulevard Advanced Traffic Management System Project (Real Estate Management).

19. Other administrative matters.

a. Adoption of a resolution authorizing the expenditure of public funds for expenses related to the hiring process of a new County Administrator (Management and Budget).


20. Recommendation to amend a resolution regarding the provisions of pro bono legal services.

Approved Public Hearing to be held on June 3, 2014
21. Authority to advertise a public hearing on a proposed ordinance amending Section 2-88 of the Pinellas County Code relating to the regulation of former employees.

22. Recommendation to grant approval for the Interim County Administrator to execute the Joint Motion to Reopen Case and Joint Motion for Partial Dissolution in the case of United States of America v. Pinellas County, et al. Middle District Case No. 80-cv-849.

23. Recommendation to approve settlement in the case of Donna K. Baldwin v. Pinellas County, Hillsborough - Circuit Civil Case No. 11-CA-000075, Division H – Inverse Condemnation.

24. Miscellaneous.


25. None.


26. Miscellaneous.

a. Commissioner Roche re Alternate 19 traffic issues.
b. Commissioner Seel will take Alternate 19 traffic issue to next Metropolitan Planning Organization meeting.
c. Commissioner Justice congratulated Keith Overton at Tradewinds Resort for launch of new venture with the Guy Harvey Outpost.
d. Commissioner Long is half way through the Florida Association of Counties certification program. attended the International Town Hall Meeting in Tampa in conjunction with Pinellas County Economic Development. related that Rhonda Abbott is the Chief Executive Officer for the Pinellas County Homeless Leadership Board.
e. Commissioner Morroni thanked David Scott and staff for work done at St. Jerome Catholic Church. Received an “all clear” from Moffett Cancer Center.
f. Commissioner Welch re special event functions in municipalities.

If the afternoon portion of the meeting has not concluded by 5:30 p.m., a recess will be taken from 5:30 – 6:00 p.m. The remainder of the afternoon agenda will resume at 6:00 p.m., followed by public hearings.
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6:04 P.M.


Youth Advisory Council Graduation Certificates.


The procedure used by the Board in conducting public hearings is to have a staff presentation followed by the applicant presenting the specific proposal. The Board will then hear comments from the proponents followed by comments from the opponents and a staff summary. The applicant will then be given an opportunity to close and the Board will decide on the matter. Please refer to the back of this agenda copy for more details on guidelines for time limitations and opportunities to speak.


27. Proposed ordinance amending Chapter 146 of the Pinellas County Land Development Code pertaining to historic preservation regulations (companion agenda item no. 28).

28. Proposed resolution to designate the Fort De Soto batteries and military post as a landmark and landmark site (companion agenda item no. 27).

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Persons are advised that, if they decide to appeal any decision made at this meeting/hearing, they will need a record of the proceedings, and, for such purposes, they may need to ensure that a verbatim record of the proceedings is made, which record includes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal is to be based.

Persons needing a special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact the Office of Human Rights, by written or oral request, at least 48 hours prior to the proceeding at: 400 South Fort Harrison Avenue, Suite 500, Clearwater, Florida 33756, Phone: (727) 464-4880, TDD: (727) 464-4062.



Public hearings before the Board are governed by the provisions of Section 134-14 of the Pinellas County Land Development Code. That code provides that at the conclusion of each person’s presentation, any speaker may seek the Chair’s permission to ask questions of staff. Specifically:

1. At the conclusion of the presentations by the applicant and any proponents, all affected parties may seek the Chair’s permission to ask questions of or seek clarification from the applicant and/or the proponents.

2. At the conclusion of the presentation by the opponents, all affected parties may seek the Chair’s permission to ask questions of or seek clarification from any opponent.

The applicant’s closing comments will address testimony subsequent to their presentation. Continuing rebuttal of other than directly preceding testimony will not be allowed.

Because much testimony has already been submitted in writing, the applicant should present the entire case in 20 minutes.

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