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

Regular Public Meeting September 11, 2014 2:02 P.M. Printable version


Agenda Revisions *posted 09-10-2014 3:10PM

Chairman Seel opened the meeting with a moment of silence in remembrance of the victims of the September 11, 2001 disasters.

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.

Invocation by Pastor Tom Hamilton from the Feather Sound Community Church in Clearwater.

Pledge of Allegiance


Not Presented
National Day of Remembrance for Murder Victims Proclamation

Deleted from Agenda
Florida Association of Counties County Champion Award Presentation

II. a. CITIZENS TO BE HEARD – (New Board-Related Business)

David Waddell, Clearwater, re HFA/CD (submitted copy of Clerk’s Audit Report) (BCC to discuss board appointment process at 9/23/14 meeting).
Jerry McIntire, Clearwater, re failure to investigate witnesses and exhibits.


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 August 5, 2014.

2. Reports received for filing:

a. Affidavit of Publication of Legal Notice published in the Business Observer regarding Notice of Forfeiture of Unclaimed Money pursuant to Section 116.21, Florida Statutes (Circuit/County Court of the 6th Judicial Circuit - Criminal Division).

b. Tampa Bay Park of Commerce DRI Annual Report: July 14, 2013 – July 13, 2014 (Harrod Properties, Inc.).

c. Dock Fee Report for the month of July 2014.

3. Vouchers and bills:

a. $5,687,595.77 from July 6 to July 12, 2014.

b. $16,822,808.02 from July 13 to July 19, 2014.

c. $18,387,992.31 from July 20 to July 26, 2014.

d. $24,003,415.52 from July 27 to August 2, 2014.

e. $28,512,923.03 from August 3 to August 9, 2014.

4. Miscellaneous items received for filing:

a. City of Clearwater Notice of Public Hearing regarding proposed Ordinances Nos. 8576-14 through 8578-14, amending the Annexation, Land Use Plan and the Zoning Atlas; public hearings held September 4, 2014.

b. City of Pinellas Park Notice of Public Hearing held July 10, 2014, regarding proposed Ordinance No. 3887 voluntarily annexing certain property.

c. City of Safety Harbor Ordinance No. 2014-12 adopted August 4, 2014, annexing certain property.

d. Eastlake Oaks Community Development District minutes of the meeting held April 10, 2014.


Environment and Infrastructure

See Item No. 11
5. Approval of ratification of six County Incentive Grant Program applications with the Florida Department of Transportation for design and construction of various road improvement, intersection improvement and Advanced Traffic Management System/Intelligent Transportation System projects.

6. Approval of a Cooperative Agreement with the Southwest Florida Water Management District (SWFWMD) and the Tampa Bay Estuary Program for the Old Tampa Bay Tidal Tributaries Project.

Other Departments

7. Adoption of a resolution to appropriate earmarked receipts for a particular purpose in the Fiscal Year (FY) 2014 Tourist Development Council Special Revenue Fund (Management and Budget).

8. Approval to declare surplus and authorize the sale of miscellaneous County-owned equipment and vehicles (Real Estate Management).


9. Notice of new lawsuit and defense of the same by Christopher S. Morin, Esq., in the case of Elsa Whetstine-Rentfro v. Kloote Contracting, Inc. and Pinellas County Board of County Commissioners - Circuit Civil Case No. 14-005146-CI-19 – Allegations of negligence resulting in personal injuries.

10. Notice of new lawsuit and defense of the same by the County Attorney in the case of Roman & Roman v. Pinellas County Emergency Medical Services, et al. - County Civil Case No. 14-006593-CO-42 – interpleader action.

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Item No. 5 Approved
11. Items for discussion from the Consent Agenda (County Administrator and Clerk of Circuit Court and Comptroller).


Health and Community Services

12. Approval of grant funding agreement first and final option of renewal and amendment No. 1 with Boley Centers, Inc. for maintenance of housing projects providing assistance to the mentally ill and chronically homeless.

13. Approval of funding agreement first and final option of renewal and amendment No. 1 with 2-1-1 Tampa Bay Cares, Inc. for support of community services, programs and activities.

14. Approval of funding agreement first option of renewal and amendment No. 1 with Catholic Charities Diocese of St. Petersburg, Inc. for the Pinellas Hope project.

Deleted from Agenda
15. Approval of a substance abuse and mental health funding agreement with Personal Enrichment Through Mental Health Services, Inc. for mental health and emergency treatment services.

16. Adoption of a resolution amending the State Housing Initiatives Partnership Program Local Housing Assistance Plan for FYs 2006 – 2009 for submittal to the Florida Housing Finance Corporation.

Safety and Emergency Services

17. Approval of a contract with Jon R. Thogmartin, M.D., P.A. for medical examiner and forensic laboratory services.

18. Approval of authority to advertise a public hearing for a proposed ordinance amending Chapter 86 of the Pinellas County Code regarding high prescribing health clinics.

19. Approval of authority to advertise a public hearing for a proposed ordinance amending Chapter 14 of the Pinellas County Code regarding unlawful restraint of dogs and cats.

Other Departments

20. Approval of FY 2014 Budget Amendments: (Management and Budget)

Pulled from Agenda
a. No. 17 for the County Commission.

b. No. 18 for the Industry Certification Training Center and International Program.

c. No. 19 for the Tree Bank Fund.

21. Approval of grant funding agreement amendment No. 1 with SWFWMD for the Fort De Soto hydrological recirculation Phase 2 project (Parks and Conservation Resources).

22. Other administrative matters.


23. Recommendation to adopt a resolution to postpone applying for tax deeds on 2012 County-held tax certificates for properties assessed by the Property Appraiser on the most recent assessment roll at values less than $5,000, pursuant to §197.502(3), Florida Statutes (2013).

24. Recommendation to adopt a resolution approving early extension of 2014 Tax Rolls, pursuant to §197.323, Florida Statutes.

25. Miscellaneous.


Fire Protection Authority

Deferred to 9/23/2014 Meeting
26. Approval of the Master Fire Protection Services Agreement with eight municipalities providing fire protection service in ten fire districts.


27. None.

Updates by David Downing, Interim Director, Convention and Visitors Bureau:
a. Red Tide
b. Dolphin Tale 2

II b. CITIZENS TO BE HEARD – (Continued) (General Business)

David Ballard Geddis, Jr., Palm Harbor, re Water Ad Valorem as a Non-Ad Valorem Charge.


28. Approval of appointments to the Youth Advisory Council.

29. Miscellaneous.

a. Commissioner Justice attended arrival of Honor Flight for WWII veterans.

re Tampa Bay Estuary program.
b. Commissioner Long re CareerSource Tampa Bay (WorkNet Pinellas) partnership to create job opportunities for youth.

re upcoming Tampa Bay Regional Planning Council conference on climate change and rising sea level.
c. Commissioner Morroni read email thanking DEI Crew No. 415 for quick response and courtesy.
d. Commissioner Welch thanked Sheriff’s Deputies and commented on new uniforms.

re Pathways to Juvenile Justice System program.

re discussion with FAST on dental issue.
e. Chairman Seel re Dental Roundtable (input by Mr. Woodard about funding) and traveling dental team.

appointed herself and Commissioner Justice to TDC Search Committee for new Executive Director.

re meet-and-greet for County Administrator Mark Woodard at St. Pete-Clearwater Airport on October 14.

reminded residents of Park Boulevard Bridge closure to begin September 29.

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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6:01 P.M.


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.


30. Proposed ordinance amending Section 114-213 of the Pinellas County Code relating to the governing body and program management of the Palm Harbor Community Services District (Companion Item No. 31).

31. Approval of an Operating Agreement with the Palm Harbor Community Services Agency, Inc. to provide specified administrative services to the East Lake Recreation Services District (County Administration) (Companion Item No. 30) (regular agenda item).

32. Proposed resolution for FY 2015 Surface Water Service Assessments and Fees within the unincorporated area of Pinellas County.

33. Proposed resolutions to adopt tentative millages and budgets for FY 2015 (first public hearing).

Tentative FY 15 Budget    tentative fy15 budget presentation

Approved – Public Hearing to be held 9/23/14
34. Approval of authority to advertise the second public hearing for final millages and budgets for FY 2015 (Management and Budget) (regular agenda item).

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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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