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

Public Meeting November 18, 2014 8:36 A.M. Printable version

8:30 – 9:30 A.M. – Investiture Ceremony

Public Participation

Persons wishing to speak during the Citizens to be Heard portions 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 Kathi Trautwein from the Trinity Presbyterian Church in Clearwater.

Pledge of Allegiance


Flagler Award for the St. Petersburg–Clearwater International Airport


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.


1. Proposed resolution to appropriate unanticipated fund balances for a particular purpose in the Fiscal Year (FY) 2015 General Fund, Emergency Medical Services Fund, Solid Waste Renewal and Replacement Fund, Water Renewal and Replacement Fund, Sewer Revenue and Operating Fund, Sewer Renewal and Replacement Fund and Fleet Management Fund.

2. Proposed ordinance amending the Pinellas County Code creating regulations to govern the provision of temporary emergency housing following a disaster (second public hearing).

3. Planning and zoning applications heard by the Local Planning Agency (Quasi-Judicial hearings are noted with a “Q” Prefix):

a. LU-9-5-14
Proposed ordinance amending the Future Land Use Map of Pinellas County, Florida by changing the Land Use designation of two separate parcels, “Lot A” which contains 3.15 acres and is located at 2595 54th Avenue North and “Lot B” which contains 2.25 acres and is located on the north side of 54th Avenue North and at the northwest corner of 55th Avenue North and 26th Street North, in the unincorporated area of St. Petersburg, located in Section 35, Township 30, Range 16, from Residential Medium, Commercial General and Resort Facilities Overlay-Permanent to Commercial General with a Development Agreement restricting the use of the site to a hotel/motel with a restaurant and not to exceed 50 feet in height, providing for other modifications that may arise from review of this ordinance at the public hearing and/or with other responsible parties and providing an effective date.

b. Q CU-17-9-14
Proposed resolution for a Conditional Use to be used for general agricultural activities, such as farming of vegetables and keeping and raising of livestock, on the property zoned A-E, Agricultural Estate Residential on a vacant site containing approximately 5.6 acres located on the east terminus of Woodring Drive, 260 feet south of Sunset Point Road, Clearwater, Page 654 of the Zoning Atlas, in Section 05, Township 29, Range 16, upon application of Rowland W. Milam through Brian Barker, Deuel and Associates, Representative.

c. Q Z-19-10-14
Proposed resolution changing the zoning classification of approximately 3.35 acres located on the east side of 62nd Street North, 320 feet south of Ulmerton Road in the unincorporated area of Pinellas Park (street address: 13285 62nd Street North), Page 731 of the Zoning Atlas, in Section 08, Township 30, Range 16, from C-2, General Retail Commercial and Limited Services and M-1, Light Manufacturing and Industry to C-3, Commercial, Wholesale, Warehousing and Industrial, upon application of Andy Badaro through Hugh Palmer, Representative.


Proposals to amend the adopted Countywide Plan Map:

4. Regular Amendments

a. Case CW 14-21 – City of St. Petersburg
5.1 acres more or less (mol), located at 10901 Roosevelt Boulevard North; amendment from Industrial Limited and Preservation with Activity Center Overlay to Planned Redevelopment – Commercial and Preservation with Activity Center Overlay.

b. Case CW 14-22 – Pinellas County
2.2 acres mol, located at 7179 40th Avenue North; amendment from Residential Urban to Institutional.

c. Case CW 14-23 – City of Clearwater
0.6 acre mol, located at 3049 and 3053 Cleveland Street and 3048 and 3054 Cherry Lane; amendment from Residential Urban to Institutional.

5. Substantive Plan Change – Case CW 07-10 (Special Area Plan (SAP) Change No. 6-2014) – City of St. Petersburg – Amendment to the City of St. Petersburg’s Vision 2020 SAP, subject to an amendment to the SAP, limiting the provisions to parcels designated Planned Redevelopment – Commercial.

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

David Ballard Geddis Jr., Palm Harbor, re water jurisdiction levy.
Dave Kovar, Safety Harbor, re traffic.
Erik L. Thompson, Palm Harbor, re veterans.
Greg Pound, Largo, re Pinellas families.


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.


6. Approval of minutes of the regular meetings held September 23 and October 7, 2014.

7. Reports received for filing:

a. Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office Adopted Budget for FY 2014-2015.

b. Juvenile Welfare Board Monthly Financial and Investment Report dated September 30, 2014.

c. Quarterly report of routine dock and dredge/fill permits issued from July 1 to September 30, 2014.

8. Vouchers and bills paid:

a. $64,713,401.00 from September 28 to October 4, 2014.

b. $13,912,342.92 from October 5 to October 11, 2014.

c. $13,476,877.73 from October 12 to October 18, 2014.

9. Miscellaneous items received for filing:

a. City of Clearwater Notices of Public Hearings regarding proposed Ordinances Nos. 8593-14 through 8598-14, 8603-14 through 8606-14, 8608-14 through 8610-14, and 8613-14 through 8618-14 amending the Annexation, Land Use Plan and Zoning Atlas; and Notices of Intent to Consider Development Agreements (3) regarding Resolutions Nos. 14-32, 14-35, and 14-36; public hearings held October 15 and November 6 and to be held November 20 and December 4, 2014.

b. City of Pinellas Park Notices of Public Hearings held November 18, 2014, regarding proposed Ordinances Nos. 3911 through 3916 voluntarily annexing certain property.

c. Eastlake Oaks Community Development District minutes of the meeting held June 12, 2014.

d. Southwest Florida Water Management District revision to FY 2015 Schedules of Meetings.


Safety and Emergency Management

10. Approval of renewals of Certificates of Public Convenience and Necessity for the Advanced Life Support (ALS) First Responders, ALS Helicopter Ambulances, All Children’s Hospital and the Emergency Medical Services Authority d/b/a Sunstar.

See Item No. 19
11. Approval of a service funding agreement with Pinellas Ex-Offender Re-Entry Coalition, Inc. for re-entry court services, retroactive to October 1, 2014.

12. Approval of a grant award with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration for FY 2015 You Can! Program.

Other Departments

13. Receipt and file report of non-procurement items delegated to the County Administrator (County Administrator).

14. Approval of awards of bids to:  (Engineering and Technical Support)

a. RTD Construction, Inc. for process pump 90 modifications.

b. Kenyon and Partners, Inc. for ventilation improvements at the Household Electronics and Chemical Collection Center.

15. Approval of a grant award with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration for the Mobile Medical Unit (Health and Community Services).

16. Approval of FY 2014 Budget Amendment No. 22 (Management and Budget).

17. Adoption of a resolution authorizing the sale of county-owned property to the Palm Harbor Community Services Agency, Inc. (Real Estate Management).


18. Notice of new lawsuits and defense of the same by the County Attorney in the cases of:

a. Corey Gourdine v. Pinellas County Board of County Commissioners - Circuit Civil Case No. 14-006708-CI-13 - allegations of negligence resulting in personal injuries.

b. Sakria Gourdine v. Pinellas County Board of County Commissioners - Circuit Civil Case No. 14-007499-CI-8 - allegations of negligence resulting in personal injuries.

c. Brian Morris v. Pinellas County - Small Claims Civil Case No. 14-007680-SC - allegations of negligence resulting in damages.

d. Charlene Serjeant v. Pinellas County Animal Services and Bernie McCabe, State Attorney - County Case No. 14-007821-SC North – allegations of wrongful possession.

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Item No. 11 Approved
19. Items for discussion from the Consent Agenda.


Management and Budget

20. Adoption of a resolution amending the FY 2015 adopted schedule of user fees to be rendered by non-proprietary and enterprise departments, retroactive to October 13, 2014.

21. Approval of FY 2014 Budget Amendment No. 21.

Solid Waste

22. Approval of awards of bids to Ceres Environmental Services, Inc., DRC Emergency Services, LLC and T.R.F., Inc. for disaster debris collection and removal services (deferred from the October 21, 2014 Board agenda).

23. Approval of the second amendment to the contract with EQ Florida, Inc. for household chemical waste collection services.

Other Departments

24. Approval of the final agreement with AVCON, Inc. for capital improvement projects consultant services (Airport).

25. Approval of ranking and final agreement with URS Corporation Southern, Inc. for professional engineering consulting services for the Dunedin Causeway Bridge project development and environment study (Engineering and Technical Support).

26. Adoption of a resolution approving B4060636763 as a qualified applicant for the Qualified Target Industry Tax Refund program (Planning and Development Services).

27. Approval of a purchase authorization with Genuine Parts Company d/b/a National Automotive Parts Association for a vehicle and equipment parts management system (Real Estate Management).

28. Approval of an Interlocal Agreement with the Sheriff’s Office for misdemeanant offender supervision services (Safety and Emergency Services).

29. Other administrative matters.


30. Recommendation to approve settlement in the case of Pinellas County v. Parsons Water and Infrastructure, Inc. and Parsons Engineering Services, Inc. - Circuit Civil Case No. 14-005624-CI-15.

31. Miscellaneous.


32. The Pinellas County “Doing Things for You” Smartphone App.

III b. Citizens to be Heard – (Continued) (General Issues)


33. Approval of appointments to the Health Facilities Authority.

34. Discussion of volunteer opportunities.

35. Selection of 2015 Chairman and Vice-Chairman.
Commissioner Morroni selected as Chairman; Commissioner Justice selected as Vice-Chairman.

36. Miscellaneous.
The members thanked Commissioners Latvala and Roche for their service to Pinellas County and welcomed Commissioners Eggers and Gerard to the Board; whereupon, Commissioners Eggers and Gerard expressed their enthusiasm and readiness to serve the citizens of Pinellas County.

a. Commissioner Welch extended condolences to Chief Deputy Director Claretha N. Harris on the passing of her sister.

discussed recent Economic Innovation and Leadership Symposium.

discussed recent Greenlight Pinellas referendum and the need for continued efforts to improve transportation in the county.

b. Commissioner Gerard concurred with Commissioner Welch regarding the need to improve transportation.
c. Commissioner Justice reminded the members of the annual Thanksgiving dinner at the Lealman Family Center.
d. Commissioner Eggers wished everyone a Happy Thanksgiving.
e. Commissioner Seel noted Mayors’ Council appointment of Indian Rocks Beach Mayor R.B. Johnson to the Tourist Development Council.

invited the members to the Convention and Visitors Bureau marketing campaign kickoff later today.

announced current vacancies on various boards and committees and reminded the members of upcoming individual Commission appointments.

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If the meeting has not concluded by 12:30 p.m., a recess will be taken from 12:30 to 1:00 p.m., and the remainder of the meeting will continue at 1:00 p.m.

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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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