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Item 18 *revised 12-01-14 2:15PM

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

Public Meeting December 2, 2014 9:31 A.M. Printable version

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 David Gill from Aldersgate United Methodist Church in Largo.

Pledge of Allegiance



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.


Proposal to amend the adopted Countywide Plan Map:

1. Regular Amendment

Case CW 14-24 (Special Area Plan Adoption 2014) – City of Largo
280.3 acres more or less, located at an area generally centered on the intersection of Ulmerton Road and Seminole Boulevard, generally located on the north and south sides of Ulmerton Road between the Pinellas Trail to the west and 10th Street SE to the east; amendment from Residential Low, Residential Urban, Residential Low Medium, Residential Medium, Residential High, Residential/Office General, Residential/Office/Retail, Commercial Neighborhood, Commercial General, Industrial Limited, Preservation, Recreation/Open Space, Institutional, Transportation/Utility, and Water/Drainage Feature Overlay to Residential Low with Activity Center, Residential Urban with Activity Center, Residential Low Medium with Activity Center, Residential Medium with Activity Center, Residential High with Activity Center, Residential/Office General with Activity Center, Residential/Office/Retail with Activity Center, Commercial Neighborhood with Activity Center, Commercial General with Activity Center, Industrial Limited with Activity Center, Preservation with Activity Center, Recreation/Open Space with Activity Center, Institutional with Activity Center, Transportation/Utility with Activity Center, and Water/Drainage Feature Overlay with Activity Center.

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

Dawn Bohler, St. Petersburg, re Pinellas County Animal Services/dangerous dogs.
Greg Pound, Largo, re justice for all.


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.


2. Approval of minutes of the regular meeting held October 21, 2014 and the special meeting held November 3, 2014.

3. Reports Received for Filing:

a. Florida Development Finance Corporation financial statements for the year ended June 30, 2014 and Report of Independent Auditor.

b. Clerk of the Circuit Court Report of Lands Available for Taxes dated October 27, 2014, pursuant to Section 197.502(7), Florida Statutes.

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

4. Vouchers and Bills Paid – None.

5. Miscellaneous Items Received for Filing:

a. City of Dunedin Resolution No. 14-31 adopted October 23, 2014 requesting that Pinellas County explore amending the Pinellas County Emergency Medical Services ALS First Responder Agreement to provide Emergency Medical Services funding for water rescue vessels.

b. Correspondence from the Southwest Florida Water Management District regarding the District’s Draft 2015 Five-Year Water Resource Development Work Program.

c. City of Largo Notices of Public Hearings held November 18, 2014, regarding proposed Ordinances Nos. 2015-02 and 2015-06 through 2015-09 annexing certain property.

d. City of Pinellas Park Notices of Public Hearings to be held December 11, 2014, regarding proposed Ordinances Nos. 3919 and 3920 voluntarily annexing certain property.

e. Town of Belleair Notice of Public Hearing held November 18, 2014, regarding preliminary site plan review for property located at One Country Club Lane.



6. Approval of a grant application to the Florida Department of Health, Bureau of Emergency Medical Services and adoption of a resolution certifying monies received from the EMS Trust Fund shall be used solely to improve and expand pre-hospital emergency medical services (Emergency Medical Services and Fire Administration).


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7. Items for discussion from the Consent Agenda.


Economic Development

8. Adoption of a resolution approving B4091760493 as a qualified applicant for the Qualified Target Industry Tax Refund program.

Approved Public Hearing to be held 12/16/14
9. Approval of authority to advertise a public hearing for a proposed ordinance amending Chapter 118 of the Pinellas County Code to create an economic development ad valorem tax exemption process.

Other Departments

Approved Public Hearing to be held 12/16/14
10. Approval of authority to advertise a public hearing for a proposed ordinance amending Section 118 of the Pinellas County Code relating to Tourist Development Taxes and the Tourist Development Plan (Convention and Visitors Bureau).

11. Adoption of the 2015 Federal and State Legislative Program (County Administrator).

12. Other administrative matters.


13. Approval of public official bonds for County Commissioners.

14. Authority for the County Attorney to initiate litigation in Circuit Court to obtain a permanent injunction in the case of Pinellas County v. Edward M. Potter – Code Enforcement Violations.

15. Recommendation to reject settlement in the case of GCS Energy Recovery of Pinellas, Inc. v. Pinellas County – Circuit Civil Case Nos. 2014-005220-CI-13 and 14-006566-CI-11.

16. Miscellaneous.


17. None.

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


18. Approval of appointments to the Economic Development Council.

19. Approval of appointments to the WorkNet Pinellas d/b/a CareerSource Pinellas Board of Directors.

20. Miscellaneous.

a.  Vice-Chairman Morroni requested that Stephen Watts be reappointed to the Board of Adjustment (BA).  Commissioner Welch moved, seconded by Commissioner Long and carried, that the reappointment be approved – Approved

requested that Ronald Schultz be appointed to the Local Planning Agency (LPA).  Commissioner Long moved, seconded by Commissioner Welch and carried, that the appointment be approved – Approved

invited citizens to attend open house and ribbon cutting ceremony at the new Sheriff’s Administration Building and Public Safety Complex at 5:30 P.M. today.

b. Commissioner Eggers moved, seconded by Commissioner Welch and carried, that Lauralee G. Westine and Alan C. Bomstein be reappointed to the LPA and BA, respectively – Approved

discussed 9-1-1 lightening strike and recent draft report, and Interim Chief of Staff Bruce Moeller provided update; item will be placed on future agenda subsequent to final report.

noted that many holiday events are taking place throughout the County during the month of December.
c. Commissioner Long wished everyone a happy holiday season.
d. Commissioner Gerard requested that Deborah White and David Brandon be reappointed to the BA and LPA, respectively. Commissioner Eggers moved, seconded by Commissioner Welch and carried, that the reappointments be approved – Approved

encouraged citizens to visit the Florida Botanical Gardens and view the Holiday Lights.
e. Commissioner Welch wished everyone a Merry Christmas and a safe holiday.

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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.

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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