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

Public Meeting December 16, 2014 2:02 P.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 Reverend Chuck Englehardt from the Heritage United Methodist Church in Clearwater.

Pledge of Allegiance


Florida Green Building Coalition Award

Commissioner Morroni recognized Chairman Seel for her hard work with regard to making U.S. Highway 19 a safer roadway and presented her with a brick from its original 1920’s construction.


David Ballard Geddis, Jr., Palm Harbor, re Fourteenth Amendment “waterboard” jurisdiction.
Greg Pound, Largo, re truth.
Lenore Faulkner, Madeira Beach, re middle school excellence.
Mark Klutho, Largo, re chiller/stupidity, waste.


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 November 18, 2014.

2. Reports received for filing:

a. Division of Inspector General, Clerk of the Circuit Court and Comptroller, Report No. 2014-34 dated November 13, 2014 – Audit of Fort De Soto Park Operations and Internal Controls.

b. Division of Inspector General, Clerk of the Circuit Court and Comptroller, Report No. 2014-36 dated November 20, 2014 – Audit of Multiple Award Service Contracts for Motor and Pump Repairs.

3. Vouchers and bills paid – None.

4. Miscellaneous items received for filing:

Eastlake Oaks Community Development District minutes of the meeting held August 14, 2014.


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

6. Approval of ratification of acceptance of the grant award for the Fiscal Year (FY) 2015 Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant for the Sheriff’s Office and the St. Petersburg Police Department (Justice and Consumer Services).

7. Adoption of resolutions to appropriate earmarked receipts for a particular purpose in the FY 2015 general fund budget for U.S. Department of Justice Forensic DNA Backlog Reduction Program Grant funds from (Management and Budget):

a.  FY 2013.

b.  FY 2014.

8. Approval to accept for recording the West Ridge Phase 2 plat, sidewalk guarantee and private street sign installation guarantee (Public Works).

9. Approval to declare surplus and authorize the sale of miscellaneous County owned equipment to the Town of Indian Shores (Real Estate Management).


10. Notice of new lawsuit and defense of the same by the County Attorney in the case of Federal National Mortgage Association v. Pinellas County Board of County Commissioners - Circuit Civil Case No. 14-008485-CI-21 – quiet title action.


Business Technology Services

11. Approval of an award of bid with Extensys, Inc. for Dell Compellent equipment and maintenance support.

Countywide Planning Authority

12. Approval of the Countywide Plan Map 2014 annual update.

13. Approval of one Countywide Plan Map adjustment.

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14. Items for discussion from the Consent Agenda.


Engineering and Technical Support

15. Approval of the Revised Agreement to Lease and Joint Participation Agreement with Duke Energy Florida, Inc. d/b/a Duke Energy for the Pinellas/Duke Energy Trail Extension Project.

16. Approval of ranking of firms and final agreement with HDR Engineering, Inc. for professional engineering consulting services for San Martin Boulevard over Riviera Bay bridge replacement and roadway improvements.

Other Departments

17. Approval of an Economic Development grant funding agreement with iQor Holdings, Inc. for business expansion in Pinellas County (Economic Development).

18. Adoption of a resolution approving the Affordable Housing Advisory Committee’s housing incentives review and recommendation report and authorizing submittal to the Florida Housing Finance Corporation (Human Services).

19. Approval of the second amendment to the contract with Motorola Solutions, Inc. for maintenance of intergovernmental 800 MHz radio communications systems (Radio and Technology).

20. Approval of the contract for sale and purchase of real property with 54th Avenue Development Partnership, LTD for land adjacent to Joe’s Creek Greenway Park for park improvements (Real Estate Management/Human Services).

21. Approval of a purchase authorization with Carousel Industries of North America, Inc. for 9-1-1 equipment and emergency notification software and services (Regional 9-1-1).

22. Other administrative matters.


23. Recommendation to approve reimbursement of attorney’s fees in the case of Scruggs, et al. v. Clark,  Circuit Civil Case No. 12-7801-CI-02.

24. Miscellaneous.


25. None.


26. Selection and approval of appointments to:

a. Historic Preservation Board.

b. Unified Personnel Board.

c. Value Adjustment Board.

d. Housing Finance Authority.

27. 2015 Committee/Board appointments by the Chairman-Elect.

28. Approval of individual Board member appointments.

29. Miscellaneous.

a. Chairman Seel expressed appreciation for the opportunity to serve the public and thanked staff for all they do each and every day.
b. Administrator Woodard thanked the members and citizens for the opportunity to serve and staff for their hard work.
c. Attorney Bennett related that it is an honor and pleasure to serve local government.

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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6:00 P.M.


Youth Advisory Committee Update


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. Petition to vacate submitted by James V. and Mimi H. Steele for a fifteen-foot drainage and utility easement located in Lot 12 and the west 38 feet of Lot 13, Oakhurst Acres, First Addition Subdivision (Quasi-Judicial Hearing).

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

a. Case Q Z/LU-10-6-14
Approximately eight acres located in the unincorporated area of Pinellas County on the west side of 49th Street North, 840 feet south of 150th Avenue North (street address: 14840 49th Street North, Clearwater), Page 723 of the Zoning Atlas, in Section 04, Township 30, Range 16;  proposed resolution changing the zoning classification from M-1, Light Manufacturing and Industry and C-2, General Retail Commercial and Limited Services to P/SP, Public/Semi-Public, upon application of Pinellas County through the Pinellas County Planning Director, Representative;  and a proposed ordinance amending the Future Land Use Map of Pinellas County, Florida by changing the Land Use designation from Transportation/Utility to Institutional, 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. Case Z/LU-25-11-14
A 2.4 acre site located at the northeast corner of Richards Road and George Street South in the unincorporated area of Tarpon Springs, Page 531 of the Zoning Atlas, in Section 16, Township 27, Range 16;  proposed resolution changing the zoning classification from A-E, Agricultural Estate Residential to E-1, Estate Residential, upon application of Erma P. Huffman through John and Melissa Pace, Representative;  and a proposed ordinance amending the Future Land Use Map of Pinellas County, Florida by changing the Land Use designation from Residential Rural to Residential Estate, 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.

Second Public Hearing to be held on February 10, 2015
32. Proposed amendments to the Downtown Historic Palm Harbor Master Plan (companion item no. 33) (first of two public hearings).

Second Public Hearing to be held on February 10, 2015
33. Proposed ordinance amending Chapter 138 of the Pinellas County Land Development Code regarding the Old Palm Harbor-Downtown Zoning District (companion item no. 32) (first of two public hearings).

Approved As Amended
34. Proposed ordinance amending Section 118 of the Pinellas County Code relating to Tourist Development taxes and the Tourist Development Plan.

35. Proposed ordinance amending Chapter 118 of the Pinellas County Code to create an Economic Development ad valorem tax exemption process.

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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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