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

Public Meeting January 13, 2015 9: 31 A.M. Printable version

Public Participation

Persons wishing to speak during the Citizens to be Heard portion of the agenda or regarding Regular Agenda items and Public Hearing items should complete a citizens comment 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 Chairman 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 Laura Ice of Anona United Methodist Church in Largo.

Pledge of Allegiance


Arc Tampa Bay Proclamation


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.


Proposals to amend the adopted Countywide Plan Map:

1. Subthreshold Amendment – Case CW 14-25 – City of St. Petersburg
0.8 acres more or less (mol), located on the southwest corner of 11th Avenue South and 4th Street South, approximately 120 feet west of the intersection; amendment from Residential Medium to Planned Redevelopment – Mixed Use.

2. Regular Amendment – Case CW 14-26 – City of St. Petersburg
2.1 acres mol, located at 4600 Haines Road; amendment from Institutional to Residential Medium.


David Ballard Geddis Jr., Palm Harbor, re reclaimed water.
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.


David Ballard Geddis Jr., Palm Harbor, re reclaimed water.
Greg Pound, Largo, re justice for all.

3. Approval of minutes of the regular meeting held December 2, 2014.

4. Reports received for filing:

a. Division of Inspector General, Clerk of the Circuit Court and Comptroller, Report No. 2014-37 dated December 4, 2014 – Follow-Up Audit of Pinellas County’s Compliance with the Family Medical Leave Act.

b. Palm Harbor Special Fire Control and Rescue District Annual Financial Report for Fiscal Year (FY) ended September 30, 2013.

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

5. Vouchers and bills paid – None.

6. Miscellaneous items received for filing: 

City of Safety Harbor Ordinance No. 2014-19 adopted December 15, 2014 annexing certain property.


7. Approval of first amendments to legislative consultant services agreements with:  (County Administrator)

a. Dean, Mead, Egerton, Bloodworth, Capouano, Bozarth, and P.A. for state services.

b. Van Scoyoc Associates, Inc. for federal services.

Engineering and Technical Support  

8. Approval of an award of bid with QRC, Inc. for potable and reclaimed water repair services. 

See Item No. 13
9. Approval of recording of Specific Purpose Survey of Maintained Right-of-Way of Haines Road from U.S. Highway 19 to I-275: 

a. 28th Street North Segment.

b. 58th Avenue North Segment.

c. Haines Road Segment.

Other Departments

10. Adoption of a resolution appropriating earmarked receipts for a particular purpose in the FY 2015 General Fund Budget for grants and other revenues to the Sheriff’s Office (Management and Budget).

11. Approval of the Comprehensive Plan compliance findings submittal to the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (Planning Department).

12. Approval of rescission of grant application with South West Florida Water Management District for the Lake Seminole Sediment Removal Phase II project (Public Works).



Items Nos. 9 a-c Approved
13. Items for discussion from the Consent Agenda.


Economic Development

14. Adoption of a resolution approving Project B4100636427 as a qualified applicant for the Qualified Target Industry tax refund program.

15. Approval of the first amendment to the Interlocal Agreement with Hernando and Pasco Counties for the Tampa Bay Advanced Manufacturing Industry Certification Training Centers to amend the duties, responsibilities and appointments of Advisory Council Members.

Real Estate Management

Approved Public Hearing to be held 02/10/15
16. Approval of authority to advertise a public hearing adding Section 170-237 to the Land Development Code prohibiting abandonment, release or vacation of public right-of-way or easement to any publicly accessible waters with limited exceptions.

17. Adoption of a resolution declaring right-of-way property surplus and conveyance of the property to the City of Clearwater. 

Other Departments

18. Approval of construction agreements with CSX Transportation, Inc. for railroad reconstruction projects at:  (Engineering and Technical Support)

a. 49th Street.

b. Hercules Avenue.

19. Approval of Amendment No. 2 to the Health Care Program Interlocal Agreement with the Florida Department of Health for expansion of dental benefits (Human Services).

20. Other administrative matters.


21. Authority for the County Attorney to initiate litigation to obtain a permanent injunction in the case of Pinellas County v. Sutherland Holdings II, LLC – Zoning and Permitting Violations.

22. Miscellaneous.


23. Water, Sewer and Reclaimed Water Rates.


24.  Miscellaneous.

a.  Commissioner Long requested that Bill Bucolo be appointed to Parks and Conservation Resources Advisory Board.  Commissioner Long moved, seconded by Commissioner Welch and carried, that the appointment be approved – Approved.

discussed recent St. Petersburg Chamber of Commerce Public Policy Council meeting.

invited members to attend annual Tiger Bay banquet and awards event on March 21.

discussed St. Petersburg College Public Policy Institute Village Square event re expanding gaming on January 29.

reminded members of Homeless Leadership Board Point-in-Time Count on January 29 and requested response from any members wishing to volunteer.
b. Commissioner Eggers encouraged participation in Dunedin and Clearwater events in honor of Martin Luther King Day.

discussed upcoming Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority workshop.
c.  Commissioner Welch discussed implementing living wage policy for County employees and suggested incentivizing companies doing business with the County in terms of providing a living wage for their employees.

extended condolences to family of Officer Charles Kondek of Tarpon Springs and praised work of the Sheriff’s Department.
d. Commissioner Justice praised Pathways Community Church volunteers working with Florida Dream Center by fixing up houses in high-poverty neighborhoods in Lealman.  Commissioner Welch reminded members of upcoming “adopt-a-block” party to support the volunteer efforts.
e.  Commissioner Gerard concurred with Commissioner Welch regarding living wage issue and incentive programs, including apprenticeship programs for trades.

invited members to attend Tiger Bay event on February 12 with Mr. Woodard as a guest speaker. discussed Martin Luther King Day celebration in St. Petersburg.
f.  Commissioner Seel provided update re Creative Pinellas public hearings on arts funding.

is conducting research re possible bike sharing program for beaches and Pinellas Trail.
g.  Chairman Morroni suggested joint meeting of the Board and Tourist Development Council on March 18.

presented framed picture to Commissioner Seel, commemorating her service as 2014 Board Chair.

thanked the members for confidence afforded him as Chairman this year.


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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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