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

Public Meeting January 27, 2015 2:00 P.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 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 four or more individuals, who are present, should limit their presentation to 10 minutes. Items may be taken out of order by the Chairman.

Invocation by Reverend C. Jon Roberts from the Calvary Episcopal Church in Indian Rocks Beach.

Pledge of Allegiance


211 Tampa Bay Cares Day Proclamation

Human Trafficking Awareness Month Proclamation


David Ballard Geddis, Jr., Palm Harbor, re reclaimed water availability.
Carl Hansen, Clearwater, re support for Sheriff and his programs, especially Safe Harbor.
Lenore Faulkner, Madeira Beach, re middle school excellence.
Greg Pound, Largo, re Pinellas families.
Mark Klutho, Largo, re 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 December 16, 2014.

2. Reports received for filing:

a. Reports of Expenses Incurred Under Incentives, Awards and Recruitment Ordinance No. 07-26 for the quarters ended June 30, 2012, September 30, 2012, December 31, 2012, March 31, 2013, June 30, 2013, September 30, 2013, December 31, 2013 and March 31, 2014.

b. Quarterly Report of Routine Dock and Dredge/Fill Permits issued from October 1, 2014 to December 31, 2014.

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

3. Vouchers and bills paid:

a. $16,370,128.86 from October 19 to October 25, 2014.

b. $25,015,661.73 from October 26 to November 1, 2014.

c. $34,470,849.51 from November 2 to November 8, 2014.

d. $8,230,877.64 from November 9 to November 15, 2014.

4. Miscellaneous items received for filing:

See Item No. 10
a. Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission Notice of Proposed Rule No. 68C-22.016 establishing manatee protection zones in portions of western Pinellas County; public hearings to be held January 27, 2015 in Treasure Island and January 28, 2015 in Clearwater.

b. Public Official Bond, Oath, and Power of Attorney for Pinellas Suncoast Fire & Rescue District Commissioners David D. Gardella and Joseph V. Bruni, Jr.

c. City of Clearwater Ordinances Nos. 8593-14 and 8596-14 adopted November 6, 2014, and Ordinances Nos. 8604-14, 8608-14, 8613-14, and 8616-14 adopted December 4, 2014, annexing certain property.


Management and Budget

5. Approval of Fiscal Year (FY) 2015 Budget Amendments Nos. 2 and 3.

6. Adoption of resolutions appropriating earmarked receipts for a particular purpose in the FY 2015 general fund budget for:

See Item No. 10
a. Justice and Consumer Services and the Judiciary.

b. Human Services.

Other Departments

7. Receipt and file reports of:

a. Non-procurement items delegated to the County Administrator (County Administrator).

b. Procurement items delegated to the County Administrator for the quarter ending December 31, 2014 (Purchasing).

c. Administrative budget amendments from October 1 to December 31, 2014 (Management and Budget).

d. Law Enforcement Trust Fund from October 1 to December 31, 2014 (Management and Budget).

e. Sheriff’s Office grants received from October 1 to December 31, 2014 (Management and Budget).

8. Approval of Amendment No. 2 to the grant agreement with the Florida Department of Environment Protection for the Honeymoon Island Beach Restoration Project to reallocate funds and extend the agreement date (Public Works).

9. Approval of an award of bid to Suburban Elevator of Florida, LLC for elevator modernization in C, F and G wings of the Detention Center at the Pinellas County Justice Center (Rebid 2) (Real Estate Management).

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Items Nos. 4a and 6a Approved
10. Items for discussion from the Consent Agenda.



11. Adoption of a resolution approving B4093045298 as a qualified applicant for the Qualified Target Industry Tax Refund Program (Economic Development).

12. Adoption of a resolution to declare a portion of county-owned land surplus, establish a base bid and grant authorization to advertise and sell (Real Estate Management/Utilities).

Public Hearing to be held 2/24/15
13. Other administrative matters.
Announcement of a Tax Equity and Fiscal Responsibility Act (TEFRA) public hearing on behalf of the Pinellas County Educational Facilities Authority.


14. Miscellaneous.


Clerk of the Circuit Court and Comptroller

15. Approval of fourth amendment and time extension with Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. for banking and treasury management services for the Board and the Clerk of the Circuit Court.

Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Authority

16. Approval of one appointment and four reappointments to the EMS Medical Control Board.


17. Dunedin Causeway Project Development and Environment Study.


18. Selection and approval of three appointments to the Citizen Advisory Committee for the Southside St. Petersburg Community Redevelopment Area.

19. Approval of an appointment to the Housing Finance Authority.

20. Approval of updated 2015 Boards and Committees appointments.

21. Miscellaneous.

The members extended prayers to Commissioner Eggers for a speedy recovery.

a. Commissioner Long discussed recent trip to Cuba.
b. Commissioner Welch thanked Commissioner Long for her leadership in heading up the delegation to Cuba. Inquired about the Tourist Development Council’s perspective in terms of American tourism in Cuba.

thanked St. Petersburg Chamber of Commerce for invitation to address its annual meeting; acknowledged the good work Mr. Woodard is doing countywide; and discussed City of St. Petersburg’s proposal for Penny allocation for new Police Department, and Mr. Woodard provided update.

discussed retirement of the mainframe and congratulated the Clerk and Constitutional Officers who worked hard to make the retirement a success.
c. Commissioner Gerard inquired re ethics training. Florida Association of Counties to offer training at Legislative Conference in March.
d. Chairman Morroni discussed recent trip to Cuba and expressed pride at the sight of American flag in front of hotel.

announced that Pinellas County Connection Television will change to Channel 637 on Bright House Networks Cable effective February 9, noting that Verizon and WOW! will not be affected.


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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.

6:00 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.


22. Proposed ordinance amending Tables 15, 15A and 16 of the Capital Improvements Element of the Comprehensive Plan.

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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 Chairman’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 Chairman’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 Chairman’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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