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

Public Meeting January 12, 2016 9:31 A.M. Printable version

Supplement to Item 7 *posted 1-11-16 1:12 PM





1. Doing Things Employee Recognition: Lidell Golden, Maintenance Specialist with Utilities

2. We Will for Jill Proclamation

3. Metropolitan Planning Organization/Pinellas Planning Council Presentation Whit Blanton, Executive Director

4. Tampa Bay ferry pilot program presentation St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman
Concept for the Tampa Bay ferry pilot program, contingent upon a business plan, and direction
to Mr. Woodard to identify potential program funding sources.

5. Human Trafficking Proclamation



6. Ordinance to establish human trafficking public awareness sign display requirements, enforcement responsibilities, and penalties.

7. Petition of Jeffrey J. Bednarski and Julia A. Bednarski to vacate a portion of a 65 foot easement on Lot 10, Ozona Trail Subdivision (quasi judicial hearing).


8. Case No. CW 15 20 City of St. Petersburg Withdrawal Requested
Countywide Plan Map amendment from Residential Medium to Residential Low Medium, regarding 8.3 acres more or less, located in a portion of the Allendale neighborhood generally bounded by 38th Avenue North, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Street North, Foster Hill Drive North and Haines Road North, St. Petersburg (subthreshold amendment).

9. Case No. CW 15 21 City of St. Petersburg
Countywide Plan Map amendment from Residential Low Medium to Residential Medium, regarding 2.9 acres more or less, located in a portion of the Allendale neighborhood generally bounded by 42nd Avenue North, 12th Street North, Haines Road North, and 15th Street North (subthreshold amendment).

10. Case No. CW 15 22 Pinellas County
Countywide Plan Map amendment from Resort to Retail & Services, regarding 5.7 acres more or less, located at 15151 113th Avenue North (regular amendment).

11. Case No. CW 15 23 City of Tarpon Springs
Countywide Plan Map amendment from Residential Medium to Retail & Services, regarding 0.8 acre more or less, located on the south side of Lake Tarpon Avenue, west of 1513 Lake Tarpon Avenue (regular amendment).


12. Public comment.
David Ballard Geddis, Jr., Palm Harbor, re cannot separate church from the water!
Greg Pound, Largo, re truth
Rondale McDowell, St. Petersburg, re civil and constitutional violation

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Approved Items 13 through 19


13. Minutes of the regular meetings held November 24 and December 15, 2015.

14. Vouchers and bills paid from November 8 through December 19, 2015.

Miscellaneous items received for filing:

15. City of Clearwater Ordinance No. 8771 15 adopted November 5, 2015, annexing certain properties.

16. Eastlake Oaks Community Development District minutes of the meeting held August 13, 2015.


Real Estate Management

17. Declare surplus and authorize the donation of miscellaneous County owned equipment.


18. Notice of a new lawsuit and defense of the same by the County Attorney in the case of Vizcaya Homeowners' Association, Inc. v. Pinellas County, et al County Civil Case No. 15 008497 CO.

19. Notice of a new lawsuit and defense of the same in the case of Norm Roche v. Pinellas County, Mark Woodard, Paul Sacco, and unknown John Doe(s), Commissioner(s) of Pinellas County Circuit Civil Case No. 15 007643 CI.

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Engineering and Technical Support

20. Change Order No. 1 to the agreement with RTD Construction, Inc. for Process Pump 90 modifications at the Waste to Energy Facility.

Human Services

21. First Amendment to the Interlocal Agreement with the State of Florida Department of Health in Pinellas County for the Pinellas County Health Care Program.

22. Financial Assistance Agreement with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement on behalf of the Pinellas County Forensic Laboratory for Fiscal Year 2016.


23. County Administrator miscellaneous. - None


24. Consent to engage in dual legal representation for Ford & Harrison, LLP.

25. Proposal for settlement served by Plaintiff's counsel in the case of Shannon Baker, as Personal Representative of the Estate of Andrew James Cavanaugh, deceased, v. Board of County Commissioners, Pinellas County, Florida, State of Florida, Department of Transportation, and Depositors Insurance Company Sixth Judicial Circuit Case Number 10 16223 CI 15.

Recommendation to reject.

26. County Attorney miscellaneous. - None


27. County Administrator reports None.


28. County Commission miscellaneous.

The members wished County staff and local residents a Happy New Year.

Commissioner Seel
Moved, seconded by Commissioner Gerard and carried unanimously, that Tasker Beal,
Jr. be reappointed to the Housing Finance Authority Board of Directors.

Commissioner Eggers
Reported on the Palm Harbor Community Services Agency (PHCSA) strategic planning
meeting held last weekend, noting that he looks forward to the Board's discussions of
ways Penny for Pinellas funding could be used to help address the needs of PHCSA
and other organizations.

Related that the Council of North County Neighborhoods is planning to expand its
membership to include Homeowners Associations on the west side of Lake Tarpon.

Noted upcoming Martin Luther King Day celebrations in Dunedin and Clearwater.

Expressed his appreciation to the Executive Assistants for the service they provide to
the Commissioners and residents.

Commissioner Welch
Thanked Chairman Justice for his leadership on the human trafficking signage
ordinance and Representative Darryl Rouson for securing funding for Martin Luther King
Day of Service projects throughout the county.

Noted that the St. Petersburg City Council is moving forward on an agreement with the
Tampa Bay Rays.

Thanked the Chairman for sending a letter to Clerk of the Circuit Court and Comptroller
Ken Burke pertaining to the Pinellas Civil Citation Program Task Force, and related his
concerns. Following discussion, Chairman Justice noted that the Board will welcome
any information and input the Task Force may provide.

Commissioner Gerard
Related that a bill has been filed in the Legislature that preempts action by the Board
pertaining to "fracking" and requested permission to work with Intergovernmental Liaison
Mary Scott Hardwick to prepare a letter to the Legislative Delegation regarding the
matter, and no objections were noted.

Commissioner Morroni
Thanked the members for their contribution to the Wounded Warrior Project on his
behalf; and Commissioner Gerard discussed the recent groundbreaking for a Wounded
Warriors Abilities Ranch in Pinellas Park.

Commissioner Long
Reported on the progress of the Charter Review Commission and invited the members
to attend one of their meetings.

Related that she had attended the Civil Citation Program Task Force meeting and found
it very informative.

Chairman Justice
Discussed the possibility of holding eTownHall meetings or workshops at locations
throughout the county to encourage public input; and following discussion, noted that he
is working with the County Administrator to develop a list of appropriate facilities.

Noted that today is the opening day of the 2016 Legislative Session, thanked the
Legislators for their service, and wished them safe travels.


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Special Accommodations
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 Participation
Persons wishing to speak during the Citizens to be Heard portion of the agenda or regarding Regular Agenda items and Public Hearing items must 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 five or more individuals, who are present, should limit their presentation to 10 minutes. Items may be taken out of order by the Chair.

Public Hearing Procedures
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.

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.


If the Board meeting beginning at 9:30 a.m. 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.

If the Board meeting beginning at 2:00 p.m. has not concluded by 5:30 p.m., a recess will be taken from 5:30 to 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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