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

Public Meeting March 15, 2016 9:31 A.M. Printable version


INVOCATION by Becky Robbins-Penniman, Pastor of the Church of the Good Shepherd in Dunedin



1. Presentations and Awards:

Thanks for Doing Business Recognition - NDH Medical, Inc.
Surveyors and Mappers Week Proclamation
Partner Presentation:
Creative Pinellas - Barbara St. Clair, Executive Director



2. Case No. CW 16-5 - Pinellas County
Countywide Plan Map amendment from Residential Low Medium to Retail & Services, regarding 0.3 acre more or less, located at 72 20th Terrace Southwest (subthreshold amendment).

3. Case No. CW 16-6 - Pinellas County
Countywide Plan Map amendment from Residential Low Medium to Office, regarding 0.2 acre more or less, located 160 feet west of the intersection of Tampa Road& County Road 1 (regular amendment).

4. Case No. CW 16-7 - Pinellas County
Countywide Plan Map amendment from Residential Very Low to Public/Semi-Public, regarding 4.2 acres more or less, located on the northeast corner of East Lake Road& Foxwood Lane (regular amendment).


5. Public comment.

David Ballard Geddis, Jr., Palm Harbor, re two Constitutions; the first Constitution is an inversion
Greg Pound, Largo, re families in Florida
Megan Sorbo, Orlando, re bear hunt
Jana Wiggins, Clearwater Beach, re bear resolution
Aymee Laurain, Valrico, re bear hunt

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Items 6 through 15 (Item 11 addressed under Regular Agenda)


6. Minutes of the regular meeting held February 9, 2016.

Reports received for filing:

7. Dock Fee Report for the month of February 2016.

Miscellaneous items received for filing:

8. Eastlake Oaks Community Development District minutes of the meeting held October
8, 2015.

9. City of Dunedin Notices of Public Hearings regarding proposed Ordinances Nos. 15-45, 16-05, and 16-08, voluntarily annexing certain properties. Public hearings held March 3, 2016 and to be held May 19, 2016.

10. City of Seminole Ordinances Nos. 01-2016 and 02-2016 adopted February 9, 2016, voluntarily annexing certain properties.


Public Works

11. Award of bid to Traffic Control Devices, Inc. for Advanced Traffic Management System/Intelligent Transportation System improvements on Bryan Dairy Road from Seminole Boulevard to U.S. Highway 19.

12. Traffic calming plan requiring the installation of a multi-way stop condition at 47th Avenue North and 47th Way North from 49th Street North to 46th Street North.


13. Notice of new lawsuit and defense of the same by the County Attorney in the case of John C. Crapper v. Pinellas County and David Nelson Construction Co. - Circuit Civil Case No. 16-000419-CI-15.


Business Technology Services

14. Purchase authorization for requirements of Voice over Internet Protocol telephone system equipment and maintenance services from Unify, Inc.

Housing Finance Authority

15. Receipt and file of the 2015 Annual Report for the Housing Finance Authority of Pinellas County.

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16. Award of bid to the Artec Group, Inc. for the Terminal Improvements - Phase 3 Project (gates 7-10 addition) at the St. Pete-Clearwater International Airport.

17. Agreement with American Infrastructure Development, Inc. for consultant services for the Terminal Improvements - Phase 3 Project at the St. Pete-Clearwater International Airport.

18. Agreement with Michael Baker International Inc. for consultant services for the Terminal Improvements - Phase 3 Project at the St. Pete-Clearwater International Airport.

Economic Development

19. Resolution approving A1050849631 as a Qualified Applicant for the Qualified Target Industry Tax Refund Program.

20. Resolution approving B4100252787 as a Qualified Applicant for the Qualified Target Industry Tax Refund Program.

21. Resolution expressing support for Prestige Machine & Tool as a Qualified Applicant for an Economic Development Ad Valorem Tax Exemption.

Management and Budget

22. Fiscal Year 16 Board Budget Amendment No. 2 to use General Fund Reserves for site work at the 126th Avenue Landfill for the Real Estate Management Department.


Approved23. Aut
hority to advertise a public hearing to be held on May 10, 2016, regarding a proposed Interlocal Agreement for the Largo Planning Area.

Public Works

24. Amendment No. 7 to the agreement with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection and Humiston & Moore Engineers, P.A., for the Honeymoon Island Beach Restoration project.


25. County Administrator miscellaneous. - None


26. County Attorney miscellaneous.

Attorney Bennett provided an update regarding Agenda Item No. 13.

Countywide Planning Authority

27. Authority to advertise public hearings to be held on May 10 and May 24, 2016, regarding proposed amendments to the Countywide Rules concerning Target Employment Centers, Transferable Development Rights, and Temporary Lodging Intensity Standards.


28. County Administrator reports - None.


29. Appointment of one applicant to the Solid Waste Technical Management Committee.

30. Appointment to the Local Planning Agency (individual appointment).

31. Appointment to the Parks and Conservation Resources Advisory Board (individual appointment).

32. County Commission miscellaneous.

The members reminded everyone to get out and vote in today's Presidential Preference
Primary and municipal elections.

Commissioner Eggers
Announced the spring 2016 session of the Pinellas Citizens' University from March 24, through May 26, 2016, oting that there are seven openings left.

Expressed concern that the public alternatives workshop for the Dunedin Causeway Bridge was scheduled during a Commission meeting, and requested that future meetings be scheduled on days the Board does not meet.

Related that the recent East Lake Town Hall meeting was well attended, good questions were asked, and staff will respond.

Thanked Deputy Corella and Joanna Cheshire for a tour of Brooker Creek Preserve.

Discussed Teacher Appreciation breakfasts held in Dunedin and Palm Harbor.

Watched the nationally televised Valspar Golf Tournament and heard mention of St. Petersburg, Palm Harbor, and Pinellas County.

Indicated that he is planning a Town Hall meeting at the library in Palm Harbor, adding that the Board needs to reach out to the Pinellas Community.

Commissioner Welch
Extended condolences to the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office on the loss of Deputy John Kotfila, who died after using his vehicle as a shield to protect a citizen from a wrong-way driver.

Related that he attended the Grand Prix of St. Petersburg on Saturday, and he believes the attendance was approximately 100,000.

Acknowledged the great job done by Supervisor of Elections Deborah Clark, noting that Pinellas far surpasses other urban counties in early and mail voting.

Commissioner Morroni
Expressed condolences on the loss of former Largo City Commissioner Jean Halvorsen and former Clearwater City Council Member J.B. Johnson.

Announced that he and Treasure Island Mayor Bob Minning met with Congressman David Jolly and Colonel Jason Kirk in Jacksonville regarding funding for beach nourishment projects.

Commissioner Long
Requested that the Board or individual members write letters in support of flights from Tampa International Airport to Cuba, and agreed to provide a draft copy of her letter to assist in preparation of individual letters.

Attended a Tampa Bay Area Regional Transit Authority meeting wherein Joe Wagner and Sue Chrzan conducted a presentation on autonomous vehicles. Requested that they be invited to make same presentation to the Board.

Attended the American Public Transportation Association Legislative Conference in Washington, D.C. Related that the Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority (PSTA) received national recognition for its "first mile, last mile" partnership with Uber.

Met with the Federal Transportation Authority regarding the joint TIGER grant application with the Hillsborough Area Transit Authority. Thanked Representatives David Jolly, Gus Bilirakis, and Dennis Ross, Senator Bill Nelson, and Secretary of Transportation Anthony Fox for their assistance.

Reminded residents of the "Parade of Corpses" exhibit sponsored by the North County Cultural Alliance and the Clearwater Arts Alliance located in the Clearwater Arts Building through the end of this week.

Requested the status of conducting a County Commission meeting in Tierra Verde and suggested a Town Hall meeting in Palm Harbor to discuss community issues. Chairman Justice indicated that the meeting calendar is being reviewed.

Chairman Justice
Discussed his attendance at the ITB International Trade Show with Visit St. Petersburg/Clearwater Director David Downing.

Related that he attended an airport update presented to the downtown St. Petersburg Partnership by St. Pete-Clearwater Airport Director Tom Jewsbury and Economic Development Director Mike Meidel.


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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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