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

Public Meeting March 29, 2016 2:05 P.M. Printable version


INVOCATION by Pastor Wayne A. Robinson with Pilgrim Congregational United Church of Christ in St. Petersburg



1. Presentations and Awards:

Water Conservation Month Proclamation
Doing Things Employee Recognition - Carol Gray, Parks and Conservation Resources
Presentation of a Proclamation to the Board:
Pinellas Trail 25th Anniversary Recognition - Florida Greenways & Trails Foundation

Partner Presentation:
Bikepath Country - Ivan Bellotto, President


Lenore Faulkner, Madeira Beach, re education excellence
David Ballard Geddis, Jr., Palm Harbor, re storm water political poker play
Greg Pound, Largo, re truth
Bonnie Audette Solorzano, Palm Coast, re parental alienation through DCF

2. Public comment.

Items 3 through 16 (Items 9, 10, 13, and 15 addressed under
Regular Agenda)


3. Minutes of the regular meeting held February 23, 2016.

4. Vouchers and bills paid from January 17 through February 20, 2016.

Reports received for filing:

5. Quarterly Donation Listings of $500 or more for the quarters ended September 30 and December 31, 2015.

6. Quarterly Report of Routine Dock and Dredge/Fill Permits issued from October 1 to December 31, 2015.

Miscellaneous items received for filing:

7. Eastlake Oaks Community Development District minutes of the meeting held December 10, 2015.



8. Resolution accepting Florida Department of Transportation Supplemental Joint Participation Agreement No. 2 for the remote parking lot expansion at St. Pete-Clearwater International Airport.

County Administrator

9. Receipt and file report of non-procurement items delegated to the County Administrator.

Human Services

10. Grant agreement with the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration for Community & Primary Care Services (per grant no. GFA049).

11. Grant award from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources Services Administration for the Health Care for the Homeless Program.

12. Resolution supplementing the Fiscal Year 2016 (FY16) General Fund Budget for unanticipated revenue to the Human Services Department.

Public Works

13. Award of bid to Kamminga & Roodvoets, Inc., for the intersection improvement project at Belcher and Belleair roads.

Real Estate Management

14. Ranking of firms and execution of agreements with eight firms for mechanical, electrical, and plumbing engineering services.


15. Award of bid to Wharton-Smith, Inc. for the Logan Pump Station modification project.


16. Notice of new lawsuit and defense of the same by the County Attorney in the case of Jean C. Ulloa v. John R. Beach & Associates, Inc., et al. v. Pinellas County, et al. -Circuit Civil Case No. 16-004812-CI-8.

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Human Services
17. Agreement with BayCare Behavioral Health, Inc. for services to homeless clients of the Healthcare for the Homeless program.


18. Amendment to the Citizen Participation Plan for federal housing and community development grants.

Public Works

19. Authority to advertise a public hearing to be held on April 26, 2016 for a proposed ordinance amending Section 122-68 of the County Code specific to golf carts permitted in Highland Lakes by removing the restriction “to accommodate golf cart play.”


20. Other Administrative matters:

- Support for the Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority and the Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority’s joint application for a Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery Grant.

21. County Administrator miscellaneous.


22. County Attorney miscellaneous.


Lealman Community Redevelopment Agency

23. Election of the Chairman and Vice-Chairman of the Lealman Community Redevelopment Agency.

Supervisor of Elections

24. FY16 Board Budget Amendment to realign appropriation from the General Government (Reserve for Contingencies) cost center to the Supervisor of Elections cost center within the General Fund.


25. County Administrator reports:

- Doing Things For You! 2015 Accomplishments.
- Advanced Traffic Management System/Intelligent Transportation System Update.


26. Appointments to the Economic Development Council.

27. County Commission miscellaneous.

Commissioner Eggers
Discussed citizens’ concerns regarding County-owned land in Pasco County and acknowledged assistance provided by his staff and the County Administrator’s Office in responding to their emails; requested a presentation by Tampa Bay Water or Utilities Department staff regarding the system used to deliver water to Pinellas County

Expressed appreciation to the Supervisor of Elections and staff for their hard work with the recent Presidential Preference Primary Election, noting that pproximately 50 percent of the eligible registered voters cast a ballot, and thanked the residents for getting out to vote and making a difference.

Announced that Relay for Life events begin soon, noting that a schedule is available at, and asked the public to support the effort.

Announced that Oldsmar is celebrating its100-Year Anniversary with a parade on Saturday; that Dunedin is celebrating the 50th Anniversary of its Highland Games; and that the Palm Harbor Parrot Head Festival is coming soon.

Announced that “My VA” is a new board, chaired by Father Swick, to provide veteran assistance and positive information, noting that two summits are scheduled.

Commissioner Welch
Wished a speedy recovery to Tampa Police Officer Jose Rodriguez, who survived a gunshot wound, thanks to his vest.

Discussed Business Technology Services (BTS) business continuity and budget issues, citing an additional $1.4 million request for the Tyler system, and indicated that the BTS Board will meet in a few weeks.

Referring to discussions with the Tampa Bay Rays, requested that Chairman Justice convey to St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman the importance of partnering at the County level and showing a united front.

Commissioner Gerard
Echoed Commissioner Eggers’ comments regarding the Supervisor of Elections' Office, noting the low number of rejected ballots.

Commissioner Morroni
Moved, seconded by Commissioner Seel and carried unanimously, that Geraldine Raja be appointed to the Parks and Conservation Resources Advisory Board.

Reported that he attended a very positive meeting of the Government Affairs Committee of the Tierra Verde Community Association and related that the Commissioners will be asked to select a date for a meeting in Tierra Verde to discuss community issues.

Commissioner Long
Expressed concern regarding the small number of students and manufacturers participating in the AmSkills program. At her request, Commissioner Eggers provided a brief update regarding the program and agreed to relay her concerns at the upcoming Governing Board meeting.

Requested a Toytown project update; whereupon, Mr. Woodward related that recent negotiating sessions with the Sports Park Group have produced materials to assist with the County’s evaluation, noting that a determination may be made shortly.

Chairman Justice
Congratulated Commissioner Seel on her induction into the Girl Scouts of West Central Florida Women of Distinction Hall of Fame.

Announced a Farm Share event to be held in Lealman on April 4, noting that volunteers are needed, and thanked participating partners.

Discussed a Hillsborough County ordinance banning the towing of patrons’ vehicles parked at establishments that serve alcohol prior to noon the following day and inquired as to the members’ interest in adopting a similar ordinance, and discussion ensued.

Meeting Recessed: 4:31 PM

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Meeting Reconvened: 6:02 PM


All public hearing items have been properly advertised. Affidavits of Publication have been received and are on file in the Board Records Department.


28. Case No. Q Z/LU-5-2-16 (Janet O’Harrow)
A request for a zoning change from R-3, Single Family Residential to P-1, General Professional Office, and a land use change from Residential Urban to Residential/Office-General on approximately 0.7 acre located at 1003 Virginia Avenue in Palm Harbor.

29. Ordinance amending the Water and Navigation regulations of Chapter 166 of the Land Development Code, specifically dealing with the permitting requirements for the repair or replacement of existing docks.

30. Ordinance amending the goals, objectives and policies, and the Future Land Use Map Category Descriptions and Rules, of the Future Land Use and Quality Communities Element of the Comprehensive Plan, amending the legend of the Future Land Use Map, and amending the Future Land Use Map.

31. Ordinance amending the Transportation, Capital Improvements and Intergovernmental Coordination Elements, and the Concurrency Management Section of the Comprehensive Plan.

32. Ordinance amending portions of Chapter 134, Article VI (Concurrency System), of the Land Development Code.

33. Ordinance amending portions of Chapter 150, Impact Fees, of the Land Development Code.

34. Case No. Q DA-4-2-16 (GIB Properties, LLC)
A request for a modification of an existing Development Agreement for an assisted living facility by increasing the maximum number of beds from 39 to 58, allowing for the enlargement of the existing building, limiting the building height to 16 feet and one story, prohibiting the use of DeLong Way by commercial or delivery vehicles, and removing the parking variance on approximately 1.6 acres located at 7770 128th Street in the unincorporated area of Seminole.


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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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