EMERGENCY ORDER No. 20-3 OF THE OFFICIAL AUTHORITY OF PINELLAS COUNTY PURSUANT TO RESOLUTION NO. 20-16, Declaring a Local State of Emergency AND RESOLUTION NO. 20-20, establishing "Safer at Home" requirements
WHEREAS, on March 13, 2020, in conjunction with the activities of the World Health Organization (WHO), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), as well as pursuant the emergency declarations issued by the Governor and the Health Officer for the Florida Department of Health, the Pinellas County Board of County Commissioners declared a state of local emergency (LSE) by Pinellas County Board of County Commissioners Resolution 20-16 (Board Resolution 20-16); an
WHEREAS, the Board has found it necessary to subsequently extend the LSE for additional periods due to the ongoing threat posed by COVID-19 and the continued need for dynamic and effective response; and
WHEREAS, in response to the threat of increased community spread within Pinellas County, on March 25, 2020, the Board of County Commissioners adopted Resolution 20-20, “COVID-19 – Safer at Home” Order (Board Resolution 20-20) requiring that businesses not defined as “Essential Services” operate in a manner consistent with the Order, the CDC guidelines on social distancing, and other applicable laws; and
WHEREAS, Governor Ron DeSantis issued Executive Order 20-69 permitting local government bodies to meet utilizing Communications Media Technology without the requirement of a quorum being physically present pursuant to s. 120.54(5)(b)2, Florida Statutes; and
WHEREAS, the County has not previously adopted procedures to meet the requirements of s. 120.54, Florida Statutes; and
WHEREAS, pursuant to Section 34-23, Pinellas County Code, the Official Authority is granted the power to impose restrictions by executive order; and
WHEREAS, in order to meet the public health objectives of Board Resolutions 20-16 and 20-20, and Governor DeSantis’ EO 20-91, in light of the need to maintain social distancing and protect public health during this pandemic it is necessary to take the further action stated below in accordance with s. 252.38, Florida Statutes.
NOW THEREFORE, in accordance with the powers granted to me by Board Resolution 20-16, as extended, I now order the following shall be the procedures for virtual meetings of the Board of County Commissioners utilizing Communications Media Technology (CMT):
Ordered this 3rd day of April, 2020 at 5:41 p.m.
Barry Burton, County Administrator