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

Public Meeting February 24, 2015 2:01 P.M. Printable version

Public Participation

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 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 Pastor Billy Bay from the New Life International Church in Pinellas Park.

Pledge of Allegiance


Duke Energy Power Partner Award

National Consumer Protection Week Proclamation

African American History Month Proclamation


Lenore Faulkner, Madeira Beach, re middle school excellence.
David Ballard Geddis, Jr., Palm Harbor, re Constitution.
Greg Pound, Largo, re truth.
Judy Ellis, St. Petersburg, re leaf blowers.
Heidi Sumner, St. Petersburg, re leaf blower abuse.
Todd Pressman, Palm Harbor, re banners.


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 January 27, 2015.

2. Reports received for filing:

a.  Juvenile Welfare Board Monthly Financial and Investment Report dated December 31, 2014.

b. Dock Fee Report for the month of January 2015.

3. Vouchers and bills paid – None.

4. Miscellaneous items received for filing:

a. City of Largo Notice of Public Hearing held October 21, 2014, regarding proposed Ordinance No. 2015-03 annexing certain property.

b. Eastlake Oaks Community Development District minutes of the meeting held October 9, 2014.



5. Receipt and file report of non-procurement items delegated to the County Administrator (County Administrator).

6. Approval of sole source purchase with Philips Health Care, a division of Philips Electronics North America Corporation, for electrocardiograph monitor/defibrillators and services (Emergency Medical Service and Fire Administration).

7.  Approval to accept and record a private street sign installation guarantee and a sidewalk guarantee of the plat of Harbor Ridge Phase II of Palm Harbor (Public Works).

8. Approval of an award of bid to Air Mechanical and Services Corporation for heating, ventilation and air conditioner upgrades at the Largo office of the Supervisor of Elections (Real Estate Management).


9. Notice of new lawsuit and defense of the same by the County Attorney in the case of Rebecca Meeker v. Steeplechase Townhomes Owners’ Assn., Inc. and Pinellas County – Circuit Civil Case No. 13-4929-CI-8 – Allegations of negligence resulting in personal injuries.

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10. Items for discussion from the Consent Agenda.


County Administrator

11. Adoption of a resolution supporting expansion of health care by the Florida legislature.

12. Adoption of a resolution supporting the elimination of the residential gun range loophole.

Public Works

Approved - Public Hearing to be held 3/24/15
13. Approval of authority to advertise a public hearing for a proposed ordinance adding a slow speed/minimum wake zone and combustion motor exclusion zone to Sections 130-105 and 130-106 of the Pinellas County Code for boater safety in Bear Creek.

14. Adoption of a resolution to support the dedication of Park Boulevard, between Gulf Boulevard and U.S. Highway 19, as the C.W. “Bill” Young Memorial Highway.

15. Adoption of a resolution to delegate authority to execute the certification required by the Federal Financial Assistance Application for Direct Component Funds for the Resources and Ecosystems Sustainability, Tourist Opportunities and Revived Economies of the Gulf Coast (RESTORE) Act to Program Director Andrew Squires.

Real Estate Management

16. Adoption of a resolution declaring a portion of County-owned property surplus and authorizing conveyance to the State of Florida.

17. Approval of ranking of firms and final agreement with Moss and Associates LLC for professional services for the design/build jail campus infrastructure Phase 1 Project.

Other Departments

18. Approval of Fiscal Year 2015 Budget Amendment No. 1 (Management and Budget).

Approved - Public Hearing to be held 5/19/15
19. Approval of authority to advertise a public hearing for a proposed ordinance amending Chapter 158 and repealing Article III of Chapter 170 of the Pinellas County Land Development Code pertaining to floodplain management and flood damage prevention (Planning/Public Works).

20. Approval of ranking of firms and final agreement with Motorola Solutions, Inc. for professional engineering services for a design/build multi-site radio tower replacement (Radio and Technology).

21. Approval of a non-competitive purchase with General Electric International, Inc. for the Waste to Energy Facility turbine generator steam path replacement (Solid Waste).

Approved - Public Hearing to be held 5/5/15 and 5/19/15
22. Approval of authority to advertise public hearings regarding proposed revised retail and wholesale water, sewer and reclaimed water rates for Pinellas County Utilities (Utilities/Management and Budget).

23. Other administrative matters.


24. Miscellaneous.


Clerk of the Circuit Court and Comptroller

25. Approval of ranking of firms and final agreement with Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. for banking services.


26. None.

Report on the local Legislative Delegation meeting held February 24, 2015.


27. Miscellaneous.   

a. Commissioner Justice reported that website opened today to gauge opinion on pier designs for St. Petersburg.
b. Commissioner Eggers

thanked Council of North County Neighborhoods for reaching out to various homeowners’ groups and hearing their concerns.

announced opening of spring training for Philadelphia Phillies and Toronto Blue Jays and encouraged everyone to attend.

requested clarification on the upcoming changes to the BCC entryway, and Mr. Woodard provided explanation.

c. Commissioner Long thanked Natural Resources Division Manager Kelli Levy and her staff for quick and professional handling of a citizen’s problem.

encouraged members to attend the Tiger Bay Annual Awards and Gala on March 12 at the Club at Treasure Island.

thanked County Administrator and his staff for obtaining the dolphin sculpture for display at the Courthouse, and Mr. Woodard indicated that Clearwater Chamber of Commerce will be recognized for providing the sculpture.

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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.


28. Proposed Tax Equity Fiscal Responsibility Act (TEFRA) resolution for TEFRA approval of not to exceed $99,000,000 Volusia County Educational Facilities Authority Educational Facilities Revenue Bonds, Series 2015, on behalf of Stetson University, Inc.

29. Petition to Vacate submitted by Kelly L. Crossland for a portion of a utility easement located on Lot 12, Block 7, Map of Section No. 1, West Oldsmar (Quasi-Judicial Hearing).

30. Planning and zoning applications heard by the Local Planning Agency (Quasi-Judicial hearings are noted with a “Q” Prefix):

Q Z/LU-2-1-15
Proposed resolution changing the zoning classification of a portion of a 1.3 acre parcel (consisting of 0.55 acre) located at 7749 De Long Way in the unincorporated area of Seminole, with a development agreement for an assisted living facility on a parcel at 7770 128th Street North and on the 0.55 acre of 7749 De Long Way, not to exceed 16 feet in height, with a variance for parking to allow 22 spaces where 71 are required, and a variance to allow an assisted living facility within 950 feet of another facility where 1,000 feet of separation is required; Page 282 of the Zoning Atlas, as being in Section 29, Township 30, Range 15; from E-1, Estate Residential to IL, Institutional Limited, upon application of Christine Gibree through Steve Williamson, Representative; and a proposed ordinance amending the Future Land Use Map of Pinellas County, Florida by changing the Land Use designation of the northern portion of a 1.3 acre parcel (consisting of 0.55 acre) located at 7749 De Long Way in the unincorporated area of Seminole from Residential Suburban to Institutional, providing for other modifications that may arise from review of this ordinance at the public hearing and/or with other responsible parties and providing an effective date.

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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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