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

Public Meeting March 10, 2015 9:31 A.M. Printable version

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.

Invocation by Mr. Hugh Manning, First Reader from the First Church of Christ, Scientist

Pledge of Allegiance


Surveyor’s Week Proclamation


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.


Proposals to amend the adopted Countywide Plan Map:

1. Subthreshold Amendments:

a. Case CW 15-3 – Pinellas County
2.4 acres more or less (mol), located at 2535 Richards Road; amendment from Residential Rural to Residential Estate.

b. Case CW 15-4 – Pinellas County
8.1 acres mol, located at 14840 49th Street North; amendment from Transportation/Utility to Institutional.

2. Regular Amendments:

a. Case CW 15-5 – City of Clearwater
2.1 acres mol, located at the northwest corner of Jeffords Street and Druid Road South; amendment from Residential/Office General to Institutional.

b. Case CW 15-6 – City of Largo
3.6 acres mol, located at the northwest corner of Ulmerton Road and 66th Street North; amendment from Industrial Limited to Commercial General.


Gerry Brown, Seminole, re (submitted document).
Greg Pound, Largo, re truth.
Lenore Faulkner, Madeira Beach, re middle school excellence.


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.


3. Approval of minutes of the regular meeting held February 10, 2015.

4. Reports received for filing – None.

5. Vouchers and bills paid:

a. $19,858,864.96 from November 16 to November 22, 2014.

b. $11,489,049.57 from November 23 to November 29, 2014.

c. $44,822,891.27 from November 30 to December 6, 2014.

d. $9,466,186.38 from December 7 to December 13, 2014.

e. $16,329,057.66 from December 14 to December 20, 2014.

f. $5,532,614.69 from December 21 to December 27, 2014.

g. $19,528,414.71 from December 28, 2014 to January 3, 2015.

h. $16,407,592.90 from January 4 to January 10, 2015.

i. $12,856,563.54 from January 11 to January 17, 2015.

j. $6,568,716.79 from January 18 to January 24, 2015.

k. $23,627,037.40 from January 25 to January 31, 2015.

l.   $30,623,745.96 from February 1 to February 7, 2015.

6. Miscellaneous items received for filing:

a.  Public Risk Management of Florida Intergovernmental Cooperative Agreement, A Contract and By-Laws for Public Risk Management of Florida Health Trust (PRM-HT), as amended and restated through October 19, 2012, for the City of Safety Harbor (joining PRM-HT effective January 1, 2015), together with an Affidavit of Authenticity.

b.  City of Clearwater Ordinances Nos. 8621-15, 8624-15, and 8632-15 adopted January 15, 2015, annexing certain property.

c.  City of Clearwater Notices of Public Hearings regarding proposed Ordinances Nos. 8678-15, 8679-15, and 8680-15, amending the Land Use Plan and the Zoning Atlas and designating historic property; public hearings to be held April 2, 2015.

d. City of Tarpon Springs Ordinance No. 2015-01 adopted February 3, 2015, annexing certain property.



7. Approval of an award of bid to All American Concrete, Inc. for the Fort DeSoto water circulation infrastructure project (Engineering and Technical Support).

8. Adoption of a resolution to appropriate earmarked receipts for a particular purpose in the Fiscal Year 2015 General Fund budget for the Human Services Department (Management and Budget).

9. Approval to authorize conveyance of escheat properties to the Cities of Clearwater, Largo, Tarpon Springs and St. Petersburg (Real Estate Management).


Emergency Medical Services Authority

10. Approval of a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity to AVS Mobility, Inc.

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11. Items for discussion from the Consent Agenda.



12. Adoption of a resolution regulating expressive activities on County-owned Facilities (Real Estate Management).

Public Hearing to be held April 7, 2015
13. Other administrative matters.

Announcement of a Tax Equity Fiscal Responsibility Act (TEFRA) public hearing on behalf of the Pinellas County Educational Facilities Authority.


14. Status update regarding the case of Pinellas County, et al. v. State of Florida, Department of Juvenile Justice, et al. - Department of Juvenile Justice Case Nos. 15-0001, 15-0002, 15-0003 – Division of Administrative Hearings – Challenge to the Department of Juvenile Justice’s billing practices.

15. Recommendation for settlement in the case of Michele T. Jones, as parent and natural guardian for Neil T. Valk, a minor v. Pinellas County, Florida - Circuit Civil Case No. 13-009972-CI-15 – Allegations of negligence resulting in personal injuries.

16. Recommendation to approve settlement in the case of Pinellas County v. Bureau Veritas North America, Inc. – Circuit Civil Case No. 10-017662-CI-015.


17. Resources and Ecosystems Sustainability, Tourist Opportunities and Revived Economies of the Gulf Coast States (RESTORE) Act Update Report.


18. Selection and approval of an alternate member to the Local Planning Agency.

19. Miscellaneous.

a.         Commissioner Eggers

thanked men and women in the military for their service; and announced tomorrow is the second anniversary of the death of Zack Shannon in Afghanistan and offered the County Commission’s thoughts and prayers to the Allison family.

announced Dunedin Chamber of Commerce breakfast on Monday in honor of teachers and invited everyone to attend.

thanked Bill Losasso, Senior Pastor at Pathways Community Church for his work with Adopt a Block program in Lealman. 

reminded residents of Belleair, Belleair Beach, Indian Rocks Beach, Kenneth City, Oldsmar, Safety Harbor, St. Pete Beach, and Treasure Island to vote today.

b.         Commissioner Welch

echoed comments by Commissioner Eggers re Adopt a Block program and the Florida Dream Center, and thanked all the partners for their efforts.

c.         Commissioner Long

invited members to attend Annual Tiger Bay Banquet Thursday at the Club on Treasure Island.

will join PSTA Chief Executive Officer Brad Miller in a meeting with Senate Transportation Appropriation Committee this afternoon.

provided update on Advanced Tampa Bay Manufacturing Industry Certification Training Center (ICTC) Program German Skills Initiative.

reminded members of Future of the Regions Symposium on March 27 at the Public Policy Institute, noting Commissioner Welch will speak about transportation.

d.         Commissioner Seel

reported she observed stormwater drain cleaning on Haines Bayshore Road; and noted a sign was placed announcing it was paid for by collected stormwater fees.

e.         Commissioner Justice

thanked County staff and others who helped make Adopt a Block party on Saturday a success, and Commissioner Long provided input.

f.          Chairman Morroni

requested update on Canvassing Board for 2016, and Chief Assistant County Attorney Jewel White provided information.

announced County Animal Services Department was selected as Outstanding Agency of the Year for 2014 at Florida Animal Control Association 2015 conference, and Joey Samba was selected as Animal Control Officer of the Year; thanked Animal Services Director Maureen Freaney and her staff for the work they do.

discussed recent trip to Berlin with Tourist Development Council Executive Director David Downing.

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If the meeting 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.


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 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.

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