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

Public Meeting March 24, 2015 2:01 P.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 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 Reverend Jesse Garnee from the Temple of the Living God in St. Petersburg.

Pledge of Allegiance


Water Conservation Month Proclamation


David Ballard Geddis, Jr., Palm Harbor, re water, Statute 153.03 and the 14th Amendment.
Lenore Faulkner, Madeira Beach, re middle school excellence.
Edward and Tracy Kames, Tarpon Springs, re noise-making birds.


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 February 24, 2015.

2. Reports received for filing:

a. Juvenile Welfare Board of Pinellas County Financial Statements and Compliance Reports for the year ended September 30, 2014, along with Certified Annual Financial Report dated February 27, 2015.

b. Division of Inspector General, Clerk of the Circuit Court and Comptroller, Report No. 2015-02 dated February 26, 2015 – Audit of Housing Finance Authority Long-Term Obligations.

3. Vouchers and bills paid – None.

4. Miscellaneous items received for filing:

a. City of Clearwater Notices of Public Hearings regarding proposed Ordinances Nos. 8677-15 through 8679-15, 8683-15 through 8685-15, and 8686-15 through 8688-15 annexing certain properties and amending the Land Use Plan and the Zoning Atlas; public hearings to be held April 2, 2015.

b. City of Clearwater Notices of City Council Public Hearings held March 5, 2015 regarding the vacation of certain properties.



5. Adoption of a resolution for approval of State of Florida Department of Transportation, Public Transportation, Joint Participation Agreement for funding of design, development and construction of a remote parking lot and electronic billboard sign (Airport).

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

7. Approval of Local Agency Program Agreements with the Florida Department of Transportation for Sidewalk Projects at: (Engineering and Technical Support)

a. C.R. 694 (Park Boulevard) from Starkey Road to 66th Street North.

b. C.R. 1 (Keene Road) from S.R. 580 (Main Street) to S.R. 586 (Curlew Road).

8. Approval of an award of bid to Bentzel Mechanical, Inc. for the Young-Rainey STAR Center chiller replacement project (Real Estate Management).


9. Notice of new lawsuits and defense of the same by the County Attorney in the cases of:

a. David Ballard Geddis, Jr. v. Pinellas County Florida - Small Claims Civil Case No. 15-001701-SC-North – reclaimed water availability charge.

b. Golf Car Systems, Inc., et al. v. Pinellas County, et al. - Circuit Civil Case No. 14-007188-CI-15 – allegations of breach of lease agreement.

c. Samuel S. Mehring, Jr. v. Pinellas County Emergency Medical Services a/k/a Sunstar Ambulance - County Civil Case No. 15-CC-002982 – Sunstar billing matter.

d. Charlene Serjeant v. Pinellas County Animal Services - County Small Claims Case No. 15-000204-SC – claim to recover animals.

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10. Items for discussion from the Consent Agenda.



11. Approval of a non-competitive agreement with 211 Tampa Bay Cares, Inc. for the adult emergency financial assistance pilot program (Human Services).

Public Hearing to be held April 16, 2015 at Epicenter
12. Other administrative matters.

Announcement of a public hearing regarding designation of an expansion of the Ulmerton Road Opportunity Corridor as a Brownfield area.


13. Miscellaneous.


Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Authority

14. Approval of ranking of firms and authority to negotiate a contract with Paramedics Plus, L.L.C. for ambulance services.

15. Approval of appointments and reappointments to the EMS Advisory Council.


16.  Citizen’s Survey.


17. Approval of appointments to the Suncoast Health Council.

18. Miscellaneous.

a.         Commissioner Eggers

announced Celebrate Oldsmar Day from March 27 through 29.

announced 49th Annual Scottish Games on March 28 in Dunedin.

thanked Council of North County Neighborhoods for addressing environmental issues on soccer fields.

thanked Messrs. Woodard and Stowers and staff for putting together the recent Strategic Planning Session.

thanked Curlew Hills for ceremony remembering fallen soldiers.

b.         Commissioner Welch

echoed earlier comments by Commissioner Eggers re Strategic Planning Session.

wished good luck to members traveling to Tallahassee this week.

announced Brad Miller and his staff have laid out a financial plan for Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority, and thanked Commissioner Long for her work in Tallahassee last week requesting Bus Rapid Transit funding from the state.

announced he will be attending St. Petersburg City Council work session on Thursday re wage theft, and requested Messrs. Woodard and Bennett research issue and bring back to the Board for discussion.

thanked Congressman Jolly for the invitation to speak at a New Ideas Conference this Friday re transportation, and Commissioner Long provided input.

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.

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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.


19. Proposed ordinance amending Sections 130-105 and 130-106 of the Pinellas County Code relating to boater safety in Bear Creek by adding a slow speed/minimum wake zone and combustion motor exclusion zone.

20. Proposed ordinance amending Chapter 134 of the Pinellas County Land Development Code adopting the Annual Concurrency Test Statement.

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

Q Z/LU-1-1-15
Proposed resolution changing the zoning classification of an approximately 0.23 acre property located on the north side of Walsingham Road, 300 feet east of 119th Street North, Largo and also located at 11787 Walsingham Road in the unincorporated area of Pinellas County, Page 238 of the Zoning Atlas, as being in Section 09, Township 30, Range 15, from R-3, Single Family Residential to C-2, General Retail Commercial and Limited Services and a variance to allow a 50 foot wide C-2 lot and a development agreement allowing the personal storage of vehicles and to develop a personal office use not to exceed 50 feet in height; upon application of Dennis K. Brown and Deborah K. Pennington through Todd Pressman, Representative, and a proposed ordinance amending the Future Land Use Map of Pinellas County, Florida by changing the Land Use designation from Residential Low to Commercial General, 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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