Board of County Commissioners Regular Meeting  6/4/2019, 9:30 AM

Board of County Commissioners Regular Meeting 6/4/2019, 9:30 AM


>>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: GOOD MORNING. AND WELCOME TO ALL OF YOU TO OUR JUNE 4th, 2019, BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS MEETING. AND TODAY WE ARE PROUD THAT OUR INVOCATION WILL BE LED BY RABBI MICHAEL TOROP. AND HE IS FROM TELLE BETH EL FROM ST. PETERSBURG. EVERYBODY, PLEASE STAND, AND THEREAFTER THE PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE WILL BE LED BY COMMISSIONER JUSTICE.>>THANK YOU. TO THE GREAT ANIMATING, LIFE-GIVING SPIRIT OF THE UNIVERSE, THE WELLSPRING OF WHOLENESS AND PEACE, TO THE CLEAR, SINGLE LIFE THAT IN PROVERBS IS CALLED THE CANDLE OF THE ETERNAL, AND AS THE VERSE CONTINUES TO NAME IT THE SOUL OF HUMANITY, TO YOU O HOLY SOURCE OF MY LIGHT, SOUL OF MY SOUL, WE ASK YOU FOR YOUR BLESSING. MAY THE DIVINE PRESENCE BE FELT HERE THIS MORNING, AT THE BEGINNING OF PRIDE MONTH, ON THIS, THE FIRST MEETING OF THE PINELLAS COUNTY COMMISSION DURING A MONTH FOCUSED ON TEARING DOWN THE WALLS OF THE DISCRIMINATION THAT HAVE BEEN BUILT TO SEPARATE OUR LGBTQ PLUS FRIENDS AND FELLOW PINELLAS COUNTY RESIDENTS FROM US, A WALL DEFINING US ON ONE SIDE AS THE SO-CALLED NORM, THE MAINSTREAM. A WALL THAT PROTECTS US AS WE POINT OUR FINGERS AT THEM, AND CRY OUT KEEP THE OTHERS AWAY FROM ME. NO, MY FRIENDS, THAT IS ASSUREDLY NOT THE MANDATE WE’VE GIVEN TO OUR ELECTED COMMISSIONERS. THEIR MANDATE IS TO BUILD RELATIONSHIPS OF INCLUSION AND AFFIRMATION, KINDNESS AND GRACE, RELATIONSHIPS THAT ENSURE THAT THE PRESENCE OF THE HOLY ONE DWELLS HERE. THIS, THEY WILL DO BY THEIR ACTIONS, BY THE QUALITY OF THEIR DELIBERATIONS, BY MAKING DECISIONS AND SETTING POLICY THAT INCREASES JUSTICE AND EQUALITY, NOT JUST THIS MONTH BUT EVERY MONTH, EVERY WEEK, EVERY DAY, AS THEY LIFT UP THE DOWNTRODDEN, THE FORGOTTEN ONES, THE MOST VULNERABLE AT THE FRINGES OF OUR COUNTY. THEY DO THIS BECAUSE DURING PRIDE MONTH AND EVERY OTHER MONTH THEY ARE DEDICATED TO LIFTING UP LOVE AND NOT HATE, HONOR AND MUTUAL RESPECT, RATHER THAN PREJUDICE AND DISDAIN. OUR COUNTY GOVERNMENT IS ONE THAT JOINS OUR CRY AFFIRMING THAT IT IS NEITHER RIGHT NOR JUST NOR FAIR NOR LEGAL TO DENIGRATE ANY HUMAN BEING AS THE OTHER, TO ABUSE WOMEN AND TREAT OUR SISTERS AS LESS THAN OUR BROTHERS, TO TREAT PEOPLE OF COLOR DIFFERENT THAN THOSE WHOSE SKIN IS WHITE, TO TREAT GENDER AS SOMEHOW DIFFERENT THAN GENDER FLUID OR GENDER NONBINARY OR TRANSGENDER OR ANY OTHER TO EXPRESS HUMAN IDENTITY. SO GOD AS OUR COMMISSIONER SET OUT THIS DAY TO DO THEIR WORK AND TO DO THEIR DUTY. LET US ALL BE MINDFUL OF YOUR CREATION, IN THE BOOK OF JEN US IS GOD SAID LET US MAKE HUMANITY IN OUR IMAGE AFTER YOUR LIKENESS. EVERY HUMAN BEING IS EQUALLY CREATED IN THE IMAGE OF SOMETHING BEYOND OURSELVES. EACH OF US IS EQUALLY A REFLECTION OF THE HOLINESS. EACH OF US CONTAINS AN EQUAL SPARK OF THE DIVINE. AND EACH OF OUR LIVES IS INDIVIDUALLY A WHOLE WORLD UNTO ITSELF. MAY THE EFFORTS OF OUR COUNTY COMMISSION BRING DIGNITY TO ALL WHO LIVE WITHIN OUR JURISDICTION. YOU ARE DOING GOAD’S WORK. WHEN YOU PROVIDE ALL OUR CITIZENS WITH THE SERVICES THEY NEED, AND THE OPPORTUNITIES THEY MUST HAVE TO ENHANCE THE QUALITY OF THEIR LIVES, YOU ARE DOING GOD’S WORK. AND WHEN YOU ENABLE ALL OF US TO REALIZE OUR FULLEST POTENTIAL AS INDIVIDUALS, WHO REFLECT THE IMAGE OF GOD, YOU ARE DOING GOD’S WORK. THE HUMAN SOUL, THE LIGHT OF THE ETERNAL, TEND TO THAT FLAME, KEEP THE LIGHT BURNING, SAVE ONE SOUL TODAY AND EACH DAY THAT FOLLOWS, AND KNOW THAT IN SO DOING YOU SAVE THE WORLD. AND LET US SAY, AMEN.>>AMEN.>>CHARLIE JUSTICE: I PLEDGE ALLEGIANCE TO THE FLAG OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, AND TO THE REPUBLIC FOR WHICH IT STANDS, ONE NATION, UNDER GOD, INDIVISIBLE, WITH LIBERTY AND JUSTICE FOR ALL.>>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: THANK YOU VERY MUCH. THAT WAS A WONDERFUL, WONDERFUL MESSAGE. OKAY. I’M COMING DOWN FOR PRESENTATIONS AND AWARDS. AND FIRST WE’LL START WITH THE PRIDE MONTH PROCLAMATION. I’D LIKE TO ASK THE REPRESENTATIVES FROM ST. PETE PRIDE, EQUALITY FLORIDA, AND STAFF FROM THE OFFICE OF HUMAN RIGHTS TO JOIN ME HERE AT THE PODIUM. ONCE EVERYBODY IS UP HERE I’LL HAVE YOU INTRODUCE YOURSELF.>>GOOD MORNING.>>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: WE GOT A NICE CROWD TODAY. WE’RE VERY HAPPY ABOUT THAT. GOOD MORNING.>>JEFFREY LORICK OFFICE OF HUMAN RIGHTS.>>PAUL VALENTI OFFICE OF HUMAN RIGHTS.>>NATHAN BRUEMMER, VICE PRESIDENT OF SAINT PED PRIDE AND THE ORGANIZER OF THE PRIDE MONTH.>>GOOD MORNING, EVERYBODY, MY NAME IS TODD RICHARDSON AND I’M THE PINELLAS DEVELOPMENT DIRECT FOR EQUALITY FLORIDA.>>GOOD MORNING, FERNANDO CHONQUI, DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR FOR ST. PETE PRIDE.>>HELLO, EVERYONE, LUKE BLANKENSHIP, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR FOR ST. PETE PRIDE.>>GOOD MORNING, MY NAME IS JAN CARTER, A PAST PRESIDENT OF ST. PETE PRIDE AND CURRENT BOARD MEMBER.>>GOOD MORNING, SUSAN McGRATH, ST. PETE PRIDE BOARD MEMBER.>>CHRYS BUNDY, CURRENT PRESIDENT OF ST. PETE PRIDE.>>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: THANK YOU. AND WE’RE VERY, VERY PLEASED THAT YOU’RE WITH US TODAY. MANY OF THE RESIDENTS, BUSINESS OWNERS, AND EMPLOYEES OF COUNTY GOVERNMENT, WITHIN PINELLAS COUNTY, WHO CONTRIBUTE TO THE ENRICHMENT OF OUR COMMUNITY, ARE A PART OF THE LESBIAN, GAY, BISEXUAL, TRANSGENDER AND QUESTIONING COMMUNITY. IN THE MOVEMENT FOR FULL CIVIL RIGHTS UNDER LAW FOR THE LGBTQ PLUS COMMUNITY, A MONUMENTAL TURNING POINT OCCURRED ON JUNE 28th, 1969, IN NEW YORK CITY, WITH THE OCCURRENCE OF THE STONEWALL RIOTS. IN THE 50 YEARS SINCE, LGBTQ PLUS CELEBRATIONS HAVE TAKEN PLACE ACROSS THE UNITED STATES IN JUNE TO COMMEMORATE THIS HISTORIC EVENT. AND, EVERY JUNE THE ST. PETE PRIDE PARADE AND FESTIVAL, THE LARGEST PRIDE EVENT IN FLORIDA, AND ONE OF THE MOST CELEBRATED IN THE WORLD, WITH OVER 250,000 ATTENDEES, TAKES PLACE IN ST. PETERSBURG, AND IN, OF COURSE, PINELLAS COUNTY. AND THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS IS COMMITTED TO SUPPORTING THE ABILITY, DIGNITY, EQUITY AND SECURITY FOR ALL COMMUNITIES WITHIN PINELLAS COUNTY. NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT PROCLAIMED BY THE PINELLAS COUNTY BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS, THAT JUNE 2019 BE RECOGNIZED AS PRIDE MONTH. AND WE HAVE A PROCLAMATION TO SHARE WITH YOU, AND I JUST WANT TO SINCERELY THANK EACH AND EVERY ONE OF YOU FOR ALL THAT YOU’VE DONE FOR OUR COUNTY, AND FOR OUR COMMUNITY. IT’S REALLY CRITICAL. YOU GUYS HAVE ALL BEEN TREND SETTERS, AND BREAKING GROUND, AND MAKING THIS COUNTY AN EVEN BETTER PLACE TO LIVE, WORK AND PLAY. AND WE JUST CAN’T THANK YOU ENOUGH. SO, WOULD ANYBODY LIKE TO SPEAK?>>SURE. SO ON BEHALF OF THE ENTIRE BOARD, THANK YOU FOR HAVING US HERE TODAY. EXCUSE ME. THE JUNE 22nd, OR THAT WEEKEND IS OUR BIG PRIDE CELEBRATION. AND IT’S NOT JUST ABOUT ST. PETE, IT’S THE ENTIRE COUNTY. SO THANK YOU ALL VERY MUCH.>>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: ANYONE ELSE?>>AS WE ALL KNOW, FLORIDA IS A TOURISM STATE. OUR NUMBER ONE INDUSTRY IS TOURISM. SO IT’S IMPORTANT THAT WE PROJECT THAT WE ARE WELCOMING TO ALL. AND THAT’S WHAT I’D LIKE TO SAY ABOUT THE COUNTY COMMISSIONERS, YOU GUYS HAVE BEEN SO FAR AHEAD OF EVERY COUNTY COMMISSION IN FLORIDA. ALWAYS WELCOMING, ALWAYS BEING INCLUSIVE AND DIVERSE, AND LOOK AT WHAT WE DO HERE, AND BED TAX AND HOTEL TAX, HOW MUCH MONEY WE RAISE, AND HOW MUCH FUN WE HAVE IN PINELLAS COUNTY. RIGHT? IT’S A FUN COUNTY TO LIVE IN.>>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: I AGREE.>>I JUST WANTED TO SAY, THIS IS A BANNER YEAR FOR PRIDES ACROSS THE WORLD. 50 YEARS AGO, THE STONEWALL RIOTS HAPPENED WHICH SPARKED THE MODERN LGBT MOVEMENT AND I’M SURE THE MAJORITY OF THE PEOPLE WHO WERE AT THOSE RIOTS 50 YEARS AGO COULD NOT IMAGINE THE MOVEMENT THAT HAS TAKEN PLACE FOR LGBT RIGHTS ACROSS THE WORLD. I MEAN JUST TO SIT HERE TODAY AND TO HAVE A RABBI COME IN AND TALK ABOUT LGBT PROTECTIONS AND JUSTICE IS A TESTAMENT TO HOW FAR WE’VE COME.>>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: I ESPECIALLY LIKE THE WISDOM, GRACE, AND INCLUSIONARY PART OF YOUR MESSAGE. PAUL, I’D LIKE YOU TO TALK A LITTLE BIT ABOUT OFFICE OF HUMAN RIGHTS AND WHAT WE DO.>>VERY GOOD. THANK YOU, COMMISSIONER. THE OFFICE OF HUMAN RIGHTS IS PROUD TO ENFORCE ANTI-DISCRIMINATION LEGISLATION THROUGHOUT THE COUNTY FOR ALL COMMUNITIES, IN HOUSING, IN EMPLOYMENT, IN PLACES OF PUBLIC ACCOMMODATION. BUT TO PICK UP ON THE WORDS OF OUR FRIENDS IN THE COMMUNITY HERE, WE’RE ESPECIALLY PROUD OF THE FACT THAT WE HAVE THE PRIVILEGE OF ENFORCING POLICY THAT’S SET BY A BOARD THAT TRULY EMBRACES AN INCLUSIVENESS, AND DIERSITY IN OUR COUNTY. IT MAKES IT A PRIVILEGE TO BE A HUMAN RIGHTS AND CIVIL RIGHTS PROFESSIONAL WHEN YOU HAVE A BOARD THAT ADOPTS POLICIES THAT ARE CORRECT AND RIGHT. SO, THANK YOU.>>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: I JUST WANT TO ADD A LITTLE BIT OF A PERSONAL MESSAGE. AGAIN, I THANK YOU. MY YOUNGER SON IS TURNING 30 ON JUNE 22nd. AND HE AND HIS PARTNER TRAVIS ARE BEING MARRIED NEXT YEAR. AND WITHOUT ALL THAT YOU ALL HAVE DONE INDIVIDUALLY AND COLLECTIVELY, I WOULD NOT SEE THIS HAPPY OCCASION HAPPEN. SO, THANK YOU FROM THE BOTTOM OF MY HEART FOR EVERYTHING THAT YOU’VE DONE. [OFF MIC] ( [APPLAUSE]>>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: NEXT I’D LIKE TO ASK OUR ADMINISTRATOR, BARRY BURTON, AND ANGELA DUNKEL TO JOIN ME HERE AT THE PODIUM. WE ARE GOING TO DO OUR DOING THINGS! EMPLOYEE RECOGNITION AWARD. OUR EMPLOYEES WORK HARD EVERY DAY TO MAKE OUR COMMUNITY BETTER. IN OUR ONGOING VIDEO PROGRAM, WE RECOGNIZE INDIVIDUALS WHO EXEMPLIFY THE DEDICATION OF OUR PINELLAS COUNTY TEAM. IT’S ONLY THROUGH OUR EMPLOYEES, AND EXCELLENT WORK THAT THEY DO, THAT THEY FULFILL OUR VISION TO BE THE STANDARD AND PUBLIC SERVICE IN AMERICA. ANGELA DUNKEL ENSURES NEW PROJECTS STAY ON TRACK TO MEET THE GROWING NEEDS OF RESIDENTS AND VISITORS AT OUR ST. PETE-CLEARWATER INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT. HER EXPERTISE AS AN ENGINEERING TECHNICIAN GUIDES A RANGE OF COMPLEX IMPROVEMENTS FROM EXPANDED PARKING TO NEW SECURITY SYSTEMS. AND, INDEED, SHE HAS QUITE A CHALLENGE RIGHT NOW. THERE’S A LOT OF CONSTRUCTION GOING ON THE AIRPORT, AND AROUND THE AIRPORT. HER HARD WORK DIRECTLY SUPPORTS PINELLAS COUNTY’S GOAL OF FOSTERING ECONOMIC GROWTH AND VITALITY AT AN AIRPORT THAT NOW SERVES MORE THAN 2 MILLION PASSENGERS EACH YEAR. SO WE HAVE A VIDEO THAT GIVES US A SNAPSHOT OF THE WORK THAT ANGELA DOES EVERY DAY, AND WE’LL GO AHEAD AND PLAY THAT RIGHT NOW. ♪>>AT ST. PETE-CLEARWATER INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT EXPANDS AFTER SIX YEARS OF DOUBLE-DIGIT GROWTH, ANGELA DUNKEL IS BUSY BEHIND THE SCENES MAKING SURE ITS MULTIMILLION DOLLAR IMPROVEMENT PROJECTS STAY ON TRACK. EXPANDED PARKING, SECURITY UPGRADES, A NEW MAINTENANCE FACILITY, THESE ARE JUST A FEW OF THE KEY PROJECTS ANGELA HELPED COORDINATE AT THE AIRPORT.>>MY JOB ON A DAILY BASIS COULD BE WORKING ON COORDINATION OF UNDERGROUND SEWER LINES, TO INTERIOR DESIGN. WHICH IS PRETTY AWESOME, BECAUSE IT’S SOMETHING DIFFERENT EVERY DAY.>>THE COUNTY-OWNED AIRPORT HAS SURPASSED A RECORD 2 MILLION ANNUAL PASSENGERS. AND A NEW MASTER PLAN IS UNDER WAY TO PROPOSE FOR FUTURE GROWTH.>>ALL THESE CHANGES ARE ALLOWING US TO MEET THAT GROWTH, AS WE MOVE FORWARD, IT ACCOMMODATES FOR THE GROWTH, AND YOU KNOW, FUTURE EXPANSION OF THE AIRPORT. WHETHER IT’S TERMINAL RELATED, PARKING, INSIDE, OUTSIDE, AIRFIELDS.>>AS AN ENGINEER AND TECHNICIAN, ANGELA IS INVOLVED IN EACH STEP OF THESE PROJECTS, FROM DESIGN TO BUILD-OUT. SHE WORKS CLOSELY WITH HER TEAM AT THE AIRPORT. AND PARTNERS RANGING FROM PUBLIC SAFETY OFFICIALS TO CONTRACTORS.>>THE TEAM EFFORT IS AMAZING. WE HAVE A VERY GREAT CREW HERE.>>ANGELA MOVED FROM UPSTATE NEW YORK TO PINELLAS COUNTY JUST A COUPLE YEARS AGO. SHE’S PROUD TO SUPPORT THE COUNTY’S GOAL OF FOSTERING ECONOMIC GROWTH AND VITALITY AT AN AIRPORT WITH A BILLION DOLLAR IMPACT ON THE LOCAL COMMUNITY.>>I LOVE THE FACT THAT I AM A COUNTY EMPLOYEE BECAUSE I KNOW THAT EVERYTHING WE’RE DOING, WHETHER IT’S IN MY DEPARTMENT, OR IN OTHER DEPARTMENTS, WE’RE WORKING TO BETTER THE AREA, BETTER THE COMMUNITY.>>FOR VISITORS COMING TO ENJOY OUR AREA FOR THE FIRST TIME, OR FOR LOCALS WHO APPRECIATE CONVENIENT TRAVEL AROUND THE COUNTRY, ANGELA IS HELPING TO BUILD A BETTER AIRPORT. FOR ALL WHO TRAVEL TO, AND FROM, PINELLAS COUNTY.>>I AM ANGELA DUNKEL, AND I AM PINELLAS COUNTY. [APPLAUSE]>>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: WOW. WOULD YOU LIKE TO SHARE A FEW WORDS WITH US?>>WELL, I REALLY JUST WANTED TO SAY IT’S AN HONOR TO RECEIVE THIS AWARD. AND I REALLY APPRECIATE THE RECOMMENDATIONS THAT I RECEIVED, AND I WILL CONTINUE TO BE DOING THINGS FOR MANY YEARS TO COME.>>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: GREAT.>>BARRY BURTON: NOW, WE’RE VERY PROUD OF ANGELA. SHE’S AN IMPORTANT PART OF OUR TEAM. AND TO THINK, LIKE YOU SAID, ALL THE CONSTRUCTION WORK THAT’S GOING OUT THERE. WE’VE GOT AN ENGINEERING DIVISION OF TWO, SCOTT AND ANGELA. SO YOU KNOW, TO HANDLE AS WE’RE DOING $50 MILLION RIGHT NOW CONSTRUCTION FOR SEVEN DIFFERENT PROJECTS, THEY’RE DOING A LOT OF GREAT THINGS, AND DOING A LOT FOR THE COMMUNITY, AND BETTERMENT OF THE AIRPORT AT THE SAME TIME. SO WE’RE VERY PROUD OF ANGELA, AND THE REST OF THE TEAM, AND SHE DOES A LOT MORE THAN JUST ON THE ENGINEERING FRONT. A LOT OF THE OTHER DIVISIONS WITHIN THE AIRPORT RELY HEAVILY ON ANGELA. SO WE’RE GLAD TO HAVE HER WITH US. FOR GOING ON THREE YEARS NOW.>>HE EXPLAINED IT ALL THERE.>>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: AND BARRY?>>BARRY BURTON: JUST AGAIN, THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR EVERYTHING YOU DO. IT’S NOT JUST THE VISIBLE PROJECTS, BUT IT’S THE INFRASTRUCTURE BEHIND THE SCENES THAT WE DON’T SEE, ALL THE PLANNING THAT GOES INTO THAT, WHAT MAKES A GREAT PROJECT. SO WE CAN SEE ALL THE ACTIVITY. E KNOW YOU’RE BUSY AND WE REALLY APPRECIATE THE COORDINATION, AND THE CARE YOU PUT IN TO MAKING THESE PROJECTS HAPPEN. SO THANK YOU SO MUCH.>>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: IT’S SUCH A WONDERFUL AIRPORT AND IT’S GOING TO BE EVEN BETTER WHEN ALL OF THE CONSTRUCTION IS FINISHED. WHEN DO WE ANTICIPATE THAT?>>WE’LL BE TALKING ABOUT THAT IN GREAT DETAIL HERE IN A LITTLE WHILE.>>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: DURING THE MASTER PLAN? OKAY. WELL VERY GOOD. WELL, AGAIN, THANK YOU AND CONGRATULATIONS. WE’RE VERY, VERY APPRECIATIVE OF ALL THAT YOU’RE DOING FOR US. [APPLAUSE]>>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: OKAY. WE NOW MOVE ON TO OUR PUBLIC HEARING PART OF OUR AGENDA. AND WE WILL START WITH THE COUNTYWIDE PLANNING AUTHORITY AGENDA ITEM 3.>>ITEMS THREE AND FOUR ARE PROPOSED AMENDMENTS TO THE COUNTYWIDE PLAN MAP, PUBLIC HEARING WAS PROPERLY ADVERTISED, THE AFFIDAVIT OF PUBLICATION HAS BEEN RECEIVED FOR FILING, NO CORRESPONDENCE HAS BEEN RECEIVED. THE MATTERS ARE PROPERLY BEFORE THE AUTHORITY TO BE HEARD.>>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: I HAVE NO CARDS. THIS SAY PUBLIC HEARING. PART OF OUR AGENDA ITEM. DOES ANYONE WISH TO SPEAK TO THIS AGENDA ITEM? I’LL CLOSE THE PUBLIC HEARING.>>PAT GERARD: MOVE APPROVAL.>>JANET LONG: SECOND.>>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: MOTION BY COMMISSIONER GERARD AND SECOND BY COMMISSIONER LONG.>>KATHLEEN PETERS: I’M A YES.>>KEN BURKE: OKAY.>>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: OKAY. IT’S A UNANIMOUS APPROVAL. AGENDA ITEM 4.>>JEWEL WHITE: SHE DID THE ANNOUNCEMENT FOR BOTH ALREADY.>>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: OH, OKAY. SHE DID 4 ALREADY. SORRY. OKAY. SO AGENDA ITEM 4, IT IS OPEN FOR PUBLIC HEARING. DOES ANYONE WISH TO SPEAK ON THIS AGENDA ITEM? OKAY I’LL CLOSE THE PUBLIC HEARING.>>JANET LONG: MOVE APPROVAL.>>PAT GERARD: SECOND.>>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: MOTION BY COMMISSIONER LONG, SECOND BY COMMISSIONER GERARD.>>KATHLEEN PETERS: I’M A YES AGAIN. IT’S NOT WORKING.>>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: OKAY UNANIMOUS APPROVAL. VERY GOOD. MOVING ON TO THE CONSENT AGENDA. ITEMS 5 THROUGH 13. DOES ANYONE WISH TO PULL ANYTHING?>>DAVE EGGERS: NO. 6, PLEASE.>>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: 6?>>KENNETH WELCH: 6, AS WELL.>>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: ANYTHING ELSE? OKAY THEN I’LL ENTERTAIN A MOTION TO APPROVE THE REST OF THE AGENDA — CONSENT AGENDA, ABSENT ITEM 6.>>PAT GERARD: MOVE APPROVAL.>>JANET LONG: SECOND.>>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: MOTION BY COMMISSIONER GERARD, SECOND BY COMMISSIONER LONG.>>KATHLEEN PETERS: I’M A YES AGAIN.>>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: OKAY. UNANIMOUS APPROVAL. AGENDA ITEM 6. COMMISSIONER EGGERS AND COMMISSIONER WELCH?>>DAVE EGGERS: YEAH, THANK YOU, CHAIR. YEAH, I’M, YOU KNOW, AGAIN, I THINK THIS IS ONE OF THE BEST THINGS THAT WE GOT GOING IN PINELLAS COUNTY, AND THAT IS A LONG TIME AGO WE DECIDED TO ESTABLISH CRAs, AND PRIMARILY IN THE BEGINNING IN OUR CITIES, AND NOW IN THE COUNTY. SO, OBVIOUSLY, A WONDERFUL TOOL THAT ALLOWS FOLKS THAT HAVE VISIONS ABOUT THEIR COMMUNITIES TO FUND EXTRAORDINARY DOLLARS TO IMPROVE THEIR COMMUNITY. AND AT SOME POINT, EVENTUALLY, INCREASE THE TAX BASE TO SUCH A DEGREE THAT WHEN WE GET THE TAXES BACK, THEY WILL HAVE BEEN BETTER THAN THEY WOULD HAVE BEEN OTHERWISE. AND TO THE RESIDENTS OF THE COUNTY, AND TO THE RESIDENTS OF EACH OF THOSE COMMUNITIES, IT’S GOOD STUFF. AND I REALLY APPRECIATE, JUST WANT TO TAKE THE CHANCE TO DO TWO THINGS. ONE IS TO THANK THE — OUR DIVISION OF INSPECTOR GENERAL FOR THE WORK THAT THEY DO. ON A LOT OF THINGS ACROSS OUR COUNTY. BECAUSE IT’S REALLY AN IMPORTANT ASPECT. THIS PARTICULAR AUDIT, THIS WAS A FOLLOW-UP AUDIT OF THE TAX INCREMENT FINANCING OF OUR CRAs WITH MANAGEMENT RESPONSES, AND MAYBE AT SOME FUTURE TIME WE CAN MAYBE TAKE A LOOK AT OUR CRAs WHICH ARE JUST DOING SUCH A GREAT JOB, AND TALK A LITTLE BIT ABOUT WHERE WE ARE NOW WITH THEM, AND WHERE WE’RE HEADING. BUT, I NOTICE THAT THERE WERE SOME MANAGEMENT, OR SOME REQUESTS FOR SOME CHANGES, OR IMPLEMENTATIONS THAT HAVE NOT HAPPENED. AND ONE OF THE THINGS THAT WE HAVE A RESPONSIBILITY TO DO IS TO MAKE SURE THAT THE FOLKS THAT ARE TAKING THESE EXTRA TAX DOLLARS ARE DOING THE THINGS THEY’RE SUPPOSED TO BE DOING. SO SOME OF THESE THINGS HAVE NOT BEEN IMPLEMENTED. AND JUST THOUGHT MAYBE IF SOMEBODY FROM THE INSPECTOR GENERAL’S OFFICE IS HERE, MAYBE THEY COULD SPEAK A LITTLE BIT TO WHAT THEY HAVE FOUND IN LOOKING AT SOME OF OUR CRAs, AND MAYBE SOME COMMENTS ABOUT WHERE WE ARE IN THIS PARTIALLY IMPLEMENTED/NOT IMPLEMENTED STATUS. SO IS THERE ANYBODY HERE? NOPE. NOBODY’S HERE.>>KEN BURKE: COMMISSIONER, OBVIOUSLY THERE’S NOT SOMEONE HERE FROM THE AUDIT SIDE. HOWEVER, THIS CONCERN AND ISSUE HAS BEEN RAISED BY THE COMMISSION IN THE PAST, AND WE HAVE A SCHEDULE WHERE WE’RE MEETING WITH THE CRAs, GOING TO THE REVISED FORMAT AS WE TALKED ABOUT AT THE LAST MEETING. SO, RENEE IS HERE. SHE COULD GIVE AN UPDATE IN TERMS OF THE SCHEDULE BY WHICH THEY’RE MEETING WITH THE DIFFERENT CRAs, LOOKING AT WHAT THEY’RE DOING, AND THEY CAN USE THAT REPORTED GUIDELINE. WE CAN CERTAINLY HAVE BACK THE AUDIT GROUP TO TALK ABOUT, SPECIFICALLY, THEIR AUDIT. BUT SINCE THEY’RE NOT HERE, WE CAN AT LEAST DO THAT.>>DAVE EGGERS: THAT’S FINE. AND I GUESS SOME OF THESE CHANGES WERE IDENTIFIED, AND STILL HAVEN’T BEEN TAKEN CARE OF. SO THAT WAS REALLY MY CONCERN. THANK YOU.>>THE CHANGES THAT HAVE NOT, YOU KNOW, BEEN IMPLEMENTED, OR AT LEAST PARTIALLY IMPLEMENTED OR FULLY IMPLEMENTED ARE CHANGES THAT WERE REQUESTED OR RECOMMENDED BY THE AUDIT — THE INSPECTOR REGARDING THE ACTUAL, LIKE THE FORMATS OF THE REPORTS, MAJOR FUNDS, MINOR FUNDS, WE WILL DO ALL THOSE SUGGESTIONS WITH OMB AND WITH THE COUNTY ATTORNEY’S OFFICE. SO TO REDO OUR MANAGEMENT RESPONSES, WE DO ANSWER AND WE THINK WE HAVE FULLY COMPLIED WITH WHAT IS NECESSARY. SOME OF THE THINGS THAT WERE BEING RECOMMENDED WERE SOMEWHAT CONTRADICTORY TO WHAT’S REQUIRED BY STATE LAW. SO AT THIS POINT WE CAN REVISIT THIS IN MAYBE MORE DETAIL AT A FUTURE DATE AS TO WHY WE CAME TO THE CONCLUSIONS THAT WE DID. BUT THE THINGS THAT WE THINK WERE SPOT ON, THOSE ARE BEING IMPLEMENTED, WE DO HAVE A WORKING GROUP MEETING SCHEDULED FOR, I BELIEVE JUNE 12th WITH ALL THE CRA MANAGERS TO TALK ABOUT STANDARD REPORTING FORMATS. TAKING TO YOUR POINT, THE SAFETY HARBOR, THAT’S KIND OF A NICE EXAMPLE OF WHAT YOU GUYS ARE LOOKING FOR. EDUCATING THEM ON HOW TO USE THE SHAREPOINT SITE. WE DO HAVE ALL OF THE DOCUMENTS THAT WE’RE GETTING UPLOADED, THE CAPPERS AND EVERYTHING. I THINK COMING UP ON A FUTURE REPORT YOU’LL SEE WAY MORE CRA REPORTS ON YOUR CONSENT AGENDA. WE WILL BE ADDING THE ACTUAL INFORMATION FOR EACH ONE OF THOSE TO THAT SET OF REPORTS. SO YOU’RE GETTING THE FULL FINANCIAL REPORTING. WE’LL BEGIN SCHEDULING TOOLS, IF YOU WILL, WITH THE CRAs, TO REVIEW THEIR PROJECTS AND SEE THINGS ON THE GROUND. CAN’T REMEMBER OFF THE TOP OF MY HEAD SOME OF OUR OTHER SCHEDULES.>>BARRY BURTON: YOU HAVE A SCHEDULE THROUGH THIS YEAR. AS THEY COME THROUGH AND WE DO THE REVIEW THEY’LL BE DONE IN CHUNKS. BY THE END OF THE YEAR YOU’LL BE THROUGH ALL OF IT.>>RENEA VINCENT: THE MOST SIGNIFICANT THING COMING UP, WE’RE ASKING ALL THE CRAs TO REPORT AT THE PROJECT LEVEL OF ESPECIALLY WITH COUNTY FUNDED PROJECTS. THE COUNTY TIF HAS FUNDED TO IDENTIFY WHERE THEY COME UNDER PLAN, HOW THE FUNDS WERE USED. SO WE’LL BE GETTING PROJECT BY PROJECT REPORTING AND THAT’S DUE IN OCTOBER FROM ALL OF THE MUNICIPALITIES, AND THEN WE’LL BRING ALL OF THAT TO THE BOARD. SO YOU SHOULD BE, AS PART OF THE NEW REPORTING PROCEDURES, YOU’LL BE GETTING MUCH MORE DETAILED INFORMATION. WE DIDN’T WE TALKED ABOUT AT THE TIME PAIRING THAT UP WITH ANNUAL REPORTS BUT IT’S ENOUGH ALREADY TO FRY TO GET THE ANNUAL REPORTS DONE. SO FOR THIS FIRST YEAR WE’RE GETTING THEM UNTIL OCTOBER OF THIS YEAR, TO GET THAT PROJECT LEVEL REPORTING TO US, IN A SPREADSHEET WHERE YOU’LL BE ABLE TO SEE LINE BY LINE HOW THEY’RE ACTUALLY SPENDING COUNTY TIF FUNDS.>>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: WOULD YOU LIKE TO, ONCE ALL THE REPORTS ARE DUE IN OCTOBER, MAYBE BEFORE THE END OF THE YEAR, WE COULD HAVE A CRA WORKSHOP.>>RENEA VINCENT: SURE.>>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: AND HAVE ALL THE CRAs COME IN AND REPORT AND IT WOULD BE GOOD FOR THEM TO HEAR WHAT THEY’RE EACH DOING, PERHAPS, AND ALSO HAVE A ABILITY TO ASK QUESTIONS, AND I THINK THAT WOULD BE GOOD FOR ALL OF US. AND RATHER THAN HAVING THEM COME SINGLE FASHION TO DO A COMPREHENSIVE REVIEW. AND AGAIN, I THINK THEY’LL LEARN FROM EACH OTHER, AS WELL.>>RENEA VINCENT: I THINK THAT WOULD BE HELPFUL FOR US. WE’RE KIND OF CAUGHT, YOU KNOW, I SAY CAUGHT IN THE MIDDLE OF THIS KIND OF THIS OVERSIGHT FUNCTION, SO IF THEY’RE HAVING DIFFICULTIES WITH WHAT WE’RE ASKING FOR, SOMETIMES IT’S A LITTLE EASIER, YOU KNOW, TO UNDERSTAND IN A CONVERSATION. BUT WE’RE TRYING TO WORK THROUGH THEM WITH THESE NEW REPORTING REQUIREMENTS AND BRING THEM ALONG AND GET ALL THE INFORMATION THAT WE NEED IN A TIMELY MANNER. SO IT IS NEW FOR THEM. IT REALLY IS.>>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: COMMISSIONER LONG?>>JANET LONG: MADAM CHAIR, THANK YOU. SO, I APPRECIATE THE COMMENTS THAT HAVE ALREADY BEEN MADE, AND I APPRECIATE THE POSITION YOU FIND YOURSELF IN, RENEA. MY ISSUE IS A LITTLE BROADER THAN WHAT WE’VE BEEN TALKING ABOUT. BECAUSE, I THINK, ESPECIALLY GIVEN THE SCRUTINY THAT CRAs ARE COMING UNDER IN THE FLORIDA LEGISLATURE, IT DOESN’T SIT VERY WELL WITH ME, UNLESS I’M MISUNDERSTANDING THIS WHOLE REPORT THAT’S IN HERE, THAT WE, THE COUNTY, HAVE ESTABLISHED SO MANY CRAs, AND SEVERAL OF THEM HAVE NOT ESTABLISHED A REDEVELOPMENT TRUST FUND. THEY HAVE, YOU KNOW, THEY’RE JUST KIND OF HANGING OUT THERE, AND SO, I’D LIKE TO REALLY GET A HANDLE ON — BECAUSE EACH ONE HAS A TIME CERTAIN, CORRECT? AND THEN THEY UP AGAIN IF THEY — >>RENEA VINCENT: TWO DIFFERENT THINGS. THE REDEVELOPMENT TRUST FUNDS, THOSE HAVE A TIME CERTAIN. TYPICALLY YOU’LL SEE THE 30 YEARS. WE DO HAVE A HANDFUL OF CRAs THAT WERE CREATED THAT NEVER IMPLEMENTED THE REDEVELOPMENT TRUST FUNDS WITH TAX INCREMENT FINANCING. THERE ARE STILL REASONS FOR THEM TO DO THAT. THERE ARE BENEFITS, OTHER BENEFITS THAT THEY CAN TAKE ADVANTAGE OF, GRANT FUNDING PROGRAMS, AND THINGS OF THAT NATURE, IF THEY HAVE A COMMUNITY REDEVELOPMENT AREA. SOME WERE ESTABLISHED AND NEVER REALLY DONE ANYTHING WITH THEM. THEY COULD PROBABLY BE SUNSETED AND WE COULD FOLLOW UP WITH THAT.>>JANET LONG: WELL, I MEAN, I’D LIKE TO SEE THAT COME OFF THE BOOKS. BECAUSE WE SPEND A LOT OF TIME AND EFFORT CREATING THESE THINGS AND IF THEY’RE NOT GOING TO BE USED, WHAT IS THE POINT OF JUST LEAVING THEM HANGING OUT THERE?>>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: WELL, I THINK THAT’S PROBABLY A GOOD IDEA TO TAKE A LOOK AT THE ONES THAT HAVE NOT REALLY DONE ANY ACTIVITY AND MAYBE SUNSET THEM. BUT THE — WE HAVE NOT NECESSARILY ENCOURAGED THOSE WHO HAVE NOT IMPLEMENTED A REDEVELOPMENT TRUST FUND, BECAUSE OF THE EFFECT ON COUNTY TAXES.>>JANET LONG: WELL, MAYBE WE SHOULD NOT EVEN HAVE THEM EXIST.>>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: WELL SOME OF THEM EXIST, THOUGH, JUST AS RENEA HAS SAID BECAUSE THEY HAVE GRANT ABILITIES.>>RENEA VINCENT: THEY CAN ESTABLISH THEIR OWN LOCAL TIF.>>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: THEY CAN ESTABLISH THEIR OWN FINANCING.>>RENEA VINCENT: I BELIEVE ONE — >>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: I THINK IT’S GULFPORT. HAS JUST — THEY — >>RENEA VINCENT: HAVE THEIR OWN TIF.>>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: COMMISSIONER WELCH?>>KENNETH WELCH: THANK YOU, MADAM CHAIR. I DO THINK IT’S TIMELY THAT WE DO HAVE THAT WORKSHOP, BECAUSE A LOT OF THIS HISTORY, WE NEED TO STALK ABOUT. NOT ONLY DO WE NOT ENCOURAGE, IT WAS OUR POLICY THAT WE DIDN’T USE COUNTY TIF IF IT WASN’T IN THE DOWNTOWN. THE FIRST ONE WE DID WAS SO ST. PETE AND THEN LEALMAN. I HAD SOME OF THE SAME QUESTIONS COMMISSIONER EGGERS HAD. THERE ARE A LOT OF BLANKS THERE. YOU’RE SAYING IN THE RESPONSE YOU ADDRESS ALL THOSE?>>RENEA VINCENT: THE APPENDIX TO THE REPORT THERE’S A RESPONSE MEMO AND WE TALK, EXPLAIN WHY WE IMPLEMENTED SOME AND WHY WE DID NOT IMPLEMENT SOME.>>KENNETH WELCH: LIKE THE FIRST ONE SAYS CERTIFIED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS FOR CRAs HAVE NOT BEEN ISSUED.>>RENEA VINCENT: BECAUSE WE GET ALL THAT INFORMATION IS IN THE CAPPER. EXACTLY.>>KENNETH WELCH: SO I’LL GO BACK AND LOOK AT YOUR DETAILED EXPLANATION, THE APPENDIX. BUT I DO THINK, WE HAVE IMPLEMENTED A LEVEL OF INCREASED OVERSIGHT SIMPLY BECAUSE OF OUR INTEREST IN WHAT WE’RE TRYING TO DO WITH CRAs, PARTICULARLY TO ADDRESS POVERTY. AND I’VE SAID SEVERAL TIMES, AND I’LL SAY IT AGAIN, YOU KNOW, THIS BOARD IMPLEMENTED THE SOUTH ST. PETE CRA TO ADDRESS POVERTY. AND THE PROGRAMS THAT THEY IMPLEMENT NEED TO DIRECTLY IMPACT THAT. AND THERE’S A LOT OF EXCUSE IN THE COMMUNITY ABOUT WHETHER THAT’S HAPPENING OR NOT. I ASK FOR THE REPORT FROM ST. PETE AND THAT WASN’T READY AT THE TIME I ASKED FOR IT.>>RENEA VINCENT: THE SOUTH ST. PETE CRA REPORT? WE HAVE A DRAFT OF THAT. THEY ARE BEHIND THE TIME LINE, DEFINITELY. THEY HAD SOME EXTENUATING CIRCUMSTANCES. WE HAVE A DRAFT AND WE SHOULD — IF WE HAVEN’T ALREADY RECEIVED THE FINAL REPORT WE SHOULD BE GETTING IT WITHIN A WEEK OR TWO.>>KENNETH WELCH: WELL I DID WATCH THEIR WORKSHOP AND THEIR STAFF ADDRESS WHERE THE NEW ROUND OF GRANTS IS GOING AND 70% WERE IN THE TARGET AREA. BUT THERE’S SOME REAL CONCERN IN THE COMMUNITY, AND I SHARE IT THAT THAT CRA ADDRESSES POVERTY, AND IT’S NOT THE HISTORICAL TYPE OF DOWNTOWN CRA. SO I’M GLAD WE’RE GOING TO HAVE THAT DISCUSSION GOING FORWARD. BECAUSE THIS IS A BIG COUNTY INVESTMENT. NEEDS TO RETURN WHAT WE PROMISED IT WILL RETURN. SO THANK YOU FOR ASKING THOSE QUESTIONS. THANK YOU, MADAM CHAIR.>>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: ANY OTHERS? I SEE OUR CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT, KEN BURKE IS HERE. DO YOU WISH TO COME FORWARD AND SHARE ANY THOUGHTS?>>KEN BURKE: I WAS LISTENING IN TO YOUR CONVERSATION HERE.>>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: SORRY ABOUT THAT.>>KEN BURKE: AND I GAVE HECTOR A CALL. JUST SO YOU KNOW, WHAT WE DO IS OUR PROCESS IS AFTER WE DO AN AUDIT OF ANY ENTITY, WE MAKE OUR RECOMMENDATIONS, AND THE RECOMMENDATIONS ARE IN PRIORITY ORDER. WHAT WE CONSIDER THE MOST IMPORTANT ARE UP FRONT. ON TOP. AND THEY GO DOWN FROM THERE. COMMISSIONER EGGERS, I APPRECIATE YOUR DILIGENCE IN READING THESE REPORTS. AND QUESTIONING THEM. IT IS APPRECIATED. I KNOW YOU ALL TAKE A LOOK AT THESE THINGS AND TAKE IT VERY SERIOUSLY. SO, ONE OF OUR RECOMMENDATIONS, WHAT WE ASK THEM AT A CERTAIN PERIOD AFTERWARDS, WHERE WE DEEM A REASONABLE PERIOD WE DO A FOLLOW-UP AUDIT TO SEE THE IMPLEMENTATION OF OUR RECOMMENDATIONS. AND WE ASKED FOR A RESPONSE. AND THE RESPONSE, IF THEY’RE NOT BEING IMPLEMENTED, AND AT TIMES, AND AS CLERK WE ALSO AUDIT THE CLERK’S OFFICE, SO WE DON’T ALWAYS IMPLEMENT ALL THE RECOMMENDATIONS ISSUED TO US. BUT THE IDEA BEHIND IT IS THAT YOU GIVE A RESPONSE AS TO WHY. DID YOU DO A COST BENEFIT STUDY? AND THE COST OF IMPLEMENTING THE RECOMMENDATION IS HIGHER THAN THE BENEFIT DERIVED. THAT’S A MANAGEMENT DECISION. AGAIN, THESE ARE RECOMMENDATIONS, THESE ARE NOT MANDATES, WE’RE JUST LOOKING AT BEST PRACTICE. KIND OF LIKE I WAS YOUR DOCTOR AND THE DOCTOR SAYING YOU SHOULD EXERCISE DAILY, GET SEVEN TO EIGHT HOURS OF SLEEP, EAT WELL. WE KNOW WHAT THE STANDARD SHOULD BE. WE DON’T ALWAYS LIVE UP TO IT. I DIDN’T LOOK AT YOU. [LAUGHTER] BUT ON SOME OF THE RECOMMENDATIONS, THEY ARE MORE SERIOUS. OBVIOUSLY THE FINANCIAL INFORMATION, AND THE TIMELINESS IS EXTREMELY IMPORTANT. YOU KNOW, WITH THE FISCAL YEAR END OF SEPTEMBER 30th, THERE’S REALLY VERY LITTLE REASON BEYOND MARCH 31st NOT TO HAVE YOUR FINANCIAL STATEMENTS IN ORDER. MORE AGGRESSIVE STAND ON.E A – BUT ON THE PARTICULAR MATTERS THAT YOU BROUGHT UP TODAY, I’VE ASKED HECTOR TO GIVE YOU A WRITTEN RESPONSE, WHICH WILL BE SHARED WITH ALL THE COMMISSIONERS.>>DAVE EGGERS: CAN I ASK A QUESTION? I NOTICED IN THE NEXT ITEM, WHICH WE’VE ALREADY APPROVED, AND THERE WAS A COUPLE IN THE LAST REPORT, ABOUT SOME OF THE PETTY CASH FUND ISSUES THAT WE HAVE, ISSUES, JUST SOME MANAGEMENT. DO YOU FIND THAT PRETTY CONSISTENT THROUGHOUT MOST OF THOSE AUDITS OF OUR PETTY CASH FUNDS?>>KEN BURKE: YES, BUT — >>DAVE EGGERS: WHAT ARE WE DOING TO TRY TO KIND OF NORMALIZE THAT?>>KEN BURKE: ON THAT, YOUR DEPARTMENTS ARE VERY RESPONSIVE TO THOSE RECOMMENDATIONS. IT JUST BASICALLY GETS THEM, AND LET’S FACE IT WHEN WE HAD THE DECREASE IN WORKFORCE, SEGREGATION OF DUTIES OFTEN WERE COMPROMISED. NOW WE’RE GETTING BACK TO PROBABLY BETTER LEVELS, AND SOME OF THE PROCESSES WHICH BECAME A LITTLE LOOSER WHEN WE HAD A DOWNSIZE OF WORKFORCE, WE’RE CLEANING UP. RECOMMENDING BE CLEANED UP. AND I CAN SAY ON THOSE TYPES OF THINGS, THOSE ARE VERY STRUCTURAL. YOUR COUNTY DEPARTMENTS ARE VERY RESPONSIVE. THEY DON’T WANT A BLACK EYE WITH PETTY CASH AND ENSURING THAT THE FUNDS ARE PROPERLY ACCOUNTED FOR. AND WHEN THERE IS A MORE SERIOUS ISSUE, OBVIOUSLY, WE BRING THOSE TO THE ATTENTION OF MANAGEMENT, UPPER MANAGEMENT, AT A MORE LEVEL. BUT YOUR DEPARTMENT IS VERY RESPONSIVE.>>DAVE EGGERS: THAT’S GOOD TO KNOW. THANK HECTOR FOR ALL THESE DOING. HE DID TRY TO REACH OUT TO ME.>>KEN BURKE: HECTOR ONLY HAS ABOUT A YEAR LEFT BEFORE WE LOSE HIM.>>JANET LONG: OH, MY.>>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: COULD I HAVE A MOTION TO APPROVE?>>DAVE EGGERS: MOVE TO APPROVE.>>JANET LONG: SECOND.>>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: MOTION BY COMMISSIONER EGGERS, SECOND BY COMMISSIONER LONG FOR AGENDA ITEM 6.>>KATHLEEN PETERS: PUT ME DOWN AS A YES.>>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: OKAY. UNANIMOUS APPROVAL. MOVING ON TO AGENDA ITEM 14.>>BARRY BURTON: ITEM 14 IS A BUDGET AMENDMENT NUMBER THREE TO REALIGN TWO COST CENTERS. THE MAJORITY OF THE COST IS GOING TO THE SUPERVISOR OF ELECTIONS. THIS IS AN APPROPRIATION NEEDED AS A RESULT OF THE MACHINE AND MANUAL RECOUNT AFTER THE NOVEMBER 6th, 2018, GENERAL ELECTION.>>KENNETH WELCH: MOVE APPROVAL.>>PAT GERARD: SECOND.>>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: A MOTION BY COMMISSIONER WELCH, A SECOND BY COMMISSIONER GERARD. AGENDA ITEM 14.>>KATHLEEN PETERS: I’M A YES.>>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: OKAY. UNANIMOUS APPROVAL. THANK YOU. MOVING ON TO AGENDA ITEM 15.>>BARRY BURTON: ITEM 15 IS REVISIONS TO OUR COUNTY FOOD, BEVERAGE, RECRUITMENT AND AWARDS-RELATED EXPENSE POLICY. HERE WE’RE ASKING FOR A LITTLE BIT MORE FLEXIBILITY, SPECIFICALLY RELATED TO WHEN IN THOSE OUTSIDE TIMES WHERE WE HAVE TO RECRUIT A DEPARTMENT HEAD LEVEL WE’D BE ABLE TO PAY THE ASSOCIATED MOVING COSTS. THE OTHER PIECE BEING WHEN WE HAVE, LIKE EXEMPT MEETING WORKSHOPS OR MEETING WITH OUR EMPLOYEE GROUPS, AND THINGS LIKE THAT, THAT WE CAN PROVIDE SMALL COFFEE, WATER, YOU KNOW, THINGS LIKE THAT. AND THEN, THE FINAL PIECE, REVISION WE’RE ASKING FOR A LITTLE FLEXIBILITY ON IS CURRENTLY IT’S ALLOWED WHEN I GO FROM — LIKE WHEN I GO TO A PARTNER-RELATED EVENT I SEND A FORM OVER TO THE CHAIR, THE CHAIR SIGNS IT, GETS IT BACK. SOMETIMES THERE’S INSUFFICIENT TIME TO DO THAT. THAT WE JUST AUTHORIZE THAT FOR THE DEPUTY COUNTY ADMINISTRATOR AND MYSELF, THAT WE GO TO THOSE TYPES OF EVENTS AND PROVIDE REIMBURSEMENT. MINOR TWEAKS TO OUR POLICY. SOME OF IT IS CLARIFICATION THAT REALLY WASN’T DEFINED, SO WE’RE TRYING TO DEFINE IT IN A LITTLE BIT MORE FIXED FORMAT.>>KENNETH WELCH: MOVE APPROVAL.>>JANET LONG: SECOND.>>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: MOTION BY COMMISSIONER WELCH, AND SECOND BY COMMISSIONER LONG. OKAY, UNANIMOUS APPROVAL. MOVING ON TO AGENDA ITEM 16.>>BARRY BURTON: ITEM 16 IS THE FIRST AMENDMENT TO AN AGREEMENT DESIGN-BUILD PROFESSIONAL SERVICES FOR THE COURTS CONSOLIDATION PROJECT AT THE COUNTY JUSTICE CENTER. THIS IS A LARGE PROJECT, AND WE HAVE ANDREW HERE TO PROVIDE A BRIEF PRESENTATION. ON WHAT’S ENTAILED WITHIN THIS PROJECT.>>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: I ASKED THAT WE HAVE THIS UPDATE, SINCE IT IS SUCH A LARGE DOLLAR PROJECT. GOOD MORNING, ANDREW.>>ANDREW: GOOD MORNING. GOOD MORNING, REAL ESTATE MANAGEMENT DIRECTOR. I’M VERY HAPPY TO STAND BEFORE YOU THIS MORNING WITH A REQUEST TO APPROVE THE CONSTRUCTION PHASE FOR THIS PROJECT, WHICH IS THE COURTS CONSOLIDATION PROJECT AT THE COUNTY JUSTICE CENTER. I WOULD LIKE TO REFAMILIARIZE YOU WITH THE PROJECT WITH A BRIEF PRESENTATION. I’LL BE HAPPY TO ANSWER ANY QUESTIONS YOU MAY HAVE. SO TO INTRODUCE THE PROJECT, TO IDENTIFY THOSE STAKEHOLDERS THAT ARE PART OF THIS PROJECT, INCLUDING THE SIXTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, THE CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT, THE PUBLIC DEFENDER, STATE ATTORNEY AND THE SHERIFF’S OFFICE. JUST TO REFAMILIARIZE YOU WITH THE SCOPE, THIS IS THE — THIS PROJECT INCLUDES, I SHOULD SAY, THE CONSTRUCTION OF A NEW COURTHOUSE ANNEX, WHICH WILL BE ADJACENT TO THE EXISTING CJC. IT WILL HOUSE THE UNIFIED FAMILY COURT, AS WELL AS COURT ADMINISTRATION, A NEW FRONT ENTRANCE FOR THE BUILDING, WHICH WILL ADD ADDITIONAL QUEUEING CAPACITY FOR THE VISITING PUBLIC. WE’LL BE EXPANDING AND RENOVATING THE JURY ASSEMBLY AREA ON THE FIRST FLOOR TO HAVE A TOTAL OF 450 SEATS. IT’S THE RENOVATION OF THE CLERK’S SECOND FLOOR CUSTOMER SERVICE AREA WHICH PROVIDES ADDITIONAL CUSTOMER SERVICE EFFICIENCIES AS WELL AS OPERATIONAL EFFICIENCIES. RENOVATION OF H WING AS AN EXISTING PART OF THE BUILDING, THAT WILL BE FOR GUARDIAN AD LITEM AS WELL AS COURT ADMINISTRATION FUNCTIONS, A PORTION THAT WILL BE COMING FROM ST. PETERSBURG. THE ADDITION OF PUBLIC REST ROOMS AT THE WEST END OF THE BUILDING. CURRENTLY WE DON’T HAVE ANY PUBLIC REST ROOMS AT THAT END OF THE BUILDING. THEY’RE ALL IN THE CORE CENTER OF THE BUILDING. LASTLY SECURITY UPGRADES THROUGHOUT THE BUILDING, WHICH INCLUDE ACCESS CONTROL AND SECURITY CAMERAS. THE SCHEDULE FOR THE PROJECT, WE ARE AT THE POINT WHERE WE HAVE 50% CONSTRUCTION DRAWINGS AS WELL AS A LUMP SUM PROPOSAL FOR THE DESIGN-BUILD FIRM. IF YOUR APPROVAL COMES TODAY WE WILL HAVE ABOUT THREE MONTHS WORTH OF DESIGN TO COMPLETE TO GET TO 100% CONSTRUCTION DOCUMENTS, FOLLOWED BY APPROXIMATELY THREE MONTHS OF PERMITTING. THEREAFTER WE EXPECT ACTUAL CONSTRUCTION TO START IN JANUARY OF2020. IN REGARDS TO BUDGET, THERE ARE A COUPLE OF THINGS I WANTED TO POINT OUT. WE HAD THE PHASE ONE PORTION OF THE BUDGET. AND WHAT WE’VE EXPENDED SO FAR IS THE $3.4 MILLION. THE PHASE TWO IS THE CONSTRUCTION, AND THAT IS A $55 MILLION. I WANT TO POINT OUT, HOWEVER, THAT DOES INCLUDE A 4% CONTINGENCY AMOUNT WHICH IS APPROXIMATELY $1.9 MILLION. THAT PUTS OUR TOTAL BUDGET AT $58.5 MILLION, ALMOST $58.6 MILLION. THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THAT BUDGET AND THE PROPOSED BUDGET IS APPROXIMATELY A HALF MILLION DOLLARS.>>DAVE EGGERS: QUESTION. WHERE IS THAT DIFFERENCE SHOWING UP? IS IT IN A PARTICULAR AREA?>>ANDREW PUPKE: I WOULD SAY IT’S SHOWING THROUGHOUT. BUT AGAIN WE HAVE A CONTINGENCY WHICH IS AN AMOUNT WE DON’T NECESSARILY HAVE TO SPEND. ONE OTHER THING I WAS GOING TO TOUCH UPON IN THIS NEXT SLIDE IN REGARDS TO VALUE ENGINEERING IS THAT INCLUDED IN THIS $2.6 MILLION, ALMOST $2. MILLION IS $500,000 OF EXPECTED TAX SAVINGS FROM DIRECT PURCHASES WHICH IS NOT TAKEN OFF THAT $58.6 MILLION. SO WE WOULD ACTUALLY POTENTIALLY SEE THAT REDUCTION, AS WELL. BUT AGAIN WE DIDN’T PUT THAT IN TO THE OVERALL BUDGET BECAUSE IT’S NOT AN ABSOLUTE CERTAINTY AT THIS POINT.>>DAVE EGGERS: ALL RIGHT, THANK YOU.>>ANDREW PUPKE: CERTAINLY. SO I DID WANT TO CONTRAST OR COMPARE TO THE DESIGN CRITERIA BUDGET WHICH IS AT 55.6. AND AGAIN TO MAKE YOU AWARE AT THAT TIME THE PACKAGE DIDN’T IDENTIFY TO THE GRANULAR LEVEL ALL THE ASPECTS OF THE PROJECT, AND WE HAVE SEEN INCREASES IN TECHNOLOGY COSTS, SECURITY COSTS, AS WELL AS SOME INCREASE IN CONSTRUCTION COSTS. AND AGAIN WE HAVE GONE THROUGH A VERY VIGOROUS VALUE ENGINEERING EXERCISE TO GET US TO THAT $2.6 MILLION SAVINGS. WE BELIEVE THAT WE’VE DONE EVERYTHING WE CAN TO REDUCE — EXCUSE ME, TO REDUCE THE COST OF THE PROJECT, SHORT OF TAKING ELEMENTS OF THE PROJECT OUT. SO WE BELIEVE WE’RE NOT A POINT THAT IS APPROPRIATE FOR MOVING FORWARD WITH THE PROJECT. AND AGAIN, A CONSIDERATION OF THE POTENTIAL SAVINGS BOTH FROM THE CONTINGENCY AS WELL AS THE COST SAVINGS FROM THE TAX, THE DIRECT PURCHASES, WHICH SHOULD BE RIGHT AROUND THAT PROPOSED BUDGET, IF NOT BELOW AT THE END OF THE PROJECT. AND AS COMPARED — OR FOR COMPARISON, I SHOULD SAY, WITH THE JAIL PROJECT THAT WE JUST COMPLETED, WE’RE ABLE TO GIVE BACK APPROXIMATELY $2 MILLION OUT OF THAT PROJECT FROM CONTINGENCY. SO WE ARE VERY JUDICIOUS IN THE WAY THAT WE MONITOR. THIS IS NOT CONTRACTOR CONTINGENCY. THIS IS A TEAM CONTINGENCY AND WE’LL BE VERY CAREFUL AS WE PROCEED THROUGH THE PROJECT. I HAVE SOME OF THE SLIDES THAT IDENTIFY THE ASPECTS OF THE PROJECT IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS ABOUT THOSE. I CAN CERTAINLY GO THROUGH THOSE. I CAN PAUSE FOR A MOMENT IF YOU HAVE QUESTIONS ABOUT THE PROJECT.>>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: THE PROPOSED ENTRY, CURRENTLY WHERE IT IS NOW, OR WILL IT BE BUMPED OUT?>>ANDREW PUPKE: IT’S WHERE IT IS NOW.>>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: OKAY.>>ANDREW PUPKE: SO WE’RE GOING TO HAVE A TEMPORARY ENTRANCE AND EXIT TO THE BUILDING. WE’VE HAD EXTENSIVE CONVERSATIONS WITH THE STAKEHOLDERS ABOUT THAT, PARTICULARLY THE SHERIFF.>>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: OKAY. DOES ANYBODY HAVE ANY QUESTIONS ON THIS? COMMISSIONER JUSTICE AND THEN COMMISSIONER WELCH.>>CHARLIE JUSTICE: THANK YOU. THE PROPOSED ENTRY, I GUESS IN PREVIOUS DECISIONS I THOUGHT WE WERE BRINGING OUT — WE WERE BUMPING IT OUT TO LIKE AN ATRIUM LIKE.>>ANDREW PUPKE: YES, THAT IS CORRECT. SAME LOCATION. I APOLOGIZE IF I MISCONSTRUED. THIS IS A PICTURE OF WHAT WE’RE TALKING ABOUT THE ENTRANCE WILL ACTUALLY BE TO THE SOUTH, IN THE SAME LOCATION, PEOPLE WILL NOT ENTER TOWARDS THE WEST AS THEY CURRENTLY DO. IT WILL BE FROM THE SOUTH AND THERE WILL BE MORE QUEUEING SPACE IN A CONDITIONAL ENVIRONMENT SO PEOPLE AREN’T NECESSARILY STANDING OUTSIDE. AGAIN, DEPENDING UPON THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE WHO SHOW UP.>>CHARLIE JUSTICE: VERY GOOD. THANK YOU.>>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: COMMISSIONER WELCH?>>KENNETH WELCH: HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE THE INCREASE IN TECHNOLOGY CLAUSE? WAS THERE A SINGLE DRIVER, OR WAS IT CERTAIN SYSTEM?>>ANDREW PUPKE: WELL, SPECIFICALLY THAT COST WAS NOT IDENTIFIED IN THE DESIGN CRITERIA PACKAGE. SO, WHEN WE WENT — WHEN I WAS SPEAKING OF TECHNOLOGY, I MEAN THE HARDWARE. WHEN WE WENT THROUGH OUR DISCUSSIONS WITH BTS, WE IDENTIFIED IN THAT PARTICULAR CASE ALMOST $800,000 IN TECHNOLOGY RELATED TO THE IMPROVEMENT OF EXISTING TECHNOLOGY AS WELL AS NEW TECHNOLOGY FOR THE ANNEX.>>KENNETH WELCH: OKAY. THANK YOU.>>ANDREW PUPKE: YES, SIR.>>KENNETH WELCH: WELL, I’LL ASK THIS, TOO. I’LL ASK JEWEL IF I CAN ASK THIS. WHEN I SEE VALUE ENGINEERING, I THINK BACK TO THE PUBLIC SAFETY FACILITY. ARE WE STILL IN THAT?>>JEWEL WHITE: WE DO HAVE ONGOING LITIGATION, YES.>>KENNETH WELCH: SO, THERE’S A VALUE FOR VALUE ENGINEERING BUT THERE’S ALSO A WRONG WAY TO DO THAT. SO, I’M JUST — ARE WE SURE ABOUT THIS $2.7 MILLION?>>ANDREW PUPKE: YES, SIR. THE VALUE ENGINEERING HAD TO DO WITH CONSTRUCTION TECHNIQUES, AND I CAN ASK JOSH TO COME UP AND EXPLAIN FURTHER IF YOU’D LIKE. BUT WE ADJUSTED SOME OF THE CONSTRUCTION TECHNIQUES AS IT RELATES TO CERTAIN THINGS LIKE EXTERIOR STAIRWELLS AND ELEVATOR SHAFTS THAT IS STILL VERY MUCH WITHIN THE DESIGN EXPECTATION. IT’S JUST THAT A DIFFERENT WAY OF CONSTRUCTING VERSUS CONCRETE BLOCK. THE OTHER THING IS WE REDUCED THE TYPE OF FINISHES IN SOME AREAS AND WE HAD THOSE CONVERSATIONS WITH THE USER GROUPS TO MAKE SURE THEY UNDERSTOOD WHAT WE WERE DOING. AGAIN, WE’RE VERY CAREFUL, AND VERY DELIBERATE IN NOT CHANGING ANY OF THE ELEMENTS. WE STILL HAVE ALL THE BALLISTIC GLASS THAT WAS NECESSARY FOR THE SHERIFF’S OFFICE. ALL OF THE SECURITY THAT GOES ALONG WITH THE COURTHOUSE. AND I DON’T BELIEVE THAT CONSTRUCTABILITY-WISE WE HAD ANY ISSUES THAT WOULD BE A NEGATIVE >>KENNETH WELCH: THAT’S REASSURING. THANK YOU.>>ANDREW PUPKE: YES, SIR.>>KENNETH WELCH: THANK YOU, MADAM CHAIR.>>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: ADDITIONAL PICTURES?>>ANDREW PUPKE: CERTAINLY. SO THIS IS THE FRONT ENTRANCE. THIS IS A GRAND STAIRCASE LEADING UP TO THE ANNEX. THE SECOND FLOOR OF THE ANNEX WHERE THERE WILL BE FOUR COURTROOMS. THIS WOULD BE LOOKING TO THE EAST ON THAT SECOND FLOOR LANDING OUTSIDE OF THE COURTROOMS IN THE ANNEX. THIS IS THE EXPANDED JURY ASSEMBLY AREA, CONCEPTUAL DESIGN OF THAT. AND CONCEPTUAL DESIGN OF THE CLERK’S CUSTOMER SERVICE AREA. SO, WHERE YOU CURRENTLY WALK UP TO A COUNTER, THIS WILL NOW BE A LITTLE MORE ENGAGING, SIMILAR TO WHAT OTHER CONSTITUTIONALS HAVE FOR WAITING AREAS. QUEUEING SYSTEMS, SO THAT INDIVIDUALS THAT COME IN WILL BE GIVEN A NUMBER, DEPENDING UPON WHAT IT IS THAT THEY’RE THERE FOR, AND THEY’LL BE CALLED TO THE RESPECTIVE AREAS TO MEET WITH THE REPRESENTATIVE FROM THE CLERK’S OFFICE.>>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: SO ARE WE BUILDING THIS ON TOP OF EXISTING SPACE? THE ANNEX? I’M TRYING TO IMAGINE THIS IN MY MIND.>>ANDREW PUPKE: I’M SORRY. BACK UP.>>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: THERE’S THE STAIRWAY GOING UP.>>ANDREW PUPKE: SO THE LARGE BROWN RECTANGLE IS WHERE THE ANNEX IS. TO THE SOUTH OF THE EXISTING BUILDING. IT WILL CONNECT ON THE FIRST AND SECOND FLOORS.>>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: SO IT WILL BE TWO STORIES?>>ANDREW PUPKE: NO IT WILL BE A FOUR STORY. I SAY CONNECT, IT WILL CONNECT TO THE EXISTING BUILDING, AND THEN OF COURSE THERE WILL BE ELEVATORS WITHIN THE BUILDING THAT WILL BRING INDIVIDUALS TO THE DIFFERENT FLOORS. FLOORS THREE AND FOUR ARE PRIMARILY FOR THE JUDGES, FOR THEIR CHAMBERS, AS WELL AS FOR COURT ADMINISTRATION.>>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: OH, SO THE JUDGES WILL BE MOVED FROM WHERE THEY ARE PRESENTLY?>>ANDREW PUPKE: WELL, YEAH, THESE ARE JUDGES THAT WILL BE THE UNIFIED FAMILY COURT JUDGES THAT WILL GO IN THAT LOCATION. AND THEN ALSO THE CHIEF JUDGE’S OFFICE WILL BE IN THIS AREA. SO THAT’S WHERE THE ANNEX IS, JUST TO THE SOUTH. AND AGAIN THE OTHER BROWN AREA IS THE NEW ENTRANCE TO THE BUILDING. AND THEN THIS PARTICULAR DRAWING SHOWS WHERE THE BATHROOMS WILL BE AT THE WEST END OF THE BUILDING.>>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: I THINK THAT WILL BE A VALUABLE ADDITION.>>ANDREW PUPKE: ABSOLUTELY.>>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: KNOWING IT’S BEEN A LONG WALK FOR A LOT OF OUR FOLKS TO ACCESS THE RESTROOMS. JOSH BOMSTEIN IS HERE FROM CREATIVE CONTRACTORS. WOULD YOU LIKE HIM TO COME UP? DO YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS FOR HIM?>>ANDREW PUPKE KTH WE’VE HAD A GREAT PARTNERSHIP WITH CREATIVE, AND WILLIAMS AND KARR. WE’VE HAD A VERY PRODUCTIVE WORKING ENGAGEMENT WITH THEM.>>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: WE’RE THANKFUL FOR A GREAT LOCAL CONSTRUCTION FIRM.>>ANDREW PUPKE: ABSOLUTELY.>>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: ANYONE ELSE? I’M REALLY GLAD THAT WE HAD A CHANCE TO SEE THIS. IT’S BEEN AWHILE SINCE WE LOOKED AT IT, AND SEEING THAT IT’S READY TO ROLL IS GREAT. AND THANK YOU TO YOU AND YOUR STAFF, AND EVERYONE INVOLVED IN THE PROJECT.>>ANDREW PUPKE: YOU’RE CERTAINLY WELCOME.>>JANET LONG: KEN, WHAT’S THE COMPLETION DEADLINE?>>30 MONTHS FROM JANUARY 2020.>>JANET LONG: 30 MONTHS?>>DAVE EGGERS: JUST ONE THING REAL QUICK IF I COULD. AND ALL OF THIS FUNDING FOR THE EXPANSION AND EVERYTHING ELSE IS THROUGH PENNY THREE. AND AS WE — THIS IS THE LAST FEW MONTHS OF PENNY THREE, RIGHT? GOES THROUGH THE END OF THE YEAR? AND SO, ALL OF WHAT WE NEEDED FOR THESE — THE PREVIOUS PROJECTS, AND THIS PROJECT, HAVE BEEN COVERED.>>ANDREW PUPKE: CORRECT.>>DAVE EGGERS: GOOD STUFF RIGHT OFF THE TOP BEFORE THE COUNTY AND CITY GOT THEIR FUNDING.>>ANDREW PUPKE: THIS WAS PART OF THE $225 MILLION.>>DAVE EGGERS: SIGNIFICANT INVESTMENT IN THIS AREA. THANK YOU, APPRECIATE THAT.>>I WOULD JUST LIKE TO SAY ON THE COURTHOUSE, OPERATIONAL FUNCTIONING IS EXTREMELY IMPORTANT. AND EVERY DECISION TOUCHES ON THE STATE ATTORNEY, THE PUBLIC DEFENDER, ESPECIALLY THE SHERIFF, WHO HAS THE RESPONSIBILITY OF MOVING PEOPLE IN CUSTODY THROUGH THE COURTHOUSE, JUVENILES HAVE SPECIAL RULES THAT APPLY TO THEM THAT ARE DIFFERENT THAN AN ADULT PRISONER. EVIDENCE AND MOVING EVIDENCE AROUND THE COURTHOUSE HAS SPECIAL CONSIDERATIONS. THERE’S SO MANY, WHAT YOU THINK MAY BE A MINOR ADJUSTMENT IN PLANS, EVERYONE HAS TO HAVE INPUT ON, BECAUSE IT MAY AFFECT OPERATIONAL NEEDS, STATUTORY REQUIREMENTS. I SAY ALL OF THAT, AND JUST WANT TO COMPLIMENT ANDREW AND HIS TEAM. THE CONTRACTOR, THE ARCHITECT, WE PROBABLY HAD TOO MANY MEETINGS, BUT THAT’S GOOD. AND THEY’RE NEEDED. AND THE COMMUNICATION ON THIS PROJECT HAS BEEN EXTREMELY WELL-DONE. I WANT TO COMPLIMENT HIM AND HIS TEAM, BECAUSE I THINK, YOU KNOW, AT TIMES WE COMPLAIN WHEN THINGS DON’T GO RIGHT AND THE COMMUNICATION BREAKS DOWN. BUT ON THIS PARTICULAR PROJECT COMMUNICATION HAS BEEN EXCELLENT. THEY SET UP GOOD MEETINGS. THEY MAKE SURE EVERY STAKEHOLDER IS AWARE OF ANY CHANGE BROUGHT IN, GET THEIR INPUT, SEE HOW IT IMPACTS THEM, AND THE ADJUSTMENTS WHICH NEED TO TAKE PLACE ARE ADDRESSED. SO I JUST WANT TO GIVE KUDOS, THAT THIS TEAM, AND BARRY, I THINK YOU SHOULD SAY THANK YOU TO THIS GROUP OF PEOPLE. THEY’RE DOING A GOOD JOB FOR YOU.>>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: COMMISSIONER WELCH?>>KENNETH WELCH: I DID HAVE ONE QUESTION. ONE OF THE GOALS WAS THAT WE IMPLEMENT GREEN TECHNOLOGIES WHEN WE COULD. ANY HIGHLIGHTS ON THAT ASPECT?>>WE ARE GOING TO HAVE A LEED CERTIFIED BUILDING AND SEE IF WE CAN GET THE LEED SILVER.>>KENNETH WELCH: SILVER. GOOD NEWS. THANK YOU.>>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: I ALSO NOTICE IN THE AUDIENCE THAT TED WILLIAMSON IS HERE FROM WILLIAMSON DAY ASSOCIATES WHO IS OUR ARCHITECT. SO THANK YOU. ALSO ANOTHER LOCAL FIRM. WE’RE REALLY GLAD OF THE PARTNERSHIP, AND APPRECIATE EVERYKWUN’S HARD WORK.>>DAVE EGGERS: I CAN ONLY HANDLE THAT $2.7 MILLION OF VALUE ENGINEERING REQUIRED A LOT MORE MEETINGS. I ALWAYS LIKE TO THINK OF VALUE AND ENGINEER IN THE SAME SENTENCE AS A GOOD THING. GOOD THING, MR. WELCH.>>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: ALWAYS LIKE VALUE ENGINEERING.>>DAVE EGGERS: WITH ALL THOSE EYES ON I’M SURE IT WAS WELL DONE. THANK YOU.>>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: OKAY, GREAT.>>DAVE EGGERS: MOVE APPROVAL.>>JANET LONG: SECOND.>>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: MOTION BY COMMISSIONER EGGERS AND A SECOND BY COMMISSIONER LONG. THIS IS FOR AGENDA ITEM 16. FOR THE DESIGN-BUILD PROFESSIONAL SERVICES FOR THE COURTS CONSOLIDATION PROJECT. OKAY UNANIMOUS APPROVAL. GO FORTH AND CONSTRUCT. [LAUGHTER] OKAY. AGENDA ITEM 17.>>BARRY BURTON: AGENDA ITEM 17 IS THE PURCHASE AND SALE AGREEMENT WITH OCEAN TERRACE FOR THE PROPERTY LOCATED AT 13025 STARKEY ROAD. THIS IS ON BEHALF OF THE TAX COLLECTOR. THIS IS THEIR CURRENT SITE, AND THEY’RE LOOKING AT A PURCHASE AGREEMENT THAT WOULD BRING IT IN AND MAKE IT A COUNTY-OWNED FUNCTION. AND MAYBE ANDREW IS AVAILABLE TO ANSWER ANY QUESTIONS REGARDING THE DUE DILIGENCE AND REVIEW OF THIS.>>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: YES, COMMISSIONER EGGERS?>>DAVE EGGERS: YEAH, JUST, YOU KNOW, AGAIN, ONE OF THOSE OPPORTUNITIES WHERE I GUESS WE’VE BEEN A TENANT FOR AWHILE IN THE BACKUP, IT SEEMED TO INDICATE THAT WE MAY HAVE A PROBLEM EXTENDING OUR LEASE AS AN ALTERNATIVE. IT SHOWED SOME COSTS THAT WE MAY INCUR AND IMPLIED THAT WE COULDN’T CONTINUE THE LEASE AND YOU REALLY WANTED US TO PURCHASE, OR WHERE WERE WE IN THAT?>>ANDREW PUPKE: SO WE HAVE A TENANT IN THE BUILDING SINCE 2004. IT WAS BACK WHEN IT WAS ORIGINALLY CONSTRUCTED THAT HAS GONE THROUGH A COUPLE OF LANDLORDS SINCE THAT TIME. THE CURRENT LANDLORD IS DESIROUS OF SELLING THE PROPERTY AND HE MADE THAT INFORMATION KNOWN TO US. WITHIN THE LAST YEAR WE HAVE BEEN LOOKING AT THE POSSIBILITY OF EITHER RENOVATING THAT LOCATION, OR LOOKING FOR ANOTHER LOCATION. AFTER GIVING CONSIDERATION TO THE COST OF ANOTHER LOCATION, BOTH LAND AND BUILDING VALUE, WE’VE REFOCUSED ON THIS LOCATION. THE TAX COLLECTOR HAS ASKED FOR RENOVATIONS TO THE FACILITY AS IT RELATES TO THEIR OPERATIONAL NEEDS, SO THAT WAS PREVIOUSLY DISCUSSED WITH THE CURRENT LANDLORD. AND WE WOULD BE PROCEEDING WITH THOSE RENOVATIONS IF WE WERE THE OWNER OF THE BUILDING. BUT THE TAX COLLECTOR DESIRES TO STAY THERE. THE BUILDING SUITS THEIR NEEDS AS IT RELATES TO THE GENERAL SENSE OF THE BUILDING. THEY DO WANT THESE RENOVATIONS TO MEET DIFFERENT OPERATIONAL NEEDS. WHAT YOU MIGHT SEE IN THE PRO FORMA IS THAT THE CURRENT LANDLORD HAS OFFERED TO PAY A CERTAIN PORTION OF THOSE TENANT IMPROVEMENTS, AND THEN ALSO TO AMORTIZE THE BALANCE OF THEM. THE SITUATION WE FIND OURSELVES IN IS THAT HE’S ONLY BEEN WILLING TO GIVE US AN 18-MONTH EXTENSION ON OUR LEASE, AND THAT WAS AGAIN BASED UPON WHAT WE WERE LOOKING AT AS POSSIBLE RELOCATION SOMEWHERE ELSE. THE CONCERN THAT RAISES IS THAT, IF WE DO NOT PURCHASE IT, AND HE SELLS IT TO SOMEONE ELSE, WE HAVE AN 18-MONTH LEASE, AND WE COULD OBVIOUSLY POTENTIALLY RENEGOTIATE WITH A NEW LANDLORD, BUT THAT MIGHT MEAN HIGHER COSTS FOR RENT, BECAUSE WE NOW HAVE A NEW LANDLORD, AND WE HAVE A DECISION AT THAT POINT, DEPENDING UPON WHEN THAT OR GOING SOMEWHERE ELSE, AND TO GO SOMEWHERE ELSE AND BUILD A NEW BUILDING WITHIN 18 MONTHS OR LESS WOULD BE PARTICULARLY CHALLENGING FOR US.>>DAVE EGGERS: KIND OF A NET PRESENT VALUE, THEY’RE PRETTY COMPARABLE, THE TWO? I’M ASSUMING WE DID THAT LOOK AT BOTH THE PURCHASE VERSUS LEASE?>>ANDREW PUPKE: CORRECT, YES.>>DAVE EGGERS: AND THEY’RE PRETTY COMPARABLE?>>ANDREW PUPKE: YES, IN FACT, PURCHASE IS A BENEFIT BY ABOUT $300,000.>>DAVE EGGERS: OKAY, SO, YEAH. SIGNIFICANT, BUT NOT HUGE NUMBER. BUT AT LEAST THEY’RE CLOSE SO THAT’S A GOOD THING.>>ANDREW PUPKE: RIGHT.>>DAVE EGGERS: AND THE MARKET RATES AND THAT KIND OF THING ALL WITHIN LINE OF WHAT WE’VE GOT ALTERNATIVES WE MIGHT HAVE OUT THERE.>>ANDREW PUPKE: RIGHT, AND SOME OF THAT DIFFERENCE IS BASED UPON ASSUMPTIONS. ONE OF THEM BEING WE’D HAVE TO SPEND “X” AMOUNT OF DOLLARS ON CAPITAL IMPROVEMENTS. IF THE BOARD AGREES TO APPROVE THIS TODAY WE WOULD HAVE A DUE DILIGENCE PERIOD IN WHICH WE’D DO A BUILDING ASSESSMENT TO REALLY IDENTIFY WHAT NEEDS WE’D HAVE CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT-WISE OVER THE NEXT COUPLE OF YEARS. IT WOULD NOT ALL BE NEW ITEMS. WE DID A SIMILAR FUNCTION WHEN WE PURCHASED THE LEALMAN EXCHANGE.>>DAVE EGGERS: THAT WAS GOING TO BE MY SECOND QUESTION. MAKE SURE THAT WE HAVE THE RIGHT BUILDING WHEN WE TAKE IT OVER.>>ANDREW PUPKE: CORRECT.>>DAVE EGGERS: THANK YOU.>>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: KHK AND THEN COMMISSIONER JUSTICE?>>JANET LONG: YES, AND NOT TO MUDDY THE WATERS, BUT I REMEMBER BARRY TALKING TO ME ABOUT THE FACT THAT HE WAS DOING FOR US ABOUT COUNTYWIDE ASSESSMENT FOR WHAT OUR REAL NEEDS ARE. AND I MEAN, I GO UP AND DOWN HERE ALL THE TIME, SO I’M VERY AWARE OF THIS. RIGHT AROUND THE CORNER FROM THIS BUILDING IS THE SUPERVISOR OF ELECTIONS OFFICE, AND I DON’T REALLY KNOW, DO WE OWN THAT BUILDING?>>ANDREW PUPKE: YES, COMMISSIONER, WE DO.>>JANET LONG: OKAY. THEN WE CAN TURN IT IN FEBRUARY INTO A GOVERNMENT CENTER FOR PINELLAS COUNTY. IT’S CENTRALLY LOCATED, COMMISSIONER JUSTICE.>>CHARLIE JUSTICE: DEPENDS WHERE YOU’RE COMING FROM. [LAUGHTER]>>DAVE EGGERS: CENTRALLY LOCATED [INAUDIBLE].>>JANET LONG: IT DOES TO HIM.>>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: COMMISSIONER JUSTICE?>>CHARLIE JUSTICE: COMMISSIONER LONG HIT ON THE QUESTION. I WASN’T SURE ABOUT OUR OWNERSHIP WITH THE OTHER BUILDINGS. THAT WAS PART OF THE CONVERSATION WHETHER WE WERE DOING THIS MORE GLOBALLY OR PIECEMEAL. THAT GIVES ME SOME COMFORT IN THAT WE DO OWN THE OTHER BUILDINGS.>>BARRY BURTON: THE ISSUE ABOUT ALL OF OUR BUILDINGS IS A MUCH BIGGER LONG-TERM DISCUSSION. IN THIS PARTICULAR CASE IT’S VERY SERVICE ORIENTED. IT’S GOT A GOOD LOCATION. WE CAN’T PUT EVERYTHING ON HOLD. THIS MAKES SENSE. SO LET THEM DO THEIR DUE DILIGENCE AND LOOK. WE CAN HAVE THAT BIGGER CONVERSATION AS WE PULL SOME MORE PIECES TOGETHER.>>JANET LONG: DO YOU HAVE ANY IDEA WHEN THAT MIGHT BE?>>BARRY BURTON: IT’S ON THE LIST. IT’S JUST — THERE’S A LOT GOING ON.>>JANET LONG: REALLY? I HADN’T NOTICED.>>BARRY BURTON: IT’S ONE OF THOSE PRIORITIES. I DON’T EVEN HAVE A REPORT, OR I JUST GOT THE REPORT, YOU KNOW, FROM THE CITY BUILDING, AND THAT DISCUSSION. SO THAT WILL FEED INTO THIS. WE’RE WAITING ON THAT.>>ANDREW PUPKE: I’M SORRY TO INTERRUPT. IN ADDITION THIS LOCATION OFFERS THE TAX COLLECTOR THE OPPORTUNITY TO ROAD TEST BECAUSE THEY CAN DO THE ROAD TEST WITHIN THE OFFICE PARK. AS YOU’RE PROBABLY AWARE WE’RE MOVING FORWARD WITH THE SOUTH COUNTY SERVICE CENTER TO HAVE A SOURCE AND A FUTURE ONE IN NORTH COUNTY SO STAYING IN THIS PARTICULAR BUILDING IS PARTLY BENEFICIAL TO THE TAX COLLECTOR FOR THEIR OPERATIONS PARTICULARLY AS IT RELATES TO ROAD TESTS.>>DAVE EGGERS: I WAS JUST GOING TO KIND OF SAY A COUPLE THINGS THAT HAVE BEEN SAID, AND THAT IS THAT IT DOES WORK OPERATIONALLY, IT DOES WORK LOCATIONALLY, AND FROM A FINANCIAL STANDPOINT IT’S KIND OF A BREAK-EVEN BETWEEN PURCHASES AND LEASING AND IF IT’S PART OF THAT REAL ESTATE HOLDING PORTFOLIO THING, WELL, I THINK THIS IS A GOOD, SOUND THING TO DO. IN SPITE OF THE FACT THAT WE’RE KIND OF MAYBE GOING THROUGH THAT MORE GLOBALLY. I THINK THIS FITS IN MANY WAYS. SO, GREAT, THANK YOU. APPRECIATE IT.>>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: I NOTICE HAT IT DOES HAVE A PAYBACK PERIOD OF TEN YEARS. AND ONE OF MY CONCERNS WAS THE LOSS OF AD VALOREM TAXES IF WE OWN THE BUILDING. BUT WE ALREADY ARE PAYING THE TAXES WHEN I LOOKED AT THE PERFORMANCE SIDE. KIND OF A WASH THERE. BUT, BARRY AND I ALSO TALKED YESTERDAY ABOUT HAVING A FURTHER DISCUSSION ABOUT THE $9 MILLION ANNUAL SUBSIDY FOR THE STATE DRIVER LICENSE AND MORT VEHICLE SERVICES PERFORMED BY THE TAX COLLECTOR. I DON’T KNOW IF THERE’S ANY WAY TO RECOVER SOME MORE OF THOSE FEES OR IF WE’RE LIMITED BY STATE LAW AS TO WHAT WE CAN CHARGE. BUT THAT BEING SAID, I AM PROUD OF THE EXCELLENT CUSTOMER SERVICE THAT’S PROVIDED, BY OUR TAX COLLECTOR. I CAN CERTAINLY REMEMBER WHEN I FIRST GOT MY DRIVER’S LICENSE, MANY YEARS AGO, AND HOW LONG IT TOOK, AND HOW INEFFICIENT THE WHOLE METHOD WAS.>>JANET LONG: OH, IT WAS AWFUL.>>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: THEY HAVE CERTAINLY — THROUGH CARLOS THOMAS HAVE IMPROVED THAT PROCESS GREATLY. I DON’T WANT TO GO BACKWARDS ON THAT ONE. BUT I DO THINK IT’S WORTH DISCUSSING, AND THEN WHEN THIS COMES BACK, THE ONLY OTHER REQUEST I HAVE IS WE HAVE DIFFERENT FUNDING OPTIONS, AND IF IT IS GOING TO COME FROM THE PENNY FOR PINELLAS, I WOULD ASSUME IT WOULD BE THE 2020, STARTING IN 2020. BUT, IRREGARDLESS, WE NEED TO KNOW THE CAUSE AND EFFECT OF THE PENNY PLAN. AND AS YOU RECALL, WE ARE GOING TO HAVE A WORK SESSION ABOUT THE PENNY. SO WE’LL INCLUDE THIS IN THAT DISCUSSION. THANK YOU, ANDREW. BOY ARE YOU ALL BUSY.>>DAVE EGGERS: MOVE APPROVAL.>>JANET LONG: SECOND.>>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: A MOTION BY COMMISSIONER EGGERS, SECOND BY COMMISSIONER LONG FOR AGENDA ITEM 17. OKAY. IT PASSES UNANIMOUSLY. MOVING ON TO COUNTY ADMINISTRATOR’S AGENDA ITEM 18.>>BARRY BURTON: GOOD MORNING. I HAVE TWO ITEMS TO REPORT ON. RECENTLY, YOU APPROVED THE AGE-FRIENDLY PLAN. THAT WAS APPROVED BY AARP. AND I JUST WANTED TO COMMENT ABOUT SOME AND REPORT ON SOME OF THE COMMENTS THEY HAD. THEY SAID IT WAS GREAT TO SEE A PUBLIC SAFETY AND SECURITY AND EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT INCLUDED AS SPECIFIC DOMAINS. THEY SAID IT’S A GREAT PLAN, AND SO MUCH TO LOVE, BUT SO MUCH TO BE ABLE TO PULL OUT OF AND SHARE WITH OTHER COMMUNITIES. HAVING RECEIVED THIS SEVERAL TIMES THEY SAID PLEASE SHARE THE CONGRATULATIONS. OUR HUMAN SERVICES TEAM, AS A RESULT, WAS INVITED TO PRESENT OUR PLAN AT THE FLORIDA COUNCIL ON AGING. SO, AGAIN, GREAT PLAN. LOTS OF KUDOS FROM AARP ON THE DESIGN, THE WAY THEY APPROACH BRINGING IN EVERYBODY TO BE PART OF THAT. AND AGAIN, THEY’VE BEEN OUT MEETING WITH COMMUNITIES AND SHARING THEM. SO THAT WAS VERY GOOD NEWS. THE OTHER ONE WAS JUST TO GIVE YOU AN UPDATE ON THE DUKE ENERGY PARK AND PLUG PROGRAM FOR OUR CHARGING STATIONS. USE OF THE CHARGING STATIONS WILL BE FREE. CAN BE ACCESSED USING A SMARTPHONE APPLICATION. ONCE THOSE SITES ARE OPERATIONAL WE’LL PUSH THIS OUT MORE BUT WE CURRENTLY ARE TARGETING 445 COURTHOUSE IN ST. PETERSBURG. THE PUBLIC SAFETY CAMPUS ON OL HERTON. THE COOPERATIVE EXTENSION ON ULMERTON. THE COUNTY JUSTICE CENTER. THEY’RE ALSO WORKING AT FOUR CHARGING STATIONS LOCATIONS TO BE DETERMINED IN FORT DE SOTO AND SAND KEY PARKS AND WE’RE GOING TO HAVE TWO OTHER LOCATIONS THAT THEY’RE EVALUATING DIFFERENT SITES CURRENTLY. BUT THAT’S IN WORKS, AND THEY’RE WORKING ON HOW THEY CAN SUCCESSFULLY IMPLEMENT THOSE. THAT’S MY TWO UPDATES THIS MORNING.>>JANET LONG: SO I HAVE A QUESTION, MADAM CHAIR. DID BARBARA SEND OUT A NOTICE ON THE AGE FRIENDLY COUNTY? BECAUSE I DON’T REMEMBER SEEING IT. NOT YET? BUT YOU WILL, RIGHT? EXCELLENT. THANK YOU.>>BARRY BURTON: I JUST GOT THE E-MAIL FROM LOURDES WITH THESE UPDATES. SO IT’S GOOD INFORMATION TO SHARE.>>JANET LONG: ABSOLUTELY.>>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: AND THEN I THINK THERE’S SOMEBODY NEW IN THE AUDIENCE.>>BARRY BURTON: WE DO HAVE SOMEONE NEW IN THE AUDIENCE. AND I INTRODUCED HER LAST TIME BUT SHE ACTUALLY OFFICIALLY BEGAN. SO THANK YOU FOR POINTING THAT OUT. AND — >>JANET LONG: MAYBE SHE COULD STAND UP SO EVERYBODY ELSE CAN SEE HER.>>BARRY BURTON: SHE’S IN THE BACK. [APPLAUSE]>>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: OFFICIALLY.>>BARRY BURTON: FOR THE AUD YERNS OUR NEW DEPUTY COUNTY ADMINISTRATOR SHE JUST BEGAN A WEEK AGO MONDAY BUT WE TOOK HER ON A LITTLE TRIP RIGHT AFTER SHE BEGAN. THIS IS HER FIRST OFFICIAL MEETING.>>DAVE EGGERS: WELCOME.>>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: YES. COUNTY ATTORNEY?>>JEWEL WHITE: I HAVE NOTHING TODAY.>>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: OKAY, NEXT BACK TO THE COUNTY ADMINISTRATOR FOR TWO REPORTS.>>BARRY BURTON: THE FIRST REPORT IS OUR STATE LEGISLATIVE SESSION RECAP FROM SOUTHERN STRATEGIES GROUP. AND WE HAVE LAURA IN THE AUDIENCE. ALL RIGHT. COULDN’T SEE THEM IN THE BACK. OH, HERE THEY ARE.>>CAN YOU GUYS HEAR ME OKAY? GOOD MORNING. FIRST OF ALL, JUST THANK YOU ALL FOR ALLOWING US TO REPRESENT YOU, AND I WANT TO THANK ALL THE COMMISSIONERS WHO CAME OUT DURING THE LEGISLATIVE SESSION TO LOBBY IN TALLAHASSEE. IT’S ALWAYS GOOD FOR OUR DELEGATION TO SEE A FACE. SO I APPRECIATE YOU COMING UP THERE. AND I ALSO WANT TO THANK YOU FOR HIRING BRIAN LOWACK, BECAUSE HE WORKED A LOT OF STUFF WITH US DURING SESSION. I THINK WE WERE ON THE PHONE THREE OR FOUR TIMES A DAY, EVERY DAY, AND HE REALLY IS AN ASSET TO YOU ALL AND JUST A GREAT, GREAT, GREAT ADDITION TO THE TEAM. SO, I AM GOING TO START THE RECAP TO TALK A LITTLE BIT ABOUT — >>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: COULD YOU INTRODUCE YOURSELF? AS WELL AS YOUR PARTNER.>>STEPHANIE [INDISCERNIBLE] WE ARE THE TAMPA BAY OFFICE OF SOUTHERN STRATEGY GROUP. SO IT’S ALWAYS INTERESTING TO SEE HOW MANY BILLS ARE FILED EVERY YEAR, HOW MANY PASS. SO THERE WERE 3,492 BILLS ACTUALLY FILED AT THE SESSION. AND ONLY 197 OF THEM PASSED. SO THAT IS LESS THAN 6% OF ALL OF THE LEGISLATION, WHICH IS PROBABLY A GOOD THING FOR US. IN THE BIG PICTURE. BUT IT KIND OF GIVES YOU SOME PERSPECTIVE OF HOW MANY BILLS ARE FILED AND HOW LITTLE PASSED. SOME OTHER PERSPECTIVE. THERE WERE 1,630 APPROPRIATION BILLS PASSED. TOTALLING ALMOST $3.7 BILLION. OBVIOUSLY THOSE ALL DID NOT PASS, AS WELL. AND I’M GOING TO SPEND THE MAJORITY OF OUR TIME TALKING ABOUT THE STATE BUDGET. ESPECIALLY AS IT RELATES TO THE COUNTY’S GUIDING PRINCIPLES. THIS YEAR THE STATE BUDGET WAS $91.1 BILLION. IT WAS THE LARGEST BUDGET EVER FOR THE STATE OF FLORIDA. IT INCLUDED $34 BILLION IN GENERAL REVENUE. $56.1 BILLION FROM THE TRUST FUND, AND THEY DID PUT $3.4 BILLION TOTAL INTO RESERVES. AND JUST SOMETHING INTERESTING TO NOTE, BECAUSE IT WAS A BIG TOPIC OF DISCUSSION, THERE WAS AT LEAST, AND WE DON’T KNOW FOR SURE THE FINAL NUMBER, BUT AT LEAST $650 MILLION IN THERE FOR THE PANHANDLE FOR HURRICANE RECOVERY. AS FAR AS THE COUNTY’S GUIDING PRINCIPLES I’LL START WITH THE AFFORDABLE HOUSING FUNDING. A TOTAL OF $325 MILLION IN THE SADOWSKI TRUST FUND. THIS YEAR THEY SWEPT $125 MILLION OF IT INTO THE GENERAL REVENUE FUND. $46.6 MILLION WAS IN THERE FOR SHIP WHICH IS THE STATE HOUSING INITIATIVES PARTNERSHIP PROGRAM AND $39 MILLION IN THERE FOR SALE, WHICH IS THE STATE DEPARTMENT INCENTIVE LOAN PROGRAM AND $115 MILLION IN THERE FOR HOUSING RELATED TO HURRICANE MICHAEL RECOVERY, WHICH IS MODELED AFTER THE SHIP AND SALE PROGRAMS. HOMELESSNESS AND MENTAL HEALTH. THERE WAS $4.5 MILLION APPROPRIATED IN THE HOMELESS HOUSING TRUST FUND. THERE WAS $3.2 MILLION APPROPRIATED FOR CHALLENGE GRANTS, WHICH IS DISPERSED TO LOCAL HOMELESS HOMES THROUGHOUT THE STATE. SOMETHING INTERESTING THIS YEAR THEY REFUNDED THE STATE OPIOID RESPONSE WHICH ALLOWS US TO DRAG DOWN SOME FEDERAL DOLLARS AND THAT WAS $80.3 MILLION. ALSO $4.9 MILLION IN THERE FOR THE COMMUNITY MENTAL HEALTH BLOCK GRANT WHICH IS DISPERSED AMONG MULTIPLE BEHAVIORAL HEALTH PROVIDERS. AND THEN IN THE MARJORY STONEMAN DOUGLAS ACT THERE WAS $75 MILLION, WHICH WAS AN INCREASE OVER LAST YEAR OF $5.7 MILLION IN MENTAL HEALTH ASSISTANCE ALLOCATIONS FOR SCHOOLS. AND ALSO $5.5 MILLION FOR MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS TRAINING. I THINK THE BIGGEST IMPACT THIS YEAR, AND THE BIGGEST DIFFERENCE IN OUR BUDGET THIS YEAR WAS THE ENVIRONMENTAL FUNDING. IT WAS A PRIORITY OF OUR GOVERNOR AND THERE WAS AN UNPRECEDENTED AMOUNT OF MONEY PUT INTO THE BUDGET. I HAVE TO TELL YOU, IT HASN’T BEEN SIGNED YET, HE HASN’T EVEN RECEIVED IT YET, SO THIS IS ALL STILL SUBJECT TO VETO BUT THERE WAS $686 MILLION IN ENVIRONMENTAL FUNDING. I’M GOING TO TRY TO QUICKLY GO THROUGH EVERYTHING THAT WAS IN THERE, $33 MILLION FOR FLORIDA [INDISCERNIBLE], $327.2 MILLION FOR ALTERATION WHICH IS AN INCREASE OF $196.3 MILLION WHICH IS VERY SIGNIFICANT. WE HAD — >>KENNETH WELCH: DID YOU SAY LAKE RESTORATION?>>EVERGLADES. BEACH RENOURISHMENT FUNDING WAS INCREASED THIS YEAR BY $20 MILLION. SO IT WAS A $50 MILLION TOTAL. A NEW $25 MILLION FUND FOR RIVER GRANT FOR LOCAL GOVERNMENT, WASTEWATER IMPROVEMENT, THERE’S $100 MILLION THIS YEAR FOR SPRINGS RESTORATION. THERE WAS $49 MILLION IN THE BUDGET FOR WATER PROJECTS, $125.5 MILLION IN [INDISCERNIBLE] FUND. $40 MILLION IN ALTERNATIVE WATER SUPPLY GRANTS. THERE WAS $4.2 MILLION IN THERE FOR RED TIDE RESEARCH. SOMETHING NEAR AND DEAR TO YOUR HEART COMMISSIONER LONG THERE WAS $5.5 MILLION IN THERE FOR THE FLORIDA RESILIENT COASTLINE INITIATIVE, AND THIS IS TO ASSIST LOCAL GOVERNMENTS WITH SEA LEVEL RISE PLANNING. AND COASTAL RESILIENCE PROJECTS, AND FOR THE PROTECTION OF OUR CORAL REEFS. ART FUNDING. SO, LAST YEAR, WE DROPPED TO 48 OF 50 STATES IN ART FUNDING. AND THIS YEAR WE ARE 20th. SO, WE’RE GETTING THERE. WE HAD $21.25 MILLION IN FUNDING WHICH IS ABOUT EIGHT TIMES WHAT WE HAD LAST YEAR. THEY FUNDED $12.3 MILLION, IN THE CULTURAL MUSEUM MATCHING GRANT. THEY FUNDED $2.98 MILLION FOR THE CULTURAL BUILDS FLORIDA MATCHING GRANT WHICH WAS NOT FUNDED AT ALL LAST YEAR. AND $5.97 MILLION FOR CULTURAL FACILITIES MATCHING GRANTS WHICH WAS NOT FUNDED AT ALL LAST YEAR. AS FAR AS ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT FUNDING, THEY FUNDED THE JOB GROWTH GRANT FUND AGAIN THIS YEAR BUT IT CAME DOWN TO LESS THAN HALF, SO IT WAS ONLY FUNDED AT $40 MILLION. DOWN FROM $85 MILLION FROM LAST YEAR. THEY DID END UP FUNDING VISIT FLORIDA AT $50 MILLION. AND THEY FUNDED ENTERPRISE FLORIDA AT $16 MILLION. WE KNOW THEY FUNDED TBARTA AT $2.5 MILLION. THE ENTIRE TRANSPORTATION WORK PROGRAM WAS FUNDED AT $9.8 BILLION AND THERE WAS $85.3 MILLION IN LOCAL ROAD FUND PROJECTS. SOMETHING THAT THEY WROTE ABOUT WHICH I THOUGHT WAS REALLY INTERESTING THAT’S IN THE WORK PROGRAM IS THEY FUNDED $40 MILLION IN THERE FOR THE TRAILS AND IT WAS JUST ANNOUNCED THAT WE RECEIVED AN ADDITIONAL $60 MILLION FROM USDOT AND THAT WILL ALLOW AN ADDITIONAL 80 BILLION GALLONS OF WATER A DAY TO FLOW SOUTH INTO THE EVERGLADES. AS FAR AS THE COUNTY’S LEGISLATIVE PRIORITIES, WE WERE ABLE TO SECURE $500,000 FOR THE LOCKHEED PINES. WE PASSED THE PINELLAS COUNTY LICENSING BOARD LOCAL BILL, AGAIN THANK REPRESENTATIVE FOR SPONSORING THAT. WE INITIALLY HAD FUNDING IN THE BUDGET FOR EAST LAKE LIBRARY. THE SENATE HAD IT AS A SEPARATE LINE ITEM. THE HOUSE ONLY WANTED TO FUND THE CONSTRUCTION GRANT AND IT ENDED UP THROWING OUT OF THE BUDGET IN THE END AND ENDED UP ONLY FUNDING THE LIBRARY CONSTRUCTION GRANT AT $1 MILLION WHICH ONLY FUNDS TWO OF THE 23 PROJECTS ON THE LIST. EAST LAKE LIBRARY IS RANKED 14th. SO FOR THE AUDIENCE, VERY INTERESTING, THEY ALWAYS HAVE A GOOD TAX PACKAGE WITH OUR SALES TAX HOLIDAYS. WE HAVE TWO DAYS LEFT FOR THE HURRICANE PREPAREDNESS TAX HOLIDAY. IT RUNS THROUGH JUNE 6th. ALSO INCLUDED WAS THE BACK-TO-SCHOOL HOLIDAY. THAT RUNS FROM AUGUST 2nd TO AUGUST 6th. AND I’M JUST GOING TO TOUCH ON A FEW BILLS. I KNOW BRIAN’S ALREADY BRIEFED YOU ON EVERYTHING WE WERE TRACKING. I THINK WE BOTH — WE ALL AGREE THAT THIS YEAR WAS A LITTLE LESS HARSH AS FAR AS FINDING OUR [INDISCERNIBLE] BILLS. THEY’RE NOT AS AGGRESSIVE THIS YEAR. BUT WE STILL HAD SOME FIGHTS. I KNOW YOU ALL HAVE TALKED PROBABLY ADD KNAUSS UP ABOUT THE HOUSE BILL 9 WHICH IS THE CRA BILL. WE WERE ABLE TO WORK WITH THE SPONSORS TO MAKE SURE THAT THE NEW — THE NEW CRAs DO NOT HAVE TO BE PAID BY COUNTYWIDE REFERENDUM. BY APPROVAL OF TWO-THIRDS OF THE VOTE. JUST A SIMPLE MAJORITY VOTE OF A GOVERNING BODY. WE WORKED WITH REPRESENTATIVE STICKLY AGAIN ON THE LOCAL OPTION IS SUR TAX BILL. ONE OF THE SENATE’S PRIORITIES, PROBABLY THE BIGGEST PRIORITY WAS THE M-4 BILL. I’LL BRIEFLY EXPLAIN WHAT IT IS. IT’S GOING TO CREATE THREE NEW REGIONAL TOLL CORRIDORS ONE FROM COLLIER COUNTY TO POLK COUNTY. ONE FROM CITRUS COUNTY TO JEFFERSON COUNTY AND A NORTH TURNPIKE CONNECTOR WHICH TAKES THE NORTH TURNPIKE NORTHWEST TO SUNCOAST PARKWAY. IT’S SIGNIFICANT IN FUNDING. THE STATE IS ALLOCATING $45 MILLION THIS YEAR, $90 MILLION NEXT YEAR, AND $135 MILLION THE YEAR AFTER THAT. A COUPLE OTHER QUICK THINGS. HOUSE BILL 905 WAS A TRANSPORTATION PACKAGE. AND THERE WERE SOME LANGUAGE PUT IN THAT SAYS THAT PROJECTS THAT ARE FULLY OR PARTIALLY FUNDED BY D.O.T. AND ADMINISTERED BY A LOCAL GOVERNMENT MAY NOT ALLOW THE SAME FIRMS TO PERFORM BOTH THE DESIGN SERVICES AND CONSTRUCTION ENGINEERING SERVICES. THAT WOULD BE A CHANGE IN HOW WE DO THINGS. SAME STORY, CITIES BILL, IMMIGRATION ENFORCEMENT. THE BILL WENT THROUGH A LOT OF ITERATIONS, A LOT OF CHANGES. THE FINAL BILL ESSENTIALLY STATES THAT LOCAL GOVERNMENTS MUST SUPPORT AND COOPERATE WITH FEDERAL IMMIGRATION ENFORCEMENT AND PROHIBIT LOCAL GOVERNMENT ENTITIES FROM HAVING A SANCTUARY POLICY. TEXTING WHILE DRIVING PASSED, SO IT’S NOW A PRIMARY ENFORCEMENT PROHIBIT TEXTING AND DRIVING, E-MAILING, INSTANT MESSAGING WHILE DRIVING. MICROMOBILITY DEVICES. I KNOW YOU’VE ALL SEEN THE SCOOTERS THAT ARE AROUND. NOW LOCAL GOVERNMENTS ARE ALLOWED TO REGULATE THE OPERATION OF SCOOTERS. WE HAVE NOW PREEMPTED LOCAL REGULATION OF VEGETABLE GARDENS ON RESIDENTIAL PROPERTY. I’M GOING TO END WITH THIS. BECAUSE I THINK IT’S EXTREMELY INTERESTING. SO I THINK YOU ALL SAW ON THE NEWS THAT THE GOVERNOR VETOED THE STRAW BAN LEGISLATION HOUSE BILL 731 BUT I WANT TO READ TO YOU A MESSAGE THAT SAYS, A NUMBER OF FLORIDA MUNICIPALITIES HAVE ENACTED ORDINANCES PROHIBITING SINGLE USE PLASTIC STRAWS. THESE MEASURES HAVE NOT, AS FAR AS I CAN TELL, FRUSTRATED ANY STATE POLICY OR HARMED THE STATE’S INTEREST. IN FACT THE FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION HAS ENCOURAGED FLORIDA RESIDENTS, SCHOOLS AND BUSINESSES TO REDUCE PLASTIC STRAW USE. UNDER THESE CIRCUMSTANCES, THE STATE SHOULD SIMPLY ALLOW LOCAL COMMUNITIES TO ADDRESS THIS ISSUE THROUGH THE POLITICAL PROCESS. CITIZENS WHO OPPOSE PLASTIC STRAW ORDINANCES CAN SEEK RECOURSE BY ELECTING PEOPLE WHO SHARE THEIR VIEWS. SO, I’LL LEAVE YOU WITH THAT, AND HE STILL HAS YET TO SIGN THE TREE ORDINANCE, SO WE’LL SEE IF HIS VETO MESSAGE ALIGNED WITH THE REMAINING BILLS HE HAS TO SIGN. WITH THAT, I’LL TAKE QUESTIONS.>>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: ANY QUESTIONS? COMMISSIONER EGGERS?>>DAVE EGGERS: FIRST OF ALL, THANK YOU FOR YOUR WORK. AND NICE TO GO UP THERE, AND YOU KNOW, SOMEBODY LIKE ME, WHO DOESN’T KNOW THE AREA VERY WELL, AND LIKE SOME OF MY COLLEAGUES DO, AND YOU JUST KIND OF LEAD ME AROUND AND GET ME TO THE RIGHT PERSON AT THE RIGHT TIME. SO THANK YOU FOR THAT. YOU TOUCHED ON A WHOLE LOT OF THINGS, AND I THINK YOU EVEN ADDED TO SOME OF THOSE INITIAL COMMENTS. BUT I JUST WANTED TO ASK YOU ABOUT THE TRANSPORTATION. THE $9.8 BILLION FUND. THAT DOES NOT INCLUDE ANY OF THE FUNDING FOR THOSE TOLL ROADS, RIGHT? THAT’S A SEPARATE, DISTINCT AMOUNT?>>YES.>>DAVE EGGERS: AND DID THAT AMOUNT GO UP, STAY THE SAME OR GO DOWN FROM — >>FROM LAST YEAR? IT WENT UP. BUT NOT BY MUCH.>>DAVE EGGERS: OKAY. SO KIND OF HOLDING.>>I THINK IT WAS 5%.>>DAVE EGGERS: OKAY. SEPTIC TO SEWER. THAT IS DOWN OR UP? AND HOW DID — THE PROJECT, I THINK WE WERE ASKING FOR OVER $1 MILLION AND THAT PROJECT CAME IN AT HALF. IS THAT PRETTY CONSISTENT WITH OTHER ASKS?>>IN THE BUDGET BATTLE? YEAH. SO THERE WERE 49 WATER PROJECTS THAT WERE FUNDED. AND MAJORITY OF THEM WERE AROUND THAT SIZE. BUT THE NEW THING IS THIS YEAR, AS LONG AS IT STAYS IN THE BUDGET THERE’S $25 MILLION ALLOCATED FOR GRANTS FOR SEPTIC-TO-SEWER PROJECTS THAT WE ALSO APPLIED FOR.>>DAVE EGGERS: OKAY, GREAT.>>WE FEEL PRETTY CONFIDENT AFTER TALKING TO THE GOVERNOR’S OFFICE THAT THE WATER PROJECTS THAT WILL STAY IN THE BUDGET AND WILL NOT BE VETOED.>>DAVE EGGERS: ONE OF THE THINGS WE’RE EXTREMELY INTERESTED IN HERE IS THE PRESERVATION OF TAMPA BAY WATER AND THAT THAT CONTINUES TO BE A STRONG ENTITY. ANY ISSUES GOING ON RIGHT NOW THAT YOU SENSE ABOUT THE ALTERNATIVE WATER SOURCE? AND HOW THAT’S GOING TO BE PRIORITIZED? THINKING RECLAIMED USE, TOILET-TO-TAP TYPE OF THING AND HOW THAT’S GOING TO AFFECT, PERHAPS TAMPA BAY WATER? ANYTHING ON THE HORIZON THAT’S GOING ON THERE?>>BRIAN LOWACK: BRIEFLY COMMISSIONER, I WILL GET YOU A NUMBER. I DON’T HAVE IT OFF THE TOP OF MY HEAD. BUT THERE WAS AN ALLOCATION FOR ALTERNATIVE WATER SUPPLY PROJECTS IN THE TOTAL ENVIRONMENTAL FUNDING. THERE WAS AN ADDITIONAL ALLOCATION FOR AWS, WE’LL GET YOU THAT NUMBER. SO THOSE WOULD BE GRANTS FUNDED, AS WELL, WORKING WITH DEP.>>DAVE EGGERS: WHAT WAS YOUR — WHAT WE HAD HEARD, THERE WAS AN AWFUL LOT OF — >>49.4.>>DAVE EGGERS: THERE WAS A LOT OF PRESENTATIONS UP IN TALLAHASSEE?>>BRIAN LOWACK: ON ALTERNATIVE WATER.>>DAVE EGGERS: WE’RE JUST TRYING TO MAKE SURE THAT WE HAVE ON THE HORIZON KIND OF THAT, YOU KNOW, MAKING SURE THAT ANY OF THE THREATS TO THE TAMPA BAY — YOU KNOW, TAMPA BAY WATER, ARE IDENTIFIED, AND MAKING SURE THAT WE’RE ON THAT. SO, I KNOW THAT WE HAVE A SEPARATE PERSON THAT’S WORKING ON THAT. BUT IT ALSO AFFECTS, YOU KNOW, OUR COUNTY HERE.>>BRIAN LOWACK: AWS IS VERY IMPORTANT TO THEM. THEY’RE GOING NEED TO ENSURE THAT THE STATE CONTINUES TO FUND ALTERNATIVE WATER SUPPLY IN ORDER TO — FOR THE EXTENSIVE VIABILITY THAT YOU’RE TALKING ABOUT. SO WE DO MONITOR THAT AND WE’LL CONTINUE TO REPORT ON HOW THOSE ALTERNATIVE WATER SUPPLY PROJECTS — >>DAVE EGGERS: HOW THEY IDENTIFY AND DETERMINE THAT AS IT RELATES TO OUR FORMULA HERE AT TAMPA BAY WATER IS EXTREMELY IMPORTANT.>>RIGHT SO WE’LL NEED TO WORK WITH THE DEP.>>DAVE EGGERS: OKAY. KEEP US CLOSELY INFORMED. THANK YOU. APPRECIATE IT. THANK YOU.>>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: COMMISSIONER JUSTICE?>>CHARLIE JUSTICE: THANK YOU, MADAM CHAIR. WHAT’S YOUR ALL FEELING — ONE, THANKS FOR THE REPORT. WHAT’S YOUR FEELING AS FAR AS THE VETO AND THE GOVERNOR’S ON SOME OF THE, WHAT WOULD BE, LOCAL PRIORITIES OR TURKEYS OR WHATEVER YOU WANT TO CALL THEM? HAS HE GIVEN — HAVE YOU GOT A FEEL FROM HIS STAFF ON WHERE HE’S GOING TO GO?>>YEAH, I THINK THAT IF THE FUNDING PRIORITY ALIGNS WITH HIS PRIORITY, THEN I THINK THAT YOU’RE SAFE.>>CHARLIE JUSTICE: IT’S NOT A PRINCIPLE OR PHILOSOPHICAL VIEW ON TURKEYS OR SOMETHING LIKE THAT?>>THIS GOVERNOR HAS A LOT DIFFERENT PHILOSOPHY THAN OUR PREVIOUS GOVERNOR. I MEAN, WE DON’T REALLY KNOW.>>I WAS ALSO GOING TO SAY, WE JUST DON’T KNOW YET.>>CHARLIE JUSTICE: SURE.>>THE NEW ADMINISTRATION, WE’VE HAD FANTASTIC WORKING RELATIONSHIPS WITH THIS ADMINISTRATION, IN FACT, WE HAVE HAD GREAT DIALOGUE WITH THEIR TEAM, SO WE ANTICIPATE THEY’RE GOING TO BE, YOU KNOW, GREAT TO WORK WITH. BUT WE DON’T HAVE ANY TRACK RECORD. FOR EXAMPLE IN THE FINAL FOUR OR FIVE YEARS OF GOVERNOR SCOTT WE SORT OF HAD AN IDEA OF WHAT DIRECTION HE WOULD BE HEADING AND YOU COULD MANAGE TO THAT. WE DON’T HAVE THAT YET.>>CHARLIE JUSTICE: IT’S JUST, WHEN I LEFT ALMOST NINE YEARS AGO WE WERE AT $65 BILLION, NOW WE’RE $26 BILLION MORE THAN THAT. THAT’S GOT TO BE, FOR YOU, I DON’T KNOW WHAT THE BUDGET WHEN YOU LEFT WAS.>>I’LL GIVE YOU AN EXAMPLE, WHEN I GOT TO TALLAHASSEE IN 2006, THE MEDICAID BUDGET WAS ABOUT $15.5 BILLION AND WHEN I LEFT IT WAS $26 BILLION. EIGHT YEARS LATER. SO, THE BIGGEST DRIVER OF THAT INCREASE IS FEDERAL FUNDS THAT FLOW IN TO THE BUDGET, PRIMARILY THE MEDICAID PROGRAM.>>CHARLIE JUSTICE: SURE.>>SO THERE’S ABOUT A $1 BILLION, MAYBE A LITTLE BIT NORTH OF A $1 BILLION SURPLUS IN GR WHICH IS THE STATE’S GENERAL REVENUE, YOU KNOW, THE MONEY THAT THEY HAVE AVAILABLE TO SPEND. NOT COUNTING THE FEDERAL FUNDS. SO, YOU KNOW, LIKE I SAID, THE BIG DELTA IS IN FEDERAL FUNDS SPENT. THERE’S BEEN MODEST INCREASES IN THE STATE’S GR, SALES TAX, AND STATE MONEY.>>CHARLIE JUSTICE: AND TO ECHO SOME OF THE COMMENTS EARLIER, I’VE HAD GREAT CONVERSATIONS WITH SENATOR HOOPER, AND REPRESENTATIVE DESTIGLIA, AND THEY APPRECIATE THE OPPORTUNITY TO WORK WITH US. WE ALL KNOW MR. LOWACK IS STELLAR IN HIS WORK AND APPRECIATE HIS GOOD WORK. I WOULD ENCOURAGE US AND ALL OUR DEPARTMENTS TO BE THINKING ABOUT AREAS THAT WE COULD BE SEEKING STATE HELP WITH. I THINK WE HAVE A LOT OF THINGS COMING UP IN OUR PARKS, AND THE STATE HAS A HEALTHY PROGRAM THAT WE SHOULD BE GOING AFTER EVERY DIME WE CAN AND THOSE KIND OF THINGS. I SAW ONE OF OUR LOCAL CITIES WAS ADVERTISING THAT THEY HAD RECEIVED A GRANT SUBJECT TO VETO BUT THEY HAD RECEIVED A GRANT, SO THOSE ARE, AS WE LOOK AT WALL SPRINGS, THE PARK, THOSE TYPE OF THINGS, CERTAINLY AN AVENUE WE SHOULD GO DOWN. THANK YOU FOR YOUR GOOD WORK.>>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: COMMISSIONER WELCH?>>KENNETH WELCH: THANK YOU, MADAM CHAIR. I WANT TO ECHO MY COLLEAGUES. YOU ALL DO A GREAT JOB. THANK YOU SO MUCH. BRIAN, DESPITE BEING A PACKERS FAN, IS ACTUALLY DOING A GREAT JOB UP THERE. SO THANK YOU, BRIAN. ONE OF THE ISSUES THAT IS OF CONCERN IS THE UNCERTAINTY AFTER AMENDMENT 4, WHICH WAS SUPPOSED TO RESTORE RIGHTS FOR FOLKS THAT SERVED THEIR TIME. AND THERE SEEMS TO BE A LOT OF GRAY AREA NOW ON RESTITUTION, HOW YOU IDENTIFY IT, IS ANYBODY TALKING ABOUT CLARIFYING THAT NEXT YEAR? AS WE GO IN TO THE 2020 ELECTIONS? ARE YOU HEARING ANYTHING ABOUT THAT ISSUE?>>I MEAN, IT WAS [INDISCERNIBLE] ISSUE. THAT, YOU KNOW DIVIDED THE PARTIES, AND I WOULD THINK THAT IT WILL COME BACK. IT WILL HAVE TO.>>I’M CONFIDENT IF IT COMES BACK AGAIN.>>KENNETH WELCH: MY CONCERN IS WHAT DO OUR LOCAL SUPERVISORS DO IF SOMEONE COMES AND WANTS TO REGISTER TO VOTE AND THEY SAY THEY PAID THEIR RESTITUTION. YOU KNOW, WHERE IS THE VIABLE ON RESTITUTION AND WHO’S PAID, COMPLETED THAT? WE’LL KEEP AN EYE ON IT.>>THAT WAS A STICKING POINT IN THE DIALOGUE THROUGHOUT SESSION, YOU’RE RIGHT.>>KENNETH WELCH: THANK YOU FOR YOUR WORK.>>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: GOOD JOB. THANK YOU FOR THE COMPREHENSIVE REPORT. WE REALLY APPRECIATE IT. OKAY. NEXT WE HAVE THE AIRPORT MASTER PLAN.>>MADAM CHAIR, COMMISSIONERS, THANK YOU FOR THE OPPORTUNITY TO PROVIDE YOU AN UPDATE ON THE AIRPORT MASTER PLAN, WHICH IS VITAL TO THE CONTINUED VIABILITY OF THE AIRPORT. FIRST OF ALL, THE AIRPORT DIRECTOR AND I HAVE DOUG DECARLO WITH ENVIRONMENTAL ASSOCIATES WILL BE PRESENTING IN A LITTLE BIT. FIRST OF ALL FOR THE AUDIENCE I’D LIKE TO DESCRIBE BASICALLY WHAT IS THE AIRPORT MASTER PLAN. IT’S A COMPREHENSIVE CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT PLAN AND DOCUMENT THAT WILL HELP GUIDE THE AIRPORT’S CAPITAL INFRASTRUCTURE AND DEVELOPMENT TO MEET THE FUTURE GROWTH OF THE AIRPORT OVER THE NEXT 20 YEARS, BASED ON AVIATIONAL FORECASTING, APPROVED BY THE FAA, WHILE ALSO ADDRESSING AVIATION, LAND SITE ISSUES, ENVIRONMENTAL, AND SOCIOECONOMIC ISSUES SURROUNDING THE COMMUNITY. AND ALSO IT IS AN IMPORTANT DOCUMENT SUPPORTED BY BOTH THE FAA AND FDOT IN ORDER FOR US TO BE ELIGIBLE FOR GRANT FUNDING. THE LAST AIRPORT MASTER PLAN WAS COMPLETED BACK IN 2004. NEEDLESS TO SAY A LOT OF SIGNIFICANT CHANGES HAVE BEEN ACHIEVED OVER THOSE YEARS. PASSENGER GROWTH HAS DOUBLED. AS WAS STATED EARLIER. WE’RE EXPERIENCING OVER 2 MILLION PASSENGERS A YEAR. IT’S PUT A LOT OF INFRASTRUCTURE PRESSURE ON THE TERMINAL. THE AIRPORT ITSELF. SO WE’RE CERTAINLY IN A POSITION NOW THAT WE NEED TO GO AHEAD AND UPDATE THAT MASTER PLAN. TAKE A LOOK AT THOSE AVIATION FORECASTS. WHAT DOES IT MEAN FOR THE DEMAND AT THE AIRPORT AND GO ASHAED AND BUILD A CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM THAT WILL SUPPORT THAT CONTINUED GROWTH. WE BROUGHT ESA ON BOARD BACK IN LATE SEPTEMBER 2017 TO PERFORM THE MASTER PLAN. SINCE IT’S KICKED OFF A LOT HAS TAKEN PLACE. AS PART OF THE PUBLIC OUTREACH PROGRAM THERE HAVE BEEN SEVERAL PUBLIC MEETINGS IN THE COMMUNITY. USED THAT OPPORTUNITY TO EDUCATE THEM ABOUT THE MASTER PLAN, WHAT IT IS. WHAT PROCESS IS. PROVIDE UPDATES AND GIVE THEM AN OPPORTUNITY TO PROVIDE FEEDBACK AND INPUT INTO THAT MASTER PLAN PROCESS. ALSO, BEFORE WE KICKED IT OFF, WE DEVELOPED A MASTER PLAN WEBSITE WHERE WE GO AHEAD AND UPDATE A LOT OF THE DOCUMENTS, THE PRESENTATIONS THAT WILL BE PRESENTED TO THE COMMUNITY AND TO TRY TO KEEP THEM INFORMED, SENDING OUT UPDATES AS NEEDED DURING THE PROCESS. SO TODAY, AS I INTRODUCE DOUG DECARLO, HE IS THE LEAD PROJECT MANAGER FOR ESA. HE’LL BE PROVIDING A PRESENTATION THAT WILL BE DISCUSSING THE MASTER PLAN. UP TO THIS POINT, AND THEN WHAT WILL TAKE PLACE IS LATER THIS YEAR, WE’LL BE COMING BACK BEFORE YOU TO PRESENT THE FINAL MASTER PLAN FOR YOUR ADOPTION AND APPROVAL. AGAIN, THAT WILL HELP SET THE COURSE FOR THE AIRPORT’S CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM FOR THE NEXT 5, 10, 20 YEARS. SO WITH THAT SAID I’LL GO AHEAD AND TURN IT OVER TO DOUG FOR THE PRESENTATION AND WE’LL CERTAINLY BE BACK TO AENZ ANY Q&A.>>DOUG DECARLO: THANK YOU, TOM. DOUG DECARLO WITH ESA BUT ALSO A PINELLAS COUNTY RESIDENT. I’D LIKE TO MENTION THAT BECAUSE AS AN AIRPORT PLANNER AND DESIGNER I OFTEN SAY THEY DON’T BRING THE AIRPORTS TO ME BUT IT’S NICE TO BE WORKING ON A VERY IMPORTANT PROJECT HERE IN MY HOMETOWN AREA. THE MASTER PLAN PROCESS TOM DESCRIBED IS NOT REALLY DISSIMILAR FROM MANY OTHERS YOU’VE PROBABLY BEEN INVOLVED WITH OR SPOKE TO. SO WE JUST HAVE GONE THROUGH A NUMBER OF DIFFERENT ELEMENTS OVER THE LAST YEAR PLUS. I JUST WANTED TO KIND OF WALK YOU THROUGH THAT. WE JUST HAVE A HANDFUL OF SLIDES TODAY TO TALK ABOUT WHERE THE STUDY’S BEEN AND CERTAINLY ENTERTAIN ANY QUESTIONS. WHAT YOU SEE NOW IS THE FRONT HALF OF THE STUDY, WHICH HAS BEEN PRETTY MUCH COMPLETED LATE LAST YEAR. WE LOOK AT, WE INITIATE THE STUDY, WE LOOK AT WHAT YOU HAVE FOR THE FACILITIES, THEIR CONDITIONS, AND THEN AS TOM ALLUDED TO ONE OF THE KEY MILESTONES OR ELEMENTS OF THE STUDY IS THE AVIATION ACTIVITY FORECAST. THEY FOCUS ON THE 5, THE 10, EVEN A 20-YEAR HORIZON. THIS IS ONE OF THE KEY ELEMENTS APPROVED BY BOTH FAA AND FDOT TO BE USED LATER ON IN THE PROCESS. EVEN THAT HELPS US GET RIGHT INTO THE FACILITY REQUIREMENTS WHERE WE START COMPARING WHAT WE HAVE TODAY AND THE DEMAND WE SEE ON THOSE FACILITIES IN THE FUTURE. AS WAS EVEN ALLUDED TO MUCH EARLIER IN THIS COUNTY COMMISSION WORKSHOP OR PRESENTATION IS THAT YOU’VE BEEN EXPERIENCING DOUBLE DIGIT GROWTH OUT THERE AND THERE’S BEEN CONSTRUCTION GOING ON AND PROBABLY WILL HAVE QUITE A BIT OF CONSTRUCTION CONTINUE AS WE MOVE THROUGH THE 5 AND 10-YEAR HORIZON. THE BACK HALF VIEW OF THE STUDY WE’RE WELL INTO THE ENVIRONMENTAL AND ALTERNATIVES ANALYSIS. THIS STUDY TOOK AN EXTRA EFFORT, IF YOU WILL, ON SOME OF THE ENVIRONMENTAL COMPONENTS. WE WANT TO TOUCH ON THE NOISE THAT WAS DONE. THERE WAS A LOT OF SUSTAINABILITY, RESILIENCY. NO SURPRISE TO ANYONE THAT THE AIRPORT IS VERY CLOSE TO TAMPA BAY. IN FACT IT SHARES A BORDER, I THINK, ON ALMOST HALF OF THE PROPERTY. WE ALSO LOOKED AT A LOT OF ELEMENTS RELATED TO THE CURRENT FLOODPLAIN MAPPING AND HOW THOSE WOULD AFFECT STORMWATER AND CERTAINLY FUTURE PROJECTS AS WE MOVE FORWARD. OUR ALTERNATIVES ANALYSIS HAS ACTUALLY TAKEN SOME TIME. MORE THAN WE ANTICIPATED ORIGINALLY BECAUSE WE DO HAVE A LOT OF ENVIRONMENTAL FACTORS FOR THE AIR FIELD ITSELF, BUT MORE IMPORTANTLY WHAT DO WE DO WITH THE TERMINAL. AGAIN THAT GROWTH HAS BEEN SIGNIFICANT AND IT’S A CHALLENGE AND I’M GOING TO TOUCH ON THAT AT THE BACK HALF OF THIS PRESENTATION. THE LAST PARTS OF THE STUDY THAT WILL BE ACTUALLY GETTING UNDER WAY AS WE SPEAK, ARE THE AIRPORT LAYOUT PLAN. THIS IS ONE OF THE FINAL, OR ONE OF THE TWO ELEMENTS THAT THE FAA AND FDOT MUST APPROVE. THEY LOOK AT THE ENTIRE DOCUMENT THAT THESE TWO KEY ELEMENTS THAT ARE CRITICAL. BASICALLY I THINK TOM ALLUDED TO IT, IT’S NOT ON THIS ALP, THEN IT’S NOT ELIGIBLE FOR FUNDING. THAT’S AN IMPORTANT STEP AND THEN THE LAST ONE IS WHERE THE RUBBER MEETS THE ROAD IF MY MIND. THE CAPITAL DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM A 5, 10 AND 20-YEAR HORIZON. GRANTED LONGER-TERM IS MORE DIFFICULT TO PREDICT OR KNOW, ESPECIALLY IN THIS INDUSTRY. BUT THE 5-YEAR AND CERTAINLY THE 10-YEAR ARE VERY IMPORTANT FOR US TO PROPERLY PROGRAM, NOT ONLY THE REQUIREMENTS AND PRIORITIES OF THE PROJECT, BUT CERTAINLY THE GRANTS AND FUNDING REQUIRED TO MAKE THEM HAPPEN. WITH RESPECT TO THE FORECAST THE MASTER PLAN FORECASTS HAVE A NUMBER OF KCOMPONENTS. THERE’S QUITE A BIT OF DETAIL IN THERE. THE BASIC KEY ARE THE PASSENGERS THEMSELVES, THE ACTIVITY CONDUCTED BY THE AIRCRAFT, AND EVEN THE AIRCRAFT THAT LIVE AT THE AIRPORT THAT ARE BASED THERE. I’M JUST GOING TO TOUCH ON THE ANNUAL ENPLANEMENTS. THESE ARE THE PASSENGERS, THE FAA USES ENPLANEMENT AS THEIR METRIC FOR PLANNING STUDIES AND GRAPTS AND THE WAY THAT THEY LOOK AT AIRPORTS FOR DIFFERENT PROGRAMS THEY HAVE. IT’S BASICALLY THOSE GETTING ON THE AIRCRAFT. CERTAINLY THE MASTER PLAN ADDRESSES THE TOTAL PASSENGERS WHICH WE STUDIED ON IN GENERAL AND YOU HEARD THE 2 MILLION NUMBER. BUT THE ENPLANEMENTS ARE EFFECTIVELY HALF OF WHAT THE AIRPORT DOES MANAGE FOR PEOPLE GETTING ON AND OFF AIRPLANES.>>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: — THE ARRIVING PASSENGERS?>>DOUG DECARLO: IT’S BASICALLY, A PERSON GETS ON AN AIRCRAFT HERE AT ST. PETE THEY’RE GOING TO GET OFF AT ANOTHER AIRPORT. IT’S ONE WAY THEY DO GRANT FUNDING, PASSENGER FACILITY CHARGES BUT THEY CERTAINLY RECOGNIZE THE FACT THAT YOU DEPLANE HERE AND THE STUDY DOES ADDRESS THAT. IT’S JUST THIS IS THE METRIC THEY USE IN THE FORECAST SYSTEMWIDE. SO, HOPEFULLY I CAN POINT HERE JUST A FEW — AS TOM HAD INDICATED, ABOUT THIS POINT, YOU SEE THE PEAK IN THE PASSENGER ENPLANEMENTS. THAT WAS WHEN THE LAST MASTER PLAN WAS CONDUCTED AND SHORTLY THEREAFTER ACTIVITY ACTUALLY DROPPED OFF QUITE A BIT ON THE PASSENGERS BECAUSE OF CHANGES IN THE AIRLINES. BUT IT WASN’T LONG AFTER IN 2006, WHEN WE INAUGURATED SERVICE HERE IN LATE 2006 AND GOT THEIR FOOTHOLD AND STARTED CERTAINLY GROWING AND THEN AROUND 2013 THAT’S WHEN THE DOUBLE DIGIT GROWTH REALLY HAS BEEN KICKED IN SINCE. CURRENTLY THE BASE YEAR BROAD MASTER PLAN FORECAST IS 2017, WE DIDN’T HAVE 2018 AT THE TIME THE FORECASTS WERE DONE AND WE PROJECTED THAT THE GROWTH WOULD BE JUST UNDER 5%. AND WHILE YOU’VE EXPERIENCED CERTAINLY DOUBLE DIGIT GROWTH THERE’S A LOT OF DETAIL IN THE FORECAST CHAPTER ITSELF OF WHY WE DON’T THINK THAT’S SUSTAINABLE, AND SO WE KIND OF BALANCED IT OUT OVER THE 20-YEAR HORIZON ABOUT A 5% AVERAGE ANNUAL GROWTH. SINCE THE 2017 BASE YEAR, 2018 CAME IN, ANOTHER RECORD YEAR, DID ABOUT 1.2 ENPLANEMENTS OR 2.2 MILLION ANNUAL PASSENGERS. AND THIS YEAR, TO DATE, I THINK THROUGH APRIL THE LAST NUMBER THAT I SAW YOU’RE RIGHT ON TRACK OF WHAT YOU DID LAST YEAR. SO PROBABLY ANOTHER RECORD YEAR IN STORE FOR 2019. SO WE DO SEE CONTINUED GROWTH, BUT AGAIN, I DON’T EXPECT IT TO BE AS LONG-TERM FOR THE DOUBLE DIGIT GROWTH. TWO BUTTONS HERE. LET ME MAKE SURE I HIT THE RIGHT ONE. ONE OF THE ELEMENTS, AND I PROBABLY SHOULD HAVE PUT THIS SLIDE UP AT THE NEXT ONE, ONE OF THE ELEMENTS I TOUCHED ON WAS NOISE CONTOURS. WE DO NOISE CONTOURS TO TRY TO GET AN UNDERSTANDING TO OF WHETHER THE PROJECTS WE’RE PROPOSING AND THE GROWTH PREDICTED WILL HAVE AN IMPACT ON THE NOISE TO THE COMMUNITY. THIS IS NOT A FULL FAA PART 150 AS THEY CALL IT NOISE STUDY. HOWEVER IT DID USE THE EXACT SAME MODEL, THE EXACT SAME METHODOLOGY. IT JUST DOESN’T GO THROUGH ALL THE FORMAL PROCESSES WITH THE AGENCY ON HOW THE MAPS ARE CREATED. BUT IT IS EFFECTIVELY THE SAME ANALYSIS. AND WHAT YOU SEE HERE ARE BOTH THE EXISTING AND THE SOLID GREEN LINE. AS WELL AS THE FUTURE OR THE TEN-YEAR. WE DID THIS FOR 5, 10 AND 20-YEAR HORIZON AGAIN, THE DASHED OR DOTTED LINE IS THE 2028 10-YEAR NOISE CONTOUR FOR WHAT THE FAA CALLS THE DNL OR THE AVERAGE DAY/NIGHT LEVEL THAT’S 65 DECIBELS. THIS IS EFFECTIVELY, THERE’S A NUMBER OF OTHER THRESHOLDS THEY LOOKED OUT AT THE 65 DNL IS EFFECTIVELY THE PRIMARY THRESHOLD THE FAA LOOKS AT FOR COMPATIBLE VERSUS INCOMPATIBLE USES.>>DAVE EGGERS: QUESTION. IT WOULD SEEM WITH TECHNOLOGY, AND THE ENGINES GETTING QUIETER, THAT IT WOULD BE KIND OF — YOU WOULDN’T BE SEEING AN EXPANSION OF THAT NOISE AREA? FIRST. AND — WELL, THE QUESTION AS TO WHAT THE FAA CAME IN, I GUESS A MONTH AGO AT ONE OF OUR MEETINGS AND TALKED ABOUT NEW PATTERNS AND THAT KIND OF THING, WE CAN TALK ABOUT THAT A LITTLE BIT LATER, BUT COULD YOU EXPLAIN WHY YOU’RE SEEING AN INCREASE IN THE AREA IN THIS PLAN?>>DOUG DECARLO: ABSOLUTELY, AND IF I MAY, PRIOR TO, ONE OF THE THINGS I DIDN’T TOUCH ON THE ANNUAL OPERATIONS, BUT WE ARE LOOKING TO GET OBVIOUSLY ANNUAL OPERATIONS, THE ACTIVITY CONDUCTED BY THE AIRPLANES, TAKEOFF AND LANDINGS. BETWEEN THE TWO CONTOURS, 2017 AND 2028 WE’RE LOOKING AT ABOUT 27,000 MORE ANNUAL OPERATIONS. GOING FROM ABOUT 115,000 THIS YEAR TO ABOUT 140,000 OR SO IN 2028. YOU RAISE A GOOD POINT. THE TECHNOLOGY HAS CERTAINLY IMPROVED THE EXISTING CONTOUR THERE, ACTUALLY STILL CAPTURED JUST A VIEW OF SOME OF THE AIRCRAFT THAT ALLEGIANT HAS IN THE FLEET, THE MD-80s OR DC-9s. THOSE COME UP, AS WELL AS U.P.S. NO LONGER HAS THE CARGO FLIGHTS, WHICH WEREN’T NECESSARILY LOUDER, BUT THEY WERE DONE, OPERATIONS WERE EARLIER IN THE DAY SO THEY GET PENALIZED IN THE MODEL. THE REASON YOU’RE SEEING THAT EXPAND IS JUST THE ACTIVITIES INCREASING. I CAN TELL YOU THE NOISE CONTOURS WILL BE MUCH LARGER IF ALLEGIANT HAD NOT RETRO FITTED — NOT RETRO FITTED, JUST UPDATED THEIR FLEETS ON ALL THE AIRBUS. THEY HAVE AN AMAZING FLYER.>>DAVE EGGERS: THAT KIND OF IS A REFLECTION OF HOW EXTENDED IT IS THROUGHOUT THE DAY?>>DOUG DECARLO: EXACTLY. JUST INCREASED THROUGHOUT THE DAY.>>DAVE EGGERS: YOU’RE NOT NECESSARILY ALARMED BY THAT IN ANY WAY?>>ONE OF THE NICE THINGS DOUG TALKED ABOUT EARLIER IS IT DOESN’T IMPACT NONCOMPETITIVE LANDINGS. BASICALLY DOESN’T HIT RESIDENTIAL AREA. WHERE THOSE AREAS OF THE CONTOURS, YOU SEE SOME EXPANSION ARE IN AREAS WHERE IT’S MANUFACTURING, NOT AREAS WHERE ITS RESIDENTIAL. AND IT’S STILL, EVEN THOUGH THE CONTOUR DOES START TO SHIFT A LITTLE IT’S STILL VERY TIGHT IN WHAT IS A SIGNIFICANT DISTANCE FROM THE FEATHER SOUND AND OTHER SURROUNDING COMMUNITIES.>>DAVE EGGERS: IT WILL BE INTERESTING TO HAVE THAT CONVERSATION ABOUT WHERE THE FAA IS TAKING THE FLIGHT PATTERNS AND EVERYTHING. BECAUSE IT SEEMS LIKE SINCE I WENT TO THAT, MAYBE IT’S — I’M HEARING MORE PLANES. MAYBE IT’S JUST — >>NO.>>DAVE EGGERS: BUT MAYBE IT’S JUST THE FLIGHT PATTERN, TOO, I DON’T KNOW. IT JUST SEEMS TO HAVE INCREASED MORE SO. I’M SURE IT’S JUST MORE AWARENESS.>>CERTAINLY THE FLIGHT SCHEDULE HAS INCREASED FOR THIS TIME OF YEAR. FOR THE OTHERS AND FOR THE AUDIENCE, WHAT COMMISSIONER EGGERS IS REFERRING TO IS THE FAA’S METROPLEX INITIATIVE, WHERE THEY WERE LOOKING AT SORT OF REDEFINING SOME OF THE AIR SPACE. THE IMPACTS TO OUR COMMUNITY ARE VERY LIMITED, IF NOT EVEN IMPACTED AT ALL. THEY’RE LOOKING AT MORE HIGH LEVEL ALTITUDE FLIGHT PATTERNS THAT WON’T HAVE AN IMPACT. AND WE’VE BEEN ASSURED, AND CONTINUE TO FIGHT AND PROTECT YOUR INTERESTS IN THE COMMUNITIES IN OUR NOISE ABATEMENT PROCEDURES. THAT IS NOT AT JEOPARDIES.>>DAVE EGGERS: THANK YOU.>>GOOD QUESTION. THE LAST THING I WAS GOING TO SAY ON THE NOISE CONTOURS, YOU REMINDED ME, IS THE PREVIOUSLY, 2008 OR SO THERE WAS A NOISE STUDY DONE AS PART OF ONE OF THE ENVIRONMENTAL DOCUMENTS, AND AT THAT TIME THE FOOTPRINT WAS MUCH MORE SIGNIFICANT. THIS AIRPORT ACCOMMODATED 140,000 IS WHAT WE’RE LOOKING AT TEN YEARS FROM NOW. OPERATIONS. BACK THEN YOU WERE IN THE 200,000, ALMOST 230,000. IN OPERATIONS. SO THERE WAS MUCH MORE SIGNIFICANT ACTIVITY THEN AND MUCH OLDER AIRCRAFT. AND ON TOP OF THAT, THOSE OLDER NOISE MODELS ARE INTERESTING TO LOOK AT, BECAUSE THAT EAST/WEST RUNWAY HERE, WE’RE GOING TO TOUCH ON AIR PART FACILITIES IN A SECOND, THIS EAST/WEST RUN WAY THAT YOU STILL SEE SOME MARKINGS ON WAS DECOMMISSIONED IN 2015. THAT’S REALLY MADE A BIG DIFFERENCE CERTAINLY FOR THE FEDERAL SOUND REGULATIONS TO THE EAST. I THINK THE NOISE SITUATION HAS REALLY IMPROVED QUITE A BIT AT THE AIRPORT FROM A LOT OF DIFFERENT REASONS OR FRONTS. OKAY SO THERE’S A LOT OF INFORMATION, AGAIN, IN THIS MASTER PLAN. I’M JUST GOING TO KIND OF WALK THROUGH SOME OF, IF YOU WILL, THE BIGGER TICKET ITEM ON THE FACILITY REQUIREMENTS. WHAT YOU SEE IS THE RECOMMENDED AIRFIELD DEVELOPMENT PLAN. THIS AGAIN IS FOR A 20-YEAR HORIZON. THIS IS KIND OF LIKE A CLEANED UP VERSION OF THE AIRPORT LAYOUT PLAN. THIS IS MORE OF A GRAPHIC FORMAT FOR THE REPORT AND THE ALP DRAWINGS BECOME A LITTLE MORE TECHNICAL. YOUR AIRFIELD’S IN INCREDIBLE SHAPE. ALMOST EVERY ACTIVE PIECE OF PAYMENT, RUNWAYS AND TAXIWAYS HAVE BEEN REHABILITATED VERY RECENTLY. THE MAIN RUNWAY 1836, THE NORTH/SOUTH RUNWAY IS NEXT ON THE LIST AND THERE’S A PROJECT PRETTY MUCH READY TO GO OUT FOR BID IF IT HAS NOT ALREADY TO THAT’S GOING TO BE A SIGNIFICANT UNDERTAKING TO REHABILITATE THOSE TWO MILES PLUS OF RUNWAY OUT THERE. SO THE AIRFIELD IS IN GREAT SHAPE. WHAT YOU SEE FOR AIRFIELD IMPROVEMENTS IS I DID JUST TOUCH ON THE EAST/WEST RUNWAY THAT’S BEEN DECOMMISSIONED A FEW YEARS AGO IS RIGHT HERE ACROSS THE AIRFIELD. THE WEST HALF OF THAT WILL ULTIMATELY TURN INTO A TAXIWAY THAT IS SHIFTED FURTHER NORTH THAT WILL HELP US WITH OUR TERMINAL AREA PLANNING. OUR TERMINAL AREA SPACE. AND THEN THE EASTERN HALF, IF YOU WILL, HELPS PROVIDE A CROSS-FIELD TAXI AREA. IT’S GOING TO BE CONVERTED. SOME OF THE PAVEMENT REMOVED BECAUSE IT DOESN’T NEED TO BE AS WIDE. THAT’S ONE OF THE MAJOR TAXIWAY IMPROVEMENTS. THE OTHER TAXIWAY IMPROVEMENTS YOU SEE ARE PRETTY MUCH TO THE SOUTHEAST SIDE OF THE AIRFIELD. THAT WILL BE THE SUPPORT, THE EVENTUAL DEVELOPMENT OF THE AIRPORT PARCEL. MANY OF YOU ARE AWARE THERE IS SIGNIFICANT POTENTIAL FOR BOTH AIR YAGS AND NONAVIATION USE. THE ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT FOR THAT PROPERTY THROUGH THE FAA IS JUST GETTING WRAPPED UP, AND THERE’S GOING TO BE A PUBLIC WORK HOPE ON THAT, I THINK, JUNE 17th.>>YEAH, THAT’S CORRECT.>>BARRY BURTON: I’LL GIVE YOU A BRIEF UPDATE. WE’RE DOING ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT IS MORE OF A FOCUS ON THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE AIRFIELD. WE KICKED THAT OFF LAST YEAR. WE HAVE THE, AS YOU SAID, THE FINAL PUBLIC WORKSHOP ON JUNE 17th. BASICALLY THE IMPACTS SHOW THERE ARE NO ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACTS. NOTHING NEGATIVE THAT WOULD PREVENT THE DEVELOPMENT OF THAT PROPERTY. ACTIVELY WORKING WITH MIKE AND HIS TEAM AT ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT, AND OTHERS IN THE PLANNING DEPARTMENT TO TRY TO LOOK AT WHAT ARE THE NEXT STEPS IN THIS DEVELOPMENT. THIS ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT IS AN FAA REQUIRED PROCESS, ONCE THAT’S COMPLETED, NOW WE’RE IN A POSITION TO START LOOKING AT BUILDING UP THE INFRASTRUCTURE. THE UTILITIES, ROADWAYS, REALLY ALLOW THAT LAND TO BE DEVELOPED. WE HAD SEVERAL MEETINGS JUST AS RECENT AS YESTERDAY, WITH SOME POTENTIAL ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AND MARKETING FIRMS THAT WILL ACTUALLY SET NOT JUST CONCEPTUAL, BUT SET A PATH OF WHAT NEEDS TO BE DONE SO WE CAN GO AHEAD AND GET THIS DEVELOPED. A CRITICAL COMPONENT WITH THE AERONAUTICAL DEVELOPMENT PORTION OF THIS IS BUILDING TANKS WITH CONNECTIVITY THAT WILL ALLOW AERONAUTICAL PORTIONS TO GET TO THE AIR FIELD, TO THE RUNWAYS. BECAUSE THAT TAXIWAY INFRASTRUCTURE DOESN’T INCLUDE THAT RIGHT NOW. WE DO HAVE THAT ON OUR CPF PLAN. THAT STARTS IN ABOUT THREE YEARS. SO, THAT’S SORT OF IN LINE WITH THE PLANNING PROCESS TO GET THIS MOVING FORWARD. SO WE UNDERSTAND THE NEED TO GET THIS MOVING. IT’S BEEN VACANT FOR SOME TIME. THE ECONOMY TOOK A DOWNTURN, IT WASN’T THE RIGHT TIME TO DEVELOP IT BUT WE’RE GEARING UP TO GO AHEAD AND MOVE IN THAT DIRECTION RIGHT NOW.>>DAVE EGGERS: QUESTION?>>YES, SIR.>>DAVE EGGERS: THIS, YOU’RE SHOWING THAT DEVELOPMENT OVER THERE IS KIND OF AIRPORT RELATED, OR AT LEAST PART OF IT. IS THERE A REQUIREMENT ON THESE LANDS THAT PART OF IT BE AIR RELATED? OR IS THIS JUST AN AREA THAT WE CAN TARGET ANY MANUFACTURING?>>THAT’S A GREAT QUESTION. AND IT IS AN FAA REQUIREMENT THAT WE GO AHEAD AND DEVELOP AT LEAST A PORTION OF THAT TO SUPPORT AERONAUTICAL.>>DAVE EGGERS: WHAT’S A PORTION? WOULD BE WHAT PERCENTAGE?>>WE’RE LOOKING AT ABOUT 60%.>>AND ACTUALLY SAID A DIFFERENT WAY, THAT WAS A GOOD ANSWER TOM, YOU’RE ABSOLUTELY RIGHT, THE FAA, AS WE GO THROUGH THE MASTER PLAN LIKE THIS, BEFORE WE EVEN START CONSIDERING SOME PORTIONS OF THE AIRPORT PROPERTY, THAT HAVE A PHYSICAL CAPABILITY OF TYING INTO THE AIR FIELD. YOU HAVE PARCELS THAT DO NOT HAVE THAT CONNECTIVITY CERTAINLY ACROSS ROOSEVELT BOULEVARD BUT THE FAA WANTS TO KNOW THAT YOU CAN ACCOMMODATE THE AVIATION DEMAND THAT WE PROJECTED FOR 20 YEARS WITH THE FACILITIES AND THE SPACE YOU HAVE. SO IN OTHER WORDS, IF WE COULD NOT SHOW THE HANGARS AND THE AIRCRAFT PARK AND THE TERMINAL TYPE FACILITIES, ON THE AIRFIELD, THEN WE COULD NOT TURN THAT OVER TO NONAVIATION. WE HAVE TO SHOW THAT WE HAVE THE ABILITY TO ACCOMMODATE THE PRONG JEKZ BEFORE WE CAN LOOK AT OTHER OPTIONS, REVENUE, ENHANCED OR NOT.>>DAVE EGGERS: I LIKE THE COMMENT WORKING CLOSELY WITH MIKE’S GROUP. MAKING SURE THAT THE LEFT AND THE RIGHT HAND KNOW WHAT WE’RE DOING AND REALLY SEE WHAT OPPORTUNITY WE DO HAVE THERE. FOR EXPANSION, AND AREAS NONAIRPORT RELATED.>>YEAH, IT’S DEFINITELY A PARTNERSHIP WITH THE PLANNING DEPARTMENT AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT TO MAKE SURE WE’RE CARRYING ON THE DIVISION OF THE COMMISSION, AS WELL.>>DAVE EGGERS: THANK YOU.>>KENNETH WELCH: MADAM CHAIR, COMMISSION?>>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: COMMISSIONER WELCH.>>KENNETH WELCH: I’M JUST CURIOUS, YOU’VE GOT ON A COUPLE OF SLIDES THIS LARGER BLUE A AIR AIRCRAFT. ONE LARGE BLUE AIRCRAFT AMONG THE SMALLER AIRCRAFT. WHAT DOES THAT SYMBOLIZE?>>CAN I GET TO THAT IN A SECOND?>>KENNETH WELCH: SURE.>>THAT’S A VERY GOOD QUESTION. IT’S ON THE TERMINAL DRAWING OF THE SECOND TO LAST SLIDE. THERE WAS A GREAT — I’LL CERTAINLY GET BACK TO YOU. THAT WAS A GREAT — SO WHERE I WAS BEFORE WE TALKED ABOUT THE AIR CODES, THE MAJOR TAXIWAY, THE NEW INFRASTRUCTURE ON THE AIR FIELD WILL BE TO SUPPORT THAT SOUTHEAST SIDE. WHAT YOU SEE THERE IS WE SHOW A DEMAND FOR APRON AIRCRAFT PARKING SPACES, DIFFERENT SIZE FACILITIES FOR THE SMALL VERSUS POTENTIALLY SOME AIR CARGO, AIRCRAFT MAINTENANCE. THIS AIR FIELD PARCEL PROVIDES A LOT OF OPPORTUNITIES TO LOOK AT SMALL AND LARGE AIRCRAFT FACILITIES, AS WELL AS IF YOU KIND OF CAN SEE, I KNOW IT MAY BE SMALL, INSIDE THE GREEN, THE FUTURE ACCESS ROADS THERE’S A LOT OF DARKER AREAS, THAT WOULD BE WHAT WE’RE RESEARCHING FOR NONAERONAUTICAL USE. I DID SIDE STEP OR STEP OVER ONE OF THE LAST AIRFIELD FACILITIES YOU SEE IS A PARALLEL GENERATIONAL RUNWAY. THIS IS NOT A NEW ITEM FOR YOUR AIRPORT. IN FACT A FEW YEARS BACK, A NUMBER OF YEARSBACK, TAXIWAY ALPHA WHICH IS THE PARALLEL TAXIWAY TO YOUR MAIN RUNWAY WAS UTILIZED FOR SIMULTANEOUS OR PARALLEL TAKEOFF AND LANDINGS FOR SMALL AIRCRAFT. THAT’S SOMETHING THAT’S GONE BY THE WAY SIDE AS ALLEGIANT RAMPED UP THEIR OPERATIONS. YOU DO HAVE A SMALL GENERAL AVIATION RUNWAY FOR TRAINING OPERATIONS TO KIND OF SEGREGATE THEM FROM THE BIG BOYS ON THE PRIMARY RUNWAY. IT’S ON YOUR CURRENT ALP. WHAT WE’VE DONE IN THIS MASTER PLAN IS TAKEN A HARDER LOOK. THERE’S NEWER GUIDANCE FROM THE FAA HOW WE DO TAXIWAY GEOMETRY, SOME OF THE EXISTING FACILITIES WE NEED TO WORK AROUND AND THE ENVIRONMENTAL ELEMENTS I TOUCHED ON. WE TOOK A HARD LOOK AT THIS RUNWAY AND IT DID SHIFT AND GET ADJUSTED SOME WITH RESPECT TO THE SHORELINE STABILIZATION. THERE’S SOME EROSION OUT THERE TO THE NOR AS IT MEETS OLD TAMPA BAY. THE MANGROVES THERE AND THE FLOODPLAIN ELEVATIONS. THAT’S REALLY A BIG IMPACT. THE NEWER FLOODPLAIN MAPS ARE GOING TO MAKE BUILDING A LOT OF THE FACILITIES OUT THERE MORE DIFFICULT AS WE HAVE HIGHER BASE FLOOD ELEVATIONS FOR THOSE NEW STRUCTURES, INCLUDING RUNWAYS AND TAXIWAYS. THAT’S ABOUT IT ON THE AIRFIELD PROPER. THE LAST THING I’LL TOUCH ON IS THE, YOU KNOW, THE LAND SIDE IS NOT NECESSARILY A COMPONENT THAT YOU CAN TAKE CARE OF AND ADDRESS. THIS WILL SEGUE INTO THE TERMINAL QUESTION IN A SECOND. THE AIRPORT, YOUR AIRPORT HAS DONE QUITE A BIT IN THE RECENT PAST INVESTING IN GETTING AS pM TO THE TERMINAL AS POSSIBLE. AND WE TALKED ABOUT ANGELO AND SCOTT AND CERTAINLY CONSTANTINE EARLIER WITH THE OKAY LAIDS. THAT’S BEEN VERY DIFFICULT GIVEN THE GATEWAY PROJECT AND THERE’S A LOT OF STUFF GOING ON IN THE FRONT DOOR HERE OF THE AIRPORT. SO IT CONTINUES TO EVOLVE AND WHAT WE’VE DONE, ONE OF THE THINGS WE HAVE HERE, THIS GREEN AREA YOU SEE HERE IN FRONT OF THE TERMINAL, IS WE’RE RESERVING A SPOT FOR PARKING STRUCTURE. AT THIS POINT, THERE WAS A SEPARATE ANALYSIS DONE WITHIN THE MASTER PLAN ON WHAT SIZE WE NEED AND THAT’S A LITTLE BIT OF A MOVING TARGET. RIGHT NOW WE’RE PLACE HOLDING 1,000 SPACE STRUCTURE. CLOSER TO THE TERMINAL ITSELF, AND PAST STRUCTURES, AND THE REAL QUESTION REMAINS, YOU KNOW, WHEN. CERTAINLY, THERE’S A LOT GOING ON IN FRONT OF THE TERMINAL. WILL BE FOR ANOTHER YEAR OR SO. ONCE THAT SETTLES, THE OTHER INTANGIBLE, IF YOU WILL, OR A MOVING TARGET IS WHAT ARE ALL THE RIDE SHARE — WHAT’S GOING TO BE THE CONTINUAL EFFECT OR IMPACT OF THE RIDE SHARE COMPANIES SUCH AS UBER AND LYFT AND HOW ARE THE RENTAL CAR COMPANIES GOING TO REACT? AND WHAT IS GOING TO BE THE HIGHEST AND BEST USE. SO THE QUESTION OF WHEN IS CERTAINLY KEY ON THE PARKING STRUCTURE AS WELL AS THE COSTS ASSOCIATED WITH IT.>>YEAH, AS IT RELATES TO LANDSIDE PARKING, NOW HE THE PAST COUPLE YEARS I’VE BEEN COMING TO YOU AND SAYING WE’RE PROBABLY MOVING IN THE DIRECTION OF BUILDING A PARKING GARAGE. IT’S A HUGE INVESTMENT. MINIMUM PROBABLY ABOUT $20 MILLION ALONE. SO, WE GOT TO BE IMPROVMENTS TO DO THAT. A LOT OF IMPACTS ON THE RIDE SHARE HAS HAD ON THE AIRPORT. ALSO THE CONSTRUCTION ACTIVITIES. THERE HAVE BEEN POINTS IN TIME WHERE WE HAVE ENCOURAGED THE COMMUNITY, LOOK FOR OTHER ALTERNATIVES FOR COMING OUT TO THE AIRPORT, GET DROPPED OFF, BECAUSE WITH THE LACK OF PARKING, BECAUSE OF CONSTRUCTION, WE DIDN’T WANT TO RISK OUR PASSENGERS COMING OUT, MISSING FLIGHTS BECAUSE THEY DIDN’T HAVE ANYWHERE TO PARK. SO ONCE THIS IS DONE, WE’LL BE ABLE TO STAND BACK, MONITOR IT, REALLY GET A FEEL FOR WHAT THE DEMAND IS AND WHETHER OR NOT THAT NECESSITATES THE NEED TO MOVE TOWARDS A PARKING GARAGE. BUT WE WANTED TO MAKE SURE THAT WITH THE CONSTRUCTION THAT WE’RE DOING NOW, WE COULD MINIMIZE ANY TYPE OF THROWAWAY AND BUILD SOMETHING THAT WOULD BE ABLE TO SUIT AND ACCOMMODATE A PARKING GARAGE, WHEN WE’RE READY TO GO IN THAT DIRECTION.>>THE LAST THING RELATES TO PARKING STRUCTURE AS WELL, SMALLER RUNWAYS, BOTH OF THEM HAVE THE PLACE HOLDERS NOW ON THE ALP. THEY’RE IN THE STUDY, BUT ALSO THE STUDY ADDRESSES THE FACT THAT FULL BENEFIT COST ANALYSIS AND ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENTS WILL BE REQUIRED FOR STRUCTURE OF THAT SIZE AND CERTAINLY THAT COST. SO THAT’S A COMPONENT THAT, YOU KNOW, THEY’RE NOT QUITE IN THE PIPE YET, BUT THEY’RE CERTAINLY AT THIS STAGE IS BEING SET FOR THEM.>>ALL RIGHT GETTING ON TO THE TERMINAL BECAUSE WE KIND OF TALKED ABOUT GETTING TO THE TERMINAL, THE PARKING. THIS WAS CERTAINLY SOMETHING I MENTIONED EARLIER THAT NOT DELAYED, I THINK IT WAS PROPERLY DONE, BUT THE ALTERNATIVES ANALYSIS FOR YOUR TERMINAL EXPANSION, OR HOW WE IMPROVE THE TERMINAL TOOK QUITE A BIT OF TIME. WE METHODICALLY WENT THROUGH THAT. IT STARTED VERY EARLY ON IN THE PROCESS, INTERVIEWING ALL THE DIFFERENT USERS OF THE TERMINAL. CERTAINLY THE AIRLINES, TENANTS WITHIN THE BUILDING. YOU HAVE TSA AS A MAJOR STAKEHOLDER, YOUR CUSTOMS AND BORDER PROTECTION, AND CERTAINLY YOUR AIRPORT STAFF. THEY HAVE THEIR OFFICES THERE IN THE STERM NAL BUILDING. AND A LOT OF GOOD INPUT FROM ALL THAT. AND OF COURSE, IT’S EARLY IN THE PHASE, OR EARLY IN THE PLANNING AND CERTAINLY THE ALTERNATIVES, WE TRY TO ACCOMMODATE ALL OF THOSE ITEMS, AND FOUND OURSELVES QUICKLY GETTING DIFFERENT COMPROMISES AS WE WENT ALONG. SOME OF THE BIG KEY NEEDS WERE CERTAINLY CONSOLIDATED FACILITIES. AS MANY OF YOU ARE AWARE, THE TERMINAL OVER TIME HAS EVOLVED FROM DIFFERENT PHASES, DIFFERENT CONSTRUCTIONS, DIFFERENT BUILDING COMPONENTS. AND SO CERTAINLY CONSOLIDATED TICKETING AREA IS JUST SOMETHING WE’RE WORKING ON NOW. CONSOLIDATED SECURITY CHECKPOINTS FOR THE TSA. WHILE YOU HAVE CONCESSIONS, THE NEW CONCESSIONAIRE COMING AND CERTAINLY LARGER CONCESSIONS AS THE FACILITY GROSS SO YOU GET THOSE PASSENGERS BEYOND FACILITIES AND RELAX AND TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE CONCESSIONS, BUT ALSO WE TALK ABOUT THE NUMBERS CONTINUING TO GROW FOR THE PASSENGERS, ADDITIONAL HOLD ROOM OR GATE SPACES. AND ONE OF THE THINGS THAT WAS SEE AMONG CERTAINLY YOUR AIRPORT STAFF, BUT OTHER USERS OF THE FACILITY IS MAKING SURE WE CONTINUALLY WORK ON IMPROVING THE LEVEL OF CUSTOMER SERVICE. SO, ONE KEY FEATURE OF THAT CERTAINLY IS THE THOUGHT OF ADDING JETWAYS TO THESE GATES SO PEOPLE AREN’T HAVING TO WALK OUT IN THE ELEMENTS. IT’S IMPORTANT TO NOTE, THOSE WHO MAY NOT BE AS FAMILIAR WITH BUILDING SYSTEMS FOR AIRPORTS YOUR TERMINAL IS A SINGLE LEVEL FACILITY FOR THE MOST PART, AT LEAST THE PASSENGER COMPONENT OF IT. IN ORDER TO DO JETWAYS YOU NEED THOSE UP ON A SECOND LEVEL TO ACCESS THE AIRCRAFT PROPERLY. THAT WAS CERTAINLY BROUGHT INTO THE MIX AS TO HOW WE CAN START BRINGING THOSE INTO THE PHASING OF THE PROGRAM. THIS IS A VERY DIFFICULT PROCESS. YOU CAN ALMOST, I DON’T KNOW IF I HAVE A GOOD ANALOGY, ALMOST TRYING TO RESTORE A CAR GOING DOWN THE HIGHWAY AT 70 MILES PER HOUR. THIS BUILD SOMETHING ACTIVE. THERE’S CONSTANTLY PASSENGERS COMING AND GOING EVERY DAY. CERTAINLY PEAK PERIODS THAT MAKE IT MORE DIFFICULT. BUT, WHAT WE’VE COME UP WITH, AND IT’S JUST CURRENTLY UNDER REVIEW WITH THE AIRPORT STAFF BEFORE WE GET IT OUT TO OTHERS AND CERTAINLY THE FAA AND THE D.O.T., IS A CERTAINLY A PHASED APPROACH. BECAUSE THE COSTS FOR THESE FACILITIES ARE QUITE AMAZING. WHAT YOU SEE ON THE SCREEN NOW IS WE’RE LOOKING AT A CONCOURSE GOING OUT INTO THE EXISTING PLACE WHERE THE AIRCRAFT PARK THE APRON AREA. THE FIRST PHASES WOULD BE TO TRY TO BUILD IN FRONT OF YOUR EXISTING BAG CLAIM WHERE IT WOULD ACTUALLY BE SOMEWHAT IN FRONT OF THE BUILDING ON THE AIR SIDE OF THE FIELD, AND TWO STORY STRUCTURE SO WE CAN START PUTTING JETWAYS IN TO THE ADDITIONAL GATE AREAS. THEN YOU WOULD BUILD A LITTLE MORE TOWARDS THE AIRFIELD AND KIND OF EXPAND AS YOU GO IN DIFFERENT PHASES. IT’S VERY DIFFICULT, BECAUSE COSTS ARE CERTAINLY A MAJOR CONSIDERATION. TO THIS DAY THE AIRPORT HAS ALWAYS BEEN A PAY AS YOU GO FACILITY. WHERE THERE’S NOT BEEN DEBT INCURRED ON THESE BIGGER TICKET ITEMS. BUT THE DAY MAY COME WHERE THAT MAY CHANGE BECAUSE IT’S NOT EASY TO BUILD SIGNIFICANT FACILITY IMPROVEMENTS FOR THE PASSENGER GROWTH WE’VE SEEN AT A COST THAT’S REASONABLE. YOU CAN’T PIECEMEAL IT ENOUGH OR BREAK IT INTO SMALL ENOUGH CHUNKS THAT IT MAKES SENSE, IT ACTUALLY DRAWS UP THE COST. SO IT’S BEEN VERY DIFFICULT IN TRYING TO OPTIMIZE WHAT PHASING PLAN WE CAN DO. HOW WE CAN IMPLEMENT THIS PHASING PLAN, NOT ONLY IN A COST EFFECTIVENESS, BUT WITHOUT IMPACTING THE EXISTING FACILITIES. AS WELL AS THE EXISTING USERS IT THE PASSENGERS THAT ARE COMING ON EVERY DAY. SO THIS IS THE PROGRAM WE’RE LOOKING AT FOR THE IMMEDIATE SHORT-TERM. AND THEN FINALLY TO GET TO COMMISSIONER WELCH’S QUESTION, THIS IS THE ULTIMATE BUILD-OUT. THIS IS MOST LIKELY WELL BEYOND THE 20-YEAR PLANNING HORIZON. BUT, WE WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT WE RESERVE THIS SIDE OF THE AIRFIELD. THERE HAD BEEN IN THE PAST LOOKS AT BRINGING CARGO BACK ON THIS SIDE OF THE AIRFIELD OR EVEN GENERAL AVIATION USES BUT WE WANT TO MAKE SURE THIS STAYS PREDOMINANTLY COMMERCIAL SERVICE. OF COURSE THE COAST GUARD IS RIGHT ACROSS THE RAMP AS WELL AS THE SHERIFF. BUT WHAT YOU HAD ASKED ABOUT COMMISSIONER WELCH IS THAT THE ALLEGIANT PRETTY MUCH HAS A NARROW BODY FLEET, AIRBUS A-320s AND 319s. THE BLUE ONE YOU INDICATED EARLIER IS THE WIDER BODY AIRCRAFT, I THINK THIS IS ACTUALLY A 787 REPRESENTED THERE. IN THE CLASS THERE IS A PRETTY DETAILED . >>>>>CERTAINLY LOOKING AT MEXICO AND THE CARIBBEAN. THE ABILITY TO HAVE INTERNATIONAL FLIGHTS TO EUROPE, BRAZIL, SOUTH AMERICA. WHEN YOU HAVE THOSE OPTIONS, THEY ALL THE FLY THE WIDE BODY. AND YOU ARE NOT GOING TO HAVE 20 OF THESE HERE AT ONE TIME. THAT BLUE AIRCRAFT REPRESENTS A PARKING POSITION THAT AIRCRAFT CAN GET TO THE BUILDING AND TIE IN TO WHERE CUSTOMS AND IMMIGRATION. >>KENNETH WELCH: YOU SAID THAT’S A 787?>>I’M PRETTY SURE THAT’S WHAT IT REPRESENTS. >>KENNETH WELCH: DOES THAT CHANGE NOISE CONTOUR?>>IT’S BEEN FACTORED IN. PROBABLY NOT BECAUSE THERE’S GOING TO BE A NUMBER OF THEM ON A DAILY BASIS. EQUALLY AS IMPORTANT IS YOUR AIRFIELD IS CAPABLE OF ACCOMMODATING — IT’S A LARGE RUN WAY AND WE HAVE THAT CAPABILITY. WE MAKE SURE WE PRESERVE THAT ALSO.>>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: THAT WAS PART OF THE 2004 MASTER PLAN. WE EXTENDED THE MAIN RUN WAY. REMEMBER THAT COMMISSIONER WELCH? WE THOUGHT WE MIGHT BE GETTING CHARTER SERVICE.>>WE CAN ACCOMMODATE THE AIRCRAFT AND NOT LIMIT OUR ABILITY TO GROW. >>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: SO WE DO NOT, BASED ON THIS PLANE SIZE, WE DON’T NEED TO WORRY ABOUT THE LENGTH OF THE RUN WAY?>>THAT’S CORRECT.>>OTHER THAN THE REHAB PROJECT, YOUR PRIMARY RUN WAY HAS GREAT INSTRUMENT APPROACH CAPABILITY. HAS THE RIGHT LENGTH AND WIDTH. NO PLANS TO EXTEND IT AT ALL.>>MAYBE YOU COULD TOUCH ON FOR FOLKS THAT MIGHT BE WATCHING, WE TALKED ABOUT THE BIG INVESTMENT WE’VE MADE AT THE COURT HOUSE AND THE JAIL AND THAT KIND OF THING, MULTI MILLIONS OF DOLLARS. CAN YOU TALK BRIEFLY ABOUT THE FUNDING THAT GOES INTO HERE AND WHERE IT COMES FROM PREDOMINANTLY?>>SURE. FOR EXAMPLE, SOME OF THE PROJECTS ARE GOING ON AT THE TERMINAL. TERMINAL RENOVATION EXPANDING THE SEATING CAPACITY, CHECKPOINTS AND BAGGAGE SYSTEM. U.S. CUSTOMS FACILITY. WE UTILIZE FA GRANT DOLLARS IN ADDITION TO FDOT MONEY TO FUND THAT PROJECT. WE USE WHAT’S REFERRED TO AS A PASSENGER FACILITY CHARGE WE COLLECT FROM THE AIRLINES FOR EVERY PASSENGER THAT GETS ON BOARD. WE UTILIZE THAT MONEY TO BE ABLE TO PAY FOR THESE PROJECTS. AND THE PROJECT COMES FROM THE GENERAL FUND OR ANY TAX DOLLARS. IT COMES FROM GRANT FUNDING AND OPERATING REVENUE GENERATED AT THE AIRPORT.>>YEAH. I THINK THAT’S IMPORTANT. THERE’S SO MUCH GOING ON HERE. ENTERPRISE FUND AND TAKES CARE OF ITSELF. THE STORY YOU ARE TELLING HERE IS SIMILAR TO THE GROWTH OF THE COURT HOUSE AND THE JAIL AND ALL OF THAT. IT’S ON CONSTRAINT PROPERTY. OPERATIONS ARE GOING ON AROUND THE CLOCK. NOT LIKE YOU CAN STOP EVERYTHING AND DO IMPROVEMENTS. THAT’S A GOOD POINT YOU MADE EARLIER. THE ONE GOING 70 MILES AN HOUR DOWN THE ROAD. I’M SO IMPRESSED WITH WHAT YOU GUYS HAVE DONE AND THE ABILITY TO KEEP THAT PLACE OPERATING. SO THANK YOU. GREAT REPORT.>>ANY OTHER QUESTIONS?>>KENNETH WELCH: ONE OTHER QUESTION. LET’S SAY COMMISSIONER EGGERS IS SUCCESSFUL IN LEADERSHIP OF FORWARD PINELLAS AND WE HAVE OPPORTUNITY FOR TRANSIT TO CONNECT, BRT, FOR EXAMPLE. HOW DOES TRANSIT FOR THE NEXT 30 YEARS CONNECT TO PI?>>THAT IS SOMETHING WE CONTINUE TO TALK ABOUT AS FAR AS HOW IS THERE AN OPPORTUNITY ON ACCOMMODATE MASS TRANGS IT IN THAT AREA. — TRANSIT IN THAT AREA. WE LOOKED AT THE OPPORTUNITY OF UTILIZING VACANT LAND NEAR OUR ECONOMY LOT ON THE SOUTH SIZE OF ROOSEVELT THAT’S BEEN EXPANDED. WE ARE TO BE IN A BETTER POSITION IN THE YEARS TO COME WITH OUR PARKING THAT WE CAN LOOK AT POSSIBLY REDEVELOPING SOME OF THAT LAND THAT’S USED FOR PARKING TO ACCOMMODATE. >>KENNETH WELCH: COULD YOU POINT TO WHERE YOU ARE –>> CERTAINLY. WE’RE TALKING OVER HERE IN THIS AREA. WE’RE USING SOME OF THE LOTS FOR EMPLOYEE PARKING AS A RESULT FOR CONSTRUCTION. WE’LL BE ABLE TO REEVALUATE SOME OF THAT LAND. >>KENNETH WELCH: KIND OF MULTIMODAL?>>YEP. >>KENNETH WELCH: IS THAT IN THE PLAN?>>THOSE DISCUSSIONS HAVE BEEN HAD WITH FORWARD PINELLAS IN THE GATEWAY MASTER PLAN. THE COMMUNICATION HAS TAKEN PLACE. WE’VE HAD ESA MEET WITH THEM. SO MAKE SURE THERE’S A SYNERGY THERE. >>KENNETH WELCH: THANK YOU. >>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: COMMISSIONER LONG. >>JANET LONG: I WANTED TO SHARE TO STAY TUNED FOR THE RTS, THE RAPID TRANSIT SERVICE SOON TO COME. >>KENNETH WELCH: AT THE NEW BRT?>>JANET LONG: UH-HUH.>>YOU ARE TELLING ME TO USE A DIFFERENT ACRONYM. >>JANET LONG: RTS. RAPID TRANSIT SERVICE. >>KENNETH WELCH: OKAY. >>JANET LONG: YOU’LL SEE. >>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: OKAY. THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR THE COMPREHENSIVE REPORT AND UPDATE AND WE APPRECIATE EVERYTHING THAT’S GOING ON AT THE AIRPORT IN EVERY ASPECT.>>THANK YOU VERY MUCH. >>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: OKAY. THANK YOU. I BELIEVE THAT’S THE END OF YOUR REPORT. WE MOVE ON TO CITIZENS TO BE HEARD. FIRST, WE HAVE RONALD STEVENS. >>JANET LONG: GOOD MORNING, RON. HOW ARE YOU?>>GOOD. THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR ALLOWING ME TO STAND IN FRONT OF YOU TODAY. GIVE A LITTLE SPEECH ABOUT WHAT’S GOING ON WITH THE TIDE’S GOLF COURSE. MY NAME IS RONALD STEVENS HERE TO PRESENT THE SAVE THE TIDES RECREATIONAL GROUP INCORPORATED. AS YOU CAN SEE IT’S A VERY BEAUTIFUL PIECE OF PROPERTY AND SO I DON’T MAKE ANY MISTAKES, PLEASE EXCUSE ME IF I HAVE A TENDENCY TO READ IT RATHER THAN LOOKING UP TOO MUCH. DEAR MADAM CHAIR, LADIES AND GENTLEMEN OF THE COMMISSION, BY NOW YOU KNOW THERE’S GOING TO BE AN ATTEMPT. BEING IN THE PRESENCE TODAY, I WANTED TO TAKE THE OPPORTUNITY TO SHARE WITH YOU A STORY OF THE HISTORY OF THE GOLF COURSE. I WAS BORN IN CHICAGO. MY FATHER WAS STRUGGLING FAMILY TRYING TO SURVIVE DURING THE DEPRESSION. VERY LITTLE ANYTHING. MY FATHER AND OLDER BROTHER TO MAKE MONEY THROUGH THE FAMILY. WHERE AN INFAMOUS MACHINE GUN WHO WAS THE GANGSTER AL CAPONE’S RIGHT HAND MAN WHO CARRIED OUT THE MASSACRE. WHEN MY FATHER COULD, HE WOULD TAKE ME GOLFING, TEACH ME THE GAME OF GOLF. YEARS LATER, HE WOULD TEACH MY CHILDREN AS WELL. BACK IN 1981, MY FATHER AND MYSELF MOVED FROM CHICAGO TO FLORIDA AND PURCHASED A PIECE OF PROPERTY LOCATED ON THE TIDES GOLF COURSE ON THE 18TH HOLE. THAT PLACE WOULD BECOME OUR HOME AND EVEN OUR HOME UNTIL TODAY. COULD NOT HAVE HAD A MORE BEAUTIFUL SIGHT. MY DAD AND I TAUGHT MY SONS THE GAME OF GOLF AND THEY WOULD WORK FOR THE TIDE’S GOLF COURSE. THE FATHER WAS THE FIRST GENERAL MANAGER WHEN OPENED IN 1973. MY BOYS GREW UP, GOT MARRIED AND HAD CHILDREN AND MANY OF THEIR SONS AND DAUGHTERS HAVE PLAYED ON THE TIDES GOLF COURSE AS WELL. THIS IS A VIEW OF MY GRANDSONS THAT ARE VERY YOUNG. I’M SHOWING YOU THIS SO YOU CAN SEE HOW IMPORTANT AND ESPECIALLY MY FAMILY. FOUR GENERATIONS HAVE PLAYED GOLF THERE. THAT IS THE HISTORY WE ARE FIGHTING FOR TODAY. THE DEVELOPER WANTS TO DESTROY SO HE CAN MAKE A SMALL FORTUNE. IN FACT, HE’S AN OUTSIDER OF THE COMMUNITY. WE CANNOT AFFORD TO USE THIS MOST PRECIOUS PIECE OF LAND CALLED THE TIDES GOLF COURSE. WHEN A DEVELOPER COMES BEFORE YOU, MY FAMILY IS ASKING YOU TO PLEASE VOTE NO. NO TO ANY ZONING CHANGES AND VOTE NO, PLEASE, TO ANY DEVELOPMENT. IF ANYTHING, LET’S HAVE IT AS A GOLF COURSE OR A PARK OR RECREATIONAL. >>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: THANK YOU FOR BEING HERE TODAY AND THANK YOU FOR YOUR HEART FELT PRESENTATION. >>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: DAVID BALLA BALLARD GETTUS JR.>>I LIVE ON GEORGIA AVENUE IN PALM HARBOR. AGAIN, PINELLAS COUNTY HOME RULE CHARTER SECTION 202 E STATES THE COUNTY SHALL ESTABLISH PROTECTIONS OF HUMAN RIGHTS FROM DISCRIMINATION BASED UPON RELIGION. IN OPPOSITION TO HOME RULE CHARTER, THE RECLAIMED WATER VARIANCE APPLICATION CLEARLY STATES, AGAIN, THE APPLICANT LITERALLY OWES THEIR HEALTH, THEIR SAFETY AND RELIGION. IN A DISCRIMINATORY FASHION, THE COUNTY IN PURSUIT OF COLLECTING RECLAIMED WATER AVAILABILITY FEES HAS TWICE DENIED ME AFTER PAYING FOR MY WATER CHARGE HAS DENIED ME MY HUMAN RIGHTS TO ACCESS MY WATER SUPPLY TWICE DENYING ME MY HUMAN RIGHTS FOR NOT PAYING FOR THE AVAILABILITY FEE TO ACCESS RECLAIMED WATER AS A PRIVILEGE EVEN FURTHER THREATENING THE FORCLOSE ON MY HOME TO PAY SUCH A PRIDEFUL FEE. OVER THE PAST TEN YEARS, I HAVE PETITIONED YOUR COURT TO BE HEARD AND MY HUMAN RIGHTS AND MY RELIGION HAS SIMPLY BEEN DENIED OR DISMISSED. DOES YOUR LEGAL SYSTEM NOT HEAR AND NOT PROTECT THE HUMAN RIGHTS OF CHRISTIAN CONCERNS BASED UPON WATER? IN HIS FAIR WELL ADDRESS WHEN GEORGE WASHINGTON STATES TO INDIRECTLY UNDER MINE THAT WHICH CANNOT BE OVERTHROWN, IS GEORGE WASHINGTON TALKING ABOUT UNDER MINING AND OVERTHROWING THE RELIGION OF CHRISTIANITY? IS HAMILTON CALLING IT DOGS IN FEDERALIST PAPER NUMBER 11? IS THE ENEMY HELD ARTICLE 3 SECTION 3 OF THE U.S. CONSTITUTION, RELIGION OF CHRISTIANITY? IS THIS CONSTITUTION CHARGING CHRISTIANS AS THE ENEMY. IS THE FELONY CHARGE BEING PLACED WORK WITHOUT A WARRANT AS DECLARED. ARE THEY CONSTITUTED AS TAX FREE IN THE 14TH AMENDMENT AS EQUATED. IS THE DUE PROCESS CLAUSE AND THE TAKING OF LIBERTY, PROPERTY AND LIFE APPLIED TO THAT AS THE GENTILE POPULATION. WITH THE RECLAIM WATER VARIANCE, THE RELIGION OF CHRISTIANITY IS BEING EXTERMINATED. IS THIS CONSTITUTION DENYING CHRISTIANITY THE RIGHT TO EXIST AS HAVE BEEN THE INDIGENOUS INDIANS IN THIS LAND? THANK YOU. >>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: OKAY. GREG MOUNT.>>[INAUDIBLE] SHALL THE THRONE FELL WITH THEE BY A LAW. THE CREATOR OF HEAVEN AND EARTH HAS CREATED LAWS THAT ARE ETERNAL AND WHEN YOU CREATE LAWS THAT CONTRADICT THE CREATOR’S LAW OF WHAT IS RIGHT AND WRONG, WHEN YOU GET WHAT IS WRONG AND MAKE IT LAW FULLY RIGHT, YOU ARE BRINGING YOURSELF UNDER JUDGMENT. THIS RIGHT HERE IS THE ART AND CULTURE, THIS IS THE MAGAZINE THAT PINELLAS COUNTY IS PUTTING OUT FOR 2018. IT’S GOT FOR THE GAY PRIDE PARADE, A GIRL THAT’S 8 AND ANOTHER ONE THAT’S 12 HOLDING GAY FLAGS THAT SAYS LOVE IS LOVE. EVERY TIME I SAY SEX IS NOT LOVE, I HAVE TO HAVE NINE POLICE OFFICERS THERE PROTECTING ME FROM THE PEOPLE ATTACKING ME FOR SAYING SEX IS NOT LOVE WHILE YOUR DCF IS PUSHING YOUR PERVERSION. I’VE GOT THE PAPERWORK THAT SAYS YOU ARE SUPPOSED TO TEACH YOUR CHILDREN HOW TO MASTERBATE AT 5 OR 6. IF MEN ARE CAUGHT MASTERBATING, COULD GET 10 MORE YEARS ON THEIR SEN SENTENCE. THIS IS WHAT’S BEING PASSED. WE HAVE ANTI-FAMILY, ANTI-GOD SYSTEM. WHAT YOU’VE DONE, I RAN AGAINST THREE GUYS AGAINST THE SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT, THEY ALL WERE LAWYERS. SWIFT, RICE AND ROBERT GUATERRI. YOU GO TO 2019, 2219 AND WATCH ROBERT IN THE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE SAY I’M A LAWYER AND I’M THE SHERIFF OF PINELLAS COUNTY. AND WHEN HE GOES TO LAW SCHOOL, HE KNOWS THAT’S ILLEGAL. [INAUDIBLE] TO PROTECT US FROM TYRANNY AND MONOPOLY. OUR SYSTEM IS BEING DESTROYED BY OUR LEADERS, IT’S BEING DONE FOR MONEY AND THE WAY YOU ARE DOING IT IS DESTROYING FAMILIES. THE COURT SYSTEM RAPED THE AMERICAN FAMILY, YOU’VE BROKEN DOWN THE MAN AND BEAT HIM DOWN. JUST LIKE THE SAME THING IN EUROPE. THE EXACT SAME THING HERE IS TURN THE MEN INTO THE WOMEN, THE WOMEN INTO THE MEN. THEIR GOAL IS TO TURN YOU MEN INTO THE WOMEN AND WOMEN INTO MEN. THAT’S WHY THE WOMEN ARE TAKING OVER. JUST LOOK, YOU DON’T HAVE TO BE BLINDED TO SEE WHAT’S GOING ON. ALL AGAINST THE HOLY BIBLE AND WORD OF GOD. IT’S OUT OF CONTROL AND NOT GOING TO STOP UNTIL YOU START BECOMING MEN. >>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: THAT’S THE END OF OUR PUBLIC COMMENT. AND MOVING ON TO COUNTY COMMISSION NEW BUSINESS ITEMS. I SEE THERE’S NO ITEMS UNLESS ANYBODY HAS ANYTHING TO BRING BEFORE US.>>MADAM CHAIR, AT SOME POINT, CAN WE — WE’VE DONE THIS YEAR THE YEARS AND REQUIRES A SHADE MEETING BUT PROBABLY BE APPROPRIATED THIS TIME FOR US TO TALK ABOUT HAVING A SHADE MEETING AGAIN. >>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: AMEN. MR. BURTON AND I TALKED ABOUT THAT YESTERDAY. THANK YOU FOR BRINGING THAT UP. AND WE WILL BE DOING THAT.>>THANK YOU. >>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: MOVING ON TO COUNTY COMMISSION BOARD REPORTS AND MISCELLANEOUS ITEMS. COMMISSIONER LONG. >>JANET LONG: THANK YOU, MADAM CHAIR. I HAVE A FEW THINGS TO SHARE WITH YOU ONCE I FIND MY REPORT HERE. I’VE GOT IT RIGHT HERE. FIRST ON MY REPORT IS THE TAMPA BAY REGIONAL TRANSIT AUTHORITY. YOU’VE HEARD AND WE’VE TALKED ABOUT IT BEFORE WE DID RECEIVE OUR $2.5 MILLION FROM THE LEGISLATURE. IT’S NONRECURRING. WE WILL CONTINUE TO BE MOVING FORWARD. WE HAVE SOME INCREDIBLE PLANS ON THE DRAWING BOARD SO STAY TUNED. WE ARE GOING TO WORK ON PROJECTS AS SOON AS OUR PD AND E STUDY IS FINISHED ON THE 41 MILE TRANSIT FEASIBILITY STUDY. OUR NEXT BOARD MEETING IS FRIDAY JUNE 21ST. AND NOW I WANT TO TALK TO YOU ABOUT THE PINELLAS COUNTY TRANSIT AUTHORITY. I’M SURE YOU CAN APPRECIATE AT THE LAST MEETING LAST WEEK THE BOARD ROOM WAS FILLED WITH FOLKS FROM HART, FROM PSTA, FROM THE TRANSIT AGENCY IN PASCO AND EVEN FROM THE TRANSIT AGENCY IN MANIT MANITEE. AS A RESULT OF THE HORRIBLE TRAGEDY COUPLE WEEKS AGO WHERE MR. DUNN WAS MURDERED BY A PASSENGER ON THE BUS. SO AT OUR EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEETING YESTERDAY WE HEARD A VERY THOROUGH REPORT FROM BRAD WITH REGARD TO SOME OF THE BEST PRACTICES BEING IMPLEMENTED ACROSS THE COUNTRY. THIS IS A NATIONAL ISSUE NOW AS YOU CAN IMAGINE AS WELL AS AT THE FEDERAL LEVEL. AND SO YOU KNOW WE’RE CONSTRAINED AND DEBBIE HAS BEEN WORKING FAST AND FURIOUSLY SO WE CAN FREE UP MUCH NEEDED DOLLARS FOR IMPLEMENTING A MORE SECURE ENVIRONMENT TO OUR DRIVERS. WE ARE MAKING GREAT PROGRESS WITH RTS, RAPID TRANSIT SERVICE, FROM DOWNTOWN SAINT PETE OUT TO SAINT PETE BEACH. AND I WANT TO THANK OUR COUNTY STAFF AND SPECIFIC RAHIM WORKING OVER AT PSTA TO TRY AND FIND A SOLUTION FOR THE TURN AROUND OF THE BUSES SO THAT WE DON’T HAVE TO KEEP ON TRYING TO WORK WITH THE CITY TO FIND A SOLUTION AMEANABLE TO THEM. NOW WE’RE GOING TO WORK WITH PINELLAS COUNTY AND SEE IF WE CAN’T FIND A SOLUTION. I FEEL CONFIDENT WE WILL. SEEMS TO BE WORKING IN A POSITIVE MOVEMENT. WE ARE TRYING TO DEMONSTRATE EFFICIENCY BUT ALSO KEEP OUR SERVICE INTACT TO TRY TO HAVE BETTER TRANSPORTATION OPTIONS FOR OUR CITIZENS. WE ARE ALL VERY MUCH LOOKING FORWARD TO THE FUNDING WORKSHOP ON JULY 18TH WHERE WE ARE HOPEFUL AND COME FORWARD WITH FABULOUS RECOMMENDATIONS AND HAVE A THOUGHTFUL PRODUCTIVE MOVE FORWARD. I WILL LET OUR CHAIR OF FORWARD PINELLAS GIVE THE REPORT FOR THAT AND SEVERAL OF US ARE ATTENDING THE CONFERENCE IN ORLANDO JUNE 11TH AND THE 14TH. AND THE NACO CONFERENCE FROM JULY 12TH TO THE 15TH. YOU KNOW BECAUSE I’VE MENTIONED IT BEFORE WE HAD AN ESTEEMED MEMBER OF THE DUTCH GOVERNMENT HERE ABOUT TWO WEEKS AGO THAT DID A REALLY KNOCK-OUT PRESENTATION FOR ALL OF THOSE IN ATTENDANCE ON THE HISTORY AND THE FAILURES AND THE SUCCESSES OF THE NETHERLANDS IN DEALING WITH THE RISE AND FALL OF THE SEA AND POINTED OUT MISTAKES THEY MADE IN TERMS OF GOVERNMENTAL DECISIONS TRYING TO RESOLVE THIS ISSUE AND HOPEFUL WE WOULD NOT MAKE THE SAME ONES. HE DID REITERATE THE INFORMATION THE UNITED NATIONS AND THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION BOTH IN THEIR REPORTS HAVE DESIGNATED TAMPA BAY AS THE MOST VULNERABLE PLACE IN THE WORLD FOR CLIMATE CHANGE AND SEA LEVEL RISE. WE HAVE REALLY GOT TO BE GOOD STEWARDS OF OUR ENVIRONMENT AND MAKE THE RIGHT POLICY DECISIONS MOVING FORWARD. IT WAS EXCITING THEY ALL INVITED THOSE OF US WORKING ON THIS ISSUE TO THE NETHERLANDS AT SOME POINT THIS SUMMER TO BETTER LEARN WHAT THEIR SOLUTIONS HAVE BEEN AND HOW WE MIGHT BE ABLE TO DO THE SAME THING HERE. I WAS HOPEFUL BUT I SEE THAT BRIAN HAS LEFT. BUT I WAS HOPEFUL BETWEEN HIM AND MAYBE BERRY, I KNOW BERRY HAS BEEN AWAY, COULD GIVE US AN UPDATE ON THE PINELLAS COUNTY LEGISLATIVE IDEA WE THREW AROUND AND TALKED ABOUT AT OUR PREVIOUS MEETING SO WE CAN MAKE SURE WE’RE ALL ROWING IN THE SAME DIRECTION AND I WANT TO MAKE SURE WE’RE DOTTING Is AND CROSSING Ts. SEVERAL OF YOU ARE EXCITED TO KNOW WE HAD AN INCREDIBLE MEETING. YOU ARE IN A DIFFERENT SPOT. I COULD HARDLY FIND YOU WITH ALL THESE FOLKS HERE. WE HAD A GREAT MEETING WITH OUR PUBLIC DEFENDER WITH ADAM RUDD AND THERE WAS SO MUCH GREAT INFORMATION SHARED. AND IMAGINED HOW TICKLED WE WERE WHEN HE DECIDED TO DELIVER OUR MESSAGE TO CORPORATE AND WORK WITH US TO DEVELOP A PILOT PROGRAM TO USE SOME OF THEIR HOSPITALS FOR BEDS FOR RECEIVING OF BEDS. SO THIS IS HOW WE LEFT IT. MAYBE YOU KNOW THIS ALREADY. BOB IS GOING TO WORK ON A PROPOSAL TO SUBMIT SO WE CAN MEET AGAIN AND HAVE A DIFFERENT DISCUSSION. AND I LOOK FORWARD TO MAKING A REAL DIFFERENCE. THEY HAVE BETWEEN 5 AND 7 OF THEM IN OUR COUNTY AND COULD REALLY MAKE A DENT. THAT WAS VERY GOOD NEWS. NOW, I HAVE A COUPLE QUESTIONS. IT’S A PROCESS THING FOR THE CHAIR. I KNOW THAT WE’VE ALL BEEN RECEIVING NUMBERING OF COMPLAINTS ABOUT CANINES. IT SEEMS TO ME WHEN YOU HAVE THAT MANY OF THE SAME KIND OF COMPLAINTS AND QUESTIONS, WE OUGHT TO BE ABLE TO HAVE A DISCUSSION HERE AT THE BOARD LEVEL SINCE IT AFFECTS OUR CITIZENS. IN THE PAST RGS THE CHAIR AS OFFICE HAS RESPONDED YES WE’VE RECEIVED YOUR MESSAGE AND SOME DIRECTION TO BE ABLE TO HAVE A COMFORT THAT WE WERE PAYING ATTENTION. ON THIS ISSUE, I HAVEN’T SEEN ANYTHING LIKE THAT AND DID WE CHANGE A PROCESSOR OPERATING AT A DIFFERENT PLACE SO WE’RE NOT ALL DUPLICATING EFFORTS?>>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: I HAVE CHECKED IN WITH CINDY ON A REGULAR BASIS. EVERY ONE OF THE EMAILS HAVE BEEN RESPONDED TO BY CINDY. AND ANY FORM SITE EMAILS ARE BEING REPLIED TO BY DUSTIN. >>JANET LONG: BY DUSTIN?>>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: UH-HUH.>>JANET LONG: DO YOU THINK IT MIGHT BE POSSIBLE TO GET A COPY?>>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: TRYING TO AVOID HAVING YOU RECEIVE 100 EMAIL COPIES. >>JANET LONG: JUST ONE COPY OF WHAT THE RESPONSE IS SO WE KNOW AND WE’RE NOT JUST LEFT OUT THERE HANGING ABOUT WHETHER WE NEED TO BE GIVING OUR OWN STAFF DIFFERENT DIRECTION, I THINK THAT WOULD BE VERY GOOD. >>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: LIKE I SAID, I HAVE BEEN CHECKING IN WITH CINDY ON A REGULAR BASE YOU TO MAKE SURE THEY WERE ALL BEING COVERED AND TALKED TO HER ABOUT IT YESTERDAY AGAIN. I’VE SEEN THEM AS WELL AND I THOUGHT WOW WE’VE RECEIVED MAYBE 30 OR 40 AND SHE SAID NO IT’S BEEN OVER 100. >>JANET LONG: I THINK IT’S WAY OVER 100, FRANKLY. >>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: I WANT TO ADD A CAUTIONARY NOTE. THE BOARD OF ADJUSTMENT IS INDEPENDENT BOARD APPOINTED BY US BUT IT IS NOT ONE IN WHICH ANYONE OF US SHOULD BE TALKING TO ANY OF THE BOARD ADJUSTMENT MEMBERS BECAUSE THEY ARE APPOINTED TO MAKE AN INDEPENDENT DECISION AND THEY ARE INDEPENDENT BODY. SO I JUST WANTED TO MAKE SURE THAT YOU UNDERSTOOD THIS IS THE WAY THE BOARD WORKS.>>AND I CAN GET MORE DETAILS ON WHAT IS PENDING BEFORE THEM. IT’S A QUASI JUDICIAL MATTER. >>JANET LONG: BUT BEFORE YOU DO, ARE THEY JUST OPERATING IN THE DARK? DO THEY HAVE NO IDEA THIS IS GOING ON WITH OUR CITIZENS?>>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: OH, NO. JAKE OR BERRY?>>I CAN SPEAK TO THIS. THERE WAS A CHANGE MADE LAST FALL THAT TOOK THESE DECISIONS AND PUT THAT WITH THE BOARD OF ADJUSTMENT. WASN’T PERTAINING TO THIS SITUATION. HOWEVER, THIS WAS ONE WHERE THAT WAS A CHANGE IN THE LAW. SO THEY FILED AFTER JANUARY 1ST. THERE’S BEEN A QUESTION WHETHER OR NOT WE SHOULD LOOK AT THE PROCESS. THAT WOULD NOT CHANGE THE OUTCOME. >>JANET LONG: SO MY QUESTION WITH THAT SAID, HOW DO OUR CITIZENS KNOW THAT?>>WELL, THEY DO. HENCE THE REASON FOR THE EMAILS. AND SO OUR DEPARTMENT HAS BEEN COMMUNICATING TO THE CITIZENS AND WE’RE TRYING TO WORK WITH CANINE ESTATES. THEY THOUGHT THEY HAD RESOLUTION FOR IT. AND AFTER THE TIME PERIOD IN WHICH WE GAVE THEM TO DO WHAT WE SAID THEY WERE GOING TO DO, FILED FOR THE CONDITIONAL USE OR THE EXCEPTION. THAT’S THE REASON THIS CASE HAS DRAWN ON. THOUGHT THEY WERE GOING TO FIND THE LOCATION WHERE THE ZONING WOULD BE APPROPRIATE AND THAT IS GOING TO BE HEARD BEFORE THE BOARD OF AJUSTMENT AND THEY DO HAVE THE FACTS AND STAFF HAS A REPORT FOR THEM.>>THE MEETING IS TOMORROW.>>CORRECT.>>IS IT TELEVISED?>>IT WILL BE. NOT NORMALLY BUT IT IS TOMORROW.>>THEY RECEIVE THE NOTICE.>>I’M GETTING A NOD IT IS. I THOUGHT IT WAS BEING STREAMED?>>HOW DO WE PAY ATTENTION?>>WE CAN PROVIDE A SUMMARY OF THE CASE. >>JANET LONG: I’D LIKE A SUMMARY. AND MY LAST THING MADAM CHAIR, YOU RUN INTO THE MOST INTERESTING PEOPLE WHEN YOU ARE OUT SHOPPING ON THE WEEKEND. AND I RAN INTO THE NEW MAYOR OF BELLAIRE BEACH WHO I HAD NEVER MET THIS GENTLEMAN BEFORE BUT I KNEW HIS WIFE WHO QUICKLY INTRODUCED ME TO HIM. IT WAS A 30-MINUTE CONVERSATION PROBABLY ABOUT THE STATION ON BELLAR BEACH AND 7TH STREET. THERE SEEMS TO BE — MEGAN, I’M SORRY TO PUT YOU ON THE SPOT. A DISCONNECT BETWEEN THE CITY MANAGER, OUR COUNTY STAFF AND THE MAYOR. AND HAPPY TO GIVE YOU THE EXAMPLE HE GAVE ME AND THERE’S AN ISSUE AND FALLEN DOWN ON RESPONSIBILITIES.>>MEGAN ROSS. I KNOW, IN PARTICULAR, YOU MENTIONED A COMMUNICATION ISSUE. WITH THAT PARTICULAR STATION THERE’S BEEN HYDRAULIC ISSUES C STATION 95 — IT WILL REROUTE THAT MAIN INTO THE WET WELL OF 190 ALLEVIATING THE PRESSURE ISSUES.>>JANET LONG: THAT SOUNDS FAMILIAR TO THE STORY. MY REQUEST WOULD BE IS IT POSSIBLE SOMEONE ON YOUR STAFF TO REACH OUT TO THE CITY MANAGER THERE AND SHARE WITH HIM THAT INFORMATION?>>ABSOLUTELY. >>JANET LONG: I THINK THAT WOULD BE HELPFUL. AND PLEASE ASK HIM TO SHARE IT WITH THE MAYOR BECAUSE THE MAYOR WAS REALLY — HE WAS UPSET AND GIVEN THE EXPERIENCE HE HAD PERSONALLY, HE HAD A REASON TO NOT BE HAPPY. I’D REALLY APPRECIATE IT. THANK YOU VERY MUCH. AND THAT IS THE END OF MY REPORT, MADAM CHAIR. THANK YOU VERY MUCH. >>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: OKAY. THANK YOU. COMMISSIONER EGGERS. >>DAVE EGGERS: THANK YOU. I JUST WANTED TO FOLLOW UP A LITTLE BIT ON THAT CONVERSATION ABOUT THE NOTIFICATIONS ON THE KAY LINE ESTATES. OUR OFFICE HAS RESPONDED TO OVER 300 EMAILS. AND SPECIFICALLY KIM HAS LET THEM KNOW EXACTLY WHEN THE HEARING WOULD BE AND WHO WOULD BE HEARING IT AND WHO WON’T BE HEARING IT. SEEMED TO BE CONFUSION WITH OUR RESIDENTS AS TO WHAT BODY, US OR SOME OTHER BODY. I KNOW THAT SHE HAS BEEN INUNDATED WITH THAT WORK TO GET BACK THOSE MESSAGES. THAT WORD DID GET OUT TO THAT PERSON WHO EMAILED HERE. WHENEVER YOU DO THAT IN BULK LIKE WE DID, THERE’S A FEW THAT MAY SLIP THROUGH WE MAY WANT TO RELOOK AT WHETHER OR NOT THAT CHANGE IS A GOOD ONE. IT WOULD BE NICE TO SEE MAYBE A SUMMARY ON MAJOR ISSUES. SO IF THERE WAS ONE OR TWO OF THE ITEMS WE’D WANT TO CONSIDER BEING FORWARD, WE COULD LOOK AT THAT. COULD GET A SUMMARY OF THAT WORK. HAVING SAID THAT, LET ME GET TO SOME OF THE BOARDS AND A COUPLE COMMENTS. THE FORWARD PINELLAS , OUR NEXT MEETING IS NEXT WEEK. NEXT WEDNESDAY. WE’RE GOING TO TALK AMONG MANY THINGS. ABOUT THE 2024 TRANSPORTATION IMPROVEMENT PLAN. AND ALSO WE’RE GOING TO BE DOING REVIEW. I’LL HAVE IT THE NEXT MEETING AND REPORT ON WHAT WE WENT THROUGH. PSTA, YOU SPOKE A LOT ABOUT THE PSTA. ONE THING I WANTED TO HIGHLIGHT, PURCHASING MANAGER’S NAME IS AL BURNS HAD HIS SON COME AND PRESENTED A TOKEN OF APPRECIATION, A CONGRATULATIONS OR WHATEVER. >>JANET LONG: IT WASN’T A TOKEN. IT WAS A FLAG. >>DAVE EGGERS: HE GAVE A FLAG, EXCUSE ME. I DIDN’T PHRASE THAT PROPERLY. I WAS SIMPLY SAYING THAT IT WAS REALLY A NICE EVENT, NICE KIND OF PRESENTATION TO RECOGNIZE — THE SECOND LIEUTENANT THAT JUST GRADUATED, MOST EVERYBODY IN THE AUDIENCE AND THE BOARD WAS EXI WILL RATED TO HAVE HIM THERE. YOU COULD TELL HE HAD COME TO A LOT OF WORK. LACKING FORWARD WHAT A NICE YOUNG MAN AND LOOKING FORWARD TO SERVING HIS COUNTRY. >>JANET LONG: TELL THEM WHERE HIS DUTY STATION. >>DAVE EGGERS: IN JAPAN, I THINK. REALLY NEAT PRESENTATION. THANK YOU FOR ALLOWING HIM TO MAKE THAT HAPPEN LAST WEEK. THE ONLY THING I’LL SAY ABOUT MY VA COMMUNITY, THERE’S A WHOLE LOT GOING ON WITH RESPECT TO VETERANS AND ISSUES. WE TALKED A LOT ON MENTAL HEALTH AND SUICIDE PREVENTION AND THE ROLE THEY PLAY AND HOW THEY ARE STARTING TO ENGAGE WITH THE PARTNERS HERE. SOME LEADERSHIP AND LEARNING WHAT WE DO. KEEP SAYING THE NUMBER 273-8255 WHICH IS SUICIDE PREVENTION. IF YOU HAVE ISSUES OR KNOW OF SOMEONE. WHICH IS OUR ENGAGEMENT BOARD. TAMPA BAY WATER, OUR NEXT MEETING IS TWO WEEKS FROM YESTERDAY. A LOT GOING ON. WE’VE HAD THE ISSUES WITH THE CITY OF TAMPA. WE’VE TALKED ABOUT THAT A LITTLE BIT. I ALSO MENTIONED THE MEETING BEFORE TOOK OFF THE TABLE, SOME CONVERSATIONS ABOUT APPROVING AN MOU WITH TAMPA BAY WATER ON THE USE OF WATER EXPANSION. SOME THAT ARE OBSERVABLE TO THE EYE AND OTHERS WE’RE NOT SURE ABOUT. APPARENTLY, THERE’S A WORKSHOP ON THE 20TH OF JUNE TO TALK ABOUT THE FUTURE OF THEIR RECLAIM SYSTEM AND HOW THEY ARE GOING TO USE THAT AND PERHAPS EVEN SOME DISCUSSION AS IT RELATES TO THE REGIONAL COOPERATION. OUR STAFF IS GOING TO THAT MEETING AND MAKING SURE THEY UNDERSTAND WHAT’S GOING ON AND MAKING SURE OUR GROUP IS NOT IMPEDED BY THE MANY QUESTIONS COMING UP FROM HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY AND DELIVERING THE WATER THEY NEED FOR EXPANSION ON A TIMELY BASIS. A LOT GOING ON, ON THAT FRONT WHICH IS WHY I WAS ASKING SOME OF THE QUESTIONS EARLIER. THE ONLY OTHER THING OUR EXECUTIVE MANAGER HAVING HIS REVIEW SO WE’RE HAVING A LOT OF REVIEWS. THERE’S BEEN A LOT OF ISSUES AND QUESTIONS, THAT REVIEW IS GOING TO BE AN IMPORTANT ONE TO GIVE HIM AN APPROPRIATE FEEDBACK. NEXT MEETING OF THE TMA IS THIS FRIDAY. THERE’S AN AWFUL LOT BEING TALKING ABOUT THERE. AND THE TBARTA TRANSIT DEVELOPMENT PLAN. A LOT GOING ON THIS FRIDAY FOR THE TMA. SCHOOL COLLABORATIVE TRANSPORTATION COMMITTEE GOING ON TOMORROW. WILL BE DISCUSSING THE RECOMMENDATIONS FROM THE MARJORIE DOUGLAS RECOMMENDATION THAT CAME. BRINGING THOSE RECOMMENDATIONS FORWARD. AND TALKING ABOUT PASSING SCHOOL BUSES. AND MORE DISCUSSION TO COME ON THAT. AND THEN JUST A FEW OBSE OBSERVATIONS. SO MUCH TO TAKE IN. WHAT IS VERY CLEAR IS THERE’S AN EXPANSION OF MEDICAID USE FOR HEALTHCARE FOR KIDS IN OUR STATE. THERE’S AN OPPORTUNITY THERE. GOT PUT ON — WANT TO COMMEND ODESMAR. I WENT TO THE CELEBRATION. THERE WERE SEVERAL OF THEM IN THE COUNTY. HATS OFF FOR THE WORK THEY DID. I WAS ABLE TO JOIN COMMISSIONER JUSTICE AT BURGERFY LAST WEEK. THEY WERE THERE TO RAISE MONEY FOR THE HONOR FLIGHT PROGRAM. THAT PLACE WAS PACKED. IT TURNED OVER A COUPLE TIMES. I DON’T KNOW HOW MUCH MONEY THEY RAISED. IT WAS ALL FOR THAT HONOR FLIGHT PROGRAM. AND THEY DID A GREAT JOB AND NOW I KNOW WHERE BURGER FY IS. THEY DID A REALLY NICE JOB. AND I WANT TO COMMEND THEM AND THANK THEM. I THINK THEY HAVE FIVE OR SIX LOCATIONS AROUND THE AREA. ANYWAY, ALSO HAD A CHANCE TO TAKE THE NEW AND IMPROVED CPR CLASS OUR FIREFIGHTERS DID LAST WEEK AND THE OLD WAY I LEARNED IT ISN’T THE SAME THEY DO TODAY. SO IMAGINE THAT. CHANGES. IT WAS REALLY GOOD. AND THOSE CLASSES COME UP FROM TIME TO TIME. YOU NEVER KNOW WHEN THAT’S GOING TO HAPPEN. WHEN YOU HAVE TO BE CALLED UPON TO HELP SOMEBODY SURVIVE. GOOD STUFF. ALSO WENT TO A LAKESHORE ESTATES TO TALK ABOUT CANALS AND ALL OF THAT. POLICY THIS BOARD CHANGED IN 2012. WE HAD ABOUT 25 MEMBERS OF THE COMMUNITY SHOW UP. SO TURNED OUT A THREE PERSON MEETING. JUST HEARD A LOT FROM THEM ABOUT THAT. SO I’M LOOKING FORWARD TO THE UP COMING WORKSHOP WE’LL BE DISCUSSING THOSE ITEMS. ALSO WENT TO THE COUNTRY SIDE GROUND BREAK CEREMONY THIS MONDAY. IT WAS AMAZING WHAT’S GOING ON. JUST WHEN YOU THINK THERE’S NO LAND TO BUILD, THERE IS A HUGE BUILDING THAT’S GOING TO BE BUILT RIGHT OUT FRONT OF THE NORMAL ENTRYWAY TO THE HOSPITAL. BUT FAMILY GAVE $5 MILLION. SAME COUPLE THAT GAVE $3 MI MILLION. WHAT’S THAT? SAY THE NAME. I CAN’T REMEMBER THE NAME OF THE COUPLE. ANYWAY, JUST AMAZING PEOPLE. IT WAS A REALLY NEAT PRESENTATION AND FOLLOWING WITH A GREAT BREAKFAST. LOTS OF BOARD MEMBERS THERE AND OTHER DONORS AND EXCITING COMPONENT TO OUR DAY CARE SYSTEM. JUST REAL QUICKLY, THE TRANSPORTATION MEETING, WELL ATTENDED. 50 TO 60 PEOPLE. CNC WAS THE UMBRELLA TO THAT MEETING. SOMEBODY FROM FORWARD PINELLAS. SOMEBODY FROM THE COUNTY. SOMEBODY TALKING ABOUT REGIONAL TRANSPORTATION ISSUES. WENT ON FOR ABOUT AN HOUR. MOST EVERYBODY STAYED FOR THE SECOND HOUR ASKING QUESTIONS AND DIFFERENT ISSUES. SO I WAS ENCOURAGED TO SEE THE LEVEL OF INTEREST WHETHER IT’S REGARDING ROADS OR BRIDGES OR TRANSIT SYSTEM IN THE SHORT COMINGS WE HAVE HERE. >>JANET LONG: WHAT DID THEY SAY?>>DAVE EGGERS: WELL, A LOT OF THEM WERE VERY ENCOURAGING THAT WE CONTINUE TO EXPLORE MORE TRANSIT POUR PINELLAS COUNTY. A LOT OF THEM WERE ADDRESSING THE ISSUES WITH REGARDS TO OUR SENIORS AND THEIR ABILITY TO GET AROUND. AND ACKNOWLEDGING THE NEW GENERATION IS A LITTLE DIFFERENT THAN OUR GENERATION IN TERMS OF USE OF TRANSIT. BUT I WAS MORE ENCOURAGED THERE WAS A GOOD TURN OUT AND REAL INTEREST. I KEEP SENSING MORE AND MORE OF THAT. IT’S NOT THE GLAZED LOOK LIKE IT WAS TEN YEARS AGO. THERE ARE REALLY PEOPLE EXCITED ABOUT IT. THE TIMING IS AT HAND TO HAVE THAT CONVERSATION. AND THE LAST THING I WOULD SAY IS TODAY’S THE 4TH. SO TWO DAYS FROM NOW IS D-DAY. IT WAS WAY BACK 60-70 YEARS AGO. SO IT’S AN IMPORTANT DAY PROBABLY THE MOST AMAZING DRAMATIC CHANGING WAR. JUST WANT TO BRING THAT TO EVERYONE’S ATTENTION. THAT’S ALL I HAVE. >>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: THANK YOU FOR THE UPDATE.>>I DON’T HAVE QUITE AS MUCH TO SHARE. CAREER SOURCE RECEIVED THEIR REPORT FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF LABOR. HAD 25 DAYS TO RESPOND. JENNIFER IS WORKING WITH THE DEPARTMENT OF ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITY. I THINK SHE’S ALREADY SUBMITTED TO THEM. THE REPORT HAS TO COME FROM THEM. AND SHE’S HOPING TO MITIGATE THAT $17 MILLION. $5 MILLION ON OUR SIDE. AND SHE’LL BE WORKING FOR THE DEO ABOUT THAT. WE DO HAVE A MEETING TOMORROW. WE SHOULD GET MORE INFORMATION FROM CHARLIE HARRIS AND JENNIFER ABOUT WHAT’S GOING ON THERE. WE HAD A LICENSE BOARD MEETING AND INCREASING SLOTS WHEN THAT HAD A DECLINING TREND AND IT WAS GETTING SERIOUS. IT’S ON THE UPSWING AGAIN. HOPE THAT’S A GOOD SIGN. I WAS ABLE TO REPRESENT US AT THE CLEAR WATER CHAMBER AND THAT’S REALLY NEED HE WAS GONE. THEY ARE INVITING US TO GIVE UPDATES. AS WELL AS THE MAYOR’S COUNCIL, THAT’S A GOOD RELATIONSHIP BUILDING THING. AT THE UPPER PINELLAS CLEAR WATER OR WHAT IS IT? CLEAR WATER UPPER PINELLAS NAACP BANQUET WITH THE KEYNOTE BEING GIVEN BY LEON RUSSELL. WHO IS NOW THE CHAIR OF THE NATIONAL NAACP. SO DOING A GREAT JOB. WE WENT TO A HABITAT GROUND BREAKING YESTERDAY FOR THE 75 HOMES THEY ARE BUILDING DOWN IN THE 62ND STREET. 62ND AVENUE. THAT’S GOING TO BE WONDERFUL. I JUST WANTED TO THANK OUR VETERAN STAFF. I HAD A FRIEND TRYING TO HAVE HER HUSBAND HAVE A SERVICE FOR HER HUSBAND WHO DIED A COUPLE WEEKS AGO AND TRYING TO FIND DD-214. BUT SHE HAD. THEY WERE VERY HELPFUL WITHIN 24 HOURS, THEY HAD IT WORKED OUT. AND THE SERVICE IS ON FRIDAY. SO THAT WAS GREAT TO BE ABLE TO GIVE HER THAT RESOURCE AND HAVE CONFIDENCE THEY WOULD TAKE CARE OF IT. THAT’S IT. >>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: THANK YOU. COMMISSIONER JUSTICE. >>CHARLIE JUSTICE: THANK YOU, MADAM CHAIR. JUST A FEW COMMITTEE NOTES. ON PSTA, I THINK THOSE SECURITY DISCUSSIONS WE STARTED TO HAVE ARE GOING TO BE KEY AND IMPORTANT AS WE BALANCE THE COST WITH PROVIDING BASIC SECURITY FOR EMPLOYEES JUNE MEETING WILL BE INTERESTING. WE’RE EXPECTING A FINAL DESIGN ON THE BRT PLAN FOR THE CENTRAL AVENUE CORRIDOR. >>JANET LONG: RTS. >>CHARLIE JUSTICE: IT’S FIRST AVENUE PLAN. THAT WILL GENERATE A LOT OF DISCUSSION AS WE’RE SEEING A LOT OF ENERGY IN THE COMMUNITY DISTRIBUTING A LOT OF INFORMATION ON IT. SOME OF IT ACCURATE, SOME OF IT NOT SO MUCH. WE’LL COME TO A HEAD AT SOME POINT SOON. WE HAD A GREAT MEETING. THE STORM WATER WASTE WATER TASK FORCE SO WE’RE TAKING A LOOK AT IT IF YOU GET A CHANCE. AS FAR AS SEPARATING OUT THE CONTINUUM CARE ORGANIZATION AS FAR AS THE NON-PROFIT ACTIVI ACTIVITIES. SO THAT’S PART OF OUR DISCUSSION WE’RE HAVING. NOT ONLY TO GET THAT LAND BUT GIVING THE OPPORTUNITY FOR THEM TO OWN THEIR OWN HOME. SO I THINK IT’S REALLY GOOD AND PART OF BEING ADJACENT IS TO HAVE A GREAT ATRACTOR THERE. IT’S A WIN-WIN OPPORTUNITY. AND ALL THE WAY DOWN SUNDAY AFTERNOON AT THE EXCHANGE WAS THE HURRICANE PREP DAY AND IT WAS A HUGE CROWD. HUGE CROWD THERE. A LOT OF GREAT INFORMATION. NOT ONLY ALL OUR DEPARTMENTS BUT SALVATION ARMY. BUT IT WAS ALSO GREAT TO SEE THAT BUILDING AND COMPLEX ALIVE. PEOPLE FROM THE NEIGHBORHOODS THERE. IT IS THAT STARTING OF EVOLUTION OF WHAT WE ENVISIONED AND INVEST THERE. A GREAT THING. AND I DON’T KNOW IF YOU ALL RECEIVED THE EMAILS AND INFORMATION FROM THE GOVERNING MAGAZINE. I’VE STARTED OPENING ALL THOSE EMAILS AND READING THROUGH THE NEWSLETTERS AND REALLY INTERESTING INFORMATION ABOUT ISSUES WE’RE SEEING HERE. HOW WE’RE TACKLING IT. I WOULD CALL IT TO YOUR ATTENTION. SO THAT’S IT. THANK YOU. >>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: COMMISSIONER PETERS.>>THANK YOU, MADAM CHAIR. I HAVE A COUPLE THINGS. A LOT OF MY COMMITTEES HAVE BEEN COVERED. FIRST, I WANT TO THANK MEGAN AND HER TEAM FOR TAKING US UP TO CROSS BAR SO WE COULD SEE EVERYTHING THAT’S WORKING ON UP THERE AND IT’S REALLY BEAUTIFUL. WONDERFUL TRIP. AND I LEARNED A LOT. SO IT WAS GREAT. SO SHE’S GOT A GREAT TEAM UP THERE AND KNOWLEDGEABLE. ALSO, KELLY AND HER TEAM, THERE’S ICKY STUFF ON THE WATER SURFACE AND SO SHE MADE A PHONE CALL IN LESS THAN AN HOUR. THERE WERE THREE PEOPLE FROM THE COUNTY. THE RESPONSE WAS QUICK AND REALLY, IT WAS AMAZING AND QUICK AND THEY’VE DONE A GREAT JOB. AND I LOOK FORWARD TO HEARING WHAT THE ISSUE IS. I’M GLAD THEY ARE ON IT. I CAN’T TELL YOU HOW MANY TIMES THEY RAVED SHE WAS WONDERFUL. I DID MEET WITH THE CEO THURSDAY AND HE DIDN’T MENTION ANYTHING ABOUT THAT. LOOKING FORWARD TO HEARING MORE ABOUT THAT. HE DID TELL ME ABOUT THE HOSPITAL THEY OPENED IN LAS VEGAS TO HELP DEFER THE COST THEY ARE INCURRING AT THE ERs. THE NUMBERS ARE SIGNIFICANT. THE OTHER INTERESTING THING, HE GOT INTO DETAIL OF THE LAS VEGAS SHOOTING AND HOW IT WAS IMPACTING AND WHAT THE RESPONSE WAS. IT WAS FASCINATING THAT OUT OF THE 250 PEOPLE THAT MADE IT TO ONE HOSPITAL, ONLY 3% MADE IT BY EMS TRANSPORT. WHICH I THOUGHT WAS INTERESTING. THEY DIDN’T HAVE THE ABILITY FOR EMS AND IT WAS SO MASSIVE. IT WAS JUST HORRIBLE. THE INSIGHT HE SHARED WAS INCREDIBLE. AND IF THEY WERE TO LOOK AT COMMUNITY RESPONSE SO ANY ISSUE, HE HAS A LOT OF EXPERTISE NONE OF US CAN IMAGINE BASED ON WHAT THEY DID. THE NUMBER ONE CLOSEST HOSPITAL TRAUMA CENTER WAS CLOSED DOWN AND THEY WERE REDIRECTING WITHIN SIX MINUTES OF THE INCIDENT. SO OTHER HOSPITALS THAT WEREN’T PREPARED GOT 200 PEOPLE OF THE SO IF WE LOOK AT SOME KIND OF COMMUNITY WIDE PUBLIC RESPONSE EFFORT, HE WOULD BE A KEY PERSON TO HAVE THERE ONLY CAUSE HE LIVED THROUGH ONE OF THE COUNTRY’S WORST. AND THE RESPONSE AND HOW IT WORKED AND WHERE THERE WERE MISTAKES AND HOW THEY FIXED THOSE MISTAKES. SO IT WAS A VERY INTERESTING MEETING AND I LOOK FORWARD TO GETTING TO KNOW HIM BETTER AND WORKING CLOSELY WITH HIM. I WANT TO SHARE A LETTER I GOT FROM THE CITY OF TREASURE ISLAND. IT WAS IN THE PAPERS. YOU MAY HAVE READ IT. TAKE A LOOK ON THE EMS RESPONSES. THERE’S A GROUP OF HOMELESS PEOPLE THAT HANG OUT IN FRONT OF THE MCDONALDS. THEY’VE MADE 146 CALLS ON ONE PERSON. SOMETIMES FOUR TIMES IN ONE DAY. AND ONE INDIVIDUAL WHO COST JUST IN TRANSPORT. AND AGAIN, WHEN WE LOOK ON RETURN ON INVESTMENT AND I’M SOUNDING LIKE A RECORDING OVER AND OVER AGAIN. BUT IF WE HAD A FACILITY AND THE ABILITY TO DO MA– THAT ONE PERN WAS 13% OF TREASURE ISLAND’S CALLS. NOW RGS JUST THE SAVINGS ON FIRE TRANSPORT, BUT JUST FIRE RESPONSE, 13% OF TOTAL CALLS WITH ONE PERSON. SO I MET YESTERDAY WITH CENTRAL FLORIDA BEHAVIORAL HEALTH TO DISCUSS RETURN ON INVESTMENT IF WE HAD A COORDINATED SYSTEM OF CARE. AND WHAT THE RETURN ON INVESTMENT HAS BEEN AROUND THE 14 COUNTIES THEY SERVE WITH ANYONE THAT DOES HAVE FACILITIES, WE DID A BIG DEEP DIVE YESTERDAY IN DATA AND THAT’S THE MANAGING ENTITY THAT PROVIDES TO STATE PROGRAMS. I HAVE A LOT OF DATA I’M HAPPY TO SHARE WITH YOU AND MAYBE MAKE IT MORE COHERENT IN THE FUTURE. I ALSO MET WITH DENISE CAUSE SHE WAS PART OF THE HEALTH SUMMIT AND I TALKED TO HER ABOUT WHAT SHE THOUGHT. AND THAT SUGGESTED REPORT AND THAT’S WHY WE GOT A MEETING WITH HER. SHE SUGGESTED THAT REPORT. SO WE READ THE REPORT AND MET WITH HER. IT WAS INTERESTING. AND HER OPINION WAS HELPFUL TO ME. AND I’M FINDING THAT THE NEEDS HAVE NOT CHANGED. THE SUGGESTED RECOMMENDATIONS HAVEN’T CHANGED. SO I’M LOOKING FORWARD TO THE WORKSHOP ON THE 11TH. MY HOPE IS WE’RE NOT GOING TO PRESENT WHAT WE’RE DOING. MY HOPE IS WE PRESENT A MUCH BIGGER PICTURE ON NEEDS AND RETURN ON INVESTMENT. THE DATA IS VERY TELLING. SO OTHER THAN THAT, I THINK THAT’S IT. THANK YOU SO MUCH. >>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: THANK YOU. COMMISSIONER WELCH. >>KENNETH WELCH: REAL QUICKLY, A COUPLE COMMITTEES. THE AUDIT FINANCE COMMITTEE MET YESTERDAY. ALL IS WELL. WE’RE ON BUDGET FOR THE FISCAL YEAR. WE MADE MINOR CHANGES AND SHORT-TERM FUNDS OVER TO THE LOCAL GOVERNMENT INVESTMENT TRUST DAY-TO-DAY ACCOUNT. I’VE BEEN REAPPOINTED FOR NEXT YEAR. I’LL BE ON THE AUDIT COMMITTEE ONE MORE YEAR. TOMORROW I’LL BE ATTENDING THE MAYOR’S COUNCIL MEETING REPRESENTING US AND I’LL SPEAK TO THE CENSUS COMMITTEE THAT WE’RE PUTTING TOGETHER FOR THE COUNTY AND MAKE SURE ALL THE MAYORS KNOW ABOUT THAT. IT WAS VERY INSPIRING AND WE NOTICED THERE WAS A LONG LINE, THE CONSTRUCTION IS UNDER WAY FROM OUR DOLLARS FROM THE BED TAX. COUPLE ONGOINGS. WE TALKED ABOUT FREDDY CRAWFORD. HIS SERVICE WAS SATURDAY AT FIRST BAPTIST. VERY WELL ATTENDED. AGAIN, WANT TO THANK HIM FOR HIS SERVICE AND BRINGING NEEDED CHANGES TO THE SAINT PETE POLICE DEPARTMENT. DARLENE ATTENDED THE ONGOING AND SHE WAS A TREMENDOUS LEADER IN NURSING HEALTH EDUCATION AND PUBLIC HEALTH. YOU MAY HAVE READ ABOUT HER. BLACK NURSE’S ASSOCIATION AND JUST MENTORED AND GUIDED MANY YOUNG PEOPLE INTO NURSING CAREERS. I ALWAYS SAY THIS IS THE BEST COMMISSION IN THE NATION. AND I MEAN THAT. I GOT A CALL FROM THE FORMER MAYOR IN SARASOTA, SHELLY ETTIE A COUPLE WEEKS AGO. THEY ARE LOOKING AT AFFORDABLE HOUSING AND ALSO HAVE A GROUP THAT IS WORKING WITH THEM. I THINK IT’S A NETWORK AND BRAGGING ABOUT WHAT PINELLAS COUNTY HAS DONE. SO SHE CAME UP ON FRIDAY. AND I WANT TO THANK DARLENA AND CATHERINE DRIVER DRIVER. PULL SOME PROJECTS THAT SHOW OUR LAND ASSEMBLY DOLLARS. IT’S JUST GOOD CAUSE THERE’S A LOT OF NIMBY BUT THESE PROJECTS YOU WOULD NEVER KNOW THEY WERE 6080% AMI OR SENIORS OR SPECIAL NEEDS. AND SO WE LOOKED AT SIX OF THOSE. BOOKER CREEK APARTMENTS. URBAN LANDING AND HARBOR’S EDGE AND UNDER CONSTRUCTION IN DOWNTOWN SAINT PETE. 65 UNITS AND 22 ARE AT 60% AMI AND 33 ARE FOR FORMERLY HOPE LESS. THAT’S A BRAND NEW FACILITY. AND SO JUST THOSE SIX PROJECTS, THAT’S 500 UNITS OF AFFORDABLE HOUSING AND SHARED WITH HER INFORMATION FROM CATH LYNN THAT SHOWS WE’VE BEEN ABLE TO PUT ON THE GROUND 2900 UNITS JUST FROM LOCAL SOURCES. THEY ARE VERY EXCITED AND ASKING FOR MORE INFORMATION AND PROCESS AND CATHERINE’S BEEN HELPFUL. THE LEADERSHIP OF THIS COMMISSION AND SHOWING HOW YOU CAN DO AFFORDABLE HOUSING AND THESE ARE PLACES WHERE YOU’LL BE PROUD TO LIVE. I JUST WANTED TO SHARE THAT WITH YOU. THAT IS ALL THAT I HAVE. >>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: THANK YOU. AND HOPEFULLY SARASOTA WILL BE ABLE TO MODEL THEIR PROGRAM SIMILAR TO OURS. SO PIGGY BACKING ON THAT I’M PROBABLY GOING TO MENTION IT EVERY SINGLE MEETING. SO I MET WITH THE PINELLAS COUNTY EDUCATION FOUNDATION WITH CRAIG SHEER AND OTHER MEMBERS AND THEY REQUESTED A METHODOLOGY BY WHICH WE COULD ENCOURAGE AND HELP NEW TEACHERS TO BE ABLE TO AFFORD AFFORDABLE HOUSING. SO CATHERINE DRIVER WAS AT THAT MEETING AND WITH VERY LITTLE EFFORT AND TIME FRAME, LESS THAN MAYBE A MONTH LATER, WE NOW HAVE THE COMMUNITY HEROES PROGRAM WHICH WILL PROVIDE SUPPORT TO WORKERS WHO PROVIDE SOME OF THE MOST IMPORTANT SERVICES TO OUR COMMUNITY, PASCO AND PULK. FULL TIME PREKINDERGARTEN AND 12TH GRADE PUBLIC AND CHARTER SCHOOL TEACHERS. LOT ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS, FIREFIGHTERS , EMTs, CERTIFIED FIRST RESPONDERS AND PARAMEDICS THAT EARN FROM 80 TO 120% OF AREA MEDIAN INCOME. DESIGNED TO WORK THROUGH THE HOME LOAN BANK OF ATLANTA TO ASSIST IN REVITALIZATION AND STABILIZATION OF LOCAL COMMUNITIES WITH A PRIMARY FOCUS ON ENCOURAGING HOME PURCHASES. SO IN ADDITION TO DOWNTOWN PAYMENT ASSIST ANCE, THE QUALIFYING COMMUNITY HEROES WILL RECEIVE A $2500 FORGIVABLE GRANT AT CLOSING TO ASSIST WITH THE DOWN PAYMENT AND CLOSING COST. SO I WANT TO THANK THE FINANCE AUTHORITY IN ORDER TO MOVE THIS PROGRAM OUT BUT IT’S WONDERFUL THIS WAS DONE SO QUICKLY AND HELP OUR COMMUNITY HEROES. SO WANTED TO MENTION THAT AND PIGGY BACKING ON THE GOVERNING MAGAZINE. I’M SURE YOU ALL ARE RECEIVING THE UNCOMMON GROUND MAGAZINE DONE BY THE REALTOR’S ASSOCIATION. HOW CITIES AND OTHER AREAS ARE IMPLEMENTING GOOD GREEN PRACTICES AS WELL AS ZONING PRACTICES AND I FIND IT WORTH MY TIME TO READ THAT. FINALLY, WANTED TO PASS THESE OUT TO COUNTY COMMISSIONERS. SORRY, I DIDN’T BRING MORE COPIES. THIS IS AN INTERESTING PHOTOGRAPHIC ART THAT WAS DONE TO PORTRAY GOVERNMENT WORKERS ACROSS THE WORLD. AND SO THE PHOTOGRAPHER WENT WITHOUT ANY NOTICE AND SHOWED UP IN PEOPLE’S OFFICES AND TOOK PICTURES OF WHAT THEY SAW. THOUGHT YOU MIGHT ENJOY TELLING HOW IT DIFFERS ACROSS THE WORLD AND HOW SOME PEOPLE DON’T HAVE MUCH PAPER. OTHERS HAVE A WHOLE LOT. AND THEN I WANTED TO REPORT ON THE AMSTERDAM TRIP. IT WAS VERY INTERESTING. APPLAUD SAINT T. PETERSBURG AIR PARTICULARLY THIS TRIP, IT’S VERY COMPLICATED TO GET INTERNATIONAL FLIGHTS AND WE HAVE QUITE A FEW MEETINGS AND OTHER FOLKS MET THE KLM PRESIDENT AND WE ALSO HAD A VERY IN DEPTH REPORT AT THE AMSTERDAM AIRPORT. SO I WANT TO ENCOURAGE PEOPLE. WE WERE VERY FORTUNATE TO GET THE TAMPA TO AMSTERDAM DIRECT FLIGHT. IT’S CRITICAL WE ENCOURAGE PEOPLE TO BOOK THESE FLIGHTS AND BE UTILIZING THEM BOTH COMING TO AMSTERDAM AS WELL AS AMSTERDAM COMING TO US. I WILL BE FOLLOWING UP WITH THE VISIT SAINT PETE CLEAR WATER STAFF TO MOVE THAT TRAJECTORY FORWARD. ONE OF THE MOST INTERESTING THINGS IS THEY HAVE — THEY ARE USING THAT AIRPORT AS THE GATEWAY TO THE REST OF EUROPE. SO THERE’S 22 OTHER AREAS THEY FLY TO AND BECAUSE THEY HAVE CONSTRAINTS BECAUSE OF A COMPACT THEY MADE WITH THE CITY OF AMSTERDAM THAT EXPIRES NEXT YEAR. WHAT THEY’VE CONTRACTED WITH THIS FOR THE RECESSION SO THEY DIDN’T REALIZE THEY WERE GOING TO REACH THE CEILING ON THE NUMBER OF FLIGHTS. SO DELTA GAVE UP A FLIGHT THAT THEY ALREADY HAD TO ACCOMMODATE US AND INTRODUCE THE FLIGHT. SO IT WAS A PRETTY BIG DEAL. I WANT TO ENCOURAGE EVERYONE TO TRAVEL THERE AND TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE RUNNING A LOT OF GOOD DEALS. SO GO ONLINE. ESPECIALLY, IF YOU ARE THINKING ABOUT VISITING AMSTERDAM. I LEARNED A LOT ABOUT SEA LEVEL RISING. TOOK THE OPPORTUNITY TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THAT WHILE I WAS THERE. THE DUTCH ARE EXTREMELY INNOVATIVE. AND YOU HAVE TO GO VISIT THE WINDMILLS AND SEE THAT WAY BACK WHEN. THEY FIGURED OUT HOW TO MOVE WATER AND CONSTRUCTED PILES UNDER THE CITY OF AMSTERDAM TO SUPPORT THE ENTIRE CITY. SO IT WAS REALLY INTERESTING AND WE HAVE A LOT OF LESSONS TO BE LEARNED. >>JANET LONG: I FORGOT TO TELL YOU TWO THINGS, IF I MAY. AT THE WILDLIFE FEDERATION EVENT AT THE TRADE WINDS THIS LAST WEEK ARES I RAN INTO A CONST CONSTITUENT. THEY WERE COMPLAINING ABOUT PASS THE GRILL AND DENSE CHANNEL FILLING UP. YOU KNOW THAT AREA WE TALKED ABOUT WITH THE CHANNEL THAT WAS FILLED UP WITH THE SAND? AND THEY ARE VERY AWARE OF RENOURISHING AND WOULD LIKE TO SEE US TAKE THE SAND FROM DOWN THERE AND BRING IT UP TO UPTON BEACH. IT’S CONVINCED IT’S THE BEACH SAND THAT FILLS UP THAT CHANNEL. I’LL HAVE DOYLE FORWARD THIS TO YOU AND MAYBE THE STAFF CAN TAKE A LOOK AT THAT.>>THEY ARE VERY AWARE.>>I’M SURE YOU ARE. I WOULD LIKE TO COMMISSION ON SOMETHING COMMISSIONER PETERS SAID. HCA HAS HAD WITH LARGE CATASTROPHIC EVENTS HAPPENING IN THEIR HOSPITALS OR COMMUNITY. GIVEN WE ARE ENTERING HURRICANE SEASON. MIGHT BE A GOOD OPPORTUNITY TO HAVE ADAM COME MAKE A PRESENTATION TO US BECAUSE THEIR PREPARATION FOR CATASTROPHE IS UNBELIEVABLE. I HEARD ALL ABOUT THAT WHEN I VISITED WITH DR. ROBBIE CHARY, THEIR PRESIDENT OF THE SOUTH EASTERN REGION. FOR STAFF OR WHOEVER IS MAKING ALL OF THOSE ARRANGEMENTS MIGHT BE VERY TIMELY.>>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: WE COVERED THAT YESTERDAY. JUNE THE 20TH. FOUND THE PILES OF PAPER. REMEMBER I KNOW WHERE EVERYTHING IS. OKAY. WITH THAT, WE ARE ADJOURNED. THANK YOU, ALL, VERY MUCH.

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