Nassau County Board of County Commissioners Regular Session, April 25, 2016, 6:00 p.m.

Nassau County Board of County Commissioners
Regular Session, April 25, 2016, 6:00 p.m.
Commission Chambers, 96135 Nassau Place, Yulee, Florida

Call to Order, Invocation and Pledge of Allegiance to the American Flag

Commissioners:
Present: Chairman Walter J. Boatright, Commissioners Daniel B. Leeper, Steve W. Kelley, Pat Edwards, and George V. Spicer.

Other Officials Present: Michael S. Mullin, County Attorney; and Ted Selby, County Manager.

Staff Present: Shanea Jones, Office of Management and Budget Director: Peter King, Planning and Economic Opportunity Director; and representing the Clerk’s office Connie Arthur and Brenda Linville, Deputy Clerks.

Official Agenda Summary:

Audience Input:
RS160425 – 6:08:32 Bev and John Egbert, and Carlla Cato came forward to discuss violation of County Ordinance as it relates to beach parking/camping at Peter’s Point.

Discussion: Mr. Mullin distributed for the Board’s review: (1) Draft Resolution amending Resolution No. 2000-111, as amended, which restricts out of county recreational vehicles or truck tractors at beachfront parks within the unincorporated areas of Amelia Island; providing penalties; providing an effective date and (2) Draft Ordinance amending Ordinance No. 76-10, as amended, which prohibited littering, use of glass containers; regulated camping, established traffic directions, required the control of horses and dogs; designated swimming and sunbathing areas, prohibited excessive vehicular speed and careless and reckless vehicle operation; specifically Section 2, violations; providing an effective date. Discussion followed.

Motion: Set public hearing for May 23, 2016 at 6:00 p.m.,
or as soon thereafter as the matter can be heard, to address draft resolution and ordinance as stated above.
Maker: Commissioner Kelley
Second: Commissioner Spicer
Action: Aye: Commissioners Leeper, Kelley, Edwards,
Spicer, and Boatright
Follow Up: County Attorney

RS160425 – 6:21:53 Amy Tompkins came forward to address what she considered the most important components in the Ordinance. She also requested that the Board re-address holes on the beach.

RS160425 – 6:26:13 Betsie Huben came forward to address her concerns with Sections 4.1 and 4.2 in the Beach Ordinance; and private property owner’s rights.

Toby Brown, Jeremy Rowell, Jimmy L. Higginbotham, and Pam Bell expressed a desire to speak when their item of interest is to be considered.

RESOLUTION(S):
RS160425 – 6:04:16 (Tab A) Approve a Resolution of the Board of County Commissioners of Nassau County, Florida, honoring and commending Dee Torre Kaufman in recognition of being selected the 2016 Nassau County Volunteer of the Year.

Motion: Approve Tab A as stated above and authorize the
Board to sign Resolution 2016-56 regarding same.
Maker: Commissioner Leeper
Second: Commissioner Kelley
Action: Aye: Commissioners Leeper, Kelley, Edwards,
Spicer, and Boatright
Follow Up: County Manager, Clerk Staff

PRESENTATION(S):
RS160425 – 6:29:46 (Tab B) Kimberly Harrison, Callahan Little League Executive Board of Directors, regarding field and facility conditions at the Kirsten M. Higginbotham Sports Complex.

Discussion: Ms. Harrison came forward to provide a PowerPoint presentation regarding the deteriorating and potentially unsafe conditions at the complex. She also spoke against the special needs playground project. Jimmy L. Higginbotham and Jeremy Rowell came forward to provide input regarding the condition of the complex. Discussion followed.

Noted: Chairman Boatright requested to tour the Kirsten M. Higginbotham Sports Complex along with Facilities Maintenance staff and other interested parties to address safety issues.

REGISTER:
The Chairman signed the register for the following warrants: Warrant Nos. 226636 thru 226710 dated 4-22-16 for a register total of $271,711.73; Warrant No. 226711 dated 4-22-16 for a register total of $188.00; Wire Transfer No. 1609436 dated 4-15-16 for a register total $6,029.98; and, Wire Transfer No. 1609437 dated 4-19-16 for a register total of $226.95.

OLD BUSINESS:
RS160425 – 6:54:31 (Tab C) Continue discuss regarding Economic Development Grant incentives for LignoTech, Florida, LLC.

Discussion: Mr. Mullin reviewed this item.

Motion: Continue to May 9, 2016 regular meeting
consideration of Tab C as stated above.
Maker: Commissioner Leeper
Second: Commissioner Spicer
Action: Aye: Commissioners Leeper, Kelley, Edwards,
Spicer, and Boatright
Follow Up: County Attorney, County Manager

NON-QUASI-JUDICIAL PUBLIC HEARING(S):
RS160425 – 6:57:02 (Tab D) Second public hearing for the consideration of an Ordinance of the Board of County Commissioners of Nassau County, Florida, Prohibiting and Regulating Personal Property Unattended on Atlantic Ocean Beach within the Unincorporated Areas of Amelia Island.

Discussion: Mr. Mullin reviewed the changes to the Ordinance as approved on April 20, 2016.

Motion: Open the floor to public discussion.
Maker: Commissioner Kelley
Second: Commissioner Leeper
Action: Aye: Commissioners Leeper, Kelley, Edwards,
Spicer, and Boatright

Mr. Mullin read the legislative procedures.

Public input: Randolf Wells came forward to provide comment on the prospective of the condominiums as it relates to this item.

Michael Leary came forward to address the condition of all county facilities, unleashed dogs and alcohol on the beach. He also questioned the County’s definition of a beach.

Toby Brown with Riptide Beach Services, came forward to speak in favor of the Ordinance and to address his concern regarding the start time for the cleanup and to request that markers be placed around turtle nests.

Pam Bell came forward to support the Ordinance and to address the tents left on the beach. She inquired about how to contact the individual responsible for enforcing the ordinance.

Amy Tompkins reappeared to address Section 4.3 in the Ordinance as it relates to the relocation of personal property.

Mary Duffy came forward to summarize her efforts in the last few days regarding this matter. She also discussed the enforcement of this ordinance.

Mr. Leary reappeared to address Mr. Wells’ comments made earlier.

Ms. Huben came back before the Board to inquire about Section 6.2 in the Ordinance as it relates to beach vendors removing personal property. Mr. Mullin commented that beach vendors are those who rent the property. He noted that resorts would follow the same rules.

Motion: Close the floor to public discussion.
Maker: Commissioner Leeper
Second: Commissioner Edwards
Action: Aye: Commissioners Leeper, Kelley, Edwards,
Spicer, and Boatright

Discussion: The group discussed options for sweeping the beach. Commissioner Kelley suggested contacting the Sheriff regarding using trustees to sweep the beach.

Upon the request of Commissioner Leeper, Toby Brown came forward to address his start time for taking personal property off the beach. Mr. Mullin responded to an inquiry that the lighting would have to be addressed by the County’s guidelines and the state’s published guidelines.

Ms. Duffy came forward upon the request of Commissioner Leeper to address marking the radius for turtle nesting.

Mr. Mullin discussed adding language to Section 9, Penalty.

Motion: Approve Tab D with amendment to Section 9:
Penalty – “…as set forth in a resolution adopted by the Board of County Commissioners,” and authorize the Chairman to sign Ordinance 2016-06 regarding same. Ordinance to take effect May 30, 2016. In the interim, Board to consider options for enforcement.
Maker: Commissioner Leeper
Second: Commissioner Kelley
Action: Aye: Commissioners Leeper, Kelley, Edwards,
Spicer, and Boatright
Follow Up: County Manager, Code Enforcement, County
Attorney, Facilities Maintenance, Tourist
Development Council

Noted: County Manager to address interim measures for clean up until the bid process is complete.

QUASI-JUDICIAL PUBLIC HEARING(S):
RS160425 – 7:50:07 (Tab E) For recording purposes only, approve final plat for Villages of Woodbridge, Phase II, filed by Woodbridge Nassau, LLC, owner to construct 44 single family lots on approximately 16.80 acres. Property is zoned Planned Unit Development (PUD) and is designated as Low Density Residential (LDR) on the Future Land Use Map (FLUM).

Mr. Mullin advised that the representative for Tab E waived the quasi-judicial proceedings.

Motion: Approve Tab E as stated above.
Maker: Commissioner Kelley
Second: Commissioner Edwards
Action: Aye: Commissioners Leeper, Kelley, Edwards,
Spicer, and Boatright
Follow Up: Planning and Economic Opportunity

EXPANSION ITEMS:
RS160425 – 6:03:25 (1) Approve Resolution proclaiming the day of May 9, 2016 as “Child Welfare Professional Recognition Day” in Nassau County, Florida. (2) Discuss Administrative Order No. 2016-02 regarding early closing of Judicial Buildings at 2:00 p.m. on April 29, 2016 for the Annual Fernandina Beach Shrimp Festival.

Motion: Expand the meeting to consider two (2) items as
stated above.
Maker: Commissioner Leeper
Second: Commissioner Edwards
Action: Aye: Commissioners Leeper, Kelley, Edwards,
Spicer, and Boatright
Follow Up: County Manager

RS160425 – 7:52:42 Expansion Item #1: Approve Resolution proclaiming the day of May 9, 2016 as “Child Welfare Professional Recognition Day” in Nassau County, Florida.

Motion: Approve expansion item 1 as stated above and
authorize the Board to sign Resolution 2016-57 regarding same.
Maker: Commissioner Edwards
Second: Commissioner Kelley
Action: Aye: Commissioners Leeper, Kelley, Edwards,
Spicer, and Boatright
Follow Up: County Manager, Clerk Staff

RS160425 – 7:53:43 Expansion Item #2: Discuss Administrative Order No. 2016-02 regarding early closing of Judicial Buildings at 2:00 p.m. on April 29, 2016 for the Annual Fernandina Beach Shrimp Festival.

Discussion: Mr. Selby reviewed the request.

Motion: In conjunction with Administrative Order No.
2016-2 the government buildings will close at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, April 29, 2016 due to increased traffic, congestion, delay and potential hazardous driving associated with the annual Shrimp Festival.
Maker: Commissioner Spicer
Second: Commissioner Leeper
Action: Aye: Commissioners Leeper, Kelley, Edwards,
Spicer, and Boatright
Follow Up: County Manager, County Attorney, Department
Heads

DISCUSSION ITEMS:
RS160425 – 7:54:59 Commissioner Kelley’s Business:

• Addressed concerns regarding the current Economic Development Grant Program. He distributed for the Board’s review the following possible changes to the grant program: (1) At the time of implementation of the economic grant (three to four, up to five years out), if it is determined it is not in the best interests of the county, the Board will have the option at that time to renegotiate the terms of the agreement (percentages) or terminate the agreement in its entirety; (2) If there is an economic development grant in place the Board will not implement any new taxes; this will include but is not limited to gas taxes, fire taxes or increase in ad valorem taxes; and (3) The recipient must continue to operate any and all facilities in Nassau County for a period equal to the number of years of the financial incentives. Further, if at any time the recipient of the economic grant determines it is no longer feasible to be located in Nassau County, the recipient must reimburse the county for all incentives paid.

RS160425 – 8:03:27 Commissioner Spicer’s Business:

• Concurred with Commissioner Kelley’s comments regarding the Economic Development Grant Program.

RS160425 – 8:04:22 Commissioner Edwards’ Business:
None.

RS160425 – 8:04:24 Commissioner Leeper’s Business:

Request: County Manager’s office will proceed with setting the initial meeting of the recently formed working committee to develop a transit strategy for Nassau County.

• Reminder regarding the Shrimp Festival Parade on April 28, 2016 at 6:00 p.m.

RS160425 – 8:05:05 Chairman Boatright’s Business:
None.

There being no further business, the regular session of the Nassau County Board of County Commissioners adjourned at 8:05 p.m.

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Walter J. Boatright, Chairman

Attest:

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John A. Crawford, Ex-Officio Clerk