At its regular meeting on April 5, 2021, the St. Augustine Beach City Commission took the following actions:
1. Appointed Interim Police Chief Dan Carswell as the City’s permanent Chief.
2. Witnessed two awards: the Sons of the American Revolution 2021 Law Enforcement
Commendation Award to Officer Dominic Giannotta and the Florida Police Chiefs Association’s Lifesaving Award to Officer David Jensen.
3. Reviewed with the City’s auditors the audit report for Fiscal Year 2020, which went from October 1, 2019 to September 30, 2021.
4. Approved three proclamations: to declare April 2021 as Sexual Assault Awareness Month; to declare April 2021 as Water Conservation Month in Florida; and to declare April 28, 2021, as Arbor Day in the City.
5. Approved three conditional use permits to construct houses in commercial land use districts at the following addresses: 104 3rd Street, 12 6th Street, 103 E Street and 104 F Street.
6. Approved the vacating of two alleys: one between A and B Streets west of 3rd Avenue, the second between B and C Streets west of A1A Beach Boulevard.
7. Approved two ordinances on final reading: to adopt regulations to allow mobile food sales in the City; the second, to adopt by reference the County School District’s five-year District Facilities Workplan.
8. Heard a report by the City’s Events Coordinator, Ms. Melinda Conlon, on plans for the City’s Light Up the Night fireworks show on December 31, 2021.
9. Reviewed implementation of the City’s Strategic Plan goal to improve communication with the City’s residents and property owners.
10. Authorized the City Manager to sign the revenue agreement with the Florida Division of Emergency Management for the City’s Mizell Road retention pond weir project and awarded the bid to construct the weir to Sawgrass, Inc. of Jacksonville for $2,793,000. More than 95% of the money for this project will be provided by the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the St. Johns River Water Management District.
11. Approved on first reading an ordinance to change building setbacks on small lots and to abolish the overlay district adjacent to A1A Beach Boulevard. The ordinance will have a public hearing at the Commission’s May 3rd meeting.
12. Discussed regulating the location of drug and alcohol rehabilitation clinics. The City Attorney will research addiction treatments to address these types of clinics in the City.
13. Approved revised pay ranges for certain City employees and authorized bringing them up to the minimum salary on July 1, 2021.
14. Approved four resolutions concerning bills now being considered by the Florida Legislature: to support establishing a statewide Office of Resiliency; to support not increasing the assessed value of homesteaded and non-homesteaded property when the owner voluntarily elevates it; opposed the pre-empting of local regulations for home-based occupations; opposed prohibiting cities from having an architectural design code.
15. Approved a resolution to adopt a new building and zoning fee schedule. The City Commission’s next regular meeting will be held on Monday, May 3, 2021, at 6 p.m. in City Hall at State Road 2200. The meeting can be viewed on the City’s website, staugbch.com.