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Board of County Commissioners Meeting Action Item Report, May 21 2013

Highlighted Action Items from the May 21, 2013 St. Johns County Board of County Commissioners Regular Meeting:

ProclamationsSt_Johns_County

The Board proclaimed May 18-24, 2013 as National Safe Boating Week
The Board proclaimed May 19-25, 2013 as National Public Works Week
The Board proclaimed May 21, 2013 as James G. Sisco Day
The Board proclaimed May, 2013 as Civility Month

Regular Agenda Item One – Transportation Improvement Program Fiscal Years 2013/14 – 2017/18

Wanda Forrest, Transportation Planning Manager for the North Florida Transportation Planning Organization
(TPO), presented a briefing on the Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) for Fiscal Year 2013/14 through
2017/18. The TIP describes the publicly funded highway, transit, and aviation projects planned and programmed
for the North Florida TPO region which includes Clay, Duval, Nassau, and St. Johns County.

Regular Agenda Item Two – PUD 2012-04, Wildwood Drive

The Board was presented with a request to rezone 15.52 acres from open rural to planned unit development for
the construction of up to 37 single family homes. The property is located on the east side of Wildwood Drive,
across from Treaty Park. The Planning and Zoning Agency unanimously issued a recommendation of approval to
the Board at the February 7, 2013 meeting. The Board enacted an ordinance approving the rezoning request.

Regular Agenda Item Three A – Florida Property Assessed Clean Energy Funding Agency Program

The Board was presented an informational briefing on the Florida Property Assessed Clean Energy Funding
Agency Program.

Regular Agenda Item Three  U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Critical Habitat Designation

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) requests comments on their proposal to designate habitat located in
certain coastal counties as critical habitat for the loggerhead sea turtle under the Endangered Species Act (ESA).
The USFWS is proposing to exclude from the critical habitat designation the beaches in St. Johns counties that
are covered under habitat conservation plans (HCP), because the HCPs incorporate measures that provide a
benefit for the conservation of the loggerhead sea turtle. The Board authorized the County Administrator to
send a letter to the USFWS requesting the exemption of St. Johns County beaches from the designation as
critical habitat for the loggerhead sea turtle due to the County’s existing HCP.

Regular Agenda Item Four – Appointments to the Arts/Culture/Heritage Funding Panel

The Board reappointed Eric Doten and Trudy Wild to the Arts/Culture/Heritage Funding Panel.

Regular Agenda Item Five – Appointments to the Culture Resource Review Board

The Board reappointed Gerald Eubanks and Nancy Sikes-Kline to the Culture Resource Review Board.

Entertainment

Ben Affleck Directs and Stars in Gruesome Gangster Saga

    Live by Night Blu-ray Review by Kam Williams Ben Affleck Directs and Stars in Gruesome Gangster Saga    Dennis Lehane has enjoyed phenomenal success not only as a novelist but writing directly for TV (Boardwalk Empire and The Wire). And several of his crime thrillers have been brought to the big screen, including Mystic River, Shutter Island and Gone, Baby, Gone. In 2007, Ben Affleck directed Gone, Baby, Gone, staying behind … [Read More its Good for You.....]

Books

The President’s Kitchen Cabinet

  The President's Kitchen Cabinet The Story of the African-Americans Who Have Fed Our First Families, from the Washingtons to the Obamas by Adrian Miller University of North Carolina Press Hardcover, $30.00 292 pages, Illustrated ISBN: 978-1-4696-3253-7 Book Review by Kam Williams “[This opus] vividly tells the stories of the African-Americans who worked in the presidential food service as chefs, personal cooks, butlers, stewards … [Read More its Good for You...]

Art

The Day After the Day Of

  The Day After the Day Of by Paul Ilechko   The sky sheds its tears. This morning is the morning of the day after. The day of mourning, the day after the day of.  I beseech the sky to shed tears in order to wash away the tears on my face.   This is the first day of the time after. This is the beginning of a new time, the days of pain, the days of sorrow. We are in mourning. The sky looks down and sheds its tears for … [Read More its Good For You...]

Real Estate

History Being Sold to the Highest Bidder

  History Being Sold to the Highest Bidder by Amy Lignor   For the longest time, scientists and archaeologists have been confused and bemused by various discoveries they’ve unearthed that offer little or no explanation as to the who, what, and why of the people who created these things or left them behind. Even now, in 2017, there are discoveries being studied; stories that were once legends now have actual bits of proof being found that … [Read More its Good for You.....]

Lifestyle

2017 Hobbies That Bring You Serenity

  2017 Hobbies That Bring You Serenity by Amy Lignor   Origami. Memory albums. Quilting. What do these have in common? Well, at one point or another in time, they have represented the “hottest” hobbies in the United States. Taking up hobbies are not only a fun thing to do for the “artistic/creative” type, but they also help to reduce stress. Even the AMA has cited the fact that taking up a hobby can produce a calming environment … [Read More its Good for You...]

Outdoors

Skeeter SX210

  Skeeter SX210 By Craig Lamb After buying a bay boat, why spend more time and money getting it rigged out for your needs? With the Skeeter SX210, you get a boat already factory rigged with the standard accessories and features serious anglers want in a bay boat. Best of all, you get the extras, dependability, and durability that make it a Skeeter for an affordable price. Affordable doesn’t mean any corners were cut. That’s not the … [Read More its Good for You...]

Sports

Will NASCAR Theatrics Bring Back Viewers?

  Will NASCAR Theatrics Bring Back Viewers? by Amy Lignor   For any of the millions who once watched ABC’s Wide World of Sports and heard the words “the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat,” they remember the footage of a skier’s crash when it came to the “agony” side of things. Everyone knew that sight was a fact – a video that was absolutely real. Nowadays, however, it seems that more and more sports are “making up” shots that … [Read More its Good for You...]

Business

How Are Retail Sales in 2017?

  How Are Retail Sales in 2017? E-Commerce Reigns by Amy Lignor   Despite consumer uncertainty, as well as a very sluggish beginning to 2017, the U.S. retail sales industry is projected to increase 4% this year. Headlines show that many retailers and companies posted “soft” holiday sales to end 2016, which caused some notable retailers to either cut jobs or close stores as a result. However, when it comes to 2017, the National … [Read More its Good for You...]

Travel

Where to Vacation? Go Big or Stay Home!

  Where to Vacation? Go Big or Stay Home! by Amy Lignor   We speak about luxury vacations, budget vacations, vacations that are fun for the kids, and many more areas of travel at this time of year. But there is also a category that many do not touch upon because they “assume” it is far too difficult for those on a budget to be able to enjoy these jaw-dropping wonders. However, whether you are a backpacker looking to “become a … [Read More its Good for You...]

Green Living

Creating the Perfect Vegetable Garden

  Creating the Perfect Vegetable Garden by Amy Lignor   Many are still dealing with that wintery mix Mother Nature just loves to toss down from the sky this time of year. Yet, that gardener living inside the soul – the one just dreaming of the sunny skies and lazy rainy days that are must-haves in order to grow the best vegetables possible – is already jotting down the facts, tricks and tips they need to know in order to make that … [Read More its Good for You...]