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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

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Books

Concerned Father Creates Children’s Book Series To Help Make Learning About Valuable Black History Information Fun Again

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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

Groundswell for Chazelle!

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Outdoors

Carolina Skiff at Miami’s Favorite Boat Show

  Carolina Skiff at Miami's Favorite Boat Show By Craig Lamb You might say “new” is a reoccurring theme of Miami’s favorite boat show coming up soon. A new location with hundreds of new boats, including never-before-seen models being debuted by Carolina Skiff, is a great way to kick off the season. Few boat shows offer buyers the chance to see new boats where they ultimately belong—floating on the water in a real time setting. You can … [Read More its Good for You...]

Sports

Can Troy Aikman Win MVP?

  Can Troy Aikman Win MVP? by Amy Lignor   What a strange title for an article, aye? Of course the ‘old man’ of the Dallas Cowboys can’t win MVP. Troy Aikman was an elite QB, with three Super Bowl rings to prove that fact. However, Aikman hasn’t actually suited-up since leaving behind his Cowboys uniform in 2001. The number one overall draft pick in 1989, Aikman was the MVP of Super Bowl XXVII, and was elected to the Pro Football … [Read More its Good for You...]

Business

Spotlight on Africa

  Spotlight on Africa by Amy Lignor   As the year winds down and comes to a close, it is Africa that is receiving some headlines that call for many changes and improvements to be made in the coming years. It was Ambassador Amina Mohamed (Nairobi, Kenya) that spoke recently about the African Union Commission (AUC) and how the group must provide leadership in the coming years. After all, the nation of Africa is, in truth, the cradle … [Read More its Good for You...]

Travel

The Grandest New Year’s Celebrations Around the World

    The Grandest New Year’s Celebrations Around the World by Amy Lignor   Oh, yes…there are many, many places to travel in order to ring in that New Year in style. Some people have already stated that they see 2017 becoming one of the ‘best of the best’ years the world has ever seen – from technology to business to education to even “going greener” – heck, green has even been chosen as the top color of 2017. But where should you … [Read More its Good for You...]

Green Living

2017 Will Be Green!

    2017 Will Be Green! by Amy Lignor   This statement is not a “hopeful” imagination talking; it is actually quite true. Very recently the Pantone Color Institute declared that green will most definitely be THE color for 2017. This is a company that calls themselves the “global color authority,” and states that everything from high fashion to trends will be on the green path throughout next year. So…when we look at a “green” … [Read More its Good for You...]