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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

Volume 2 of Yes Sir, Yes Sir, 3 Bags Full! – You Do NOT Want to Miss This

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Art

The Day After the Day Of

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Real Estate

New Home Sales Jump in April

  New Home Sales Jump in April By Burt Carey Sales of new homes hit their highest rate since 2008 in April, according to the Commerce Department’s U.S. Census Bureau. April sales increased 16.6 percent over March figures, which correlates to a seasonally adjusted rate of 619,000 home sales projected for the year. The median price of those new homes was $321,000, the highest median price ever recorded. That’s up 9.7 percent … [Read More its Good for You.....]

Lifestyle

Inside WildAid

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Outdoors

Skeeter Boats Comes Up with Cure for Cabin Fever

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Sports

The Best & Worst (So Far) of the 2016 NFL Season

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Business

Charity Begins at Home

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Travel

Exploring the Holidays Around the Globe

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Green Living

Forecasting Climate Change

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