Alphabet soup: BCC on AAF, CRA, CPA, NAC, FPL



From Ginny Sherlock, renowned local attorney, civic activist, and former Associated Press editor: Tuesday’s Martin County Board of County Commissioners (BCC) meeting features agenda items on All Aboard Florida (AAF), Florida Power and Light (FPL), Neighborhood Advisory Committee (NAC) appointments, Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) real estate transactions and three Comprehensive Plan Amendments (CPA).


Two interesting presentations are also on tap, including the County’s 2015-2016 federal and state legislative program recommendations and a slick slide show on concepts for developing a “brand” for Martin County tourism campaigns.


Requests from Florida Power and Light for a re-zoning and final site plan approval for FPL’s Indiantown warehouse and storage facility (Agenda Items 6C and 8C2, respectively) are pre-set for 9:30 and 10:30 a.m.


A private attorney-client session to consider litigation filed by the County against the All Aboard Florida project (Agenda Item 8D1) is pre-set for 12:15 p.m.  The County this week filed an administrative petition challenging the validity of the recent vote by the Florida Development Finance Commission to issue bonds to finance the AAF project.  The federal suit filed earlier this year by Martin and Indian River Counties is still pending.


A “Brand Development Ideation for Martin County Tourism” presentation (Agenda Item 8A2) is pre-set for 4:30 p.m. and is worth tuning in for.  Snazzy logos and catchy slogans are featured, although none of them really seems to stand out when it comes to “branding” Martin County as a tourist destination.


The legislative program proposal is not a pre-set and it’s hard to predict when it will be heard.  As Item 8A3, it’s toward the end of an agenda that should move along fairly quickly.  The plan is one of the better legislative program proposals put forward in recent years, urging support for home rule, CERP and IRL-South funding, continued work on the Herbert Hoover Dike, support for the Southeast Florida Coral Reef Initiative and a statewide ban on fracking.  The proposal opposes off-shore gas and oil drilling in the Atlantic, unfunded state and federal mandates to local governments, and efforts to subvert local control of land use matters.  


 Three Comprehensive Plan Amendments to transmit proposed land use changes for two parcels in Palm City and one parcel in Hobe Sound to commercial uses will be heard as Agenda Items 6D, 6E and 6F.  These amendments were previously considered by Commissioners but were pulled before adoption to allow revisions to be made by the applicants.  All three amendments increase the density and intensity of use on the properties, which are currently designated for low- or medium-density residential use.


Neighborhood Advisory Committee appointments are on the Consent Agenda because there is a dearth of applicants. There are vacancies on each of the seven NACs.  No applications were received for seats on the Hobe Sound, Port Salerno or Jensen Beach NACs.  Incumbents re-applied for appointment to the Palm City, Rio, Golden Gate and Indiantown NACs. 


Several large contracts ($1.5 million for airport runway work and $5 million for water and wastewater utility projects) have been placed on the Consent Agenda (Item 4B1) for approval, and approval is also sought for an unusually large number of expensive grant requests (Item 8A1) as well as the usual code enforcement fine reductions and initial assessment for installation of a water line (SE Gull Lane).


A do-over is requested for revisions to Article 3, Land Development Regulations, that was previously approved by the Commission.  Another vote is needed because the proposal wasn’t properly advertised.  Ordinance revisions were made in response to the Zeus Park modular home controversy.  The Florida Manufactured Housing Association objected to staff’s initial suggestion to require modular homes to be installed on a permanent foundation.  The revised LDR requires a “perimeter enclosure” around blocks or posts on which modular homes  may be installed in established residential neighborhoods. The enclosure cannot consist of vinyl or aluminum skirting and must be attached to a poured concrete footer.


Other matters on Tuesday’s Agenda include:


– Final site plan approval for the last phase of the Summerfield PUD (Item 8C1)


– A request to accept a deed conveying property in Port Salerno which accumulated more than $385,000 in code enforcement fines to the CRA in lieu of payment of the fines (Item 8B2)


– A request to accept a $10,000 purchase offer from Habitat for Humanity to acquire a County-owned parcel in the Golden Gate CRA (Item 6B)


– A request to approve a special liquor license for Scooters Fun Food and Spirits in Hobe Sound (Item 8C3)


Please let commissioners know how you feel about these and other issues by attending the meeting beginning at 9:00 a.m. Tuesday or by e-mailing them, and, with copies to the County Administrator and County Attorney at and


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