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Posted on: May 4, 2022

May 2022 Council Updates

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All City Council meetings may be viewed at www.youtube.com/cityofdestin.

May 2th Council Meeting Recap

Proclamation - Drinking Water Week - Mayor Jarvis read the proclamation designating the week of May 1-7, 2022, as Drinking Water Week, and then presented it to Lockwood Wernet, General Manager of the Destin Water Users.

Proclamation - National Public Works Week - Mayor Jarvis read the proclamation designating the week of May 15-21, 2022 as National Public Works Week in the City of Destin, and then presented it to Michael Burgess, Director, and James Hart, Deputy Director of Public Works.

Utility Undergrounding Update - Utility Consultants of Florida - Mark Porter, Principal, Utility Consultants of Florida, provided an update on the City of Destin Utility Underground Conversion Phase 1 Project.

City Manager Report:

Solid Waste Franchise Negotiations with Waste Management, Inc. - Motion passed 4-3 (Schmidt / Destin / Braden voted “yes; Hebert / Bagby / King voted “no”; Mayor Jarvis cast a tie-breaking vote of “yes”), to direct the City Manager and City Attorney to bring back to council a Solid Waste Franchise Agreement with Waste Management, Inc. in the form of an ordinance, and for the franchise fee to be dedicated as a funding source for the parks and for the stormwater improvements.

Okaloosa Half Penny Infrastructure Surtax -  Motion passed 6-0, to allocate portions of the Okaloosa Half Penny Infrastructure surtax revenues as follows:

• 60% towards undergrounding utilities

• 25% towards beach acquisition

• 10% towards stormwater projects

• 5% towards Public Works and Safety Committee initiated projects

Shore at Crystal Beach Expansion - Project and Plans Update, Invoice Approval - Motion passed 5-1, with Councilman Schmidt dissenting, to authorize the City Manager to execute the city’s 41% of the portion of the county’s design services contract C19-2748-PW, task order 5 in the not to exceed amount of $111,725.

Announcements:

• Founder’s Day celebration, Saturday, May 7th, 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM, at the Destin Community Center

• May 16th at 6:00 PM – Regular City Council Meeting; May 17th at 5:30 PM – first City Council Budget Workshop

Council Comments:

Councilman Destin - Councilmember Destin suggests having workshop sessions to discuss matters that usually contribute to long council meetings. He would like staff to provide recommendations. 

Councilman Bagby - Councilmember Bagby recommends assigning a Code Compliance officer at Joe’s Bayou at least from 9:00 to 11:00 AM on Saturdays to issue citations and to help control illegal operations taking place at that location.

Councilwoman Hebert - TDC Update and Presentation

Councilman Schmidt - Towing Resolution - Motion passed 6-0, to direct the City Manager to work with staff and bring back recommended changes to Resolution 15-02, Towing Resolution.

May 16th Council Meeting Recap

Proclamation - Dewey Destin, Mayor Pro Tem, read the Proclamation supporting National Poppy Day for the American Legion, and then presented it to Ms. Renee Wood, Director, American Legion Post 296.

Pickleball Presentation - Tracey Clinkscales, USA Pickleball Ambassador, Okaloosa County, Florida - Councilmember Destin requests staff provides a preliminary report to council on the progress on pickleball at the next meeting.

City Manager Report:

Council Meeting Schedule for July, November and December of 2022 - Motion passed 7-0, to direct the City Manager and City Attorney to bring back an amended resolution at the next council meeting, reflecting that the council will adopt a regular council meeting schedule tailored to the budget season and the holiday season each year.

Subaward Agreement Extension - Restore Act/Captain Royal Melvin - Motion passed 6-1 (Councilmember Braden dissenting), to authorize the mayor to execute Amendment Two to the Subaward Agreement No. 2020-R14.

Announcements:

➢ Peace Officers Memorial Day celebration is from May 15 – May 16. Encourage everyone to show their appreciation to the Sheriff’s Department and all local law enforcement officers.

➢ Week of Blessings from May 22nd to May 27th. Staff will send schedule to council and post the schedule on the city’s website.

➢ Budget Workshop on Tuesday, May 17th, at 5:30 PM

➢ Budget Workshop on Thursday, June 23rd, at 5:30 PM

➢ City Council Workshop – LDC Chapters 1 and 2 amendments – on Tuesday, June 28th, at 5:30 PM

➢ City facilities will be closed on Monday, May 30th, in observance of Memorial Day Holiday

➢ Memorial Day Ceremony is on Monday, May 30th, beginning at 11:00 AM at the Destin Memorial Ceremony

➢ Public Works Administrative Division has moved over to the Public Works Building. Code Compliance Department is scheduled to move from the Annex to City Hall building

➢ Mr. Danny Sullivan has been named the Deputy Code Compliance Director

➢ The most up-to-date beach conditions for Destin and Fort Walton Beach are being sent by text. Anyone interested in the daily updates on beach conditions and severe weather can text BEACH to 44144.

Council Comments:

Councilman Braden - Nomination for appointment to the Town Center CRA Advisory Committee - Dorothy Robinson - Motion passed 7-0, to appoint Dorothy Robinson to the Town Center CRA Advisory Committee. Place on the next council meeting agenda: “Signage from Airport Road to the Marler Bridge.”

Councilman Destin - Motion passed 7-0, to direct the City Manager and City Attorney to approach the owner of the parcels located on the north side of the Marler Bridge that have recently become available to find out if they would entertain an offer from the city.

Councilman Bagby - Congratulations to John Stephens on his appointment by Governor DeSantis to the State Boating Advisory Committee. Plans to bring back an updated procurement policy and an issue related to the Friends of the Library at the next council meeting.

Councilman Schmidt - Recommends that once locations of the city’s transient slips are collected, to conduct a brief survey of those locations to see whether they need to crack down on those that are not following the city as well as the state’s transient slip requirements. Recommends publishing a list of the city’s transient boat slip’s locations on the city’s website.

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