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Posted on: November 8, 2022

November 2022 Council Updates

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

November 7th Council Meeting Recap

Mayor Gary Jarvis Farewell

City Manager Report:  

Procurement Policy - Resolution 22-10 - Motion passed 5-1, to adopt Resolution 22-10 – Purchasing Procedures – with the following caveat: list of purchases costing over $15,000 shall be made available as part of the monthly operational financial report as an informational item on the Consent Agenda, with Councilmember Braden dissenting.

Building Permit Fee Study Update - Original Motion: To approve the recommended fee adjustments shown in the Assessment of Building Permit Fees as presented. Substitute Motion: To raise the fees by 10% and review it after the end of the year, passed 6-0.

Proposed RFQ for Post Certificate of Occupancy Building Inspections - Motion passed 4-2, to table this item to a date uncertain; with Council members Schmidt and Destin dissenting.

Cross Town Connector 100% Plans - Motion passed 6-0, to direct the City Manager to approve the following:

1. 100% Design Plans

2. 100% Landscape Plans

3. Continue with remaining tasks 1-6 as outlined

4. To direct the parks and Recreation Department to coordinate the design of the park facility for the Destin Crosstown Connector, in conjunction with the City Engineer and the Parks and Recreation Committee and bring back design for council’s review.

5. The right-of-way for the crosstown connector passes through the city’s property from the back side of the curve of the roadway on either side.

Code Compliance Update

Announcements:  

1. Tuesday, November 8th, is Election Day. Encourage everyone to vote. 

2. Veterans Day Holiday on Friday, November 11th. City facilities will be closed. 

3. Next city council meeting is on Monday, November 28th. It will be an inauguration day for the new mayor and 3 council members. 

4. Destin High School Crop Drop on Saturday, November 19th. 

5. TRIP Grant officials notified the city that the $1.8 million to be used towards acquiring the remaining properties for the crosstown connector have been allocated. 

6. Tarpon beach acquisition closed last week. The city now has an additional 350-plus feet of public beach land that run between Tarpon Street and Dolphin Street.

Council Comments: 

Councilmember Wagner - 1. Enhancing beach vendor permitting process (LDC 11.08.02) a. Adding ghost chair restrictions/percentage per property location b. Mean high tide water line (MHTW) and/or Erosion Control Line acknowledgment from business per location c. Addition of penalties for illegal setup of chairs inside public beach areas (FL Statute 177.28) - Councilmember Wagner recommends the City Manager look into creating a better communication line with vendors and allowing the vendors and the city to better understand the exact location of the erosion control line, securing the quality of beach access while preserving and protecting the rights of residents.

Councilmember Hebert - Reengage with the property owner of the beach access parcel at the Shores of Crystal Beach.

Mayor Jarvis - Returning to traditional sports seasons or to successful city-run sports programs in the past for each individual sport - Councilmember Schmidt moved to direct the City Manager to have the Recreation Department bring back ideas for adjusting the recreational program which the City of Destin provides, as well as pursuing options for outside organizations to assist and provide. Motion passed 6-0.

Land Use Attorney - Livery vessel - Highlights of new law. 

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