Forward Pinellas Public Meeting – 2/13/2019

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JOLLEY TROLLEY COMING IN HERE AS SHE WORKS REALLY HARD AND WATER TAXI THROUGHOUT PINELLAS COUNTY. SO THANK YOU ALL VERY, VERY MUCH. I HOPE I DIDN’T GO TOO LONG ON WHAT I HAVE TO SAY. BUT IT’S A PLEASURE AND AN HONOR TO ACCEPT THE RECOGNITION. THANK YOU. [APPLAUSE]>>DAVE EGGERS: EXTEND THIS TO YOU IN RECOGNITION OF YOUR DEDICATED SERVICE TO FORWARD PINELLAS, MARCH 12th — EXCUSE ME, 2012 THROUGH NOVEMBER OF 2018.>>GO AHEAD AND APPLAUD NOW. [APPLAUSE]>>WE’D LIKE TO BRING UP COMMISSIONER CHARLIE JUSTICE WHO HAD AN ALL-TOO BRIEF TENURE ON OUR BOARD. BUT WE REALLY ENJOYED YOUR PRESENCE OVER THE LAST YEAR. AT LEAST SINCE I’VE BEEN HERE. AND WE’LL MISS YOU. BUT LOOK FORWARD TO YOUR GUIDANCE AS A BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONER MEMBER. THANK YOU AGAIN FOR YOUR SERVICE.>>DAVE EGGERS: I WAS TALKING TO CHARLIE ABOUT HIS TENURE ON THE MPO, AND HE HAD ONE EARLY ON, WHEN HE FIRST GOT ON THE COMMISSION, AND THEN A YEAR AND A HALF AGO, AND BOTH TIMES KIND OF SUBSTITUTING OR PINCH HITTING FOR COMMISSIONER JOHN MORRONI, WHO WE ALL, OBVIOUSLY REMEMBER AND LOVED DEEPLY, AND I KNOW THAT COMMISSIONER LONG IS WORKING REALLY HARD FOR AN EVENT THIS SATURDAY HONORING JOHN, AND HIS FAMILY. BUT, YOU WERE — YOU WERE A PINCH-HITTER FOR HIM, AND IT WAS A TOUGH TIME. AN EMOTIONAL TIME FOR OUR COMMISSION. I REALLY APPRECIATE YOU STEPPING UP IN THE MIDDLE OF THE YEAR, AND DOING THAT. SO, IT’S A BIG DEAL, AND CHARLIE’S JUST A FIRST-RATE GUY. HE HAS A LITTLE FUNNY SENSE OF HUMOR SOMETIMES, IT KEEPS US ALL ON OUR TOES ON THE COMMISSION, BUT REALLY JUST A CLASS GUY, AND REALLY GOOD FOR THIS BOARD, AND GOOD FOR THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS. SO THANK YOU, CHARLIE, FOR ALL THAT YOU DO. [APPLAUSE]>>THOSE ARE SO MUCH NICER WORDS THAN YOU SAY BACK IN THE HALL. [LAUGHTER] NO, I APPRECIATE THE OPPORTUNITY, AND CERTAINLY WE ARE ALL ELECTED AND SERVE THE COUNTY IN DIFFERENT WAYS, AND HAVING THE OPPORTUNITY TO WORK WITH GREAT LEADERS FROM AROUND THE COMMUNITY, WHERE I DON’T GET TO ALWAYS SEE YOU ALL THE TIME BUT ON THESE KIND OF BOARDS WE GET TO WORK TOGETHER AND THAT PART WAS A GREAT PLEASURE. ISSUES ARE IMPORTANT BUT I ALSO TOOK AN EXTRA RESPONSIBILITY FILLING IN FOR JOHN, THAT MADE IT A LITTLE BIT MORE SPECIAL. THAT MADE THE MANTLE A LITTLE HEAVIER AND GIVE A LITTLE BIT MORE REVERENCE AND RESPECT. SO I APPRECIATE THAT. WORKING WITH MR. BLANTON AND HIS STAFF HAS BEEN GREAT. I’VE LIVED HERE MY ENTIRE LIFE BUT MR. BLANTON HAS TAUGHT ME A LOT OF THINGS ABOUT PLANNING AND TRANSPORTATION. HE’S STILL TRYING TO CONVINCE ME OF A FEW OTHERS AND WE’RE WORKING ON THOSE. IT WAS A GREAT PLEASURE TO WORK WITH YOU ALL. I LOOK FORWARD TO TICONTINUING SERVICE IN ANOTHER ROLE. THANK YOU VERY MUCH. [APPLAUSE] [APPLAUSE][APPLAUSE]>>SO FIRST I’D LIKE TO BRING UP BRETT BURKS OF OUR STAFF AND RECOGNIZE BRETT. THIS IS LYLE AN ENJOYABLE THING TO DO. BECAUSE NORMALLY I’M UP HERE RECOGNIZING PEOPLE WHO ARE ABOUT TO RETIRE OR ARE RETIRING. AND THAT SEEMS HOW IT’S GONE LATELY. BUT BRETT HAS BEEN HERE THREE YEARS NOW AND YOU ALL DON’T TYPICALLY SEE BRETT A LOT. BUT HE IS THE ANALYSIS BEHIND THE MESSAGING, AND A LOT OF THE DATA, AND THE WORK THAT WE’VE DONE, EVERYTHING FROM PUBLIC HEALTH AND TRANSPORTATION, AND URBAN AGRICULTURE, AND OTHER ASPECTS OF HOW WE GET AROUND OUR COMMUNITY, HOW WE GROW, HOW WE DEVELOP. BRETT HAS BEEN A REAL ASSET IN TERMS OF HIS GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SYSTEM SKILLS. BUT HE’S REALLY A PLANNER. HE’S NOT A DATA GUY. HE IS A TOP NOTCH PLANNER AND WE REALLY ENJOYED YOUR PRESENCE HERE. THANK YOU VERY MUCH. [APPLAUSE]>>WELL, THANK YOU. IT’S BEEN A GREAT RIDE. HOPEFULLY MANY MORE YEARS. AND MY BIRTHDAY IS ON FRIDAY, SO IT’S GOOD. [LAUGHTER]>>GOOD BIRTHDAY PRESENT.>>COME ON UP HERE WE’VE GOT TO GET A PICTURE. JUST ON BEHALF OF THE BOARD THAT ARE SITTING HERE, THANK YOU FOR EVERYTHING YOU’RE DOING. THREE YEARS LATE, BUT WELCOME TO THE COUNTY, AND FOR ALL THAT YOU’RE DOING, IT’S A BIG LIFT RIGHT NOW. WE’VE GOT A LOT OF WORK GOING ON IN THE COUNTY. SO THANK YOU FOR WHAT YOU’RE DOING, AND KEEP UP THE GREAT WORK. [APPLAUSE]>>SO I’D LIKE TO JUST RECOGNIZE SARAH CAPER OF OUR STAFF. SARAH HAS BEEN WITH US FOR QUITE A FEW YEARS NOW AND SHE’S REALLY BLOSSOMED AS A PRINCIPAL PLANNER, EMERGING PROJECT MANAGER. SHE’S GOING TO BE LEADING SOME BIG EFFORTS FOR US IN THE NEXT YEAR, AND I JUST HAVE TOTAL CONFIDENCE IN SARAH AND HER ABILITY TO GET THINGS DONE AND THE TRANSPORTATION FUNDING WORKSHOP THAT WE HAD A FEW WEEKS AGO, I REALLY JUST WANT TO SINGLE SEAR OUT. A LOT OF PEOPLE CONTRIBUTED, BUT NOBODY LIKE SARAH. SHE WORRIED THE DETAILS. SHE COORDINATED WITH OUR PARTNERS, AND I’VE HEARD A LOT OF GOOD FEEDBACK AND I FEEL LIKE IT WENT OFF ABOUT AS WELL AS IT COULD GO. GETTING 50 OR 60 ELECTED OFFICIALS IN A ROOM IS NEVER EASY. TO TALK ABOUT TRANSPORTATION FUNDING AND RAISING REVENUE AND ALL THOSE KINDS OF THINGS. BUT YOU DID A GREAT JOB. NOT JUST ON THAT. IT’S BEEN CONSISTENTLY GOOD WORK EVER SINCE I’VE BEEN HERE AND GOTTEN TO KNOW YOU. LITTLE KNOWN FACT IS THAT I WAS A REFERENCE FOR SARAH IN HER JOB IN MANATEE COUNTY, WHEN YOU APPLIED TO BE A TRANSIT PLANNER IN MANATEE COUNTY AND THEN WHEN I WAS BEING INTERVIEWED FOR THIS JOB, I DIDN’T KNOW YOU WORKED HERE, AND THEN I REALIZED IT. I SAID OH, THAT’S GREAT I’M EVEN MORE EXCITED TO COME HERE KNOWING THAT WE HAVE THIS KIND OF QUALITY TALENT WORKING FOR US. THANK YOU SO MUCH. [APPLAUSE]>>DAVE EGGERS: AGAIN, ON BEHALF OF THE BOARD, THANK YOU FOR WHAT YOU’RE DOING. YOU REALLY HAVE OVER THE LAST FEW YEARS THAT I’VE BEEN INVOLVED YOU’VE REALLY CONTINUED TO GROW, AND YOUR KNOWLEDGE, YOUR LEADERSIP, AND WE REALLY APPRECIATE IT. AND THAT — THE REVENUE CONFERENCE, IT ALMOST PUTS PEOPLE TO SLEEP WHEN YOU SAY IT. REVENUE CONFERENCE, BUT YOU KEPT US ALL AWAKE, KEPT US ALL GOING. I THOUGHT IT WAS A REALLY PRODUCTIVE MEETING. THANK YOU FOR MAKING THAT HAPPEN. APPRECIATE ALL THAT YOU DO.>>THANK YOU. AND I WILL SAY, I THINK PLANNING THAT WORKSHOP WAS MORE WORK THAN PLANNING MY WEDDING WAS. [LAUGHTER] IT WAS DEFINITELY A LOT. I HIRED A PLANNER FOR THAT. BUT, NO, I REALLY APPRECIATE EVERYTHING AND WORKING HERE HAS BEEN REALLY GREAT, AND I LOOK FORWARD TO CONTINUING.>>WELL, THANK YOU FOR FIVE YEARS OF SERVICE. [APPLAUSE] [OFF MIC]>>DAVE EGGERS: ALL RIGHT, WE HAVE THE CONSENT AGENDA COMING UP. AND LET’S SEE. WE HAVE FOUR THINGS ON THAT CONSENT AGENDA APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES OF JANUARY 9th, 2019 MEETING. APPROVAL OF COMMITTEE APPOINTMENTS, ACCEPTANCE OF QUARTER ONE FINANCIAL REPORT, AND APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES OF THE TRANSPORTATION FUNDING AND COORDINATION WORKSHOP. I WILL SAY UNDER THE COMMITTEE APPOINTMENTS, THAT I THINK WE HAVE ONE FROM PINELLAS PARK OR MID COUNTY TO FILL. AND OTHER THAN THAT, OUR ADVISORY COMMITTEE IS FULL. WE’RE GETTING A LOT OF GOOD PEOPLE AND GETTING THAT FULLY FUNCTIONING. SO, I’M REALLY EXCITED ABOUT THAT. SO MID PINELLAS COUNTY OR PINELLAS PARK, PLEASE, IF YOU’RE INTERESTED, LET US KNOW. DO I HAVE A MOTION FOR THAT, PLEASE?>>MOVE TO APPROVE?>>JANET LONG: COULD I HAVE THE RECORD REFLECT THAT I DID ATTEND THAT MEETING FOR THE MINUTES?>>DAVE EGGERS: OH, IT SHOWS YOU WERE ON SENT?>>IT DOESN’T SHOW ME AT ALL.>>DAVE EGGERS: WE’LL MAKE THAT CHANGE.>>THANK YOU VERY MUCH.>>DAVE EGGERS: SO WE HAD A MOTION AND A SECOND.>>SECOND.>>DAVE EGGERS: ALL THOSE IN FAVOR, SAY AYE. [AYES] ANY OPPOSED? MOTION CARRIES. UNANIMOUSLY. OKAY. GET STRAIGHTENED OUT HERE. ALL RIGHT WE’VE GOT SOME PUBLIC HEARINGS COMING UP. WE’VE GOT ONE SUBTHRESHOLD — OH, HOLD ON. DID I GET EVERYTHING RIGHT? OKAY. WE HAVE THREE HEARINGS. ONE SUBTHRESHOLD AND TWO REGULAR COUNTYWIDE PLAN AMENDMENT HEARINGS. SO, JUST LET ME GO OVER THE PROCEDURES REAL QUICK. IT WILL JUST TAKE A SECOND. WE’RE GOING TO BE DOING BOTH ON THE PINELLAS PLANNING COUNCIL SIDE AND WE WILL HEAR ALL THE SUBTHRESHOLD CASE, WE HAVE ONE, FIRST. AND WE’LL ASK EACH ONE, IN THIS CASE ONE VOTE. WE’LL ASK THE FORWARD PINELLAS STAFF TO PRESENT THE ITEMS, AND THEN ANY OF THE APPLICANT, LOCAL GOVERNMENTS, DESIRING TO DO SO CAN ADDRESS THEIR ITEM. IF NECESSARY, WE’LL CALL UPON REPRESENTATIVE OF THE PLANNER’S ADVISORY COMMITTEE TO PROVIDE THE PAC COMMENTS. ONCE THESE REPORTS ARE GIVEN I’LL ASK FOR PEOPLE IN FAVOR OF AND PEOPLE AGAINST. AND FINALLY ANY OTHER CITIZENS WHO WISH TO COMMENT ON THE ISSUE, AND THEN FINALLY WE’LL HEAR REBUTTAL BY THE APPLICANT IF NECESSARY, AND A STAFF RESPONSE OR SUMMARY. AND THEN WE’LL TAKE THE BOARD WILL TAKE QUESTIONS AND THEN WE’LL VOTE, AND THEN WE’LL DO THE SAME THING FOR THE REGULAR CASES AFTER THAT. SO LET ‘S GO WITH OUR SUBTHRESHOLD CASE.>>OKAY WE HAVE A PRESENTATION STARTING OFF WITH RODNEY CHATMAN.>>GOOD AFTERNOON, RODNEY CHATMAN, PLANNING MANAGER, FORWARD PINELLAS. AS THE CHAIRMAN MENTIONED WE HAVE THREE LAND USE CASES FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION THIS AFTERNOON. AND THE FIRST IS SUBTHRESHOLD CASE WITHIN THE CITY OF ST. PETERSBURG. IT IS CASE CW 19-02. AND THE CITY OF ST. PETERSBURG SEEK TO AMEND THE COUNTYWIDE PLAN MAP OF FOUR PARCELS FROM RECREATION OPEN SPACE TO RESIDENTIAL LOW MEDIUM AND THE PURPOSE OF THIS AMENDMENT IS TO CREATE MORE SINGLE — EXCUSE ME SINGLE FAMILY HOME SITES WITHIN THE ST. PETERSBURG COUNTRY CLUB, AND THE LOCATION OF THE GENERAL AREA IN THE MAP TO THE RIGHT. THE FOUR PARCELS ARE IDENTIFIED IN YELLOW ON THE MAP TO THE RIGHT. IN TOTAL THEY ARE ABOUT 4.1 ACRES IN SIZE OF EXISTING USES. OUR LOCATIONS ARE ALONG FAIRWAY NO. 9, 10 AND 18 AND YOU SEE THE SURROUNDING USES ARE A MIX OF RECREATIONAL USES, THEY’RE RESIDENTIAL NEIGHBORHOODS, AND PRESERVATION AREA OFF TO THE RIGHT. THE CURRENT CATEGORY, YOU SEE THE RISK OF PERMITTED USES THERE IN THE MIDDLE BULLET. THERE ARE NO RESIDENTIAL ALLOWANCES WITHIN THE RECREATION OPEN SPACE CATEGORY. THE MAXIMUM FLORA RATIO FOR NONDEVELOPMENT IN THIS AREA IS 0.25 F.A.R. THE PROPOSAL IS TO AMEND THE DESIGNATIONS OF THOSE PROPERTIES TO RES LENGS LOW MEDIUM. YOU SEE THE COMMUNITY USES WHICH ARE A MIX OF RESIDENTIAL AS WELL AS COMMUNITY GARDENS, OFFICE USES, SOME COMMERCIAL, AND UTILITY AND INSTITUTIONAL USES. ALL PERMITTED. THE STANDARD FOR THE RESIDENTIAL LOW MEDIUM CATEGORY IS UP TO TEN UNITS PER ACRE. WE HAVE EVALUATED THE CITY’S REQUEST, AND DETERMINED THAT IT IS APPROPRIATE FOR THIS LOCATION, GIVEN THE PURPOSE, AND THE LOCATIONAL CHARACTERISTICS FOR THE RESIDENTIAL LOW MEDIUM CATEGORY AND ON BALANCE WE’VE DETERMINED THAT THIS CASE IS CONSISTENT WITH THE RELEVANT COUNTYWIDE CONSIDERATIONS SO WE’RE RECOMMENDING APPROVAL.>>DAVE EGGERS: YES?>>>>KENNETH WELCH: I HAVE A QUESTION, DO WE HAVE ST. PETE REPRESENTATIVES TODAY?>>YES.>>KENNETH WELCH: MAYBE THE QUESTION IS BETTER FOR THEM. IT’S MORE SPECIFIC. I LIVE ABOUT TWO BLOCKS FROM HERE. AND HAVE FOR ABOUT 25 YEARS. AND THAT’S BEEN A HOT TOPIC IN OUR NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION, AND WE’RE SUPPORTIVE, AND I KNOW WE’VE GOT A LOT OF GOLF COURSES THAT WE TALK ABOUT. BUT THIS IS ONE THAT’S COEXISTED WITH THE NEIGHBORHOOD FOR A LONG TIME. FURTHER WEST, A FEW YEARS AGO, FOUR OR FIVE UNITS WERE CONVERTED IN THIS FASHION, IN FACT MY AIDE BUILT A NEW HOUSE ON ONE OF THEM. AND SO I CAN SEE HOW THAT ACTUALLY WORKS AND IT HELPS DEAL WITH SOME OF THE ISSUES THAT THE ST. PETE COUNTRY CLUB IS DEALING WITH. SO MY QUESTION REALLY IS ON THE OVERHEAD, IF WE CAN GO TO THE SATELLITE OVERHEAD, YOU KNOW IT’S GOING TO REMAIN A GOLF COURSE, AS I UNDERSTAND. BUT, ALONG FAIRWAY, THAT LONG RECTANGLE I’M JUST WONDERING HOW MANY UNITS ARE WE TALKING ABOUT ALONG FAIRWAY, AND FOR THE OTHER PARCELS, AS WELL? HOW MANY UNITS?>>SURE GOOD AFTERNOON DERRICK KYLBORN CITY OF ST. PETERSBURG. I BELIEVE YOU’RE REFERRING TO WHAT WE CALL AREA “D” WHICH IS THE LONG RECTANGLE. SO THAT WOULD ACCOMMODATE NO MORE THAN EIGHT SINGLE FAMILY HOMES 73 >>KENNETH WELCH: EIGHT? OKAY. AND WHAT ABOUT THE OTHERS?>>AREA “A,” WHICH IS THE TOP LEFT ELBOW SHAPE, THAT WOULD ACCOMMODATE A MAXIMUM OF SIX SINGLE FAMILY UNITS. AND THEN THOSE TWO PARCELS IN THE MIDDLE, THE ONE AREA “B” WOULD ACCOMMODATE NO MORE THAN TWO.>>KENNETH WELCH: THE SMALLER ONE?>>YES. AND THEN THE OTHER ONE WOULD ACCOMMODATE NO MORE THAN FOUR. AND SO COMBINED AMONG THE FOUR PARCELS THERE COULD BE NO MORE THAN A MAXIMUM OF 20 SINGLE FAMILY UNITS.>>KENNETH WELCH: DO YOU KNOW IF THERE ARE PLANS TO CONVERT PARCELS IN THE FUTURE, OR IS THIS THE EXTENT OF THE TRANSFORMATION OF PARCELS? YOU KNOW, THERE WERE FOUR OR FIVE YEARS AGO, NOW WE’VE GOT 20, ARE THEY PLANNING TO DO THIS IN THE FUTURE?>>THERE HAS BEEN NO DISCUSSION ABOUT FUTURE REQUESTS.>>KENNETH WELCH: OKAY.>>WE DO HAVE A REPRESENTATIVE HERE FOR THE APPLICANT WHO APPLIED TO THE CITY FOR THESE CHANGES AND PERHAPS THAT INDIVIDUAL COULD SPEAK TO THAT QUESTION.>>KENNETH WELCH: AND THE LAST QUESTION ON THE ELBOW SHAPE, THAT IS ACTUALLY ELEVATED, AND I DON’T WANT TO GET INTO SITE PLANNING, MR. CHAIRMAN.>>DAVE EGGERS: THERE YOU GO.>>KENNETH WELCH: IS IT GOING REMAIN ELEVATED? IT WOULD KIND OF BE TOWERING DOWN, OR ARE THEY PLANNING TO MAKE IT MORE STREET LEVEL?>>THAT I DON’T KNOW. THEY ARE GOING TO HAVE MINIMUM DRAINAGE REQUIREMENTS TO COMPLY WITH. AND IT’S THOSE TYPES OF DETAILS THAT, WHEN I ANSWER YOUR QUESTION AND SAY WE KNOW FROM AN AREA PERSPECTIVE, THEY CAN BUILD NO MORE THAN SIX, BUT WHEN YOU START TO GET INTO THAT LEVEL OF DETAIL ON SITE PLAN, IT MAY BE SOME NUMBER LESS THAN THAT BECAUSE THEY HAVE TO ACCOMMODATE ELEVATION CONCERNS AND OUR DETAILS.>>KENNETH WELCH: OKAY.>>WE CAN’T SEE AT THIS POINT IN THE PROCESS.>>KENNETH WELCH: THANK YOU SO MUCH. APPRECIATE IT.>>DAVE EGGERS: COUNCIL MEMBER RICE?>>DARDEN RICE: I JUST WANTED TO COMMENT WHEN THIS PROJECT WAS FIRST PRESENTED, THE LONG, RECTANGULAR AREA ALONG FAIRWAY, IT WAS ORIGINALLY PRESENTED MORE ALONG COUNTRY CLUB WAY SOUTH DIRECTLY ACROSS FROM THE HILL AND THAT PARTICULAR PART GOT A LOT OF CONTROVERSY, SO THEN THEY BROUGHT IT BACK WITH A CHANGE TO MOVE IT TO THE FAIRWAY SIDE, AND THAT CHANGE WAS LOOKED AT VERY POSITIVELY BY THE ORGANIZATIONS THAT HAD BEEN OPPOSED TO IT. AND WE HAD REALLY DISCUSSED THIS AT LENGTH AT THE COUNCIL LEVEL. HAPPY TO MOVE APPROVAL.>>DAVE EGGERS: HOLD ON. THE CITY OF ST. PETE, DID YOU HAVE ANY OTHER PRESENTATION THAT YOU WANTED TO MAKE?>>NO, I HAD TWO POINTS TO MAKE, IN OUR PRESENTATION. ONE I WAS ASKED ABOUT. AND COUNCILMEMBER RICE JUST GAVE YOU THE OTHER.>>DAVE EGGERS: OKAY. THANK YOU.>>WE ENCOURAGE YOUR APPROVAL OF THE APPLICATION.>>DAVE EGGERS: SOUNDS GOOD. THANK YOU. DOES SOMEBODY FROM PAC, DID THEY LOOK AT THIS? ANY ISSUES?>>THE PAC REVIEWED THE APPLICATION AND RECOMMENDED APPROVAL UNANIMOUSLY.>>DAVE EGGERS: THANK YOU. AND ANY PROPONENTS IN THE AUDIENCE THAT WOULD LIKE TO SPEAK TO THIS? PLEASE IDENTIFY YOURSELF, AND –>>MY NAME IS DON MASTERY, 200 CENTRAL AVENUE, AND I REPRESENT THE ST. PETERSBURG COUNTRY CLUB. I DON’T, I AGREE WITH ALL OF THE COMMENTS MADE BY THE COMMISSIONERS, AND I HAVE A BRIEF PRESENTATION, BUT, I DON’T THINK IT WOULD ADD MUCH. I’M WILLING TO ANSWER ANY QUESTIONS THAT YOU HAVE WITH RESPECT TO THE DEVELOPMENT. RIGHT NOW, THIS DOES NOT GRANT THE RIGHT TO BUILD THE 20 HOMES. WE’RE IN THE PROCESS OF PLATTING THE PROPERTY, AND WE’D HAVE TO GO THROUGH SITE PLAN APPROVAL, AND THAT’S WHERE IT WOULD DETERMINE WHAT COULD GO ON THE SITE.>>DAVE EGGERS: OKAY. WELL, YOU HAVE A CHANCE TO REBUT ANY COMMENTS THAT ARE BEING MADE.>>I HAVE NOT HEARD ANY COMMENTS THAT I WOULD REBUT.>>DAVE EGGERS: IF YOU NEED TO DO THAT WE’LL BRING YOU BACK UP.>>THANK YOU.>>DAVE EGGERS: THANK YOU. APPRECIATE IT. ANYBODY ELSE WITH ANY OTHER PROPONENTS? ANYBODY AGAINST THE PROJECT THAT WOULD LIKE TO SPEAK? ANYBODY ELSE? OKAY. THEN IF YOU HAVE NO OTHER COMMENTS YOURSELF, AND RODNEY YOU’RE ALL DONE? OKAY ANY OTHER QUESTIONS BY MEMBERS?>>KENNETH WELCH: I’LL SECOND THE MOTION.>>DAVE EGGERS: OKAY SO COUNCILMEMBER RICE MADE THE MOTION. OKAY GOT IT. ANY OTHER QUESTIONS? OKAY WE’VE GOT A MOTION, AND A SECOND. ALL THOSE IN FAVOR, SAY AYE. [AYES] ANY OPPOSED? MOTION CARRIES UNANIMOUSLY. THANK YOU. THANK YOU.>>THE NEXT CASE IS CW 19-03 A REGULAR KIND OF PLAN MAP AMENDMENT WITHIN THE CITY OF LARGO. THIS REQUEST IS SEEKING TO AMEND DESIGNATION OF PROPERTY FROM RESIDENTIAL LOW MEDIUM AND RETAIL AND SCHZ TO RETAIL AND SERVICES AND THE PURPOSE OF THIS AMENDMENT IS FOR AN EXISTING pA WISHES TO ADD ADDITIONAL SPACE FOR VEHICLE STORAGE. AND YOU SEE THE GENERAL AREA OF THE AMENDMENT WITHIN MID PINELLAS COUNTY AS INDICATED ON THE MAP TO THE RIGHT. THE LOCATION IS GENERALLY’ INTERSECTION OF ROOSEVELT BOULEVARD AND U.S. HIGHWAY 19. THE PROPERTY IS A LITTLE LESS THAN 2 1/2 ACRES IN SIZE. IT IS VACANT. IT IS SURROUNDED BY A MIX OF USES, INCLUDING MINI STORAGE WAREHOUSE TO THE WEST. RESIDENTIAL TO THE EAST. STORMWATER POND TO THE NORTH, AND EXISTING AUTOMOBILE DEALERSHIP IS TO THE SOUTH. THE EXISTING PLANNING CATEGORIES THAT YOU CAN SEE FROM THE MAP ARE TWO CATEGORIES. THEY’RE RESIDENTIAL MEDIUM, AND RETAIL AND SERVICES. YOU SEE THE LIST OF PERMITTED USES UNDER THE RESIDENTIAL LOW MEDIUM CATEGORY AND THEY’RE OBVIOUSLY CONSISTENT WITH THE PREVIOUS CASE IN TERMS OF A MIX OF RESIDENTIAL USES. OFFICE, AND TRANSPORTATION, UTILITY AND OTHER VARIOUS USES, AND DENSITY UNDER THAT CATEGORY DOES NOT EXCEED TEN UNITS PER ACRE. THE PROPOSED CATEGORY IS RETAIL AND SERVICES AND AS INDICATED ON THE MAP — >>DAVE EGGERS: SORRY ABOUT THAT.>>YOUR TIME IS UP.>>I’LL SPEED IT UP. WOL BRING THE ENTIRE PROPERTY UNDER ONE LAND USE CATEGORY RETAIL AND SERVICES. YOU SEE THE USES LISTED THERE WHICH INCLUDE OFFICE, RETAIL COMMERCIAL, RESIDENTIAL, AND VARIOUS USES. THE DENSITY INTENSITY STANDARDS FOR THIS PLAN CATEGORY ARE UP TO 24 UNITS PER ACRE. FOR RESIDENTIAL, AND 0.55 FOR NONRESIDENTIAL USES. WE HAVE REVIEWED THIS APPLICATION, AND DETERMINED THAT THE PLAN CATEGORY IS APPROPRIATE FOR THE INTENDED PURPOSE AND THE CHARACTERISTICS FOR THIS PLAN CATEGORY AND DETERMINE THAT IT DOES MEET THE BALANCING CRITERIA CONTAINED IN THE COUNTYWIDE PLAN AND RAEM APPROVAL.>>DAVE EGGERS: THANK YOU, RODNEY. IS ANYBODY FROM THE CITY OF LARGO HERE THAT WANTED TO SPEAK TO THIS?>>GOOD AFTERNOON. CITY OF LARGO. I DEFINITELY AGREE WITH RODNEY. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THE ANALYSIS AND WE DO MOVE FOR APPROVAL. ALSO THE APPLICANT IS IN THE AUDIENCE IF YOU HAVE ANY OTHER QUESTIONS, AS WELL.>>DAVE EGGERS: OKAY. THANK YOU. KATIE, DID YOU HAVE ANYTHING?>>GOOD AFTERNOON. NOTHING TO ADD, I REPRESENT THE APPLICANT, CAR MAX, AND I’M HAPPY TO GIVE YOU THE HISTORY OF THIS AT THE CITY LEVEL, WE WENT THROUGH A LOT OF HISTORY WITH RESPECT TO THE ANNEXATION, AND HOW THIS OCCURRED WITH HOW THE SITE PLAN. SO HAPPY TO PRESENT THAT IF YOU NEED IT BUT OTHERWISE RESERVE THE TIME.>>DAVE EGGERS: OKAY, SOUNDS GOOD. THANK YOU. ALL RIGHT. THANK YOU. ANY PROPONENTS ON THIS THAT WOULD LIKE TO SPEAK? ANY OPPONENTS? ANYBODY THAT WOULD LIKE TO SPEAK TO THIS ITEM? ALL RIGHT. YOU HAVE SOME REBUTTAL TIME, BUT NONE NEEDED I GUESS. YOOND OUR GOOD?>>YES.>>DAVE EGGERS: ALL RIGHT ANY QUESTIONS FROM THE BOARD? HOLD ON.>>I JUST WANTED, MICHAEL ANY ISSUES?>>I ASKED ABOUT THE RETENTION POND — >>AND THE PEOPLE THAT WERE BEHIND THERE, IT’S RESIDENTIAL. I DON’T KNOW IF THIS IS JUST A PARKING LOT, OR A BIG THREE STORY BUILDING THERE. IF YOU’RE GOOD WITH IT, I’M GOOD WITH IT. I’M JUST ASKING — >>BASED ON THE APPLICANT, THE PLAN IS TO EXTEND THE VEHICLE STORAGE FROM THE SOUTH INTO THE PROPOSED COMMERCIAL GENERAL AREA.>>COVERED STORAGE I GUESS IS WHAT IT IS.>>VEHICLE STORAGE.>>YEAH, BUT IT’S COVERED?>>OKAY. ALL RIGHT, THANK YOU.>>DAVE EGGERS: ANY OTHER QUESTIONS? I THINK I HEARD A MOTION — >>DAVE EGGERS: ANY FINAL COMMENTS, QUESTIONS? ALL THOSE IN FAVOR, SAY AYE. [AYES] OPPOSED? MOTION CARRIES UNANIMOUSLY. THANK YOU.>>THE LAST LAND USE CASE FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION IS CW 19-4, AGAIN ANOTHER AMENDMENT WITHIN THE CITY OF LARGO. THIS AMENDMENT SEEK TO CHANGE A DESIGNATION OF PROPERTY FOR MAZORK RECREATION OPEN SPACE AND ALSO A DESIGNATION WALKING THROUGH THAT IN THE SUBSEQUENT SLIDES. THE PURPOSE OF THIS AMENDMENT IS TO BRING AN ILLEGALLY NONCONFORMING USE ON THE PROPERTY INTO CONFORMANCE OF THE LOCAL LAND USE PLAN. YOU SEE THE GENERAL LOCATION OF THE SUBJECT PROPERTY. IN THE MAP TO THE RIGHT. THE LOCATION OF THE PROPERTY IS 1300 COVE CAY DRIVE. ALSO KNOWN AS THE COVE CAY MARINA. SEE THE LIMITS OF THE PROPERTY ON THE MAP BOUNDARY OUTLINED IN YELLOW. THE PROPERTY IS A LITTLE LESS THAN FIVE ACRES, IT HAS VARIOUS EXISTING USED. MOST COMMONLY FOUND WITH THE MARINA. THE USES SURROUNDING THE PROPERTY SINCE IT IS WATERFRONT INCLUDE SOME ENVIRONMENTALLY SENSITIVE AREAS. SOME AREAS OF PRESERVATION. THERE IS ALSO RESIDENTIAL DEVELOPMENT, AND A GOLF COURSE TO THE EAST AND SOUTH. THE CURRENT COUNTYWIDE PLAN MAP CATEGORY AS YOU CAN SEE FROM THE MAP, THE WESTERN PORTION IS DESIGNATED AS RESORT. THE EASTERN PORTION IS OPEN SPACE AND YOU SEE THAT BODY OF WATER THAT COMES INTO THE PROPERTY THAT IS SUBMERGED AND HAS NO DESIGNATION ON THE COUNTYWIDE PLAN MAP. PERMITTED USES AS WITH THE PREVIOUS CASE, RECREATION, OPEN SPACE ARE VERY LIMITED, AND MAXIMUM FLORA TO RATIO IS 0.25. THE CITY PROPOSED TO AMEND THE PROPERTY BY AS INDICATED IN THE MAP TO THE RIGHT WHEREBY THE ENTIRE PARCEL WOULD BE DESIGNATED AS RESORT INCLUDING THE UPLAND AND SUBMERGED AREA. UNDER RESORT CATEGORY THERE ARE A MIX OF RESIDENTIAL, TEMPORARY LODGING, AND OTHER USES THAT ARE PERMITTED ON THAT PLAN CATEGORY WITH THE RESIDENTIAL DENSITY NOT TO EXCEED 30 UNITS PER ACRE, OR A 1.2 FLOOR AREA RATIO. IN OUR REVIEW OF THIS REQUEST, WE FELT THAT WE COULD NOT SUPPORT THE AMENDMENT AS PROPOSED, SO THE COUNTYWIDE RULES HAVE A PROCESS THAT IS PRESCRIBED AS AN ALTERNATIVE COMPROMISE. AND WE’VE CONSULTED WITH PINELLAS COUNTY AS AN ADJACENT JURISDICTION, AS WELL AS THE CITY OF LARGO ON THE DEVELOPMENT OF AN ALTERNATIVE COMPROMISE THAT MORE ACCURATELY REFLECTS THE CONDITIONS ON THE PROPERTY AND MAINTAINS AND PRESERVES SOME OF THOSE ENVIRONMENTALLY SENSITIVE AND SUBMERGED AREAS. SO, WHAT YOU SEE HERE ON THE MAP TO THE RIGHT IS THE ALTERNATIVE COMPROMISE AMENDMENT, WHICH THE SUBMERGED AREAS WOULD REMAIN AS UNDESIGNATED, AS THEY CURRENTLY ARE ON THE COUNTYWIDE PLAN MAP, AND THE REMAINING BALANCE OF THE PROPERTY OR THE UPLAND AREAS WOULD BE AMENDED TO RESORT. AND THAT AMENDMENT WOULD BE ABOUT 3.8 ACRES. WE DID TRANSMIT THIS ALTERNATIVE COMPROMISE TO THE CITY OF LARGO FOR THEIR CONSIDERATION. THEIR STAFF, AND THEIR STAFF DID CONCUR WITH THE ALTERNATIVE COMPROMISE. THIS PROCESS, IF THE BOARD APPROVES IT, WILL TAKE A SLIGHTLY DIFFERENT FORM. WE’VE HAD A COUPLE OF THESE IN THE PAST SINCE I’VE BEEN HERE, AT FORWARD PINELLAS, AND THE PROCESS REQUIRES THAT THIS BODY TAKE AN ACTION, A RECOMMENDED ACTION, IT WILL THEN BE CONSIDERED BY THE CITY OF LARGO FOR ENDORSEMENT OF THIS ALTERNATIVE COMPROMISE. WE WILL THEN REVADVERTISE, AND SCHEDULE IT FOR THE NEXT AVAILABLE COUNTYWIDE PLANNING AUTHORITY PUBLIC HEARING. SO IN CONCLUSION, WE’VE DETERMINED THAT THIS ALTERNATIVE COMPROMISE IS CONSISTENT WITH THE PURPOSE AND CHARACTERISTICS OF THE PLAN CATEGORY. DOES RECOGNIZE THE ENVIRONMENTALLY SENSITIVE AREAS OF THE SUBJECT PROPERTY, AND WE’VE EVALUATED AGAINST THE BALANCING CRITERIA AND DETERMINED THAT THIS IS APPROPRIATE AND WE’RE RECOMMENDING APPROVAL. ARE THERE ANY QUESTIONS?>>DAVE EGGERS: THANK YOU.>>SO IT WAS THE ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES THAT MADE IT — >>YES.>>HARD FOR YOU.>>NOT TO GO BACK TOO FAR, BUT UNDER THE OLD COUNTYWIDE PLAN, THERE WERE — THERE WAS A CATEGORY CALLED WATER. SO EVEN THOUGH YOU WOULD HAVE A PIECE OF PROPERTY THAT YOU OWNED, IF IT HAD A NATURALLY OCCURRING BODY OF WATER ON IT, IT WOULD BE DESIGNATED AS WATER ON THE MAP. BUT WITH THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE NEW COUNTYWIDE PLAN AND COLLAPSING OF CATEGORIES WE REMOVED THE WATER DESIGNATION. SO NOW WHEN YOU HAVE THAT SITUATION OCCUR IT JUST REMAINS AS NO DESIGNATION.>>SO IN THE FUTURE GOING FORWARD ANY KIND OF THESE PROJECTS THAT COME FORWARD WILL WE LET THE CITIES KNOW SO THAT THIS DOESN’T OCCUR?>>YES, WE HAD A PRETTY ROBUST DISCUSSION AT THE PLANNING ADVISORY CAN COMMITTEE, AND TO JUST IMPROVE THE COMMUNICATION. ON THE FRONT END WHEN YOU HAVE THESE SORT OF CASES SO WE DON’T HAVE TO GO THROUGH THIS EXTRA STEP IN THE WAY THE AMENDMENT IS ADVERTISED, AND ACTED UPON.>>DAVE EGGERS: QUESTIONS FOR RODNEY? ANYTHING?>>THIS WAS AN INTERESTING ONE, BECAUSE THIS IS A CITY DRIVEN FUTURE LAND USE MAP AMENDMENT PER THE ANNEXATION IN 2014, WE DID NOT HAVE COMMERCIAL RECREATION LAND USE CLASSIFICATION AT THE TIME. AND UPON AMENDING OUR CODE WE HAVE THE COMMERCIAL RECREATION, AND NOW WE’RE ABLE TO COME FORWARD WITH THIS MAP AMENDMENT.>>DAVE EGGERS: OKAY SO YOU’RE GOOD WITH IT?>>YES. AND I DO ACKNOWLEDGE THE ACREAGE DIFFERENCE AND WE WILL BRING THAT TO OUR CITY COMMISSION AT THE NEXT MEETING.>>DAVE EGGERS: THANK YOU. ANY QUESTIONS? THANKS. ARE THERE ANY PROPONENTS HERE WHO’D LIKE TO COME FORWARD? ANY OPPONENTS? ANYBODY THAT WOULD LIKE TO SPEAK TO THIS AT ALL. OKAY SEEING NONE I SUPPOSE NO FURTHER COMMENTS. ANY OTHER COMMENTS OR DISCUSSION OR MOTION?>>MOTION TO APPROVE.>>SECOND.>>I ACTUALLY THINK SUZY WANTED TO SECOND.>>DAVE EGGERS: OKAY, DID YOU WANT TO SECOND? SUZY WILL SECOND. THANK YOU, MAYOR.>>JULIE WARD BUJALSKI: NO PROBLEM.>>DAVE EGGERS: OKAY, YES, SO WE’RE APPROVING THIS BUT IT’S GOING TO GO TO LARGO AND THEN COME BACK, IS THAT CORRECT?>>TO THE COUNTYWIDE PLANNING AUTHORITY. SO WE’RE DONE.>>DAVE EGGERS: OKAY. ALL THOSE IN FAVOR, SAY AYE. [AYES] ANY OPPOSED? MOTION CARRIES UNANIMOUSLY. THANK YOU. ALL RIGHT NOW WE’RE GOING TO MOVE INTO PRESENTATION AND ACTIONS. AND PSTA. JANET LONG.>>JANET LONG: THANK YOU, MR. CHAIR. SO, THERE’S SOME REALLY IMPORTANT FACTOIDS I WANT TO SHARE WITH ALL OF YOU FROM THIS MONTH’S REPORT. AND ALTHOUGH WE ARE REQUIRED TO OPERATE WITHIN A BALANCED BUDGET, PSTA PROJECTS ITS BUDGET OUT FIVE YEARS BASED ON VARIOUS COSTS AND REVENUE ASSUMPTIONS. BASED ON THESE ASSUMPTIONS, PSTA’S CURRENT ADOPTED FIVE-YEAR OPERATING BUDGET INCLUDES DEFICITS BEGINNING IN THIS YEAR. OVER THE PAST TEN YEARS, PSTA’S FIVE-YEAR OPERATING BUDGET HAS CONSISTENTLY SHOWN BUDGET DEFICITS AT SOME POINT IN THE FIVE-YEAR PERIOD. HOWEVER, WE HAVE BEEN ABLE TO FIND SAVINGS, MAKE EFFICIENCY CHANGES TO ROUTES, OR HAVE RECEIVED GRANTS TO OFFSET THOSE PROJECTED DEFICITS. STAFF WAS HOPEFUL THAT ADDITIONAL SAVINGS COULD BE FOUND TO ELIMINATE THE PROJECTED FY 2019 DEFICIT WITHOUT HAVING TO CUT SERVICE. HOWEVER IT DOES NOT APPEAR ADDITIONAL SAVINGS CAN BE REALIZED TO OFFSET THE DEFICIT. WE’RE OPERATING AS EFFICIENTLY AS WE CAN. BUT THE BOARD HAS AUTHORIZED THE STAFF TO HOLD PUBLIC HEARINGS ON BUS AND TRANSIT — TRANSIT SERVICE CUTS TO SOME LOWER PERFORMING ROUTES AND PARATRANSIT SERVICE. PUBLIC HEARING ON PROPOSED SERVICE CUTS IS TENTATIVELY SCHEDULED FOR THE EVENING OF APRIL 10th, 2019, AT THE PSTA OFFICES. OUR LEGISLATIVE AGENDA IS VERY HEAVILY FOCUSED ON NEW AND ADDITIONAL FUNDING FOR TRANSIT SERVICES, INCLUDING FDOT SUPPORT OF REGIONAL SERVICE OPERATIONS, AND TRANSPORTATION DISADVANTAGE PROGRAMS. ADDITIONALLY, WE ARE VERY CAREFULLY WATCHING HOUSE BILL 385 WHICH COULD CHANGE HOW FUTURE SALES TAX PROCEEDS ARE USED FOR TRANSPORTATION, SPECIFICALLY RESTRICTING THEM TO CAPITAL EXPENDITURES ONLY, AND NOT ALLOWING FOR EXPANDED SERVICE OPERATIONS. THIS COULD BE VERY DETRIMENTAL TO LONG-TERM TRANSIT VISION AND REGIONAL COMPETITIVENESS OF PINELLAS COUNTY. ON A REALLY POSITIVE, GOOD NOTE, OUR NEW ELECTRIC BUS SERVICE CONTINUES TO RUN VERY EFFECTIVELY IN DOWNTOWN ST. PETERSBURG, AND HAS HAD, SINCE OCTOBER, AN 80% INCREASE OVER PREVIOUS MONTHS. FDOT IS RELEASING A SIGNED BILL PROJECT, IN LATE SPRING, TO HARDEN AND EXPAND THE SHOULDERS TO 12 FEET WIDE USE BY BUSES. AND THAT TO ADVANCE OUR BRT CONCEPT FROM DOWNTOWN ST. PETE TO GANDY BOULEVARD. BUSES WILL BE ABLE TO TRAVEL ON THE SHOULDERS AT NO MORE THAN 15 MILES AN HOUR ABOVE THE SPEED OF GENERAL TRAFFIC WHEN GENERAL TRAFFIC EXCEEDS — SPEEDS FALL BELOW 35 MILES PER HOUR. AND OUR NEXT BOARD MEETING IS ON FEBRUARY 27th, AT 9:00 A.M.>>DAVE EGGERS: THANK YOU. ANY QUESTIONS FOR PSTA? ALL RIGHT. TELL US ABOUT TBARTA.>>JANET LONG: TBARTA. OKAY. JUST HOLD ON ONE SECOND. WHAT DID THE I DO WITH MY PAPERWORK? HERE WE GO. TBARTA. GOSH, WE’RE WORKING ON SO MANY DIFFERENT THINGS AT TBARTA IT’S HARD TO KNOW WHICH PIECE TO HIGHLIGHT FIRST. BUT OUR GOVERNING BOARD APPROVED A RESOLUTION, AND ALLOWING OUR EMPLOYEES TO PARTICIPATE IN THE FLORIDA RETIREMENT SYSTEM, WHICH THEY HAD NEVER DONE BEFORE. SO, SLOWLY BUT SURELY WE’RE BECOMING A VERY REAL TRANSIT AGENCY. TBARTA GOVERNING BOARD ALSO APPROVED A TELEWORK POLICY AND PROCEDURE WHICH ALLOWS SOME OF OUR TBARTA EMPLOYEES TO DO WORK FROM WHEREVER THEY MIGHT BE, AT HOME OR ON THE ROAD, OR IN A SATELLITE LOCATION. I DON’T LIKE THAT ON THE ROAD PART. BECAUSE THAT MAKES ME A LITTLE NERVOUS. BUT. THE TBARTA GOVERNING BOARD APPROVED THE FIRST AMENDMENT TO THE PROCUREMENT POLICY AND GUIDELINES TO ALLOW THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR SIGNING AUTHORITY FOR PURCHASES UP TO $50,000. WE APPROVED A THREE-YEAR BASE — THREE-YEAR BASE TERM CONTRACT WITH TWO ONE-YEAR OPTIONS TO TINDALE OLIVER, NOT TO EXCEED FIVE YEARS OR $600,000 ON OUR AUDITING PLAN. THE SERVICES APPROVED A — NO, THAT’S THE SAME THING. EXCUSE ME. NATALIE KING FROM RSA CONSULTING PROVIDED BOARD MEMBERS WITH A LIST OF STATE LEGISLATIVE UPDATES THAT COULD POTENTIALLY IMPACT TBARTA AND I HAVE ALL OF THOSE AVAILABLE FOR YOU IF YOU’RE INTERESTED. BUT THAT HOUSE BILL 385, AS IT IS FOR PSTA, IS PROBABLY — IS VERY PROBLEMATIC FOR US. SO, HOPEFULLY WE CAN ALL GET ON THE SAME — WHIT’S SHAKING HIS HEAD. SO HE KNOWS. AND SEAN SULLIVAN FOR THE TAMPA BAY REGIONAL PLANNING COUNCIL MADE HIS PRESENTATION ON THE TAMPA BAY RESILIENCY COALITION EFFORT THAT I THINK ALL OF YOU HEARD ME TALK ABOUT AD INFINITE UP FOR THE LAST YEAR. WE CONTINUE TO PUSH THE NEW INITIATIVE TO BRING OUR BUSINESS COMMUNITY ON BOARD SO THAT WE ARE REALLY CREATING A RESILIENCY PLAN NOT ONLY IN OUR REGION BUT HOPEFULLY STATEWIDE. THAT’S THE END OF MY REPORT.>>DAVE EGGERS: COMMERCIALER SEEL DID YOU HAVE ANYTHING YOU WANTED TO ADD?>>JANET LONG: COMMISSIONER SEEL DID I LEAVE OUT ANYTHING?>>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: NO, IT WAS A FAIRLY INOKAY WUS MEETING.>>DAVE EGGERS: THANK YOU APPRECIATE THE UPDATES.>>WITH PSTA IT’S COME TO OUR ATTENTION A COUPLE MEMBERS IN OUR CITY, THE TRASH BINS ARE NOT BEING REMOVED AND THEY’RE FILLING UP QUITE HIGH, AND OVERFILLING. CAN YOU HAVE YOUR STAFF FROM PSTA LOOK INTO THAT?>>JANET LONG: THE TRASH BINS?>>YEAH, THEY’RE KIND OF EXCEEDING THE LIMIT OF FULLNESS. BEST WAY TO PUT IT.>>DAVE EGGERS: THEY’RE OVERFLOWING?>>YES. SO, IF YOU CAN HAVE YOUR STAFF — A COUPLE OF OUR COMMISSIONERS HAVE BROUGHT IT TO THE ATTENTION.>>JANET LONG: OKAY. I WILL MAKE THAT A POINT.>>DAVE EGGERS: I SEE YOU HIDING BACK THERE. OKAY. THANK YOU. SANDRA, SHE PAYING ATTENTION?>>DAVE EGGERS: YES, SHE WAS. SHE WAVED A MINUTE AGO.>>JANET LONG: I ALSO WANT TO SHARE, IT WASN’T ON MY REPORT BUT WE’VE BEEN MEETING WITH THOSE FIVE CITIES THAT ARE NOT PART OF OUR AD VALOREM REVENUE STREAM, AND INTERESTINGLY ENOUGH, YOU KNOW, OUR BUSES DO GO THROUGH THOSE CITIES TO PROVIDE SERVICE TO THE NEXT CITY BEYOND THEM. SO I LOOK FOR THAT TO COME BACK AT SOME LEVEL. I DON’T KNOW IF IT WILL COME HERE, WHIT, OR IF YOU’VE HAD ANY OF THOSE CONVERSATIONS WITH BRAD. BUT, THAT HAPPENED AS A RESULT OF A RESOLUTION THAT WAS PUT IN PLACE IN THE 1970s. I THINK WE CAN ALL AGREE SINCE 1970 UNTIL TODAY THE WORLD IS A MUCH DIFFERENT PLACE AND IT’S TIME TO TAKE A LOOK AT THAT AGAIN AS WE MOVE FORWARD SO YOU’LL BE HEARING MORE ABOUT THAT FROM ME AS THE YEAR GOES BY. TOO LATE TO DO ANYTHING ABOUT IT THIS YEAR BUT I VENTURE TO SAY IT WILL BE HIGH ON OUR LIST COME NEXT FALL.>>DAVE EGGERS: THANK YOU. ANYBODY, ANYBODY OTHER QUESTIONS?>>JANET LONG: KAREN’S LOOKING AT ME FUNNY.>>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: OH, NO I WAS JUST THINKING OF — WELL BECAUSE IT HAD TO BE A LOCAL BILL.>>JANET LONG: IT HAS TO BE AN AMENDMENT TO THE LOCAL BILL. CORRECT. WHICH IS WHY I SAID IT’S TOO LATE TO DO ANYTHING THIS YEAR.>>KENNETH WELCH: TO THAT POINT, MR. CHAIRMAN, YOU KNOW, WE’VE BEEN TALKING ABOUT THAT FOR A LONG TIME.>>JANET LONG: I KNOW, WE HAVE.>>KENNETH WELCH: SO WE HAVE A LEGISLATIVE COMMITTEE, THE COUNTY HAS A LEGISLATIVE PLATFORM. IF WE WANT TO — >>JANET LONG: THAT’S WHY I’M BRINGING IT UP.>>KENNETH WELCH: IF IT NEEDS TO BE CHANGED, I THINK WE ALL OUGHT TO TALK ABOUT THAT AND HAVE IT IN OUR PLATFORMS.>>JANET LONG: I AGREE.>>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: ALSO THE MILLAGE LEVEL. IF YOU’RE GOING TO OPEN IT UP YOU MIGHT AS WELL TALK ABOUT THE MILLAGE.>>JULIE WARD BUJALSKI: I AGREE WITH THAT ONE, FOR SURE. BOTH OF THEM, REALLY. BOTH OF THEM. THEY BOTH NEED TO BE — >>I DO THINK THAT MESSAGE WAS HEARD PRETTY CLEAR IN OUR FUNDING WORKSHOP. WE WILL CONTINUE TO WORK WITH PSTA.>>KENNETH WELCH: I’M PUSHING HARDER THAN THAT. I’M SAYING IF WE WANT THAT TO BE CHANGED I THINK IT NEEDS TO BE IN EACH OF OUR LEGISLATIVE PLATFORMS. OR AT LEAST WE OUGHT TO TALK ABOUT WHETHER IT OUGHT TO BE IN OUR PLATFORMS WHEN WE TALK TO THE LEGISLATURE. BECAUSE THE LAST TIME WE TALKED ABOUT THIS, I THINK IT WAS SENATOR JONES, IT WAS THAT LONG AGO.>>JANET LONG: WELL HE’S THE ONE THAT PUT THE RESOLUTION IN PLACE. AND HE’S NOT HERE ANYMORE AS A SITTING MEMBER OF THE SENATE. AND THINGS HAVE CHANGED A LOT SINCE HE LIVED IN TREASURE ISLAND.>>KENNETH WELCH: ALL HANDS ON DECK APPROACH, THIS IS A PIECE THAT WE NEED TO INCLUDE.>>JANET LONG: I COULDN’T AGREE WITH YOU MORE. BECAUSE FAIR IS FAIR, AND IT’S NOT FAIR TO THE OTHER CITIES.>>KENNETH WELCH: WELL I THINK — >>JANET LONG: THERE’S FIVE OF THEM.>>KENNETH WELCH: BUT KENNETH CITY YOU LITERALLY WALK ACROSS THE STREET AND THERE’S YOUR SERVICE.>>ISN’TIVE OVER A MILLION DOLLARS OF REVENUE?>>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: NO IT’S LIKE FOUR OR FIVE.>>JULIE WARD BUJALSKI: JUST FOR THOSE CITIES. AND THEN IF YOU CAN RAISE THE MILLAGE RATE YOU CAN GET EVEN MORE. BUT BE CAPPED AT 0.75 FOR A COUNTY OF A MILLION PEOPLE, FOR THEIR TRANSIT SERVICE.>>JANET LONG: BUT IT’S NOT JUST COUNTY ANYMORE. WE GO OVER TO HILLSBOROUGH, AND WE GO DOWN TO MANATEE.>>JULIE WARD BUJALSKI: YEAH, I KNOW.>>JANET LONG: THIS IS A BIG, WIDE CONVERSATION, AND I BRING IT UP JUST BECAUSE I’VE BEEN ON PSTA SINCE I’VE BEEN A COUNTY COMMISSIONER. AND WE WERE TALKING ABOUT IT THEN AND WE’RE STILL TALKING. I THINK IN ALL THE OTHER TRANSIT BOARDS THAT I HAVE PARTICIPATED IN, WE HAVE MOVED BEYOND THE TALKING STAGE, AND ARE TAKING ACTION. SO NOW IT’S TIME THAT WE ALL TAKE ACTION AND ROW IN THE SAME DIRECTION. MY OPINION.>>DAVE EGGERS: THANK YOU, COMMISSIONER LONG.>>JANET LONG: YOU’RE WELCOME.>>DAVE EGGERS: ANYBODY ELSE? ALL RIGHT WE’RE GOING TO GO ON TO THE REGIONAL HOUSEHOLD TRAVEL SURVEY AND MICHELLE LEE FROM FDOT — THERE SHE IS. HI, MICHELLE. WELCOME.>>SO I DON’T TAKE UP TOO MUCH OF YOUR TIME, I’VE GOT COPIES OF THE PRESENTATION, AND THEN COPIES OF THE PRESS RELEASE FOR THE TRAVEL SURVEY. THERE SHOULD BE A PRESENTATION. THERE WE GO. SO THANK YOU FOR HAVING ME TODAY. I’M HERE TO GIVE YOU JUST A LITTLE BIT OF INFORMATION ABOUT THE REGIONAL HOUSEHOLD TRAVEL SURVEY THAT IS BEING SPONSORED BY FDOT, AND THERE ARE FIVE REGIONAL OR FIVE COUNTIES THAT ARE DOING THE SCREENING IN THE REGIONAL PLANNING AGENCY. I AM THE PROJECT DIRECTOR ON THE CONSULTANT TEAM FOR THIS PROJECT. THAT IS NOW UNDER WAY. IS SO I WANT TO MAKE YOU ALL AWARE OF THE SURVEY PROGRAM SO IF ANYBODY IN YOUR AGENCY, YOUR CONSTITUENTS, HAVE QUESTIONS ABOUT IT SO YOU’RE AWARE OF THE SURVEY. GIVE YOU A LITTLE BIT OF PROGRESS TO DATE AND EXPLAIN HOW YOU CAN HELP US GET MORE SURVEY DATA THAT WILL HELP WITH PLANNING IN PINELLAS COUNTY. SO THE SURVEY IS BEING CONDUCTED IN 2018 AND 2019. WE’RE ALREADY IN THE FIELD. THE PROGRAM ITSELF RIGHT NOW CONSISTS OF A HOUSEHOLD TRAVEL SURVEY WHICH IS ASKING ALL PARTICIPANTS IN A — OR ALL HOUSEHOLD MEMBERS TO PARTICIPATE IN THE SURVEY. WE’RE ALSO TARGETING AREAS THAT HAVE HIGH INCIDENCE OF SEASONAL RESIDENCE IN THE SAME SURVEY, AND THEN SOME OF OUR LARGER UNIVERSITIES IN THE REGION THAT WE WOULD CONSIDER TO BE SPECIAL GENERATORS. AND WE’LL DO A FOLLOW-ON SURVEY STARTING IN MAY FOR LONG-DISTANCE TRAVEL SO PEOPLE TRAVELLING FROM OUTSIDE THE FIVE COUNTY AREA TO CAPTURE THAT DATA, AS WELL. THE INFORMATION THAT THE SURVEY COLLECTS IS HOUSEHOLD DEMOGRAPHICS, WHERE PEOPLE TRAVEL, SO ORIGIN AND DESTINATION OF ALL THEIR TRAVEL. TRAVEL MODE AND TRIP PURPOSE. SO FOR EXAMPLE, WE ASK TAXI OR UBER OR LYFT, BECAUSE THERE’S LOTS OF DISRUPTION IN TRANSPORTATION THESE DAYS, AND THEN ALSO TRIP REPLACEMENT BEHAVIOR. SO WE PROBABLY ALL ORDER THINGS TO OUR HOUSE NOW INSTEAD OF GOING OUT TO PICK THEM UP. SO WE GET THAT INFORMATION, AS WELL. THE SURVEY HELPS WITH UPDATING TRANSPORTATION MODELS AND TO SUPPORT PLANNING.pBOTH THE ACTIR STEP MODELS IN THE FIVE COUNTY AREA THAT IS COMPROMISED OF FDOT DISTRICT 7, THE DATA WILL BE PROVIDED TO PINELLAS COUNTY FOR FORWARD PINELLAS AND THEN ALL THE OTHER REGIONAL COUNTIES FOR THEIR TRANSPORTATION PLANNING. WE OFFER THE SURVEY BOTH THROUGH DOWNLOADING A SMARTPHONE APP TO AN iPHONE, OR AN ANDROID. WE ALSO ARE DOING INTERCEPT AND E-MAIL RECRUITMENT, AND WE’RE OFFERING RAVEL AND DIRECT INCENTIVES. SO YOU’LL SEE HERE ON THE POSTCARD THAT YOU HAVE, ANYBODY WHO COMPLETES THE SURVEY CAN BE ENTERED INTO A RAFFLE FOR AN AMAZON GIFT CARD. THE SAMPLING STRATEGY IS TWO FOLD. WE DO PROBABILITY SAMPLING BY SENDING MAILED INVITATIONS TO HOUSEHOLDS THROUGHOUT THE REGION. THAT WAY WE CAN BE SURE THAT WE HAVE A GOOD GEOGRAPHIC AND DEMOGRAPHIC DISTRIBUTION ACROSS THE REGION. WE’RE ALSO REACHING OUT, AS I SAID, THROUGH E-MAIL AND DIRECT INTERCEPT AND CIRCLE MEDIA. THE GOAL IS TO COLLECT A MINIMUM OF 3,000 AND UP TO 6,000 HOUSEHOLDS, AND AS I SAID, IT WILL PROVIDE DATA FOR THE UPDATING THE MODELS. WE DO HAVE A SURVEY WEBSITE FROM HERE. YOU CAN ENTER THE PASSWORD THAT IS ON THE POSTCARD HERE OR ON THE WEBSITE, TO ACCESS THE WEB BASED SURVEY. THAT SAME PASSWORD IF YOU DOWNLOAD THE SMARTPHONE APP CAN BE USED TO PARTICIPATE IN THE SURVEY, AS WELL. WE’VE SENT 40,000 MAIL-INS THUS FAR, AND THROUGH THE END OF MARCH WE WILL SEND ANOTHER 150,000 MAILINGS REGIONWIDE. WE’VE ALSO DISTRIBUTED WELL OVER 5,000 POSTCARDS SO FAR. WE’RE ALSO TARGETING HOMEOWNERS ASSOCIATIONS AND ASKING THEM TO SPREAD THE WORD FOR US. WE’VE SENT 5,000 E-MAILS AND ANTICIPATE SENDING 10,000 TO 15,000 MORE E-MAILS REGIONWIDE. WE HAVE HAD SOME PRESS COVERAGE. THERE IS A PRESS RELEASE IN YOUR PACKET, AS WELL AS AN EXAMPLE THAT WAS ISSUED BY FDOT, AND THEN HOSTED BY THE METROPOLITAN PLANNING ORGANIZATIONS ON OUR BEHALF. WE’VE HAD SOME SOCIAL MEDIA TRACTION, AND BOTH 9 AND ABC LOCAL AFFILIATE HAVE DONE STORIES ON THE SURVEY. SO FAR WE’VE GOT ALMOST 1500 HOUSEHOLDS THAT HAVE RECRUITED IN THE SURVEY AND 4400 PERSONS. THERE’S A LAG TIME FOR COMPLETES BECAUSE WHAT WE DO IS ASSIGN A TRAVEL DATE IN THE FUTURE THAT IS A MONDAY — OR TUESDAY, WEDNESDAY, OR THURSDAY ARE THE FOCUS DAYS BECAUSE THAT’S THE MOST TYPICAL TRAVEL. SO FAR WE’VE COLLECTED ALMOST 6300 TRIPS. AND THEN WE’RE JUST ASKING FOR YOU TO HAVE THE KNOWLEDGE OF THE SURVEY. TO TAKE THE SURVEY BECAUSE YOU ARE IN THE REGION, INVITE YOUR NETWORKS OR PEBBLE SIZE THE SURVEY IF YOU’RE WILLING TO DO SO. AND THEN WE RECOMMEND, YOU KNOW, YOU SHARE, OR YOU CAN JUST SHARE YOUR CONTACTS WITH US, AND WE CAN REACH OUT TO THEM. BUT WHAT’S MOST IMPORTANT TO US IS THAT PINELLAS COUNTY IS WELL REPRESENTED IN THIS SURVEY, IT’S SUCH A DYNAMIC AND CHANGING REGION. IT’S BEEN MANY YEARS SINCE YOU’VE HAD ROBUST ACTUAL TRAVEL BEHAVIOR DATA THAT’S REPORTED BY HOUSEHOLDS. YOU’VE GOT SOME DATA THAT HAS BEEN REPORTED ABOUT HOW THEY FEEL ABOUT TRANSPORTATION, LIKE DO YOU LIKE BIKE PATHS MORE THAN OTHER THINGS. OR BIKE SHARE, BUT AS FAR AS HOW PEOPLE ACTUALLY MOVE WITHIN THE REGION, THERE’S A HIGH DEMAND FOR HAVING THAT INFORMATION AND THAT’S WHAT WE’RE COLLECTING. MY CONTACT INFORMATION IS ON YOUR MATERIALS. IT’S ALSO ON THE LAST SLIDE HERE. I’M THE PROJECT DIRECTOR. YOU CAN CONTACT ME OR ORION WELLING WHO IS THE PROJECT MANAGER AND ANY IDEAS OR HELP YOU CAN PROVIDE, WE APPRECIATE IT.>>DAVE EGGERS: MICHELLE, THANK YOU. WE SAID THE GOAL WAS TO PROVIDE NEEDED — DATA NEEDED TO UPDATE THE TRAVEL MODELS, AND THEN YOU SAID IT’S A TRAVEL BEHAVIOR DATA, RIGHT.>>THAT’S CORRECT.>>DAVE EGGERS: SO I HAVE A DEAR FRIEND OF MINE, JIM HARPON WHO I KNOW MAYOR BUDJALSKI KNOWS FROM DUNEDIN WHO IS INVOLVED IN TRANSIT, HAD A LOT OF QUESTIONS, AND VERY PERSUASIVE IN MANY WAYS, BUT CERTAINLY WANTED TO GET HIS THOUGHTS. AND HE ALWAYS TALKED ABOUT THIS COMPONENT, MISSING IN A LOT OF OUR CONVERSATIONS. SO THAT YOU COULD REALLY UNDERSTAND WHY PEOPLE — WHERE PEOPLE WERE COMING FROM, AND WHERE THEY WERE GOING, AND WHY.>>RIGHT.>>DAVE EGGERS: SO I KNOW WE ARE HAVING A MEMORIAL SERVICE FOR HIM THIS WEEKEND. I KNOW HE’S PROBABLY LOOKING DOWN SAYING YES, THAT’S KIND OF WHAT I WAS LOOKING FOR. REALLY, I THINK THIS IS IMPORTANT TO TRY TO UNDERSTAND SOME OF THAT MOVEMENT, AND WHY WE’RE DOING IT, AND WHEN WE’RE DOING IT, AND WHERE WE’RE GOING FROM AND TO. SO APPRECIATE THE — >>WELL, TO BE HONEST WITH YOU, WE’LL COLLECT DATA FROM AS MANY HOUSEHOLDS AS POSSIBLE, AND YOU KNOW, PROCESS THAT DATA, AND REALLY THE MORE THE BETTER. IN ORDER TO GET A REPRESENTATIVE SAMPLE OF THE REGION. SO ANYTHING THAT YOU ALL CAN DO TO HELP SPREAD THE WORD, WE WOULD APPRECIATE IT. WE’RE HAPPY TO HELP IN ANY WAY WE CAN.>>DAVE EGGERS: COMMISSIONER LONG?>>JANET LONG: MR. CHAIR, YES, AS CHAIR OF THIS BOARD AND COMMISSIONER SEEL IS CHAIR OF OUR COUNTY COMMISSIONER BOARD, IT OCCURS TO ME THAT IT MIGHT BE A GOOD VEHICLE TO ASK OUR COMMUNICATIONS TEAM TO PUT THIS OUT. BECAUSE WE HAVE A VAST NETWORK OF CITIZENS THROUGHOUT THE COUNTY THAT OUR COMMUNICATIONS FOLKS WORKS WITH AND IT’S JUST ONE MORE WAY OF GETTING THE NEWS OUT THERE.>>THAT WOULD BE EXCELLENT. WE ARE WORKING WITH THE FDOT D-7 COMMUNICATIONS TEAM, THE FORWARD PINELLAS COMMUNICATIONS TEAM. I PRINTED OUT COPIES OF THE E-MAIL, AND THE PRESS RELEASE, AND THEN SOME TALKING POINTS, AS WELL. THOSE ARE ALSO AVAILABLE FOR DOWNLOAD THROUGH A PROMOTION PACK. AND WE’RE VERY CLOSE TO HAVING A COUPLE OF SHORT VIDEOS AVAILABLE THAT CAN BE ALSO DISTRIBUTED THROUGH, YOU KNOW, FACEBOOK, INSTAGRAM, TWITTER, THINGS LIKE THAT.>>JANET LONG: AND THEN MANY OF US, IF I MIGHT MR. CHAIR, FOLLOW UP, MANY OF US ARE INVOLVED IN A LOT OF PUBLIC SPEAKING. REQUESTS THAT WE GET. WE COULD ALSO ADD THAT IN TO OUR LITTLE — >>AND WE CAN PROVIDE MATERIALS FOR THAT. I ALSO HAVE A NUMBER OF ADDITIONAL OF THESE POSTCARDS HERE. IF ANYBODY WOULD LIKE TO TAKE SOME OF THOSE WITH YOU I CAN HAND THEM OUT. WE CAN GET MORE IF THAT WOULD BE HELPFUL, AS WELL.>>DAVE EGGERS: SOUNDS GOOD.>>KENNETH WELCH: THANK YOU FOR BEING HERE. JUST NOT A CONSTRUCTIVE CRITICISM, BUT JUST A POINT THAT YOU MAY HAVE ALREADY CONSIDERED. I NOTICED YOUR WEB INTERFACE IS VERY MOBILE FRIENDLY SO YOU COULD TAKE IT RIGHT ON YOUR PHONE. I’M WONDERING WHY YOU’RE ASKING, WHEN I SEE DOWNLOAD AN APP IT KIND OF SLOWS ME DOWN. BECAUSE I DON’T WANT TOION LOAD AN APP UNNECESSARILY. WHY DID YOU ALL FOCUS ON DOWNLOADING IF IT’S ALREADY MOBILE FRIENDLY?>>THAT’S A GREAT QUESTION. BECAUSE WHEN YOU DOWNLOAD THE APP, WE COLLECT DATA FOR FIVE TRAVEL DAYS RATHER THAN JUST ONE. ONCE YOU DOWNLOAD THE APP, IT’S NOT VERY BURDENSOME TO ANSWER THE QUESTIONS. AND BECAUSE, AS — BECAUSE THERE’S SO MUCH MORE DAY-TO-DAY VARIABILITY IN TRAVEL PATTERNS NOW THAN THERE WERE EVEN A FEW YEARS AGO WITH WORK FROM HOME OPPORTUNITIES AND OTHER THINGS. SO THAT IS WHY.>>KENNETH WELCH: GREAT ANSWER.>>THE APP ALSO PROMPTS YOU, SO AS YOU TRAVEL AROUND YOU’RE GET A PROMPT — >>KENNETH WELCH: I’M TRYING TO GO ON AN APP DIET. [LAUGHTER]>>JANET LONG: HOW MANY APPS DO YOU HAVE ANYWAY?>>KENNETH WELCH: I DON’T KNOW.>>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: I WAS CURIOUS HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE THE TYPICAL PERSON TO DO THE SURVEY?>>IT’S A TWO-PART SURVEY. IT DEPENDS ON YOUR HOUSEHOLD SIZE BUT IT TAKES ROUGHLY FIVE TO SEVEN MINUTES TO FILL OUT THE BASIC DEMOGRAPHIC INFORMATION THAT CUSTOMIZES THE SURVEY FOR YOU. SO IT WILL ASK FOR INITIALS, OF THE PEOPLE IN YOUR HOUSEHOLD. SO WE CAN GET VEHICLE, YOU KNOW VEHICLE OCCUPANCY, HOW MANY PEOPLE TRAVELLED WITH YOU. AND THEN IT DEPENDS ON LIKE THE FOR THE ONE-DAY SURVEY FOR A ONE-DAY HOUSEHOLD THE REPORT TRAVEL TAKES A LITTLE LESS THAN TEN MINUTES. IF YOU DO IT ON THE WEB, WE’VE DONE A LOT OF RESEARCH, PEOPLE ACTUALLY REPORT THAT IT’S LESS BURDENSOME TO DO IT ON THE APP, BECAUSE IT REFLECTS A MAP BACK TO YOU. AND THEN JUST ASKS YOU A COUPLE OF QUESTIONS. WHERE THE WEB-BASED SURVEY, YOU HAVE TO ACTUALLY ENTER AND I WENT FROM HERE AND THEN I WENT FROM THERE AND THEN IT SHOWS ON THE MAP.>>JUST A QUESTION I’M ON YOUR WEBSITE RIGHT NOW AND ALMOST TO COMMISSIONER WELCH’S POINT, BECAUSE I SHARE SO MUCH WITH CONSTITUENTS ON SOCIAL MEDIA I WOULD LOVE TO BE ABLE TO SHARE THIS ON MY SOCIAL MEDIA PAGE. BUT IF I JUST USE YOUR LINK, IT’S GOING TO TAKE THEM RIGHT IN TO THE SURVEY ONLINE. I WOULD RATHER THEM DO THE APP SO THAT IT IS BETTER INFORMATION. IS THERE A WAY THAT YOU CAN MAKE YOUR HOME PAGE TALK MORE ABOUT THE APP, AND HOW TO UTILIZE THAT SO THAT CAN BE SHARED?>>ACTUALLY IT’S A GREAT POINT. YOU ARE CORRECT THAT WHEN YOU GO IN IT TAKES YOU RIGHT TO THE WEB SURVEY. IT ASKS YOU JUST THOSE FEW BASIC DEMOGRAPHIC QUESTIONS. AND THEN IT GIVES YOU THE OPPORTUNITY TO DOWNLOAD THE APP THERE.>>I GOT IT.>>SO ONE OF THE QUESTIONS THAT IT ASKS IF YOU HAVE iPHONE OR ANDROID.>>OKAY.>>AND SO THERE IS THE OPTION TO GO THAT DIRECTION, AS WELL.>>PERFECT. SO IF WE GO AHEAD AROUND DIRECT PEOPLE TO THE WEBSITE IT WILL EVENTUALLY GET THEM TO THE APP.>>IT WILL. BUT THAT’S A GOOD POINT. WE MAY BE ABLE TO ENHANCE THE FRONT PAGE AND SAY YOU CAN GO RIGHT HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE APP, RATHER THAN GO THROUGH THE OTHER WAY.>>BRANDI GABBARD: THANK YOU.>>DAVE EGGERS: ANYBODY ELSE? COMMISSIONER SEEL, WHO CAN SHE GET A HOLD OF, DO YOU THINK, TO TALK TO OUR COMMUNICATIONS FOLKS? YOUR OFFICE?>>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: YEP.>>DAVE EGGERS: WOULD BE GREAT IF YOU COULD THEN MAYBE WE CAN PLUG YOU IN TO COMMUNICATIONS HERE AT THE COUNTY.>>THAT WOULD BE EXCELLENT. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR YOUR TIME. APPRECIATE IT.>>DAVE EGGERS: THANKS. OKAY. CHELSEA. HERE SHE COMES. RARING TO GO. TO GIVE US AN UPDATE ON THE ADVANTAGE PINELLAS PLAN. WELCOME.>>GOOD MORNING. AFTERNOON. WHATEVER IT IS. SO, FOR THE MONTHLY UPDATE ON ADVANTAGE PINELLAS WE’RE GOING TO BE VERY BRIEF TODAY. JUST KIND OF WANT TO WALK YOU THROUGH SOME OF THE ACTIVITIES WE’VE HAD GOING ON AND WHAT WE HAVE COMING UP IN THE NEXT COUPLE OF MONTHS. WE’VE BEEN WORKING ON THESE THREE BIG THINGS HERE ON THE SCREEN. REFINEMENTS FOR POPULATION EMPLOYMENT FORECAST. PUBLIC OUTREACH, AND THEN WHAT WE’RE CALLING OUR NEEDS PLAN. SO JUST KIND OF REMIND YOU, WE HAVE THOSE SURVEYS, STATISTICALLY VALID ONE OF THE PUBLIC THIS PAST YEAR AND WE HAD A FEW KEY TAKEAWAYS. AND THESE KEY TAKEAWAYS ARE REALLY GOING TO HELP US SHAPE WHAT PROJECTS WE SELECT TO PUT IN THE LONG RANGE PLAN OR WHAT WE’RE CALLING ADVANTAGE PINELLAS. THE FIRST ONE WAS THAT PINELLAS COUNTY RESIDENTS WANT A SAFE AND EFFICIENT TRANSPORTATION SYSTEM. PEOPLE WANT BETTER TIMED LIGHTS AND MORE THAN HALF OF PARTICIPANTS WERE WILLING TO EXCHANGE LOWER SPEEDS FOR SAFER STREETS. SO THAT’S VERY FORTUNATE AS WE DECIDE WHAT PROJECTS WE ADVANCE FOR FUNDING, AND THAT POINT RIGHT THERE, ACTUALLY VERY IMPORTANT OUR NEXT PRESENTATION TO START TALKING ABOUT SAFETY PERFORMANCE MEASURES AND TARGETS. THE SECOND KEY TAKEAWAY WAS THAT PEOPLE WANTED EASY ACCESS FROM THEIR NEIGHBORHOOD TO THEIR DESTINATIONS. PEOPLE DID NOT WANT A VERY LONG COMMUTE. AND MORE THAN 85% OF PEOPLE BELIEVE THAT FREQUENT AND RELIABLE TRANSIT IMPROVED THE AREA’S ECONOMIC VALUE. SO OUR RESIDENTS REALLY DO SEE THE VALUE IN TRANSIT IN PINELLAS COUNTY. AND THE THIRD WAS THAT THE BIGGEST BARRIERS TO TRANSIT ARE RELIABILITY, FREQUENCY, AND EFFICIENCY. AND THIS IS SOMETHING THAT WE SAW OVER AND OVER AGAIN. IF WE HAD BETTER TRANSIT SERVICE, OPERATING MORE FREQUENTLY, LONGER HOURS, PEOPLE WOULD DEFINITELY BE MORE WILLING TO RIDE IT. IN ADDITION TO THAT, YOU HAVE IT’S TIME TAMPA BAY OUTREACH THE ONLINE METROQUEST SURVEY. WE HAD GREAT RESULTS AND SPENT A LOT OF TIME COMPARING THAT TO THE STATISTICALLY VALID SURVEY AND THERE WAS A LOT OF OVERLAP. WE SAW VERY CONSISTENT RESULTS. SO IT WAS A REALLY GOOD OUTCOME TO BE ABLE TO KNOW THAT WE COULD USE THE RESULTS OF BOTH OF THESE SURVEY EFFORTS AS WE MOVE FORWARD WITH THE LONG RANGE PLAN. WE’VE BEEN DOING A LOT OF PUBLIC OUTREACH. THOSE ARE ALL EVENTS THAT WE’VE BEEN TO. JUST IN THE PAST COUPLE OF MONTHS. THE LAST TWO WE HAVE THOSE COMING UP, WE’LL BE PARTICIPATING IN THE HERITAGE VILLAGE FOLK FESTIVAL NEXT WEEKEND. AND ALSO WE HAD AN INVITATION FROM USF ST. PETE TO COME TO ONE OF THEIR EVENTS WITH ALL THEIR STUDENTS. SO WE’RE OUT THERE, WE’RE TALKING TO PEOPLE ABOUT WHAT THEIR PRIORITIES ARE FOR TRANSPORTATION. HOW THEY WANT US TO INVEST THEIR TAX DOLLARS IN TRANSPORTATION IMPROVEMENTS AND THIS WILL LEAD UP TO THE FINAL PROJECTS WE INCLUDE IN THE PLAN. WE STARTED TARGETED PRESENTATIONS TO HOMEOWNERS AND COMMUNITY GROUPS AND WE’RE REACHING OUT TO UNDERSERVED COMMUNITIES TO MAKE SURE WE’RE TALKING TO EVERYONE COUNTYWIDE. AND WE’RE ALSO LOOKING AT DOING A LITTLE MORE ONLINE ENGAGEMENT IN THE NEXT COUPLE OF MONTHS. WE’LL TAKE THAT AND PRIORITIZE BY MODE AND PUT THAT ONLINE SO WE CAN GET MORE PEOPLE WEIGHING IN ON WHAT MODES THEY THINK THEY’RE TAX DOLLARS SHOULD BE INVESTED IN AS WE DEVELOP THE NEEDS PLAN. WE DID COMMIT TO A SERIES OF THREE FOCUS GROUPS. WE HAD ONE LAST DECEMBER WHERE WE DID A DEEPER DIVE INTO THE SURVEY RESULTS. AND WE ALSO GOT SOME REALLY GOOD QUOTES THAT WE CAN USE AS WE DEVELOP THE FINAL PLAN. AND WE’RE TARGETING MAY FOR THAT SECOND FOCUS GROUP. AND WE’LL BE WORKING WITH THEM ON — WE’LL HAVE SOME PROJECTS AVAILABLE FROM OUR DRAFT PLAN TO REACT TO AND COMMENT ON AND THAT WILL HELP US PRIORITIZE THE PROJECTS THAT WILL THEN MATCH UP AGAINST THE AVAILABLE RESOURCES FOR TRANSPORTATION IMPROVEMENT. SO THIS MAP RIGHT HERE, THIS IS A VERY DRAFT BUT THIS SHOWS KIND OF OUR REGIONAL NEEDS. WHAT WE DO IS WE SAY, OKAY, BETWEEN NOW AND 2045, WHAT PROJECTS DO WE NEED FOR THE REGION? AND THIS IS WHERE WE THROW KIND OF EVERYTHING POSSIBLE UNDER THE SUN, AND WE SAY, ALL RIGHT, WE KNOW THAT WE NEED THESE FOR MOBILITY IN THE NEXT 20 TO 25 YEARS. THEN WE KIND OF TAKE A STEP BACK AND SAY THIS IS HOW MUCH MONEY WE HAVE. AND SO THAT’S WHEN WE START ALIGNING THE RESOURCES WITH THE PROJECTS, AND THAT WILL BE THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE COST FEASIBLE PLAN AND THAT WILL BE COMING IN THE JUNE/JULY TIME FRAME FOR YOUR REVIEW AND INPUT. AND WITH THAT I’LL TAKE ANY QUESTIONS YOU MAY HAVE.>>DAVE EGGERS: ANY QUESTIONS?>>I WOULD JUST LIKE TO ADD ONE THING TO CLARIFY A LITTLE BIT ABOUT THE NEEDS PLAN. IT’S NOT A LIST OF EVERYTHING UNDER THE SUN. I JUST WANT TO CLARIFY THAT A LITTLE BIT. WE ARE TRYING TO BE REAL STRATEGIC ABOUT WHAT THE NEEDS IN PINELLAS COUNTY ARE. AND REALLY, YOU KNOW, IF YOU TALK TO TWO DIFFERENT PEOPLE AND LOOK AT THE SAME ROAD, THERE MIGHT BE TWO DIFFERENT NEEDS THERE. SO IT’S REALLY A BALANCING ACT OF WHAT’S APPROPRIATE FOR THE CORRIDOR, WHAT CAN WE ACCOMMODATE IN THE CORRIDOR AND YOU’LL HEAR MORE OF THAT A LITTLE BIT LATER IN THE ALT U.S. 19 CORRIDOR PRESENTATION WHERE THAT BALANCING ACT IS REALLY BEING PLAYED OUT IN REALTIME. BUT I JUST DID WANT TO CLARIFY THAT. THE NEEDS PLAN IS NOT A CATCH-ALL FOR ANYBODY’S PROJECT THAT THEY EVER THOUGHT OF. IT IS BASED ON DATA. IT IS BASED ON ANALYSIS. AND IT IS BASED ON SOME TRADEOFFS, THAT WE ARE GOING TO PRESENT TO YOU WHEN WE GET TO THAT POINT. JUST WANTED TO CLARIFY.>>DAVE EGGERS: AND THAT PLAN TO BE VOTED ON FINALLY, WHEN WOULD THAT HAPPEN?>>SO THE NEEDS PLAN WILL BE GENERALLY MAY/JUNE TIME FRAME FOR APPROVAL BY THIS BOARD AND THEN THE FINANCIALLY FEASIBLE PLAN WOULD BE GENERALLY AROUND SEPTEMBER. PRIOR TO — WE ADOPT IN NOVEMBER. BUT WE WILL GIVE YOU AN OPPORTUNITY TO PREVIEW THAT AT LEAST BY SEPTEMBER. AND THAT’S REALLY WHERE WE ALLOCATE FUTURE REVENUES TO WHICH PROJECTS WE REALLY THINK WE CAN FINANCIALLY ACHIEVE.>>THAT’S THE FIRST PLAN THAT WE’VE DONE IN COMBINATION OF LAND USE?>>IT IS THE FIRST — >>DAVE EGGERS: TRANSPORTATION.>>TO BE ADOPTED AS AN INTEGRATED LAND USE AND TRANSPORTATION PLANNING AGENCY, CORRECT.>>I THINK THAT’S REALLY SIGNIFICANT. SO I THINK IT’S GOING TO BE SIGNIFICANT FOR PLANNING TRANSPORTATION PROJECTS FOR US. I LOOK FORWARD TO THE COMING YEAR FOR COMMENTS ON THIS.>>YOU SAY YOU’RE STILL LOOKING FOR COMMENTS AND THE NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATIONS TO REACH OUT. I KNOW RAY LOT OF PEOPLE THAT ARE ACTIVE IN THE CROWDUM COMMUNITY. WOULD YOU BE WILLING — >>ABSOLUTELY. ANY IDEAS BOARD MEMBERS HAVE FOR US TO PRESENT. PLEASE JUST LET US KNOW AND WE’LL BE HAPPY TO GO OUT TLP>>I’LL REINFORCE THAT. ANYTHING WHERE WE CAN GET IN FRONT OF PEOPLE WHO ARE YOUNGER WOULD BE LATE. A LOT OF THE PROJECTS IN THIS PLAN ARE GOING TO BE 20 TO 25 YEARS OUT.>>DAVE EGGERS: COUNCILWOMAN GABBARD?>>BRANDI GABBARD: I WANT TO GIVE CHELSEA A SHOUT-OUT. I PUT HER IN TOUCH WITH MY LARGEST HOA IN OUR AREA AND WITHIN A DAY SHE WAS BOOKED ON THE CALENDAR. SHE DEFINITELY WILL COME OUT AND GET WITH THEM QUICKLY. THANK YOU FOR THAT. I WANTED TO THANK YOU.>>DAVE EGGERS: ANY OTHER QUESTIONS.>>KENNETH WELCH: JUST REAL QUICK. ON THE LAST SLIDE, I THINK IT WAS THE CSX WAS DOTTED LINES?>>YES.>>KENNETH WELCH: WHAT ARE WE SAYING ABOUT THAT?>>WE’RE IDENTIFYING THAT AS A PIECE OF TRANSIT NEED FOR THE REGION.>>KENNETH WELCH: AND CAN WE PULL THAT UP? BECAUSE THAT WENT OVER — >>YES, THERE IS IT. THROUGH OLDSMAR.>>AND THERE’S A SPUR THAT GOES DOWN TOWARDS TAMPA INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT AND OVER TO THE USF AREA.>>KENNETH WELCH: SO THAT’S JUST KEEPING IT IN THE MIX?>>CORRECT.>>DAVE EGGERS: THAT’S PROBABLY ONE THAT AT LEAST RIGHT NOW I DON’T SEE THE POTENTIAL OF PUTTING THAT IN OUR FINANCIALLY FEASIBLE PLAN. YOU WOULD NEED THE LEGISLATURE TO ACT ON THAT AND DIRECT THE FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION TO ENTER INTO NEGOTIATIONS TO CSX TO PURCHASE THAT. WE’RE A WAYS. THAT’S NOT GOING TO HAPPEN THIS YEAR.>>DAVE EGGERS: ALL RIGHT, THANK YOU. ANYBODY ELSE? OKAY. LET’S MOVE ON TO THE SAFETY PERFORMANCE MEASURES AND TARGETS. CHELSEA? S.>>HERE WE GO. SO THIS MAY LOOK A LITTLE BIT FAMILIAR TO YOU. JUST AS A REMINDER, THESE ARE PERFORMANCE MEASURES AND TARGETS THAT WE FIRST SET PAST JANUARY AND WE UPDATE THEM EVERY YEAR. AS NEW DATA BECOMES AVAILABLE WE TAKE A STEP BACK AND LOOK AT THE TRENDS FOR THOSE SAFETY PERFORMANCE MEASURES, AND WE ALSO RE-EVALUATE OUR PROGRESS TOWARDS MEETING THE TARGETS THAT WE SET. THESE FIVE THAT ARE UP HERE ON YOUR SCREEN, THESE ARE THE PERFORMANCE MEASURES THAT WE CURRENTLY HAVE THAT ARE RELATED TO SAFETY. WE LOOK AT NUMBER OF FATALITIES, SENIORS INJURIES, FATALITY AND SENIORS INJURY RATES AND A COMBINATION OF FATALITIES AND SERIOUS INJURIES FOR NONMOTORIZED TRANSPORTATION. SO OUR BICYCLISTS AND PEDESTRIANS. SO THE WAY THE PROCESS IS, IN ABOUT AUGUST OF EACH YEAR, THE FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION COMES OUT AND THEY SET THEIR OWN TARGET FOR THESE SAFETY MEASURES. AND THEN EACH OF THE MPOs HAS THE ABILITY TO EITHER REINFORCE THE STATEWIDE TARGET OR SET OUR OWN. BACK IN AUGUST, D.O.T. DECLARED ALL FIVE SAFETY TARGETS TO BE SET AT ZERO. THIS IS VERY SIMILAR TO WHAT THEY DID THE YEAR BEFORE. WHEN I BROUGHT THIS TO THIS BOARD LAST YEAR, A DECISION WAS MADE THAT WHILE ZERO IS AN EXCELLENT ASPIRATIONAL GOAL THAT WE SHOULD ALL STRIVE TO ATTAIN IT’S NOT REALLY THAT LIKELY THAT IT’S GOING TO HAPPEN IN THE NEXT TWO YEARS, SO THIS BOARD TOOK ACTION TO SET A SOMEWHAT ASPIRATIONAL TARGET FOR EACH OF THE FIVE MEASURES. WHILE WORKING TOWARDS THAT VISION OF ZERO DEATHS. SO THESE ARE THE FIVE PERFORMANCE MEASURES FOR SAFETY. ON THE RIGHT-HAND SIDE, THOSE ARE THE TARGETS THAT THIS BOARD SET LAST YEAR. AND IT’S A TWO-YEAR TARGET. FOR AVERAGE ANNUAL FATALITIES THIS BOARD WAS TARGETING A 21% DECREASE AND YOU CAN SEE THE NUMBERS GOING ON DOWN. IN THE GREEN RIGHT THERE, THE% CHANGE OVER FIVE YEARS THAT’S SHOWING IN THE LAST FIVE YEARS THAT’S THE PROGRESS THAT WE’VE MADE KIND OF IN THAT DIRECTION. THAT’S THE DIRECTION THAT OUR NUMBERS ARE GOING. THESE NUMBERS WERE SET RIGHT HERE BY LOOKING AT A TWO-YEAR TREND LINE FROM OUR CURRENT NUMBER AND THEN WE LOOKED AT THE LOWEST NUMBER FOR THE PAST FIVE YEARS, AND THE PERCENT DIFFERENCE FROM THERE WAS WHAT WAS SET. SO STAFF IS ACTUALLY RECOMMENDING THAT WE TAKE A SIMILAR APPROACH. SO THIS CHART SHOWS THE AVERAGE ANNUAL FATALITIES, FIVE YEAR ROLLING AVERAGE NUMBERS TO HELP ACCOUNT FOR YEARS THAT MIGHT HAVE SOME SIGNIFICANT OUTLIERS. SO THE TWO-YEAR TREND LINE WOULD BE 111 AVERAGE ANNUAL FATALITIES. SO IF WE LOOK AT THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THAT 111 AND THE 99, THAT’S WHERE WE GET THE 10.8% DECREASE AND THAT WOULD BE STAFF’S RECOMMENDATION AS A TWO-YEAR TARGET TO THIS BOARD. VERY CONSISTENT WITH THE METHODOLOGY THAT WAS USED LAST YEAR. OUR NUMBER OF SERIOUS INJURIES HAS BEEN ON THE DECLINE. SO AGAIN WE LOOKED AT THE HIGHEST YEAR AND THE LOWEST YEAR AND DID THE AVERAGE. SO YOU’D BE LOOKING AT 17.7% DECREASE FOR THAT. THE FATALITY RATES HAS BEEN GOING UP. WE HAVE BEEN LOOKING AT A 10.7% DECREASE AND SERIOUS INJURY, THE INJURIES ARE DOWN, RATE IS DOWN SO WE’D BE RECOMMENDING A 19.8% DECREASE ON THAT ONE.>>DAVE EGGERS: ON THE PREVIOUS SLIDE WHERE THE LINE IS GOING UP, YOU TALKED ABOUT — NO, THE OTHER ONE. JUST SHOW ME HOW THAT’S A DECREASE? ON THE ANNUAL FATALITY.>>ON THE FATALITIES?>>YEAH.>>THE FATALITIES GOING UP WE’RE RECOMMENDING A TARGET FOR A DECREASE. WE WANT TO BE TARGETING A DECREASE IN OUR NUMBERS. WHAT’S IMPORTANT ABOUT THAT IS THE PROJECTS THAT WE PROGRAM, AND THE TRANSPORTATION IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM, THE FIVE-YEAR WORK PROGRAM THAT’S REALLY OUR VEHICLE TO MAKE SURE WE’RE MEETING OUR TARGET. BY SETTING A LOWER TAGATE IT REALLY ENCOURAGES US TO PROGRAM PROJECTS THAT WILL IMPROVE THE SAFETY OF OUR TRANSPORTATION NETWORK. SO THAT BICYCLE AND PEDESTRIAN FATALITY AND SERIOUS INJURIES KIND OF BEEN A LITTLE BUP, A LITTLE DOWN. LOOKS A LITTLE MORE PRONOUNCED ON THIS CHART BECAUSE IT STARTS AT 208 AND ONLY GOES TO 222. DOESN’T START AT ZERO. BUT THE TREND LINE IS 215. SO WHAT WE DID ON THIS ONE, INSTEAD OF TAKING THAT LAST YEAR OF THE TREND LINE, WE REALLY JUST TOOK THE PERCENT DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE HIGHEST AND THE LOWEST YEAR TO COME UP WITH A 1.7% DECREASE. SO THIS IS A STAFF RECOMMENDATION. WE TOOK THIS TO BOTH THE TCC AND THE CAC AND THEY BOTH RECOMMENDED APPROVAL. WITH ONE CAVEAT. THE TCC ASKED THAT IN THE FUTURE WE CONSIDER MOTORCYCLE CRASHES AND FATALITIES AS WELL SINCE WE HAVE SEEN A PRETTY DECENT SPIKE IN THOSE IN RECENT YEARS AND COMMIT TO BRINGING THAT BACK TO YOU AT A FUTURE MEETING. BUT FOR FATALITIES WE’RE RECOMMENDING THAT WE TARGET 10.8% DECREASE. 17.7% DECREASE FOR SERIOUS INJURIES. 10.7% FOR RATE OF FATALITIES. 19.8 FOR RATE OF SERIOUS INJURIES. AND THEN FOR NUMBER OF NONMOTORIZED FATALITIES AND SERIOUS INJURIES 1.7% DECREASE. AND PEOPLE WILL ALWAYS ASK HOW ARE WE GOING TO REACH THESE NUMBERS. EDUCATION AND ENFORCEMENT ARE TWO TOOLS THAT WE CAN USE. BUT REALLY THE MOST IMPORTANT THING IS IN ENNEARING AND DESIGN. OUR ROADWAYS ARE REALLY DESIGNED TO MOVE VEHICLES VERY QUICKLY. AND FEW ROADWAYS HAVE REALLY GREAT BICYCLE AND PEDESTRIAN ACCOMMODATIONS. AS WE CONSIDER WHAT PROJECTS WE PROGRAM FOR FUNDING THROUGH OUR PRIORITY LIST, THAT’S REALLY GOING TO BE OUR VEHICLE TO START REACHING THESE TARGETS THAT WE’RE SETTING.>>I’D ALSO LIKE TO POINT OUT, I’M SORRY COMMISSIONER, BUT THE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION IS PROGRAMMING LIGHTING PROJECTS AND THINGS LIKE THAT, SO LIGHTING, DESIGN, ALL OF THESE CONTRIBUTE, AND REALLY IT’S A SPEED ISSUE. BECAUSE YOU HAVE A LOT MORE FATALITIES WHEN CARS ARE STRIKING PEOPLE OR EACH OTHER AT 40, 45 MILES AN HOUR, AND UP. AND THE FATALITY RATE IS MUCH LOWER WHEN THE CRASHES OCCUR AT 20, 25 AND 30 MILES AN HOUR. SO WHEN WE BRING COMPLETE STREETS PROJECTS TO YOU, WHEN WE BRING CORRIDOR PLANS TO YOU, WHEN WE TALK ABOUT MIDBLOCK CROSSINGS AND FLASHING BEACONS AND THINGS LIKE THAT, IT’S FOR A REASON. TO NOT ONLY JUST COMPLY WITH THESE TARGETS, BUT TO IMPROVE THE SAFETY OF GETTING AROUND IN A PLACE THAT SHOULD BE MUCH EASIER TO GET AROUND ON FOOT ON BICYCLES THAN IT IS TODAY.>>DAVE EGGERS: COMMISSIONER WITCH?>>KENNETH WELCH: I WAS SURPRISED WHEN YOU SAID MOTORCYCLE FATALITIES AREN’T TRACKED.>>WE DO TRACK THEM. WHEN WE DO A TRENDS REPORT IT’S A BROADER OVERVIEW OF CRASHES. THE TCC FELT IT WAS AN APPROACH RAT TIME TO ADDRESS IT AS WELL. WE DO TRACK THOSE NUMBERS JUST KIND OF WITH A DIFFERENT 240D. METHOD.>>KENNETH WELCH: OKAY, AND WELL MAYBE I CAN GET WITH YOU ON THE SIDE. BECAUSE I’M STILL NOT UNDERSTANDING WHY WE HAVEN’T BEEN INCLUDING THAT.>>WELL, FOR THIS RIGHT HERE, THESE ARE THE PERFORMANCE TARGETS THAT WE’RE CURRENTLY — THE PERFORMANCE MEASURES AND TARGETS WE’RE CURRENTLY WORKING TOWARDS. WE JUST STARTED ESTABLISHING THIS WITHIN THE LAST YEAR AND WE PLAN ON EXPANDING IT IN THE FUTURE. SO, RIGHT NOW IT’S JUST ON THESE FIVE MEASURES WITH REGARDS TO SAFETY. BUT WE DO TRACK AND WE DO REPORT ON ALL CRASH TRENDS ON AN ANNUAL BASIS.>>KENNETH WELCH: SO WHAT I’M LOOKING AT NOW FATALITIES, SERIOUS INJURIES THAT EXCLUDES MOTORCYCLES?>>NO, THAT IS ALL. BUT WE DON’T — WE CALL OUT BICYCLE AND PEDESTRIANS SEPARATELY BUT THE TCC ASK THAT WE ALSO SEPARATELY CALL OUT MOTORCYCLES.>>KENNETH WELCH: OH, JUST BREAK IT OUT. THANK YOU.>>DAVE EGGERS: COUNCIL MEMBER RICE?>>DARDEN RICE: THANK YOU, CHAIR. I HAD A CONSTITUENT PUSH BACK ON OUR SAFETY STUDIES AND SAID, YOU KNOW, WHERE ARE YOU GETTING THIS FROM? YOU COULD BE COMPARING — YOU COULD BE COMPARING OUR URBAN ENVIRONMENT TO SOME DESOLATE, YOU KNOW, MIDWESTERN STATE TO MAKE IT LOOK LIKE OUR NUMBERS ARE HIGH. BUT ACTUALLY, OUR NUMBERS ARE HIGH IN AN APPLES TO APPLES COMPARISON, EVEN IN COMPARISON TO I THINK LIKE BROWARD COUNTY IS ANOTHER DENSELY POPULATED COUNTY IN FLORIDA, AND EVEN IN COMPARISON TO BROWARD, OUR NUMBERS ARE WAY HIGH.>>YES. ABSOLUTELY. AND YOU CAN TELL THAT JUST BASED ON THE RATES. WHEN WE COMPARE RATES AMONGST URBANIZED AREAS WE’RE CONSISTENTLY HIGHER THAN THOSE OTHERS.>>DAVE EGGERS: SO THE RATE IS BASED ON POPULATION. IT IS COMPARING APPLES TO APPLES OF LARGE URBAN COUNTIES.>>DAVE EGGERS: WELL, I REMEMBER WHEN THE SECRETARY FIRST STARTED, HERE, A COUPLE OF YEARS AGO, WOW. JUST SEEMS LIKE YOU STARTED RECENTLY. NO MORE RECENT THAN THAT. BUT ANYWAY, NUMBER ONE THING ON HIS LIST WAS SAFETY. SO IT’S NICE HAVING FDOT AT THE TABLE WITH US ON THIS. NOT THAT THEY ALWAYS AREN’T ON THAT. BUT I THINK YOU PULLED THAT OUT AS A REALLY IMPORTANT COMPONENT OF YOUR EFFORTS IN THE COMING YEARS AT THAT TIME. WE WERE AT A MEETING WHEN WAS IT, A WEEK AGO OR SO OVER IN ORLANDO, AND THERE WAS SOME DISCUSSION, POLK COUNTY, BECAUSE I’M THINKING ABOUT THIS. WE HAVE A TWO-YEAR PLAN. I DON’T KNOW HOW THINGS ARE GOING TO CHANGE. I MEAN IT JUST SEEMS LIKE WHAT ARE WE GOING TO DO TO ENERGIZE CHANGE. AND SO, WE WERE OVER AT A MEETING, AND POLK COUNTY CAME UP WITH THE KIND OF A PLEDGE — >>A PLEDGE TO DRIVE SLOWER FORM.>>DAVE EGGERS: IT WAS ACTUALLY THEY HAD AN INFORMATIONAL SHEET AT THE BOTTOM OF THE PLACE, THERE WAS A PLACE TO SIGN, WHERE I SAID THAT TO MY WIFE AND SHE SAYS WELL, ARE YOU GOING TO ABIDE BY YOUR SIGNATURE? I SAID I DON’T KNOW, I’M GOING TO TRY. IT WAS INTERESTING JUST THE FACT THAT WE WERE HAVING THE CONVERSATION AND TALKING ABOUT IT, THAT PEOPLE WERE MAKING A PERSONAL COMMITMENT, SLOWING DOWN. BECAUSE OBVIOUSLY THE SLOWING DOWN, THERE’S STATISTICS THAT TELL YOU IF YOU SLOW DOWN SO MUCH, IT REALLY SAVES LIVES, YOU KNOW, NUMBER OF — SEVERITY OF THE ACCIDENT GOES WAY DOWN. SO I THINK WE NEED TO DO SOMETHING THAT’S DIFFERENT. WHAT FDOT IS GOING TO BE DOING OVER THE NEXT YEAR OR TWO, WHAT WE’RE DOING IN EDUCATION, AND GETTING OUT THERE. BUT SOMETHING THAT’S A LITTLE BIT, I DON’T KNOW, SOUNDED KIND OF FUN TO DO, ACTUALLY, AND GET OUR COMMUNITIES INVOLVED. TO GET OUR MAYORS AND THE CITIES INVOLVED. AND JUST GET A WAY TO GET PEOPLE — I MEAN IT’S NOT LIKE WE’RE GOING TO — YOU SIGNED THIS AND YOU SPED SO NOW YOU GET TWICE THE SPEED LIMIT TICKET. NO WE’RE NOT GOING TO DO THAT. BUT SOMETHING WHERE IT GETS PEOPLE ENERGIZED AND INVOLVED. I THINK IT WOULD BE FUN AND DRAW ATTENTION TO IT. MAYBE GIVE US A CHANCE TO TURN THAT CURVE IF NOTHING ELSE.>>JANET LONG: MR. CHAIR?>>DAVE EGGERS: YES.>>JANET LONG: IS IT SPEED? OR IS IT TALKING ON THE PHONE?>>IT’S EVERYTHING. EVERY CRASH IS UNIQUE. EVERY FATALITY IS DIFFERENT. IT’S A COMBINATION OF FACTORS. THERE’S NO ONE THING.>>WE HAVE A LOT OF DISTRACTED DRIVING CRASHES. THAT’S FOR SURE. EVERY FACTOR COMES INTO PLAY. BUT ULTIMATELY SPEED IS THE ONE THING THAT YOU — THAT GIVES YOU REACTION TIME. SO EVEN IF SOMEBODY IS DISTRACTED, IF THEY’RE DRIVING REALLY FAST, THEY CAN’T RECOVER. SO IT’S A COMBINATION, AND SOMETIMES BASED ON THE ACCIDENT REPORTS WE SEE MORE THAN ONE OF THOSE FACTORS AT PLAY. I WANT TO REALLY BE CAREFUL ABOUT TRYING TO CHASE OUR TAIL IN LOOKING AT EVERY, YOU KNOW, HOW DO WE DEAL WITH THIS PROBLEM. HOW DO WE DEAL WITH THAT PROBLEM? I THINK THEY’RE IN GENERAL, IF WE’RE — IF WE’RE WORKING ON THE FIVE Es OF ENFORCEMENT, EDUCATION, ENCOURAGEMENT, ENGINEERING, ALL OF THOSE, IT TAKES A COMPREHENSIVE APPROACH. IT REALLY DOES. I WISH I COULD SAY THERE WAS ONE SINGLE FACTOR THAT WAS DRIVING ALL THIS. THE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION HAS DONE A GREAT JOB OF PERSONALIZING SOME OF THESE FATALITIES AND YOU HAVE THAT IN YOUR AGENDA PACKET. AND I MEAN THESE ARE REAL PEOPLE. AND THEY’RE NOT JUST BICYCLISTS OR SOME ANONYMOUS PERSON OUT THERE. IN FACT WE HAD A PRESENTATION FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH FLORIDA THAT TO OUR TECHNICAL COMMITTEE AND BICYCLE PEDESTRIAN ADVISORY COMMITTEE THAT SPOKE TO THE WAY THE MEDIA CHARACTERIZES SOME OF THESE CRASHES, THAT THERE IS A DEPERSONALIZATION OF CAR HITS PEDESTRIAN AND IT DOESN’T REALLY HIT HOME WITH THAT THAT THESE ARE HUSBANDS, FATHERS, WIVES, DAUGHTERS. SO IT’S A MULTIFACETED. AND I LOVE THE POLK COUNTY VIDEOS THAT THEY DID. WE WOULD LOVE TO BE ABLE TO REPLICATE THAT HERE. AND THEY’VE OFFERED TO LET US BUILD ON THAT PLATFORM. SO, I THINK IT’S A MULTIPRONGED APPROACH.>>DAVE EGGERS: WITHOUT QUESTION. BUT I THINK LIKE YOU SAID IT’S GOING TO TAKE ALL OF IT IF WE’RE GOING TO START TO CHANGE THAT DIRECTION WE’RE HEADING IN NOW. ANY OTHER QUESTIONS? CHELSEA? OKAY.>>WE HAVE TO TAKE ACTION — >>SO EVERYBODY COMFORTABLE WITH THE TARGETS THAT HAVE BEEN SET? THAT’S WHAT WE’RE TRYING TO DO HERE TODAY. SO IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS ON THAT ISSUE, OTHERWISE I NEED A MOTION AND A SECOND FOR THE TARGETS, THE MEASUREMENT TARGETS THAT HAVE BEEN PRESENTED.>>MOVE APPROVAL.>>SECOND.>>DAVE EGGERS: ALL THOSE IN FAVOR, SAY AYE. [AYES] ANY OPPOSED? THANK YOU, CHELSEA.>>AND I WILL LET YOU KNOW THAT WE — ONCE WE SET THESE TARGETS AND ADOPT THEM, WE DO NEED TO ADOPT THEM INTO THE TIP. SO NEXT MONTH YOU’LL HAVE A PROCEDURAL AMENDMENT IN FRONT OF YOU TO MAKE IT OFFICIAL.>>DAVE EGGERS: YOU’LL BRING THAT POLK COUNTY THING TO US, I’M SURE.>>WE’LL SEE WHAT WE CAN FIND.>>DAVE EGGERS: THANKS, CHELSEA. SHE’S NOT GOING ANYWHERE.>>STICKING AROUND.>>DAVE EGGERS: WE’RE GOING TO TALK COMPLETE STREETS AND PLANNING. COME ON UP, RODNEY.>>I’M GOING TO COVER THE COMPLETE STREETS PORTION OF THIS. JUST AS A REMINDER ABOUT COMPLETE STREETS PROGRAM, THIS IS THE THIRD YEAR THAT WE HAVE IT. THIS IS A COMPETITIVE GRANT PROGRAM WHERE WE OFFER UP TO $100,000, EACH YEAR FOR CONCEPT PLANNING PROJECTS AND UP TO $1 MILLION FOR CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS. AND REALLY THE INTENT OF THIS PROGRAM IS TO LEVERAGE OUR TRANSPORTATION FUNDING, TO PUT IT IN PLACE FOR THOSE PROJECTS THAT ARE GOING TO BRING ABOUT TRANSFORMIVE LAND USE CHANGE. WE DID RECEIVE FOUR APPLICATIONS IN THE CYCLE. TWO FOR CONCEPT PLANNING AND TWO FOR CONSTRUCTION. I’M GOING TO BRING BACK A RECOMMENDATION FOR AWARD TO YOU NEXT MONTH BUT I WANTED TO LET YOU KNOW WHAT WE DID RECEIVE. CITY OF CLEAR WATER COMMITTED A CONCEPT PLANNING APPLICATION FOR FORT HARRISON AVENUE. THIS IS A THREE MILE CORRIDOR FROM BELLEAIR UP TO PLEASANT. THEY’VE REQUESTED $50,000 AND ARE COMMITTING TO MATCHING THAT WITH 50%. THIS LINKS THREE ACTIVITY CENTERS, THE HOSPITAL, THE DOWNTOWN, AND THE NORTH MARINA AREA. THERE’S A LOT OF ROW VEHICLE OWNERSHIP RATES AND UNDERUTILIZED PROPERTIES ALONG THE CORRIDOR. AND THE CORRIDOR INCLUDES A TRAIL CROSSING, THE PINELLAS TRAIL CROSSES THROUGH THERE, AND ALSO A LOT OF TRANSIT FACILITIES. THE CITY OF ST. PETERSBURG REQUESTED UP TO $100,000 TO DEVELOP A COULDN’T SEPTEMBER PLAN FOR 18th AVENUE SOUTH. THEY’RE LOOKING AT SAFETY AND OPERATIONAL MODIFICATIONS. THERE ARE MINIMAL SIDEWALKS IN THIS AREA AND ALSO LOW VEHICLE OWNERSHIP RATES. THERE’S A SPEEDING ISSUE. IN THE AREA, BECAUSE THE TRAFFIC VOLUMES ARE NOT VERY HIGH. THERE AREN’T A LOT OF STOP LIGHTS AND THEY’RE SEEING A LOT OF CRASHES ALONG THE CORRIDOR. THEY WANT TO COME UP WITH A CONCEPT TO HELP RESOLVE THAT. AND ALSO, 17% OF THE PARCELS WITHIN A QUARTER MILE OF THE ROADWAY ARE VACANT. SO THERE’S SOME REDEVELOPMENT. THE CITY OF ST. PETE ALSO SUBMITTED AN APPLICATION FOR CONSTRUCTION. THIS WOULD BE FOR 22nd STREET SOUTH FROM ABOUT FIFTH AVENUE SOUTH DOWN TO I BELIEVE 11th AVENUE SOUTH. THIS IS ONE OF THE TOP CITY PRIORITIES. THEY REQUESTED THE FULL MILLION DOLLARS TO DO THIS CONSTRUCTION PROJECT. IT DOES INCLUDE A CROSSING OF THE PINELLAS TRAIL AT THE NORTHERN END OF THE CORRIDOR. IT GOES THROUGH THE WAREHOUSE ARTS DISTRICT. THIS WOULD ADD SOME ISLAND STREET PARKING, BIKE LANES AND STREET SCAPE ENHANCEMENTS WHILE CONNECTING THREE PARKS AND THERE’S A BIG JOBS CENTER IN THAT AREA RIGHT NOW, AS WELL. AND THE LAST APPLICATION THAT WE RECEIVED WAS FOR THE CITY OF DUNEDIN FOR SKINNER BOULEVARD. IF YOU RECALL, THE LAST YEAR WE DID AWARD THEM $100,000 TO DEVELOP A CONCEPT PLAN FOR THE ROADWAY. AND NOW THEY’RE ASKING FOR THE CONSTRUCTION FUNDING TO IMPLEMENT THAT PLAN. IT’S ABOUT A HALF MILE OF ROADWAY, WITH A MIX OF LAND USES ON EITHER SIDE. SOME REDEVELOPMENT CURRENTLY GOING ON IN THE AREA. AND THERE’S A STRONG NEED FOR SOME MULTIMODAL ACCOMMODATIONS. WITH THE TRAIL CROSSING, LOTS OF BIKE, LOTS OF GOLF CARTS IN THE AIR WHY AND SOME LOWER TRAFFIC VOLUMES WITH SOMETHING A LITTLE BIT DIFFERENT CAN BE DONE ALONG THE CORRIDOR. THIS ONE ALSO HAS SOME STRONG COMMUNITY SUPPORT. SO FOR THE NEXT STEPS ON THAT, WE DID BRING THESE PROJECTS TO THE TCC AND THE PAC FOR THEIR REVIEW. WE’VE ATUMBLED A SUBCOMMITTEE OF MEMBERS THAT DID NOT SUBMIT APPLICATIONS AND THEY’LL BE MEETING ON THIS FRIDAY TO COME UP WITH A RECOMMENDATION FOR FUNDING THAT WILL BE ENDORSED BY THE TCC LATER THIS MONTH AND BROUGHT BACK TO YOU NEXT MONTH FOR YOUR APPROVAL.>>DAVE EGGERS: ANY QUESTIONS? YES?>>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: I LOOKED AT THE DIFFERENT PROPOSALS AND I RECOGNIZE THIS IS KIND OF A NEWER PROGRAM SINCE I WAS FORMERLY ON THE MPO. AND I SEE A LOT OF THE BENEFITS, BUT I ALSO AM CONCERNED ABOUT SOME OF THE POTENTIAL RESULTS. THE 22nd STREET SOUTH.>>KENNETH WELCH: STREET NOT AVENUE.>>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: I THINK THAT IS AN IDEAL PROJECT, JUST BECAUSE I KNOW OF THOSE PROPERTIES AND HOW THEY WOULD BE LICKED TOGETHER, AND IT WOULD BE TRANSFORMATIONAL. I DON’T KNOW WHETHER I SHOULD BE MAKING MY COMMENTS NOW OR LATER. BUT, AND I’VE — WITH ALL DUE RESPECT WITH DUNEDIN AND I KNOW THAT INTERSECTION VERY WELL, I AM CONCERNED WITH THE IDEA OF PUTTING THE BULB OUT BECAUSE I’VE SEEN IN DOWNTOWN CLEARWATER WHEN YOU GO THROUGH THEIR DOWNTOWN AND YOU HAVE EXTRA CURBS, THAT PEOPLE CAN’T NAVIGATE, AND THEY JUST RUN RIGHT OVER IT. SO, I’M A BIT CONCERNED WITH THE BULB OUTS BUT I UNDERSTAND THE SAFETY CONSIDERATIONS AT SKINNER GREATLY. AND SO, AND THEN THE CITY OF CLEARWATER PROPOSAL GOING DOWN TO FORT HARRISON, THAT’S ALREADY SEEMS LIKE A ROAD DIET BECAUSE IT TAKES TEN MINUTES TO GO THROUGH DOWNTOWN CLEARWATER AS IT IS, TO GET THROUGH THE INTERSECTION. SO, I’M NOT — I CAN SEE WHERE NORTH OF THE DREW STREET WOULD BE, THEY’VE ALREADY STARTED TO DO THAT THERE AS A ROAD DIET. AND THE COMPLETE STREETS. BUT, I AM WORRIED ABOUT PEOPLE BEING ABLE TO TRANSVERSE FORT HARRISON IN A TIMELY MANNER.>>I USED TO COMMUTE THAT ROUTE ON MY BIKE AND THAT TRAIL CROSSING UP THERE — >>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: THE TRAIL CROSSING I KNOW.>>THAT’S A LITTLE HAZARDOUS.>>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: THAT IS HAZARDOUS. I’VE DONE IT.>>I THINK WHAT THE PLANNING GRANT WOULD DO, AND WHETHER WE FUND THAT ONE OR NOT, WOULD REALLY IDENTIFY WHAT ARE THE MOST VIABLE TYPES OF STRATEGIES IN THERE? WHAT ARE THE NEIGHBORHOOD SUPPORT? SO IT’S REALLY MEANT TO BE — WE’RE NOT GOING TO GO DO A COMPLETE STREET INITIATIVE. IT’S REALLY TO LOOK AT WHAT PROJECTS MAKE THE MOST SENSE THERE AND THEN BRING THOSE BACK AT THE END OF THE PLANNING EFFORT.>>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: THEY’RE ALL INTRIGUING PROPOSALS.>>WE’RE GENERALLY PLEASED WITH THE QUALITY.>>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: HAVE WE IMPLEMENTED ANY OF THEM YET?>>WE HAVE. THE FIRST YEAR CHELSEA MAYBE YOU CAN SPEAK TO THAT BUT WE’VE PROGRAMMED — >>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: HAS IT BEEN CONSTRUCTED?>>NOT CONSTRUCTED YET BUT THEY’RE IN THE FUNDING CYCLE FOR CONSTRUCTION FOR BOTH THE ST. PETERSBURG 34th STREET SOUTH PROJECT, AND THEN THE OLDSMAR PROJECT.>>ST. PETERSBURG DRIVE IN OLDSMAR AND ROSARY ROAD.>>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: OKAY.>>I JUST WANT TO MENTION THE 18th AVENUE SOUTH. I DO KNOW THAT ROAD VERY WELL. AND THAT THERE IS, TO NAVIGATE COULD USE SOME HELP, AND ALSO THE BUSINESSES THERE ARE BUSINESSES THAT ARE OUT, SO TO MAKE THAT MORE VIABLE, I REALLY THINK THAT’S A GREAT PROJECT, TOO. I WAS GLAD TO SEE SOMEWHERE THAT I DON’T — I’M WAY FAR AWAY FROM THE BEACHES THAT I KNOW THAT STREET VERY WELL. SO I’M HOPING THAT YOU WILL LOOK AT THAT ONE, TOO.>>DAVE EGGERS: WE’LL BE SEEING THIS NEXT MONTH.>>YES, CORRECT.>>DAVE EGGERS: OKAY. THANK YOU.>>SO ON THE LAND USE SIDE, AS YOU MAY RECALL, LAST YEAR WE INSTITUTED A PILOT PROGRAM THAT WE CALLED PLANNING AND PLACE MAKING. REALLY IT WAS DESIGNED TO BE THE LAND USE COMPONENT OF ESSENTIALLY THE COMPLETE STREETS GRANT THAT THE MPO SIDE OF OUR AGENCY INSTITUTES. SO, WE TRIED TO FOCUS THE — FOCUS THE PURPOSE OF THE GRANT REALLY ON PLACE MAKING AND THAT PLACE MAKING CAN OCCUR AT VARIOUS SCALES. WE’VE GOTTEN APPLICATIONS THAT HAVE APPLICATIONS CITYWIDE OR MORE FOCUSED ON A CERTAIN AREA OR A SPECIFIC DESTINATION OR A SPECIFIC PLACE. AS WITH ALL THE APPLICATIONS WE’VE ASKED THE LOCAL GOVERNMENTS TO FOCUS ON THE IMPLEMENTATION OF PLANNING AND URBAN DESIGN PRINCIPALS, TO PLAN STRATEGIES. AS YOU KNOW, THE COUNTYWIDE PLAN IS A THREE PART DOCUMENT. AND WHAT WE’RE TRYING TO REALLY DO IS FOCUS ON THE CREATION OF QUALITY COMMUNITIES, THAT STRONGER SENSE OF PLACE, PARTICULARLY IN OUR ACTIVITY CENTERS THAT ARE MOST OFTEN ARE DOWNTOWNS, OR REDEVELOPMENT AREAS. SO WE WERE ABLE TO INCREASE THE FUNDING FOR THE SECOND YEAR OF THE PILOT PROGRAM, LAST YEAR WE ONLY HAD $50,000 AVAILABLE FOR THE GRANT RECIPIENTS THIS YEAR, WE’RE ABLE TO TAKE SOME OF OUR PLANNING FUNDS, AND PUT TOWARDS THIS SO WE NOW HAVE 100,000 AVAILABLE. AND, SO FOR THIS CYCLE WE DID RECEIVE FOUR APPLICATIONS. WE RECEIVED AN APPLICATION FROM THE CITY OF LARGO. WHO IS REQUESTING $200,000 TO DEVELOP A SPECIAL AREA PLAN FOR THE U.S. 19 ROOSEVELT EAST BAY DRIVE AREA. IT IS A WHAT WE CALL A PLANNED ACTIVITY CENTER ON A TRANSIT LAND USE VISION MAP. SO, WE DID ACKNOWLEDGE THAT THIS AREA IS IN NEED OF CONDITIONAL PLANNING EMPHASIS. AND SO, WE LOOK FORWARD TO EVALUATING THAT ONE. WE DID ALSO RECEIVE A REQUEST FROM OLDSMAR FOR $25,000 TO DEVELOP A FEASIBILITY STUDY FOR BUSINESS INCUBATOR. THEY TITLE IT TOP OF THE BAY INNOVATION CENTER. IT WOULD BE SIMILAR IN CONCEPT TO THE ST. PETE GREEN HOUSE. THEY’RE LOOKING AT IT AS A MEANS TO CATALYZE REDEVELOPMENT AND BUSINESS RETENTION AND ATTRACTION WITHIN THEIR DOWNTOWN. THE THIRD APPLICATION IS REQUESTING THE CITY OF ST. PETERSBURG WHO IS REQUESTING $50,000 TO UPDATE THEIR DOWNTOWN CENTER STREET SCAPE STANDARDS. THIS IS A FAIRLY OLD DOCUMENT. I BELIEVE THAT IT WAS LAST UPDATED BACK IN THE LATE ’80s OR EARLY ’90s BUT IT IS SOMETHING THAT THE CITY HAS USED TO REGULATE THE PUBLIC FRONTAGE ALONG VARIOUS ROADWAYS WITHIN THE COMMUNITY. AND THEN LASTLY THE CITY OF TARPON SPRINGS SUBMITTED A REQUEST FOR $50,000 TO DEVELOP AN ECONOMIC PROFILE OF THEIR DOCKS AND COMMUNITY REDEVELOPMENT AREA AS WELL AS LOOK AT POTENTIAL SCENARIOS FOR HIGHEST AND BEST USE FOR A DISTRESSED PROPERTY THAT THE CITY TOOK ON AT THE END OF LAST YEAR. SO JUST LIKE WITH THE COMPLETE STREETS PROGRAM, WE WILL CONVENE A SUBCOMMITTEE OF OUR PLANNING ADVISORY COMMITTEE WHO WILL EVALUATE THESE APPLICATIONS, VERSUS THE CRITERIA THAT YOU SEE HERE. AND MAKE RECOMMENDATION BACK TO THE PLANNING ADVISORY COMMITTEE ON MARCH 4th. AND THEN THIS BOARD WILL TAKE ACTION AND MAKE A — MAKE A DECISION ON THE APPLICATIONS THAT WILL GET FUNDED AT THE MARCH 13th MEETING. AS WITH LAST YEAR, YOU HAVE THE FLEXIBILITY TO PARTIALLY FUND PROJECT APPLICATIONS. LAST YEAR WE WERE ABLE TO SPLIT THE FUNDING BETWEEN THE ST. PETERSBURG AND PINELLAS COUNTY APPLICATIONS. AND IT SEEMED TO WORK WELL. ANY QUESTIONS?>>ANY QUESTIONS FOR RODNEY?>>YES, COUNCILWOMAN.>>QUESTION ABOUT THAT LAST COMMENT THAT YOU MADE. HAVE WE GOTTEN FEEDBACK FROM THOSE TWO AWARD WINNERS LAST YEAR IF THAT REALLY DID WORK WELL FOR THEM?>>IT DID. BUT WHAT WE LEARNED IS THERE NEEDED TO BE A LITTLE MORE PROJECT DEVELOPMENT, I WOULD SAY, BECAUSE OF THE ST. PETE, LENDING ANALYSIS, THE ACTUAL EXECUTION OF THAT TOOK A DIFFERENT FORM, AND THEY’RE PROBABLY GOING TO BE PARTNERING WITH THE URBAN LAND INSTITUTE OF PUTTING THAT ANALYSIS TOGETHER. IT TOOK AWHILE TO GET THE NEXT AND THE MACHINERY AND THE IDEA SOLIDIFIED SO THAT THE PROJECT COULD BE EXECUTED. PINELLAS COUNTY IN THEIR FORM BASED CODE FOR OLD DOWNTOWN PALM HARBOR AREA HAD A FEW STEPS THAT WERE UNDER WAY, SO THIS HAD TO FOLLOW IN AFTER THOSE STEPS WERE COMPLETED. SO BOTH OF THOSE PROJECTS ARE STILL IN THE PROCESS OF BEING COMPLETED.>>I GUESS MY CONCERN WOULD JUST BE IF THAT WOULD BE OUR POSITION THIS YEAR TO KIND OF SPLIT THAT $100,000. AND YOU’VE GOT ONE THAT’S FOR 50 AND ONE THAT’S FOR $100,000. HOW DO YOU EQUITABLY SPLIT THAT SO THAT BOTH PROJECTS CAN BE SUCCESSFUL? BECAUSE IF YOU SPLIT THE MONEY HALFWAY THEN CITY OF CLEARWATER WOULD GET THE FULL, AND THE OTHER, YOU KNOW, CITY OF ST. PETE WOULD ONLY GET HALF. IS THAT REALLY EQUITABLE. DOES THAT REALLY HELP BOTH PROJECTS SUCCEED? SO, THAT WOULD BE MY ONLY KIND OF CONCERN OR THOUGHT PROCESS ABOUT THAT.>>DAVE EGGERS: THAT WILL BE PART OF OUR VETTING PROCESS.>>OKAY, THANK YOU.>>DAVE EGGERS: ANYBODY ELSE? THANK YOU. ALL RIGHT WE’RE GOING TO TALK A LITTLE BIT ABOUT OUR LEGISLATIVE COMMITTEE, AND — >>WE HAVE ONE ACTION ITEM FOR THE BOARD TO CONSIDER, AND IN YOUR AGENDA PACKET YOU HAVE LEGISLATIVE DRAFT LEGISLATIVE POSITIONS AND ESSENTIALLY IT’S A LETTER TO OUR LEGISLATIVE DELEGATION WITH SOME BROAD STATEMENTS OF POLICY PRINCIPLES, AND REFERENCING SOME SPECIFIC PIECES OF LEGISLATION. BUT WE DIDN’T WANT TO REALLY GO DOWN THE RABBIT HOLE OF TRYING TO CHASE LEGISLATION BEFORE THE SESSION EVEN STARTS. SO IT’S REALLY A LITTLE BIT BROADER IN SEVERAL AREAS AND THE LEGISLATIVE COMMITTEE MET EARLIER THIS MORNING AND HAD A VERY POSITIVE, PRODUCTIVE CONVERSATION WITH REPRESENTATIVES FROM THE CITY OF ST. PETERSBURG AND OTHER AGENCIES, PINELLAS COUNTY, REPRESENTATIVES WERE THERE, AS WELL. AND JUST THE FIRST ITEM IS THE URBAN AGRICULTURE LANGUAGE. WE HAVE DRAFTED SOME LANGUAGE IN PAR PARTNERSHIP WITH THE CITY OF ST. PETERSBURG TO ENCOURAGE URBAN AGRICULTURE AS PART OF URBAN REDEVELOPMENT. IT’S AN ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT STRATEGY AND A HEALTHY COMMUNITY STRATEGY. WE HAVE NOT BEEN SUCCESSFUL IN FINDING A SPONSORS, AND THE DEADLINE FOR SPONSORING BILLS HAS PASSED SO THIS IS NOW MOVING INTO, IS THERE A MOVING PIECE OF LEGISLATION THAT IS SIMILAR? AND THERE IS A VEGETABLE GARDENS BILL THAT’S MOVING FORWARD THAT HAS BEEN SPONSORED BY A DELTONA OR DE LANDS REPRESENTATIVE. SO THAT MAY BE AN OPPORTUNITY OR SOMETHING WE LOOK AT FOR NEXT LEGISLATIVE SESSION. BUT THE ISSUE HERE IS TO AMEND THE RIGHT TO FARM ACT SO THAT URBAN AGRICULTURE, WHERE THE AGRICULTURE HAS KIND OF COME TO THE CITY, AS OPPOSED TO THE CITY COMING TO THE RURAL AREA, GIVES THE CITY OR COUNTY AS THE CASE MAY BE, SOME ABILITY TO PUT IN SOME REGULATIONS IN TERMS OF NOISE, AND KNOCK SCHUSS ODORS AND THINGS LIKE THAT. FOR AGRICULTURE THAT GOES INTO COMMERCIAL PRODUCTION. WE’RE NOT TALKING ABOUT BACKYARD GARDENS LIKE YOUR COLLARD GREENS OR SOMETHING LIKE THAT. WE’RE TALKING ABOUT SOMETHING THAT YOU WOULD BRING TO MARKET. AND GENERALLY SPEAKING IT’S GOTTEN PRETTY BROAD SUPPORT. THE FLORIDA FARM BUREAU. I THINK THERE’S A PHONE CALL ON FRIDAY TO CONFIRM THEIR SUPPORT, BUT THEY’VE BEEN GENERALLY SUPPORTIVE SO FAR. THE THING WITH THAT IS JUST FINDING A PIECE OF LEGISLATION, AND IT MAY AGAIN NEED A SPONSOR NEXT YEAR. THE OTHER PIECES OF LEGISLATION DEAL WITH ADDITIONAL FLEXIBILITY AND TRANSPORTATION FUNDING, INDUCTING THE FUEL TAX TO THE LOCAL OPTION FUEL TAX TO INFLATION. PROTECTING TRUST FUNDS, WHETHER IT BE THE HOUSING TRUST FUND, OR THE TRANSPORTATION TRUST FUND. STOPPING DISTRACTED DRIVING IN THE CASE OF HANDHELD DEVICES. MAINTAINING MPO AUTHORITY FOR APPORTIONMENT STRUCTURE. AND GOVERNANCE. CURRENTLY THERE IS A LINE IN THE STATE LEGISLATION THAT ALLOWS THE STATE LEGISLATURE TO DICTATE MPO STRUCTURES. ENCOURAGING TRANSPORTATION, MOBILITY AT THE MICRO LEVEL. ELECTRIC SCOOTERS, ELECTRIC BIKES. MORE ON THAT IN A MOMENT. AND GENERALLY SUPPORTING HOME RULE, AND THERE ARE A NUMBER OF REFERENCES TO THAT FROM VACATION RENTALS TO THE COMPOSITION OF MPOs TO HOW YOU CAN SPEND YOUR TRANSPORTATION SUR TAX THAT COMMISSIONER LONG REFERENCED. THE COMMITTEE HAD ONE CHANGE IN THE POTENTIAL POSITIONS AND THAT WAS ON THE MICROMOBILITY LANGUAGE. GENERALLY I THINK THE COMMITTEE, AND OUR STAFF, IS SUPPORTIVE OF THINGS LIKE ELECTRIC SCOOTERS. WE RODE THEM IN INDIANAPOLIS AND HAD A GREAT TIME. OR ELECTRIC BIKES, AND ELECTRIC ASSIST BIKES ARE ALLOWED ON THE PINELLAS TRAIL TODAY AS LONG AS THEY ARE UNDER A CERTAIN SPEED LIMIT. BUT THE LEGISLATION THAT’S BEEN PROPOSED WOULD REMOVE ANY ABILITY OF LOCAL GOVERNMENTS TO REGULATE ELECTRIC SCOOTERS IN ANY WAY. THEY WOULD BE ALLOWED ON SIDEWALKS, ON BIKE LANES, ON STREETS, AND THE CITIES WOULD ALSO, OR COUNTY, WOULD NOT BE ABLE TO GO THROUGH RFP PROCESS AND SELECT A VENDOR. YOU WOULD HAVE TO ALLOW ANYBODY AND EVERYBODY WHO WANTED TO COME IN AND START SETTING UP SHOP. SO THE LANGUAGE THAT THE LEGISLATIVE COMMITTEE APPROVED WOULD CHANGE THAT LAST SENTENCE IN YOUR PACKET, WHICH ESSENTIALLY WOULD SAY THESE NEW MICROMOBILITY OPTIONS SHOULD BE SUBJECT TO APPROPRIATE AND REASONABLE LOCAL REGULATIONS TO ENSURE SAFETY, AND COMPATIBILITY WITH LOCAL CONDITIONS AND PROCEDURES. SO, WE KEPT IT PRETTY BROAD. WE ENCOURAGED THEM. WE WANT TO SEE THEM HAPPEN. BUT PROLIFERATE, MAYBE TOO STRONG OF A WORD. AND WE WANT TO SEE THEM OPERATE UNDER THE RIGHT CONTEXT AND CONDITIONS. AND THAT’S THE ONLY CHANGE THE LEGISLATIVE COMMITTEE HAD. SO THERE’S AN ACTION BEFORE YOU TO EITHER ACCEPT THIS, OR CONSIDER IT WITH MODIFICATIONS.>>JANET LONG: MR. CHAIR?>>DAVE EGGERS: HOLD ON ONE SECOND. MAYOR BUDJALSKI?>>JULIE WARD BUJALSKI: I WAS GOING TO SAY, COMMISSIONER LONG BROUGHT SOMETHING UP A LITTLE WHILE AGO, I DON’T KNOW IF THAT WAS DISCUSSED AT YOUR LEGISLATIVE, SO I DON’T KNOW IF THAT IS SOMETHING THAT — >>REGARDING PSTA AND THE FIVE COMMUNITIES OR REGARDING BILL 385? BECAUSE SHE MENTIONED BOTH OF THOSE. SENATE BILL 385 IS LEGISLATION PROPOSED THAT WOULD LIMIT THE INFRASTRUCTURE SURTAX FOR TRANSPORTATION TO ONLY BEING TRANSIT CAPITAL. AND NOT OPERATING.>>JULIE WARD BUJALSKI: AND I DON’T KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT THAT. I’M TALKING ABOUT THE CITY — I’M TALKING ABOUT THE CITIES AND THE MILLAGE.>>OH, THAT, YEAH THAT’S NOT IN OUR LEGISLATIVE PLATFORM FOR THIS SESSION BECAUSE IT’S TOO LATE FOR BILLS TO BE FILED. BUT THAT IS CERTAINLY SOMETHING THAT WE WOULD BE HAPPY TO PARTNER WITH PSTA AND OTHER — >>JULIE WARD BUJALSKI: I THINK IT’S REALLY UP TO THE COUNTY COMMISSION. ARE THEY GOING TO ASK TO PUT IT IN THIRST. I JUST THOUGHT WE’RE TALKING ABOUT IT. IT GOT BROUGHT UP TODAY THAT MAYBE WE SHOULD ADD IT THIS YEAR. SO I JUST DIDN’T WANT US TO SKIM OVER IT WITHOUT US HAVING THAT DIALOGUE.>>DAVE EGGERS: COMMISSIONER LONG?>>JANET LONG: I’M STRUGGLING, BECAUSE THE MAYOR WAS TALKING, AND FORGOT WHAT I WAS GOING TO ASK YOU.>>DAVE EGGERS: DO YOU WANT TO COME BACK TO YOU?>>JANET LONG: PLEASE.>>DAVE EGGERS: COMMISSIONER WELCH?>>KENNETH WELCH: I OFTEN SHARE YOUR THOUGHTS.>>THAT YOU’RE STRUGGLING?>>KENNETH WELCH: YEAH, ALWAYS STRUGGLING.>>JANET LONG: I REMEMBER!>>KENNETH WELCH: I GAVE HER THE TIME.>>JANET LONG: BUT I REMEMBER. SO THANK YOU, COMMISSIONER WELCH. THAT LAST PART OF WHAT YOU WERE JUST TALKING ABOUT WITH REGARD TO THE MOBILITY AND THE SCOOTERS, STUFF LIKE THAT.>>YES.>>JANET LONG: IF THEY’RE GOING TO TAKE AWAY OUR ABILITY TO REGULATE AND HAVE ANY AUTHORITY OVER WHERE THESE THINGS GO, THEN WHO PICKS UP THE LIABILITY WHEN THERE’S A HUGE ISSUE?>>THAT’S THE CONCERN.>>JANET LONG: THANK YOU VERY MUCH. I REST MY CASE.>>IN FACT, I THINK THE ST. PETERSBURG LEGAL POSITION ON THIS IF THEY CAN’T HAVE ANY REGULATION AT ALL, WE’D RATHER SEE THE BILL FAIL.>>YES, THANK YOU. THAT’S KIND OF THE DIRECTION HE HAS GIVEN TO HIS LOBBYING PERSON WHO IS FIGHT FOR US TO BE ABLE TO REGULATE. ORB DON’T FIGHT FOR IT AT ALL AND NEXT YEAR WE CAN HAVE A BETTER BILL.>>JANET LONG: BOTH OF US, THE MAYOR, MYSELF, HAVE THAT BACKGROUND WHERE WE THINK ABOUT THOSE THINGS. AND I THINK THE CITIES, ESPECIALLY THE SMALLER MUNICIPALITIES, IT’S AN ENORMOUS ISSUE, BECAUSE FOR THOSE OF US THAT WENT TO INDIANAPOLIS. THOSE STREETS ARE TOTALLY DIFFERENT FROM WHAT WE HAVE pHE. AND THEY ARE NOT PRONE TO ACCEPTING, YOU KNOW, SMOOTH SAILING SCOOTERS. UNLESS THEY GET OUT IN THE STREET. AND THEN YOU’VE GOT A NIGHTMARE.>>SO TAMPA HAS A PILOT PROJECT THAT’S STARTING IN APRIL AS I UNDERSTAND IT AND THIS WOULD OBVIATE SOME OF THEIR REGULATIONS. I THINK THEY’RE LIMITING THEM TO 8 MILES AN HOUR ON THE SIDEWALKS, AND THEY’RE LIMITING THEM TO CERTAIN AREAS AND RESTRICTING THEM FROM CERTAIN AREAS. AND THERE’S TECHNOLOGY THAT ALLOWS YOU TO BE ABLE TO DO THAT. I THINK THAT’S A REASONABLE APPROACH TO AT LEAST A PILOT TO TEST THESE OUT, AND THEN MAYBE YOU GRADUALLY EXPAND THEIR USE OVER TIME, IF THERE’S, YOU KNOW, AS THEY GET MORE — PEOPLE GET MORE FAMILIAR WITH THEM AND EXPECT THEM. THE FEES ARE BRAND-NEW IN FLORIDA AND THERE’S ONLY A COUPLE OF CITIES WHERE THIS HAS BEGUN TO HAPPEN, FORT LAUDERDALE AND CORAL GABLES. THERE’S A CITY IN MIAMI-DADE COUNTY. THEY ARE COMING. WE WOULD BE HAPPY TO WORK WITH OUR LOCAL GOVERNMENT PARTNERS TO DEVELOP A MODEL ORDINANCE. IF WE HAVE THAT ABILITY AT SOME POINT, SO THAT THERE’S UNIFORMITY AMONG ALL 25 LOCAL GOVERNMENTS. SO I GET WHAT SENATOR BRANDEIS AND REPRESENTATIVE TOLEDO ARE TRYING TO FOSTER, WHICH IS YOU DON’T WANT TO HAVE A HODGEPODGE OF DIFFERENT REGULATIONS FROM COMMUNITY TO COMMUNITY. BUT THESE ARE SHORT-RANGE DEVICES GENERALLY, AND FRANKLY, A SCOOTER THAT GOES 20 MILES AN HOUR OR MORE ON A BUSY SIDEWALK LIKE CENTRAL AVENUE, OR EVEN CLEVELAND STREET UP HERE, OR IN DOWNTOWN DUNEDIN WOULD BE A CONFLICT.>>DAVE EGGERS: AND FORT LAUDERDALE, I WAS TELLING THE LEGISLATIVE COMMITTEE THAT THEY TALKED ABOUT PULLING THEM BACK — >>JANET LONG: MR. CHAIR — >>DAVE EGGERS: NOT LETTING THEM BE USED DURING SPRING BREAK BECAUSE OF THE OBVIOUS ISSUES, WHEN EVERYBODY DESCENDS THERE AND HAVING THE RULES THAT THEY HAVE IN PLACE NOW. BUT GETS BACK TO YOUR POINT THAT THEY HAVE THE RULES THAT ARE IN PLACE RIGHT NOW. THEY’VE MADE THOSE RULES THAT GOVERN THEM, AND SO, I THINK THE ABILITY TO DO THAT DOES MAKE A DIFFERENCE BY COMMUNITY. SO COMMISSIONER?>>JANET LONG: I JUST WANTED TO FOLLOW UP THAT THE WORDS THAT WHIT JUST USED, HODGEPODGE, THAT’S EXACTLY WHAT WE HAVE THROUGHOUT OUR STATE. SO AS IT RELATES TO THIS ISSUE, I FIND IT PRETTY REMARKABLE THAT THEY COULD BE THINKING THAT THEY COULD DEVELOP ONE SET OF RULES THAT WOULD APPLY TO THE WHOLE DANG STATE. WHEN YOU HAVE URBAN, AND YOU HAVE VERY, VERY RURAL, AND THOSE THINGS JUST COLLIDE WHEN YOU’RE TALKING ABOUT THIS PARTICULAR ISSUE. IT IS NOT ANYTHING I COULD SUPPORT UNTIL WE FIND OUT THE ISSUE OF WHO IS RESPONSIBLE FOR THE LIABILITY PIECE. BECAUSE THIS COULD BE HUGE.>>DAVE EGGERS: SO WE DO HAVE A RECOMMENDATION FROM THE COMMITTEE BEFORE YOU.>>KENNETH WELCH: I HAVE ONE QUICK COMMENT. SPEAKING TO MAYOR BUDJALSKI. QUESTION IN MY MIND, PSTA SHOULD MAKE THAT DETERMINATION IF THEY WANT TO MAKE THAT ASK FOR THE OTHER FIVE COMMUNITIES. AND IF THEY DO THAT, THEN I THINK WE CAN CONSIDER SUPPORTING THAT AND THEN THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS AND ANY OTHER CITIES COULD CONSIDER SUPPORTING THAT. BUT I REALLY THINK, MADAM CHAIR, PSTA, SHOULD TAKE THE LEAD ON THAT.>>JANET LONG: I AGREE, AND WE HAVE GOT THAT HIGH ON OUR RADAR FOR NEXT YEAR, AND WHILE I UNDERSTAND THE MAYOR’S THOUGHT PROCESS, I ALSO RECOGNIZE WHO WE’RE DEALING WITH, AND IT WOULD BE KIND OF EXERCISE IN FUTILITY TO PUT IT IN THERE RIGHT NOW. THANK YOU, MAYOR.>>DAVE EGGERS: SO ANY OTHER COMMENTS ON THE RECOMMENDATIONS FROM THE — >>KENNETH WELCH: THIS IS JUST FOR THE FUTURE SINCE WHITE BROUGHT IT UP. IS A SCOOTER A MOTOR VEHICLE? AND SINCE THE AFOREMENTIONED SPRING BREAK, IS IT A CRIME TO RIDE A SCOOTER IF YOU’VE HAD A FEW DRINKS?>>DAVE EGGERS: IT’S A CRIME TO RIDE A BIKE I THINK.>>YEAH IT IS. YOU CAN’T RIDE A BIKE DRUNK. IT’S A VEHICLE UNDER FLORIDA LAW.>>KENNETH WELCH: DOES IT APPLY TO SCOOTERS?>>I THINK IT WOULD BE.>>KENNETH WELCH: INTERESTING.>>THAT’S THE LAWYER HAT I JUST PUT ON.>>JULIE WARD BUJALSKI: I’D LIKE TO SEE HOW YOU’RE GOING TO ENFORCE THAT. THAT’S THE BIGGEST PROBLEM. HOW YOU DO ENFORCE IT?>>DAVE EGGERS: ESPECIAL LLY ON OUR TRAILS.>>JANET LONG: MR. CHAIR WHAT IS IT THAT WE’RE APPROVING OR SUPPOSED TO BE APPROVING?>>THE RECOMMENDATION AS GIVEN TO YOU IN THE FORWARD PINELLAS POLICY POSITIONS, THE TWO PAGES WITH THAT ONE CHANGE UNDER THE ENCOURAGE TRANSPORTATION MOBILITY PARAGRAPH.>>I CAN READ THAT AGAIN IF YOU NEED ME TO.>>JANET LONG: PLEASE DO, BECAUSE SOMEHOW I DON’T — >>LET ME READ THAT AGAIN. SO THE LAST SENTENCE WOULD READ THESE NEW MICROMOBILITY OPTIONS SHOULD BE SUBJECT TO THE APPROPRIATE AND REASONABLE LOCAL REGULATIONS TO ENSURE SAFETY AND COMPATIBILITY WITH LOCAL CONDITIONS, AND PROCEDURES.>>JANET LONG: AND THAT’S WHAT YOU’RE ASKING US TO APPROVE?>>THAT’S THE MODIFIED SENTENCE. YES.>>DAVE EGGERS: AND THE OTHER FIVE OR SIX ITEMS THAT ARE ON THESE TWO PAGES.>>THAT’S THE ONLY CHANGE THE COMMITTEE HAD.>>JANET LONG: CAN WE ADD IN THERE THE PIECE ABOUT THE LIABILITY?>>I THINK THAT’S REFLECTED IN ENSURE SAFETY, COMPATIBILITY, AND PROCEDURES. BUT IF YOU WANT TO SEE THE WORD LIABILITY, WE HAVE NO PROBLEM ADDING THAT IN.>>JANET LONG: I THINK IT’S IMPORTANT.>>WE NEED A MOTION.>>DAVE EGGERS: OKAY WELL COMMISSIONER SEEL WAS MAKING A MOTION TO HAVE AN ISSUE WITH PUTTING THE WORD LIABILITY AFTER — DO I HAVE A SECOND?>>JANET LONG: SECOND.>>DAVE EGGERS: THERE WAS A LOT OF SECONDS DOWN HERE.>>KENNETH WELCH: I WAS JUST ASKING WHERE ARE YOU PUTTING LIABILITY?>>TO ENSURE SAFETY, COMPATIBILITY, OR CONDITIONS — I DON’T KNOW. I’LL HAVE TO WORDSMITH IT A LITTLE BIT. I’LL FIND A WAY TO WORK THAT IN. ENGLISH GRAMMARIAN ON THE FLY. ALONG WITH A LEGAL OPINION.>>DID YOU GET SOMEBODY FOR THE SECOND?>>MAYOR BUDJALSKI.>>JULIE WARD BUJALSKI: THANK YOU. I DIDN’T SAY A WORD BUT I’LL TAKE IT.>>DAVE EGGERS: WE HAVE A MOTION AND SECOND. ALL THOSE IN FAVOR, SAY AYE. [AYES] ANY OPPOSED? MOTION PASSES UNANIMOUSLY. THANK YOU. AND WE’LL MOVE ON TO THE ALT-19, U.S. 19 CORRIDOR.>>MR. CHAIRMAN I ALLUDED TO THIS EARLIER. WE’VE BEEN VERY PLEASED WITH THE WORK THAT THE DEPARTMENT AND ITS TULTANTS HAVE DONE ON THIS PROJECT. THEY’VE WORKED WELL WITH US. SO I WANT TO THANK BRIAN AND HIS TEAM FOR THAT, ESPECIALLY.>>GOOD AFTERNOON, MY NAME IS BRIAN SHROYER WITH THE FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION PLANNING ENVIRONMENTAL OFFICE. TODAY WE’RE GOING TO PRESENT — I HEAR FEEDBACK. PRESENT SOME INFORMATION ON THE ALT-19 CORRIDOR STUDY THAT’S BEEN GOING ON FOR THE PAST TWO YEARS. THIS IS A STUDY THAT LOOKED AT ALT-19 FROM PARK STREET NORTH AND SOUTH TO BELLEAIR, AND THEN THE SECOND CORRIDOR SECTION WAS FROM BELLEAIR UP TO PASCO COUNTY LINE. WE’VE DONE A LOT OF PUBLIC OUTREACH, CREATED A LOT OF MEETINGS WITH GROUPS THAT WE HAD, THAT GAVE US A LOT OF FEEDBACK ON THE CONDITIONS AND WHAT THEY WANT TO SEE OUT THERE. SO HAVE MY CONSULTANTS HERE THAT WILL PROVIDE SOME INFORMATION OF OUR PROCESSES, WHAT WE’VE FOUND OUT, AND SOME OF THE ALTERNATIVES THAT WE’RE GOING TO BRING FORWARD. WANT TO GET STARTED WITH THEM.>>DAVE EGGERS: THANK YOU. WELCOME.>>THANK YOU. GOOD AFTERNOON. CHRIS PIAZZA WITH RK&K. I’M THE PROJECT MANAGER WE’VE BEEN WORKING ON THIS JOB FOR A LITTLE OVER TWO YEARS NOW. WE’VE HAD A LOT OF INTERACTION WITH LOCAL PARTNERS, A LOT OF GOOD INTERACTION WITH THEM AS WHIT WAS RELAYING TO US, TOO. SO YOU CAN SEE HERE’S THE LIST OF OUR LOCAL PARTNERS. IT COMPRISES A LOT OF THE CITY REPRESENTATIVES, ALSO PSTA, TBARTA AND ALSO THE COUNTY AS WELL. BRIEFLY, WHAT WE’RE GOING TO BE GOING OVER TODAY, PROJECT OVERVIEW, FROM TH STANDPOINT OF THE AREA THAT WE LOOKED AT, SOME CONTEXT CLASSIFICATION THAT MAP IS GOING TO GO INTO AND GENERALLY WHAT WE WERE LOOKING AT THROUGHOUT THE CORRIDOR. ONE OF THE THINGS WE’VE COLLECTED OVER THE LAST TWO YEARS, OVER 1,000 COMMENTS. SO WE’VE GOTTEN — WE’RE FINALIZING THAT PROCESS HERE AFTER THESE MEETINGS AND WRAPPING THE PROJECT UP. OUR PROPOSED CONCEPTS, WE ALSO HAD SOME WORKSHOPS LATER ON LAST YEAR THAT WE WENT OVER WITH THE PUBLIC AND OUR PROJECT ADVISORY GROUP. AS YOU CAN SEE, WHAT WE’RE PROPOSING WITHIN BOTH PROJECTS. NEXT STEPS, MATT WILL GO OVER THAT AS FAR AS HOW WE’RE GOING TO CLOSE THIS PROJECT OUT AND WHAT WE’LL BRING BACK TO OUR LOCAL PARTNERS SO THEY CAN SEE WHAT THE POTENTIAL FISSION IS MOVING FORWARD AND ANYTHING THAT COULD BE IMPLEMENTED AS PART OF THESE TWO PROJECTS. THE PROJECT WAS BROKEN UP INTO TWO STUDIES. CORRIDOR STUDY 1 WAS FROM PARK STREET NORTH TO BELLEAIR AND CORRIDOR STUDY 2 WAS FROM THE BELLEAIR ROAD TO THE PINELLAS/PASCO COUNTY LINE. SO OVERALL, 29 MILES WORTH OF ROADWAY THAT WE WERE EVALUATING. THE PRELIMINARY PURPOSE IN NEED, WHY WERE WE DOING THIS PROJECT? THERE’S A NEED FOR LONG-TERM SOLUTIONS. BUT THOSE MAY NOT FIT WITH THE CHARACTER OF THE ROADWAY OR THE AREA THAT WE WERE WORKING IN. SO WE WANTED TO LOOK AT BOTH LONG-TERM AND SHORT-TERM SOLUTIONS TO BRING TO THE TABLE, SPECIFICALLY DEVELOPING THOSE LONG-TERM CORRIDOR VISIONS THAT DEFINES WHAT WE CALL GOALS AND OBJECTIVES FOR MOVING THE PROJECTS FORWARD. AND ALSO HOW WE CAN INTEGRATE LAND USE AND TRANSPORTATION AND THAT’S WHY WE WERE WORKING WITH FORWARD PINELLAS AND ALSO OUR LOCAL PARTNERS. WE’RE ALSO UTILIZING THE NEW COMPLETE STREETS GUIDELINES THAT WERE PART OF THE FDOT DESIGN MANUAL’S UPDATE THAT WAS PART OF 2018 IN JANUARY. AND LOOKING AT THE CONTEXT CLASSIFICATION AND MAKING SURE OUR IMPROVEMENTS MET THE NEEDS OF THE LOCALS. TALKING ABOUT OUR PUBLIC AND STAKEHOLDER OUTREACH, WE DEVELOPED A PROJECT WEBSITE, THIS IS WHERE ALL OF OUR INFORMATION TO DATE CAN BE FOUND. ANYBODY CAN GO OUT THERE AND SEE THE CONCEPTS WE’VE PRESENTED. ANY OF THE NEWSLETTERS WE’VE SENT OUT. ANY OF THE PROJECT ADVISORY GROUP MEETINGS THAT WE HELD, ANYTHING THAT WE’VE SHOWN THERE TO NOT ONLY OUR LOCAL PARTNERS AS WELL BUT EVERYTHING’S ON THAT WEBSITE. IT’S A ONE-STOP-SHOP FOR ANY OF THE INFORMATION WE’VE USED. WE ALSO DID AN ONLINE USER SURVEY AT THE BEGINNING OF THE JOB. THIS HELPED US SET THE ROADMAP FOR WHAT WE WERE GOING TO DO AS PART OF THIS PROJECT. THIS GAVE US A LOT OF FEEDBACK FROM NOT ONLY THE PUBLIC BUT ALSO OUR LOCAL PARTNERS AS WELL TO SEE WHAT THEY WANTED TO VISION FOR THE PROJECT AND HOW WE COULD ACHIEVE THAT THROUGH THIS PROCESS. WE ALSO HELD VISIONING CHARRETTES WHICH WENT IN LINE WITH ESTABLISHING THE VISION FOR THE PROJECT AND HOW WE WERE GOING TO LOOK AT ALTERNATIVES ALONG THE CORRIDOR. WE ALSO FORMED THE PAC, THE PROJECT ADVISORY GROUP, PEOPLE FROM OUR LOCAL PARTNERS JOINED IN TO HELP US THROUGHOUT THE PROJECT. WE ALSO INCORPORATED THE WIKI MAPPING TOOL. THIS WAS AN INTERACTIVE GEO REFERENCE TOOL SO WE CAN SEE WHO WAS PROVIDING COMMENTS, WHERE THE ISSUES WERE. IF CITY OF LARGO HAD SOMETHING IN THEIR COMP PLAN THEY WANTED TO SEE AS PART OF THE PROJECT GET INCORPORATED, THEY COULD DO THAT AND WE COULD SEE IT. SO WE WERE GETTING A LOT OF REALTIME DATA ALONG THE PROJECT. AND THEN WE HAD THE STAKEHOLDER AND PUBLIC MEETINGS THROUGHOUT THE JOB AND WE ALSO PROVIDED NEWSLETTERS AND POSTCARDS TO KEEP PEOPLE AWARE OF WHAT WE WERE DOING THROUGHOUT THESE LAST TWO YEARS. COMMENTS REVIEWED TO DATE, WE GOT 1,000 COMMENTS OVER THE PAST TWO YEARS AND MAINLY WE WERE LOOKING AT BIKE/PED SAFETY AND AMENITIES WERE TOP OF THE LIST FOR EVERYBODY’S NEEDS. THAT’S WHERE WE TRIED TO FOCUS OUR EFFORTS WITHIN THIS PROJECT, NOT ONLY LOOKING AT CAPACITY NEEDS BUT LEVEL OF SERVICE NEEDS ALONG THE CORRIDOR BUT ALSO HOW WE ENHANCE SAFETY THROUGHOUT THE CORRIDOR AS WELL.>>IN ADDITION, THE PROJECT TEAM ALSO CONDUCTED A LOT OF ENGINEERING ENVIRONMENTAL ANALYSIS. WE’VE PREPARED AN EXISTING CONDITIONS REPORT, TRAFFIC ANALYSIS, A SAFETY REPORT, A DRAINAGE REPORT, ENVIRONMENTAL ANALYSIS AND ALSO NOBLE PLANNING ANALYSIS TO REDEVELOP CERTAIN LOCATIONS ALONG THE CORRIDOR. ALL THIS INFORMATION IS EVENTUALLY GOING TO BE WRAPPED UP IN A FINAL REPORT CALLED THE CORRIDOR ALTERNATIVE STRATEGIES REPORT. THIS REPORT WILL BE MADE AVAILABLE TO THE PUBLIC THROUGH OUR WEBSITE. A KEY COMPONENT OF THE STUDY WAS TO DEVELOP A VISION FOR THE CORRIDOR. AND RIGHT HERE, WE SHOW THE FIVE GUIDING PRINCIPLES DEVELOPED AS PART OF THE VISION. WE WANT TO MATCH THE CHARACTER AND MAKE SURE THE IMPROVEMENTS WE COME UP WITH MATCH THE CONTEXT OF THE LOCAL AREA. WE WANT TO INCREASE SAFETY, NOT JUST SAFETY FOR VEHICLE USERS BUT ALSO FOR PEDESTRIANS AND BICYCLISTS AND WE WANT TO BALANCE THE USERS’ NEEDS. WE WANT TO SERVE BOTH MOTORIZED AND NON-MOTORIZED MODES. WE WANT TO MAKE SURE WE CAN PROVIDE CONNECTIONS TO ALT 19 AND CELEBRATE THE UNIQUE ASSETS OF ALT 19. THERE ARE SEVERAL SMALL COMMUNITIES ALONG ALT 19 AND THEY’RE ALL VERY SPECIAL. HOW DO WE GO ABOUT DOING THIS? THE DEPARTMENT HAS DEVELOPED A CONTEXT CLASSIFICATION SYSTEM. THIS IS A SYSTEM THAT HELPS TO INTEGRATE LAND USE AND TRANSPORTATION. IT DEFINES THE BUILT-IN ENVIRONMENT. AND ESSENTIALLY BASED ON THE CONTEXT AND THE SURROUNDING AREA, WE’RE ABLE TO DEFINE THE DESIGN CRITERIA HOW WE BUILD THE ROADWAYS. SO FOR EXAMPLE, IF YOU’RE IN AN URBAN AREA, WHAT A HIGH PRIORITY WOULD BE WOULD BE SIDEWALKS, BICYCLE LANES, LOWER SPEEDS AS OPPOSED TO A RURAL AREA WHERE THE POSSIBILITY THAT THE SPEEDS WILL BE HIGHER AND ITS MAIN PURPOSE IS TO CARRY VEHICLES AT A FASHIONER RATE. STARTING FROM THE SOUTH, IT’S ABOUT 35% GENERAL URBAN AND 65% SUBURBAN. IF WE GO NORTH, THE NORTHERN SECTION, WE HAVE ABOUT 7% URBAN CENTER IN DOWNTOWN CLEARWATER. WE HAVE ABOUT 50% GENERAL URBAN, SO THAT’S THE MAJORITY OF THE NORTHERN CORRIDOR IS GENERAL URBAN. WE HAVE ABOUT 35% SUBURBAN. AND THE REMAININ NORTHERN PORTION A RURAL AREA JUST SOUTH OF THE COUNTY LINE. SO WHERE ARE WE AT? THIS STUDY STARTED ABOUT TWO YEARS AGO AND THESE ARE THE DIFFERENT STEPS THAT HAVE BEEN CONDUCTED IN THE STUDY. SO RIGHT NOW, WE’RE PREPARING THE FINAL DOCUMENTATION AND LIKE I MENTIONED, THE ALTERNATIVE CORRIDOR STRATEGIES REPORT THAT SUMMARIZES EVERYTHING IS GOING TO BE MADE AVAILABLE TO THE PUBLIC FOR COMMENT. SO NEXT WE’LL BE TALKING ABOUT SOME OF THE ALTERNATIVES. AND WE’RE JUST GOING TO BE HITTING THE HIGHLIGHTS. WHEN WE HAD OUR ALTERNATIVE CORRIDOR WORKSHOP BACK IN SEPTEMBER, WE HAD THESE LARGE AERIAL PLOTS SHOWING ALL THE DIFFERENT IMPROVEMENTS ALONG THE 30-MILE CORRIDOR. BUT WE’RE JUST GOING TO SHOW THE HIGHLIGHTS TODAY. HOW DID WE COME UP WITH THE ALTERNATIVES? WE HAD A VISION PLAN. WE HAD A TRAFFIC STUDY, A SAFETY REPORT, DOCUMENTING ALL THE SAFETY DEFICIENCIES AS WELL AS THE STAKEHOLDER INPUT. SO ALL THIS INFORMATION WAS PULLED TOGETHER TO COME UP WITH TRANSPORTATION CONCEPTS. SO CHRIS WILL TALK ABOUT THE [ UNINTELLIGIBLE ] — >>SO LOOKING AT BALANCING THOSE USER NEEDS I THINK IS PART OF OUR SOUTHERN SEGMENT. WE HAD A LITTLE BIT HARDER TIME BECAUSE THAT’S ONE OF THE MOST BUILT-OUT PORTIONS OF ALT 19. IT’S ALSO THE BUSINESS AREA, THE COMMERCIAL AREA AS WELL AND THEN YOU HAVE MIXED RESIDENTIAL THROUGH THERE. SO WHAT WE TRIED TO LOOK AT MAINLY WAS SOME TURN LANE IMPROVEMENTS, BETTER ACCESS MANAGEMENT. AGAIN, WE HAVE SOME OPPORTUNITIES ON THE NORTHERN END OF OUR CORRIDOR TO LOOK AT SOME [ UNINTELLIGIBLE ] SO IT ALLOWED US TO LOOK AT SOME ROUNDABOUTS AND ALSO THE ADDITION OF BIKE LANES WHICH pTW ON ALL OF U.S. 19. AND ALSO TO MAKE SURE WE EVALUATED THE PEDESTRIAN CROSSWALKS AND ALSO LOOKED AT ANY PEDESTRIAN FEATURES THAT NEED TO BE UPDATED THROUGHOUT THE CORRIDOR. SO LOOKING AT SOME OF THOSE INTERSECTION TURN LANE IMPROVEMENTS, YOU CAN START AT THE SOUTHERN END OF THE PROJECT WORKING YOUR WAY NORTH. PARK STREET NORTH, WE EVALUATED LOOKING AT SOME MAJOR INTERSECTION NEEDS THERE. BUT WE LOOKED AT THE CRITICAL MOVEMENTS AND WHAT THESE MOVEMENTS WERE AND TRIED TO APPLY ADDITIONAL TURN LANES OR ANY TYPE OF RECEIVING LANES THAT WE COULD IN ORDER TO TRY TO REDUCE THE DELAYS AT THESE INTERSECTIONS. WE DIDN’T WANT TO THROW IN INTERCHANGES OR GRADE SEPARATION TYPE ALTERNATIVES. WE WERE TRYING TO SEE WHAT WE COULD DO WITH THE LEAST AMOUNT OF IMPACT AND PROVIDE SOME LEVEL OF SERVICE UPGRADE WITHIN THESE INTERSECTIONS. SO PARK STREET NORTH, 100th WAY, PARK BOULEVARD, 102nd AVENUE, LARK DRIVE, OLMERTON ROAD AND BAY DRIVE. SO PARK STREET NORTH TO 95th STREET, THIS IS THE PORTION WHERE WE HAVE THE BRIDGE OVER LONG BAYOU. THAT’S ONE OF THE CHOKE POINTS ALONG OUR PROJECT. WE LOOKED AT INCREASING SOME CAPACITY TO MAKE SURE WE HAD SIX LANES CONSISTENT THROUGHOUT OUR CORRIDOR. SO ALONG HERE WE LOOKED AT WIDENING THE STRUCTURES IN ORDER TO ACCOMMODATE THAT. SO WE ELIMINATED THAT CHOKE POINT THROUGHOUT THAT PORTION. SO TALKING ABOUT OUR REPURPOSING OF LANES, THIS IS ONE OF OUR MAJOR HIGHLIGHTS ALONG THE SOUTHERN PORTION OF THE PROJECT. WITHIN ROSARY ROAD UP TO COURT STREET, WE HAD CURRENTLY SIX LANES. WHAT WE WANTED TO LOOK AT WAS REDUCING THAT DOWN TO FOUR LANES. WE HAVE THE CAPACITY TO DO THAT BASED ON OUR TRAFFIC ANALYSIS AT THIS TIME. AND INCORPORATE THE SEVEN-FOOT BUFFERED BIKE LANES AND ALSO ACCOMMODATE BIKE LANES AND LANES FOR THE PEDESTRIANS. THAT ALLOWED US TO ALSO LOOK AT GOING INTO THE NORTHERN CORRIDOR PROJECT FROM CHESTNUT TO MARSHALL STREET WHERE WE HAD THAT ADDITIONAL CAPACITY THAT WE COULD REDUCE THE LANES AND REPURPOSE THOSE AS WELL. SO GOING FROM FOUR LANES DOWN TO TWO AND ADDING IN SOME ACCESS MANAGEMENT TREATMENTS AS WELL AND INCORPORATING IN THOSE BUFFERED BIKE LANES AND THE SIDEWALKS. WHAT THAT DID FOR US THROUGHOUT THOSE TWO SECTIONS WAS ALLOW US TO GO IN AND LOOK AT ROUNDABOUTS AND SEE IF THEY WERE FEASIBLE. WE DID AN INITIAL ANALYSIS OF THAT. AS YOU CAN SEE HERE AT JASPER AND AT WYATT, WE WERE ABLE TO INCORPORATE TWO ROUNDABOUTS THERE AS PART OF THE SOUTHERN CORRIDOR’S PROCESS. THAT ALSO WENT INTO THE NORTHERN CORRIDOR AS WELL WHERE THEY WERE ABLE TO EVALUATE ROUNDABOUT AS PART OF THEIR SEGMENT, TOO. MATT?>>COMING NORTH ALONG THE CORRIDOR WHERE NORTH OF DOWNTOWN CLEARWATER AND THE PORTION OF ALT 19 THAT GOES THROUGH EDGEWATER DRIVE IS A SCENIC LOCATION. IT’S TWO-LANE UNDIVIDED. WHAT WE’VE HEARD FROM THE COMMUNITY IS THAT THE SPEEDS OUT THERE ARE PRETTY HIGH. ONE OF THE THINGS WE NOTICE IS THAT THE NORTHBOUND LANE IS 15 FEET WIDE. FOR SOME REASON, IT’S MUCH WIDER IN THE NORTHBOUND DIRECTION THAN IN THE SOUTHBOUND DIRECTION. SO ONE OF THE RECOMMENDATIONS THAT WE’RE PROPOSING IS TO REDUCE THE NORTHBOUND LANE TO 11 FEET SO THAT IT WOULD BE THE SAME WIDTH AS THE SOUTHBOUND DIRECTION AS WELL. WE’RE ALSO PROPOSING A SIDEWALK ON THE WEST SIDE, LOCATED CLOSEST TO THE WATER AND SIDEWALK ON THE EAST SIDE AS WELL.>>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: CAN I ASK A QUESTION?>>DAVE EGGERS: SURE. >>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: ON THE PROPOSED SUNSET POINT, YOU DON’T HAVE THE WIDTH OF THE SIDEWALK NEXT TO THE WATER. WOULD THAT BE A COMBINED BICYCLE AND PEDESTRIAN PATH?>>IT WOULD BE. IT WOULD BE TEN FEET OR MORE. >>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: TEN FEET OR MORE?>>YES. >>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: THAT IS SO NEEDED.>>JULIE WARD BUJALSKI: BUT IT’S GOING TO BE REALLY — ARE YOU GOING TO DO IT CURVED LIKE IT IS TODAY?>>THERE MAY BE AN OPTION TO DO THAT OR ADJACENT TO THE ROADWAY.>>DAVE EGGERS: WHERE ARE YOU? I’M SORRY.>>JULIE WARD BUJALSKI: EDGEWATER. YOU’RE RIGHT. IT IS NEEDED. >>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: I WALK THERE EVERY MONDAY EVENING AND I GET RUN OVER BY BICYCLISTS ALL THE TIME BECAUSE THERE’S NOT ENOUGH WIDTH.>>JULIE WARD BUJALSKI: RIGHT.>>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: HOORAY. [ LAUGHTER ]>>WHAT WE’VE ALSO HEARD FROM THE COMMUNITY IS THAT THERE’S A NEED FOR MIDWALK CROSSWALKS TO WALK TO THE OTHER SIDE, ESPECIALLY DURING SUNSET WHERE IT’S VERY BEAUTIFUL. SO THERE’S ACTUALLY FIVE LOCATIONS ALONG THE CORRIDOR WHERE WE’RE PROPOSING MIDWALK CROSSWALKS. THIS IS SOUTH OF UNION, SOUTH OF ORANGE WOOD, SOUTH OF FLORIDA AND LASTLY IN FRONT OF THE FENWAY HOTEL. THESE ARE THE FIVE LOCATIONS. WE’RE ALSO LOOKING AT SOME OF THE BRIDGES WHERE THEY DO NOT PROVIDE PEDESTRIAN ACCOMMODATIONS. THIS IS AN EXAMPLE OF THE RIVER BRIDGE UP IN TARPON SPRINGS. ESSENTIALLY TODAY, THERE’S NO PEDESTRIAN ACCOMMODATIONS IN THE NORTHERN DIRECTION. SO WE PROPOSE WIDENING THE BRIDGE TO INCLUDE UPGRADED TRAFFIC RAILINGS ON THE OUTSIDE, BICYCLE LANE IN BOTH THE NORTHBOUND AND SOUTHBOUND DIRECTIONS, AS WELL AS SIDEWALKS IN BOTH THE NORTHBOUND AND SOUTHBOUND DIRECTIONS. NEXT WE’LL TALK ABOUT THE DUNEDIN AREA. AND ONE OF THE LOCATIONS WHERE THEY EXPERIENCE A LOT OF TRAFFIC CONGESTION IS DOWNTOWN DUNEDIN. YOU HAVE TWO INTERSECTIONS THAT ARE CLOSELY SPACED. YOU HAVE MARINA AND YOU HAVE MAIN STREET. THEY’RE VERY CLOSE IN PARTICIPATE SPACE. WE’VE COME UP WITH TWO ALTERNATIVES TO TRY TO RESOLVE SOME OF THE CONGESTION AT THIS LOCATION. THE FIRST ALTERNATIVE IS A ROUNDABOUT ALTERNATIVE. ITS INTENT IS TO MOVE TRAFFIC CONTINUOUSLY. THE ONLY TIME THAT THE TRAFFIC WOULD STOP IS WHEN THERE ARE PEDESTRIANS THAT WOULD ACTIVATE A SIGNAL PEDESTRIAN CROSSING. WE PROPOSE THAT THE SIGNALED PEDESTRIAN CROSSING WOULD HAVE A DELAY SO THAT PEDESTRIANS WON’T BE HITTING IT ALL THE TIME AND STOPPING THE ROUNDABOUT. BUT THE ROUNDABOUT HAS BEEN GIVEN THE NAME AS A DOGBONE ROUNDABOUT BECAUSE WE’RE COMBINING TWO ROUNDABOUTS INTO ONE. AND IT LOOKS LIKE A DOGBONE. THE SECOND ALTERNATIVE IS TO REALIGN MARINA SO THAT IT’S MORE EFFICIENT FOR THE MOVEMENT ON ALT 19. AND TO PROVIDE A TRAFFIC SIGNAL. THESE TWO TRAFFIC SIGNALS WOULD BE COORDINATED TO INCREASE EFFICIENCY OF TRAFFIC THROUGH BOTH OF THE INTERSECTIONS. HOW WE EVALUATE THESE ALTERNATIVES IS WE HAVE AN EVALUATION MATRIX. YOU CAN SEE THAT WE HAV DIFFERENT EVALUATION MEASURES LIKE INTERSECTION DELAY, THE NUMBER OF CONFLICT POINTS, PEDESTRIAN BICYCLE ACCOMMODATIONS, RIGHT-OF-WAY IMPACTS AS WELL AS THE COST FOR CONSTRUCTION. AND AS YOU CAN SEE BY THE DESIGN YEAR 2040, THE NO-BUILD ALTERNATIVE WOULD NOT PROVIDE ACCEPTABLE LEVELS OF SERVICE. SO REALLY WE NEED TO LOOK TO WHAT ARE SOME OF THE IMPROVEMENTS TO IMPROVE THESE INTERSECTIONS? SO THE NEXT INTERSECTION IS ALSO IN DUNEDIN AND IT’S ON CURLEW ROAD AND ALT 19. THIS IS A VERY IMPORTANT INTERSECTION. IT PROVIDES ACCESS TO THE DUNEDIN CAUSEWAY AS WELL AS HONEYMOON ISLAND. HONEYMOON ISLAND HAS BEEN GIVEN THE DISTINCTION AS THE MOST VISITED STATE PARK IN FLORIDA. SO TREMENDOUS AMOUNT OF PEOPLE VISIT THAT PARK. DURING SPRING BREAK AND PERIODS OF THE SUMMER, THERE’S A TREMENDOUS AMOUNT OF CONGESTION AT THIS INTERSECTION. SO WE’VE LOOKED AT SEVERAL WAYS TO IMPROVE THE INTERSECTION. THE FIRST ALTERNATIVE IS CALLED THE ADD LANES ALTERNATIVE. ESSENTIALLY WHAT WE’RE DOING IS THAT WE HAVE A SINGLE LANE THAT APPROACHES THE INTERSECTION. AND AS YOU GET CLOSER TO THE INTERSECTION, IT OPENS UP TO TWO. SO YOU’LL HAVE TWO NORTHBOUND AND SOUTHBOUND LANES THROUGH THE INTERSECTION. AND ONCE YOU GO PAST THE INTERSECTION, IT WILL MERGE BACK INTO ONE LANE. THE ADVANTAGE OF THIS ALTERNATIVE INCREASES THE THROUGH-PUT CAPACITY. YOU CAN PROCESS MORE VEHICLES. THE NEGATIVE IS IT INCREASES THE DISTANCE FOR PEDESTRIANS TO CROSS THE INTERSECTION. THAT’S ONE OF THE CONCERNS THAT WE’VE HEARD FROM THE LOCALS. SO WHAT WE WANTED TO DO IS WE WANTED TO THINK OUTSIDE THE BOX. WHAT ARE SOME INNOVATIVE INTERSECTIONS THAT HAVE BEEN USED THROUGHOUT THE UNITED STATES THAT HAVE SOLVED SOME OF THE CONGESTION PROBLEMS? SOME OF THESE ALTERNATIVES I WILL DISCUSS AND WE ACTUALLY HAVE A VIDEO TO SHOW YOU ARE CREATIVE ALTERNATIVES THAT ARE BEING USED IN OTHER PARTS OF THE UNITED STATES. THE FIRST ALTERNATIVE IS CALLED THE DISPLACED LEFT TURN ALTERNATIVE. ESSENTIALLY WHAT IT IS IS FOR EXAMPLE, IF YOU’RE COMING FROM DUNEDIN CAUSEWAY APPROACHING THE INTERSECTION FROM THE WEST, BEFORE YOU GET TO THE MAIN INTERSECTION, WHAT YOU’RE GOING TO DO IS YOU’RE GOING TO HAVE A TRAFFIC SIGNAL AND YOU’RE GOING TO CROSS OVER TO THE OTHER SIDE OF THE ROAD. SO ONCE YOU GET TO THE MAIN INTERSECTION, YOU HAVE THE ABILITY TO MAKE A LEFT TURN AT THE SAME TIME AS THE THROUGH MOVEMENTS ARE GOING. IT’S A LITTLE BIT DIFFICULT TO EXPLAIN BUT WE HAVE A VIDEO HERE THAT CAN SHOW YOU WHAT IT’S LIKE.>>THE DISPLACE LEFT TURN INTERSECTION IMPLEMENTS UNOPPOSED LEFT TURNS AT INTERSECTIONS BY CROSSING TRAFFIC OVER TO THE OTHER SIDE OF THE ROAD IN ADVANCE. AT MANY INTERSECTIONS, THE CRITICAL QUESTION IS HOW DO ADDRESS LEFT TURNS. HOW THEY’RE TREATED HAS AN IMPACT ON THE EFFICIENCY OF THE INTERSECTION AND CAN REDUCE A CRASH TYPE THAT TENDS TO BE QUITE SEVERE. THE DISPLACED LEFT TURN DESIGN, ALSO KNOWN AS THE CONTINUOUS FLOW INTERSECTION OR CFI, MOVES THE LEFT TURN CROSSOVER UPSTREAM. DRIVERS CROSS OVER TO THE LEFT SIDE OF THE ROAD INTO AN EXCLUSIVE LEFT TURN LANE. AS THEY ENTER THE PRIMARY INTERSECTION, THE LEFT TURNS PROCEED UNOPPOSED. COMPARED TO A CONVENTIONAL INTERSECTION, CONFLICTS ARE FEWER AT A DLT, AN IMPORTANT STEP TO IMPROVING INTERSECTION SAFETY. CONFLICT POINTS ARE REDUCED FROM 32 FOR A CONVENTIONAL INTERSECTION TO 28 FOR A FULL DLT. ADDITIONALLY, THE DLT DESIGN ALLOWS LEFT-TURNING TRAFFIC TO MOVE SIMULTANEOUSLY WITH THROUGH TRAFFIC, RESULTING IN SIGNIFICANT OPERATIONAL BENEFITS. STUDIES SHOW THIS INCREASES CAPACITY AS MUCH AS 70%.>>A BIG, OUTSTANDING BENEFIT IS CAPACITY.>>SIGNS AND PAVEMENT MARKINGS INFORM AND GUIDE DRIVERS AS THEY APPROACH A DISPLACED LEFT INTERSECTION. TRAFFIC LEVELS ARE EASILY SYNCHRONIZED. PEDESTRIAN CROSSINGS AT A DLT IS SIMILAR TO A CONVENTIONAL INTERSECTION. PEDESTRIAN SIGNALS ARE PROVIDED, ENSURING ADEQUATE CROSSING OPPORTUNITY AND TIME. AN ADDED BENEFIT IS THE RAISED CHANNELIZATION NEEDED TO SEPARATE TRAFFIC. THESE ISLANDS CAN ALSO SERVE AS A REFUGE FOR PEDESTRIANS, RESULTING IN SHORTER, SIMPLER CROSSING STAGES.>>AS YOU CAN SEE, THIS IS AN ALTERNATIVE THAT’S VERY DIFFERENT FROM OUR CONVENTIONAL INTERSECTIONS. ONE OF THE THINGS IF YOU HAVEN’T EXPERIENCED ALREADY IS THE I-75 UNIVERSITY PARKWAY INTERCHANGE DOWN SARASOTA. IT HAS A VERY SIMILAR CONCEPT WHERE AS YOU APPROACH THE INTERCHANGE, YOU’RE SHIFTING OVER TO THE LEFT-HAND SIDE. SO REALLY, IT’S VERY SIMILAR. THE NEXT ALTERNATIVE IS A CONTINUOUS FLOW INTERSECTION. AND ESSENTIALLY IT’S VERY SIMILAR TO THE PREVIOUS ALTERNATIVE WHERE THE DISPLACED LEFT IS ON ONE APPROACH, THE CONTINUOUS FLOW IS BOTH ON THE EAST/WEST AND THE NORTH/SOUTH APPROACHES. SO BASICALLY ALL APPROACHES HAVE A DISPLACEMENT. THE LAST ALTERNATIVE IS THE MEDIAN U-TURN ALTERNATIVE. VERY SYNONYMOUS WITH THE MICHIGAN U-TURN. WITH THIS, TRAFFIC WOULD, FOR EXAMPLE ON ALT 19, GO PAST THE INTERSECTION AND MAKE A U-TURN AND THEN FOLLOWED BY THAT U-TURN MAKE A RIGHT TURN INSTEAD OF THE LEFT. SO ONCE AGAIN, WE HAVE A VIDEO FOR THIS ALTERNATIVE.>>THE MEDIAN U-TURN TREATMENT INVOLVES THE ELIMINATION OF THE DIRECT LEFT TURNS AT SIGNAL CONTROLLED INTERSECTIONS FROM MAJOR AND/OR MINOR APPROACHES. THE DRIVER PASSES THROUGH THE MAIN INTERSECTION AND PROCEEDS TO A MEDIAN OPENING WHERE THE DRIVER MAKES A U-TURN FOLLOWED BY A RIGHT TURN. DRIVERS ON THE MINOR ROAD WHO WANT TO TURN LEFT ONTO THE MAJOR ROAD MUST FIRST TURN RIGHT AT THE SIGNAL CONTROLLED INTERSECTION AND THEN EXECUTE A U-TURN AT THE DOWNSTREAM MEDIAN OPENING, THEN PROCEED BACK THROUGH THE SIGNALIZED INTERSECTION. GUIDE SIGNS ARE PROVIDED AND INFORM MOTORISTS AS THEY APPROACH THE INTERSECTION. THE MEDIAN U-TURNS THEMSELVES MAY OR MAY NOT BE SIGNALIZED.>>IT’S ONE OF OUR SAFEST ROADWAY DESIGNS NEXT TO THE FREEWAY. THIS DESIGN REDUCES CRASHES BY REDUCING THE CONFLICTS AND THE CONGESTION. >>RELOCATING THE LEFT TURN REDUCES THE NUMBER AND COMPLEXITY OF CONFLICTS BETWEEN TRAFFIC AND PEDESTRIANS AND BICYCLISTS, ESPECIALLY AT THE FAR SIDE OF THE TURN. INSTEAD OF BEING USED FOR LEFT TURN LANES, THE MEDIAN SPACE AT THE INTERSECTION BETWEEN OPPOSING DIRECTIONS OF TRAFFIC CAN BE DESIGNED AS A PEDESTRIAN REFUGE AREA, ALLOWING PEOPLE TO CROSS THE INTERSECTION IN TWO SHORTER, SAFER STAGES. SFL THE HIGHEST RISK ISSUE FOR PEDESTRIANS IS THE DRIVERS IN THE LEFT TURNING VEHICLES. BUT WHEN THEY’RE ONLY DEALING WITH THE RIGHT TURNING VEHICLES, IT’S EASIER FOR THE PEDESTRIANS. THERE’S MORE VISIBILITY FOR THE PEDESTRIANS AS THEY’RE CROSSING THE ROADWAY.>>THE MEDIAN U-TURN CAN REDUCE THE NUMBER OF SIGNAL PHASES AT THE INTERSECTIONS. IN SOME CASES BY AS MUCH AS HALF, RESULTING IN SIGNIFICANTLY IMPROVED EFFICIENCY. STUDIES HAVE SHOWN THAT 20% TO 50% INCREASE IN CAPACITY. >>WE CAN IMPROVE CAPACITY SO TRAFFIC IS MORE FREE FLOW THROUGH THE AREA. THE CROSSOVER SIGNAL WILL GO GREEN IN ADVANCE OF THE MAIN INTERSECTION SO THAT THE PLATOON IS GATHERED AND THEN THE MAIN INTERSECTION WILL GO GREEN SO THAT EVERYBODY’S TOGETHER, ALL THE VEHICLES ARE TOGETHER AS THEY DRIVE THROUGH THE CORRIDOR. THIS PROVIDES US WITH BETTER PROGRESSION. WE GET MORE CAPACITY OUT OF THE INTERSECTION.>>BY REDUCING THE NUMBER OF CONFLICT POINTS, THE MEDIAN U-TURNS RESULT IN SAFER INTERSECTIONS AND ROADWAYS, AS COMPARED TO CONVENTIONAL SIGNALIZED INTERSECTIONS.>>WE’VE HEARD THE CONCERN FOR PEDESTRIAN/BICYCLE MOVEMENTS WITH THE PINELLAS TRAIL BEING SO CLOSE TO THE INTERSECTIONS. WITH THE INNOVATIVE ALTERNATIVES WE’VE TALKED ABOUT TODAY, THOSE WOULD ACTUALLY BE IN THE INTERSECTION AND THEY’LL BE SIGNALIZED MOVEMENTS MAKING THEM SAFER AS OPPOSED TO ITS SEPARATE LOCATIONS TODAY. >>DAVE EGGERS: HOLD ON ONE SECOND PLEASE. MAYOR BUJALSKI?>>JULIE WARD BUJALSKI: JUST A QUICK QUESTION. WHEN YOU LOOKED AT CURLEW, THERE ARE OTHER THINGS TO CONSIDER. ONE OF THE THINGS THAT CAUSES BIG BACK-UP TO CURLEW IS THE ENTRYWAY OF HONEYMOON ISLAND. WE HAVE BEGGED, BORROWED, STEALED, WHATEVER WE COULD DO TO GET THE STATE TO CHANGE THAT ENTRANCE FORMAT TO KEEP THE TRAFFIC FROM BACKING UP. IT GOES ALL THE WAY BACK TO COUNTY ROAD 1. WE’RE STILL WORKING WITH THEM. BUT I DON’T KNOW THAT THAT WAS CONSIDERED HERE. THE OTHER THING IS THE AGE OF PEOPLE USING THIS INTERSECTION, THE PEOPLE THAT LIVE OUT ON THE CAUSEWAY, MOST PEOPLE, THEY’RE OLD. I MEAN, OLD. NO OFFENSE TO ANYBODY THAT’S LIVING ON THE CAUSEWAY. >>DAVE EGGERS: SAY IT A LITTLE DIFFERENTLY.>>JULIE WARD BUJALSKI: WELL, IT NEEDS SOME — >>DAVE EGGERS: I’M KIDDING. THEY’RE ELDERLY. >>JULIE WARD BUJALSKI: THEY’RE ELDERLY. AND THE OTHER THING IS — I KNOW THIS IS PROBABLY A COST FACTOR AND YOU’VE GOT SOME LET’S CALL THEM CREATIVE THOUGHT PROCESSES HERE, BUT THE PEDESTRIAN USE IN THAT INTERSECTION IS PROBABLY USED MORE THAN IT IS IN OUR DOWNTOWN. IT IS AN INCREDIBLE PEDESTRIAN/BIKE, WALKING, SCOOTER, ANYTHING YOU CAN HAVE — WAS THERE ANY DISCUSSION TO LIFTING THOSE PEOPLE OFF THE GROUND AND DOING A BRIDGE OVER THERE? NOT SAYING IT’S THE RIGHT IDEA. I KNOW IT’S EXPENSIVE. BUT WHEN YOU’RE TALKING ABOUT DOING ALTERNATIVES, BECAUSE OF ALL THE PEDESTRIAN SAFETY AND CONFLICTS, I’D JUST LIKE TO KNOW THESE OTHER THINGS WERE CONSIDERED WHEN STARTING TO MAKE THESE DECISIONS AND CAN THEY BE CONSIDERED IF THEY WEREN’T?>>ABSOLUTELY. THE THINGS THAT YOU JUST TALKED ABOUT CAN DEFINITELY BE CONSIDERED WITHIN THE STUDY. TO TALK ABOUT THE LAST ITEM, IT’S SOMETHING THAT WE’VE HEARD IN OUR PRIOR MEETINGS, THE NEED FOR AN OVERPASS FOR THE PINELLAS TRAIL FOR ITS CONNECTION ON THE EAST SIDE. THE ONE THING TO NOTE IS THAT THERE IS A PEDESTRIAN OVERPASS CROSSING — >>JULIE WARD BUJALSKI: YEAH, RIGHT UP THE STREET. >>JUST NORTH OF THE INTERSECTION. >>JULIE WARD BUJALSKI: AND I GET IT BECAUSE IT’S ALT 19, THERE’S A LOT OF TRAFFIC. BUT THAT INTERSECTION, YOU’VE GOT PEDESTRIANS AND BIKES COMING FROM FOUR DIFFERENT WAYS AND THE TRAIL IS RIGHT THERE.>>DAVE EGGERS: BOTH TRAILS. >>JULIE WARD BUJALSKI: BOTH TRAILS. THE TRAIL COMING OFF THE CAUSEWAY AND THEN THE PINELLAS — THAT’S A SPUR. AND THEN THE REGULAR TRAIL. SO I JUST THINK IT MIGHT BE BENEFICIAL TO CONSIDER THESE OTHER THINGS WHILE YOU’RE DOING THIS. >>AND THEY WERE PART OF IT, TOO. IT’S JUST WE HAVE TO DEAL WITH CONGESTION AT THE INTERSECTION AND WHAT WE CAN DO WITH DEALING WITH THE TRAFFIC, HOW DO WE ACCOMMODATE THE BIKES AND PEDESTRIAN THROUGH THERE AT THE GROUND LEVEL, THROW IN THE FLYOVER FOR PEDESTRIANS — WITH ANY CONFIGURATION WE END UP WITH AT THE INTERSECTION, ALONG WITH — WE CAN THROW THE OVERPASS IN THERE. IT’S NOT FORGOTTEN. WE’RE GOING THROUGH THE PROCESSES OF EVALUATING WHAT IS THE BEST FIT OUT THERE AND BRINGING IT TO FORWARD PINELLAS AND YOU GUYS TO ASSIST WITH US THAT. >>JULIE WARD BUJALSKI: AND WE’VE GOT ANOTHER AGENCY, STATE PARKS AND PINELLAS COUNTY GOVERNMENT BECAUSE THE CAUSEWAY ROAD IS TECHNICALLY THEIRS. AND YOU GUYS LOOKING AT AN INTERSECTION THAT A LOT OF CONGESTION GOING EAST/WEST IS CAUSED BY THE ENTRYWAY OF HONEYMOON ISLAND. IT IS.>>DAVE EGGERS: IT’S NOT MUCH A [ UNINTELLIGIBLE ] — THEY USE THE CAUSEWAY FOR THE QUEUE. BUT THE CAUSEWAY ITSELF IS BUSY.>>JULIE WARD BUJALSKI: IT IS. IT’S EQUALLY IF NOT MORE BUSY BUT THERE ARE SO MANY PLACES TO ACCESS THE CAUSEWAY AND GET OUT OF THE TRAFFIC. SO I JUST WANT TO SAY, WE ALL NEED TO KIND OF WORK TOGETHER AND LOOK AT THAT IN A HOLISTIC WAY TO DETERMINE WHAT’S BEST, NOT JUST THE TYPICAL LANE CONFIGURATION IS WHAT I’M SAYING. >>RIGHT.>>JULIE WARD BUJALSKI: THANK YOU.>>WE ALSO HAVE AN EVALUATION MATRIX FOR CURLEW AND IT SHOWS THE DIFFERENT OPTIONS THAT WE DISCUSSED TODAY AND HOW THEY OPERATE AS WELL AS THE CONSTRUCTION AND RIGHT-OF-WAY IMPASSE WITH EACH OF THE ALTERNATIVES. [ UNINTELLIGIBLE ] WHILE THE OTHER ALTERNATIVES WOULD REDUCE THE DELAY DRAMATICALLY.>>DAVE EGGERS: THERE WAS A COMMENT MADE BY SOMEBODY ON THE SCREEN, IT TALKED ABOUT EIGHT SEQUENCES GOING DOWN TO TWO SEQUENCES. >>YES.>>DAVE EGGERS: I WAS TRYING TO FIGURE OUT WHEN YOU DO THAT U-TURN, YOU’RE GOING TO BE U-TURNING ONTO AN AREA THAT’S REALLY BACKED UP. HOW IS IT GOING TO CONTINUOUSLY FLOW WITH JUST THE TWO CYCLES? YOU’RE MOVING MUCH MORE FREQUENTLY, I GUESS, IN THAT NORTH/SOUTH AND THEN EAST/WEST — >>YOU HAVE A TRAFFIC SIGNAL AT THE MAIN INTERSECTION TODAY AND THEN UPSTREAM OR DOWNSTREAM OF THE MAIN INTERSECTION, YOU’LL ALSO HAVE TRAFFIC SIGNALS. THE TWO SIGNALS WILL OPERATE IN UNISON SO THAT WHEN YOU’RE MAKING THE U-TURN AS THEY SHOWED IN THE VIDEO, ONCE YOU APPROACH THE MAIN INTERSECTION, YOU’LL GET GREEN AT THE MAIN INTERSECTION. SO THEY’LL BE COORDINATED — >>DAVE EGGERS: I WAS THINKING OF THE U-TURN ONE — >>EXACTLY. THE U-TURN IS TWO-PHASE. IT WILL BE THE U-TURN GOING ONE PHASE AND THEN IT WILL BE THE SOUTHBOUND THROUGH AS A SECOND PHASE. SO IT’S A VERY EFFICIENT TRAFFIC SIGNAL. YOU DON’T HAVE A LOT OF THE MOVEMENTS GOING ON. >>DAVE EGGERS: LITERALLY ONE SIGNAL — >>THAT’S RIGHT. IN THE NORTHBOUND DIRECTION, IT WILL BE MOVING FREE — AT LEAST IN THE MEDIAN U-TURN ALTERNATIVE. IN ADDITION TO THE INTERSECTION ALTERNATIVES, WE HAD A SERIES OF ROADWAY SEGMENT ALTERNATIVES AND HOW WE COMPARED THE BENEFITS OF THOSE ALTERNATIVES IF WE ALSO HAD A VALUATION MATRIX FOR THE ROADWAY SEGMENTS. WE WANTED TO COMPARE THE VALUATION CRITERIA TO THE GUIDING PRINCIPLES OF THE STUDY SO THIS IS AN EXAMPLE OF THE MATRIX THAT WE HAD SHOWN AT THE ALTERNATIVES WORKSHOP BACK IN SEPT SEPTEMBER. I’D LIKE TO FINISH UP BY TALKING ABOUT WHAT THE NEXT STEPS ARE. RIGHT NOW, WE’RE FINALIZING THE IMPROVEMENTS AND WE’RE DEVELOPING A MENU LIST OF SHORT-TERM AND LONG-TERM IMPROVEMENTS THAT WILL BE PROVIDED TO FDOT AS WELL AS FORWARD PINELLAS. FDOT WILL BE WORKING WITH FORWARD PINELLAS TO DETERMINE HAT PRIORITIES ARE, IMPROVEMENTS THEY WOULD LIKE TO SEE MOVING FORWARD. WHICH IMPROVEMENTS CAN BE PUT OFF ALONG THE PERIOD OF TIME. RIGHT NOW, THE DEPARTMENT HAS DESIGNED FOR THE IMPROVEMENTS IN 2023 AND THE ALTERNATIVE CORRIDOR STRATEGIES REPORT WILL BE THE MAIN DOCUMENT THAT’S SUMMARIZING THE IMPROVEMENTS. WITH THAT, IF THERE’S QUESTIONS?>>ON YOUR DISPLACED LEFT ALTERNATIVE, ON THE STUDY — OBVIOUSLY THAT WAS A REAL LOCATION THAT YOU WERE SHOWING, WHAT IS THE WRONG-WAY DRIVER ACCIDENT RATE IN THAT STUDY?>>I DON’T HAVE THAT OFFHAND. BUT MOST OF HOW THE CONFIGURATION WORKS IS — BECAUSE I’VE LOOKED AT THAT, TOO, WONDERING AND I HAVEN’T DUG INTO THE DATA BEHIND IT. BUT WHETHER OPPORTUNITY FOR GOING THE WRONG WAY, MORE THAN LIKELY THERE’S GOING TO BE CARS STOPPED WAITING ON THE LIGHT. SO THERE’S OPPORTUNITY TO GO THE WRONG WAY IF THERE’S CARS THERE. AND THE WAY THE MARKING IS, IT DIRECTS THEM — IT’S NOT MUCH DIFFERENT THAN WHAT’S OUT THERE NOW ON THE ROADWAYS, WHEN PEOPLE HAVE THE OPPORTUNITIES TO GO THE WRONG WAY — THEY’RE IGNORING THE SIGNS AND STUFF AS IT IS ANYWAY. BUT AS FAR AS REAL DATA, I’LL HAVE TO GET THAT — >>SUZY SOFER: YOU DIDN’T GIVE ME A WARM, FUZZY FEELING ON THAT ONE. WE HAVE OBVIOUSLY IN THE STATE OF FLORIDA A PROBLEM WITH THAT.>>RIGHT. >>SUZY SOFER: SO DEFINITELY LOOKING AT THAT EXAMPLE RIGHT THERE, I THINK WE’RE ALL — >>WELL, NORTH CAROLINA IS A LEADER IN THE U.S. FOR A LOT OF THESE INNOVATIVE INTERSECTIONS. THE MICHIGAN U-TURN, THEY HAVE OVER 300 LOCATIONS WHERE THEY HAVE THOSE. THE DIVERGENT DIAMOND, THEY HAVE AT LEAST A DOZEN OF THOSE. THESE DISPLACED LEFT TURNS, THEY HAVE A LOT OF THOSE, TOO. BUT AS FAR AS THE CRASH DATA OR WRONG-WAY DATA — THEY ARE SAFE SINCE THEY ARE BEING USED WIDELY ACROSS THE U.S. SOME OF THOSE LOCATIONS WERE IN UTAH AND THERE’S A SERIES OF THEM ALONG THE HIGHWAY AND EACH INTERSECTION HAS A DISPLACED LEFT AND THEY’RE ALL OPERATING EFFICIENTLY. AND I DON’T THINK THEY HAVE AS MUCH OF A CONCERN WITH THE WRONG-WAY DRIVING — >>SUZY SOFER: HOW LONG HAS THAT PARTICULAR INTERSECTION BEEN IN EFFECT? BECAUSE OBVIOUSLY EDUCATION IS REALLY IMPORTANT WHEN YOU REDESIGN. AND I THINK THAT’S WHY WE STRUGGLE WITH A ROUNDABOUT CONCEPT WHEREAS IF YOU GO TO, SAY, AUSTRALIA, THEY DON’T HAVE STOP SIGNS AT ALL. EVERYTHING IS A ROUNDABOUT. BUT FOR SOME REASON, WE KIND OF STRUGGLE WITH THE CONCEPT OF A ROUNDABOUT HERE.>>I’M NOT SURE THE AGE OF THE ONE IN UTAH. BUT IT’S MORE RECENTLY, LIKE IN THE LAST FIVE YEARS, I BELIEVE. BUT WITH AUSTRALIA, TOO, YOU MENTIONED THEM, I DISCUSSED AS MUCH AS I CAN WITH THE TIME FRAME DIFFERENCE WITH PEOPLE IN AUSTRALIA ABOUT WHAT THEY’RE DOING AND LOOKING AT SOME OF THEIR STUFF AND WE’RE COORDINATING BACK AND FORTH ON IDEAS OF HOW THEY’RE DOING THINGS. I’M TRYING TO BRING SOME INNOVATIVE IDEAS TO ADDRESS ISSUES THAT WE CONTINUALLY HAVE OUT HERE, TOO.>>SUZY SOFER: THEY DO HAVE UNIQUE IDEAS. AND THE ROUNDABOUT CONCEPT WORKS REALLY WELL THERE. IF YOU’VE EVER SEEN IT, IT’S AMAZING. THEY FLOW WITH THE TRAFFIC. THEY ALSO HAVE TAGS FOR — TO IDENTIFY YOUNG DRIVERS, WHICH I THINK IS A GREAT IDEA, TOO, SO YOU KNOW THIS IS A YOUNG DRIVER, SOMEBODY THAT’S NEW ON THE ROAD AND YOU PAY ATTENTION TO THAT, JUST LIKE SOMEBODY THAT’S LEARNING TO DRIVE. AND THEY HAVE VERY UNIQUE IDEAS FOR THE ROAD THAT WE SHOULD TAKE NOTE OF.>>DAVE EGGERS: COMMISSIONER SEEL?>>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: I CONCUR. BEEN TO NEW ZEALAND AND AUSTRALIA AND IT DOES WORK BUT IT’S BECAUSE THAT IS THEIR TOTAL ROAD TREATMENT. IT’S THE SAME EVERYWHERE YOU GO. THE PROBLEM HERE I THINK ALSO IS . TRYING TO FOLLOW MARKED PATHS TO GET TO THROUGH ONE INTERSECTION AFTER ANOTHER, I REALLY APPRECIATE THE CREATIVE IDEAS. I JUST WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT IT WOULD BE — THERE WOULD BE CONTINUITY AND THERE WOULD BE EASY TO NAVIGATE FOR OUR TOURISTS BECAUSE THAT’S CRUCIAL.>>RIGHT.>>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: I DID GO TO 275 AND UNIVERSITY PARKWAY ON PURPOSE TO TRY IT OUT. AND I THINK IT WORKS WELL THERE BECAUSE IT’S A BIG INTERCHANGE. IT’S — AND THESE THAT WE’RE LOOKING AT ARE A LOT SMALLER. SO I THINK THEY HAVE MORE POTENTIAL FOR CONFLICT THAN THE BIG ONE AT UNIVERSITY.>>AND WE’LL BE GETTING ONE OF THOSE UP IN OUR AREA, AT LEAST THE PASCO AREA — >>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: PLANNED FOR WHERE?>>75 AND STATE ROAD 56. THRALL BE ANOTHER ONE. BUT THESE INNOVATIVE INTERSECTIONS, THE CONCEPTS, WE’RE EVALUATING THEM, BRINGING THEM FORWARD NOW. WE’RE LISTENING TO THE CONCERNS AND WE’LL INVESTIGATE FURTHER. AS WE START — LIKE I SAID, WE HAVE A DESIGN SCHEDULE AND FUNDED FOR FISCAL YEAR 2023. WE’RE TRYING UNTIL THAT POINT TO FIGURE OUT WHAT WE ARE GOING TO MOVE FORWARD INTO A DESIGN BASED ON WHAT WE HAVE IN THE STUDY. SO WE’LL BE TALKING WITH FORWARD PINELLAS AND THE COMMUNITIES, TOO, ABOUT THINGS THEY WOULD LIKE TO SEE AND WHAT WE CAN DO TO ADDRESS IT. THESE ARE JUST CONCEPTS THAT WE HAVE.>>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: AS ONE WHO VOTED FOR THE CLEARWATER BEACH ROUNDABOUT BEFORE IT WAS EVER CONSTRUCTED, I’VE RECEIVED QUITE A BIT OF CRITICISM OVER THE YEARS FOR THAT. SO I HAVE A LITTLE BIT OF HESITATION ALSO WITH ROUNDABOUTS, ESPECIALLY WHEN THEY’RE CLOSE TOGETHER.>>JULIE WARD BUJALSKI: ME, TOO.>>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: LOOKING AT DUNEDIN RIGHT UP BAY STREET AND EDGEWATER, BUT THAT BEING SAID, THAT — IF IT WENT TO SIGNALIZED INTERSECTION, THAT WILL BE A WHOLE LOT SAFER THAN IT IS NOW.>>JULIE WARD BUJALSKI: AND FOR PEDESTRIANS.>>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: AND FOR PEDESTRIANS. SORRY, WE’RE NOT ENGINEERS AND WE CAN ONLY OFFER WHAT WE EXPERIENCE PERSONALLY. SO I RESPECT THAT YOU ALL HAVE THE EXPERTISE VERSUS ME. >>WE’RE LISTENING, TOO. >>DAVE EGGERS: I THINK SOME OF THE COMMENTS ARE ON TARGET. I THINK WE’RE GOING TO HAVE TO TRY. WE ALWAYS TALK ABOUT PILOT PROJECTS. BUT WE NEED TO FIND A LOCATION AND TRY A ROUNDABOUT. I ALMOST THINK THAT THE ONE IN CLEARWATER BEACH HAS CREATED THIS KIND OF MENTAL BLOCK FOR ALL OF US, THOSE ARE TWO LANES. THEY HAD LIKE SIX ENTRY POINTS AROUND THAT ROUNDABOUT. IT’S A LITTLE DIFFERENT WHEN YOU HAVE ONE LANE COMING IN AND YOU HAVE JUST FOUR ENTRY POINTS. IT’S A LITTLE DIFFERENT. WE’RE NOT GOING TO PUT TEN IN AT ONCE. BUT WE NEED TO TRY ONE SOME PLACE THAT MAKES A LOT OF SENSE — >>TRYING TO FIND THAT HIT. >>DAVE EGGERS: I WOULD HATE TO WAIT UNTIL 2023 TO GET THE FIRST ONE IN TO START LOOKING. I THINK WE NEED TO MOVE THIS A LITTLE BIT QUICKER. >>AS WE WORK ON EVALUATING THESE ALTERNATIVES AND TRYING TO GET THINGS PRIORITIZED IF THERE’S OPPORTUNITIES TO GIVE DIFFERENT PRIORITIES AND ADVANCE THINGS, I’M HAPPY TO — >>DAVE EGGERS: I LIKE THE IDEA OF THE U-TURN OR THE LEFT TURN — OR THE — >>MEDIAN U-TURN. >>DAVE EGGERS: I THINK THEY’VE GOT REAL POSSIBILITIES. BUT, AGAIN, GOT TO FIND A PLACE TO TRY IT SO THAT PEOPLE CAN GET COMFORTABLE WITH IT. AND THEN MAYBE UNVEIL OTHER ONES. COMMISSIONER ALLBRITTON?>>DAVID ALLBRITTON: WE’VE GOT A LOT OF ROUNDABOUTS IN CLEARWATER AND THEY SAME TO WORK — SINGLE-LANE ROUNDABOUTS WORK VERY WELL. THE BEACH ROUNDABOUT WORKS REALLY GOOD EXCEPT THE POINT WHERE THE INSIDE LANE CROSSES THE OUTSIDE LANE. IF THAT COULD BE FIXED, THAT WOULD BE A GREAT ROUNDABOUT. I’VE SEEN THE SMALLER ONES LIKE ONE-LANE ROUNDABOUTS, THEY SEEM TO WORK REALLY WELL. >>DAVE EGGERS: REALLY KEEPS THE TRAFFIC MOVING. COMMISSIONER WELCH?>>KENNETH WELCH: MOST OF MY COMMENTS HAVE BEEN SAID. I WANT TO AGREE WITH COMMISSIONER SOFER’S COMMENTS ON IDENTIFYING RESTRICTED DRIVERS. I TALKED TO A VISITOR FROM EUROPE AND I’M ALSO TEACHING MY 16-YEAR-OLD TO DRIVE.>>JULIE WARD BUJALSKI: GOOD LUCK.>>KENNETH WELCH: SO IT WOULD BE GREAT IF THE OUTSIDE WORLD KNOWS, THIS PERSON IS LEARNING TO DRIVE, BACK OFF A LITTLE AND DON’T EXPECT THEM TO BE LIKE AN EXPERIENCED DRIVER. I DIDN’T KNOW THEY HAD THAT UNTIL — >>THEY HAVE PLACARDS AND IT’S BEGINNING LEVELS — >>KENNETH WELCH: I THOUGHT IT WAS A GREAT IDEA. >>THESE KIDS GET EXCITED ABOUT GETTING THE DIFFERENT COLORED PLACARDS AND THEY’RE NOT ALLOWED TO DRIVE AFTER A CERTAIN TIME AT NIGHT AS WELL. AND IT’S IDENTIFIED AS THAT. >>KENNETH WELCH: I CONCUR WITH YOU ON THAT. MOST OF WHAT I WAS THINKING ABOUT THE ROUNDABOUTS HAS BEEN SAID. I THINK ON SLIDE 26, IF PETE IS BACK THERE AND CAN BRING THAT UP. COMMISSIONER EGGERS, AS YOU WERE SPEAKING F I’M LOOKING AT WYATT STREET, THAT’S ACTUALLY A FOUR-LANE. AND YOU’VE GOT A GREEN OUTLINE. I WANT TO ASK, IS THAT THE PEDESTRIAN — I GUESS WE CAN’T BRING IT UP?>>THIS IS 26 THAT’S UP. I’M NOT SURE — >>KENNETH WELCH: WE’RE NOT SEEING IT.>>DAVE EGGERS: IT’S COMING.>>KENNETH WELCH: THE ONE THAT SHOWS THE TWO ON ROUNDABOUTS. IT’S THE NEXT SLIDE, I THINK.>>JULIE WARD BUJALSKI: THAT’S BACK. IT’S BACK EARLIER. >>DAVE EGGERS: IT’S QUITE A WAYS BACK.>>KENNETH WELCH: IT SAYS LARGO AND CLEARWATER REPURPOSE — THAT ONE. AND I KNOW YOU CAN’T ZOOM IN. BUT FAINTLY YOU CAN SEE IN LIGHT GREEN, ARE THOSE THE PEDESTRIAN WALKWAYS AT EACH ROUNDABOUT?>>YES. THOSE ARE THE SIDEWALK AND THEN THE CROSSWALKS THERE. WE TRIED TO DIFFERENTIATE THOSE SO YOU CAN SEE THAT. AND THEN THE GREEN IS OF COURSE THE GREEN SPACE THAT WOULD BE THE MEDIAN SEPARATOR THERE — >>KENNETH WELCH: THERE ARE SEVERAL LEVELS OF GREEN ON YOU — ACTUALLY CROSSES THE ROAD. IT LOOKS LIKE A PEDESTRIAN.>>THAT’S THE PEDESTRIAN CROSSWALK — >>YES.>>KENNETH WELCH: SO IT’S JUST — THERE’S NO SIGNAL THERE OBVIOUSLY.>>THERE’S NO SIGNAL. >>KENNETH WELCH: YOU’VE GOT SEVEN ROUNDABOUTS. DO ANY OF THOSE REPLACE A TRAFFIC SIGNAL?>>THESE ARE REPLACING TRAFFIC SIGNALS THAT ARE CURRENTLY THERE TODAY, CORRECT.>>KENNETH WELCH: IN THIS CASE. >>CORRECT. THE ONLY ONE IT DOESN’T REPLACE ALONG THAT SECTION BETWEEN JASPER GOING INTO THE NORTHERN CORRIDOR WHICH WAS MARSHALL WHERE THAT REDUCTION ENDED WAS BELLEAIR. BELLEAIR HAD TO REMAIN A SIGNALIZED INTERSECTION IN ORDER FOR THE SERIES OF ROUNDABOUTS TO WORK. FROM A TRAFFIC OPERATIONS STANDPOINT. >>KENNETH WELCH: SO YOU’RE ESTIMATING JUST BECAUSE OF TIMING, PEDESTRIANS WERE ABLE TO CROSS THAT — >>CORRECT.>>KENNETH WELCH: OKAY. THANK YOU.>>DAVE EGGERS: COMMISSIONER BUJALSKI?>>JULIE WARD BUJALSKI: TWO QUICK THINGS. WITH THE ROUNDABOUTS CLOSE TO DOWNTOWN DUNEDIN, ONE OF THE BIG THINGS WE’RE WORRIED ABOUT — AND YOU DON’T HAVE TO BRING IT UP. BUT YOU CAN SEE AS YOU WERE JUST QUESTIONING, COMMISSIONER WELCH, WHERE THE PEOPLE CROSS BY THE ROUNDABOUT. SO IN DOWNTOWN DUNEDIN, IT’S A SINGLE LANE, NOT A DOUBLE LANE LIKE THIS. BUT YOU HAVE PEOPLE — WE’VE PURPOSELY CREATED OUR DEVELOPMENT PATTERN SO PEOPLE COME FROM DOWNTOWN TO THE MARINA AREA AND EDGEWATER PARK. IT’S VERY CONNECTED NOW. THERE ARE A TON OF PEOPLE WHO MOVE THROUGH THIS INTERSECTION. WHAT’S GOING TO HAPPEN NOW INSTEAD OF WALKING TO THE CORNER LIKE A NORMAL PERSON WOULD IN A VERY WALKABLE DOWNTOWN — BY THE WAY, VOTED THE MOST WALKABLE COMMUNITY IN SOME MAGAZINE, I DON’T REMEMBER WHICH. BUT INSTEAD OF JUST WALKING TO THE CORNER, YOU NOW HAVE TO WALK — I DON’T KNOW IF IT’S 13, 10, 13, 15 FEET IN A WEIRD DIRECTION TO GET ACROSS. AND COMING OFF OF A DOWNTOWN WHO’S BUILT TO GO STRAIGHT, I REALLY FEAR PEOPLE WILL NOT WALK THAT NUMBER OF FEET AWAY TO CROSS. I THINK THEY WILL TRY AND CROSS RIGHT OVER THE ROUNDABOUT. AND I SEE PEOPLE DO CRAZY THINGS AT THAT INTERSECTION TODAY. I THINK IF WE ASK — I JUST THINK IT’S NOT — AT LEAST AT THAT ONE MAIN INTERSECTION, I DON’T SEE IT HAPPENING. BUT I REALLY WANTED TO JUST ASK, YOU WERE TALKING ABOUT NEXT STEPS AND THE PREFERRED ALTERNATIVES AND DESIGN. AT WHAT POINT DO DECISIONS GET MADE AND HOW ARE WE AS A BOARD AND AS THE DIFFERENT CITIES INVOLVED IN THAT DECISION OF MAKING PROCESS? BECAUSE OBVIOUSLY YOU’VE GOT A COUPLE OF OPTIONS HERE FOR DIFFERENT THINGS.>>AS I SAID, THE DOCUMENTS ARE BEING PUT TOGETHER NOW. THE DEPARTMENT WILL REVIEW THOSE — WILL TAKE OUR [ UNINTELLIGIBLE ] TO SEE IF THERE’S ISSUES THAT WE CAN HELP WITH EACH OF THE CONCEPTS. AND THEN WE’LL GET THEM OUT BACK TO FORWARD PINELLAS AND GET THEM TO THE CITIES AND EVERYBODY TO MAKE THEIR COMMENTS ALSO. AND THEN WE’LL BE PICKING THOSE ALTERNATIVES AND WORKING THROUGH, GETTING THEM TOWARDS DESIGN. SO THERE WILL BE TWEAKING OF CERTAIN THINGS, LIKE THERE’S ISSUES WITH EVERYTHING THAT IS A CONCEPT UNTIL WE GET TO MORE DETAILS. RIGHT NOW, WE’RE SUCH A HIGHER LEVEL OF ADDRESSING JUST THE BASIC CONGESTION, THE SAFETY ISSUES AND WE GET DOWN, WE’RE GOING TO BE LOOKING AT WHY THE LANES SHOULD BE WHERE, EXACTLY WHERE SHOULD THE CROSSWALKS BE, A LOT OF LIGHTS ISSUES AND STUFF. WE’VE GOT YEARS — IT’S NOT UNTIL 2023. BUT WE HAVE THOSE PROCESSED TO GET EVERYBODY’S THOUGHTS ON IT. >>JULIE WARD BUJALSKI: MR. CHAIRMAN AND MR. DIRECTOR. I WOULD LIKE TO AT LEAST ASK ON BEHALF OF THIS BOARD FOR THAT CURLEW INTERSECTION FOR THE IDEA OF IF HONEYMOON ISLAND HAD A BETTER ENTRANCE, YOU DON’T HAVE TO FIGURE OUT WHAT THAT IS. BUT IF THAT TRAFFIC AND BACK-UP WAS REDUCED, HOW WOULD IT AFFECT IT AS WELL AS A PEDESTRIAN OVERPASS OF SOME KIND BE CONSIDERED. FOR THIS INTERSECTION, WHETHER IT’S AT THE TRAIL CROSSING CURLEW, I DON’T KNOW WHAT THE RIGHT THING TO DO — BUT IF THOSE THINGS WERE CONSIDERED, WHAT THEN WOULD YOU BE DOING WITH THE INTERSECTION?>>RIGHT.>>JULIE WARD BUJALSKI: IS WHAT I’M TRYING TO SAY. THANK YOU.>>I UNDERSTAND.>>DAVE EGGERS: ANYTHING ELSE? I KNOW YOU DIDN’T FINISH GOING ALL THE WAY TO THE NORTH. BUT IT’S A LITTLE LIGHTER TREATMENT — >>RIGHT. IT GETS A LITTLE EASIER — THERE’S NOT MANY ISSUES. THESE ARE THE MAJOR POINTS THAT WE WANTED TO ADDRESS. THE REST OF THE CORRIDOR HAS OTHER TREATMENTS — >>DAVE EGGERS: THERE’S A LOT OF TREATMENTS GOING NORTH, A ROUNDABOUT IN DOWNTOWN PALM HARBOR FOR INSTANCE. SO THERE’S MORE TREATMENTS, YOU HAVEN’T BEEN LEFT OUT.>>NO, NO.>>DAVE EGGERS: THERE’S QUITE A BIT GOING ON.>>KENNETH WELCH: MAINLY THE ROUNDABOUT — [ LAUGHTER ]>>DAVE EGGERS: ANYTHING ELSE? THANK YOU, GUYS, APPRECIATE IT.>>I WANT TO THANK EVERYBODY FOR PARTICIPATING IN THE TRANSPORTATION FUNDING WORKSHOP WE HAD ON JANUARY 18th. I’VE BEEN HAVING MEETINGS WITH THE COUNTY ADMINISTRATOR AND BRAD MILLER. WE ARE PLANNING TO HAVE ANOTHER STAFF LEVEL WORKSHOP WHERE WE LOOK AT A WIDE RANGE OF TRANSPORTATION FUNDING OPTIONS FROM THE COUNTY ADMINISTRATOR’S DIRECTED HIS STAFF TO LOOK AT. IN THE MEANTIME, WE ARE WORKING WITH PSTA TO LOOK AT TRANSIT INVESTMENT STRATEGIES THAT FOCUS ON WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT AND ACCESS TO JOBS. AND WE WILL BE PRIORITIZING SOME SERVICE CORRIDOR IMPROVEMENTS BASED ON THAT FOR CONSIDERATION. AND THEN MY UNDERSTANDING IS THAT THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS IS LOOKING AT A FUNDING WORKSHOP LATER IN THE SPRING. SO WE’LL CONTINUE TO KIND OF GUIDE AND FACILITY THAT PROCESS AS BEST WE CAN. SO, AGAIN, I THINK THERE WAS A LOT OF GOOD DIALOGUE THAT GUIDES US ON THAT. ON THE NEXT ITEM, THE SPOTLIGHT UPDATE, I WANT TO HIGHLIGHT TWO THINGS. THE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION’S BEEN A GREAT PARTNER. AND WE HAVE BEEN WORKING WITH THE TOWN OF INDIAN SHORES ON THEIR SIDEWALK REQUEST IN THAT SECTION OF GULF BOULEVARD. AND WE’RE GOING TO BE MEETING WITH THE TOWN AND THE DEPARTMENT. THEY HAVE LOOKED AT SOME NUMBERS. THEY’VE LOOKED AT SOME OPTIONS. THEY’RE GOING TO BE BRINGING BACK THAT INFORMATION IN A WORKSHOP WITH THE TOWN SOON. AND LAST NIGHT, WE HAD A MEETING WITH THE CITY OF INDIAN ROCKS BEACH WHERE COUNTY STAFF PRESENTED SOME ACCOMMODATIONS TO GULF BOULEVARD FOR BETTER SAFETY. SOME WERE NEAR-TERM SOLUTIONS THAT CAN HAPPEN TODAY ON THE COUNTY-MAINTAINED SECTIONS AND SOME ARE LEARNING TERM THAT GO WITH RESURFACING. IT’S THE SAME ISSUE WE HAD WITH WEST BAY DRIVE WHERE THERE’S THE PERCEPTION THAT ANYTHING THAT’S NARROWING THE WIDTH OF THE TRAVEL LANE WILL BE A PROBLEM FOR FOLKS. BUT IN THE MEANTIME, THERE ARE SOME ACTIONABLE SHORT-TERM STRATEGIES THAT CAN BE IMPLEMENTED IN THAT AREA. SO WE’LL CONTINUE TO WORK ON THOSE TWO ITEMS. FOR THE U.S. 19 CORRIDOR, I AM ANTICIPATING ABOUT A MONTH AWAY WE’LL HAVE SOME INFORMATION ON THE NORTHERN SECTIONS IN TERMS OF THOSE INTERCHANGES. AND WHAT OTHER OPTIONS MAY BE FEASIBLE. AND WE ARE WORKING VERY CLOSELY WITH THE CITY OF ST. PETERSBURG AND OTHER STAKEHOLDERS ON THE 34th STREET SOUTH SECTION BECAUSE PRETTY QUICKLY WE’RE GOING TO NEED TO COME UP WITH A RECOMMENDATION ABOUT HOW THAT GETS ADDRESSED IN THE RESURFACING AND THE DEPARTMENT HAS SAID THEY WOULD PREFER NOT TO BRING THE CURBS IN WHEN THEY DO THE RESURFACING. AND THERE IS EXTRA MONEY THAT’S BEEN BUDGETED FOR SIDEWALKS AND OTHER TREATMENTS. SO WE’LL BE LOOKING AT POTENTIALLY A BUSINESS ACCESS TRANSIT LANE OR BIKE LANES OR SOME COMBINATION OUT THERE FOR REPURPOSING BECAUSE WE’VE DONE THE FEASIBILITY STUDY TO DETERMINE THAT YOU DON’T NEED ALL SIX LANES OF CAPACITY ON 34th STREET SOUTH DOWN TO 54th AVENUE.>>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: TO 54th AVENUE FROM WHERE?>>ABOUT 26th AVENUE. >>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: SO THE SKYWAY?>>YEAH. THAT WILL BE COMING BACK BEFORE THE BOARD WHEN WE HAVE THOSE DUCKS IN A ROW. FINALLY FOR THE GATEWAY MASTER PLAN, THE NEXT STUDY MANAGEMENT TEAM MEETING WILL BE IN MAY. WE DON’T HAVE A DATE YET. BUT IT WILL HAPPEN IN EARLY MAY. WE’RE WORKING THROUGH SOME OF THE LAND USE AND TRANSPORTATION RECOMMENDATIONS AND WE’LL HAVE A PRESENTATION PROBABLY AT OUR MAY MEETING ON THAT. AND THAT WILL FEED OUR LONG-RANGE PLAN AS WELL. AND SOME OF THOSE CONNECTIONS WILL INCLUDE OVERPASS, UNDERPASS ON 275, AND 126th AVENUE AND OTHER PROJECTS THAT I’VE BEEN TALKING ABOUT FOR A WHILE. BUT THERE MAY BE NEW ONES AS WELL. WE’RE LOOKING AT AFFORDABLE HOUSING AND DENSITY AND THE APPROPRIATE PLACES AS WELL IN THAT AREA. I DON’T KNOW THAT I NEED TO COVER A WHOLE LOT OF THINGS FOR THE MPOAC MEETING. BUT I WANT TO MENTION THE TMA LEADERSHIP GROUP THAT MET ON FRIDAY. THE SUMMARY WILL BE GOING OUT THIS WEEK. BUT I THINK THE MAIN TAKEAWAY WAS THE TMA GROUP REPRESENTATIVES VERY STRONGLY AFFIRMED THE ROLE OF THE THREE COUNTY TMA LEADERSHIP GROUP TO MEET ON A REGULAR BASIS. THERE WAS A SUGGESTION FROM ONE OF THE OTHER COUNTIES THAT WE SHIFT TO AN EMPHASIS ON THE CHAIR’S COORDINATING COMMITTEE, WHICH IS THE EIGHT-COUNTY REGION AND THE TEAM “A” LEADERSHIP GROUP PREFERRED KEEPING THAT FOCUS ON THE CORE THREE MPOs FOR ONE ORGANIZED AREA. WE’RE HAPPY WITH THAT. WE THINK THAT’S A WORKABLE SOLUTION. WE DO THINK IT CAN BE INCORPORATED INTO THE INTERLOCAL AGREEMENT THAT ALREADY EXISTS FOR THE CCC SO THAT WE MORE FORMALIZE THAT MECHANISM. MAYBE IT’S A SUBCOMMITTEE OF THE CCC. THAT’S SOMETHING WE TALKED ABOUT. BUT THAT WAS AN IMPORTANT ACTION. AND THEN OTHERWISE, WE PREVIEWED OUR REGIONAL PRIORITY LISTS AND THEY’LL BE TAKING ACTION ON THAT AT THE APRIL MEETING. WE’LL BRING THAT TO YOU ALL AS WELL FOR PREVIEW AT THE MARCH MEETING. >>DAVE EGGERS: I WAS GLAD TO SEE THE REPRESENTATION FROM THE HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY BEING A LITTLE BIT MORE — >>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: ROBUST. >>DAVE EGGERS: MEASURED. TWO OF THE FOLKS WERE VERY THOUGHTFUL IN THEIR DELIBERATION, I THOUGHT, AT LEAST IN KEEPING THIS TMA GROUP TOGETHER. SO I WAS REALLY GLAD TO HEAR THAT. I THINK IT WAS IMPORTANT. DID YOU HAVE ANYTHING THAT CAME TO MIND?>>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: GOOD JOB. SAID HITS IT ON THE HEAD.T HAVE->>THE NEXT MEETING WILL BE AT PSTA IN APRIL. I DON’T HAVE THE DATE. CHELSEA, DO YOU REMEMBER? NO. BUT IT WILL BE IN APRIL, IT WILL BE IN OUR COUNTY. THE WAY IT’S WORKING IS WHERE THE HOST COUNTY IS IS WHERE THE CHAIR IS. AND THAT’S THE MEETING WE’LL VOTE ON REGIONAL PROPERTIES. I’M DONE. I’M ALL FINISHED.>>DAVE EGGERS: ANYTHING ELSE ANYBODY WOULD LIKE TO BRING UP? I DID SEE A LITTLE NOTE HERE THAT SAID THAT IN ADDITION TO THE ONE OPENING OF THE CAC THAT WE TALKED ABOUT EARLIER THAT THERE IS A COUPLE OF OPENINGS FOR THE LOCAL COORDINATING BOARD, ONE FOR PUBLIC EDUCATION AND ONE FOR THE CITIZENS TRANSPORTATION DISADVANTAGED, SO IF YOU KNOW OF ANYBODY THAT MIGHT BE INTERESTED IN THOSE TWO POSITIONS, LET US KNOW AS WELL. I GUESS THAT’S ALL WE’VE GOT. WE’RE ADJOURNED. THANK YOU.

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