NORTH REDINGTON BEACH – Once each year, St. Petersburg College students attend and participate in the governmental process at a North Redington Beach town hall meeting.
This year, SPC student Justin Dudas gave a presentation Feb. 9 regarding implementation of the amendment to impose a temporary moratorium on the operation of medical marijuana treatment centers.
The amendment imposing a temporary moratorium on the operation of medical marijuana treatment centers and dispensing organizations within the town passed unanimously.
Town attorney Jay Daigneault explained the reasoning in support of the moratorium. The delay in implementing the new law has to do with the need for the Florida Department of Health to clarify regulations of the recently passed legislation. Once this is achieved, the moratorium may be rescinded.
An ordinance amending new seawalls and caps to be built passed unanimously on first reading. Mayor Bill Queen said that raising new seawalls to a higher level would provide more protection to the town and, ultimately, make all the “seawalls contiguous as stated in the current code.” Daigneault added a variance clause to the ordinance to allow for instances where a property might have unique needs.
Another ordinance, amending the code that previously required “tight fitting dumpster covers,” was changed to allow covers only if there was an issue and would be at the discretion of the town’s building official.
The ordinance passed unanimously on its first reading. The alteration to the code was brought to the mayor’s attention by the town’s building official, who said construction dumpsters were never covered.
The last piece of new business was the approval of a new two-year agreement between the town and Trask & Daigneault LLP for the town attorney’s legal services. There was an increase in Daigneault’s hourly rate from $155 to $170 with no monthly minimum usage required. The new agreement passed unanimously.
Among old business, the ordinance changing “air conditioning condensing units and electrical generator units” to “mechanical equipment” in the code passed unanimously on its second and final reading.
According to the mayor, the amendment allows pool equipment and other related mechanical equipment to be on the same platform as air conditioning and generator units.
During miscellaneous business, several issues were discussed. The mayor announced that road paving was expected to be completed by the end of February. Then, in response to a question posed by Commissioner Gary Curtis regarding pending home rule legislation, Daigneault said a state senator from Sarasota was proposing a bill to eliminate all municipal regulation regarding short-term rentals.
Curtis announced that the next meeting of the Barrier Islands Government Council would be hosted by North Redington Beach.