TARPON SPRINGS – With a unanimous vote on May 20, the City Commission approved an 11.06-acre annexation into the City of Tarpon Springs by Ferman Chevrolet and Volvo, located at 43520 U.S. 19 N., for improvements of the existing automobile dealership.
As per annexation requirements, public facilities including water, sewer, solid waste, transportation, law enforcement, fire, emergency medical service, recreational facilities and libraries will continue to serve the area.
The Technical Review Committee and Planning and Zoning Board both approved the plan.
The Commission approved an additional $6,900 in payment for the extension of stormwater lines along Whitcomb Bayou on South Spring Boulevard on May 6.
City staff initially believed the extension to be included in plans for the Shoreline Protection Project, but were incorrect. The work is, however, eligible for credits from Joint Agreements with the Army Corps of Engineers and Pinellas County, which allows a return of $32,400 in credit to Tarpon Springs. The work will cost $6,900 instead of the total payment of $39,300.
Commissioner Townsend Tarapani voted against the payment.
City Manager Mark LeCouris announced that city staff would begin putting tentative Commission agendas online a week before meetings, as opposed to the Friday before as previously scheduled. Agendas will not be final until Friday and thus open to changes throughout the week, but rough drafts will now be available on Tuesdays at ctsfl.us/MayorCommissioner/Agenda/agenda.html.