REDINGTON BEACH – Residents here may be asked in future months to consider changes to the town charter and codes that would update such regulations to “the current state of the law.”
Mayor Nick Simons asked town commissioners Oct. 17 to agree to have Town Attorney Jay Daigneault do a comprehensive review of ordinances and charter provisions for possible updates.
Some of the potential changes could be easily made by commission vote, while others might require a referendum, he said.
The mayor said he realized the possible need for changes following a special magistrate hearing the previous week that ruled in Redington Beach’s favor. In a discussion afterward with magistrate Tom Trask, Simons said he was told existing codes have no provision for recovering prosecution costs for such hearings, and that there are no regulations available for abatement.
Daigneault has told him such issues are “readily and easily fixable,” the mayor said.
However, Simons added “at some point in time we need to have our code book looked at by professionals to determine things that can be changed easily, things that maybe a little more difficult to change” that may require a referendum vote.
He asked for a consensus from commissioners, which he received, for Daigneault to look at town codes and recommend changes “to bring us up to today’s standards.”
Daigneault said a jurisdiction recently changed its form of government that resulted in “multiple changes” to its codes. Consequently, his firm had “some sort of baseline” from which to calculate how much a review of Redington Beach’s codes might cost.
He noted that some of Redington Beach’s ordinances dated to the 1950s and haven’t “kept up with the current state of the law.”
In other action, the panel unanimously approved a resolution recognizing Oct. 22-28 as Florida City Government Week. Simons said the resolution was “certainly timely” because of its proximity to the mid-term election in November.
“Some candidates are espousing home rule,” he said. “We like that.”
Commissioners also approved a 10-year interlocal agreement for fire and emergency medical services from the cities of Seminole and Madeira Beach. The two cities have provided such services to the Redingtons for 20 years under a separate contract that is expiring.