PINELLAS PARK – City councilors passed an ordinance permitting medical marijuana dispensing facilities in zoning districts that allow retail uses and medical marijuana treatment centers at its Oct. 26 meetings. This was the second and final reading of the ordinance.

The vote passed 4 to 1 with Mayor Sandra Bradbury casting the sole no vote. Before the vote, she explained that she “[does] not have any problem with medical marijuana facilities.] Her concern is that while state legislation dictates that such facilities must be at least 500 feet from any elementary, middle or high schools, the law doesn’t include day care centers.

In 2016, Florida residents passed a constitutional amendment allowing the use of medical marijuana by qualifying patients.

Local governments must either prohibit medical marijuana facilities within their boundaries or [they must be regulated in the same manner as pharmacies,” said Dean Neal, the city’s zoning director.

In other action items, the council:

• denied the voluntary annexation of a mobile home park owned by Sun Seair, LLC at 6372 and 6408 126th Ave. N.

If it had been approved, the nonconforming property would have been grandfathered into the city.

Several residents of the park were in attendance at the council meeting with concerns about how they would benefit from becoming part of Pinellas Park. They said that about half of the approximately 120 residents of the park were against the annexation.

Residents also discussed ongoing issues with the property’s owner, including water charges and pipe maintenance.

Councilor Rick Butler expressed concern about the “drama” staff and officials might have to deal with if the property were to be annexed into the city.

• approved a zoning variance for a future Dunkin’ Donuts with a drive-through at 8150 Bryan Dairy Rd.

The current zoning for the property limits hours of operations for a drive-through restaurant to 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. The zoning variance will allow the Dunkin’ Donuts to operate from 5 a.m. to 11 p.m.

The owners also requested waivers to several landscaping requirements because of the irregular shape and small size of the lot, and the need to meet minimum drive aisle and parking requirements.

On the consent agenda, the council:

• rejected all bids for renovations planned at Skyview Pool.

The city has allotted $200,000 for the project, but the two bids received exceeded this amount at $429,000 and $571,000.

• authorized Rowland, Inc. to make emergency repairs to the 20” force main at Belcher Road and 84th Avenue. The repairs will cost $750,000.