SEMINOLE—At its June 11 meeting, the Seminole City Council approved a proposed development agreement with Advanced Data Associates regarding the company’s property at 6247 Seminole Blvd.  

The council granted preliminary approval to the project at its May 14 meeting. 

The 0.79-acre site includes an existing 10,000-square-foot office building that was built in 1987 and was originally part of the Public Storage facility property, said Mark Ely, the city’s community development director. The building was then “sold off” and “rendered nonconforming as to parking,” he added.

The property’s current owner approached the city requesting that it recognize the existing building “so he can use all 10,000 square feet of it,” Ely said.

In January 2018, city staff reviewed the property owner’s proposal and determined a development agreement would be required. A proposed concept site plan and landscaping plan was discussed at a city council workshop April 10, 2018. Through a consensus vote, councilors directed the city manager to negotiate the terms of a development agreement.

In addition to recognizing the existing building, the development agreement also allows modifications to parking, landscaping and signage at the property.

At the same meeting, the council moved four proposed amendments to the Seminole city charter to the Nov. 5 ballot.

The council approved four ordinances, one for each amendment, unanimously following their second public reading.

The four ordinances that passed are: 

• Ordinance No. 05-2019, which addresses residency requirements for those serving on city council, specifying that those running for office must be a resident of the city for at least a one-year period immediately prior to qualifying.

• Ordinance No. 06-2019, which clarifies when the vice mayor is selected each year, stating that the appointment must occur at the second business meeting in November.

• Ordinance No. 08-2019, which requires the city council to pass a resolution establishing the procedure in which they will appoint members to the Charter Review Committee at the meeting prior to the appointment.

• Ordinance No. 07-2019, which says that the city clerk will perform duties as assigned by the city manager, the city charter and state law, and deletes language providing the city council with the ability to assign duties to the city clerk.

Council also passed resolution No. 03-2019, which calls for the municipal referendum election to be held in conjunction with the general election of Pinellas County Nov. 5.