February 11, 2020


     The following is a non-verbatim transcript of the BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS MEETING OF SEMINOLE COUNTY, FLORIDA, held at 1:30 p.m., on Tuesday, February 11, 2020, in Room 1028 of the SEMINOLE COUNTY SERVICES BUILDING at SANFORD, FLORIDA, the usual place of meeting of said Board.


Chairman Jay Zembower (District 2)

Vice Chairman Lee Constantine (District 3)

     Commissioner Robert Dallari (District 1)

     Commissioner Amy Lockhart (District 4)

     Commissioner Brenda Carey (District 5)

     Deputy County Manager Joe Abel

     County Attorney Bryant Applegate

Deputy Clerk Terri Porter




     Motion by Commissioner Lockhart, seconded by Commissioner Carey, to authorize the filing of the proof of publication for this meeting’s scheduled public hearing into the Official Record.

     Districts 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5 voted AYE.



Item #3 – 2020-1836

Nuisance Abatement Resolution/2330 Church Street/L. Randall

Liz Parkhurst, Building Division, addressed the Board to present the request as outlined in the agenda memorandum. She advised staff recommends approval of a Resolution issuing an Order to declare the existence of a Public Nuisance at 2330 Church Street, and require corrective action by March 11; and authorize corrective action by the County if the nuisance is not abated.

Cheryl Smith, 1401 Mara Court, addressed the Board stating the property is still listed in her great grandmother’s name.  Ms. Smith explained that her mother was the overseer and has since passed.  She has assumed the responsibility of paying the taxes and is in the process of getting all the payments caught up.  She is almost ready to find out how she can assume ownership of the property so that she might build a home on it for herself and her family.  Then she received notice to appear today.  If she has to tear it down, she would like to be able to rebuild on it.

County Attorney Bryant Applegate advised the issue about heirs is really a private matter, and he would advise Ms. Smith to see a private counsel to help her through that.  A question and answer period followed between the Board and Ms. Smith.  Commissioner Carey clarified that Ms. Smith is going to make a petition for an adverse possession of the property.  She explained that if the County does have to tear the house down, it would not impact the ownership of the property. 

Upon inquiry by Commissioner Carey, Ms. Parkhurst responded that Marathon Investments Corporation was the tax certificate holder for several years, so Ms. Smith may have been paying them back.  Commissioner Carey said then that somebody bought the tax deeds and she is now repaying the tax deeds, and that is how she is trying to go through the process.

Commissioner Carey asked if the house were torn down, would Ms. Smith be able to rebuild a house if she is able to secure the property.  Rebecca Hammock, Development Services Director, addressed the Board to advise that the property does not meet the minimum lot size; however, if it is part of an older plat that is vested, then they could possibly grandfather it and allow one home to be built, if they were able to meet setbacks for the R-1 zoning district.

Commissioner Carey asked if the house were to be secured and boarded up for a period of time whether that would solve the public nuisance issue or is it more that they are worried it will fall down and that is creating the issue.  Bob Pike, Building Division, addressed the Board to respond that he has not been inside to see it because the owner would need to grant permission to get on site.  From the road, it looks like the back portion is in a dilapidated state and it is open to the wind in that corner; therefore, a wind event could possibly take the roof off the structure.  He believes if they boarded it up where it would not create a negative pressure issue, then it could stay in that state as long as it was secured.

Commissioner Carey confirmed Ms. Smith does have legal access to the house and Ms. Smith stated she could have it boarded up.  Commissioner Constantine questioned Mr. Pike about the costs associated with fixing up the house and pointed out that it might be beneficial for Ms. Smith to just let the County tear down the house and put the lien on it, if she wants to rebuild.  Mr. Applegate noted if the Building Official is okay with the temporary boarding up of the structure to allow time to see if Ms. Smith could establish clear title to the property, it might be a solution for now.  Chairman Zembower stated he thinks the Building Official should see if Ms. Smith can perfect ownership and then get inside the building to get the true nature.

Commissioner Carey questioned Ms. Smith about the payment plan and timeline with Marathon who bought the tax certificates, and Ms. Smith advised she will be completely done with the tax certificates within six months and will be ready to pay 2020’s taxes.  Commissioner Carey wondered if Ms. Smith was in a position to start some kind of adverse process because she said that will take a while, and Ms. Smith replied that she is ready.

Mr. Pike responded to a question posed by Commissioner Carey saying the wind is the big issue along with people trespassing, so if they can get it boarded up and secured, it looks like it could be saved if Ms. Smith wanted to do that.  Commissioner Carey added she could tear down the addition in the back and start with a small house.

With regard to public participation, no one in the audience spoke in support or opposition, and public input was closed.

Motion by Commissioner Carey, seconded by Commissioner Dallari, to deny approval of the Resolution today issuing an Order to declare the existence of a Public Nuisance at 2330 Church Street, Sanford; and require that the house be secured within 30 days, based on an inspection by the Building Official; and give nine (9) months to bring this back with a resolution on the Title, and a plan on how the owner will move forward.

Districts 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5 voted AYE.

Chairman Zembower requested that the Building Official, Bob Pike, report back after the 30 days with the status of whether the building has been secured.  He asked that Ms. Smith make sure that Mr. Pike will have access to the building.






Item #4 – 2020-1863

Nuisance Determination Amendment/

2614 Country Club Road/M. Whithouse

Ms. Parkhurst advised due to the rescheduling of the BCC public hearing meeting dates, the ordered Notice of Determination needs to be amended to set the public hearing date as March 24, r2020.  The property owner will be notified of the new Show-Cause Public Hearing date.

With regard to public participation, no one in the audience spoke in support or opposition, and public input was closed.

Motion by Commissioner Carey, seconded by Commissioner Lockhart, to approve the Amendment to the Notice of Determination of Public Nuisance that the unoccupied structure located at 2614 Country Club Road, Sanford, is a public nuisance; authorize the Building Official to serve notice of its determination pursuant to Sections 168.5 and 168.6 of the Seminole County Code; and set March 24, 2020 for a “Show-Cause” public hearing, based upon the Building Official’s certified findings.

Districts 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5 voted AYE.



Item #5 – 2020-1875

Fire Station #11 – Purchase Agreement with FDOT


Jean Jreij, Engineering Division, addressed the Board to present the request as outlined in the agenda memorandum.  He advised FDOT will convey a deed of a piece of property of about 4,375 square feet in order to construct Fire Station #11 and to convey a deed for Marker Street.  In addition, FDOT will convey an easement for the retention pond, and the County will convey an easement to FDOT for drainage for a joint-use retention pond.

Commissioner Carey stated in addition to having to pay the $37,500 to FDOT for swapping out basically this drainage easement, do they have an estimate at what it will cost to relocate the drainage.  Mr. Jreij replied the drainage is already a part of the Fire Station #11 construction; the Board awarded this contract at the last meeting.  He will get the specific line item, and provide the information.  Commissioner Carey noted they had talked about the breakout of the requirement to move the drainage, so she would like to see that number.  She added it is a good lesson learned that they should have design professionals and engineers looking at sites instead of necessarily a firefighter selection process, because the question was whether this site was wide enough from day one to actually put a fire station there, and the answer from the Chief at that time was in the affirmative.  She opined they need to make sure they understand completely when they are making decisions what the total cost is going to look like and not have to renegotiate to move drainage.  She added they are lucky this is owned by FDOT and they are actually able to do this.

With regard to public participation, no one in the audience spoke in support or opposition, and public input was closed.

Motion by Commissioner Dallari, seconded by Commissioner Carey, to approve and authorize the Chairman to execute a Conveyance Agreement between property owner, the State of Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), and Seminole County for property (4,375+/- square feet) necessary for the construction of a new Fire Station #11 at 2721 S. Ronald Reagan Boulevard, approximately 600+/- feet north of SR 436; Quitclaim Deeds (2) for Middle and Eastern Parcels and Drainage Easements (2) for Northern and Southern Parcels.

Districts 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5 voted AYE.



Item #6 – 2020-1873

RFP-1932-18 MSA – Increase Annual Usage

Betsy Cohen, Purchasing and Contracts Division, addressed the Board to present the request as outlined in the agenda memorandum and advised staff recommends approval. 

With regard to public participation, no one in the audience spoke in support or opposition, and public input was closed.

Motion by Commissioner Constantine, seconded by Commissioner Carey, to approve an increase to the Board-approved Estimated Annual Usage for RFP-1932-18, Master Services Agreements for Development Services with Canin Associates, Inc.; GAI Consultant, Inc.; and Renaissance Planning Group, Inc.; by an additional $200,000 for the period ending October 28, 2020. 

Districts 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5 voted AYE.


Commissioner Dallari indicated the commissioners probably all received an email from a resident requesting they move the public hearing agenda item regarding Paola Country Estates Rezone scheduled on February 25 to a later time in the p.m.  They discussed the request, and it was the consensus of the Board that they would schedule that agenda item as the last public hearing of the day.


The following spoke in opposition to the Econ Wilderness land swap:  Linda Rossel, 2476 Fawn Run; Bernie Hearl, 2476 Fawn Run; Ian Nelson, 2533 Fawn Run; and Tami Griffith, 2483 Fawn Run.  The County Attorney explained that since this is technically in litigation, the Board should not comment.

Andre Klass, 3250 Retreat View Circle, addressed the Board to speak about the denial of cancer benefits to a firefighter, Dustin Schrieber, who recently passed away.


There being no further business to come before the Board, the Chairman declared the meeting adjourned at 2:20 p.m., this same date.