April 21, 2021

            The following is a non-verbatim transcript of the BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS MEETING OF SEMINOLE COUNTY, FLORIDA, held at 2:00 p.m., on Wednesday, April 21, 2021, in Room 1028 of the SEMINOLE COUNTY SERVICES BUILDING at SANFORD, FLORIDA, the usual place of meeting of said Board.



Chairman Lee Constantine (District 3)

Vice Chairman Amy Lockhart (District 4)

Commissioner Robert Dallari (District 1)

Commissioner Jay Zembower (District 2)

Commissioner Andria Herr (District 5)

            County Manager Nicole Guillet

Deputy County Attorney Lynn Porter-Carlton

            Deputy Clerk Terri Porter



            Chairman Constantine opened the meeting by requesting Deputy County Attorney Lynn Porter-Carlton read the Public Notice of the Special Meeting into the record.


            Ms. Porter-Carlton advised that last Tuesday, the County Attorney’s Office requested and recommended a Closed Session with the Board, who determined they wanted to have that session to occur this afternoon at 2:00 p.m.  She then read into the record the announcement regarding the Closed Session (received and filed). 


Chairman Constantine recessed the meeting at 2:05 p.m.; to convene the Closed Attorney-Client Session with Legal Counsel, Todd Norman of Nelson Mullins Broad and Cassel, in Room 3024, to discuss litigation strategy related to expenditures and settlement negotiations in the River Cross Land Company, LLC v. Seminole County Federal Case and the River Cross Land Company, LLC and Christopher E. Dorworth v. Seminole County Circuit Court.


            Chairman Constantine reconvened the meeting of the BCC at 2:35 p.m. 


            Chairman Constantine advised the Board has discussed the request of a settlement from the Applicant.


            Motion by Commissioner Dallari, seconded by Commissioner Zembower, to reject the settlement offer that was submitted to Seminole County by the attorney for the River Cross Land Company, LLC on April 1, 2021. 


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


            Under discussion, Commissioner Zembower stated for the benefit of public knowledge that the Board understands thus far that the County has spent approximately $531,000 in both court and legal costs on both of these lawsuits.  Chairman Constantine added that all of which was brought to the County as opposed to them actively seeking it.


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


There being no further business to come before the Board, the Chairman declared the meeting adjourned at 2:40 p.m., this same date.