Quick Safety Harbor City Commission meeting expected

Don’t blink Monday night. If you do, you might miss a very quick meeting of the Safety Harbor City Commission.

Monday’s meeting will begin at 7 p.m. Here is the link to the agenda, with additional material, known as “backup,” available via the hyperlink on each item: https://safetyharbor.granicus.com/MetaViewer.php?view_id=6&event_id=1670&meta_id=137539.

If signed by Gov. Ron DeSantis, CS/HB 1159 would prevent cities from requiring citizens to get permits or pay fees to remove certain trees on their property. (Scott Long)

With City Manager Matthew Spoor and Commission Andy Zodrow scheduled to be out of town, the agenda contains just one item – discussion of a resolution urging Gov. Ron DeSantis to veto CS/HB 1159, one of the many attempts by the Florida Legislature to seize power from local governments.

The House Bill, which passed on April 26, would restrict cities from requiring permits or fees from residents who want to trim or remove “dangerous” trees from their property if they have a statement from an arborist or landscape architect saying the tree should be removed, and it restricts cities from requiring that trees be replanted. It also removes a requirement that utility companies get approval before trimming trees in right-of-ways.

At its last meeting, Commission asked city staff to draft a resolution in opposition to the bill.


Consent agenda: Items expected to have little debate, such as approval of the last meeting’s minutes and most contracts, are included en masse in the consent agenda, though any Commissioner can ask for any item to be considered separately. This meeting’s consent agenda includes only the approval of last meeting’s minutes.


Attend the meeting: The meeting starts at 7 p.m. at City Hall, 750 Main St. Meetings typically run from 1.5 to three hours. Residents are given the opportunity to speak on all agenda items, except for presentations and consent agenda items. Come forward when asked by the mayor, state your name and address, and you’ll be given three minutes to address the Commission. For any issues not on the agenda, or any item that is on the consent agenda, residents get three minutes to speak at the beginning of the meeting during “Audience to be Heard.”  

Watch from home: Meetings are live-streamed to the city’s website at http://cityofsafetyharbor.com/557/Streaming-Media. The following day, a video of the meeting is posted for residents to watch.

Contact your Commissioners in advance by leaving them a message at City Hall at (727) 724-1555 or emailing them:

Mayor Joe Ayoub – jayoub@cityofsafetyharbor.com

Vice Mayor Cliff Merz – cmerz@cityofsafetyharbor.com

Commissioner Carlos Diaz – cdiaz@cityofsafetyharbor.com

Commissioner Andy Zodrow – azodrow@cityofsafetyharbor.com

Commissioner Nancy Besore – nbesore@cityofsafetyharbor.com

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