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City Council meeting summary for Jan. 23, 2024

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The City of Fort Walton Beach City Council took the following actions during a regularly scheduled meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 23.


Award of ITB 24-002 - Concrete Sidewalk Construction -_Annual Bid -- Recommends City Council authorization to award ITB 24-002 Concrete Sidewalk Construction to B & P Construction of NWF and S & J Provisions, Inc. RESULT:  Passed 7-0



2128 Ordinance Amending COO Chapter 11.12 Wrecker Operations and Services -- Recommends City Council adoption of Ordinance No. 2118 to amend Chapter 11.12 of the Code of Ordinances related to Wrecker Operations and services within the city as authorized by Chapter 323 and 715 of the Florida Statutes. RESULT: Voted 7-0 to move this item to the Feb. 27, 2024, City Council meeting to allow for more work to be done on the ordinance.

2135 Ordinance Providing for a Temporary Moratorium on Livery Vessel Permits --Recommends adoption of Ordinance 2135, providing for a one-year moratorium on certain livery vessel development permits, site plan approvals and City-issued business tax receipts, subject to stated exceptions. RESULT: Voted 7-0 AGAINST the moratorium and to table the topic until April, when council members will consider amending the city’s existing ordinance regarding livery vessel businesses. Also directed staff to report back to council on code-enforcement actions taken with regards to non-compliance and to work with livery operators to ensure compliance with the city’s existing ordinance.



2132 Ordinance Amending COO Chapter 2.06 Fire Fighters Retirement Fund Board --Recommends City Council adoption of Ordinance No. 2132 to amend the City of Fort Walton Beach Municipal Firefighters’ Pension Trust Section 2.06.03 Firefighters’ Pension Trust Fund as detailed in the proposed ordinance. RESULT:  Passed 7-0.

2133 Ordinance Amending LDC Chapter 6 - Street Access and Driveway Design Requirements  --  Recommends City Council adoption of Ordinance 2133 to amend Chapter 6 of the Land Development Code (LDC) related to driveway design requirements in the City. RESULT: Passed 7-0.



PFAS Claims Process Against 3M & Dupont -- A recommendation by the City Attorneys that the City, like Crestview, Mary Esther, Niceville, Valparaiso, and Destin Water Users, retain outside counsel, under a contingency fee agreement, to pursue a claim in the settlement process with 3M and Dupont regarding PFAS Litigation. Recommends City Council authorize the Mayor and City Manager to sign the contingent fee contract with the Beggs and Lane law firm to pursue recovery in the PFAS litigation/claims process. RESULT: Passed 7-0.

Community Solutions (One Hopeful Place) Request for property alterations -- Request City Council direction on the Letter of Request from Community Solutions for the upgrades to One Hopeful Place. RESULT: Voted 7-0 to move the item to the Feb. 13 City Council meeting.

Property, Casualty & Workers' Compensation Insurance Funding Request -- Recommends City Council authorization for the City Manager to fund the rate increase of the City’s Property, Casualty and Workers’ Compensation Insurance Policies with Preferred Governmental Insurance Trust (PGIT) for FY 2023-24. RESULT: Voted 7-0 to bring the item back at the Feb. 13, 2024, City Council meeting.

Extend funding of IT Consulting Services and Management of the City's computer network to v TECH io  –  City Council approved a seven-month agreement regarding IT Consulting Services with vTECH io on March 13, 2023, which contained a one-year option of renewal, through FY 2023-24. vTECH io provides comprehensive support and management of the entire City’s computer network. IT is requesting funds totaling $150,000 to continue this service for FY 2023-24. RESULT: Passed 7-0.

 Replacement of City Hall HVAC Equipment -- Recommends City Council authorization to award the replacement of one (1) 50-ton chiller at 107 Miracle Strip Parkway SW to D&D Air Conditioning, Heating and Electrical Services in the amount of $96,402. RESULT: Passed 7-0.



Before Tuesday’s regular meeting, the City Council held a workshop to discuss the city’s Workforce Housing Incentive Funding program. Growth Management Director Chris Frassetti presented to the City Council several options the city could use to disburse incentives from the fund to qualified projects based on the projects’ Area Median Income rental rates. Currently, three projects in the city have applied for Workforce Housing Incentives. The City Council directed staff to develop options for a per-unit incentive rate that would both maximize the impact of the city’s funds and be attractive enough to encourage developers to build workforce housing.



City Manager Jeff Peters announced that a lease agreement has been reached that will allow the city to transform a vacant lot behind the Fort Walton Beach Public Library into a small park with a lawn, picnic benches, trees and sunshades, as well as lighting, a small stage area and parking.

Peters also updated the council on a project of the Community Redevelopment Agency and the Cultural Arts League of Fort Walton Beach to paint a series of murals on the back of the Fort Walton Beach Public Library.   The murals will face the new park and reflect themes and images relevant to Fort Walton Beach.

Of the 18 entries received, Peters told the council that the concept submitted by artist Christina Donahoe was the most impressive. She will be asked to develop mock-ups for five separate murals that will be brought back to the City Council for approval at a future meeting.



Mayor Dick Rynearson read a proclamation designating Jan. 19 as Arbor Day in Fort Walton Beach and encouraged all citizens to plant native trees to maintain our ecosystems and promote the well-being of this and future generations. Rynearson also proclaimed the month of February 2024 as Congenital Heart Defect Awareness Month and announced a month-long initiative in the City of Fort Walton Beach to collect aluminum pop tabs to benefit the Ronald McDonald House in Pensacola.

Mayor Rynearson recognized Lauren Bage of Choctawhatchee High School and Juliana Hock of Fort Walton Beach High School with the city’s Student Award for Civic Excellence (ACE) Award for presenting “outstanding student leadership in school, local, state, and national government.

Rynearson also recognized Fort Walton Beach High School senior Mya Kanji, who was named Distinguished Young Woman of Okaloosa County for the Class of 2024 in a competition held in July. Distinguished Young Women of Okaloosa County is part of the national Distinguished Young Women scholarship program created in 1958 to promote and reward scholastics, leadership, and talent in young women. Kanji will represent Okaloosa County as she competes next month in Orlando for the title of Distinguished Young Woman for the state of Florida.



•          City Council Regular Meeting - Tuesday, February 13, 2024 @ 6:00 pm

•          City Council Workshop - Tuesday, February 27, 2024 @ 4:00 pm Charter Amendments

•          City Council Regular Meeting - Tuesday, February 27, 2024 @ 6:00 pm



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