Persons with disabilities who need reasonable accommodations to effectively participate in this meeting are
asked to contact Pinellas County’s Office of Human Rights by e -mailing such requests to
accommodation. You may also call (727) 464-4882.
Public Participation Procedures
Persons wishing to comment regarding a specific agenda item should do so:
In person - by preregistering at pinellascounty.org/comment or by filling out a comment card with the County
staff person in the meeting room; or,
Virtually - in advance in accordance with the instructions in the notice of this meeting, or on the virtual platform
or phone after preregistering.
Members of the public wishing to make comments on the virtual platform or by phone must preregister by 5
p.m. the day before the meeting. At the scheduled section of the meeting when the item is before the Board of
County Commissioners (Board), the Chairman or Clerk will call on each individual, one by one, to be heard.
Each individual may speak for up to three minutes as may be modified by the Chairman. Comments or
behavior that violate Pinellas County Commission Public Participation and Decorum Rules will be
disconnected. Members of the public who cannot attend at the time an agenda item is before the Board may
offer comments during the Citizens to Be Heard section near the beginning of the meeting. More information is
Public Hearing Procedures
The procedure used by the Board in conducting Public Hearings is to have a staff presentation followed by the
applicant presenting the specific proposal. The Board will then hear comments from the proponents, the
opponents and a staff summary. The applicant will then be given an opportunity to close and the Board will
decide on the matter. Public Hearings before the Board are governed by the provisions of Section 134 -14 of
the Pinellas County Land Development Code as may be modified by Pinellas County Emergency Order. That
code provides that at the conclusion of each person’s presentation, any speaker may seek the Chairman’s
permission to ask questions of staff.
1. At the conclusion of the presentations by the applicant and any proponents, all affected parties may
seek the Chairman’s permission to ask questions of or seek clarification from the applicant and/or the
2. At the conclusion of the presentation by the opponents, all affected parties may seek the Chairman’s
permission to ask questions of or seek clarification from any opponent.
The applicant’s closing comments will address testimony subsequent to his or her presentation. Continuing
rebuttal of other than directly preceding testimony will not be allowed. Because much testimony has already
been submitted in writing, the following guidelines accommodate efficient presentations:
1. The applicant should present his or her entire case, including rebuttal, in no more than 20 minutes.
2. Persons wishing to speak regarding a Public Hearing item may speak for up to three minutes each.
3. Persons wishing to attend virtually must preregister at pinellascounty.org/comment by 5 p. m. the day
before the meeting.
Persons are advised that, if they decided to appeal any decision made at this meeting/hearing, they will need
a record of the proceeding, and, for such purposes, they may need to ensure that a verbatim record of the
proceeding is made, which includes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal is to be based.
If a Board meeting beginning at 9:30 A.M. has not concluded by noon, a recess will be taken from noon to
12:30 P.M., and the remainder of the meeting will continue at 12:30 P.M.
If a Board meeting beginning at 2:00 P.M. has not concluded by 5:30 P.M., a recess will be taken from 5:30 to
6:00 P.M. The remainder of the afternoon agenda will resume at 6:00 P.M., followed by Public Hearings.