Council Meeting 7-8

Florida League of Cities Executive Director Rachel Keesling presented the League’s 2020 Legislative Appreciation Award to State Senator Kathleen Passidomo along with Mayor Bill Ribble

Special guest Sen. Passidomo gave a short update on the legislative session stating they were successful in balancing the budget, including monies for water issues and monies in the reserves to be used to address COVID-19 issues.  The legislature is not in session now so they cannot pass any laws, such as the wearing of masks.  In this state of emergency, the governor is responsible for running the state.  In November, plans call for creating a “911” crisis planning committee to review everything that occurred during this pandemic to come up with best practices for the future.  She stated that residents should contact her office if they need help regarding non-payment of unemployment payments.

Public Comment on non-agenda items: One resident stated the Village should annex Kiker Preserve/Edison Farms to protect this important property.  Four residents submitted Ecomment cards addressing everything from parking issues near parks, a bicyclist and pedestrian crossover US 41 at Corkscrew and Coconut Roads, and two others in favor of the Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan.