Brevard County Board of County Commissioners  
2725 Judge Fran Jamieson Way  
Viera, FL 32940  
Minutes  
Tuesday, February 8, 2022  
5:00 PM  
Regular  
Commission Chambers  
A.  
CALL TO ORDER 5:00 PM  
Commissioner District 1 Rita Pritchett, Commissioner District 2  
Bryan Lober, Commissioner District 3 John Tobia, Commissioner  
District 4 Curt Smith, and Commissioner District 5 Kristine Zonka  
Present:  
C.  
PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE  
Commissioner Pritchett led the assembly in the Pledge of Allegiance.  
E.1. Resolution recognizing Steven Darling.  
Commissioner Tobia read aloud, and the Board adopted Resolution No. 22 005, recognizing  
Steven Darling.  
Chair Zonka stated her first experience with Mr. Darling, maybe he knows where she is going to  
start with this, was in the Emergency Operations Center (EOC), they spent a couple of days in  
the EOC, and he was funny; she will not talk about how he encouraged her to take a selfie with  
a sleeping Commissioner, but that was fun; they had a great time, she appreciates his  
friendship, and she appreciates how he kept the team rallied; and she thanked him and stated  
it is a great loss for the County, but they wish him the best.  
Commissioner Pritchett stated they all have gotten very attached to Mr. Darling; he has done a  
great job and the Board is really going to miss him; and she mentioned to Commissioner Tobia,  
if that would have been a newspaper reporter, that would have hit National headlines.  
Commissioner Smith stated he will just chime in and say he is going to be missed, but the  
County’s loss is their gain, and he is going to appreciate them, and they are going to appreciate  
him; and it is a great company to work for.  
Steve Darling, Central Services Director, acknowledged the Board for giving him the  
opportunity; it is a much different perspective being at the podium, as opposed to in the box; he  
thanked the Board for its confidence and he thanked the County Manager for challenging and  
giving him the opportunities; and he thanked his 27 employees in Central Services, who he  
thinks are some of the best the County has to offer, and he thanked everyone and he will  
certainly miss it there.  
Result: APPROVED  
Mover: John Tobia  
Seconder: Bryan Lober  
Ayes: Pritchett, Lober, Tobia, Smith, and Zonka  
F.  
ITEMS TO BE PULLED FROM CONSENT AGENDA  
Commissioner Lober requested to pull Items F.2. and F.5. from the Consent Agenda.  
F.1. Adopt Resolution and Release Performance Bond: Island Chase Subdivision -  
District 2  
Developer: RJJAC Homes, LLC  
The Board adopted and executed Resolution No. 22-006, authorizing the Chair to sign the  
Resolution releasing the Contract and Surety Performance Bond dated December 10, 2019, for  
Island Chase Subdivision- Developer: RJJAC Homes, LLC.  
Result: APPROVED  
Mover: Bryan Lober  
Seconder: Curt Smith  
Ayes: Pritchett, Lober, Tobia, Smith, and Zonka  
F.3. Re: Annual Request to Write-Off Uncollectible Ambulance Fees for FY 20/21  
The Board approved the FY 2020-2021 uncollectible Emergency Medical Services (EMS)  
receivables write-off in accordance with Ordinance No. 79-21.  
Result: APPROVED  
Mover: Bryan Lober  
Seconder: Curt Smith  
Ayes: Pritchett, Lober, Tobia, Smith, and Zonka  
F.4. Conveyance of property acquired by tax escheatment deed to municipalities; City  
of Melbourne (District 3).  
The Board approved and adopted Resolution No. 2022-007, pursuant to Section 125.38,  
Florida Statutes, to convey property acquired by tax escheatment deed to the jurisdictional  
municipality as required by Section 197.592(3), Florida Statutes; and authorized the Chair to  
execute the County Deed to convey property acquired by tax escheatment deed to the  
jurisdictional municipality- City of Melbourne, as required by Section 197.592(3), Florida  
Statutes, upon review and approval by the County Attorney’s Office.  
Result: APPROVED  
Mover: Bryan Lober  
Seconder: Curt Smith  
Ayes: Pritchett, Lober, Tobia, Smith, and Zonka  
F.6. Appointment(s) / Reappointment(s)  
The Board acknowledged appointment/reappointment of Jacob J. Torres to the Port St. John  
Public Library Advisory Board, with term expiring December 31, 2023; and John Silvers to the  
Citizens Budget Review Committee, with term expiring December 21, 2024.  
Result: APPROVED  
Mover: Bryan Lober  
Seconder: Curt Smith  
Ayes: Pritchett, Lober, Tobia, Smith, and Zonka  
Consent Item Pulled  
F.2. National Opioid Settlement - County Approval and Authorization to Sign Endo  
Health Solutions, Inc. and Endo Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Settlement Agreement and  
similar future Settlement Agreements Under Florida’s Opioid Settlement Plan  
Commissioner Lober stated he is okay with two thirds of what is being proposed by staff; he is  
not okay with a third of it, he would be a lot more comfortable going ahead with staff’s  
recommendations of one and three, but as far as item two which authorizes Housing and  
Human Services (HHS) to accept on behalf of the Commission all future settlements, he really  
would like them to come back to the Commission in the future for the Boards consideration;  
and he will go ahead and make a motion to approve this Item less the second of the three  
requests in there, so he would be approving one and three but not two.  
Chair Zonka requested Ian Golden, Housing and Human Services Director, to see if he can  
explain the situation where item two would mainly be applicable.  
Ian Golden, Housing and Human Services Director, stated they added that, or he should say,  
he added that to the Agenda Item, because they are not sure how many settlement  
agreements are going to be coming; they are trying to be efficient moving forward, the  
language is  
substantially the same between all of those items, they come to them from the State; they do  
not have much opportunity to change those, and they are looking at being able to approve  
those or having him sign those based on outside Counsel approval, County Attorney, Risk  
Management, and the County Manager, and, again, just trying to be more efficient; but  
obviously, whatever the Board decides, is what they will do.  
Commissioner Smith stated he raised the same question in his briefing, he got the same  
answer, and it satisfied him; it just allows them to be more efficient; and if there is an issue they  
will still be aware of it, so he does not see any reason not to do it.  
Chair Zonka inquired for any further input and if there is a second; she stated motion fails; and  
she will entertain another motion.  
The Board accepted the settlement between the State of Florida and Endo Health Solutions,  
Inc., and Endo Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (hereinafter Endo); authorized Mr. Golden to execute all  
settlement documentations and to take all other necessary action required by this settlement  
upon approval of Outside Counsel, the County Attorney’s Office, Risk Management, and the  
County Manager; authorized Mr. Golden to accept, on behalf of the County, all future  
settlements between the State of Florida and various defendants in the opioid litigation and to  
execute all required documentation, and take all other actions necessary to ensure the  
successful distribution of settlement funds to Brevard County upon approval of Outside  
Counsel, the County Attorney’s Office, Risk Management, and the County Manager; and  
authorized the County Manager to execute necessary Budget Change Requests relating to all  
Opioid Settlement funds received by Brevard County.  
Result: APPROVED  
Mover: Curt Smith  
Seconder: Rita Pritchett  
Ayes: Pritchett, Tobia, Smith, and Zonka  
Nay: Lober  
F.5. Confirmation of Katherine Wall as Central Services Director  
Commissioner Lober stated part of him wanted to pull this to make Kathy Wall nervous; he  
asked if she is in the room; he stated just as Commissioner Tobia finished his Resolution with  
Mr. Darling, he did not want to wait until other end of the career to say that, he thinks she has  
done a wonderful job thus far; he knows she is moving into a different role in the County, but he  
does not think that there is a better person they could have picked internally or externally; the  
only negative that comes along with this that would cause him to even question whether or not  
to vote in the affirmative is that this may break Frank Abbate, County Manager’s heart, so his  
condolences will go out to Mr. Abbate; but this is an excellent Item, and he will go ahead with  
that and move to approve.  
Chair Zonka congratulated Katherine Wall as Central Service Director; she stated she thinks it  
is amazing, it is the first time she has ever written a smiley face on her Agenda, and it is next to  
her name; and Chair Zonka is really excited that she is probably going to stay with them for a  
while, so that excites her.  
The Board confirmed the appointment of Katherine Wall as Central Services Director.  
Result: APPROVED  
Mover: Bryan Lober  
Seconder: Curt Smith  
Ayes: Pritchett, Lober, Tobia, Smith, and Zonka  
G.  
PUBLIC COMMENTS  
Nathan Slusher stated he is present as the Chair of the Libertarian Party of Brevard County; as  
of February 4, 2022, they received notice of a SpaceX request to build a wastewater  
management facility in District 1; this permit request has been published by the Department of  
Environmental Protection (DEP), the proposed permit says the facility is planning to release  
3,600 gallons per day, or 0.003 million gallons a day, of non processed wastewater into Oyster  
Prong; Oyster Prong is a bay in a canal located just north of State Road 405 on Merritt Island;  
the bay connects directly to the north Indian River, directly across from the City of Titusville; the  
public notice informs that if the DEP does not receive sufficient requests for a public hearing,  
the permit will be given immediately; all requests must be made by March 5, 2022; whereas,  
one of the top three pillars of the Libertarian Party of Brevard is the protection and correction of  
the Indian River Lagoon; whereas, another one of the top three pillars of the Libertarian Party  
of Brevard is an increase in Government transparency within the boarder of the County,  
although the Indian River Lagoon is already in crisis and the Brevard County Government itself  
has expenditures prior to this facility being built; they hereby formally request Brevard County  
and the Board of County Commissioners just to send a letter, a formal request, to have a public  
hearing to establish the seriousness of this proposed situation, the after effects and to ensure  
that no harm comes to the Indian River Lagoon; and they would also like to ask the Board their  
request for the public hearing be held in Brevard County for the citizens, and with the  
presentation to the public about the construction and the scientific plans for this facility.  
Commissioner Lober stated he is not going to make any motion at this point, because obviously  
he is one of five, but if someone else is interested in that then he is happy to go along in that  
direction and request the hearing.  
Commissioner Pritchett stated this is the first time she has heard about it; she is going to start  
some research tomorrow and find out what it is first; and she will get back with Mr. Slusher.  
Commissioner Lober stated it is scary, he normally does not agree with him.  
Loretta Dozier stated she is present just to say thanks to the Board for its service to the County;  
she expressed her thanks for all of the meetings that they attend over 70 plus meetings, and  
Commissioner meetings; she just wanted to show gratitude and give them blessings; and may  
God give them wisdom and direction as they make decisions that will be best for the County.  
Sandra Sullivan stated she would like to talk about the Indian River Lagoon; in the last meeting  
she expressed some concerns and she showed a picture to the Board, from last week; Florida  
Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) counted 127 manatees in a drainage ditch  
and in Berkeley Canal, that ditch is sprayed and that goes directly out to Lagoon; she showed  
another picture when FWC was there when they were counting the manatees; and she showed  
an article that came out in TCPalm this last week, where Ocean Research and Conservation  
Association (ORCA) did testing in St. Lucie. She added in the St. Lucie River they found  
elevated levels of herbicides and copper; copper is a biocide that kills seagrass; in another  
report she read this week Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP), had  
identified in 2009 that nutrient loading was resulting in the decline of seagrass, but they revised  
that in 2011, stating that there were other pollutants, that were resulting in the decline of  
seagrass; the Save Our Indian River Lagoon (SOIRL) Plan started in 2016, and is entirely  
based on the premise that nutrient loading is causing the decline of seagrass, so they need to  
adjust the plan, obviously; in the last year with 1,101 manatees dying, they have a problem in  
the Lagoon; the seagrass is the indicator species indicating the health of the Lagoon, so when  
they have lost nearly 80 percent of the seagrass in the Lagoon, and it continues to decline, they  
need to adjust the plan; there is a lot of science out there, that talks about the copper and the  
herbicides impacting the Lagoon, Photosystem II herbicides impact the decline of seagrass;  
and she would like some changes made to the SOIRL Plan before the Board approves it at the  
next meeting. She mention to say that brings her to last year when they approached the Board  
of County Commissioner (BOCC) meeting; she requested some changes last year, but were  
told they should have been given direction before it came to the BOCC meeting, hence, she  
has requested some Commissioners to do that; one of the responses she got back was they  
cannot do that, it has to come to the Board, and it has to be the Board making the decision;  
and she asked when it does come to the Board, they make some significant changes to save  
the SOIRL Plan while they still can turn it around.  
Commissioner Smith stated regarding Mr. Slusher’s request, he has no objection; he thinks it is  
a great idea, but he does want him to know that he spent time, and he is sure several other  
Commissioners probably spent time trying to find out the source of what is going on at the  
Cape this last week; what he was told that was dumped at Kennedy Space Center (KSC) was  
non processed industrial wastewater from the cooling towers at KSC; at times contractors  
perform maintenance and are allowed to dump their closed loop system into the sanitary  
system, but before they do that they are required to take samples before the discharge; and  
they are looking into this, they have seen it, they have asked about it, they are on top of it, but  
that does not mean that the Board is not willing to do more.  
Ron Jurgutis inquired if due to COVID, this microphone should be cleaned before somebody  
speaks, so he does not catch COVID.  
Chair Zonka responded the same could be said about him not wearing a mask, and not social  
distancing as well; and she requested if the Board has something to clean it for the gentleman.  
Mr. Jurgutis stated he will take his chances at the moment.  
Chair Zonka stated he can put his mask on if he feels more comfortable.  
Mr. Jurgutis inquired if the Board can hear him or not.  
Chair Zonka stated yes, and even better if he gets closer to the microphone a little bit.  
Mr. Jurgutis stated he is present tonight in the citizens comments, because he is concerned  
about all the dredging that took place in the Satellite Beach area, South of Pineda Crossings; it  
is known they have an issue there, that they have been working with the Patrick Space Force  
Base; and he knows the Board has been working with them diligently. He inquired since they  
had this issue of dredging and it is going out to a ranch has it been tested for the forever  
chemicals. He stated the reason he brings this up is because he is looking at land in Michigan  
and other areas, and they are discovering that cattle are having higher levels of the forever  
chemicals, including Maine, and then having an aquifer out there; he asked if the County is  
doing something to ensure that they are not going to dump forever chemicals into that cattle  
ranch area and who is going to be liable for it, over the long term; obviously they know that it  
may not be addressed properly but they can take a proactive approach towards that; there is  
the St. Johns River over there, they have got other things there, and he asked do they really  
want to infect cattle that could end up in human consumption; he asked if it is tested along the  
way to ensure that those chemicals are not there because on that area where it was dredged, it  
is not far or even close to where all the dumping happened back in the day that nobody thought  
about; and he is asking the Commission to look into this and ensure that they are not going to  
infect people with this. He added he thinks it is a very important subject to tackle it now, in light  
of everything that is going on economically, because it may become unfeasible financially to  
even consider this based on the economy right now.  
Commissioner Smith acknowledged Mr. Jurgutis for being present and for bringing that up; he  
has visited that site where they do the dredging, and he witnessed their testing, but he will  
double down, follow up, and make sure that the testing includes the Polyfluorinated Substances  
Factsheet (PFAS), and whatever else; he believes it was probably six or eight months ago  
since he was there the last time, and he has slept a few times since then, hence he may not  
remember everything that he said; but he will check into it.  
Mr. Jurgutis expressed his thanks to Commissioner Smith; and he requested the rest of the  
Commission to look into this and to other areas that it is going on also.  
H.1. Utility Services Rate Resolution for Barefoot Bay encompassing the Barefoot Bay  
Water and Sewer District System.  
Chair Zonka called for the public hearing to consider Utility Services Rate Resolution for  
Barefoot Bay Encompassing the Barefoot Bay Water and Sewer District System.  
Edward Fontanin, Utility Services Director, stated Item H.1. is the approval for the rate  
Resolution of the Barefoot Bay Water and Sewer District, just a briefing, the attachments  
included are the rate resolution, the memorandum of justification, along with additional support  
items as it relates to this item.  
Commissioner Tobia stated Barefoot Bay falls squarely in the District that he represents; he  
spent a little bit of time with this one, the history of the District is unique by all accounts, and  
this was a failing utility when the County took it over 22 years ago, it was 40 years old at the  
time, hence they are talking about a utility that is somewhere in the neighborhood of 60 years  
old; they went into the minutes and they found that at the behest of the Barefoot Bay Water and  
Sewer Governing Board and Barefoot Bay residents, the County took out a loan to the tune of  
$17 million to purchase an inadequately maintained and a deteriorating utility along with  
additional funding to actually rehabilitate it; those loans will continue until 2029, well after the  
lifecycle of this system; the Commissioners at the time that by all accounts made this poor vote  
were Truman Scarborough, Randy O’Brien, Nancy Higgs, Sue Carlton, and Helen Voltz, it was  
a 5:0 vote, and by the way that bond has a prepayment penalty; they do not even have the  
ability to pay it off earlier; during the final vote transfer Vice Chairman O’Brien of the Barefoot  
Bay Water and Sewer Governing Board made it clear, the Board did not promise the citizens of  
Barefoot Bay a rollback rate, additionally, he said if rates were reduced back to their November  
rate in two years, the Board would have to hit Barefoot Bay again with higher increases than  
were anticipated, plus nothing was being put aside for maintenance of the system; and Vice  
Chairman O’Brien also stated that he wants to see a progressive rate schedule that would  
begin immediately, which it really did not. He added people of the District at the time  
understood their rates would be higher because of this situation; increases were anticipated  
and should have been projected for the meeting minutes in 1999; a thought would be that they  
roll the Barefoot Bay System into the County System and while it sounds good it is completely  
unfair to the rest of the residents of that system to fold a high rate into a much lower rate; so  
given the history of the failing water system, the crushing $17 million bond which they cannot  
pay off before 2029, and quite frankly past Boards, poor fiscal decisions; and he does not feel  
he has any responsible choice other than to approve the rate resolution as it is necessary  
under the unfortunate circumstances that they were handed.  
There being no further comments heard, the Board executed and adopted Resolution No. 2022  
01, amending rates, fees, and charges within the Barefoot Bay Utility System to be  
implemented March 2022.  
Result: APPROVED  
Mover: John Tobia  
Seconder: Bryan Lober  
Ayes: Pritchett, Lober, Tobia, Smith, and Zonka  
H.2. Utility Services Rate Resolution for the following: (1) County encompassing  
South Beaches, Merritt Island, North Brevard, Port St. John and the South-Central  
Mainland Service Area; and (2) San Sebastian encompassing the San Sebastian  
Woods Water System.  
Chair Zonka called for the public hearing for Utility Services Rate Resolutions for the County  
encompassing South Beaches, Merritt Island, North Brevard, Port St. John, and the South  
Central Mianland Service Area; and San Sabastian encompassing the SanSabastian Woods  
Water System.  
Edward Fontanin, Utility Services Director, stated Item H.2. is the approval of the rate resolution  
for the utility services Countywide system in the San Sebastian system again in the Agenda  
packet was the memorandum of rationale needed for the rates along with supporting  
documents.  
Jim Glass stated he is a member of the Florida Fly Fishing Association; the Board should have  
received the letter from them about their support for this increase; he is a retired Civil Engineer  
and managed the design and construction of many water and wastewater projects in the  
Tampa Bay area, and in the Florida Keys; utility agencies have a difficult time funding repairs,  
upgrades, and adding capacity to their systems; when he was working, grants were available  
from Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to fund 50 percent of the cost of certain  
wastewater projects, those grants are no longer available, so the cost of improving systems lies  
with the rates that they charge for the customers; he has attended many of the Save Our Indian  
River Lagoon meetings, at one of these meetings he asked Dr. John Windsor why projects are  
not included in the Plan to repair these old force main pump stations and sewer lines; he said  
that the Committee does not include these projects because they feel it is up to the utility  
system to pay for those costs or their existing customers should afford to pay that; the $460  
million that they are going to raise from the increased rates and the sales tax plan that has  
been approved is raising about $480 million worth of improvements to the Lagoon; and he does  
not believe that, that is nearly enough to fund the improvements of the Lagoon, it needs to be in  
order of $2 billion. He mentioned as an example the Florida Keys hooked up every septic tank,  
20,000 of them to a central sewer system at a cost of over a billion dollars; and Brevard has  
50,000 septic tanks in the Lagoon watershed that are eventually going to have to be hooked up  
to a collection system, or a better system needs to be provided for those. He encouraged  
Board to take that into consideration when they vote on this rate increase, it is really the  
necessary; they have a big problem with the Lagoon; and he hopes that this funding and the  
utility system will be able to make the repairs necessary to help the Lagoon.  
Kathleen Short stated she lives in San Sebastian Subdivision; they pay their water bill to  
Barefoot Bay Utilities, they do not receive water from the Treatment Center there; she has no  
filtered water coming in; they pay the same rate yet they have no filtration; when they  
complained the only thing they can do is open up the fire hydrants and flush out the system;  
she has been to the emergency room once, her niece has been to the emergency room once,  
they have two special need kids in their household that both have Gastrointestinal (GI)  
problems, and they cannot use their water; today they get a notice that they are going to be  
putting large amounts of chlorine in the water to kill off the bacteria; she thinks that is great,  
and maybe they will not end up in the hospital now, but they are suggesting that they run their  
water until it comes clear, while they are chlorinating the system to kill the bacteria; they cannot  
even go in their bathtub, fill the bathtub, and see their feet; and she has a softener system, she  
has done everything possible to make the water coming into her house so that it can be used,  
but it cannot be used. She added if she pays the same rate that others do up in Barefoot Bay  
for her water, why does not she have a filtration system; nobody in San Sebastian has it; and it  
is really causing health problems. She stated she feels bad for the workers when she calls and  
she asks them to do something about it, they come knocking at the door and say they are really  
sorry, but the only thing they can do is to open up the fire hydrants; now, with the chlorine going  
in, she has to run her water by the instructions they gave her, to run the water until it comes  
clear; she asked who is going to pay for that; she replied, herself; she stated she has to run her  
washing machine until it comes clear, then empty it before she put her clothes in; she already  
buys bottled water for cooking, they drink bottled water, and now she cannot even use water for  
cleaning; and she is a citizen of Brevard County, she pays her taxes, and she feels that she  
should have the same rights as everybody else. She added she is in Commissioner Tobia’s  
area; she has called up to Titusville to the utility, she cannot remember his name up there, she  
gets no action, and this has been going on for several years as it is now in the area that she  
lives, if they had a well and it had to be cut, they are not going to be given a new well to drill for  
residential.  
Colleen Lawley stated she as well lives in the Micco area and has been going through the same  
situation; the two children that Ms. Short just mentioned are her children; they did live in  
Barefoot Bay, receiving the same issues so they moved to Micco; it is not easy when she  
cannot even bath her own children, she has to take them to a different house just to get them  
treated, because as Ms. Short stated they are special needs; she cannot take the risk of them  
putting their head in the water, she is not going to put her kid’s life on the line because of bad  
filtration; the last time the gentleman came out, his exact words were, he is sorry, but there is  
not enough people in this area on their waterline for them to be able to treat them properly; that  
is uncalled for, if she has to move out of her area to take better care of her kids, just for water,  
she will; it is not proper; she pays her taxes; she pay her bills just like everybody up there; and  
they should be treated the same.  
Ronald Reed stated he is in the Florida Fly Fishing Association with Jim Glass, he was  
educated as a physicist, but he never practiced physics, he took advantage of his background,  
however, and was very successful as a businessman; now he would like to talk about this rate  
increase for the Brevard utilities; the amount of the increase is about 6.5 percent that is roughly  
the number they are seeing from the inflation boys in Washington, and he guarantees it is  
going to be around a while; this 6.5 percent is not an unreasonable amount of money; and he  
advised all to remember that the problems with the Indian River is the people, they cause the  
problems, they are the reason, they are the root cause the problems are there, it is their waste  
that causes the pollution that kills the fish, and it comes from their sewage; for example, the  
septic tanks which discharge untreated nutrients into groundwater that seeps into the Lagoon  
and it keeps going on. He mentioned living in an area once when he was growing up as a child  
where they had a similar problem worried about Polio, they passed a law and nobody could use  
a septic tank; cut them all off and they had to use a conventional system, and their old sewage  
infrastructure causes discharge of untreated nutrients and nutrient rich affluent into the Lagoon;  
the Lagoon is a very serious problem and they have seen this over and over again, actually he  
has gone to some of these meetings of the Lagoon Society, and he cannot stand them; he  
went and he got sick; but a person cannot get COVID from any solid surface that is a scientific  
fact, in case anybody worries about it.  
Chair Zonka stated she was actually concerned about him touching the podium, with his hands  
on the podium, because that can be transferred.  
Mr. Reed reiterated any solid surface cannot transfer COVID; and he stated he reads a lot of  
studies, the medical type.  
Chair Zonka remarked it can.  
Mr. Reed stated she is reading the wrong studies then. He went on to say the people caused  
the problem, they have to be the solution, and it is the only way to look at it.  
Sandra Sullivan stated the concern she has with this Item is the number of increases that they  
are having; she attended the last Budget Review meeting and they had anticipated in this  
meeting an increase in Solid Waste; so she was looking for that and saw this instead, so she  
guesses it would not be good form to put two increases on the same Agenda; she wants to talk  
about this Item a little bit and it is obvious they need to address infrastructure; as the number  
one concern for the Lagoon as has been brought up, but she also wants to bring up about the  
American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds; she is going to provide a handout in a couple of  
minutes of a screenshot from the ARPA designated uses for the ARPA funds, and it is very  
limited in what they can use it for; and (d) is for water sewage and broadband infrastructure, so  
it is intended for assistance to residents, housing assistance for workers impacted, and health  
emergency to investments in water sewage and broadband. She commented her question is  
with all of the inflationary increases that they are seeing 39 percent in garbage, with three  
percent thereafter, a 33 percent fire assessment, and this averages to be 7.9 percent each  
year for five years with a three percent thereafter, and another Solid Waste increase coming  
based on the anticipated plant costs increasing from $25 million to $40 million: She inquired  
why they cannot put the $50 million or portion of the $50 million ARPA funds towards the offset  
of this cost and limited to a Consumer Price Index (CPI) increase; she added she also wants to  
comment on the Perfluorooctane Sulfonic Acid (PFOS) and other contamination coming from  
the dredging at South Patrick Shores; she stated she personally met with the Director, Aaron  
Watkins from Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) in Representative Randy Fine’s  
Office, and pleaded with him to test that DMAA material for PFOS; she was not successful in  
that regard, but she was successful in getting more interstellar cleanup of the dredge material  
water before going back into the Lagoon; a mountain of sand will be seen where they take the  
Arsenic which is twice the commercial cleanup target and mend it with sand to get it down to  
that cleanup target, Arsenic feeds algae; and it is costing more and more money to treat their  
drinking water because that ranch is south of their drinking water source.  
Ron Jurgutis stated this reminds him of a movie, they got trouble in River Side, The Music Man  
movie; he added he is sure some people remember it, maybe some do not; the past is spilled  
milk, it is sour, in certain countries they treat the sour milk where it is drinkable and it is a  
delicacy, but they have got a problem there; he asked during the last 10 years how much  
money, this enterprise fund transferred or put back into the Utilities for wastewater, to or from  
the regular operations or to any other entity within the County; he thinks that should be  
answered based on the increase, not for him to do the research, even though he will, it should  
be done by staff; there are rate increases that are phenomenal; and he asked if anybody has  
done the research. He stated he knows they did use the consulting firm, but has anybody done  
the research with the Public Service Commission to see what the Consumer Price Index Urban  
(CPI U) they are using as far as rate increases; he asked if they all can agree; he mentioned  
that wastewater consumption and rates are based on water usage; if that is the case, then the  
comments he heard are some of the issues if they have got a drain and clean their pipes out,  
that goes against the rates; the amount of money that is going to be spent here, surely has a  
way to do this; and he knows they need to clean up the Lagoon, but he dealt with the Keys  
during his profession, as far as turning it into and taking it out of how they did it the archaic  
way, and how they did it with these plunge pipes down there.  
Commissioner Lober stated bear with him, there are quite a few things he wants to get across;  
first, as to what they just heard they are not in the Keys, the Keys among other things has tidal  
changes, Brevard has wind, it does not really have much of a tide to speak of, hence the  
reason that folks have proposed; he added he is not saying it is right or wrong, but so is the  
reason that folks have proposed essentially cutting in an inlet, what worked there may or may  
not work here to some degree; really there are some questions that he thinks that they ought to  
consider, one of which it is truly Apollo era infrastructure to release untreated effluent into the  
Lagoon; and he asked if that is wanted he means do they want human feces in the Lagoon,  
that is the question. He stated none of them sitting on the dais and none of the folks sitting in  
the box, that staff is sitting in over there, make anything on account of raising or lowering utility  
rates; as they have heard and it sounded like there may be some conspiracy theory floating  
around, utilities is run as an enterprise fund, just like waste collection is, it is an enterprise fund  
within the County, money does not go from Utilities to Public Works, money does not go from  
Utilities to Law Enforcement, money does not go from Utilities to Information Technology (I.T),  
or to the County Attorney’s office, it stays in Utilities; the money that is raised through any rate  
change or the money that is lost through a rate reduction stays in that utility, the money that is  
raised is used to maintain the utility and to improve the utility, it is not horribly complicated; as  
Mr. Glass has stated, and he is familiar with Mr. Glass, the retired engineer that he thinks was  
the first or second up; the amount that is proposed even with this alone is not remotely enough  
to resolve the problem in its entirety but it is enough to at least lower the likelihood that they are  
going to have some spills in the very near term, and perhaps in the intermediate term, and to  
potentially address some of those most leaked and break proned portions of the sewer system,  
whether it be Lift Stations, Force Mains, or otherwise; the rate that is being proposed, and he  
has talked with staff about this, is the lowest potentially sustainable rate, that was proposed by  
the consultant; and to that end they have split up with Corona Virus Aid, Relief, and Economic  
Security Act (CARES ACT) and they split up with ARPA to a degree some of the money that  
has comes into the County. He added his plan with District 2 ARPA funds is to spend the lion’s  
share, substantially all of it, perhaps fixing Lift Stations, and Force Mains within Merritt Island,  
simply because it is surrounded by water, it is essentially a peninsula, a Barrier Island; these  
are things that are decades beyond in many instances, their life expectancy if they are  
supposed to last 25 or 30 years, and they are 60 plus years old, they do not have to have Mr.  
Glasses engineering credentials, which he certainly respects and appreciates to realize that is  
not exactly a good situation to be in; they are sitting on a time bomb, in some senses; and if  
they do not have the money to maintain the system, if they fail at doing so, the County will have  
sewage leaks, it is an inevitability, it will happen, and they will end up at that point in time with  
Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) telling them that they are fined, and  
more than likely they will have a consent judgment where they are going to be forced to spend,  
perhaps an even larger fortune fixing a problem with the only difference being that they will  
have delayed  
fixing it, and they will have human feces, they will have urine, they will have pharmaceuticals,  
and whatever else people put down the toilet or down their sink, that is moronic. He stated if  
they think that Methicillin resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA) is good, or if they want  
Fecal Coliform Bacteria in the toilet, if they want pharmaceuticals in the Lagoon because  
people flush their pharmaceuticals in the toilet, they do not always go to the trash or take them  
back to a pharmacy; a lot of pharmacies would not even take them back, and guess where it  
ends up; yesterday, he was at a North Merritt Island Homeowners Association (HOA) meeting,  
that was actually a little bit north of his office off a Tropical Trail, and they had a fellow named  
Ken who is with Marine Resource Council, and he was talking about an acquaintance, or a  
friend of his who had contracted MRSA, and by all evidence it appears he contracted it while  
swimming in the Lagoon; he does not necessarily disagree with that, he does not think it is  
necessarily wrong with that, but the fact that he even has to wonder whether that is where he  
got it from, because it is known where sewage leaks end up; it makes this an easy decision for  
him; and in 2018 he ran on basically three things: Public Safety, Infrastructure, and Lagoon  
Restoration. He added if anyone wants to fact check him, go do a time limited search on  
Google; they have got Public Safety, based on God knows what kind of effluent is being put in  
the system making it out to the Lagoon; they have infrastructure for obvious reasons, they have  
the Lagoon for even more obvious reasons; and the last thing he will mention as to what Mr.  
Glass said, and he thinks it, and he apologized to Mr. Glass he does not mean to be negative  
towards anything Mr. Glass has said, but he thinks it came across a little too defeatist at least  
for his tolerance, or his taste about the Citizens Oversight Committee (COC) with Save Our  
Indian River Lagoon (SOIRL), not wanting to fund utility costs. He stated Mr. Glass is right, but  
that is atrocious; it is not his doing and it is not his fault, he does not think he has been on that  
side of the equation at all; voters that supported this particular half-cent sales tax, the SOIRL  
tax that was referenced by Mr. Glass do not want to see that every little municipality or every  
big municipality gets their piece of the pie, they want the money spent where the greatest  
Return on Investment (ROI) is, and to do otherwise is politicizing a process that has really no  
room for politics; the Board needs to focus that money when this comes up really on targeting  
where the ROI is; if someone in the Board wants to vote no on this, he encourages them to  
give him a reason why and to tell him what their alternative is; he would love to vote no, if there  
is a good alternative that would allow him to do that; do not just vote no because it is  
convenient without saying something, please tell him how they can avoid doing this, by avoiding  
the leaks and avoiding the crap going into the Lagoon; and he lives on the Lagoon and he will  
tell them, not just because he is a nice person and wants to do what is best for his constituents,  
but out of selfishness, he does not want it going down the toilet literally and figuratively any  
more than it has, so if someone has a better idea please let him know.  
Commissioner Tobia thanked Commissioner Lober for throwing the gauntlet and he gets a  
pass on this one, when it comes to rationale; when he heard the way Commissioner Lober was  
going to vote, he was going to vote quietly no; however, he thinks it is very fair to go ahead and  
justify his no vote; his no vote came on December 7, 2021, where this Board made a  
determination that they were not concerned about the actions of future Boards; the  
Commission voted 3:2 to encumber future Boards with more than a million dollars a year in  
transportation costs for maintaining railroads which could have easily been funded by  
Brightline, a private railroad company; based on this, while he is clear on the implications,  
Commissioner Lober could have gone on about Florida Statute 403.086, particularly a Section  
dealing with civil penalties of $500 for every 24 hour period of such failing compliance order by  
the State and enforced by Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), it does not apply till  
December 31, 2025; and as this Board made the decision that they do not care about the future  
Boards, he too, is going to make the same decision that this Board made less than a couple  
months ago and vote no on this.  
Commissioner Pritchett stated she wished they could all have an opinion without trying to slam  
each other for what they voted on in the past; she has full confidence that everybody on the  
Board when they vote, they vote with their hearts and what they believe is correct, and that is  
why she likes serving with the other Board members; she would like it better if they always  
would agree with her, but it rarely happens and she just wants to throw that out there; she is  
going to support this, but she wants to mention a couple things from a couple comments, just  
so everybody does not think that there is some incorrect information, well they are going to  
think that if they are not told them, but out of the ARPA funds they have and were able to use,  
they used 75 percent of them; this Commission used 75 percent of them to try to work on some  
of these projects; the other percentage they use was other infrastructure things that they have  
problems with like bridges and roads, those types of items, and they have been very  
conscientious of these funds and they have been trying to use them; and because they applied  
that to it, the first year for this was going to be 9.5 percent increase, but because they applied  
some of these funds to help with some of these infrastructure problems, they felt like they could  
not wait on them, and they needed to get moving on it. She went on to say that first year is  
now 6.5 and they all are trying on this, but she does want to remind everyone these are for user  
fees; this is really good, that when a product is used, they pay for the product; when they do  
this, it is not an overall tax of the whole County; she lives in the City of Titusville and the new bill  
after this in Brevard County is going to be $79.24, she is paying $89.94 in Titusville, and Cocoa  
is $92.83, Brevard County is really low right now; and she thinks part of the problem is that they  
probably should have been doing some of these increases along the way, because they have  
got a little bit behind on some projects. She added they needed to move some funds that they  
had when she first got on the Commission, over to help some emergency items that they had to  
do; they have been trying to do this but if they do not do some user fee increases, who is going  
to pay for this; and the people using the product really need to be ones maintaining it. She  
advised Mr. Fontaine is doing a great job to keep the costs down and is being very responsible  
in these projects; she is very proud of the County Departments that are handling this, she has  
worked with them enough, she has great respect for them, and the State sent down a lot of  
new guidelines that they have to do now, they have no choice, and they are good things to do;  
this is making them have to come up to the table and do these things which are things that are  
problems they need to be dealing with, so they have to spend these Capital funds now, they  
have to get started on them; they are going to really have to do these Items, but they have  
really been trying to do the best they can with keeping costs down; but again, if they are using  
the product and they have somebody very responsible trying to keep the cost down, and they  
have a good plan with how they are growing in this, she feels more comfortable with it; she is  
really glad they were able to put some of the ARPA funds towards it to help keep these rates a  
little lower; but Brevard County is still way under all of the municipalities on what they are  
charging because they are having to do the same thing. She acknowledged the gentleman for  
bringing up the inflation because they might even be a little bit behind on the inflation numbers,  
as they start building; she does not know; but she thanked everyone for their patience and  
advised the Board is really trying to deliver a good product to them.  
Commissioner Smith stated there has been some people present tonight who have raised  
some issues about how and maybe even one at least one Commissioner that has raised  
questions about how they voted, they have five Commissioners, because it is important to have  
different opinions, that come together and discuss issues, and come to a rational decision;  
sometimes they are on the no side, sometimes they are on the yes side, but that is what the  
Board is charged with, they are responsible to the public, for the health, welfare, and safety of  
the constituents in this County, that is their job, that is their job description; and each and every  
one of them takes that issue very seriously, sometimes it will lead them down one road, and  
another Commissioner down another road, but their goal is all the same, it is the health, safety,  
and welfare of the people. He added his ARPA funds he spent were $2.6 million or $2.9 million  
of his ARPA funds in his District at the time, but it was soon to become District 2; he did that  
because they had monies that were going to expire in a few short months, and if he did not  
come up with that ARPA money all the money that they could have used, and it was well over a  
million dollars in some kind of a grant, it was going to be lost forever, so that project would not  
have occurred; the Board has tough decisions to make, it is not just one issue, it is not just one  
subject, they have a lot of things that come across their desks that they are responsible to the  
public for and they have to use their best judgement and sometimes it irritates folks, and  
sometimes it irritates some of his fellow Commissioners, but they are all doing their jobs and  
doing it the best they can; and he really appreciates all the folks being present, because it is  
nice to know they care.  
Commissioner Lober stated he will just put out there real briefly with respect to the Brightline  
Item, he does agree with Commissioner Tobia 100 percent, in terms of what his rationale was  
for opposing that, but with that said prior Boards have put them here; he has spoken with staff  
and frankly, he does not think staff has any level of comfort throwing prior Boards under the  
bus in publicly noticed meetings, and he does not think that is something that they enjoy doing;  
but the fact is they have caused them to be in the situation where by delaying there is a higher  
increase than they would have had, if they had the need met as they went along with time. He  
stated if they had not stopped the cycle of essentially looking the other way in addition to  
having leaks, and to having the things that he mentioned earlier end up in the Lagoon, and it is  
an inevitability what they are going to see is that if it fails, they are going to have an even higher  
rate increase at some point in the future; because when they compress the amount of time that  
they have to fix the issue, they are increasing the cost that they have to make up over that time;  
it is not that he wants to either make a subsequent Commission’s job easier, their life easier or  
more difficult; he does not want to strap them into having to have an even higher percentage  
increase, they had people that frankly sat in seats in there, that had no spine at all, and they  
were so afraid of the repercussions perhaps; and he is assuming that is the reason that they  
did not do what was necessary to maintain the rates that are needed to maintain the system in  
a halfway reasonable fashion, and that is why they are at where they are at. He mentioned not  
wanting to continue that cycle of making the problem just kicked down the road; he is still going  
to support it, he understands where Commissioner Tobia is coming from; but at some point  
they have got to put that behind them and move forward for what is best for the community,  
and really what is sustainable for the utility.  
Commissioner Pritchett stated she wants to say Robin Fisher and Jim Barfield would have done  
a little, in case they are listening; and she just wants to make a motion to approve it.  
Chair Zonka stated she thinks the only thing she will add, because she thinks a lot of things  
have been said, it is never popular to vote for increases, and it is easy just to say no; it would  
be easier for her right now to say to give them a no vote as well, because the three votes  
probably are there; however, it would not be the right thing to do, unfortunately rates were not  
increased with the needs; for her it is really a simple reason, the State has put down mandates  
on them, if they start discharging into the Lagoon they are going to be fined; so they are going  
to pay those increases anyway because they are not going to be able to pull that money out of  
thin air; they are avoiding that, and she thinks they are being responsible; they have to keep up  
with the population growth and the capacity needs; and she is going to support it. She stated  
she thinks she heard Mr. Fontanin breathe for the first time after this; if people only understood  
and she thinks maybe some do, the amount of time, work, briefings, meetings, planning, and  
studies that goes into it; she appreciates what he is doing and she is excited for the Utility, she  
thinks it is about time they do what is right; and she acknowledged them for all their hard work.  
Mr. Fontanin stated thanks for the support.  
There being no further comments heard, the Board executed and adopted Resolution Nos.  
2022 08 and 2022 09, increasing the schedule of rates, fees, and charges for water, sewer,  
and reclaimed water for the Countywide Utility System and increasing the rates, fees, and  
charges for the San Sabastian Woods Water System to be implemented March 2022.  
Result: APPROVED  
Mover: Rita Pritchett  
Seconder: Curt Smith  
Ayes: Pritchett, Lober, Smith, and Zonka  
Nay: Tobia  
H.3. Petition to Vacate, Re: Public Utility & Drainage Easement- 7215 Baronet Avenue -  
“Port St. John Unit 8” Plat Book 23, Pages 70-83 - Cocoa - Sheryl Marie LaShier -  
District 1  
Chair Zonka called for the public hearing to consider vacating a portion of Public Utility and  
Drainage Easement at 7215 Baronet Avenue – “Port St. John Unit 8” Plat Book 23, Pages 70  
83, Cocoa, as petitioned by Sheryl Marie LaShier.  
Marc Brenath, Public Works Director, stated H.3. is a Petition to Vacate 7215 Baronet Avenue,  
Ms. LaShier, District 1, property is located in Cocoa, North of Fay Boulevard and East of  
Grissom Parkway requesting vacating a portion of a 10-foot wide Public Utility and Drainage  
Easement for the construction of a proposed pool; and there are no issues.  
There being no comments heard, the Board adopted Resolution No. 2022 10, vacating a  
portion of a public utility and drainage easement in plat “Port St. John Unit 8”, Cocoa, as  
petitioned by Sheryl Marie LaShier. Said Resolution has been recorded in ORBK 9428, Pages  
2615 through 2619.  
Result: APPROVED  
Mover: Rita Pritchett  
Seconder: Bryan Lober  
Ayes: Pritchett, Lober, Tobia, Smith, and Zonka  
H.4. Petition to Vacate, Re: Public Utility Easement- 410 Artemis Blvd - “Diana Shores  
Unit No 8” Plat Book 24, Pages 78 - Merritt Island - Kerei H. Stampfel - District 2  
Chair Zonka called for the public hearing to consider vacating a portion of Public Utility  
Easement at 410 Artemis Boulevard – “Diana Shores Unit No 8” Plat Book 24, Pages 78,  
Merritt Island – Kerei H. Stampfel.  
Marc Brenath, Public Works Director, stated H.4. is a Petition to Vacate 410 Artemis Boulevard  
in Diana Shores by Ms. Stanfield, District 2; the property is located in Merritt Island, north of  
Highway 520 and east of State Road three requesting a five-foot wide Public Utility Easement  
to allow for an existing covered deck to remain; the covered deck was built without a building  
permit by the current homeowner; the issue would correct a current Code Enforcement issue;  
the building official has confirmed it was built to Code; the adjacent neighbor is okay with the  
action; and there is no issue with the Utilities or Drainage.  
Commissioner Lober stated he is not going to rip into the applicant too much on this; he wants  
to point out a few things, this is kind of a double whammy in the sense that it was built with no  
permit, and it was built on a County easement, so in a sense this is two wrongs; he added he  
will tell them that he is going to approve it, but he wants to make it clear why he is approving it;  
their neighbor to the east of this structure that it abuts, he spoke with the gentlemen, he  
believes it was on Friday or thereabouts this past week, and he was okay with it; he had  
someone from Planning and Development, an inspector go out, and look at the structure to  
make sure that it was Code compliant and then he spoke with the lady that lives in that same  
structure house to the east, and they were both okay with it; he does not know what their  
choice of beverages is, but really they should probably buy them a case of whatever beverages  
they would like; and he will go ahead and make a motion to approve it.  
Commissioner Smith inquired if there is any penalty involved for this person, he means  
sometimes these occur because 20 years ago somebody violated the Code.  
Commissioner Lober stated there was a Code Enforcement case on this, but that was when  
anonymous complaints were still allowed prior to them being preempted by the State; he does  
not know what happened with the Code Enforcement case; but he responded separate from  
the Code Enforcement case, no.  
Commissioner Smith stated he just finds it odd the Board has a policy, that he wants to do  
something, he knows he cannot get a permit for it so he just goes ahead and does it, and then  
if he gets caught, he gets what, permission to say it is okay.  
Commissioner Lober stated if the applicant wants to speak, he could have her come up; as she  
is coming down he will mention again if the neighbor that was most directly affected by this had  
any issue, his vote would be no; but since they are okay with it, that really is the one and only  
reason, he is okay with it in this case.  
Kerei Stampfel stated she took a picture off from Pinterest of what she was going to try to build;  
she showed them the pre existing little grill, and the little thing she bought from Lowe’s, that is  
on wheels; she showed them the little thing that she was going to build over the top of it, and  
asked if she needed a permit for this; the lady who she spoke to just walked in the door, she  
showed her the picture, she said oh, no, she did not need a permit; and that is the only reason  
why she did it without a permit, because she was there to pull one if she needed one.  
Commissioner Smith stated he guesses that answers his questions; now his focus of  
displeasure goes to County, if somebody was to say something like that from the County; and  
he does not need any confrontation, he is just voicing his thoughts.  
Chair Zonka stated maybe the initial structure had wheels, and the actual structure did not,  
because that would mean the difference between a permit, correct.  
John Denninghoff, Assistant County Manager, stated the requirement for a permit, for a shed  
orother facilities like that sometimes they are exempt from permitting requirements, they are  
size dependent, and structurally depending on whether they have a poured foundation or  
plumbing or electrical; if it does not have those things then they frequently are exempt from  
permitting; however, they are never exempt from permitting if it is going to be inside of the  
easement, it is on along the property boundary and that is a function of where they put the  
structure; he suspects that she was told that she was did not have to have a permit for it, was  
based on a premise that was not actually in existence on that site specific issue; and much of  
what Commissioner Smith was describing actually does take place.  
Commissioner Tobia inquired if Mr. Denninghoff can make any of those determinations based  
on where it is in the easement based off a photograph from Pinterest.  
Mr. Denninghoff replied not normally.  
Commissioner Tobia stated he was just checking.  
Chair Zonka stated she seems like a pretty honest lady, who just did not know she was in the  
easement; and she apologized for putting her on the spot.  
There being no further comments heard, the Board adopted Resolution No. 2022 011, vacating  
a portion of a public utility easement in plat “Diana Shores Unit No. 8”, Merritt Island, as  
petitioned by Kerei H. Stampfel. Said Resolution has been recorded in ORBK 9428, Pages  
2620 through 2625.  
Result: APPROVED  
Mover: Bryan Lober  
Seconder: John Tobia  
Ayes: Pritchett, Lober, Tobia, Smith, and Zonka  
H.5. Extension of Temporary Moratorium on New Applications of Biosolids to Lands  
within Brevard County - Public Hearing.  
Chair Zonka called for the public hearing for an extension of temporary moratorium on new  
applications of biosolids to lands within Brevard County.  
Amanda Elmore, Natural Resources Management Deputy Director, stated Item H.5. is the fifth  
extension of the temporary moratorium on new applications of biosolids to lands within Brevard  
County.  
There being no comments heard, the Board conducted the public hearing and executed and  
adopted Ordinance No. 22 04, extending the180 day moratorium on new applications of  
biosolids to lands within Brevard County. An Ordinance of the Board of County Commissioners  
of Brevard County, Florida authorizing and extension of temporary Countywide moratorium for  
180 days from the effective date; prohibiting the Land application of class B Biosolids except  
existing permitted activities; providing for exhaustion of Administrative remedies; and providing  
for severability, repeal of conflicting provisions, Resolution of conflicting provisions; area  
encompassed and an effective date  
Result: APPROVED  
Mover: Bryan Lober  
Seconder: John Tobia  
Ayes: Pritchett, Lober, Tobia, Smith, and Zonka  
J.1. Approval, Re: Tourism Development Council recommendation to develop a  
competitive solicitation to hire a consultant to study the need, size and location  
of a convention center in Brevard County.  
Peter Cranis, Tourism Development Office Director, stated Item J.1. is from the Tourism  
Development Council (TDC) a recommendation to do a competitive solicitation for a  
consultation looking at the need size, the possible size, and possible location of a convention  
center in Brevard County.  
Commissioner Tobia stated Commissioner Lober asked before voting no to give some reasons,  
so he is going to give four pretty clear reasons why he will be voting no, and he hopes at least  
two other people join him on this one; first a maximum of $50,000 was allocated to this study;  
the Driftwood proposals came back at $60,000, $100,000, and $200,000; why this is significant  
is because the Driftwood study was a much smaller scale study than this one would entail, that  
one had already determined the location, that had determined methods of financing and  
management, all questions that this proposal would need, and yet allocating less money; the  
fourth penny from Tourism and Development in task consists of roughly $3.4 million of annual  
budget, about $350,000 of that goes to United States Specialty Sports Association (USSSA)  
and the remainder of roughly $3 million is dedicated to advertising; as a result, any of the  
money spent from this study would be at the cost of Tourist and Development advertising  
budget; the sheer amount of money for this convention center would force their hand and they  
would have to get somewhere in the neighborhood of, depending on the size and scope, a 20  
to 30 year bond, a substantial financial burden on taxpayers; he spoke with the Director on this  
one and it is widely known that convention centers typically lose money, he cited Orange  
County covers part of its convention center deficit with funds that come out of the General  
Fund, that is a scary proposition if Orlando is losing then and most other convention centers  
are losing, he certainly does not wants to put Brevard in that position; and it looks as though  
the outcome is not a positive one and if it is not a positive one then he does not see allocating  
$50,000 to find out as such, so for those four reasons he is voting no.  
Commissioner Pritchett stated she is not going to support this either and she wants explain  
why; she is on the TDC board now and they wanted to bring it forward; she wanted them to be  
able to hear it because she did not want to hinder something that the Commissioners might  
need to hear; the correlation with the Driftwood, they have not seen enough of that, but that  
one was paying for itself; this one is kind of on their dime; North Brevard a while ago they had  
some funding, they were going to do one of these centers on a smaller scale with members  
going to do the children’s athletics, it was a really good program by doing a public private  
partnership with the majority of the costs falling on Delaware North at the time; and they were  
going to completely try to program it. She added when they got the study back this was a good  
thing to have to stir up tourism, so it does provoke tourism if having the right programs coming  
in; the hard thing is finding someone that will program it, but it did show that in the first three  
years it does operate at a loss and this was a smaller scale one that she thinks was only  
$75,000 at the time; to do it right in the County they would have to almost structure it like  
Orlando and would have to be between 100 and 200,000 square feet; she got a little cautious  
during COVID when they had to completely close down and try to cover the cost; she thinks  
that this would be a big expense on the County, as far as a study on it; and if the Board is  
wanting to do the study, she has got a little heartburn over it, just because on the smaller scale  
at what they look at up there, she would love to see someone come in and bring something like  
this without any risk to the County in the future, she would love to see the tourism come up,  
increase in numbers, but she is not going to support this.  
Commissioner Lober inquired where did they come up with $50,000 as far as being a  
reasonable number, because he has a degree of flexibility; convey to him it is a million dollars,  
they are not going to get it, but if they tell him it is $60,000 or $70,000 instead of $50,000 and if  
it is still something that is worthwhile to do; it is still something that is worthwhile to do; and  
before he goes any further he was just hoping Mr. Cranis might give him a little bit of  
information on where their number was.  
Mr. Cranis stated he believes that was recommended by one of the Commissioners on the  
TDC, so he does not know what the exact rationale was but he thinks there was the number of  
$25,000 was thrown out and then $50,000; but he did share the previous study has generated  
Request for Proposals (RFP) for a higher amount.  
Commissioner Lober stated he just wants to be clear and he knows he has said this in prior  
meetings, he is adamantly opposed to using millage to build or to maintain a convention center;  
anything that goes into either of those categories building or maintenance, for him to have any  
intention or any even to consider supporting, it would have to come out of the Tourism  
Development Tax; he does not remember the exact number but it was something in the  
scheme and Mr. Cranis knows the number, to let him know, it was something like 98.7 or 99  
percent of the Tourist Development Tax (TDT) comes from tourists which kind of makes sense  
if most of them do not pay to stay in short term overnight accommodations in the County that  
they live in; it just does not really happen; the last time he did that, it was probably 10 years ago  
and his air conditioner broke; he thinks as far as what Commissioner Tobia mentioned with  
respect to convention centers being loss leaders, probably, it makes sense that they would lose  
money; but if they in operating lose money in so far as what is allocated to build, maintain, and  
operate them and if they still bring in more tourism dollars to the general area, and if they are  
funded out of the TDT and they increase the TDT by more than what they lose, it is a net  
positive for the Community. He added he is not bothered that they may lose money in a direct  
sense if they bring in that money to offset those losses such that the TDT is increased by virtue  
of their being there; the only concern that he really had prior to this meeting and now with the  
$50,000, he will add that as a concern, was that the actual contemplation of the TDC in so far  
as what it was they wanted to study, that it would be reflected in whatever they look at passing  
today; he understands that they had looked at a facility of a certain size whether it is 150,000  
square feet or whatever the magic number is, he would support it if there were enough votes up  
here spending $75,000; he knows in the time that he has been there he has saved more than  
$75,000 by questioning items that have been brought up here; he thinks that is a small amount  
to pay to have an answer as to a fundamental question that potentially involves tens or  
hundreds of millions of dollars over a period of many years; and he would support that if  
someone wants to make a motion if they think $75,000 is something that is perhaps safer, he  
does not want to spend north of $100,000, but if that is a better number he would support that,  
again, conditioned on it reflecting the actual desire of the TDC to focus on that particular size  
facility, and he does not know where the others are at, but that is where he is at.  
Commissioner Smith stated he has been a proponent for bringing or building a convention  
center here for probably as long as he has been in office, because he firmly believes that they  
are losing an awful lot of business because they do not have such, they are losing all that  
business to Orlando and they may be losing money on the convention center itself, but as a  
business person he looks at the Return on Investment (ROI); he thinks hundreds of thousands  
of people go through that convention center each and every year, all those families, and all  
those people represent an awful lot of money into that community, Orlando, Orange County;  
they stay there, they shop there, they go to stores there, they go to the mouse place, and they  
go to every other venue imagined; but that is the magnet that brings them there, Brevard does  
not have that magnet, whether it is 60,000 square feet or 100,000 square feet, and they would  
never compete with Orlando and that is not what he is proposing, and that is not what he is  
suggesting; but what they would get from Orlando is an awful lot of the smaller conventions like  
a basketball tournament, a cheerleading tournament, or gaming tournaments. He stated he  
understands those gaming tournaments are huge and he has talked to Mr. Cranis about them  
being a huge draw; if Brevard County had a convention center there are an awful lot of people  
around this country that would love to come to the space coast, as opposed to going to see  
Mickey again; the space coast is new to most people and it would be a natural draw for them,  
so he thinks it would behoove them to find out for $50,000 what the credibility would be and  
what the advantages would be for them to have such a convention center, what conceivable  
size they could support, if they could even support one; he thinks it is worth the money to get  
the answers to those questions and if the answers are positive, he thinks they owe it to the  
public to bring that additional business in the County if they can; and if they could work it and  
figure out how to spend the money and come up with the money, but, again, as Commissioner  
Lober said the TDT, he has on occasion heard people saying, well, that is their tax money; it is  
not, unless they are spending an evening in a motel or hotel in this County it is none of their  
money, that money strictly comes from the people, the bed taxes in those buildings and those  
hotels, and those facilities; and he supports this, he thinks it is a good idea, he thinks it is  
something that they owe to themselves, they owe it to the public to find out what those answers  
are, and whether it would be to their advantage, so he will support it.  
Chair Zonka stated right now she is not in support of this; it is not because she does not think  
they could benefit from a convention center; if they were such money makers someone would  
be asking them to build one now; what they saw before was a hotel that they wanted to build,  
what they called the convention center which was essentially just a large ballroom, so it was not  
a convention center at all, and that is how this discussion came about; she thinks in the future,  
possibly at the Port a convention center would be great, but especially now with COVID and the  
unknowns of right now, she thinks wasting that money for a study would not be a good idea  
because she does not think they would get accurate information; she is sure as heck not okay  
with General Fund money going to cover the shortfalls or committing this Commission or future  
Commissions, because they may not pay the bed tax directly but it is their families that come  
there, it is them that benefit, it is their restaurants that people eat at when they do come here, it  
is everything, and they are tied into this TDT as well and right now so she is not comfortable  
with it; and she thinks those studies probably have been done by private companies, by foreign  
investors, and by other people that have looked into doing it and she just does not see anybody  
banging down the door, other than the recent hotel that wanted to get money from them for the  
next 20 years, so she is not going to support this right now.  
Commissioner Lober stated he just wants to make a very quick observation, he thinks this is  
the first time in recorded history that Commissioner Smith and he were together on an issue,  
where everyone else was on the other side of it; but he just wanted to point it out because that  
is a rare occurrence, he thinks this is the only time thus far.  
Chair Zonka stated congratulations.  
Commissioner Pritchett stated she thinks Commissioner Smith does not need to think twice  
next time then; she just wants to threw out to the Board that she has that Revenue Per  
Available Room (RevPAR) one that they did a while ago on this study; she would be glad to  
give it to the Board; it was done by Delaware North, it is a great study on these types of things  
for basketball tournaments; that is what they were trying to do; Delaware North got a little hitch  
with the COVID, so they had to withdrawal with what they were doing; so she has that study,  
she would be glad to share it with them, and they can look through it; they will see the first  
three years they do not make money, even economically; the hard part is trying to program it, it  
is not cheap, it is really expensive, and if they had a Disney World or something where people  
would want to come for conventions, their other draw is pretty much beaches unless they have  
USSSA or somebody doing it; but if they ever do agree with this, she thinks it needs to go in  
District 1 and District 5 because they are the ones behind the eight ball in trying to stir up  
tourism in their Districts, and she is just going to throw that out as they move forward.  
Chair Zonka stated she thinks honestly it is timing and she thinks they have an aquarium that  
they are trying to get built, and she thinks once that happens maybe they will see a little more  
activity in the North County, so she would agree with her on that.  
Commissioner Lober stated can he ask if it is all right if someone does not have an objection up  
there to have Commissioner Pritchett go ahead and provide that file to the Clerk’s Office to  
include in tonight’s minutes.  
Chair Zonka replied she could just email it to their offices.  
Commissioner Lober asked if Abigail Jorandby, County Attorney, does not care either way.  
Commissioner Pritchett stated it is already public record; and Florida TODAY has already  
asked for it, too.  
Commissioner Lober stated okay, he just figured it would be easier for folks to get and it is  
clean, but whatever everyone wants, if that is their preference, he is fine with that; but he would  
like to see it.  
Chair Zonka inquired if there is a motion or is it pointless.  
Commissioner Lober replied no, he thinks it is pointless at this point.  
The Board, discussed the TDC recommendation to develop and issue a competitive solicitation  
for a consultant to analyze the need, size and location of a convention center in Brevard  
County, but took no action.  
The Board recessed at 6:24 pm and reconvened at 6:35 pm.  
Chair Zonka realized Sandra Sullivan had a card for J.1. and she apologized; and she asked if  
Ms. Sullivan wanted to talk about it.  
Ms. Sullivan replied it did not pass anyway, so it is okay.  
Chair Zonka apologized again; and she stated she has so many cards up there and she just  
seen it; her name is familiar up there; and she just thought it was an old card, and she  
apologized for that.  
J.2. Resolution declaring that significant legal rights will be impaired if Brevard  
County is required to complete intergovernmental conflict resolution procedures  
with the Town of Malabar prior to court proceedings.  
Abigail Jorandby, County Attorney, stated this is the resolution that the Board directed her to  
prepare from the last meeting; this is essentially declaring that significant legal rights will be  
impaired if Brevard County is required to complete the intergovernmental Conflict Resolution  
procedures with the town of Malabar prior to court proceedings; and she is just looking for a  
motion to vote on this one.  
Chair Zonka stated she has a bunch of cards and she thinks they are going to hear the cards  
first, if that is okay with the Commission.  
Commissioner Lober stated he does not know how many cards they have but he knows in the  
past if they have had an absolute slew, they have sometimes reduced three minutes to two.  
Chair Zonka stated she thinks they are okay, they do not have as many as the room looks like.  
Matthew Stinnett, Town Manager of Town of Malabar, stated he will make this real quick, he  
just wants to reiterate the ask that he had of them at the last Commission meeting to kind of  
direct their staff to work with the Town; he thinks they can really get this done quickly if they  
could just work together and table this motion for resolution; he understands the attempt to  
push this forward and get it done quickly so the work can get started, but he does not think that  
is going to be the fastest way for the Board; and if there is another option that can save the  
taxpayers dollars and avoid the battle, he would appreciate it if the Commissions would  
consider that.  
Chair Zonka stated Commissioner Pritchett has a question for him; and she usually does not do  
this, but he is the Town Manager so she is going to make an exception.  
Commissioner Pritchett stated she would not do it either, except he is the Town Manager, and  
she would not do this for everybody else; she would like to reinstate if he will reinstate the other  
permit, then he can go back and talk about some other options or give their ideas; if they did  
that then the County is not having to pay $40 for every tree with a new permit; she knows they  
had quit attending the meetings moving forward; but she would be open to having the meetings  
readjourn if he would reinstate the County’s permit.  
Mr. Stinnett stated let him clarify what Town Council’s intent was; what he asked them was to  
allow him to not take a look at what is in their current code with the fees for permitting  
requirements; he knows one of the issues for Mike Knight, Environmentally Endangered Lands  
(EEL) Program Manager, was possibly the cost of a tree survey; all of that is completely on the  
table, they just need to have a discussion about it; and that is what he is asking the Board for.  
Commissioner Pritchett inquired if he can just put the permit back in place then because they  
are trying to get the extension, because they got the funds, if he could just do that; she stated  
she does not know where Commissioner Tobia is on this, but it would be ready to start being  
worked on; she just feels like the County was really slapped at that time of not being able to do  
what they have been trying to do under the EELS for this; the State owns the property and they  
are just responsible paying for it; she reiterated she does not know where Commissioner Tobia  
is on this, but they have closed all of the future meetings and she would reopen them if he  
would give them back that permit, and reinstate it because he did that himself personally as a  
Manager; and if he has the authority, to do that, she thinks they would be able to go back to  
doing what they were doing.  
Mr. Stinnett stated he would say he is concerned about the precedent that sets for allowing an  
expired permit after several months to be reopened, but he is more than willing to entertain that  
if she is asking them to reopen the permit; that would be open for discussions for essentially  
the same thing that he is offering to her; but approving it as it is, he does not know that he can  
do that.  
Commissioner Pritchett asked if he can explain when he said reopen.  
Mr. Stinnett responded he would say that they could take a look at it; he stated the original  
permit was very vague and so it was signed off on, maybe not looked at as something that was  
a big deal, but there is very little information in there for him to work with; and there are a lot of  
concerns on it so if they can start talking about that, the fees they can certainly…  
Commissioner Pritchett thanked Mr. Stinnett for being brave enough to come out again, but just  
so everybody knows the County had this permit with them for over a year, the County was out  
trying to find funding, they did not have the ability to do so in the time, and it came back with  
him writing denied on it while trying to extend the permit; and that is just what they are dealing  
with right now moving forward.  
Commissioner Lober stated he is trying to be somewhat diplomatic, he does not mean this  
sarcastically or facetiously, but when he was there the last time, he thinks that they collectively,  
granted he may have said least of all, made it pretty clear that was the goal up there; he thinks  
if four or five of them would like to take the fences down, if they can just go forward with the  
work as was previously approved, but the issue is it does not sound like there was a  
conversation from what they are presenting this evening between then and now amongst either  
Town Council or between him and an individual Council member; it is just dumbfounding to him  
that they were as clear as he believes they were with respect to the request and now it is  
something where time has passed, it is a hot issue down there and here as well; he is just  
having a hard time understanding why there was not a conversation between then and now as  
to the specific request; and if he can tell him something to that end that would elucidate why  
that appears not to have taken place, he would love to hear it.  
Mr. Stinnett stated he is not completely following what they are saying.  
Commissioner Lober stated last time he was up there the Board essentially said the way to  
make it go away, if someone else took it differently let him know because his impression was  
the Board was pretty clear if he gave the County permit back, this is all moot, but between then  
and now it does not sound like he has approval from his Council to do that; so to say that he  
will take a look at it, if there was taking a look, that should have taken place it should have been  
prior to now after they requested it the last time; he means if it is inevitability that they are going  
one way or the other he would rather, just get to the end conclusion; and if he is going to do it  
great, if he is not going to do it great, but just let the Commission know.  
Mr. Stinnett stated he will put it this way, Commissioner Lober is asking him to approve a permit  
that he does not believe should have been issued to begin with.  
Commissioner Lober pointed out to at least of had the conservation amongst his Council  
members between the last time the County put that request in and now.  
Mr. Stinnett stated right, so that permit because of its insufficiency is why he asked Council to  
allow him to have negotiations with the Board’s staff on permitting requirements for a new  
permit; it is a process thing of extending a permit that he does not think should have ever been  
issued, he just cannot do that; but he is completely open to discussing and applying for a new  
permit.  
Commissioner Lober advised this does not really get them to where they need to be, that is the  
problem.  
Mr. Stinnett stated if Commissioner Lober is asking him to open up that old permit and work  
with County staff to make it sufficient, yes, he is open to that; but that has not happened from  
staff, all it was resubmitted exactly the way it was, and it is expired.  
Commissioner Lober asked if he would be amenable if they submitted a new permit application,  
that had somewhere between 10 and 20,000 trees in it to granting that, or is the number of the  
trees a non starter for him.  
Mr. Stinnett responded he thinks there is a couple of things that he wants to look at, yes, but he  
does not know if the Board has taken a look at the alternative plans that have been submitted  
into the Selection and Management Committee (SMC) meeting and he sent it to their staff as  
well; Council has fully endorsed those plans and they are intended to work within the thousand  
or so trees that were intended to be left behind; he does not think it is really a matter of how  
many trees, at least on his end it is just details of the work that is going to be accomplished,  
and he has some concerns that he would love for their staff to address; and he was not early  
enough to get that before the lines of communication got shut down.  
Commissioner Lober stated that is fair, he thinks the problem though…  
Mr. Stinnett stated that is what he is asking for.  
Commissioner Lober stated at least in part to him the problem is a lot of this and he is really not  
trying to fault him where he said he has concerns, he has just not gotten any specificity as to  
what those concerns are and there has been ample opportunity; and he thinks if they had a  
better understanding, at a minimum they would save him and the Board’s staff time in going  
roundabout with this, and he is just not hearing it.  
Mr. Stinnett stated as an example the work conditions of the site, which entrances are they  
going to be using to enter and exit the site, he needs to know that information; all that was ever  
provided to the Town was they are going to cut down whatever trees within the Management  
Plan, and that was handwritten on their application; he has got a lot of information from the  
Board and some of it was public records requests; and it was people getting information from  
staff but he just…  
Chair Zonka asked if he was gone, and who issued that permit, was it the old Manager.  
Mr. Stinnett replied affirmatively; and he stated that it was the Building Official that used to be  
under the old Managers purview, and now it has changed to under him.  
Chair Zonka stated that was the Building Official; and she asked if the Building Official does not  
have the authority to issue permits now.  
Mr. Stinnett responded not when it comes to land clearing and trees.  
Chair Zonka stated because had they started the work before the permit expired then there  
would be no, he would not be there; she asked if in his professional and personal opinion he  
believes that this qualifies under his commercial permitting the clearing, under his development  
code.  
Mr. Stinnett replied yes.  
Commissioner Lober stated if he thought that the only issue was which entrances and exits  
they would be using, he would be happy to say go ahead and make a motion that staff give him  
that type written not handwritten, and they all can go home, and everyone’s happy or at least  
content; the concern that he has is between the last time he was there and now, there has  
really been nothing that he has received in terms of that specificity and he will be honest with  
Mr. Stinnett, and he is not saying it is his doing, frankly it is probably more doing of his Council  
Members, a lot of this is coming across and it is not his District, but to him sitting over there  
where it really does not impact his constituents apart from having to pay into the EELS  
program, a lot of it is coming across as pretextual; he is not saying definitively that is the case,  
but it just seems like these minute elements are brought up and that now they are road blocked  
when they are not really the issue; and he will leave it alone but that is where he is at.  
Commissioner Pritchett expressed thanks to Mr. Stinnett for being brave enough to come up  
there, because she knows he is at the point of the fire; but she does wants to reiterate that the  
County is good to the City, correct.  
Mr. Stinnett remarked yes.  
Commissioner Pritchett stated it has always been good to him and she just wanted to make this  
clear that this is the State of Florida’s property and somehow through this EELS program the  
County got stuck with maintaining it; the County spent over $1.6 million for maintaining this, for  
the Scrub Jay’s and so for what it is required to do through the State they have to do things for  
the EELS; she is not an expert on this but the National Aeronautics and Space Administration  
(NASA) scientists came back saying the County has got to take care of these things; she thinks  
the Town should have showed up to these EEL meetings and talked to them about this being  
possible to do, because they are the experts; it is wonderful to be able to enjoy it but the  
primary purpose of this property is that Scrub Jay, that is what the primary purpose was, and  
that is why it was picked up and bought; she just wants to reiterate this before people come up  
to help make sure everybody understands this; Mr. Stinnett did not approve the permit, the  
building guy did, but Mr. Stinnett denied the permit when it came back; just for the relationship,  
he probably should have picked up the phone halfway into it and said he has got a little struggle  
with this, what can he do but instead, the County just got slapped with no; and that does not  
happen between governments because they are all working for the same purpose. She stated  
she does not think things were handled well by his Town and then honestly, with him, not that  
she would not be honest with him, but like Commissioner Lober stated they do respect the  
Commissioner of the District; Commissioner Tobia had some great points; and a Town staff  
member sent out that link, nothing bad happens, she could not help but listen and she was  
really shocked with the comments from the Town Council. She added she is struggling with  
that, trying not to make an emotional decision with this but he has got a big uphill thing to do  
because they are not building a hotel in there, they are trying to do maintenance on an EELS  
property; she is with Chair Zonka because she thinks, she was leading that way, she does not  
think it falls into the same category of some things that they are considering; that is her opinion  
and she is not on his board; but to be very honest with him, this is her struggle with this, and  
these are the hurdles that she is uncomfortable that the County is having to get through.  
Commissioner Smith stated he would like to hear what Commissioner Tobia has to say.  
Commissioner Tobia stated first of all he appreciates Mr. Stinnett for showing up again and he  
appreciates him for being honest about his personal opinion, whether it coincides with that of  
his Council or not; before actions were taken this Board spent, gave his Council a full month,  
and the reason it gave them a month is because he has some holidays coming up and they did  
not want him to have to call a special meeting; the County gave him the opportunity not to  
spend any extra resources; he showed up there, he did not say anything, the Town decided not  
to move forward; he completely, utterly, and totally respects that; that was a decision by duly  
elected individuals; the County has made a decision, too; and the State of Florida looks at  
intergovernmental conflicts, in fact, there is a whole chapter on that where a third party looks at  
this, where he has the opportunity to make his case, and the County has its opportunity to  
make its case that is all this is. He stated he wished this too, could have been handled and in  
all honesty, if Mr. Stinnett had came to the Board and said, the Town had extended the permit  
and they have some suggestions, that would have been great, but he did not; as such, the  
County is going to take, hopefully, he does not know, but he is going to make a motion unless  
something comes up otherwise to make a motion to send this to a third party to look at; this is  
not adversarial, in fact, this is conflict resolution; it is obviously not something that he would like  
to do, he wished Mr. Stinnett could of handled this sooner; he understands the concerns of  
many of the residents there, however, the Board has a responsibility to the taxpayers, and the  
same way Mr. Stinnett has a responsibility to his; and his are on both sides of this because he  
represents Malabar and he represents another hundred plus thousand people out there. He  
reiterated he does not want this to sound adversarial; this is conflict resolution and this is  
putting it with a third party; he greatly appreciates him standing up and saying, hey listen  
someone in his opinion made a mistake, however, have someone that is trained in this to make  
that determination; Mr. Stinnett will make his case, the Board will make its case, and they will  
see where the chips fall; he appreciates him being here; he does not mean ill will on anyone;  
but he just thinks it is best that they let an independent third party make the decision.  
Mr. Stinnett acknowledged Commissioner Tobia for his consideration.  
Chair Zonka asked if he has anything that he wants to add, since they kind of kept him up there  
for a bit.  
Mr. Stinnett replied no; he stated January 3 was his first day back in the office after being gone  
for over a year; he apologized for being late to the game; he thinks that has made it slow on his  
end, in terms of coming to the Board sooner; that is why he is present now; and he is doing his  
best to try and work this out with the Board.  
Commissioner Tobia stated, he has done great work; and he asked if Mr. Stinnett was serving  
the Country.  
Mr. Stinnett responded yes.  
Commissioner Tobia stated he really has a lot of respect, not only for him doing that, but for  
him not mentioning that as his excuse; and it is one of the reasons why he really thinks Malabar  
made a great decision, even though he may disagree with their opinion on this one, but he  
thinks they made a great decision when they selected Mr. Stinnett.  
Mr. Stinnett expressed his thanks.  
Andrew Thompson stated basically what he would like to address is really start off with a  
couple of misconceptions, he knows they are dealing with J.2., regarding intergovernmental  
Conflict Resolution, and as Commissioner Tobia just referenced his objective is to work for the  
constituents and for the citizens of Brevard County; he knows he has got two and one-half  
minutes to basically say a whole lot; he appreciate that and he will try to stay in time; there is  
really a conflict of balance and misinformation, because even tonight there has been  
references to a one-year permit; the permit was issued May 21, 2021, and it ran out in  
November, and it ran out in January; there has been a tremendous number of meetings on this;  
if the Board looked at the research done by a whole lot of folks behind him and other folks not  
in this room, the information that Board looks at they will find that there is no word J-A-Y in the  
lease; the properties were purchased in 1993-1994; the Malabar Scrub, the referendum  
occurred in 2004, the referendum that they were talking about is what the voters thought they  
asked for when they okayed voting on the $60 million bond referendum, it is not coming up until  
2024 for renewal; those were the original thoughts that the voters thought they read on the  
ballot for passive recreation, protection of habitat, environmental education, essentially  
protection of what they thought were the forests, and what they counted as being  
environmentally endangered lands; and they are basically talking about 28 years having gone  
by since the purchases. He added the EEL program has had the property for 28 years and  
now they are in an emergency situation to try to get Scrub-Jays back there; in that 28 years  
what happened was a lot of vegetation growth, tree growth, and trails went in; Malabar is a trail  
Town in this County; they have got another one in Titusville; it has to do with ecotourism; it has  
to do with people enjoying the outdoors, they have a plan submitted to the Board, if the Board  
chooses not to read it, that is up to Board, but the plan was very carefully discerned; they went  
to the meetings as referenced and the signs went up to right before Thanksgiving; there was  
not a lot of talk, it is not like they were invited to a bunch of meetings about this was going  
down, and they did not know about it until it was almost too late; the Board has the plan in front  
of them, it is reasonable, it saves the trees on the periphera, they are not trying to save the  
trees in the middle; and still it goes down to two trees per acre, 1,000 trees, and the targeted  
500 acres of 577.  
Murray Hann stated he is on the Trails and Greenways Committee, the Bicycle Pedestrian  
Trails Advisory Committee, the EELS Recreation Education Advisory Committee, and the  
Board of Directors for the Brevard Mountain Bike Association (BMBA); he does not think they  
need to bypass the intergovernmental dispute process and he does not think they need to do  
the intergovernmental dispute process; he wants to aim this directly at Commissioner Tobia, as  
an engineer, they have tried to study and learn the rules and it is believed that they have  
Population Viability Analysis (PVA) and they are not quarreling with the science that was done  
by Cape Canaveral; what they are looking for is 70 percent strong habitat; when the definition is  
read at Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) of habitat, it allows for  
certain things, they believe that they have come up with a modification to the plan that allows  
them to keep some of these heritage trees near the periphery of the trail, and allows them to  
keep a few trees that are in a wetland next to Country Cove that the EELS fire break goes  
inboard of that because it is too wet to have a fire break there; and they are 100 percent good  
with preserving the Scrub-Jay and they believe that this compromise is 100 percent compliant  
and stronger than what the PVA requires. He advised they do not blame the EEL program for  
trying to go for everything they could do given the situation they see they are in, but they  
believe these small modifications are worth exploring; speaking to Commissioner Lober,  
Malabar’s error was issuing a bush-hogging permit for what was going to be removal of 20,000  
trees; there is no access to Malabar west except on Malabar’s right-of-way, and if Malabar  
Road is damaged in a logging operation they are going to come after Malabar, not the private  
contractor; Mr. Stinnett needs to know who is controlling the ingress and egress on his  
right-of-way onto Malabar Road; for instance that is not in the contract, what the contract says  
from the State of Florida to Badaka Lumber is that this property is completely turned over to the  
Board, Badaka Lumber for the duration, Malabar does not have access to their own  
right-of-way, and it says fix the road if they damage the right-of-way; it does not say anything  
about Malabar Road, it does not say anything about Brook Hollow which the other end exits  
onto, they need to know things like this, and those are some of Mr. Stinnett’s concerns; and  
they really believe they have a great compromise and the Board has done a great job this  
evening, and they are just looking for that same level of consideration.  
Glenn Dunnam, President of the Brevard Mountain Bike Association, stated he would like to  
see this tabled tonight, he thinks that they can work this out in better means, less cost, and  
faster; he is there to speak on behalf of all trail users within Brevard County; he asked for a  
show of hands of everyone in this room that is there to support a compromise between Malabar  
Trail users, EELS, Town of Malabar, and Brevard County Council; those people behind him  
represent a small percentage of people that seek a better solution to the EELS plan for  
restoration; they have no desire to fight with their land managers and as a club are dedicated to  
doing good things; Malabar has put forth some reasonable modifications to the EELS plan that  
should be considered as they will meet or exceed their goals; and he is asking for them to work  
together.  
Jason Strobel, Vice President of Brevard Mountain Bike Association, stated he is a husband, a  
father to two little girls, a senior scientist, and a senior engineer that uses his free time to  
maintain community access parks, and building community accessible trails; he is there to  
represent the thousands of users, not just mountain bikers that use Malabar Scrub Sanctuary  
for passive recreation; the trail users he is representing are concerned their trails are being  
destroyed, 10 to 20,000 trees that will be removed along the property affecting not just shade,  
but they also render their type of recreation unavailable on County property at all; according to  
the County’s website the EELS Program Management Plan, the County manages 117 parks,  
21 sanctuaries, with Malabar Scrub Sanctuary being one of four sanctuaries in the County  
supporting the highest level of passive recreation identified in the plan; to have broad public  
access for the development and management of education centers; of these parks and  
sanctuaries only one, Malabar Scrub Sanctuary provides the type of land necessary to engage  
in the type of passive recreation that the public does on the property today; there are also three  
categories of sanctuaries, category three is the primary conservation research; and for the  
record there is similar recreation at Wickham Park, but it is different. He pointed out that just  
because Scrub is in the name of the sanctuary that does not mean that the sanctuary was for  
only optimal habitat for the Scrub-Jay, it represents Scrub habitat; if Micco Scrub Sanctuary is  
looked at they will see a small portion as habitable by the Scrub-Jay; the work being done at  
Malabar Scrub Sanctuary is going to help save the Scrub-Jay population of South Brevard,  
there are other populations of Brevard County that will not go extinct with continued  
management; according to the PVA which this is what the actual research has done to save the  
Scrub-Jay from extinction, if the habitat is improved to 70 percent strong, and supplementation  
of a minimum of eight percent occurs it prevents extinction of the Scrub-Jay population of  
South Brevard; the plan they have before them is one-sided and overreaching; and EELS plan  
of action is to transform the habitat into optimal Scrub-Jay habitat and not just the 70 percent  
strong as the PVA suggests. He added up until now the EELS program has not considered  
passive recreation within their plans at Malabar Scrub Sanctuary and the SMC is clear of this;  
in closing, he is coming today to request that all stakeholders become involved in a restoration  
plan at Malabar Scrub, they desire a more balanced plan for the Scrub-Jay, of South Brevard  
and considers the unique recreation at Malabar Scrub Sanctuary; it may seem urgent to do this  
work before March, but according to the PVA the Scrub-Jay population of South Brevard  
declines to extinction in 40 to 70 years and with some similar management occurring, there is  
an urgency, but there is not an emergency; and they surely can take just a few months to come  
up with a balanced plan that works within the requirements of the PVA’s findings to save the  
Scrub-Jay of South Brevard and considers the unique passive recreation that goes on at this  
category one Sanctuary.  
Mark Britt stated there is nothing more that he could add except for his personal point of view  
on some of these; his property backs up to the Sanctuary, so he has a real personal interest to  
all this; this has been educational tonight and the Board has a tremendous job to do with some  
of the issues it faces, wow, he means God bless them and may God guide them with all that it  
has to do; the Board talked to Mr. Stinnett about approving this permit and then they will take  
down the gates; and he thinks the Board has got it backwards by showing a good faith effort by  
taking those gates down tomorrow, and show that to the people. He apologized because this is  
a very emotional thing for him; he stated at the last meeting he gave a little presentation,  
maybe he rambled on because his wife says he does, but he left that meeting and drove back  
to the sanctuary and that gate was up already; he does not know how fast they can work that  
way but it was already a done process before the approval was done; and he thinks the idea of  
putting up those gates was to incite people, to get under their skin, it worked, and look at these  
people. He mentioned there is a beautiful lake there, it would really shows a good faith by both  
the Town of Malabar and the Commission to do this for the people, by putting some chairs out  
there and some benches, it is a wonderful place; there are a lot of people and this is probably  
one of the most beautiful parts of Brevard County, do this for people; put benches throughout  
and they could still do whatever they have to do, as far as Scrub-Jays; he would love to sit on  
the bench; he heard stories about Scrub-Jays approaching people, taking peanuts out of their  
hands; that is incredible and they have got to save these little critters but they do not have to  
destroy what is beauty now, what is just a fantastic place; and he thinks they have to work this  
out, he does not know anything about intergovernmental conflict, he does know from his prior  
career if they give it to the worker bees and let them work it out with Mr. Hann, Mr. Thompson,  
and the SMC, it will work out.  
Jenniffer Hubbard stated she and her husband moved to Malabar in large part because of the  
beautiful sanctuaries and nature trails that are within minutes of their front door; the County’s  
decision to block public access to the Malabar Scrub Sanctuary has deeply impacted them and  
their Brevard County community; she understands that the Sanctuary will need to be closed  
when the County reapplies for and receives their permit to proceed with the EEL program  
plans, but she strongly disagrees with the County’s decision to block access only because the  
Town of Malabar would not reinstate the original permit, that the County allowed to expire over  
two months ago; having personally pulled hundreds if not thousands of permits herself, she  
knows that the Town of Malabar followed and enforced rules and regulations with the County  
just as they would have with any other business or resident who had allowed the permit to  
expire; it appears that the Sanctuary is being held hostage by the County, yes there are other  
trails that they can seek refuge in, but this Sanctuary is part of an entire trail system; this  
Sanctuary allows one of her neighbors to safely ride her bike to visit her grandkids almost every  
single day and her grandkids take these trails to visit their grandparents on a weekly basis; and  
right now they cannot safely do that and there is absolutely no valid reason for it, there are  
countless stories like this. She stated according to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention  
(CDC) most recent data from 2019, 47,511 people died by suicide, and making it the tenth  
leading cause of death in the United States; she mentioned this Sanctuary is not just about  
riding bikes or walking, this sanctuary is a literal haven where healthcare workers, engineers,  
people from all professions and walks of life, the elderly, and children can get away from the  
stress, pain, and noise of their lives; this place is where people can unwind, decompress, and  
find peace and solace in nature; and arbitrarily blocking their access to the Sanctuary has  
taken an emotional, mental, and physical toll on so many of them. She added she has a  
petition with her signed by at least 199 residents who are opposed to the fences installed on  
January 25; 199 may not seem like a big number to the Board, but these are 199 human  
beings whose lives are impacted by the County’s decision; she asked the Board to take a  
moment to imagine these people standing before them along with 1,549 people who signed the  
Change.Org petition, who are also concerned about the proposed EEL plans; this is not just  
about protecting the Scrub-Jay this is also about the lives who are impacted by the Board’s  
actions and decisions; they wants the County and the Town of Malabar to work together, to  
come to a sensible alternative that meets EEL Programs science and preserves one of  
Brevard’s greatly valued natural treasures; and she asked the Commission to consider  
removing fences until they have a legitimate reason for their presence so that Brevard County’s  
mission, vision, and core values are also upheld.  
Barbara Cameron stated she is the widow of Richard Cameron and the Town of Malabar has a  
100-acre track called Cameron Preserve and it is owned by the Town of Malabar, it is not  
owned by the State; after Mr. Cameron passed away it took her a couple of years to go back to  
the Trails and Greenway in Malabar and she has been totally impressed at the time, the effort,  
and the responsibilities that Mr. Hann and Mr. Thompson are doing for the Trails and  
Greenway; she asked the Commission to look at what they have presented to them because it  
is an alternative, it is not cut and dry; Mr. Cameron and she worked with the EELS Program  
right from the get-go, they started the trailhead on Marie Street in the year 2000, and they  
worked hard and they created the icon in Brevard County, with volunteers and all of Mr.  
Cameron’s equipment and everything with no money from the Town or the County, and they  
did this because they love Malabar; and they want to be part of the program and they want the  
Board to just give the consideration of the program, the alternative that Mr. Thompson and Mr.  
Hann have presented to Board.  
Commissioner Lober stated just a couple of things and with this Change.Org petition, he just  
pulled it up sitting there; there is a photo that has got nice black and white mug shots of all of  
them up there; it says Brevard County Commissioners want to destroy the Sanctuary and are  
unwilling to compromise; and they closed the Sanctuary because the citizens of Malabar refuse  
and there are bunch of all caps, to let them destroy the trees.  
Chair Zonka stated wow.  
Commissioner Lober stated that is the petition that was signed and the current count was 1,500  
and some; granted he has no idea if any of them are in Singapore or maybe in Finland, or  
wherever, but if the people want him to support anything they are not going to get him to vote  
the other way right now by speaking over him; he shut up the whole time they all were up there;  
and he thinks he has a right to speak.  
Chair Zonka stated that is enough out burst from the audience.  
Commissioner Lober stated he had a compromise that he was going propose, but he will just  
shut up.  
Chair Zonka stated all right, okay, they are not going to go back and forth, and she has to  
maintain order.  
Commissioner Smith reiterated what the Chair has said, if they want the Board to respect them  
they have to respect the Board; if they do not want to respect them, they can leave right now; if  
they do not want to leave willingly, that is why they have police officers there; okay, so having  
said that, he has mixed feelings with regard to this issue, they are not going to get anywhere  
making demands, and the Board is not going to get anywhere making demands, it is pointless  
and it is like a hissing contest; he thinks they are really kind of at an impasse here; and he  
would like to suggest that they give the County and Mr. Stinnett 30 days to come up with a  
compromise that the Town Council and the Commission can approve, if that does not work  
then he would support an intergovernmental conflict resolution because the Board is done, and  
they are done. He stated they say there is a compromise that works, he is willing to hear it,  
and the Board is not going to hear it if they dig their heels in; and they are not going to hear the  
Board if they dig their heels in, he means it goes both ways. He added he is really kind of an  
innocent bystander because he has seen errors made on both sides; they can point fingers at  
the Board because it has done some dumb things and the Board can point fingers at them  
because they have done some dumb things; there is nobody that is blameless here; he  
suggested to his fellow Commissioners and the Town that they all take a breath; give them until  
the first or second meeting, or whatever is decided for all to say their peace, and then there is  
an answer or not, and then they go to conflict resolution because he is ready to be done with  
this; it has gone on too long and they are at an impasse; and that is his suggestion.  
Commissioner Tobia stated he misspoke that the third party is not the conflict resolution, the  
mediator would be a judge, still an impartial elected individual; the Board has given Malabar 30  
days, it has done far more than that; they quite frankly, treated Board’s staff absolutely  
horrifically; and it may not be some of the individuals present but they heard the recording.  
Commissioner Smith stated they are past that.  
Commissioner Lober remarked Commissioner Tobia has a standing second for whatever he  
wants.  
Commissioner Tobia stated the 30 days are up, they voted as a Board to give Malabar an  
additional 30 days to come back with a permit that they had already agreed upon; they are  
seeing a bunch of aggravated citizens; he wonders if they were as aggravated with the Town  
when they approved the permit the first time; he does not know, he went to one meeting, and  
the anger seemed as though it was pointed at the Commission; Facebook does that and the  
Town’s Council may have done that; he really appreciates them participating, but he is just not  
intimidated by emails or petitions because the science is on the County’s side, not his science,  
he is in political science or social science, not in the hard science; and he could go over the  
numerous State and Federal agencies that has looked at the EELS Organization. He added  
had the Town sat down with the EELS folks, their Advisory Board, and looked at this it might  
have been a viable solution; however, the issue is they have got a nesting season coming up  
and they have got a bird population that is not doing very well; this is not something that they  
can sit on their hands and wait; what this resolution does it just hands it over, like he mentioned  
for the second time, to a third party being a judge; and he will tell, they can make their case.  
He suggested not calling the judge any names; he loves the passion, he loves the fire, and he  
just disagrees; he is looking at the EELS Land Acquisition manual that is as old as EELS and it  
says all Sanctuary activities will consider resource protection as the primary goal with public  
access and passive recreation as an important secondary consideration; his understanding of  
this project is the trails will be there, they are not altering any of the trails other than taking  
down some trees, 10 to 20,000 that are going to benefit a threatened species; there was one  
gentleman that spoke who he greatly respects and said, he lives up against it and it will impact  
him; he absolutely agrees; and he wished everyone would have said he or she loves mountain  
biking, but does not give a damn about birds, because he can respect that, he may disagree  
with it, but he absolutely respects that. He mentioned what he did not hear was any science  
and the abject lack of science; there were many opportunities with the EELS Advisory  
Committees to come up, present the science, listen to the experts that were up there, have the  
opinions aired out, but they are past that point; the more they wait, unfortunately the more the  
Scrub Jay population decreases; and he is going to make a motion to accept the resolution  
declaring the significant legal rights will be impaired if Brevard County is required to complete  
the intergovernmental conflict resolution procedures with the Town of Malabar prior to a court  
proceeding.  
Commissioner Pritchett stated she listened to Mike Knight, EEL Program Manager, at the  
meeting; she thought he did a very good job; and she inquired why the Board purchased this  
property for the State of Florida and what is the primary purpose of this property.  
Mr. McKnight responded Scrub Jay habitat protection.  
Commissioner Pritchett stated the people have to understand, this is not the Board against the  
Town, the Board is not really trying to take the Town on, but it was given the responsibility to  
carry out the mission; she is not an expert on these things; they have an EELS board and they  
had the science come in with the studies and they came back and said look they have let these  
trees grow, the Scrub Jays are getting eaten by the hawks, they have to get the trees down,  
they should of had fires, NASA Scientists can be asked about that, but these are the things that  
have to be done; what should have happened is probably the Town should have said is there a  
way to save a couple of these trees; this recreation is not going away, they are not going to do  
a thing to mess with that, but this is not what they were told by the EELS board, which  
everybody keeps referencing to and this is recommendations from the scientists coming in; and  
that is the part the people have to go take up their argument with because this is the data that  
the Board is getting. She added it is the Board’s responsibility to the State of Florida to make  
sure this is a Scrub Jay habitat and then other things can be done to enjoy it; but this is what  
they have to do as a Commission, it is their job, and with NASA coming along with this  
information and Mr. McKnight, they are not trying to do anything that is trying to harm anybody.  
She stated she had a little bit of heartburn from putting up the fence to stop the bikes but they  
needed to find a way to move forward, because this is a very endangered species and this is  
their job to try to take care of this; if the Town will reinstate this permit, they can start working  
towards whatever it is they are working towards; they can go meet with the County, they can  
meet with the EELS board, and see if those other ideas can be changed or implemented; they  
have to understand that the County did have this permit and by having this permit the County  
went out and ascertained funds to be able to do this; they have already spent $1.6 million on  
this property; it is State property, it is belongs to the State of Florida which the County got stuck  
with the bill, with maintaining it for this purpose; that is what is being dealt with and the County  
is not trying to do anything with anybody; but this is what the Board has the legal responsibility  
to do. She recommended to get a hold of the County and to talk to the EELS board and ask if  
those other ideas are possible; the people need to go listen to what happened with the Town of  
Malabar’s Council, she listened in on that, and the comments were to stick it to the County for  
everything they can get; Commissioner Tobia, played that tape, she listened to it, and she is  
like man these people are not wanting to work with anything; the County has a dire situation  
here and they are not going to help them with any of it; Mr. Stinnett has been wonderful for  
showing up about this; but this is a very difficult situation and the County really does need to  
make a statement that this is a very important situation that they need to work through. She  
recommended that they reach out to County staff, talk to them about the ideas, the EELS board  
may have something else that still can be worked with this, the County’s purpose there is it  
must be responsible to the Scrub Jays on this property and go with the information given with  
the scientists; she knows it is passionate and she knows they have a lot of strong opinions; and  
she really thinks it is wonderful that they have all that going in their heart for what they want to  
do and she appreciates it, but the Board has to do this on this side, and she just wanted to tell  
people.  
Chair Zonka stated Mr. Knight has been awfully quiet, she is going to ask him to speak a little  
about this, as far as the new plan that was presented by some individuals; and how long would  
it take to go through a plan like that to see if it is even a viable one.  
Mr. Knight responded they already have a draft response that it is just about ready for review.  
Chair Zonka asked if he can give some insight to the Board; she stated just because they are  
voting on this issue now, they probably need to have at least his thoughts on it.  
Mr. Knight replied the Selection Management Committee felt that two scenarios in that plan  
which involved the relocation of trails had merit, so that is what staff focused on; and staff is  
prepared in that draft to make some recommendations for the record, for the relocation of trails  
essentially about a mile of trail into shaded areas so it would not leave the Scrub and go into  
the shaded area.  
Chair Zonka remarked it would move the trail as opposed to changing the plan for the tree  
removal.  
Mr. Knight stated correct.  
Chair Zonka stated okay, so that would not change the plan that they have in place now.  
Mr. Knight stated correct.  
Chair Zonka stated that is her biggest concern, if they start modifying the plan; it is not a matter  
of counting trees per acre because it is a much more systemic plant, it is really not just a  
numbers game as much as it is a solid scientific plan; again, they go back to the meeting, she  
is over it because she knows politicians get impassioned but the Manager says that if the  
County will work with them on the permit, they will consider the permit, but what that sounds  
like to her and it is, again not coming from the Manager, as if the County does not agree to  
what this Council wants they are not going to issue the permit or they are going to make it as  
difficult, painful, and as expensive as possible to the County, she thinks is what words were  
used by their Council, and she cannot remember if those were the exact words; at least they  
know the intent of the Council, it may not be the intent of the Manager, obviously it makes his  
life a lot easier if they can cooperate; but she does not have a feeling that the Council is as  
eager to work with Board as it may be with them. She reiterated she wants to move forward  
with the project, she thinks the County is doing a disservice, not just to the property but to the  
plan, the plan that has been in place all along and no recreation is being denied; she knows  
everyone likes trees and the view and the shade is being denied; the fences are there now  
because they have to move forward, it is the Town of Malabar that will not issue the permit that  
they should issue; she is going to support the motion as it stands; she is encouraging Mr.  
Knight to continue to work with the Town of Malabar as much as possible, with their manager  
as much as possible, without a modification of the current plan; again, if he starts moving trails,  
she thinks they are going to have another room full of people because they may not like where  
they move the trails, and she thinks they are going to need 40 community meetings and some  
more butt kicking by the Council probably before he will get them to agree to a trail that  
everyone’s happy with; and if they want to move forward with that she would support that, as  
long as the plan for the Scrub Jay does not change. She inquired if there is any further  
discussion.  
Commissioner Smith asked if that is what the Board is voting on.  
Chair Zonka responded, what is that.  
Commissioner Smith stated what Chair Zonka just said, that he is charged with working with  
them.  
Chair Zonka stated no; she explained the plan for the Scrub Jay’s has not changed, Mr. Knight  
is going to have to bring that back anyway correct, if they start moving trails around and that  
sort of thing, and that has to go through the EELS board.  
Mr. Knight stated that is correct.  
Commissioner Lober stated Commissioner Smith, it is just the Agenda Item which has been  
moved and seconded.  
Chair Zonka stated just to go to mediation.  
Commissioner Tobia stated no.  
Chair Zonka stated or just to go to...  
Commissioner Smith stated no, he does not wants to mediate.  
Chair Zonka indicated but Commissioner Tobia wants to go to the judge.  
Commissioner Tobia stated yes, as an impartial third party.  
Chair Zonka stated to bypass the mediation.  
Commissioner Tobia stated correct; he misspoke the first time; but it is still the premise there, a  
third party, their argument made, and the Board’s argument made...  
Chair Zonka stated and everybody gets a chance to present their case.  
Commissioner Tobia stated absolutely correct.  
Abigail Jorandby, County Attorney, stated just for clarification it is to bypass the Chapter 164  
procedures, so they would be able to go file in litigation in court, as well as this particular  
motion; and under State Law this resolution would require three fourths majority vote, just for  
reference.  
Commissioner Smith stated to Ms. Jorandby so what she is suggesting him is at odds with  
what…  
Chair Zonka remarked no, it is not, not at all.  
Commissioner Smith stated okay.  
Chair Zonka stated this is just saying that she is okay at least with him, personally.  
Commissioner Smith stated he can tell the Board that he will be voting nay, because he thinks  
that their fastest and quickest way forward is to let Mr. Knight work with these folks, and come  
up with something within the next 30 days.  
Commissioner Pritchett stated to Commissioner Smith that she just talked to Attorney Jorandby  
over here and she said, if the Board approves this there is still that amount of time for that to  
happen, and that way they can go ahead; and if that cannot get worked out the Board is still  
able to move forward.  
Commissioner Smith stated he is okay with that.  
Chair Zonka asked if this will take 30 days before it even sees a judge.  
Commissioner Lober replied at least.  
Chair Zonka stated especially now with COVID.  
The Board adopted Resolution No. 22 012, declaring that significant legal rights will be  
impaired if Brevard County is required to complete the intergovernmental conflict resolution  
procedures with the Town of Malabar, prior to court proceedings, and directing staff to initiate  
litigation, as appropriate, to resolve the County’s conflict with the Town of Malabar.  
Result: APPROVED  
Mover: John Tobia  
Seconder: Bryan Lober  
Ayes: Pritchett, Lober, Tobia, Smith, and Zonka  
J.3. Request for Special Meeting for an Executive Session: Paul Bross, as successor  
in interest to (Eric and Amanda Obloy, Bambino Land Trust dated 6-19-19) v.  
Brevard County, Florida, Case Number 05-2019-CA-035542-XXXX-XX.  
The Board approved the cost of advertising for, and the scheduling of, an Executive Session on  
March 8, 2022, at 4:00 p.m., pursuant to Section 286.011(8), Florida Statute, for the purpose of  
discussing litigation strategy and settlement negotiations in the case of Paul Bross, as  
successor in interest to (Eric and Amanda Obloy, Bambino Land Trust dated June 19, 2019) v.  
Brevard County.  
Result: APPROVED  
Mover: Bryan Lober  
Seconder: John Tobia  
Ayes: Pritchett, Lober, Tobia, Smith, and Zonka  
Abigail Jorandby, County Attorney responded yes, there is a date; and they are going to have  
this special meeting on March 8, at 4:00 P.M., before the 5:00 P.M. Board Meeting.  
Chair Zonka inquired if the Board needs that as part of the motion, or no.  
Attorney Jorandby replied it is a motion to approve the request to have the executive session;  
and she stated they will advertise the executive session.  
J.4. Advisory Board Review  
Commissioner Tobia stated first of all before he gets into this, he would like to point out there  
will be no motions for this, he is just providing some homework for their next meeting; the  
Board scheduled and canceled a May 16, 2019, meeting which was set to review Advisory  
Boards; during the last Commission meeting the topic of Advisory Boards came up under a  
different context, this was looking at term limits, but based on comments made it seemed that  
the Board was still interested in potentially reviewing a list of the County Advisory Boards to  
determine if any could be consolidated or altogether eliminated; for reference at this point the  
County has 69 Advisory Boards with more than 40 of those 69 not mandated by State Law; the  
County expends more than $500,000 in operational costs for these boards which certainly is  
not a small amount; he wants the Board to thinks as it does its homework, if they do not  
recognize the name of the board, who is on it, and they have not advised the Board, which is  
their primary purpose, it may be time to look at either consolidating or doing away with it; and  
his office, along with staff has compiled a spreadsheet to organize the information when  
considering the issue. He stated the first spreadsheet he provided is a master list broken up  
into categories; it is the red one, if they look at that it is the first section of that one through 21  
are the mandatory lists, and why they are mandatory whether it is State Statute, Interlocal  
Agreement, or voter referendum; on top of that are meetings and the annual cost; the point to  
this is these are untouchable and even if through potentially a 5:0 vote, they would have trouble  
doing away with any of them; and the second group he provided is the non mandatory this is  
number 22 through 25. He added the Board is required to receive substantial funding; the  
annual cost is $13 or $14,000 but looking at the numbers they bring in $5 or $6 million; he  
believes Commissioner Smith said Return on Investment (ROI); and there is no better ROI than  
22 through 25. He added now they will get into the ones that the Board may want to look at,  
these are the non mandatory boards; what he did is he broke up the non mandatory boards into  
three parts, a group of them would be 26 through 51, and those are ones that need further  
consideration; however, it was easy to separate 52 through 55 and 56 through 69; these were  
the non mandatory Parks and Recreation boards of which there are four, and the non  
mandatory Library boards of which looks like there are 13 or 14 of them; what he has done is a  
little bit of work on the non mandatory Parks and Recreation, as well as the Library boards; but  
before he gets there, he does not want to beat a dead horse dead, but on the second provided  
handout, there is a purple one, and it says non mandatory boards that he has tried to eliminate  
each one of these six boards to no avail. He understands that the Board believes contrary to  
him that these are necessary and he respects the opinion of the Board; he certainly does not  
want anyone to show up and advocate why their board is important, if it is not going to be  
brought up; the Board has his word that he would not support bringing up the elimination of the  
Economic Development Commission of Florida’s Space Coast, Environmentally Endangered  
Land Program, Merritt Island Redevelopment Agency, North Brevard Economic Development  
Zone, North Merritt Island Dependent Special District Board, and Port St. John Dependent  
District Advisory Board; it is important that he list those, because he has tried to get rid of those  
before, and he is not going to try to sneak one past the goalie on there and that is why he put  
them there separately; what he would like to talk about at the next meeting, but he wanted to  
give everyone the opportunity and with the information that his office as well as staff compiled  
was first with the Parks and Recreation; if the Board looks at that, there are four boards that  
very easily could be consolidated into one board; and he has the number of meetings there, the  
number of vacancies, and who appoints or who comprises each one of those boards. He  
mentioned the one that is slightly more fun and certainly would have a larger impact is the  
Library Boards, again of which there are 14; he is not going to go over the unique nature of  
some of these boards, but he will point out some very low hanging fruit; as the Board can see,  
some of these libraries are city libraries composed of fully city appointed individuals, and yet  
the Board is somehow charged with having a cost as of 2018, of either being at those  
meetings, recording those meetings, though, again they have no appointees, and they have  
really very little jurisdiction over what is done there; this expense would probably be better  
handled by the city; if the Board looks there, it does not even know the number of vacancies  
because this is all kept by the city; how these were formed is located on the spreadsheet, as  
well as the annual cost; his suggestion and he will certainly go into detail, is how they not  
eliminate, but turn over some of these to the cities, as well as how they consolidate some of  
these others into a larger Library board; some of these are very unique; they have a Merritt  
Island one which has gubernatorial appointments, so there is nothing they can do about any of  
that stuff; however, there are quite a few that they can do, that would allow staff to focus more  
on their core functions; and he will be making some recommendations, even though he thinks it  
is pretty darn clear the direction of which he is going dealing with the non mandatory Parks and  
Recreation boards, as well as the non mandatory Library boards, he certainly has more  
research to do, and he encourages everyone to do the same. He advised his suggestions are  
listed below and he looks forward to bringing that up at the next meeting; this is a lot of  
information; he wants to acknowledge staff in his office for compiling that and he thinks it would  
be completely unfair for him to present this to the Board, and then ask them to make a  
decision; if at some point they need extra time for this, absolutely, he is more than willing to do  
this; he hopes this begins the conversations so they can move on to the list of other non  
mandatory boards of which that is 26 through 51; and he thanked Chair Zonka for providing  
him with the time and he looks forward to everyone’s feedback at the next meeting.  
Commissioner Lober stated looking at the list that Commissioner Tobia provided, he thinks they  
may have some low hanging fruit that may be easier for them to address moving forward,  
where he is looking in particular are those boards, in which they have had no meetings during  
the entire calendar year, yet they have a cost; if they have not had any meetings and they have  
a cost with the exception of those that are associated with grant funding like the Community  
Action Board or the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Advisory board where they  
have gotten a seven digit number from each of them individually in a higher number  
collectively, he would not mind looking at whether or not they are really needed; he does know  
that they may have some special situations with some of them, for instance they have a  
committee or a board that deals with hospital bonding and if the hospitals do not request or  
seek to issue bonds, they may not meet at all for a particular year, yet they may meet 10 times  
if there is a hospital expansion, as they may well have in his District in the very near future; and  
he has no problem at least in concept at combining some of these Parks and Recreation  
boards if there really would be a significant cost savings, but he would ask if Mary Ellen  
Donner, Parks and Recreation Director, and staff can take a look just to see if combining them  
would really result in a huge savings; if it would, the only thing he would ask is that they try to  
be mindful of having a central area for them to meet, and he is not saying it has to be his  
District but if they are coming from Mims and coming from Malabar, as may be the case, he  
does not know that they should be meeting in either extreme portion of the County because it is  
going to put someone on the road for hours to get there; whether it is Viera, Merritt Island, or  
Cocoa something in the center of the County just makes sense; but he has no problem doing  
this and he thinks for future purposes, he would just like some clarity from Commissioner Tobia  
if he would like them to individually add items to particular boards that they think may be done  
away with, or if his intention is to bring forth something in aggregate that lists a number of  
boards in the future because he is happy to go through this to whatever extent he would like  
him to go through it, he just does not wants to be repeating work that Commissioner Tobia is  
doing on his own.  
Commissioner Tobia stated the issue with the special meeting that they are going to have, they  
had an Agenda, they did not really have an outline of which boards, and everyone had a  
different idea, is why he thought if they all were working off a master list, that Countywide staff  
helped a great deal with; if there are errors, he will take responsibility for those; but he thought  
it would be easier to take single bites at the apple and that is why he focused in on Libraries  
and Parks and Recreation, because there was so many of them and a few of them certainly did  
not make a whole hell of a lot of sense to him; with that being said, the parameters that are set  
forth, he is in agreeance with; he thought he would start with two categories, work those two  
categories, and then open it up; and there certainly are long meetings and he did not want to  
create hours and hours of work, so if they spent 30 minutes or 45 minutes on this for the next  
few meetings, he would be very happy with that.  
Commissioner Lober stated if it saves them $10,000 to combine the Parks and Recreation  
boards, he is happy to do it, and he will just put that out there.  
Commissioner Pritchett mentioned to Commissioner Tobia she really likes this; what she thinks  
would be kind of neat to do as they come back next time, they go through these, and make a  
decision on whether to keep them or maybe knock them down; she is thinking some of these  
boards that meet 12 times a year, is have them start meeting every other month; that might be  
a good idea as well; they have the North Brevard Parks and Recreation, they would meet 10  
times a year; she had a talk with the people who run that, by saying she thinks it is a little  
much, why not knock it down to four or five times, and they thought it would be fine; she thinks  
as far as the parks, she does not know how Cocoa would be with that, and North Brevard has  
got a lot of parks; she thinks just from the Board discussing this she would like to cut theirs in  
half; and that might be another thing to do, is go through these and cut some of them in half.  
She stated Commissioner Tobia is right on a couple of these, she does not know what they are;  
she has to go do a little more homework as well; and she remembers one time they had a  
budget meeting and they went through every line and voted on them, so maybe they can be  
ready to do that, maybe they can get rid of some, and then cut back some expenses on others.  
She thanked Commissioner Tobia for bringing a good product and she certainly appreciates it.  
Commissioner Smith stated while they are looking at these maybe they could look at some of  
these Parks with the idea that they could get some of the cities to take them over, that would  
streamline some things.  
Commissioner Tobia stated all right.  
Commissioner Lober stated it also frees up some money in the Municipal Service Taxing Unit  
(MSTU) to actually make the parks that are left over, that much better.  
Commissioner Pritchett stated just as far as the ones that she has are the City of Titusville,  
they pay the County to maintain them so there is some income with that, and she actually ran a  
delta on it and they are pretty close to it; so some of that they have full responsibility to is a very  
good idea; but she actually looked at the one Commissioner Tobia brought that up a few years  
ago.  
Commissioner Tobia stated he is willing to bring it up again, certainly anytime anyone wants to  
discuss turning parks over to cities, he is always willing to do so.  
Commissioner Pritchett stated maybe they got some.  
The Board discussed Advisory Board Review by combining or eliminating excess Advisory  
boards, but took no action.  
J.5. County Employee Fee Discount  
Commissioner Tobia stated it is common for private as well as public organizations to discount  
employees and their immediate family for services; this came to his attention due to his  
daughter who recently began attending Valencia College, receiving a family discount because  
of his position as a Professor; she gets six credits per term he found out with three terms per  
year, that is 18 credits at the current rate that is about $1,800 a year; his suggestion is the  
County may want to look at providing discounted rates for its employees while setting  
appropriate limits and parameters; examples of applicable areas may include, but certainly are  
not limited to, pavilion rentals, campsites, youth activities, and County Recreational Programs;  
to be very clear any discount would exclude fines, he thinks that County employees who do not  
follow rules are probably worse than regular offenders; he also wants to be very clear this  
would not be available to Commissioners; and he made a motion to direct staff to issue a report  
on implementing a reasonable employee discount plan that excludes Commissioners, has  
necessary parameters and lays out financial impacts on March 8, but if later that would be  
great.  
Chair Zonka asked if he is just bringing a report back to the Board.  
Commissioner Tobia responded absolutely.  
The Board directed staff to issue a report in March, or shortly thereafter on implementing a  
reasonable employee discount plan that excludes Commissioners, has necessary parameters,  
and lays out financial impacts.  
Result: APPROVED  
Mover: John Tobia  
Seconder: Curt Smith  
Ayes: Lober, Tobia, Smith, and Zonka  
Nay: Pritchett  
K.  
PUBLIC COMMENTS  
Commissioner Lober stated he has been dying to see what the Zonta Club is going to present  
on, they have been sitting there so patiently.  
Suzanne Taylor stated she is a member of the Zonta Club of Melbourne, which is a local  
chapter of an International Organization that is been around for more than 100 years, it started  
in Buffalo, New York; their intention is to empower women; they are there today mostly to talk  
about the Equal Rights Amendment or hearing anything about the Equal Rights Amendment  
when they came in today; she thinks, her compatriots present agree, and the Zonta Club  
agrees that they do not do enough talking about issues; they do a lot of arguing with each other  
and a lot of yelling and pointing fingers, they do not do enough talking; they are doing their best  
to get people talking about this issue; she cannot tell how many people had said to her what is  
she talking about, that passed in the 70s, and it did not and so many people do not know it, and  
unfortunately so many women do not realize that they do not have equal constitutional rights  
with men; she can only speak personally; and she just noticed the Chair did not turn her time  
on. She mentioned being a lawyer and she can talk, she does not intend to but she promises  
she will lose track of time; she thinks it is important that they are talking about this because  
people do not understand what rights they have, and what rights they do not have; a lot of  
people will say women do have equal rights, they have all these laws, they have an equal pay  
law, they have this and that law, but at its very base they do not have the same constitutional  
rights that men do; and there is no reason for it, that she has heard, that she can think of, and  
trust her, she has thought about it a lot, and they have talked about it a lot. She stated she  
would love to hear good reasons or any reasons why anybody would oppose women having  
equal constitutional rights with men; in Florida, they have a constitution that includes women; it  
makes no sense to her that Florida does not support having equal rights in our Federal  
constitution; why should she lose her equal constitutional rights if she moves out of Florida;  
only about 24 or 25 states have equal rights for women with men in their constitutions; and  
Florida is one of them, it makes no sense why there is not a Federal constitutional amendment  
as well. She added quickly in a nutshell, this issue is in the news, she does not understand  
why more people are not talking about it; very recently it made a little bit more news; all that  
has to happen right now is the Senate; she takes that back as a lawyer, she does know there  
are a lot of the lawsuits that are pending, and whatever happens in the near future and the  
distant future there will be more lawsuits probably, and those that will have to be gone through;  
right now at a base, what needs to happens is the Federal Senate needs to pass a bill, there  
are already 51 co sponsors of this bill to extend the ratification date for the Equal Rights  
Amendment, and put it in the constitution, it has already passed the House of Representatives  
a year ago; and she does not understand why it is not being brought up, she cannot find an  
answer to that, and that is her plea that they talk about this issue more.  
L.5. John Tobia, Commissioner District 3  
Commissioner Tobia stated this is one more thing coming up at the next meeting, first of all he  
wants to thank Commissioner Smith for taking a deep dive into the issue of towing rates,  
especially since he is looking out for rate payers; one of the major concerns being raised is one  
of enforcing penalties as determined against tow companies when they are violating the law;  
there are Florida Statutes out there; he is going to ask for a couple things, hopefully this Board  
will get together and provide a letter, or a memo letting the State Attorney and the Sheriff know  
that they take this stuff extremely seriously; there is the second part to this and he is glad  
Commissioner Smith brought this issue up, but it has also been brought to his attention about  
unique fees; and what he did was spent some time looking at towing rates, as well as all of the  
fees that are tacked onto that by the neighboring counties. He stated he looked at Seminole,  
Volusia, Orange, and Polk Counties and he provided a handout; then he looked at the unique  
fees that were only in Brevard County and it got him thinking why do they charge these fees in  
Brevard County, but not the neighboring Counties; he will be bringing forth a new resolution  
that does away with the unique fees that are only charged in Brevard County; those would be  
the fuel surcharge to facility per mile, the non tow service call fee, the non tow service call per  
mile, and those are all Class A; Class B, fuel service charge to facility, non service call fee, and  
the non service call per mile; Class C is the same three; Class D is just the fuel charge to  
facility; again, it is outlined, he has all of the resolutions for the counties which he would be  
more than willing to give the County Attorney’s Office, they were very helpful in putting these  
things together; but he just wants the Board to be aware of the resolution and where it came  
from, there were a couple of Counties that had those charges, if the Board would like him to  
look at even more counties he certainly would do that, but he just does not understand why  
they have line item fees that other counties do not.  
Commissioner Smith inquired what are these non tow service call fees, and how would a  
person get charged that.  
Commissioner Lober replied if they ended up not towing; and they show up but the car is not  
there to tow or there is some reason not to tow.  
Commissioner Tobia stated he is not familiar with that and then on top of that, it looks like they  
tack on a per mile fee; he encourages everyone to go out there and speak with the industry,  
with citizens, and it sounds like Commissioner Smith has spoken with lots of his constituents on  
this one; and be aware that the pink items that are unique and are only in Brevard County,  
those are the ones he will be not touching the rates anyway, just limiting the ones that are  
itemized, and that resolution will be coming at the next meeting.  
Commissioner Pritchett asked Commissioner Tobia if he made this spreadsheet; and she  
stated it is really good.  
Commissioner Tobia responded he could not find a spreadsheet on his computer to save his  
life.  
Commissioner Pritchett inquired if someone on his staff did.  
Commissioner Tobia replied Bethany Iliff, Chief of Staff, did.  
Commissioner Pritchett asked if Ms. Iliff wants to come up the District 1.  
Commissioner Tobia responded she made all the other ones as well.  
Commissioner Pritchett stated this is really good; she likes this; she asked if they did this  
because they have not really put it into a motion yet, with what they are going to agree to;  
maybe they can just make their rates more competitive and absorb those, so they are not doing  
a per mile fee; she thinks this is a really good spreadsheet; she inquired if Ms. Iliff is present,  
and she acknowledge Ms. Iliff’s great work; and she stated to give her a call tomorrow if she is  
getting tired of Commissioner Tobia.  
Commissioner Lober stated just a couple things first, for Commissioner Tobia and he is not  
trying to put him on spot, if he does not know that is totally fine, he can find out the same way  
as he can; and he inquired if he knows when these rates were adopted for the other counties  
and whether or not they are indexed.  
Commissioner Tobia stated he looked at how pretty this spreadsheet was and that is what is  
very impressive to him; his Legislative Aide, as well as the County Attorney’s Office are the  
ones who help with probably the numbers; but as a male, he is more intrigued at looks,  
unfortunately.  
Commissioner Lober stated that is little sexist.  
Commissioner Tobia stated it is true; he apologized to his fellow Commissioners; either way he  
is not looking at indexing anything because he is looking at taking a number down to zero; so  
indexing was the resolution that Commissioner Smith brought forward; he is certainly willing to  
look at that; but, however, his takes a number and puts it down to zero.  
Commissioner Lober stated there may be instances of which he could agree with him on this  
but he is more curious, and he apologizes if he was at all in articulate in how he phrased the  
question; for Seminole, Volusia, Orange, and Polk that are included on the columns on the far  
right most portion of this chart, does he know if those rates have been in place for a years or 20  
years, and whether or not they are tied to some scale; and that is what he is trying to get at,  
whether or not it is something where they are in the same position Brevard is where they have  
not touched it in a number of years, and they may be considering rate increases themselves or  
maybe they automatically go up, because they are indexed.  
Commissioner Smith stated his staff has done that, but he has no answer for Commissioner  
Lober.  
Commissioner Lober asked if Commissioner Tobia can send this PDF, he would certainly  
appreciate it because he may want to work on that too; with respect to the fees that they have,  
he may be entirely right that some are inappropriate, but there may be some that are  
appropriate; he can tell him, for instance, water recovery is one that he spoke with one of the  
folks in the industry about and they have a lot more water, certainly within Brevard County than  
some of the nearby localities do; such that it may make sense to have something allowed for  
with respect to that here, and it is simply not frequent enough in an adjacent locality where they  
would even has a concern about it; he is happy to look at all this to determine what they can  
agree on, to strike, but he thinks there may be some wiggle room to remove some things that  
are inappropriate and then adjust the rate to make it appropriate; and he thinks it may be  
something of a horse trading session coming up on this one.  
Commissioner Tobia stated he is not familiar with water recovery, the resolution he will bring  
forward would not mention water recovery, and he is more than welcome to add whatever he  
wants to it; obviously, once it gets up here for Sunshine reasons, but the only ones that he will  
be bringing forward are the ones that are in pink; and he asked when considering the resolution  
that he will bring forward, it will only be with these that are listed.  
Commissioner Lober stated and he will just put it out there Commissioner Tobia, if they are  
going to look at striking some of these he would also want to address the other items that are  
not in pink at the same time, because he does not want to hammer these people where it may  
be appropriate to make adjustments, but meanwhile it would be appropriate to make  
adjustments in the other direction on some of the other rows in particular, not the columns; he  
really wants to address this all at once; but he does not necessarily disagree that some of  
these could be adjusted off if they are reflected correctly in the other rates.  
Commissioner Pritchett remarked at least a little bit.  
Chair Zonka stated she agrees; she would rather do it all at once so there is no confusion and  
they do not get people riled up twice; she thinks it is fair to address and she is very  
uncomfortable with what was brought as part of the Agenda Report before, the nickel and  
dimming of all these crazy things; she means that they have to incorporate, the different profit  
margins for different jobs; she means some are going to actually make more profit than other  
things and she does not want residents to get hit with all that stuff because she has heard  
horror stories about people not being able to afford to get their car out of storage, because they  
cannot pay the towing fee due to having all these extra fees, and she does not want to see that  
happen; she likes the idea of making it easier and simpler and more in line with the other  
counties; she is good; but she would like for the Board address the entire item.  
Commissioner Tobia stated if she wants to do it all together, this is all that he had prepared; he  
asked if there is a measure; and he mentioned Commissioner Smith initially brought it up.  
Commissioner Smith stated it is a work in progress and he will just tell the Board what he is  
doing; this opened up a can of worms for him because he worked with some of these folks and  
he saw some things that did not work so well, and he saw some things that he was not  
comfortable with; he is addressing them as much as he can; an Ordinance in Brevard County,  
that if a person is towed from a parking lot for parking some place he or she should not have,  
and they are towed they have the right to get that car back within an hour if they are notified;  
his office has fielded some calls where people were told they had to wait till the next day; a  
person is very inconvenienced when their car disappears and they are not sure why, they do  
not know if it was stolen, they do not know if it was towed, there was no note left behind, and  
they are in panic mode; then when they find out it has been towed and now they got to come up  
with $2 or $300, or whatever the case may be; and then they are told they are not going to get  
it today, they are going to get it tomorrow, or how about if it is Friday night and they are not  
going to get it till Monday. He reiterated there is an Ordinance to prevent that, but the people  
do not know that, he does not know how to fix that, but at the same time it is important that the  
Board knows about this so that it can do something about that; there are also some tow  
companies that have a rotation list, which is a bugaboo of his because when he was in the  
body shop business one of the things that he considered was buying a tow truck, because if a  
car is towed, 99.9 percent of the time they are going to get to fix that car; it is good for  
business, not to mention the fact that they get the tow as well; but it is impossible to get on the  
rotation list because of being the new person and being at the bottom of the list, so if there is a  
list of 20 now they are number 21. He went on to say if they typically only call six to 10 a  
month, the rotation goes back to one, and he would never get called so there was no point in  
him investing that money; one suggestion that he is going to bring to the people is that the  
rotation would change every month; if they were called then it would go to the next month and  
so the people that did not get called, they would be first up, but they may eliminate that  
altogether because in looking at these different counties it was discovered that Volusia County  
actually puts their rotation out to bid; in other words, all these things they are talking about here  
the companies would bid what they would charge; Volusia County gets a fee every time that  
tow company shows up so that if the fee is like $300 Volusia County would get a $100, but that  
is up to the tow company in their bid, they can say for this tow they would give them $50, so  
they restrict it to four tow companies per district; and Brevard is a long County and it already  
has something in place like that so they could limit it to four or five tow trucks per area. He  
stated he thinks that would put some order to it and create some competition and benefit the  
County as well; there is a lot of things that they are working on; he fully intends to bring that to  
the Board and it can have all these discussions at the same time; one of the problems he sees  
is that some of the things the municipality, police force, or the deputy at the scene is  
responsible for, he can tell that they are not interested in cleanup for example, which is one of  
his bugaboos because he constantly sees accident scenes that are not cleaned up properly;  
and, in fact, two weeks ago they had one right at the corner of his street at US1 and his street,  
the tow truck and the police officer left, and there is a bumper sitting there, a headlight there,  
the bumper at least was on the side of the road, the headlight was in the travel lane, there was  
part of a mirror in the travel lane, and he is thinking what is this person doing; but he is an  
hourly employee and if nobody is holding him responsible he is going to be as diligent as he  
wants to be or not as diligent. He went on to say the Sheriff and these other chiefs do not want  
to enforce this; he has come up with an idea that he thinks would work to be self enforcing, for  
example if they see a scene that is not cleaned up and report that to the County and it can  
verify it to be fact, they could take that company off the rotation for three months which would  
be self enforcing; that person that owns that company is going to make sure his hourly  
employees are cleaning that thing up to be spotless, because he does not want to be off the  
rotation for three months and the County does not have to worry about it; and the fact is there  
might be 20 scenes that are never cleaned up, but nobody reports it, but when somebody does  
if they do not know the penalty there will not be 20 scenes. He advised those are just some of  
the ideas and it will all be put together for the Board to make a decision of how it wants to do it.  
Commissioner Pritchett stated on the spreadsheet Commissioner Tobia provided what she  
would like to get rid of is the charges they do not have and then doing kind of a modified lower  
cost or market; she thinks if they took the next lowest county and changed Brevard  
County’s rates to those, they would be the lowest county of what other counties are charging;  
and they would be able to adjust the rates and get rid of those ones that fluctuate that are a  
little bit more variable, she thinks that would be fair, so she is in for that.  
Commissioner Smith advised if they put them out for bid these numbers do not have any  
bearing.  
Commissioner Pritchett stated that is true, too; and whatever they want to do.  
Commissioner Smith stated the Board just gives them the classifications it wants to bids on.  
Commissioner Pritchett stated they are all pretty close in their numbers; she imagines the bids  
are going to come in not too far off; whatever they want to do with that, she is good; but she  
thinks they should get rid of the charges that nobody else does and then change Brevard  
County’s to the lower of the other counties.  
Chair Zonka mentioned they can keep going in circles and this is not directed at Commissioner  
Lober; but they should probably save most of this discussion for when they actually have the  
item and proposal.  
Commissioner Lober added he would just offer a word of caution, in terms of relying entirely on  
the bid process; he does not know this to be the case, but it is possible that other entities rely  
on the County adopting a resolution that sets rates in order to set their own rates; if that is the  
case, if they do not have a resolution that addresses that they may actually cause some  
unintended consequences; and even if they want to put it out to bid they may want to do this  
anyway.  
Commissioner Smith stated they incorporate it.  
Commissioner Lober stated it is just something he would suggest people to be mindful of when  
they move forward.  
Upon consensus of the Board, the meeting was adjourned at 8:16 P.M.