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CAPTIONING

MAY 16, 2012

BOCC REGULAR MEETING


***This is not an official, verbatim transcript of the ***following meeting. It should be used for informational ***purposes only. This document has not been edited; ***therefore, there may be additions, deletions, or words ***that did not translate.


>>KEN HAGAN: GOOD MORNING, AND WELCOME TO THE MAY 16th, 2012, REGULARLY SCHEDULED BOARD MEETING OF THE HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS.

WOULD EVERYONE PLEASE RISE FOR THE PLEDGE AND INVOCATION, GIVEN BY OUR CHAPLAIN, COMMISSIONER LES MILLER.

[PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE]

>>LES MILLER, JR.: OUR HEAVENLY FATHER, ALPHA AND OMEGA, THE BEGINNING AND THE END, THE ONE WHO SITS HIGH AND LOOKS LOW, WE THANK YOU FOR TOUCHING US WITH YOUR LOVING HANDS THIS MORNING TO WAKE US TO SEE ANOTHER ONE OF YOUR BEAUTIFUL DAYS.

THANK YOU FOR ALLOWING US TO COME TOGETHER TO MEET TODAY TO DO THE WORK OF THE PEOPLE OF HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY.

LET US MAKE -- ALL MAKE THE RIGHT DECISIONS TO MAKE THIS COUNTY A BETTER PLACE FOR ALL OF OUR CITIZENS TO LIVE, WORK, AND PLAY.

FATHER GOD, WE ASK THAT YOU PROTECT THOSE WHO ARE IN UNIFORM, WHETHER THEY'RE ON THIS SOIL OR FOREIGN SOILS AND PROTECT OUR FIRST RESPONDERS WHO PUT THEIR LIVES ON THE LINE 24/7 FOR OUR WELL-BEING.

TAKE CARE OF US, FATHER.

KEEP US HUMBLE, HEARTS HUMBLE, MINDS REGULATED.

AND WHEN WE LEAVE THIS PLACE, WE ASK THAT YOU TAKE US BACK TO OUR FAMILIES TO FIND EVERYTHING SAFE AND SOUND.

THESE AND ALL BLESSINGS WE ASK IN YOUR NAME.

AMEN.

>> AMEN.

>>KEN HAGAN: THANK YOU, COMMISSIONER MILLER.

>>LES MILLER, JR.: YES, SIR.

>>KEN HAGAN: THIS MORNING THE BOARD -- WE HAVE A SERIES OF COMMENDATIONS TO PRESENT, AND THE FIRST ONES WILL BE PRESENTED BY COMMISSIONER BECKNER AND MYSELF, RECOGNIZING TAMPA PREP, BOTH THEIR SOCCER AND BASKETBALL TEAMS FOR WINNING STATE TITLES, AND I KNOW THE HEAD OF THE SCHOOL, KEVIN PLUMMER'S HERE, AND I TOLD HIM WE'RE GETTING USED TO RECOGNIZING DIFFERENT TEAMS HERE SEEMS LIKE EVERY OTHER MEETING.

TAMPA PREP REALLY HAS BECOME A MODEL, NOT ONLY IN ACADEMICS BUT ALSO IN ATHLETICS, AND WE'RE EXTREMELY PROUD OF THE GREAT WORK THAT YOU GUYS DO AT TAMPA PREP.

AND I'D LIKE TO ASK COMMISSIONER BECKNER TO PLEASE COME FORWARD.

HE'S GOING TO RECOGNIZE THE SOCCER TEAM.

>>KEVIN BECKNER: THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN, BOARD MEMBERS, AND MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC.

I HAVE TO SAY IT'S ALWAYS EXCITING WHEN STUDENT ATHLETES FROM HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY GAIN STATEWIDE RECOGNITION BY WINNING A STATE TITLE LIKE THE 2012 TAMPA PREP BOYS SOCCER TEAM.

WHAT MAKES THIS OCCASION EVEN BETTER IS THAT THIS IS THEIR FIFTH STATE CHAMPIONSHIP IN EIGHT YEARS FOR THIS TEAM.

SO AT THIS TIME I WOULD LIKE COACH DOUG SMITH AND HIS ENTIRE TEAM THAT IS PRESENT, IF THEY WOULD COME FORWARD AND JOIN ME UP HERE.

JUST LISTEN TO THIS RECORD.

HE LED HIS TEAM TO AN AMAZING 26-1 RECORD, AND COACH SMITH WAS NAMED THE 2012 BOYS SOCCER COACH OF THE YEAR BY THE TAMPA BAY TIMES.

IN ADDITION TO THOSE ACCOLADES, SENIOR JORDAN HAYES WAS NAMED THE 1A STATE PLAYER OF THE YEAR, SCORING 28 GOALS AND EIGHT ASSISTS.

THE HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS IS VERY PROUD TO PRESENT YOU WITH THIS SPECIAL COMMENDATION FOR ALL OF YOUR OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENTS.

THE HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSION RECOGNIZES THE TAMPA PREPARATORY SCHOOL BOYS SOCCER PROGRAM FOR WINNING ITS FIFTH STATE CHAMPIONSHIP IN EIGHT YEARS AND SECOND IN THREE SEASONS.

HEAD COACH DOUG SMITH IS TO BE COMMENDED FOR ESTABLISHING THIS PROGRAM AS ONE OF THE PREMIER HIGH SCHOOL SOCCER PROGRAMS, NOT ONLY IN THE BAY AREA BUT ALSO THROUGHOUT THE STATE OF FLORIDA.

HE AND HIS COACHING STAFF ARE COMMITTED TO EXCELLENCE AND STRIVE NOT ONLY TO DEVELOP ATHLETES THAT WIN ON THE FIELD BUT ALSO TO PREPARE STUDENT ATHLETES FOR LIFE AFTER TAMPA PREP.

YOUR TEAM'S EXCEPTIONAL SPORTSMANSHIP, FOCUS, AND SKILL, ESPECIALLY WHEN FACED WITH CHALLENGES, ARE OUTSTANDING CHARACTERISTICS THAT MAKE YOUR FELLOW CLASSMATES VERY PROUD.

WE CONGRATULATE YOUR TEAM AND COACHING STAFF FOR ITS OUTSTANDING ACCOMPLISHMENTS AND WISH YOU MUCH SUCCESS AND ATHLETIC SUCCESS FOR THE YEARS TO COME.

CONGRATULATIONS.

[APPLAUSE]

>> I'D LIKE TO THANK THE BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS FOR THIS COMMENDATION THIS MORNING.

I'VE ACTUALLY BEEN FORTUNATE ENOUGH TO MEET A FEW OF THE BOARD MEMBERS IN MY AP GOVERNMENT CLASS, WE'VE HAD A FEW VISIT US, AND IT'S GREAT TO SEE YOU IN THIS VENUE AS WELL.

AT THIS POINT I'D LIKE TO JUST BRING UP EACH PLAYER, AND IF YOU WOULD JUST ANNOUNCE YOUR NAME AND POSITION, STARTING WITH ZACK HEBERT.

IF YOU JUST WANT TO COME UP, ANNOUNCE YOUR NAME AND POSITION FOR THE BOARD.

>> MY NAME IS ZACK HEBERT.

I PLAY OUTSIDE MID.

>> JORDAN HAYES, FORWARD.

>> OSCAR SKJAERPE, CENTER BACK.

>> P.J. FIELD, CENTER BACK.

>> ANDREW SAMUELS, CENTER MID.

>> G.T. GONZALEZ, DEFENSE.

>> GUI PIRES, GOALKEEPER.

>> GARRETT GROVE, DEFENSE.

>> GUSTAVO PIRES, FORWARD.

>> RODRIGO DIAZ, CENTER MID.

>> SHADDY DOUIDAR, OUTSIDE MID.

>> MACSEN PRITCHARD, DEFENDER.

>> RALPH GRAUER, FORWARD.

>> HENRY PEREZ, FORWARD AND DEFENSE.

>> GREG SUGLIA, MIDFIELDER.

>> CHRIS TORTORICI, MIDFIELDER.

>> MICHAEL SPEZZA, FORWARD.

>> AND ON BEHALF OF THE TEAM, AGAIN, I JUST WANT TO THANK THE BOARD THIS MORNING.

OBVIOUSLY, THIS TEAM HAS HAD SOME AMAZING ATHLETIC SUCCESSES, AND WE'RE VERY PROUD OF THOSE.

PERHAPS WE'RE EVEN MORE PROUD OF WHAT THESE YOUNG MEN -- NOT ONLY THEIR HARD WORK ON THE FIELD BUT WHAT THEY DO OFF THE FIELD.

THEY SHOW RESPECT, GREAT SPORTSMANSHIP FOR OPPONENTS, OPPOSING COACHES, OFFICIALS, THE PEOPLE WE MEET ON THE ROAD.

THEY'VE DONE A GREAT JOB OF REPRESENTING HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY AND TAMPA PREP, AND THANK YOU AGAIN FOR THIS COMMENDATION.

>>KEN HAGAN: COMMISSIONER SHARPE.

>>MARK SHARPE: I JUST WANTED TO SAY IT'S AN HONOR TO HAVE YOU IN THE CLASSROOM.

THANK YOU, COMMISSIONER BECKNER, FOR BRINGING THESE PHENOMENAL STUDENTS TO OUR CHAMBER.

AFTER A -- AFTER A GREAT PRAYER, IT'S GOOD TO START THE DAY WITH A POSITIVE STORY.

YOU PICK UP THE NEWSPAPER AND SOMETIMES IT'S JUST HARD TO FIND GOOD THINGS TO READ ABOUT, BUT I KNOW THAT WE'VE GOT SOME GREAT YOUNG PEOPLE COMING UP, AND SOMETIMES BECAUSE YOU GO TO A GREAT SCHOOL, PEOPLE DON'T WANT TO GIVE YOU ALL THE CREDIT FOR WHAT YOU DO.

IT'S LIKE, WELL, YOU KNOW, YOU GO -- YOU KNOW, WE -- WE HAVE TO RECOGNIZE THAT IT TAKES EXTRAORDINARY WORK AND EFFORT TO STAND WHERE YOU'RE STANDING, AND I'D JUST ASK THAT YOU CONTINUE TO DO A GREAT JOB, COACH, CONTINUE TO STAND FOR EXCELLENCE AND BE A ROLE MODEL FOR OTHERS, AND I KNOW THAT OUR COUNTRY WILL JUST DO VERY WELL.

GOD BLESS YOU ALL, AND THANK YOU FOR BEING HERE.

>>KEN HAGAN: THANK YOU, COMMISSIONER BECKNER, FOR THAT PRESENTATION.

NOW I'M VERY PLEASED TO RECOGNIZE THE TAMPA PREP BOYS BASKETBALL TEAM.

WOULD COACH JOE FENLON AND, I BELIEVE, ASSISTANT COACH AUGIE MONTEJO, IF YOU'D COME FORWARD ALONG WITH YOUR PLAYERS.

AND WITH US TODAY I BELIEVE WE HAVE JOSH HEATH, YONI WASSER, STEPHEN KELLY, BERNARD WOODSIDE, GREG BERLIN, DEVONTAE MORGAN, MARSHALL HOMES, AND JUSTIN PETERSON.

WELL, WELCOME.

LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, THIS TEAM IS A MODEL OF CONSISTENCY YEAR IN AND YEAR OUT.

THEY HAVE WON 13 DISTRICT CHAMPIONSHIPS, EIGHT BAY CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIPS, SEVEN FINAL FOUR APPEARANCES, THREE STATE FINALS RUNNER-UP, AND THIS YEAR A STATE TITLE.

THEY HAD A 32-1 RECORD THIS SEASON, AVERAGING ALMOST 70 POINTS A GAME AND, IT'S MY UNDERSTANDING, QUITE A MEMORABLE FINAL 12 SECONDS IN TERRAPIN HOOPS HISTORY.

COACH, I'D LIKE TO WELCOME YOU HERE.

IT'S MY PLEASURE TO READ THIS PROCLAMATION OR THIS COMMENDATION, WHICH STATES, THE HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS IS PROUD TO RECOGNIZE THE TAMPA PREPARATORY SCHOOL BOYS BASKETBALL PROGRAM FOR WINNING ITS FIRST STATE TITLE IN A DRAMATIC 58-50 VICTORY OVER SAGEMONT IN WHAT SOME HAVE CALLED THE MOST MEMORABLE 12 SECONDS IN TERRAPIN HOOPS HISTORY.

HEAD COACH JOE FENLON IS TO BE COMMENDED FOR ESTABLISHING THIS PROGRAM AS ONE OF THE MOST CONSISTENT BASKETBALL PROGRAMS, NOT ONLY IN THE BAY AREA BUT THROUGHOUT THE STATE OF FLORIDA.

THE TEAM HAS EARNED 13 DISTRICT CHAMPIONSHIPS, EIGHT BAY CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIPS, SEVEN FINAL FOUR APPEARANCES, THREE STATE RUNNER-UP FINISHES, AND THIS YEAR BRINGING HOME THE STATE TITLE.

THIS SEASON, HIS 29th, COACH FENLON LED HIS TEAM TO A 32-1 RECORD ON THE ROAD TO THE STATE TITLE AND PASSED MORE THAN 600 CAREER WINS.

HE'S BEEN NAMED COACH OF THE YEAR THREE TIMES, HILLSBOROUGH COACH OF THE YEAR FOUR TIMES, COACH OF THE DECADE IN THE '90s BY THE TAMPA TRIBUNE, AND THE BRIGHT HOUSE SPORTS NETWORK'S TOP 20 COACHES LIST.

YOUR TEAM'S EXCEPTIONAL SPORTSMANSHIP, FOCUS, AND SKILL ARE OUTSTANDING CHARACTERISTICS THAT MAKE FELLOW CLASSMATES VERY PROUD, ESPECIALLY THE 11 BUSLOADS WHO WITNESSED THIS DRAMATIC VICTORY.

WE CONGRATULATE YOUR TEAM AND COACHING STAFF FOR ITS OUTSTANDING ACCOMPLISHMENTS AND WISH YOU MUCH ACADEMIC AND ATHLETIC SUCCESS FOR YEARS TO COME.

AWARDED THIS 16th DAY OF MAY, 2012, SIGNED BY ALL SEVEN OF THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS.

COACH, I JUST WANT TO, AGAIN, CONGRATULATE YOU AND THANK YOU AND COACH SMITH OF THE BOYS SOCCER TEAM FOR ALL OF YOUR HARD WORK IN EVERYTHING YOU -- YOU DO IN TEACHING THESE YOUNG MEN, BOTH ON THE -- ON THE COURT, ON THE FIELDS, AND ALSO IN THE CLASSROOM.

SOME OF LIFE'S GREATEST LESSONS ARE LEARNED ON THE ATHLETIC FIELDS, AND NOT ONLY ARE THESE YOUNG MEN LEARNING AND HAVING FUN, BUT THEY'RE MAKING MEMORIES THAT'LL LAST A LIFETIME.

I CONGRATULATE YOU AND ASK YOU TO PLEASE SAY A FEW WORDS.

AND IF YOU'D INTRODUCE YOUR PLAYERS TOO OR HAVE THEM COME UP.

>> FIRST OF ALL, I'D LIKE TO THANK THE COUNTY COMMISSIONERS FOR A PRESTIGIOUS HONOR LIKE THIS.

OBVIOUSLY, WHEN YOU START -- WE STARTED THE SEASON OUT ON OCTOBER 31st, OUR THOUGHT WAS NOT ON TODAY TO BE STANDING IN FRONT OF YOU ALL, BUT WE'RE VERY EXCITED AND VERY PLEASED WITH THAT.

I'VE BEEN VERY FORTUNATE OVER THE YEARS TO WORK AT A PHENOMENAL SCHOOL THAT PRODUCES GREAT KIDS, AND WHEN YOU HAVE GREAT KIDS IN A GREAT ENVIRONMENT GREAT THINGS CAN HAPPEN, AND WE'VE BEEN VERY SUCCESSFUL -- ALTHOUGH WE'VE NEVER WON A STATE CHAMPIONSHIP UNTIL THIS YEAR, WE'VE BEEN VERY SUCCESSFUL IN THE PAST.

AS YOU HEARD, WE'VE HAD MANY ACCOLADES GIVEN TO US, AND THAT'S WONDERFUL.

THE GENTLEMEN BEHIND ME ARE GUYS THAT HAVE WORKED REALLY HARD, THEY'VE HAD A LOT OF DETERMINATION, BUT MOST IMPORTANTLY, IT'S THE TEAMWORK THAT THEY EXHIBITED THAT GOT US TO WHERE WE WERE ON -- DRAWING A BLANK -- MARCH 1st, WHICH WAS STATE CHAMPIONSHIP DAY, AND ALSO BEING ABLE TO WORK IN A SCHOOL LIKE OURS WHERE THE SCHOOL RALLIES BEHIND ALL OF OUR ATHLETIC TEAMS, AND FOR OUR SCHOOL TO ALLOW 11 BUSLOADS OF KIDS TO COME SEE OUR GAME WAS AMAZING TO US, MUCH LIKE THE WEEK BEFORE WHEN WE TOOK BUSES TO THE SOCCER TOURNAMENT THAT WAS PLAYED OUT AT USF.

OUR SCHOOL REALLY RALLIES BEHIND OUR KIDS, WHETHER THEY DO ACADEMIC THINGS OR ATHLETIC THINGS OR IN THE ARTS, AND IT'S A SPECIAL PLACE TO WORK.

AND I'D LIKE TO HAVE ALL THE GUYS AND AUGIE COME UP.

>> GREG BERLIN, FORWARD.

>> DEVONTAE MORGAN, GUARD.

>> YONI WASSER, POINT GUARD.

>> STEPHEN KELLY, FORWARD.

>> BERNARD WOODSIDE, GUARD.

>> JOSH HEATH, POINT GUARD.

>> JUSTIN PETERSON, SHOOTING GUARD.

>> AUGIE MONTEJO, ASSISTANT COACH.

>>KEN HAGAN: WELL, COACH, CONGRATULATIONS ONCE AGAIN.

I WOULD LIKE TO ASK IF MR. PLUMMER WOULD LIKE TO COME UP AND SAY A FEW WORDS.

>> OF COURSE HE WOULD.

>> THANK YOU.

I'D JUST LIKE TO QUICKLY SAY TO ALL THE COMMISSIONERS THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR YOUR LEADERSHIP OF THIS COUNTY.

IT'S AN HONOR TO LIVE HERE, AND WE THANK YOU VERY, VERY MUCH FOR ALL THAT YOU DO FOR ALL OF US.

WE HAVE A GREAT SCHOOL, AND I'M VERY PROUD OF ALL OF OUR KIDS ATHLETICALLY, ARTISTICALLY, AND ACADEMICALLY.

IT'S A GREAT PLACE TO LIVE, AND IT'S BECAUSE OF YOU GUYS, SO THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR ALL OF YOUR WORK FOR OUR COUNTY.

>>SANDRA MURMAN: COMMISSIONER CRIST WOULD LIKE TO MAKE A COMMENT.

OH, NO, COMMISSIONER BECKNER.

THEY HAVEN'T CHANGED THE NAMES ON THE BUTTONS YET.

[LAUGHTER]

>>KEVIN BECKNER: [INAUDIBLE]

>>SANDRA MURMAN: COMMISSIONER BECKNER.

SORRY ABOUT THAT.

>>KEVIN BECKNER: WELL, I WANT TO CONGRATULATE ALL THE GUYS, AND MR. PLUMMER, CONGRATULATIONS, AND I UNDERSTAND THAT THERE'S ALSO SOME OTHER FOLKS WE NEED TO RECOGNIZE FROM YOUR SCHOOL BECAUSE IF IT WEREN'T FOR THE OUTSTANDING LEADERS THAT YOU HAVE MENTORING THESE YOUNG MEN AND THE STUDENTS IN YOUR SCHOOL, THEY PROBABLY COULD NOT HAVE ACHIEVED THE SUCCESS THAT THEY HAVE, SO I ALSO WANTED TO RECOGNIZE -- I THINK YOUR DIRECTOR OF ATHLETICS IS -- MIKE FLYNN IS HERE.

IF YOU WOULD PLEASE STAND.

THERE'S ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF ATHLETICS ERIC SNOW.

AND THEN THE MANAGERS, BECCA MAY AND CINDY MATTER OR MATER.

SO AGAIN, WE CONGRATULATE ALL OF YOU.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR LEADERSHIPS, AND GUYS, AGAIN, CONGRATULATIONS.

[APPLAUSE]

>>KEN HAGAN: CONGRATULATIONS AGAIN TO TAMPA PREP FOR BOTH THEIR ACADEMIC AND ATHLETIC EXCELLENCE.

NOW COMMISSIONER MILLER WILL PRESENT THE NEXT COMMENDATION.

>>LES MILLER, JR.: GOOD MORNING.

THIS IS A PROUD DAY FOR ME BECAUSE MIDDLETON MAGNET HIGH SCHOOL HAS PRODUCED SOME GREAT PEOPLE AT EVERY FIELD OF HUMAN ENDEAVOR THROUGH THE HISTORY OF THE YEARS IT'S BEEN THERE.

I WOULD -- I WOULD START NAMING ELECTED OFFICIALS THAT HAVE COME OUT OF MIDDLETON HIGH SCHOOL, BUT I'LL PROBABLY FORGET SOMEONE, SO I WON'T DO THAT, BUT EVERY FIELD OF HUMAN ENDEAVOR, WHETHER IT'S DOCTORS OR LAWYERS OR TEACHERS OR ATHLETES OR JUST A COMMON EVERYDAY PERSON, CAME OUT OF MIDDLETON HIGH SCHOOL, AND IT'S MY ALMA MATER.

I GRADUATED FROM MIDDLETON HIGH SCHOOL AND MY WIFE GRADUATED FROM MIDDLETON HIGH SCHOOL, SO TODAY IT'S AN HONOR FOR ME TO BE HERE TO MAKE THIS PRESENTATION.

I WANT TO ASK MR. OWEN YOUNG, THE PRINCIPAL OF MIDDLETON HIGH SCHOOL, MS. KATHY FRERIKS, THE TEACHERS OF THESE OUTSTANDING STUDENTS OF THE ROBOTICS TEAM, AND I'M GOING TO ASK THE ROBOTICS TEAM TO PLEASE COME FORTH.

AND THEY'RE GOING TO DEMONSTRATE THESE ROBOTS THAT THEY'VE BROUGHT FORTH.

THESE STUDENTS ARE NOT ONLY GREAT AT WHAT THEY DO IN OUR SCHOOL DISTRICT, BUT THEY'RE GREAT IN WHAT THEY DO IN THE STATE OF FLORIDA, THEY'RE GREAT IN WHAT THEY DO IN THE UNITED STATES, AND THEY'RE GREAT AT WHAT THEY DO IN THE WORLD, AND I'M GOING TO READ THIS -- THIS CERTIFICATE OF COMMENDATION, AND YOU'LL GET AN UNDERSTANDING OF WHAT I'M TALKING ABOUT.

AWARDED TO MIDDLETON MAGNET HIGH SCHOOL ROBOTICS TEAM.

IT IS WITH GREAT PLEASURE THAT THE HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS RECOGNIZES MIDDLETON MAGNET HIGH SCHOOL'S ROBOTICS FIRST TECH CHALLENGE TEAMS, IN PARTICULAR THE MASQUERADE TEAM FOR WINNING THE FLORIDA STATE CHAMPIONSHIP IN FEBRUARY 2012 AND THE 2012 FIRST TECH CHALLENGE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP ON APRIL 28th, 2012, IN

ST. LOUIS, MISSOURI.

THEY'RE WORLD CHAMPS.

WE CONGRATULATE AND COMMEND THE FINE STUDENTS OF THE MASQUERADE TEAM, COMPRISED ENTIRELY OF FRESHMEN AND SOPHOMORES, FOR THEIR OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENTS IN THE HEAD-TO-HEAD WORLD COMPETITION, CRUSHING THE PREVIOUS WORLD RECORDS WHILE SETTING A NEW WORLD RECORD AND BEATING OUT TEAMS FROM THE UNITED STATES, CHINA, ROMANIA, THE NETHERLANDS, CANADA, MEXICO, SOUTH KOREA, AUSTRALIA, AND SAUDI ARABIA.

THE HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS DOES HEREBY COMMEND MIDDLETON MAGNET HIGH SCHOOL'S ROBOTICS FIRST TECH COLLEGE TEAM FOR THEIR HARD WORK, COMMITMENT, AND OUTSTANDING ACCOMPLISHMENTS, AND WE WISH YOU MUCH ACADEMIC SUCCESS IN ALL YOUR FUTURE ENDEAVORS.

WE ARE TRULY GRATEFUL FOR YOUR DEDICATION TO EDUCATION, EXCELLENCE, AND ACADEMIC DISTINCTION.

AWARDED THIS 16th DAY OF MAY, 2012, AND LET ME REPEAT THE TEAMS THAT THEY'VE BEATEN, WHERE THEY WERE FROM.

NOT ONLY UNITED STATES, CHINA, ROMANIA, THE NETHERLANDS, CANADA, MEXICO, SOUTH KOREA, AUSTRALIA, AND SAUDI ARABIA.

THEY ARE TRULY WORLD CHAMPS, AND YOU KNOW WHY I STICK MY CHEST OUT TODAY, BECAUSE I WENT THERE MANY, MANY YEARS AGO.

SO CONGRATULATIONS.

MR. OWENS AND MS. FRERIKS, PLEASE COME FORWARD.

ON BEHALF OF THE COUNTY COMMISSIONERS, LET ME THANK YOU FOR WHAT YOU'VE DONE AND CONGRATULATE YOU ON YOUR FINE ACCOMPLISHMENTS, AND I THINK YOU'RE GOING TO LET THESE STUDENTS WORK SOME ROBOTS TODAY.

THEY MAY WANT TO COME UP AND INTRODUCE THEMSELVES AND DO THEIR THING.

>> OKAY.

ALL RIGHT.

>> GOOD MORNING.

>>KEN HAGAN: GOOD MORNING.

>> FIRST LET ME START BY THANKING THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS FOR RECOGNIZING OUR MIDDLETON HIGH SCHOOL FOR THE GREAT WORK THAT OUR STUDENTS HAVE DONE.

WE ARE PROUD TO REPRESENT TAMPA, FLORIDA, ON THE WORLD STAGE IN BRINGING BACK THE GOLD FOR THE ROBOTICS IN THE FTC COMPETITION.

WE HAVE SOME OUTSTANDING YOUNG PEOPLE HERE WHO SPEND HOURS, LEAVING THE SCHOOL MANY TIMES CLOSE TO MIDNIGHT, WORKING AND PREPARING THEMSELVES TO COMPETE.

IT'S NOT A SURPRISE TO US THAT THEY BROUGHT HOME THE WORLD GOLD AS IT PERTAINS TO THE ROBOTICS COMPETITION, BUT IN ADDITION TO MASQUERADE, WE HAVE TWO OTHER TEAMS WHO EQUALLY PUT IN THE TIME AND THE ENERGY, WORKING MANY HOURS, ALSO REPRESENTING US AT THE STATE LEVEL BUT NOT MOVING ON TO THE WORLD LEVEL.

I WOULD BE REMISS THIS MORNING IF I DID NOT TAKE AN OPPORTUNITY TO GIVE OUR PARENTS WHO ARE ALSO HERE -- THEY ARE REALLY THE BACKBONE TO THIS PROCESS.

THEY PUT IN AMPLE TIME AND THEY PROVIDE THE RESOURCES, AND THEY JUST MAKE SURE THAT OUR TEAMS ARE READY TO GO OUT AND TO COMPETE, SO I'D LIKE TO JUST THANK YOU THIS MORNING FOR HAVING US, AND WE'LL HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO DEMONSTRATE FOR YOU THIS MORNING WHAT OUR ROBOTS CAN DO.

>> GOOD MORNING.

DO YOU WANT TO SEE THE ROBOTS FIRST OR WOULD YOU LIKE TO HAVE THE STUDENTS INTRODUCE THEMSELVES?

>> [INAUDIBLE]

>> OKAY.

ALL RIGHT.

I DO LIKE TO ADD WE'VE BEEN AN ENGINEERING MAGNET FOR TEN YEARS, MIDDLETON OPENED IN 2002, AND WE'VE HAD AN OUTSTANDING ROBOTICS PROGRAM SINCE OUR SECOND YEAR IN 2003, BUT IT WAS WITH THESE STUDENTS THAT YOU SEE BEFORE YOU AND THE PARENTS WHO ARE HERE WHO TOOK US TO THIS LEVEL WINNING THE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP.

WE HAD NO IDEA THAT WE WERE GOING TO GO THAT FAR.

SO WE HAVE THE WINNING WORLD CHAMPION, BUT THE TWO OTHER TEAMS THAT DID QUALIFY FOR THE STATE CHAMPIONSHIP, WE HAVE AIONIOS TYFONAS -- DON'T ASK ME TO SPELL IT -- WE HAVE TEAM MINOTAUR, AND TEAM MASQUERADE.

ALL THREE TEAMS QUALIFIED FOR THE STATE CHAMPIONSHIP.

LET'S GO AHEAD WHILE THEY'RE SETTING UP THE ROBOTS, IF EACH STUDENT WOULD COME BY UP TO THE MIKE AND STATE YOUR NAME AND WHICH TEAM YOU'RE ON.

>> TYLER KEENE, MASQUERADE.

>> LAUREN SLACK, MASQUERADE.

>> PATRICK NUNN, AIONIOS TYFONAS.

>> MARK JUDY, AIONIOS TYFONAS.

>> JOSHUA MOORE, AIONIOS TYFONAS.

>> CORY KINNEY, MASQUERADE.

>> JONATHAN MOORE, MASQUERADE.

>> NICHOLAS JIMENEZ, MASQUERADE.

>> ADAM WARD, MASQUERADE.

>> BRIAN NEWMAN, MASQUERADE.

>> JASON HOWARD, TEAM CAPTAIN OF MASQUERADE.

>> JONATHAN ROTH, MINOTAUR.

>> NOW, WHAT THESE ROBOTS ARE PROGRAMMED TO DO ARE PICK UP RACQUETBALLS AND PICK UP THESE PLASTIC BASKETS, AND THEY HAVE TO PUT A RACQUETBALL IN EACH BASKET, AND THEN BEFORE THE BUZZER GOES OFF AFTER TWO AND A HALF MINUTES, THEY LIFT THE BASKETS AS HIGH AS THEY CAN IN THE AIR, AND AT WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP, SOME OF THESE ROBOTS WERE LIFTING AS HIGH AS 15 FEET.

WHAT SET US APART WAS THAT WE COULD LIFT MULTIPLE BASKETS WHERE MOST TEAMS COULD ONLY LIFT ONE OR TWO BASKETS, AND WE WERE THE ONLY TEAM AT THE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP TO ACTUALLY PICK UP FOUR BASKETS, PUT BALLS IN ALL FOUR BASKETS, AND LIFT THEM, SO THAT'S HOW WE WERE ABLE TO BECOME A POWERHOUSE AT THE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP.

THERE ARE A LOT OF OTHER WAYS TO SCORE POINTS AT THIS COMPETITION, BUT THIS WAS THE MAIN GOAL OF EACH ROBOT WAS TO SCORE POINTS.

YOU COULD ALSO PLAY DEFENSE.

SO WE HAVE TEAM MASQUERADE THAT ALREADY HAS PICKED UP A BASKET AND A BALL AND THEY'RE LIFTING.

OKAY.

I THINK WE HAVE A WINNER.

[APPLAUSE]

>>LES MILLER, JR.: THEY DIDN'T DO THIS WHEN I WAS IN SCHOOL.

WE HAD SLIDE RULES.

[LAUGHTER]

YOU KNOW, THIS IS AMAZING, AND AGAIN, CONGRATULATIONS TO MY ALMA MATER, MIDDLETON HIGH SCHOOL.

SO IF WE WANT TO LET THIS DOWN, WE CAN COME UP AND TAKE A PICTURE WITH THE COUNTY COMMISSIONERS.

>>KEN HAGAN: COMMISSIONER SHARPE.

>>MARK SHARPE: I JUST WANTED TO SAY, ONCE AGAIN -- FIRST OFF, THANK YOU, COMMISSIONER MILLER, FOR BRINGING THIS FABULOUS SCHOOL TO THE BOARD.

I WANT TO THANK THE PRINCIPAL AND THE ADMINISTRATION FOR ALL THE WORK THAT YOU DO WITH THESE YOUNG PEOPLE.

WE -- THIS BOARD SPENDS A LOT OF TIME TALKING ABOUT HOW WE'RE GOING TO CREATE JOBS IN OUR COMMUNITY, AND THERE'S A LOT OF RECOGNITION THAT IT'S GOING TO BE IN THE CLASSROOM AND THAT WHAT YOU'RE DOING, STUDYING ENGINEERING, TALKING ABOUT ROBOTICS, IS ENORMOUSLY IMPORTANT.

I JUST PICKED UP A BOOK YESTERDAY.

"THE NEW GEOGRAPHY OF JOBS" JUST CAME OUT, AND WHAT'S STARTLING IS THERE'S NO -- IT TALKED ABOUT ALL THE AREAS WHERE YOU SEE JOB CREATION, AND THE MACRO, YOU DON'T SEE ANY IN FLORIDA, AND THE JOBS THAT WE'RE GOING TO CREATE ARE GOING TO COME FROM YOU GUYS.

YOU'RE GOING TO CREATE -- AND IT'S GOING TO BE IN ENGINEERING AND ROBOTICS, SO MY ONLY REQUEST WOULD BE WHEN YOU GRADUATE FROM COLLEGE, PLEASE DON'T LEAVE TAMPA, STAY HERE AND SET YOUR BUSINESSES UP HERE.

WE NEED YOU.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR BEING HERE.

>>KEN HAGAN: WELL STATED, COMMISSIONER SHARPE.

WE ARE SO EXTREMELY PROUD OF YOU BOYS AND GIRLS.

I CAN TELL YOU WHEN I WAS IN SCHOOL I RAN FROM ENGINEERING AND SCIENCE AS FAR AS I COULD, BUT WITHOUT QUESTION, YOU ARE THE FUTURE LEADERS IN THIS COUNTY, IN THIS COMMUNITY, AND WE WANT YOU TO REMAIN HERE, SO KEEP UP THE GREAT WORK.

WE'RE VERY, VERY PROUD OF YOU.

[APPLAUSE]

THANK YOU, COMMISSIONER MILLER.

NOW COMMISSIONER MURMAN WILL PRESENT THE NEXT COMMENDATION.

>>SANDRA MURMAN: GOOD MORNING, EVERYONE.

IT'S HARD TO FOLLOW SUCH A TALENTED GROUP OF, REALLY, OUR PROMISING YOUTH I THINK IN THE COMMUNITY, BUT I AM SO EXCITED TO PRESENT THIS COMMENDATION TO A FRIEND AND A COLLEAGUE OF YOURS.

FORMER COMMISSIONER ROSE FERLITA, WHERE ARE YOU?

GET UP HERE.

IT'S SO GREAT THAT YOU COULD BE HERE TODAY AND WE CAN GIVE THIS TO YOU.

AND ACTUALLY, I OPENED UP THE NEWSPAPER SUNDAY AND THERE WAS HER PICTURE UNDER PEOPLE NOTES IN THE TAMPA BAY TIMES AS: ROSE FERLITA IS THE RECIPIENT OF THE TAMPA DIVISION'S 2011 DIRECTOR'S COMMUNITY LEADERSHIP AWARD.

GIVEN BY THE FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION, THE AWARD RECOGNIZES FERLITA'S DEDICATION TO PUBLIC SERVICE AND FOR HER COMMITMENT TO IMPROVING THE GREATER TAMPA BAY COMMUNITY.

ROSE IS A CVS/CARE PHARMACIST, A MEMBER OF THE UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH FLORIDA'S COLLEGE OF PHARMACY BOARD ADVISORS, AND A LONG-TIME CONSULTANT PHARMACIST FOR ACTS, INCORPORATED.

BUT I THOUGHT THAT THAT WAS A REALLY GOOD TRIBUTE TO YOU, AND I DO WANT TO READ WHAT THIS COMMENDATION, THOUGH, IS ABOUT AND WHY YOU DID GET THAT AWARD.

SHE WAS THE DRIVING FORCE BEHIND THE BULLY BUSTERS INITIATIVE AND THE CREATION OF THE ANTIBULLYING ADVISORY COMMITTEE IN AUGUST 2009 AFTER NEWS BROKE OF AN ALLEGED SEXUAL ASSAULT AT WALKER MIDDLE SCHOOL.

THE BULLY BUSTERS YOUTH COUNCIL WAS FORMED WITH NEARLY 50 MEMBERS AGES SIX TO 17 THROUGHOUT HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY.

THE GROUP MET EACH MONTH TO COME UP WITH IDEAS TO RAISE AWARENESS ABOUT BULLYING IN SCHOOLS AND NEIGHBORHOODS.

THIS GROUP IS STILL GOING ON TOO, BY THE WAY.

ROSE WAS INSTRUMENTAL IN FORMING A PARTNERSHIP WITH THE SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT CRIMESTOPPERS PROGRAM THAT ROSE TO A NEW LEVEL TO HELP FUND THIS PROGRAM WITHOUT USING TAX DOLLARS.

CRIMESTOPPERS WAS INSTRUMENTAL IN HELPING US PRINT THOUSANDS OF BULLY BUSTERS POSTERS, INSTALLING 50 BUS BENCHES, WHICH ARE STILL AROUND TODAY, PAINTED WITH THE BULLY BUSTERS LOGO IN STRATEGIC AREAS IN THE COUNTY, AS WELL AS PLACING A BULLY BUSTERS LOGO WRAP ON A HART BUS, AND THAT WAS REALLY ATTRACTIVE.

THE BULLY BUSTERS PROGRAM HAS NOW WON FIVE NATIONAL AWARDS OF EXCELLENCE, INCLUDING THE COVETED FLORIDA GOVERNMENT COMMUNICATORS ASSOCIATION'S CRYSTAL AWARD.

IT HAS BEEN SPOTLIGHTED IN THE NATIONAL MEDIA, INCLUDING THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF COUNTIES NEWSPAPER AND AMERICAN CITY AND COUNTY MAGAZINE AND ON NICKELODEON'S NICK NEWS SHOW.

NOW ROSE FERLITA HAS BEEN HONORED BY THE FBI IN WASHINGTON FOR ALL OF HER BULLY BUSTERS EFFORTS, AND WE'RE SO PROUD TO RECOGNIZE HER TODAY.

THAT IS REALLY AWESOME, AND HERE'S YOUR COMMENDATION.

EVERYTHING IN THE COMMENDATION I READ, BUT I KNOW THAT YOU ARE DETERMINED TO FIND A SAFER PLACE FOR OUR CHILDREN, AND WE SHARE THAT -- THAT COMMON INTEREST, REALLY PROTECTING OUR KIDS IN OUR COMMUNITY AND GETTING THEM OFF TO A GOOD START.

SO I WANT YOU TO SAY A FEW WORDS.

>> SURE.

FIRST OF ALL, COMMISSIONER MURMAN, THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR THE INVITATION TO BE HERE.

MR. CHAIRMAN, COMMISSIONERS, IT'S A PLEASURE TO SEE YOU ALL.

LADIES AND GENTLEMEN AS WELL.

I'VE HAD THE PLEASURE OF COMING BACK HOME AND VISITING WITH SOME OF YOU AND SITTING NEXT TO ANOTHER FORMER COLLEAGUE, AND THAT WAS CITY COUNCIL MEMBER MARY ALVAREZ, SO THINGS CONTINUE TO GO.

FIRST, WHEN THE COMMISSIONER INVITED ME TO COME DOWN HERE, I THOUGHT IN A SENSE I WASN'T SURE WHY I WAS GOING TO BE ACKNOWLEDGED FOR BEING ACKNOWLEDGED, BUT LET ME JUST TELL YOU A LITTLE BIT OF THE SENSE OF WHY I'M HAPPY TO HAVE THIS OPPORTUNITY, THANKS TO SANDY.

WHEN THE FBI FIRST CALLED ME IN JUNE, GIVEN THE ENVIRONMENT THAT YOU GUYS WORK IN AND I ONCE WORKED IN, YOU'RE NOT REAL COMFORTABLE WHEN THEY SAY, WE WANT YOU TO COME DOWN AND VISIT US.

[LAUGHTER]

OKAY.

SHOULD I BRING ANYTHING LIKE AN ATTORNEY OR SOMETHING?

NO, NO, NO, NO, WE JUST WANT YOU TO COME AND VISIT.

SO ONCE I REALIZED WHY I WAS VISITING THE LOCAL FBI AGENTS, IT WAS -- THERE'S NO WAY TO EXPLAIN IT EXCEPT HONORED, HUMBLED, EXCITED, DELIGHTED WHEN THEY TOLD ME THAT I HAD BEEN SELECTED TO WIN THE FBI DIRECTOR'S COMMUNITY LEADERSHIP AWARD, FLOWN TO WASHINGTON, TO THE J. EDGAR HOOVER BUILDING, WHERE THEIR DIRECTOR, THE FBI DIRECTOR OF THIS ENTIRE NATION, MR. MUELLER, DELIVERED THIS TO ME.

I MEAN, THAT WAS JUST SOMETHING THAT ONCE I KNEW EVEN MORE THEN THAN I KNEW BEFORE ABOUT THE FBI AND WHAT THEY DO BEHIND THE SCENES, WHAT WE TAKE FOR GRANTED, SO JUST BEING WITH THEM FOR A LITTLE BIT WAS JUST SOMETHING THAT'S NOT REPLACEABLE.

BUT THE REASON TO COME HERE TODAY IS WHEN DIRECTOR MUELLER GAVE ME THAT AWARD, IT CAME BACK RIGHT HERE TO THIS PODIUM, SO I WAS HAPPY THAT COMMISSIONER MURMAN GAVE ME THE OPPORTUNITY TO COME DOWN AND JUST PUT IT INTO PERSPECTIVE.

THAT AWARD DIDN'T START WITH ROSE FERLITA, IT DIDN'T END WITH ROSE FERLITA, IT STARTED WITH WHAT WE HAD HERE, A TEAM, A TEAM THAT MADE SURE FROM DEPARTMENT HEADS TO COWORKERS TO COLLEAGUES HERE -- BY THE WAY, THAT -- I THANK YOU -- THAT SUPPORTED OUR INITIATIVE ALL THE WAY, TO NON-FOR-PROFIT VOLUNTEERS TO COMMITTEE MEMBERS TO PLAIN OLD CITIZENS.

WE KNEW THAT THERE WAS AN ISSUES THEN AS THERE IS NOW ABOUT ANTIBULLYING, AND WE IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY WANTED TO STAND TALL AND BE MODELS FOR WHAT NEEDED TO BE DONE NATIONWIDE.

SO WHEN DIRECTOR MUELLER HANDED ME THE AWARD, HE CERTAINLY MADE A LOT OF COMMENTS ABOUT THE IMPORTANCE OF OUR ANTIBULLYING EFFORTS AND HE THANKED ME FOR WHAT I DID FOR THE CITY OF TAMPA.

WELL, YOU, SANDY, HAVE GIVEN ME, AGAIN, IN CLOSING, THE OPPORTUNITY TO BRING THAT THANK YOU INTO PERSPECTIVE.

IT WAS NOT ABOUT ME, IT WAS ABOUT THE INITIATIVES, THE SWEAT EQUITY, THE -- THE GRANTS THAT WE ACCUMULATED, MY FRIEND, CHIEF DOCOBO, COMING DOWN AND GIVING US FORFEITURE DOLLARS, BECAUSE AT THE TIME WHEN WE ALL KNOW -- AND YOU CERTAINLY ARE AS SENSITIVE NOW AS YOU WERE THEN -- NO TAX DOLLARS, NO TAX DOLLARS, BUT STILL WE WERE ABLE TO ESTABLISH JUST AN INCREDIBLE ANTIBULLYING INITIATIVE THAT WE SO MUCH NEED NOW AS WE NEEDED THEN FOR THE CHILDREN THEN, NOW, AND AS WE GO FORWARD.

SO THAT IS THE REASON THAT I AM DELIGHTED THAT YOU GAVE ME THIS OPPORTUNITY TO SHARE THAT THANK YOU AND TELL THEM, AS DIRECTOR MUELLER TOLD ME, THANK YOU FOR WHAT YOU DID FOR THE CITY OF TAMPA.

I'M HERE AS A FORMER COMMISSIONER TO TELL MY COLLEAGUES AND MY FRIENDS THANK YOU FOR WHAT YOU'RE DOING FOR HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY.

WITH THAT, I CLOSE.

I TRUST THAT THE REST OF YOUR AGENDA TODAY IS PLEASANT.

IT IS, AGAIN, A PLEASURE TO SEE YOU ALL.

MARK, I AM HAPPY TO SEE THAT SOME THINGS DON'T CHANGE.

YOU'RE ALWAYS EQUIPPED WITH THE RIGHT BOOK FOR THE RIGHT OCCASION, AND THANK YOU FOR HAVING ME THIS MORNING.

IT'S A PLEASURE TO SEE YOU.

[APPLAUSE]

>>KEN HAGAN: AND ROSE --

>>SANDRA MURMAN: [INAUDIBLE]

>>KEN HAGAN: WELL, LET ME MAKE A COMMENT FIRST.

ROSE, I WANT TO, FIRST OF ALL, THANK COMMISSIONER MURMAN FOR INVITING YOU BACK HERE.

IT'S SUCH A PLEASURE TO SEE YOU AGAIN.

IT'S AN HONOR TO HAVE SERVED WITH YOU AND A BIGGER HONOR TO CALL YOU MY FRIEND.

YOU ARE AN OUTSTANDING PUBLIC SERVANT WHO WORKS TIRELESSLY FOR YOUR CONSTITUENTS, AND YOU ARE A FIERCE ADVOCATE FOR WHAT YOU BELIEVE IN.

YOUR LEADERSHIP INSPIRED ME AND MADE ME A BETTER COMMISSIONER, AND FOR THAT, I THANK YOU FOR THAT, AND THANK YOU FOR THAT FRIENDSHIP.

>> THAT FRIENDSHIP GOES BACK TO YOU, KEN.

I APPRECIATE IT.

THANK YOU.

>>KEN HAGAN: COMMISSIONER SHARPE.

>>MARK SHARPE: I WANT TO SAY AS WELL IT WAS AN HONOR SERVING WITH YOU AND WATCHING YOU IN ACTION.

YOU'RE JUST DOGGED, DETERMINED, FEARLESS, AND THIS ISSUE OF BULLYING IS AN ENORMOUS ISSUE.

MY KIDS ARE IN SCHOOL, MIDDLE, ELEMENTARY, AND HIGH, AND I TALK TO THEM EVERY DAY ABOUT, YOU KNOW, WHAT'S GOING ON IN THE CLASSROOM, AND YOUR PROGRAM HAS HAD AN IMPACT.

THE YOUNG KIDS ACTUALLY NOW RECOGNIZE WHEN IT'S OCCURRING, THAT IT'S WRONG, AND THEY WANT TO TAKE AFFIRMATIVE ACTION.

SO YOU'VE HAD A TREMENDOUS IMPACT, AND I'M GLAD THAT YOU'VE HAD AN OPPORTUNITY TO REST, AND WHEN YOU DECIDE TO COME BACK, I LEAVE IN TWO YEARS, SO IF YOU WANT TO TAKE MY SEAT, WE'D LIKE TO SEE YOU BACK ON THE HOT SEAT IN A COUPLE YEARS.

>>SANDRA MURMAN: WELL, I'M GLAD TO HEAR YOU SAY THAT, COMMISSIONER SHARPE, BECAUSE THE BULLY BUSTERS PROGRAM HAS BEEN TAKEN OVER BY THE SCHOOL DISTRICT, WHICH IS THE PROPER PLACE.

IT NEEDS TO BE IN THE CLASSROOM, IT NEEDS TO BE IN FRONT OF KIDS EVERY SINGLE DAY, AND WE'RE -- I'M VERY EXCITED THAT THAT HAPPENED AND HOPE WE GET -- WE'RE GETTING GOOD FEEDBACK FROM THAT, SO YOU STARTED SOMETHING REALLY GOOD.

>> WE STARTED SOMETHING REALLY GOOD.

>>KEN HAGAN: COMMISSIONER MILLER.

>> MARK, THANK YOU FOR THE COMMENTS.

>>LES MILLER, JR.: I'LL BE BRIEF, MR. CHAIRMAN.

ROSE, YOU KNOW, WE'RE DEAR FRIENDS.

ROSE AND MY WIFE SERVED ON THE CITY COUNCIL TOGETHER FOR MANY, MANY YEARS IN MY TENURE IN THE LEGISLATURE WHEN I WAS ABLE TO WORK WITH THEM ON SOME ISSUES THAT THE COUNTY AND THE CITY AND THE STATE WERE ABLE TO WORK TOGETHER ON, BUT ROSE IS A DEAR FRIEND, SHE'S ALWAYS BEEN A DEAR FRIEND, AND YOU'RE RIGHT, HER TENACITY OUTWEIGHS ANYTHING MORE THAN ANYTHING SHE'S EVER DONE, AND THIS BULLYING ISSUE AND HER TAKING IT BY THE HORNS IS VITALLY IMPORTANT, AND YOU DESERVE THE AWARD THAT THE FBI GAVE YOU, NOT HAVING TO TAKE ANY LAWYERS WITH YOU WHEN YOU WENT DOWN TO THE OFFICE, BUT THANK YOU FOR WHAT YOU'VE DONE, THANK YOU FOR YOUR FRIENDSHIP, THANK YOU FOR ALL THE LEADERSHIP THAT YOU PROVIDED TO THE CITY AND THE COUNTY, AND HOPEFULLY ONE DAY YOU'LL BE BACK INTO THE SWING OF THINGS, SO CONGRATULATIONS AGAIN.

>> I DON'T KNOW ABOUT THAT, BUT LES, OVER THE YEARS, THANK YOU FOR ALL THE SERVICE YOU'VE GIVEN US AT DIFFERENT LEVELS OF GOVERNMENT.

WE APPRECIATE IT.

SEND MY REGARDS TO YOUR WIFE.

>>LES MILLER, JR.: WILL DO.

>>KEN HAGAN: THANK YOU, COMMISSIONER MURMAN.

I'M PLEASED TO PRESENT OUR FINAL PROCLAMATION THIS MORNING, REPRESENT -- RECOGNIZING MAY 2012 AS AMYOTROPHIC LATERAL SCLEROSIS (ALS) MONTH AND URGING EVERYONE TO SUPPORT EFFORTS TO RAISE AWARENESS OF THIS DISEASE.

IS ALISSA GUTIERREZ HERE?

WOULD YOU PLEASE COME DOWN.

SHE'S THE MARKETING DIRECTOR OF THE ALS ASSOCIATION FLORIDA CHAPTER.

GOOD MORNING.

THANK YOU --

>> GOOD MORNING.

>>KEN HAGAN: -- FOR JOINING US TODAY.

>> THANK YOU.

>>KEN HAGAN: IT'S MY PLEASURE TO READ THIS PROCLAMATION.

WHEREAS, AMYOTROPHIC LATERAL SCLEROSIS (ALS), BETTER KNOWN AS LOU GEHRIG'S DISEASE, IS A PROGRESSIVE NEURODEGENERATIVE DISEASE THAT AFFECTS NERVE CELLS IN THE BRAIN AND SPINAL CORD AND FOR WHICH THERE IS NO KNOWN CAUSE, MEANS OF PREVENTION, OR CURE; AND WHEREAS, THE EARLY SYMPTOMS OF ALS INCLUDE WEAKNESS OF THE SKELETAL MUSCLES, ESPECIALLY INVOLVING THE ARMS AND LEGS, AND DIFFICULTY IN SWALLOWING, TALKING AND BREATHING, AND EVENTUALLY CAUSES MUSCLES TO ATROPHY AS THE PATIENT BECOMES A FUNCTIONAL QUADRIPLEGIC; AND WHEREAS, ALS DOES NOT AFFECT A PATIENT'S MENTAL CAPACITY; THEREFORE, THE PATIENT REMAINS ALERT AND AWARE OF HIS OR HER LOSS OF MOTOR FUNCTIONS AND THE INEVITABILITY OF CONTINUED DETERIORATION AND DEATH, AND ON AVERAGE, PATIENTS DIAGNOSED WITH ALS SURVIVE ONLY TWO TO FIVE YEARS AFTER THE DIAGNOSIS; AND WHEREAS, RESEARCH INDICATES THAT MILITARY VETERANS ARE TWICE AS LIKELY TO DEVELOP ALS THAN THOSE WHO HAVE NOT SERVED IN THE MILITARY; AND WHEREAS, THE DESIGNATION OF ALS AWARENESS MONTH WILL INCREASE AWARENESS REGARDING THE CIRCUMSTANCES OF ALS PATIENTS AND THE TERRIBLE IMPACT THIS DISEASE HAS, NOT ONLY ON THE PATIENT BUT ON THE PATIENT'S FAMILY AND THE LARGER COMMUNITY, AND WILL SUPPORT THE GOALS OF RESEARCH ON ALS, WHICH ARE TO FIND THE CAUSE OR CAUSES OF ALS, UNDERSTAND THE MECHANISMS INVOLVED IN THE PROGRESSION OF THE DISEASE, AND DEVELOP EFFECTIVE TREATMENT.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT PROCLAIMED THAT THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS OF HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, FLORIDA, DOES HEREBY DESIGNATE MAY 2012 AS AMYOTROPHIC LATERAL SCLEROSIS AWARENESS MONTH IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, AND URGES EVERYONE TO DO THEIR PART AND SUPPORT EFFORTS TO RAISE AWARENESS ABOUT THIS DISEASE AND TOGETHER FIGHT FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF TREATMENTS THAT EXTEND LIVES WHILE THE SEARCH FOR THE CURE CONTINUES.

EXECUTED THIS 16th DAY OF MAY, 2012, SIGNED BY ALL SEVEN OF THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS.

AND IT'S MY PRIVILEGE TO COME DOWN AND PRESENT THIS TO YOU AND ASK YOU TO SAY A FEW WORDS.

>> IT'S BEEN MORE THAN 70 YEARS SINCE LOU GEHRIG LOST HIS LIFE TO THIS DISEASE, AND WE HAVEN'T HAD VERY MUCH GOING ON SINCE THEN, I'M SORRY TO SAY.

THERE IS NO SINGLE TEST FOR ALS.

THERE'S NO KNOWN CAUSE, NO TREATMENT, AND NO CURE.

WHEN SOMEONE IS GIVEN THE DIAGNOSIS OF ALS, IT'S A DEATH SENTENCE.

AS THE COMMISSIONER JUST SAID, THEY SLOWLY BECOME QUADRIPLEGIC.

THEIR MINDS ARE INTACT, THEY KNOW EXACTLY WHAT'S HAPPENING TO THEM, BUT THEIR BODY HAS TURNED ON THEM.

WE HAVE HAD A BREAKTHROUGH MOST RECENTLY RIGHT HERE IN THE STATE OF FLORIDA IN OUR OWN BACKYARD AT THE MAYO CLINIC IN JACKSONVILLE THAT SCIENTISTS ARE CALLING A GAME CHANGER.

A SCIENTIST NAMED DR. ROSA RADEMAKERS AND HER TEAM DISCOVERED A GENE THAT IS RESPONSIBLE FOR MORE THAN 30% OF THE HEREDITARY FORM OF ALS KNOWN AS FAMILIAL ALS, SO WE'VE GOT THIS DISEASE AGAINST THE ROPES.

WE'RE STARTING TO FIGURE OUT WHAT GOES WRONG IN A BODY THAT CAUSES THIS DISEASE TO PROGRESS AND EVENTUALLY TAKE THE LIVES OF THE PEOPLE WHO HAVE IT, SO WE NEED TO KEEP THE MOMENTUM GOING, WE NEED TO KEEP FUNDING AND INTEREST IN THIS DISEASE, AND RESEARCH IS EVENTUALLY GOING TO FIND A CURE FOR IT, BUT JUST LETTING PEOPLE KNOW WHAT IT IS.

AND PEOPLE ARE FORGETTING ABOUT LOU GEHRIG AND WHO HE WAS AND WHAT HE SUFFERED WITH, SO IT'S VERY IMPORTANT THAT WE HAVE AWARENESS, AND I THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR MAKING MAY ALS AWARENESS MONTH IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU SO VERY MUCH.

THANK YOU.

[APPLAUSE]

>>KEN HAGAN: OKAY.

MR. MERRILL, WOULD YOU LIKE TO REVIEW THE CHANGES TO THE AGENDA.

>>MIKE MERRILL: YES, COMMISSIONERS.

WE HAVE ONE ITEM FOR BOARD CONSIDERATION PURSUANT TO RULE 13.

IT'S A 2:30 TIME CERTAIN.

IT'S REQUESTING STAFF AND THE COUNTY ATTORNEY TO LOOK AT HOW THE BOARD CAN ASSIST LAW ENFORCEMENT DEVELOPING A POLICY AND GUIDELINES FOR POTENTIAL HUMAN TRAFFICKING REGULATIONS AND ENFORCEMENT.

THAT WAS BROUGHT BY COMMISSIONER MURMAN.

WE HAVE TWO OFF-THE-AGENDA ITEMS.

B-10 IS AUTHORIZING THE CHAIRMAN TO EXECUTE THE STATE'S DEPARTMENT OF CHILDREN AND FAMILY STANDARD MEMORANDUM OF AGREEMENT SO THAT THE COUNTY CAN HAVE ACCESS TO -- LIMITED ACCESS TO THE FLORIDA SYSTEM DATA.

AT -- F-8, AN 11:00 TIME CERTAIN, IS A PRESENTATION FROM THE YBOR CITY MUSEUM SOCIETY SETTING OUT THEIR PROPOSAL TO CREATE THE AL LOPEZ BASEBALL MUSEUM.

THAT WAS BROUGHT BY COMMISSIONER BECKNER.

WE HAVE ONE DEFERRAL,

THAT'S A-35.

IT'S A SIXTH MODIFICATION TO THE CONTRACT FOR COMPREHENSIVE ODOR CONTROL AND CORROSION CONTROL WITH SIEMENS INDUSTRY.

THAT'S DEFERRED TO JUNE 6th.

WE HAVE ONE REVISION.

THAT'S A-22, A REVISION REQUESTED BY THE SUPERVISOR OF ELECTIONS.

THIS HAS TO DO WITH THE NEW AND ADJUSTED PRECINCT LINES, AND THE CHANGE IS TO NOTE THAT PRECINCT 638, WHICH HAD ZERO VOTERS, HAS BEEN MERGED WITH PRECINCT 633.

WE HAVE A LIST OF TIME CERTAINS.

AT 10:00 A.M. IS A REPORT ON INITIATIVES TO RESPOND TO CYCLICAL DEMANDS IN THE DEPARTMENT OF BUILDING SERVICES, BROUGHT BY COMMISSIONER HIGGINBOTHAM.

AT 10:15 WE HAVE TWO ITEMS, A SPECIAL APPEARANCE BY ED PEACHEY, PRESIDENT AND CEO OF TAMPA BAY WORKFORCE

ALLIANCE -- HE'LL BE PRESENTING THE AGENCY'S QUARTERLY ACTIVITY REPORT -- FOLLOWED BY ITEM B-6, WHICH WILL BE YOUR REQUESTED APPROVAL OF THE ALLIANCE BUDGET FOR FY 13.

10:30 TIME CERTAIN, G-1, IS A REPORT FROM THE CENTER FOR DEVELOPMENT SERVICES REGARDING UNLICENSED CONTRACTOR ACTIVITY.

10:45 F-7, COMMISSIONER HIGGINBOTHAM'S ITEM REGARDING A STATUS UPDATE FROM THE FIRE RESCUE FOLKS ON THE RELOCATION OF STATION 25 IN SPRINGHEAD AND BEALSVILLE.

11:00 A.M. IS THE -- ITEM F-8, PRESENTATION FROM THE YBOR CITY MUSEUM SOCIETY.

11:30 IS A SCHEDULED BOARD EXECUTIVE CLOSED SESSION.

11:45, RECESS FOR LUNCH.

RETURNING AT 1:30 WITH F-2, COMMISSIONER HAGAN'S ITEM ASKING ME TO DEVISE AN ACTION PLAN FOR THE BOARD'S CONSIDERATION REGARDING AGRICULTURAL FRUIT AND VEGETABLE STAND REGULATION.

1:45, F-3 IS APPROVAL OF AN AGREEMENT WITH THE TAMPA BAY CONVENTION AND VISITORS BUREAU FOR THE TAMPA BAY FILM COMMISSION.

WE HAVE FOUR PUBLIC HEARINGS BEGIN AT 2:00 P.M.

D-1 IS A HEARING TO ADOPT THE PROPOSED RESOLUTION ADOPTING A LIST OF REAL PROPERTY INVENTORY APPROPRIATE FOR AFFORDABLE HOUSING.

D-2, A PUBLIC HEARING TO ADOPT THE FINAL ASSESSMENT RESOLUTION TO CREATE WATER AND WASTEWATER IMPACT FEE ASSESSMENT UNIT 12201.

D-3 IS THE SECOND OF TWO REQUIRED PUBLIC HEARINGS FOR THE ST. JOSEPH'S HOSPITAL SOUTH DEVELOPMENT AGREEMENT.

AND THE FINAL PUBLIC HEARING, D-4, IS A HEARING TO APPROVE A RESOLUTION AMENDING AND RESTATING A DEVELOPMENT ORDER FOR SOUTHBEND DRI 145, WHICH AUTHORIZES THE COUNTY AND NRI EQUITY TAMPA TO ENTER INTO CAPITAL CONTRIBUTION FRONT ENDING AGREEMENT.

WE HAVE, THEN, A 2:15 TIME CERTAIN.

B-5 IS A DRAFT NOISE CONTROL ORDINANCE.

AND AT 2:30, YOUR FINAL TIME CERTAIN, F-9, IS A REQUEST TO DETERMINE HOW THE BOARD CAN ASSIST LAW ENFORCEMENT IN DEVELOPING POLICY AND GUIDELINES FOR POTENTIAL HUMAN TRAFFICKING REGULATIONS.

THOSE ARE YOUR TIME CERTAINS AND CHANGES.

>>KEVIN BECKNER: MOVE THE CHANGES.

>>KEN HAGAN: COMMISSIONER MURMAN.

>>SANDRA MURMAN: THANK YOU, MR. CHAIR.

MEMBERS, I ASKED TO HAVE A-35 -- EXCUSE ME -- DEFERRED.

THIS INVOLVES THE NORTHWEST BIOSOLIDS FACILITY.

MANY OF YOU MAY BE FAMILIAR WITH THAT.

I HAVE BEEN HEARING ABOUT IT SINCE I BECAME A COMMISSIONER ALMOST TWO YEARS AGO.

THIS IS COSTING US MILLIONS OF DOLLARS.

THIS ITEM TODAY WAS THE SIXTH MODIFICATION TO THE CONTRACT.

THE ODORS AND SMELLS IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD HAVE BEEN -- WELL, YOU CAN'T DESCRIBE IT.

THE COMPLAINTS, IT'S NEAR A SCHOOL, IT'S NEAR A SHOPPING CENTER, THERE'S A DEVELOPMENT THAT BACKS UP TO THE FACILITY.

I -- I AGREE, I ASKED FOR THE DEFERRAL, BUT WHAT I'D LIKE TO DO IS ASK THAT WE GET A FULL REPORT FROM THE UTILITIES DEPARTMENT ON WHAT EXACTLY THE PLAN IS TO FIX THIS.

I UNDERSTAND AN RFQ IS SUPPOSED TO GO OUT, AND NOW THAT THEY -- NOW THEY HAVE DELAYED THAT, HIRING ANOTHER CONSULTANT TO FORMULATE THE RFQ.

I DON'T KNOW WHERE ALL THIS STOPS, BUT I THINK WE NEED TO LOOK FOR A COMPREHENSIVE SOLUTION, ESPECIALLY FOR THESE -- THIS NEIGHBORHOOD.

I UNDERSTAND THE FACILITY WAS BUILT BEFORE THE HOUSES WENT IN THERE.

THAT'S ANOTHER ISSUE.

BUT WE NEED TO GET A FULL REPORT, AND IF WE'RE GOING TO ISSUE AN RFQ TO FIX IT, WE NEED TO MAKE SURE WE'RE HIRING A -- A COMPANY THAT HAS A TRACK RECORD FOR FIXING.

COMMISSIONER SHARPE AND I HAVE ALREADY GONE THROUGH THIS WITH TAMPA BAY WATER AND THE RESERVOIR, AND WE KNOW HOW IMPORTANT IT IS TO DO IT RIGHT AND NOT KEEP SPENDING MILLIONS OF TAXPAYER DOLLARS TO JUST PUT A BAND-AID ON A PROBLEM.

SO THAT WAS THE REASON FOR THE DEFERRAL SO YOU-ALL ARE AWARE OF THAT, AND I WILL SECOND THE CHANGES.

>>KEN HAGAN: MOTION TO APPROVE THE CHANGES BY COMMISSIONER BECKNER WITH THE -- WITH A-35 BEING DEFERRED, SECOND COMMISSIONER MURMAN.

PLEASE RECORD YOUR VOTE.

>>RECORDING SECRETARY: MOTION CARRIED 6-0.

>>KEN HAGAN: OKAY.

THE BOARD WILL GO INTO THE PUBLIC COMMENT PORTION OF THE AGENDA.

THE BOARD WELCOMES COMMENTS FROM CITIZENS ABOUT ANY ISSUE OR CONCERN.

WE'VE SET ASIDE 45 MINUTES FOR PUBLIC COMMENT THIS MORNING.

WHEN YOU COME FORWARD, PLEASE STATE YOUR NAME AND ADDRESS AND SPEAK CLEARLY INTO THE MICROPHONE.

EACH PERSON WILL BE GIVEN THREE MINUTES.

THE BUZZER WILL SOUND WHEN YOU HAVE 30 SECONDS REMAINING.

THE FIRST THREE SPEAKERS THIS MORNING, MICHAEL HAWORTH, DON THOMPSON, AND ED TILLOU.

GOOD MORNING, SIR.

>> GOOD MORNING.

MIKE HAWORTH, 2812 WEST GANDY BOULEVARD.

I WANTED TO APPLAUD THE TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA'S GENEROUS DONATION OF $5,000 TO ANIMAL SERVICES.

IT'S A GREAT PLACE TO START.

I HAVE AN ARTICLE THAT I HAVE COPIES OF FOR THE COMMISSIONERS ABOUT.

IT'S LABELED "NO-KILL AND AT CAPACITY: WHAT SHOULD THE AUSTIN ANIMAL CENTER DO NOW?"

IT'S BY WELLS DUNBAR FROM KUT NEWS.

IT WAS ON FRIDAY, MAY 11th, 2012.

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