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Posted on: August 4, 2021

[ARCHIVED] August 2021 Council Updates

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August 2nd Council Meeting Recap

State Representative Patt Maney sworn in newly elected council member Jim Bagby.

City Manager Report:

Building Fund - Motion passed 5-0, to adopt Resolution 21-10 to establish a Building Fund as a Special Revenue Fund effective immediately and approve the internal budget transfer included as Exhibit A to Resolution 21-10

1st Quarter Financial/Investment Report - Mr. Brian Haugen and Mr. Steve Cann of Raymond James briefed the City Council on the current status of the city investment accounts with Raymond James.

Post Certificate of Occupancy Building Inspections - Motion passed 5-0, to direct staff to draft an ordinance requiring inspections be performed every 10 years on any structure identified as a threshold building as defined in Florida Statutes 553.71 Section 12 at the expense of the property owner or the homeowner’s association, whichever is applicable. The inspection is required to be performed by a Florida Certified Special Inspector as defined by Florida Statutes 553.71 Section 9; and include inspection of the building’s foundation and sub-surfaces. The report must be written under seal of the Special Inspector and attest to the required maintenance, structural integrity, useful life, and replacement costs of the common elements. A copy of the inspection report must be provided to the City of Destin within 90 days of the end of the 10-year period with any necessary repairs required to be completed within 180 days after the inspection. Buildings already surpassed the 10-year mark will be allowed one year to complete their inspection.

Cross Town Connector Update - Motion passed 5-0, to accept Contract Amendment No. 2 for Atkins North America, Inc to implement the multimodal elements and right-of-way options selected by the council for an additional amount not to exceed $147,000. 

FY22 Health Insurance Renewal/Upgrade - Motion passed 5-0, to direct the City Manager to execute a contract for health insurance effective September 1, 2021 as proposed by Acentria. 

Business Performance Consulting Services - Motion passed 5-0, to direct the City Manager to contact other municipalities or governmental entities in the state, particularly in North Florida, to see if anyone is utilizing a business performance consulting services and the results they have, and report information back to council. 

Appointment of representative to the Tourist Development Council (TDC) - Motion passed 5-0, to appoint Councilmember Dewey Destin as the city’s representative to the TDC. 


Public meeting – Timberview Helicopter Agreement – in the Annex Chambers on Tuesday, August 3rd at 5:30 PM.

Annual Big Truck Day event scheduled for Friday, August 6th, 9-11 a.m., in the Destin Community Center parking lot.

School starts on August 10th.

Grand opening of the Destin High School scheduled for Thursday, August 5th, at 6:00 PM.

The city is monitoring CDC guideline and the health department directive relative to the resurgence of COVID. No further action being contemplated at this time.

A third budget workshop is tentatively scheduled for Monday, August 9th. It was the consensus of the council to wait until after the individual budget meeting with staff to decide whether a workshop is necessary.

Council Comments: 

Councilmember Ramswell - There had been some old piling from the Crystal Beach pier that washed away in 1974. Overtime a lot of the wood structure had rotted away resulting in exposed rebar. Many are concern this could result in serious injury to people. Councilmember Ramswell asked staff to determine whether there is an existing submerged land lease, or who has the authority that can action to rectify the situation. The City Attorney has spoken with the general counsel for FDEP and the Okaloosa County attorney about this issue. Both entities are looking into it. He will work with them and inform the council of their findings. Councilmember Ramswell asked for livery vessel update to include the number of permits that have been issued. The City Manager will obtain information from the Code Compliance Manager and send it to council via email.

Councilmember Bagby - Councilmember Bagby requests the topic, “Discussion on staff attendance at council meetings and workshops” be placed under his name on the next council meeting’s agenda; and “Staff Reporting Matrix” on the September 20th council meetings agenda. Councilmember Bagby asked staff to find out the last time the County TDC conducted a survey of the Crystal Beach Erosion Control Line.

Councilmember Hebert - Councilmember Hebert inquired as to the next City Manager‘s evaluation. HR Manager noted that the evaluation will be conducted in October 2021.

Councilmember Schmidt - Place on the next meeting agenda under his name “Discussion on Capt. Royal Melvin Heritage Park” and invite the general contractor to the meeting to provide status of the project, address the list of the issues, as well as the city’s expectations moving forward.

Mayor Jarvis - Mayor Jarvis requests motion from the council to lower speed limit on all city owned street and roadway to 30 mph with the exception of those with lower speed limit already in place (Councilmember Destin agreed to place this item under his name on the next meeting agenda). 

Traffic stoppage at Whataburger, Krispy Kreme and Chick-fil-A - Councilmember Hebert requests discussion of the drive-thru’s of the above businesses be placed under her name on the September 7th council meeting agenda.

Land Use Attorney - Motion passed 5-0, to excuse the absence of Councilmember Rodney Braden. 

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