Virtual Monday: Safety Harbor City Commission

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Closing a portion of Main Street for outdoor dining, extending the city’s “state of emergency,” possibly giving out vouchers to use at local businesses, and other COVID-19-related items should be up for discussion at the Monday Safety Harbor City Commission meeting.

Once again, the 7 p.m. meeting will be virtual, using Zoom technology to protect the health and safety of residents and visitors during this pandemic.

Among the items on the agenda: approving funds to maintain the city-owned Mullet Creek from erosion that threatens a pedestrian bridge at 6th Ave. N and a retention pond on 5th Street, and approving funds to install a 20-ft gazebo at Folly Farms park.

Not on the official agenda but expected to be discussed are proposals from the May 4 meeting from Mayor Joe Ayoub and Commissioner Carlos Diaz to provide some kind of aid to local businesses.

Several cities in the area have closed off streets to vehicle traffic to provide more outside seating for restaurants that have to follow safe-distancing rules and limited inside capacity. Mayor Ayoub has suggested doing this on weekends on a portion of Main Street.

Commissioner Diaz has proposed giving city residents $25 vouchers to be used at local businesses to help spark the sagging economy. Also suggested at the last meeting was giving utility bill discounts to businesses and/or residents.

The public can watch or Listen Live:
-Call In: Toll-free 877-853-5257 or 888-475-4499
-Mobile Device: The Zoom application is available from the Apple App Store or Google Play Store. Enter Zoom Meeting ID # 950 2474 5277
-Web Browser:
-City Website:
-Television: Spectrum Channel 638 | WOW! Channel 15 | Frontier Channel 30

To Offer Public Comment:

Emailed comments under 500 words will be read aloud during the meeting, longer emails will be provided to the City Commissioners but will not be read aloud.
-Mail To: City Clerk, Attn: Public Comment | 750 Main Street | Safety Harbor, FL 34695. Mailed comments under 500 words will be read aloud during the meeting, longer emails will be provided to the City Commissioners but will not be read aloud.
-Voice Live During Meeting: “Raise Your Hand” and the host will be notified that you wish to comment, and you will be called on at the appropriate time. Please note that live public comment may only be shared during the associated agenda item or as part of “audience to be heard”. At all other times, live participants will be on “mute” to minimize background noise and feedback.

To Raise Your Hand:
– From your telephone touchpad, Press Star (*) and then 9
– From web browser or mobile app, use the “Raise Hand” icon

For a complete agenda for the Monday meeting go to

Walt spent 35 years as a reporter, feature writer. TV critic and columnist for The Tampa Tribune. Prior to that he worked in the public relations office at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and as a reporter for The Greenville (SC) News. He and his wife, Debbie, have lived in Safety Harbor for 10 years. He also taught media writing courses at the University of Tampa. Since moving here, he has been active with the Safety Harbor Art and Music Center, hosting a monthly storytelling night.