Safety Harbor Commission Returns to City Hall Monday

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With limited capacity and social-distancing in place, the Safety Harbor City Commission plans to return to the city hall building for a public meeting at 7 p.m. Monday night.

Masks are not required but are strongly suggested for this meeting which has a short agenda and a list of safety protocols, including taking the temperatures of all attendees.

This is the first face-to-face commission meeting since April when restrictions caused by the COVID-19 virus pandemic resulted in virtual Zoom meetings.

On the agenda:

+ More discussion about providing financial relief to residents and small businesses in the city. Commissioners have indicated at previous meetings that they are willing to allot $200,000 to $300,000 to aid to local businesses and individuals adversely impacted by the COVID-19 virus.

+ Presentation of 2019 Volunteer of the Year to William Schumacher, Board of Trustees for the Firefighters Pension Trust Fund.

+ A public-hearing on a conditional use application to allow a tourist home at a house on 85 7th Street North.

+ Presentation of the Mayor’s Award of Excellence.

There were be a sign-in sheet for all attendees who must have their temperatures taken. Attendees must also note that they have not recently traveled by air. They also must agree that they nor of their household have been recently exposed to know cases of COVID-19.

Anyone with a temperature over 100.4 will be asked to leave. Those persons may leave written comments or their phone number if they intended to speak,

All rooms in city hall will be kept at 50 percent capacity and attendees must keep 6-foot distancing. However, groups of fewer than 10 people from the same household may sit together.

Once the meeting room reaches 50 percent capacity, any overflow may remain in the lobby with 6-foot distancing. Audio of the meeting will be provided in the lobby.

Those making public comments during the allotted times will be asked not to touch the microphone.

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.