City of Tampa City Council Notice of VIRTUAL Meeting for Quasi-Judicial Hearings

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Thursday, August 6, 2020 - 6:00pm
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TAMPA CITY COUNCIL

NOTICE OF VIRTUAL MEETING

FOR QUASI-JUDICIAL HEARINGS

 

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, a virtual (through the use of communications media technology or “CMT”) meeting of the City Council of the City of Tampa, Florida, has been scheduled to conduct quasi-judicial hearings and other land-use matters as follows:

 

Date:                  Thursday, August 6, 2020

Time:                  6:00 PM

Location:           Communications Media Technology (see below)

Agenda:            https://atg.tampagov.net/sirepub/meetresults.aspx

  

This virtual meeting of the City Council will be held in accordance with declarations and provisions of the Governor’s Executive Orders 20-69 and 20-179, as they may be further extended, and Emergency Rules of Procedure as adopted and amended by the City Council. It will be conducted by remote participation or video teleconferencing, which is referred to by State of Florida statutes and rules as “communications media technology” (“CMT”).

 

The public and citizens of the City of Tampa will be able to watch, listen or view this meeting on:

 

Cable TV:   Spectrum Channel 640

                     Frontier Channel 15

Internet:    https://www.tampagov.net/livestream

          or       https://facebook.com/CityofTampaFL/

 

PLEASE NOTE: A virtual/CMT quasi-judicial hearing will be conducted only for those matters for which the Applicant and Property Owner have executed and timely submitted a Release, and Grant of Indemnification and Hold Harmless on the form provided by the City of Tampa.

 

TO PARTICIPATE IN A VIRTUAL PUBLIC HEARING ON A QUASI-JUDICIAL MATTER:

 

  1. 1.    Pre-registration to Participate via CMT During the Meeting:

 

Applicants, witnesses and other interested parties must pre-register to participate in a virtual public hearing by completing an online registration form located at: https://www.tampagov.net/quasi or by calling 813-274-8397 by no later than 5:00 PM two business days prior to the hearing date (e.g., by 5:00 PM on a Tuesday if the hearing is scheduled for that Thursday; and by 5:00 PM on a Thursday if the hearing is scheduled for the following Monday). All requests must include the file number (or property address) for the hearing in which you wish to participate.

 

  1. 2.    CMT Device Required in Order to Participate:

 

In order to participate via CMT you must have access to a communications media device (such as a tablet or a computer equipped with a camera and microphone) that will enable you to be seen (video) and heard (audio) by the City Council and all other participants.

 

          For more information about the virtual Quasi-Judicial hearings,           including schedules, a link to registrations forms, and detailed instructions on how to participate through the use of CMT, see:           https://www.tampagov.net/quasi

 

3.  Public Access to a CMT Device: Those individuals who do not have access to a communications media device or are otherwise unable to participate via CMT, may utilize the communications media technology facilities that will be made available to the public by the City of Tampa, during the virtual public hearings, at:

 

The Tampa Convention Center

333 S. Franklin Street, Tampa FL 33602 (Channel Entrance only).

 

Those who wish to participate by using a public CMT device must also pre-register to participate in this manner by completing an online registration form or calling 813-274-8397 no later than 5:00 PM two business days prior to the hearing date. All requests must indicate that you will be using City of Tampa public CMT facilities, and include the file number (or property address) for the hearing in which you wish to participate.

 

PLEASE NOTE: The members of the City Council will NOT be present at the Tampa Convention Center but will be participating in the virtual public hearings via CMT. Only testimony and evidence related to the hearings will be heard, not general public comment. Use of masks and social distancing inside the building are required.

 

SUBMISSION BY PARTICIPANTS OF EVIDENCE TO BE VIEWED DURING A VIRTUAL PUBLIC HEARING ON A QUASI-JUDICIAL MATTER:

 

Any registered participant who wishes to show PowerPoint presentations, renderings, photos, and other such documents and evidence for viewing by the City Council and those watching the virtual public hearing, must submit all such evidence to be received no later than 5:00 PM two business days prior to the hearing date, by:

 

 

  • Ø Via U.S. Mail or physical delivery by deadline to:

         City Clerk

          315 East Kennedy Boulevard, Tampa, FL 33602

 

All evidence submitted for viewing at the hearing must include the file number (or property address) for the hearing for which the evidence is to be considered.

 

TO SEND COMMENTS IN ADVANCE VIA E-MAIL:

 

You may e-mail public comments, factual petitions, letters and other documents to CouncilQuasiBox@tampagov.net (include your name, address and the file number or property address for the hearing about which you are commenting) by no later than 5:00 PM two business days prior to the hearing date in order for them to be included in the written record to be reviewed by the City Council.

 

Voicemail and live testimony via CMT will be heard during each public hearing and become part of the record of the hearing. Written comments received by mail or email will be distributed to the City Council, and will also be included in the record of the hearing. All testimony and evidence received timely by mail, email, voicemail and CMT will be afforded equal consideration as if the statements were made in person.

 

Persons in need of assistance or having questions regarding any of these means of public participation should call the Office of the City Clerk (813) 274-8397.

 

Should any person desire to appeal any decision of the Tampa City Council with respect to any matter to be considered at this meeting, that person shall ensure that a verbatim record of the proceeding is made including all testimony and evidence upon which any appeal may be based (F.S. 286.0105).

 

In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”) and Section 286.26, Florida Statutes, persons with disabilities needing a reasonable accommodation to participate in this public hearing or meeting should contact the City of Tampa’s ADA Coordinator at least 48 hours prior to the proceeding. The ADA Coordinator may be contacted via phone at 813-274-3964, email at TampaADA@tampagov.net, or by submitting an ADA - Accommodations Request form available online at tampagov.net/ADARequest.

Any person who decides to appeal any decision made with respect to any matter considered at this public hearing or meeting are advised, in accordance with Section 286.0105, Florida Statutes, that they will need a record of the proceedings, and for such purpose may need to hire a court reporter to ensure that a verbatim record of the proceeding is made, which record includes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal is to be based.