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City’s Stormwater, Traffic Calming Task Force disband

Posted on February 10, 2017 by Mat Pellegrino

The City of Gulf Breeze and board members representing the city’s Stormwater Task Force and Traffic Calming Task Force have decided that they’ve done all they can do to address problems in the city in relation to their respected duties.
At last Wednesday’s Executive Committee meeting at Gulf Breeze City Hall, City Manager Edwin “Buz” Eddy told city council that both groups have not met in “some time” and they have submitted a final report to the city regarding all they have done and the city can do regarding any problems in the future.
The city formed the Stormwater Task Force in 2014 following the April 2014 floods that devastated the area to help identify which areas in the city were in need of flood relief projects. And in 2015, the Traffic Calming Task Force was formed to help address concerns from citizens over excessive vehicle speeds in certain neighborhoods/cut-thrus.
Both boards, all run by volunteers, have helped negotiate a number of projects to help fight reckless drivers and help reduce issues within the city in regards to flooding.
“They’ve done all they can,” Eddy said at the Executive Committee meeting last Wednesday.
Since both boards fall under Florida’s Sunshine Law, Eddy said it was ultimately pointless to have the boards still functioning, but not meeting.
“Due to rules governing citizen members of task forces and committees such as these and given the fact that both groups have completed their work, it may make sense to officially terminate the Stormwater Task Force and Traffic Calming Task Force. By doing so, citizens on these committees will not be subject to restrictions in personal interaction with other citizens and other disclosure requirements,” Eddy said.
City council members agreed that the task forces should dismantle since they’ve turned in their final reports.
“Both the Stormwater Task Force and the Traffic Calming Task Force have completed their initial mission,” Eddy said. “Should it become necessary to re-establish either one or both, that would be fairly easy to accomplish.”