July 27, 2004
Ms. Doris Sintic
14025 Crane Terrace
Clearwater, FL 33762
On July 18, you sent me an email
expressing concern about annexations in the Feather Sound area. As you are
aware, the City of St. Petersburg has annexed a commercial area on
Ulmerton Road, which is south and east of Heron Boulevard. The owner of
this property was willing to have his property annexed apparently in
exchange for certain financial incentives offered by the City. I should
note that our County did pose several questions to the City regarding this
annexation as to its appropriateness and the ability of the City to
serve.. However, the City did proceed to approve that annexation at its
meeting of July 15.
It is also required that a written
report, with a recommendation, be made by the Pinellas Planning Council,
as to whether the City has the ability to provide municipal services to
that area. That action was heard by the Pinellas Planning Council on July
Earlier, the City of St. Petersburg
annexed the Gateway preserve area, which is to the north and east of
Feather Sound. Pinellas County urged the State to oppose this annexation.
The Stale approved and the City, however proceeded to annex the area.
The important consideration regarding
annexations is the willingness of the landowners. With respect to the
Feather Sound residential area, no property can be annexed by the City of
St. Petersburg without a majority of the affected residents, or property
owners, being receptive to the proposal. Even though, as you pointed out,
the City is to the south, north, and east of Feather Sound, that does not
in any way compromise that community's position concerning annexation. In
fact, there are many areas in Pinellas County, especially in mid-County,
where such irregular municipal boundaries are very common due to property
owners' unwillingness to annex.
If you desire to get a more in-depth
review of the way in which annexation laws apply to your Feather Sound
area, I would encourage you to talk with Gordon Beardslee or Brian Smith
in the County Planning Department at (727) 464-8200. You can be assured
that your County Commission and County staff highly value the Feather
Sound community and will provide any assistance to you, either as a
community, or groups or as individuals.