April 16 City Council Meeting Brief: Ordinances on Wireless Facilities and Beer and Wine Consumption Approved

April 17, 2019, Green Cove Springs, FL – Green Cove Springs City Council approved the second and final reading of two City Ordinances during Tuesday, April 16, meeting.

Ordinance No. O-06-2019, pertaining to utility poles for wireless facilities on City rights-of-way, amends Chapter 74 of the City Code of Ordinances and creates Chapter 82 entitled “Communications Facilities Rights-Of-Way Ordinance.” This ordinance is in response to the state legislature bill “Advanced Wireless Infrastructure Deployment Act,” passed in June 2017, which regulates how wireless communication companies can place new utility poles and equipment on city rights-of-way. The council passed this ordinance as a way to manage the growth of wireless communications facilities within city limits in accordance with this new state law.

Ordinance No. O-08-2019 amends City Code Section 62-138(2), which allows the possession, consumption, or serving of beer and wine at City sponsored events in Spring Park under limited condition. Amendments in this ordinance includes extending the period of time of serving beer and wine from three hours to four hours, and establishes signage to mark the area where the consumption of beer and wine is allowed.

 City Council also agreed to move the discussion to participate in Florida Municipal Power Association’s solar program to May. Several other Florida cities have agreed to be part of the program, which would allow FMPA to work with these cities in how to incorporate solar power into the city electric grid.

Other topics moved to May for discussion include evaluating the priority of projects in the City’s loan for electrical grid upgrades, discussing partnerships with i9 Sports for fall sports programming and Planet Swim for the funding of swim lessons for Summer 2019.

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