At the December 16, 2014, Board of County Commissioners meeting, the board took the following action:
Bed tax -- adopted an ordinance adding a sixth cent to the Tourist Development Tax known as the bed tax and amending the Tourist Development Plan to provide for authorized uses of the extra revenue.
Baseball complex -- authorized staff to negotiate a possible land swap with the city of West Palm Beach to help facilitate a new baseball Spring Training complex. The county would consider an exchange of 1.8 acres of land in downtown West Palm Beach for 131 acres of city-owned property at the southeast corner of 45th Street and Haverhill Road, plus approximately 27 adjacent acres for parking and recreational uses.
Economic development -- approved an economic development incentive grant agreement with defense contractor Lockheed Martin (previously known as Project Palm Tree) in the amount of $320,800. This is half of the required local match with the cities of Riviera Beach and West Palm Beach each providing $160,400 toward the remaining match balance. No new jobs will be created, but the company promises to retain 401 existing full-time jobs for four years at an annual average salary of $84,900. If the company is not awarded the new defense contract, no county funds will be distributed.
Business Development Board -- approved $100,000 in supplemental funding for the Business Development Board of Palm Beach County to provide business recruitment assistance, and business retention and expansion services in the county.
Metro Mobility – approved a $250,000 contribution to the settlement of claims between Metro Mobility and the Amalgamated Transit Union on behalf of Metro employees represented by the union for back pay.
Purchasing -- approved on preliminary reading and to advertise for public hearing on January 13, 2015, an amendment to the Local Preference in Purchasing Ordinance to make local preference available to all procurements governed by the purchasing code, instead of only those exceeding the mandatory bid or proposal amount of $50,000. The board also approved on preliminary reading and to advertise for public hearing on January 13, 2015, amendments to the Purchasing Code and Recycled Paper Product Procurement ordinances.
HIV/AIDS -- approved a memorandum of agreement with the Florida Department of Health to provide up to $500,000 for the period March 1, 2014, through December 31, 2014, for the purchase and distribution of drugs to Ryan White clients participating in the AIDS Drug Assistance Program.
Roads -- adopted a series of amendments to the county's five-year road program as part of the program's required annual update.
Comp plan -- adopted an ordinance updating the five-year capital improvement tables in the capital improvements element of the Palm Beach County Comprehensive Plan.
Annexation -- approved interlocal agreements with the village of Palm Springs for the voluntary annexation of eight enclaves. One enclave, .67 acre in size, is located on the northwest corner of 2nd Avenue North and the E4 Canal. The other seven enclaves, comprised of 40 separate parcels totaling 9.71 acres, are located north of Lake Worth Road east of Military Trail.
Fire safety codes -- approved an ordinance adopting local amendments to the updated Florida Fire Prevention Code as recommended by the Fire Code Board.
Fair and Impartial Policing -- agreed to sponsor a one-day seminar on the science-based Fair and Impartial Policing Perspective by Catalyst for Justice. Facilitator Dr. Lorie Fridell, a nationally recognized expert who developed the program, will be paid approximately $2,000.