BOCC to talk COVID, UF agreement, district map

An arena at the Alachua County Agriculture and Equestrian Center will be named after ag programs supporter and former County Commissioner Charles “Lee” Pinkoson as part of a packed agenda at the Alachua County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) regular meeting Tuesday.

The City of Newberry, Alachua County Farm Bureau, Farm Credit, Alachua County Cattlemen’s Association, UF/IFAS Extension, and the Alachua County Rural Concerns Advisory Committee all submitted letters to the BOCC in support of the arena naming.

Pinkoson served as an Alachua County Commissioner for 16 years.

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The BOCC will also hear a COVID-19 update and vote on updating the commission’s district map and amending the Alachua County Code.

Among several hearings on the agenda, the board will adopt an ordinance for solar facilities, major utilities and car washes as part of a Unified Land Development Code amendment.

There will also be a second public hearing and approve a motion to adopt the UF Campus Development Agreement for 2020 to 2030. The report will reflect inventory impacts to specified facilities and services due to UF planned growth through 2030, and includes adding improvements to Newnans Lake and growth for parking.

The BOCC will also participate with a Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (FDEO) letter to Bradford, Gilchrist, and Levy, Putnam and Union County administrators to request the development of a regional technology planning as outlined in the FDEO broadband planning toolkit.

The public may attend the 11:30 a.m. meeting virtually and in-person. Public comment will be taken both virtually and in-person. Masks are strongly encouraged for those who are unvaccinated. The commission will take public comment in person or by calling 1-800-741-8011. The public may view the meeting on Cox Channel 12, Facebook, and the County’s Video on Demand website.

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