Columbia County, FL, Parks Ordinance, No. 2020-08, 2020-06-18

Columbia County Attorney Joel Foreman sent a copy of this ordinance (see PDF) within minutes of being asked, along with this explanation:

Attached is the version of the Ordinance that was signed. The amendment was made at adoption to 78-3(B), adding that the Board would approve any supplemental rules by resolution.

Columbia County, FL BOCC Special Called Meeting 2020-06-18

Merrillee Malwitz-Jipson posted the below explanation on facebook (reposted here with permission):

The Columbia County Parks Ordinance No. 2020-08

It was discussed and voted on by the Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) last Thursday night (June 18, 2020), and Columbia County Attorney Joel Foreman considers the Parks Ordinance the “10 Commandments”. This Ordinance includes Rum Island Park.

It passed.

Going forward, any minor rules will be passed by Resolution.

This is the Agenda Item from last week’s Board meeting:

Agenda Item (6) Ordinance No. 2020-08 – Amending Chapter 78, Articles I, II, III, and VI Relating to the Use and Regulation of County Parks and Recreational Areas

This BOCC meeting item begins at timestamp: 1:04:13

Mr. Foreman’s explanation of strength of Ordinance: timestamp: 1:16:23

WHEN will the park OPEN: timestamp: 1:21:14

Commissioner Rocky Ford mentioned 3 weeks, but no one knew for sure.

According to BOCC there will be a second Rum Island Park public meeting at the Fort White Community Center, as promised. July 16, 2020. (evening meeting and these usually begin at 5:30 pm) timestamp: 1:25:00

The final Ordinance can be requested from Joel Foreman with the amendments as passed (unanimously passed, 5 yes).

video of meeting:

It was a Special Called Meeting, so I don’t know why the county’s video says Regular Session.

As mentioned, see PDF of the ordinance. Images of each page are on the WWALS website.

 -jsq, John S. Quarterman, Suwannee RIVERKEEPER®

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