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  Public Hearings     12.    
BCC Regular Meeting   
Meeting Date: 11/17/2016  
Issue:    5:33 p.m. Public Hearing - Vacate a Portion of an Alleyway in Block 58 of Englewood Heights
From: Joy D. Blackmon, P.E.
Department: Public Works  
CAO Approval:

RECOMMENDATION:
5:33 p.m. Public Hearing for Consideration of the Petition to Vacate a Portion of an Alleyway in Block 58 of Englewood Heights Subdivision:

Recommendation:  That the Board take the following action concerning the Petition to Vacate a Portion of an Alleyway in Block 58 of Englewood Heights Subdivision (20 feet x 150 feet), as petitioned by Ronald D. Ramsey:

A. Approve or deny the Petition to Vacate a Portion of an Alleyway in Block 58 of Englewood Heights Subdivision (20 feet x 150 feet), as petitioned by Ronald D. Ramsey; 

B. Accept the Hold/Harmless Agreement;

C. Adopt the Resolution to Vacate; and

D. Authorize the Chairman or Vice Chairman to accept the documents as of the day of delivery of the documents to the Chairman or Vice Chairman, and authorize the Chairman or Vice Chairman to execute them at that time.
BACKGROUND:
This request, originally presented at the May 5, 2016, meeting, was not approved due to the objection of an adjacent property owner. The petitioner, Mr. Ramsey, has now reduced the size of the Vacation request from 20 feet x 300 feet to 20 feet x 150 feet.

The petitioner owns 150 feet on the south side and 180 feet on the north side of the 20' wide alleyway in Block 58 of Englewood Heights, as recorded in Plat Deed Book 59, Page 107 of the Official Records of Escambia County, Florida. Block 58 is bordered by West Hayes Street to the north, West Baars Street to the south, North "F" Street to the west, and North "E" Street to the east. Mr. Ramsey is requesting that the Board vacate any interest the County has in the 20' wide alleyway (20 feet x 150 feet) located in Block 58. Staff has made no representations to the petitioner or the petitioner's agent, Mr. Gary Byrd, that Board approval of this request confirms the vesting or return of title of the land to the petitioner or to any other interested party. 

There are no encroachment issues involved with this Vacation request. Staff has reviewed the request and has no objection to the Vacation. All utility companies concerned have been contacted and have no objections to the requested Vacation. No one will be denied access to his or her property as a result of this Vacation.
BUDGETARY IMPACT:
Indirect staff cost associated with the preparation of recommendation.
LEGAL CONSIDERATIONS/SIGN-OFF:
N/A
PERSONNEL:
All work associated with this request is being done in-house and no additional staff is required.
POLICY/REQUIREMENT FOR BOARD ACTION:
This recommendation is based on the Board’s Vacating, Abandoning, and Closing Existing Public Streets, Rights-of-Way, Alleyways, Roads, Highways, Other Places Used for Travel or Other Lands Dedicated for Public Use or Purposes, or Any Portions Thereof to Renounce and Disclaim Any Right of the County and The Public In and To Said Lands policy for closing, vacating and abandoning County owned property – Section III and Florida Statutes, Chapter 336.
IMPLEMENTATION/COORDINATION:
Upon Board approval of the Vacation, the necessary documents will be signed and it will be the responsibility of the Petitioner or Petitioner's agent to have the documents recorded in the public record and to advertise the required public notifications.

Attachments
Petition to Vacate
Aerial Map - Englewood Heights
Hold/Harmless Agreement
Certification of Property Owners
Property Owner List
Resolution
Notice of Adoption

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