Variance legality debated by commissioner/attorney

Published: Thursday, May 1, 2014 at 10:45 AM.

But Novak wondered aloud whether the hardship wasn’t created years before, suggesting the adjacent land being created as a park by the U.S. Department of the Interior could be considered the cause.

The BOCC accepted the deed with Bryan voting no, contending that in her legal opinion the BOCC’s course of action was wrong.

Administrator pay

With little discussion commissioners approved a motion from Commissioner Carmen McLemore to increase the annual salary of county administrator Don Butler to equal that of Sheriff Mike Harrison.

Harrison, as a constitutional officer, has his salary, roughly $104,000 per year, set by the Florida Legislature.

Bryan, while not specifically dissenting, said the item was not on the agenda and the BOCC should allow for public input before upping Butler’s salary by roughly $20,000 a year.

Bryan, who also wondered where the additional money would come from, was overruled and Butler’s salary was raised to $104,000 effective immediately.

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