Below are the news briefs from the Tallahassee City Commission meeting that took place on February 8, 2023.
The city faced a power outage and was delayed for a while leading to the meeting being shortened compared to normal meetings.
The commission pulled an item – the noise ordinance update – from the agenda. Commissioner Jeremy Matlow stated that he is looking forward to the public getting a chance to hear an update on the issue, and that he is not sure why it is being delayed.
The commission approved the 905 Briarcliffe subdivision plat on a consent item without discussion. The site map can be viewed here and the official document can be viewed here.
The commission approved an agenda item that would prepare an ordinance that creates a registration process for properties in foreclosure. In this proposal, the city is considering a model based on other cities across Florida, which they have found provided “a financial incentive to property owners as these properties could be eligible for tax reimbursement.” The presentation that was made before the commission can be viewed here.
Commissioner Matlow noted that he viewed the proposal as “bureaucracy for bureaucracy’s sake” and he was having a hard time seeing the point of the issue.
The registry that would be set up would be managed by the city so that the homes that are vacated stay “in compliance with code.” Commissioner Dianne Williams-Cox said that much of the “blight” that is seen from these unkempt homes is because they’re owned by the bank and no one is actively maintaining the properties.
Commissioner Curtis Richardson said this kind of plan could be a revenue generator for affordable housing funds stemmed from lending institutions that are not taking care of these properties.
The city approved a measure to apply for the 2023 Rebuilding American Infrastructure with Sustainability and Equity (RAISE) grant. The project is facilitated by the U.S. Department of Transportation. The upfront cost for the local match for the grant is $3 million from the City of Tallahassee and $1 million from the Blueprint Intergovernmental Agency. The presentation made before the city can be viewed here.
Towards the end of the meeting – when commissioners were free to share comments regarding issues of their choice – Commissioner Jeremy Matlow came out against the Florida Legislature considering constitutional carry legislation. Matlow called it “one of the most reckless proposals” considered in the last few years while acknowledging that local municipalities are preempted from imposing any sort of gun control or ammunition control ordinance per Florida Supreme Court decision.
The full meeting can be viewed here.
I have heard of complaints from hotel patrons of loud music and noise coming from Matlow’s pizza place across the street late at night.
“…and that he is not sure why it is being delayed.”
He knows exactly why it is delayed.
As far as open carry is concerned, Matlow wants the law abiding public unarmed, the police restricted and crime to run rampant. A paradise for Matlow, Porter and the like where they can wallow in their woke heroism.
Personally, I would like to have it where those that Carry a Gun also have a Carry Permit. You take a Course that lasts a Day where you get to actually Shoot a Gun and then you set an Appointment to get your Photo Taken and pay a small fee and you get your Permit in the Mail.
Why do you need to create a registration process for properties in foreclosure? If I let my Property or House get run down, I receive a Notice to get it back up to Code or face Fines. Why do you not do that with Properties that are Foreclosed on or that have been Abandoned? If you DO, then there’s your Registry.
The mayor and city manager should have offered the reason the noise ordinance update was postponed.
The foreclosure registration issue Matlow rightly believes it is more bureaucracy while Commissioners Curtis and Williams-Cox are jibber jabbering how they support it. A successful private business owner who owns several businesses and asks legitimate questions… good for him. Curtis and Diane are bought and paid for by special interests and there in lies there continuous nonsense that has not addressed the high crime rate, poverty, homelessness, and economic development successfully.
It is Commissioner Matlow’s advocating for a nationwide search for a nationwide search for a new city manager would be a game changer for Tallahassee is the issue that should be at the top of the agenda.
Matlow couldn’t curb crime if his career depended on it. I motion all future City Commission meetings be held Saturday night, at 9pm, at the McDonalds just off Monroe and Orange Ave. I motion all City Commissioners be banned from possessing any firearms. Write Sen Simon and demand SB150 be amended to allow Open Carry. If crime wasn’t so f’n bad, we wouldn’t be having this discussion.
I want to live in Hawaii and have a summer home in Alaska but I cannot afford it. By our elected officials reasoning, the Government should provide it to me. I cannot afford to live in Miami so why do I have to pay someone’s rent to live there?
All new low income housing should FIRST be built in each Florida House and Senate member’s neighborhood. Any addition housing in our local official’s neighborhood. Bring the crime to them first. Destroy there property value first before they screw us.
~ The city approved a measure to apply for the 2023 Rebuilding American Infrastructure with Sustainability and Equity (RAISE) grant. The project is facilitated by the U.S. Department of Transportation.
Gotta get rid of those racist overpasses don’t ya know. Peter Peginbutt will be happy Wokeahassee is on board.
~ Commissioner Jeremy Matlow came out against the Florida Legislature considering constitutional carry legislation.
Looks like Pizza Boy only wants the criminals to be armed. Pizza Boy hates the idea of public safety. I guess if one of his employees gets killed during an armed robbery of one of his botulism bistros, he’ll give the surviving family members a discount on pizza to show his compassion.