This item has been removed from the Leon County Commission meeting agenda.
After a request from the Golden Eagle Homes Association (HOA), the Leon County Commission is set to approve the Leon County Sheriff’s Office (LCSO) jurisdiction over traffic enforcement within the Golden Eagle neighborhood.
Golden Eagle is a private community located north of Bannerman Road and west of Thomasville Road in northeast Leon County.
In July 2023, staff was contacted by the HOA regarding options that would allow State traffic laws to be enforced by local law enforcement on the private roads within Golden Eagle.
Pursuant to State statute, the LCSO does not have traffic control jurisdiction over private roads. However, Section 316.006(3)(b), Florida Statutes (F.S.), provides that a county may exercise jurisdiction over the private roads in the unincorporated area of the county if the county and the party owning or controlling the private roads provide for county traffic control jurisdiction by a written agreement approved by the board of county commissioners.
The law further requires that the county consult with the sheriff prior to entering into such an agreement.
According to the agenda item, LCSO has been consulted and has agreed to enforce State traffic control laws upon execution of an agreement.
On August 2, 2023, the HOA Board of Directors voted to adopt a resolution to have state traffic laws enforced by LCSO within the Golden Eagle
Community and authorized the County and LCSO to proceed with the development of an agreement.
Under the agreement, the County will not assume any maintenance responsibility. Maintenance, repair, and signage associated with the private
roads remains the sole responsibility of the HOA. The HOA will also be responsible for installing any stop or speed limit signs the County determines necessary to enhance traffic safety within the subdivision.
The agreement does not entitle the HOA to any specific level of law enforcement presence or activity within the subdivision. LCSO will provide the same level of traffic enforcement in the Golden Eagle Community as to the general public. Specifically, LCSO will determine the allocation, disposition, assignment, and function of law enforcement within the subdivision based on its established prioritization criteria for any such speeding or other traffic related complaints.
The HOA may, however, request to employ off-duty LCSO deputies for traffic
enforcement during a specified period. If LCSO authorizes off-duty deputies to provide this extra level of enforcement, the Golden Eagle HOA will be responsible for payment for these services based upon a rate negotiated with LCSO. The provision of such services would be addressed in a
separate agreement between the HOA and LCSO. As such, the County would not be involved in the negotiation or payment of any of these services.
The item will considered by the Leon County Commission on September 12th.