Forward Pinellas Virtual Meetings

During the state of emergency due to COVID-19, the Forward Pinellas Board will hold virtual public meetings provided that the State of Florida’s Executive Order 20-69 is in effect at the time of the scheduled meeting. The Forward Pinellas Board will hold its next public meeting virtually on Wednesday, September 9, at 1 p.m. to ensure public safety and comply with the Governor’s Safer at Home order in response to the COVID-19 virus. Take a look at how you can get involved.

Watch or listen to the meetings

You can call into the meeting and listen at 1-312-626-6799, 1-646-558-8656, 1-253-215-8782, 1-301-715-8592, 1-346-248-7799, or 1-669-900-9128. Webinar ID: 885 3247 7408

Participate in the meeting

Visit https://forwardpinellas.org/attend (Webinar ID number: 885 3247 7408

Call in to the Zoom meeting at one of the following numbers: 1-312-626-6799, 1-646-558-8656, 1-253-215-8782, 1-301-715-8592, 1-346-248-7799, or 1-669-900-9128. (Webinar ID number: 885 3247 7408)

Visual materials

Public comments during the virtual meetings are audio only.  You may submit other materials in advance of the meeting to become part of the record by emailing info@forwardpinellas.org.

Send advance public comments:

(Deadline September 8 at 5 p.m.)

All comments received by 5:00 p.m. the day before the meeting will be included as part of the official record for this meeting and will be available to be considered by the Forward Pinellas Board prior to any action taken.

Forward Pinellas Board public participation and decorum rules for virtual meetings

  • Please be respectful of others' opinions, and refrain from making personal attacks. Any person who becomes disorderly or who fails to confine remarks to the identified subject or business at hand shall be cautioned by the Chair and given the opportunity to conclude remarks on the subject in a decorous manner and within the designated time limit. Any person failing to comply as cautioned may be barred from making any additional comments during the meeting by the Chair, unless permission to continue or again address the board is granted by the majority of the board members present.
  • If the Chair or board declares an individual out of order, he or she may be muted by the moderator.
  • All remarks shall be addressed to the board as a body and not to any member thereof.
  • No person, other than a member of the board and the person having the floor, may be permitted to enter into any discussion, either directly or through a member of the board, without permission of the Chair. No question may be asked except through the Chair.
  • Speakers should make their comments concise and to the point.
For those participating in the meeting or wishing to address the board on an item, please review these Zoom guidelines.

Reasonable accommodation requests during COVID-19 pandemic

Persons with disabilities who need to request reasonable accommodation(s) to effectively participate in this meeting may contact Pinellas County's Office of Human Rights. As Pinellas County is currently operating under a Declaration of Emergency relating to the COVID-19 Pandemic, and is practicing CDC recommended social distancing protocols, staff from the Office of Human Rights is working remotely from the office.

Persons with disabilities who need reasonable accommodations are asked to e-mail such requests to both pvalenti@pinellascounty.org and to jlorick@pinellascounty.org at least three (3) business days in advance of the need for reasonable accommodation. You may also call 727-464-4882.

Persons who are deaf or hard of hearing may provide public input through use of the State of Florida's relay service at 7-1-1.

More information about the ADA, and requests for reasonable accommodation, may be found on the Office of Human Rights website.

The Forward Pinellas Board will conduct the metropolitan planning organization public hearings first, followed by the Pinellas Planning Council public hearings.

Pinellas County Metropolitan Planning Organization

Role call votes are required for Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) items and the annual adoption of priorities. Items will be presented to the board and opportunity will be given for public comment. The board will then close the public hearing, ask any questions, deliberate and take action.

Pinellas Planning Council

Forward Pinellas staff will present the items, then any of the Applicant Local Government(s) desiring to do so may address their item(s). Once these reports are given, proponents of any of the proposals will be permitted to speak, then opponents, and finally any other citizens who wish to comment or ask questions on any of the proposals. The board will then hear rebuttal by the applicant as necessary, and a staff response or summary. The board members will ask any questions and then will close the public hearing. The board will then deliberate and take action.