Manatee County Government Administrative Center First Floor, Commission Chambers 9:00 a.m. - February 13, 2018
REVISED February 13, 2018 - Regular Meeting
Agenda Item #53

Naming of the Judicial Center Jury Assembly Room after Circuit Judge Gilbert A. Smith, Sr.


Contact and/or Presenter Information
  • Dan Schlandt, Deputy County Administrator, ext. 3732, or
  • Mitchell O. Palmer, County Attorney, ext. 3750

Action Requested
Adoption of Resolution R-18-015, designating the jury assembly room in the Manatee County Judicial Center building as the Circuit Judge Gilbert A. Smith, Sr. Jury Assembly Room.

Enabling/Regulating Authority
  • Chapter 125, Florida Statutes
  • Resolution R-93-156

Background Discussion
Former Circuit Judge Gilbert A. Smith, Sr. passed away on October 23, 2017, at the age of 94, in South Carolina.

In a letter dated December 19, 2017, the Chief Judge of the Twelfth Judicial Circuit asked the Board of County Commissioners to consider naming the jury assembly room in the Manatee County Judicial Center building after Judge Smith.  The Chief Judge's letter, along with a copy of a Sarasota Herald-Tribune editorial about Judge Smith's distinguished career, is the first attachment below.

The Board of County Commissioners subsequently directed County Administration and the Office of the County Attorney to work on accomplishing the request of the Chief Judge.

Per Resolution R-93-156, an advertised public hearing is necessary.  Proof of publication in the Bradenton Herald is the second attachment below.

The County Administrator's Office, Court Administration and the Office of the County Attorney, have jointly prepared a formal Resolution to accomplish the desired goal. The proposed Resolution is the third attachment below.

County Attorney Review
Other (Requires explanation in field below)

Explanation of Other
The Resolution was prepared with oversight by the Office of the County Attorney.

Reviewing Attorney

Instructions to Board Records
Assuming adoption, please provide one fully executed copy of the Resolution to County Attorney Mitchell O. Palmer.

Cost and Funds Source Account Number and Name
$4,407.81 for signage; BCC reserve for contingency (001-0990000-599000)

Amount and Frequency of Recurring Costs

Attachment:  Williams_Jury Assembly Room_12-19-17 (002).pdf
Attachment:  Smith_Proof of Publication.pdf
Attachment:  Gilbert Smith Jury Room Resolution_18-015_1-16-18.pdf