Manatee County Government Administrative Center Commission Chambers, First Floor 9:00 a.m. - May 8, 2018
REVISED May 8, 2018 - Regular Meeting
Agenda Item #38

Ordinance 18-23, amending the Manatee County Code of Ordinances to Prohibit Private, Unattended Installations, Displays or Exhibits on the Grounds of Public Buildings


Contact and/or Presenter Information
Joy Leggett-Murphy, Property Acquisition Division Manager, Property Management, Extension 3439

Mathew Whyte, General Counsel for Angelina "Angel" Colonneso, Clerk of the Circuit Court, Extension 4005

Action Requested

ADOPT Ordinance 18-23, amending Sections 2-21-121 through 2-21-122 of Article IX of the Manatee County Code of Ordinances, regarding safe, unobstructed access to public buildings.

Enabling/Regulating Authority
Section 125.01, Florida Statutes
Section 125.66, Florida Statutes
Chapter 2-21, Manatee County Code of Laws

Background Discussion
  • The Clerk of Circuit Court has received requests from a local religious organization to display a religious symbol on the Historic Courthouse property during the winter holiday season. 
  • While the Clerk has been able to accommodate the request, there is concern that if other organizations have similar requests, multiple displays cannot be accommodated. 
  • Furthermore, the most recent request to display a religious symbol sought to change the location of the display and permission to use electricity from the Historic Courthouse.  The request also sought approval to use open flames as part of the ceremony. 
  • As a result, there is concern regarding the impact of such displays on County-owned property.
  • Ordinance 18-23 would amend Article IX of Chapter 2-21 of the Manatee County Code of Laws.
  • This change will prohibit private individuals and organizations from erecting or attempting to erect private, unattended installations, displays, exhibits, and similar objects at, on, or within public buildings owned or occupied by Manatee County, except for property designated as a park.

County Attorney Review
Formal Written Review (Opinion memo must be attached)

Explanation of Other

Reviewing Attorney

Instructions to Board Records
A certified copy of Ordinance 18-23 is to be filed with the Department of State within 10 days after enactment.

Provide a fully executed copy of the Ordinance to Assistant County Attorney Katharine Zamboni, to Information Outreach Manager Nicholas Azzara, and to Property Management Director Charlie Bishop.

Cost and Funds Source Account Number and Name

Amount and Frequency of Recurring Costs

Attachment:  Ordinance 18-23.pdf
Attachment:  Affidavit Proof of Publication Ordinance 18-23.pdf
Attachment:  Response Memorandum to CAO Matter No. 2017-0558.pdf