COUNTY LINES, CITY LIMITS

County manager earns a top honor


Published: Monday, June 1, 2009 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, May 31, 2009 at 11:12 p.m.

Alachua County Manager Randall Reid earned a top honor at the Florida City and County Managers Association annual conference in St. Augustine last week when President Ed Mitchell, city administrator of Palm Beach, announced Reid had won the President's Award.

The award honors one manager from Florida's 67 counties and 460 cities who has demonstrated dedicated leadership and commitment to the profession of local public management, according to a county press release.

"I was very surprised," Reid said. "Going to the conference, I knew Alachua County had won the Community Sustainability Award and the Program Excellence Award for Community Partnership, but winning the President's Award was an unexpected honor and a meaningful affirmation of the many years I have spent in public service."

Tiki Hut OK: The new tiki hut outside Ballyhoo Grill on West Newberry Road didn't have a building permit when construction began - but that's OK.

Florida law exempts companies employing or owned by members of the Seminole Tribe from building permits and the thatched roof at the popular bar and restaurant was constructed by a company owned by a Seminole.

Owner Chris Fragale said their decision to contract with Gregory Osceola Building Company Inc. for the construction was at least partially driven by the fact that a building permit wasn't required.

"We're a Key West theme restaurant and what else would go better with a tiki hut than that concept?" Fragale said. "We finally made it happen. That was already space zoned for seating. We just get to use it all year now instead of 100 days out of the year."

The law exempts building permits that require a licensed contractor and an engineer certificate. However, the structure still had to meet city of Gainesville codes regarding set backs and height requirements.

Peaceful Paths Makeover: Local professionals in the business of providing beauty makeovers are among those helping to make possible a new office for Peaceful Paths, the domestic abuse network serving Alachua County.

The organization's office at 2100 N.W. 53rd Ave. was destroyed by fire in February. But today, a press conference will be held to announce the contractor and architect for a new facility that will be built, in part, with money from the Mission Makeover fundraiser.

Partners in the makeover project, including Dermacare Laser and Skin Care Clinic, Tower Dental Associates, Sadove Cosmetic Surgery and Salon 119, will present a check to Peaceful Paths toward the rebuilding fund.

"We are proud to be able to present these funds to such an important cause," said Dr. Richard Sadove in a press release. "Making a difference in the life of one victim was meaningful to our group, and Peaceful Paths impacts victims every day. The reconstruction of their outreach facility is critical to our community."

Peaceful Paths estimated it will need about $100,000 to complete the facility.

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