Sunday, July 22, 2018

Guardian of the Waterway Jen Lomberk brings a lawyer's brain and environmentalist’s heart to her work as Matanzas Riverkeeper (Folio Weekly Magazine Cover Story)

Looks like developers mouthpieces have met their match -- Matanzas Riverkeeper Jen Lomberk, who studied environmental and land use planning law with the best, at the University of Florida Levin College of Law.  I'm impressed with her work and advocacy, most recently on saving Fish Island.





COVER STORY

Guardian of the Waterway

Jen Lomberk brings a lawyer's brain and environmentalist’s heart to her work as Matanzas Riverkeeper

Posted 
Nestled along the water you’ll find a vibrantly colored rustic building adorned with reclaimed wood and a beautiful view of the Matanzas River. Inside, there’s a solitary, clean room with hardwood floors; a single desk stands by the window and several diplomas are hung on the wall. The Matanzas Riverkeeper definitely has the best office around.
After starting her career as an attorney, Jen Lomberk found herself longing to escape the high-heeled world, wishing for a job that could incorporate her skills, education and love of nature in a more relaxing atmosphere. In late 2017, her dream came true when she became the Matanzas Riverkeeper. She’s traded heels for boots and she couldn’t be happier. “I saw this job as a way that I could use my legal degree to have a positive influence the policies that affect our water,” Lomberk writes in an email.
It’s a beautiful day when I meet the engaging woman who spends her days protecting one of the most unspoiled waterways in Florida, so we decide to sit outside to discuss her new role. A smoldering fire pit creates a cozy climate as we settle into wooden chairs facing the water; behind us sits Genung’s Fish Camp, a relaxed, quintessential Old Florida spot that seems like the perfect place to hang out for a spell or stock up for a day on the water.
Lomberk follows in the footsteps of Neil Armingeon, who hung up his boots last year after four years on the job. As the founder of the organization, Armingeon, also formerly the St. Johns Riverkeeper, is a tough act to follow, but Lomberk is absolutely up to the task. A native Floridian, she holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Central Florida, as well as a Juris Doctor from the University of Florida’s Levin College of Law, where she specialized in environmental and land-use law and policy. Her experience includes work on a broad spectrum of environmental and conservation projects, such as municipal beach regulation in Florida, national park management in The Bahamas, conservation easements to protect sea turtles’ nesting habitat, and serving as staff attorney for Alachua Conservation Trust. The river is truly in capable hands.
More than 20 lush miles with beautiful surroundings comprise the Matanzas River. Starting at the St. Augustine Inlet, it runs south 16 miles, where it flows to the Matanzas Inlet and continues on for several miles. The tidal river provides water to several state parks, such as Washington Oaks, Faver-Dykes, River-to-Sea Preserve at Marineland and Pellicer Creek Aqua Preserve. The fish-filled river is full of sprawling salt marshes fed by tidal creeks, and has oyster beds along its edges south of St. Augustine. In addition to common aquatic wildlife like egret, heron and anhinga, once in a while you can spot a sea turtle or a dolphin pod. Fishermen rave over the untapped beauty and abundance within the peaceful waterway, where mostly smaller crafts are run; larger boats can have difficulty navigating certain areas due to marshland and oyster beds.
Approximately one-third of the riverfront is developed; the rest is either open land or publicly owned. Lomberk says these wild spaces are jeopardized by the influx of housing projects in St. Johns County, the third-fastest-growing county in the state (14th in the nation), and she doesn’t see any signs of development subsiding. “There is a paradoxical relationship between our natural areas and development,” she says. “People want to live in pristine natural areas, but the process of developing those areas to build homes inevitably degrades those natural areas.”
Like many environmentalists, she decries urban sprawl and urges smarter development focused on places with existing infrastructure, so that existing natural areas remain intact for habitat, ecosystem services (such as converting carbon dioxide to oxygen, absorbing floodwaters, etc.) and recreation. “Otherwise, we are going to lose all of the things that make this place a wonderful place to live,” she says.
The Matanzas Riverkeeper organization is licensed by the Robert F. Kennedy-founded Waterkeeper Alliance, an international group based in New York that includes more than 300 organizations across the globe. Riverkeepers like Jen Lomberk are environmental stewards tasked with protecting the body of water they oversee. They are often the first to sound the alarm when the dirty deeds of businesses or individuals spill into local waterways; they organize cleanups, promote recreation and generally serve as the voice of their river. As nonprofits, Riverkeepers have more flexibility to advocate than do government organizations, because they don’t have to navigate all that red tape and bureaucracy. This also means they can speak out strongly when a situation calls for tenacity.
As we gaze at the river flowing by, Lomberk discusses the job of keeping the Matanzas River clean, saying that urbanization is the biggest danger to making sure the water stays drinkable, fishable and swimmable. One of the main sources of pollution, stormwater runoff, intensifies with each new development built along the river. Lomberk says that she understands why people want to live alongside the engaging river—but she also thinks the state needs better laws to preserve the waterway for years and generations to come.
It’s a mission that keeps Lomberk busy working the three pillars of the organization: advocacy, education and engagement. You can hear the passion and determination in her voice as she discusses the waterway gently lapping at the shoreline nearby.
Lomberk’s advocacy includes supporting state legislation that promotes and supports the health of the river, and opposing any such that could harm it. As this is an election year, much focus has turned to environmental issues. Lomberk applauds any attention paid to preservation, algae blooms and offshore drilling, but finds it frustrating that many politicians confine their advocacy to just their campaign time when, in reality, such issues have been around for years, and will remain in play after those elected begin their terms and interest in preserving the ecosystem wanes.
Lomberk closely follows the state legislative session, and encourages people to get involved with legislation that would help support the river. She also organizes events to further support the river. Though many legislators are sympathetic to these issues, and have passed laws and rules designed to minimize pollution, these are not retroactive, which limits their effect.
This year, Lomberk and others were successful in their effort to get an initiative on the November ballot that would ban offshore drilling and fracking. Advocates and a broad, grassroots coalition of concerned citizens who do not want their waterways contaminated by an oil spill campaigned hard for the amendment, ultimately convincing the Constitutional Revision Commission to put it on the ballot. In order to pass, it will need 60 percent of the vote. Even though the amendment is coupled with the unrelated effort to prohibit vaping in the workplace, Lomberk is determined to score a win. The odds may be in her favor, as the banning of offshore drilling has acquired broad support among voters. “Offshore drilling has been a bipartisan [issue], because if there is a leak, it would be detrimental,” she says.
Lomberk is also closely following a proposal to turn over responsibility for regulating discharge of dredged or fill materials into U.S. waters. The governing legislation, §404 of the Clean Water Act, is currently administered by the Environmental Protection Agency and implemented by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers; Florida Department of Environmental Protection is in the process of trying to take over the program. “The problem is that if FDEP assumes authority over this program, they will not get any additional resources to implement it and they are already stretched pretty thin,” Lomberk says. “This is worrisome because this program protects sensitive waterbodies like the wetlands in our area that retain flood water during storm events, filter and clean polluted water, and provide critical habitat for fish and other wildlife.” Further complicating the issue is the fact that §404 is currently under revision, which means that FDEP may not even know precisely what it is assuming authority over if its efforts are successful.
Equally as important as legislation is Lomberk’s work to preserve lands around the river and its watershed. St. Johns County used to have a viable program for this effort, but she says the county now lacks sufficient funds. The nonprofit North Florida Land Trust is also on the front lines of preserving lands crucial to maintaining the health of the river. Other states, such as New Jersey, offer incentives for landowners to designate their land as preserved, but Florida does not have a similar program in place. Last month, the courts may have delivered a gift to conservationists like Lomberk; on June 15, a judge ruled in favor of a coalition of environmentalists, including the St. Johns Riverkeeper, who had sued the state for failing to comply with 2014’s Water & Land Conservation Amendment requiring it to use a third of real estate documentary stamp taxes for land acquisition, restoration and management. 
Public support and awareness of environmental issues is key to protecting the ecosystem. Even the simple act of speaking to groups of citizens about septic systems today can help protect the river of tomorrow. Jen Lomberk engages the public by collaborating with residents, local organizations and government agencies, and says she enjoys working with folks on grassroots initiatives. She keeps them informed of upcoming events and works with them to clean up the water as well as help spread awareness about the importance of preserving the river.
“I love the concept of a waterkeeper—someone whose job it is to act as a voice for the water and work to protect it,” Lomberk says. “But as romantic as that notion is, actually affecting change to protect our waterbodies is an extremely difficult task.”
In addition to raising awareness about why the river should be preserved, Riverkeepers like Lomberk teach people about the effects of different pollutants. Many residents use herbicides or pesticides in their yards—and much of that winds up in waterways, causing or intensifying algae blooms, fish kills and other environmental degradation. There are also the serious issues of agricultural and industrial runoff, and septic systems that leach into the river, which can cause elevated levels of fecal coliform. As we chatted by the river, she said that they were currently seeking people who have docks on their property to farm oysters, which would assist in the Riverkeeper’s joint effort with the University of Florida to collect data on the Matanzas oysters. Information is another weapon in a Riverkeeper’s arsenal.
The vital work of a Riverkeeper is ever-changing; Lomberk says that one day she might be teaching kids, the next photographing eagles, the next lobbying a legislator, all to benefit the Matanzas River.
“There isn’t really such a thing as a typical workday for me,” she explains, without a hint of regret. It’s good to know Jen Lomberk has found her dream job by the water.
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How Developer Lobbyists and County Attorney PATRICK FRANCIS McCORMACK Torpedoed Lobbying Registration for St. Johns County:





Disgraced former County Commission Chair PRISCILLA BENNETT a/k/a "RACHAEL BENNETT" and other corporate lobbyists worked with County Attorney PATRICK FRANCIS McCORMACK to submarine and torpedo lobbyist registration.

Government watchdog Thomas F. Reynolds, Jr. first raised the issue five years ago, based upon the weight of authority from enlightened Florida cities and counties.   I continued the campaign, often raising the issue, without any response for years.

Kudos to Commissioner James K. Johns, then-outgoing chair, who raised the issue in November 2017 at his last meeting as Chair.

On March 20, 2018, Commissioners directed that the ordinance be drafted.  

Estimable County Attorney PATRICK McCORMACK then consulted "stakeholders" (read: lobbyists), with NO consultations with experts, concerned citizens and true stakeholders, as well as:

  • Law professors, 
  • League of Women Voters, 
  • Common Cause, 
  • Sierra Club, 
  • 100 Friends of Florida or 
  • anyone other than lobbyists.


Then. the simple lobbying registration ordinance was set for the June 19 Commission meeting.

Then the lobbying registration ordinance was pulled, sub silentio.

Commissioner James K. Johns rightly questioned why, and noted that people were contacting him about drafts he had not been shown.

Then the lobbying registration ordinance was put on the  July 17 meeting (item 13), video herehttp://stjohnscountyfl.swagit.com/play/07172018-549

Four all-Republican Commissioners emitted a series of elephantine excuses, showing who wears the pants in St. Johns County.  

Hint: It's not the five all-white, all-male, all-Republican County Commissioners.  

Its former Commission Chair PRISCILLA BENNETT a/k/a "RACHAEL BENNETT."  

I've asked former Commission Chair BENNETT to disclose her clients of COGITO LLC, a home business.

Is former Commission Chair BENNETT still working for State Senator TRAVIS HUTSON's family development company and its undisclosed foreign investors?

Is BENNETT receiving compensation in the form of unethical contingency agreements, banned under state, county and city lobbyist registration schemes?

IF so, will the FBI investigate BENNETT and others for possible Hobbs Act violations?

Misusing the term "stakeholders" as a synonym for "lobbyist," corrupt County Attorney PATRICK FRANCIS McCORMACK literally ran away from me as I was seated at my table at the July 17, 2018 County Commission meting.

Why?  I quietly asked the sneaky snake about his misuse of the term "stakeholder." 

This is an epic example of "terminological inexactitude," as Sir Winston Spencer Church would put it.

St. Johns County Attorney PATRICK McCORMACK is a snaky, sneaky, lying louche developer corporation-coddling government lawyer.  

This dingbat developer doormat's future as a corporate whore is now secure.   

Prediction:  some corporate law firm will hire this former Navy Captain, whose expertise in submarining and torpedoing lobbying registration legislation makes him a prime target for the "deferred bribe," as Ralph Nader would put it.




There's corrupt developer lobbyist RACHAEL BENNETT, with Sheriff DAVID SHOAR f/k/a "HOAR" and his haughty henchmen, including BILL McCLURE and JERRY CAMERON, when BENNETT was St. Johns County Commission Chair, at dedication of HHS Building a/k/a "Gauze Mahal," wielding a pair of $140 scissors that disappeared. 

Here's what disgraced ex-Commissioner PRISCILLA BENNETT wrote:


Attached Message
FromRebecca Lavie
To'Rachael Bennett' ; Commissioner Henry Dean
SubjectRE: Lobbyist ordinance
DateTue, 12 Jun 2018 13:20:21 +0000
Dear Rachael,
Thank you for your comments on the proposed lobbyist ordinance. The ordinance has been pulled from the June 19 agenda, and it will likely be placed on the agenda for the first August meeting. The ordinance is not intended to impede open communication between the County and its citizens; however, the Board of County Commissioners has directed this office to present a draft ordinance for their consideration in order to increase transparency. This discussion took place at the March 20 BCC meeting. I will attempt to address the scenarios you have presented in your emails.
For instance, today I got an adjacent property owner notice about a public hearing. I have been contacting staff for various pieces of information as any informed citizen should. Only requests for information- no expression of opinion or stance. Do I have to fill out a lobbyist form? No, because it is for me personally.
In this scenario, you have been asking for information for your own purposes but have not sought to influence the outcome of any official action. This does not fall within the definition of lobbying.
But what if that information turns out to be relevant to a client and two weeks later they ask me to go to the hearing to speak on their behalf?
Even if your prior communications had sought to influence the outcome of an official action (as opposed to simply seeking information), you would not be considered a lobbyist under the ordinance for the purpose of your earlier communications because you were not representing a principal at the time your communications with staff occurred. With respect to speaking at a public hearing, this would appear to fall within one of the exceptions in the ordinance.
What if I get the information and then they speak on their own behalf? Did I lobby?
If your communications with staff were limited to information gathering, and the client spoke on his or her own behalf, this would not be lobbying under the ordinance.
Now- what if that adjacent property owner notice was sent to a client and they asked me to find out the info. Same emails went to same staff as a means of obtaining information. Only requests for information- no expression of opinion or stance. No decision has been made about whether to participate in the public hearing. Is the request for information now considered lobbying?
This is not lobbying as long as the communication is limited to gathering information and does not seek to influence the outcome of an official action.
At what point in the information discovery process does contact become part of the lobbying process? Not until an opinion is expressed? At first contact?
Contact becomes part of the lobbying process at the point when there is communication that attempts to influence the outcome of an official action. Requests for information, by themselves, do not constitute lobbying.
During application review, every applicant (usually a planner or attorney or engineer) routinely "discusses" issues with staff multiple times for every submittal until all items are ironed out. If the application is going to public hearing, is this lobbying? If it is going to public hearing, is the resubmittal of an application on WATS an act of lobbying?
Most conversations with County staff are going to fall outside the scope of the ordinance. The definition of lobbying applies to communications with the County Administrator, Assistant County Administrator, County Commissioners, appointed board members, and County employees with final decisionmaking authority. This definition is intended to exclude most of the communications with staff you describe here which are mostly limited to technical aspects of the application.
And- WHO is going to keep track of all this, and what is the fiscal impact of this absurd process.
The way the ordinance is currently set up, each County office will have a lobbyist log (basically a sign-in sheet) that a lobbyist will be required to fill out at each occasion of lobbying. County departments will forward their logs to the County Attorney’s office, and we will keep them on file for the required retention period. For meetings that occur outside County offices, or by telephone, the lobbyist is responsible for contacting the County Attorney’s office. OMB has reviewed the ordinance and determined that the fiscal impact to the County should be minimal.
As an aside- I am surprised that it is legal for you to stipulate the terms of a private business contract. Many attorneys work on a contingency contract basis.
The contingency fee prohibition was placed in the ordinance at the request of the Board and mirrors the language contained in Florida Statutes. The state statute has been challenged and was upheld by the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals. 
What if I try to negotiate with staff- of course to get to public hearing and hopefully get approval, but the opinions that I express are my own, and are truly part of my ethics and belief system and are not specific to the particular project- they are stances I would take regardless of whether it was my personal project or a client's project.
If you are communicating with any of the people identified in the definition of lobbying in an attempt to influence the outcome of an official action, and you are representing a principal for compensation, then you would be a lobbyist under the ordinance.
Again, thank you for providing your comments on the ordinance. I hope that you will be able to come to the Board meeting when the ordinance is presented for first reading to present your thoughts to the Board. This will likely be the August 7 meeting, but I will send out an email once that is confirmed.
Rebecca C. Lavie
Senior Assistant County Attorney
500 San Sebastian View
St. Augustine, FL 32084
904.209.0805 (Office)
904.209.0806 (Fax)
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This communication may contain privileged and confidential information intended only for the addressee(s) named above. If you are not the intended recipient, you are hereby notified that any review, dissemination, distribution or duplication of this communication is strictly prohibited. If you are not the intended recipient, please notify the sender by reply email and destroy all copies of the original message.
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From: Rachael Bennett [mailto:cogito.qed@gmail.com]
Sent: Monday, June 11, 2018 2:35 PM
To: Rebecca Lavie; Commissioner Henry Dean
Subject: Lobbyist ordinance
I regret that I will not be in town for the first reading of this ordinance.
I would like to go on record as saying that it is cumbersome and confusing at best. SJC has always had an open door policy when people have questions of staff/ administration, or if they want to discuss something- is this an effort to drive a wedge in that open communication?
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For instance, today I got an adjacent property owner notice about a public hearing. I have been contacting staff for various pieces of information as any informed citizen should. Only requests for information- no expression of opinion or stance. Do I have to fill out a lobbyist form? No, because it is for me personally. (?)
But what if that information turns out to be relevant to a client and two weeks later they ask me to go to the hearing to speak on their behalf? I didn't fill out the lobbyist form because I didn't know what the information would tell me and at the time was only curious and not trying to influence the result of a public hearing.
Since more than 7 days elapsed between when I first asked for info and when I realized it would be relevant to a client, I seem to be in violation of the deadline to register.
What if I get the information and then they speak on their own behalf? Did I lobby?
Now- what if that adjacent property owner notice was sent to a client and they asked me to find out the info. Same emails went to same staff as a means of obtaining information. Only requests for information- no expression of opinion or stance. No decision has been made about whether to participate in the public hearing. Is the request for information now considered lobbying?
What if that information, after a period of 2 weeks, turns out to be relevant and I am asked to participate in the public hearing. Does that make what was not lobbying now a situation of lobbying?
At what point in the information discovery process does contact become part of the lobbying process? Not until an opinion is expressed? At first contact?
During application review, every applicant (usually a planner or attorney or engineer) routinely "discusses" issues with staff multiple times for every submittal until all items are ironed out. If the application is going to public hearing, is this lobbying? If it is going to public hearing, is the resubmittal of an application on WATS an act of lobbying?
And- WHO is going to keep track of all this, and what is the fiscal impact of this absurd process. OOOOPS that was lobbying, wasn't it? Or was it? If I take out the word "absurd" is it lobbying? Or just information gathering?
As an aside- I am surprised that it is legal for you to stipulate the terms of a private business contract. Many attorneys work on a contingency contract basis.

Rachael L. Bennett
Cogito LLC
111 Nature Walk Parkway #102
St Augustine, FL 32092
386.341.9122
P Please consider the environment before printing this email






Here's the caustic cavils and silly excuses from other mendacious mediocrities greasing chairs in St. Johns County:


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Attached Message
From
Rebecca Lavie <rlavie@sjcfl.us>
To
Subject
Lobbyist ordinance
Date
Fri, 8 Jun 2018 20:23:11 +0000
Doug,
Per your request, please see attached. This has been placed on the June 19 BCC agenda. If you have any feedback, please let me know, so I can add it to my presentation.
Rebecca C. Lavie
Senior Assistant County Attorney
500 San Sebastian View
St. Augustine, FL 32084
904.209.0805 (Office)
904.209.0806 (Fax)
BCS logo
Under Florida law, e-mail addresses are public records. If you do not want your e-mail address released in response to a public records request, do not send electronic mail to this entity. Instead, contact this office by phone or in writing.
This communication may contain privileged and confidential information intended only for the addressee(s) named above. If you are not the intended recipient, you are hereby notified that any review, dissemination, distribution or duplication of this communication is strictly prohibited. If you are not the intended recipient, please notify the sender by reply email and destroy all copies of the original message.
IRS Circular 230 Disclosure: To ensure compliance with U.S. Treasury Regulations governing tax practice, the St. Johns County Attorney's Office hereby informs and notifies each addressee hereof, including any copied addressee, that any U.S. federal tax advice contained in this communication (including any attachments), unless otherwise specifically stated, is not intended or written to be used, and cannot be used, for the purpose of (i) avoiding penalties that may be imposed on the addressee under the Internal Revenue Code and the regulations promulgated thereunder; or (ii) promoting, marketing or recommending to another party any transaction(s) or matter(s) addressed herein. To the extent that this communication may be deemed to contain any U.S. federal tax advice, then unless otherwise specifically stated herein, the addressee is expressly notified by the St. Johns County Attorney's Office that the addressee may not and cannot rely or base any decision, action or inaction upon the same, but should seek advice based on the addressee’s particular circumstances from an independent tax advisor.
Attached Message
From
Rebecca Lavie <rlavie@sjcfl.us>
To
Jesse Dunn <jdunn@sjcfl.us>
Cc
Wade Schroeder <wschroeder@sjcfl.us>
Subject
Lobbyist Ordinance
Date
Wed, 21 Mar 2018 14:09:37 +0000
The BCC has directed our office to prepare and bring back a lobbyist registration ordinance at a future meeting. Part of the Board’s discussion involved making sure whatever registration program we come up with is revenue-neutral, and they also mentioned having an economic impact statement. Therefore, I would like to have someone from OMB involved in the process. Can you let me know who I should send drafts to and invite to meetings? I will probably start by circulating a draft in the next few weeks and going from there. Hopefully, this shouldn’t require too many meetings.
Rebecca C. Lavie
Senior Assistant County Attorney
500 San Sebastian View
St. Augustine, FL 32084
904.209.0805 (Office)
904.209.0806 (Fax)
BCS logo
Under Florida law, e-mail addresses are public records. If you do not want your e-mail address released in response to a public records request, do not send electronic mail to this entity. Instead, contact this office by phone or in writing.
This communication may contain privileged and confidential information intended only for the addressee(s) named above. If you are not the intended recipient, you are hereby notified that any review, dissemination, distribution or duplication of this communication is strictly prohibited. If you are not the intended recipient, please notify the sender by reply email and destroy all copies of the original message.
IRS Circular 230 Disclosure: To ensure compliance with U.S. Treasury Regulations governing tax practice, the St. Johns County Attorney's Office hereby informs and notifies each addressee hereof, including any copied addressee, that any U.S. federal tax advice contained in this communication (including any attachments), unless otherwise specifically stated, is not intended or written to be used, and cannot be used, for the purpose of (i) avoiding penalties that may be imposed on the addressee under the Internal Revenue Code and the regulations promulgated thereunder; or (ii) promoting, marketing or recommending to another party any transaction(s) or matter(s) addressed herein. To the extent that this communication may be deemed to contain any U.S. federal tax advice, then unless otherwise specifically stated herein, the addressee is expressly notified by the St. Johns County Attorney's Office that the addressee may not and cannot rely or base any decision, action or inaction upon the same, but should seek advice based on the addressee’s particular circumstances from an independent tax advisor.
Attached Message
From
Rebecca Lavie <rlavie@sjcfl.us>
To
Joy Andrews <jqandrews@sjcfl.us>; Melissa Lundquist <mlundquist@sjcfl.us>; Lauren Falcey <lfalcey@sjcfl.us>; Greg Caldwell <gcaldwell@sjcfl.us>; Joyce Jolley <jjolley@sjcfl.us>; Suzanne Konchan <skonchan@sjcfl.us>; Mike Roberson <mroberson@sjcfl.us>; Teresa Bishop <tbishop@sjcfl.us>
Subject
RE: Lobbyist Registration Ordinance
Date
Thu, 17 May 2018 14:59:36 +0000
Good morning. This is a follow-up on the lobbyist ordinance. I am looking at the second June BCC meeting for a first reading, so if you have any feedback, please send it to me by the end of next week, so I can incorporate any requested changes. Also, can you please provide me contact information for any lobbyists you deal with frequently so I can seek feedback from outside stakeholders.
The attached draft contains changes based on the feedback I have received so far.
Rebecca C. Lavie
Senior Assistant County Attorney
500 San Sebastian View
St. Augustine, FL 32084
904.209.0805 (Office)
904.209.0806 (Fax)
BCS logo
Under Florida law, e-mail addresses are public records. If you do not want your e-mail address released in response to a public records request, do not send electronic mail to this entity. Instead, contact this office by phone or in writing.
This communication may contain privileged and confidential information intended only for the addressee(s) named above. If you are not the intended recipient, you are hereby notified that any review, dissemination, distribution or duplication of this communication is strictly prohibited. If you are not the intended recipient, please notify the sender by reply email and destroy all copies of the original message.
IRS Circular 230 Disclosure: To ensure compliance with U.S. Treasury Regulations governing tax practice, the St. Johns County Attorney's Office hereby informs and notifies each addressee hereof, including any copied addressee, that any U.S. federal tax advice contained in this communication (including any attachments), unless otherwise specifically stated, is not intended or written to be used, and cannot be used, for the purpose of (i) avoiding penalties that may be imposed on the addressee under the Internal Revenue Code and the regulations promulgated thereunder; or (ii) promoting, marketing or recommending to another party any transaction(s) or matter(s) addressed herein. To the extent that this communication may be deemed to contain any U.S. federal tax advice, then unless otherwise specifically stated herein, the addressee is expressly notified by the St. Johns County Attorney's Office that the addressee may not and cannot rely or base any decision, action or inaction upon the same, but should seek advice based on the addressee’s particular circumstances from an independent tax advisor.
From: Rebecca Lavie
Sent: Tuesday, May 01, 2018 9:20 AM
To: Joy Andrews; Melissa Lundquist; Teresa Bishop; Mike Roberson; Suzanne Konchan; Lauren Falcey; Greg Caldwell; Joyce Jolley
Subject: Lobbyist Registration Ordinance
Good morning, all. You are getting this email because you have either volunteered or been volunteered to assist in the review of the draft lobbyist registration ordinance. A first draft is attached. When the Board provided direction on this ordinance, they specifically called out the Lake County lobbyist registration ordinance as one that they liked, and the attached ordinance is based on that one. I would appreciate any feedback you may have, but I am specifically interested in any thoughts regarding the enforceability of the ordinance as well as the practicality of requiring an annual fee for registration to cover any administrative costs.
Thank you all for your assistance with this.
Rebecca C. Lavie
Senior Assistant County Attorney
500 San Sebastian View
St. Augustine, FL 32084
904.209.0805 (Office)
904.209.0806 (Fax)
BCS logo
Under Florida law, e-mail addresses are public records. If you do not want your e-mail address released in response to a public records request, do not send electronic mail to this entity. Instead, contact this office by phone or in writing.
This communication may contain privileged and confidential information intended only for the addressee(s) named above. If you are not the intended recipient, you are hereby notified that any review, dissemination, distribution or duplication of this communication is strictly prohibited. If you are not the intended recipient, please notify the sender by reply email and destroy all copies of the original message.
IRS Circular 230 Disclosure: To ensure compliance with U.S. Treasury Regulations governing tax practice, the St. Johns County Attorney's Office hereby informs and notifies each addressee hereof, including any copied addressee, that any U.S. federal tax advice contained in this communication (including any attachments), unless otherwise specifically stated, is not intended or written to be used, and cannot be used, for the purpose of (i) avoiding penalties that may be imposed on the addressee under the Internal Revenue Code and the regulations promulgated thereunder; or (ii) promoting, marketing or recommending to another party any transaction(s) or matter(s) addressed herein. To the extent that this communication may be deemed to contain any U.S. federal tax advice, then unless otherwise specifically stated herein, the addressee is expressly notified by the St. Johns County Attorney's Office that the addressee may not and cannot rely or base any decision, action or inaction upon the same, but should seek advice based on the addressee’s particular circumstances from an independent tax advisor.
Attached Message
From
Rebecca Lavie <rlavie@sjcfl.us>
To
Joy Andrews <jqandrews@sjcfl.us>; Melissa Lundquist <mlundquist@sjcfl.us>; Teresa Bishop <tbishop@sjcfl.us>; Mike Roberson <mroberson@sjcfl.us>; Suzanne Konchan <skonchan@sjcfl.us>; Lauren Falcey <lfalcey@sjcfl.us>; Greg Caldwell <gcaldwell@sjcfl.us>; Joyce Jolley <jjolley@sjcfl.us>
Subject
Lobbyist Registration Ordinance
Date
Tue, 1 May 2018 13:19:42 +0000
Good morning, all. You are getting this email because you have either volunteered or been volunteered to assist in the review of the draft lobbyist registration ordinance. A first draft is attached. When the Board provided direction on this ordinance, they specifically called out the Lake County lobbyist registration ordinance as one that they liked, and the attached ordinance is based on that one. I would appreciate any feedback you may have, but I am specifically interested in any thoughts regarding the enforceability of the ordinance as well as the practicality of requiring an annual fee for registration to cover any administrative costs.
Thank you all for your assistance with this.
Rebecca C. Lavie
Senior Assistant County Attorney
500 San Sebastian View
St. Augustine, FL 32084
904.209.0805 (Office)
904.209.0806 (Fax)
BCS logo
Under Florida law, e-mail addresses are public records. If you do not want your e-mail address released in response to a public records request, do not send electronic mail to this entity. Instead, contact this office by phone or in writing.
This communication may contain privileged and confidential information intended only for the addressee(s) named above. If you are not the intended recipient, you are hereby notified that any review, dissemination, distribution or duplication of this communication is strictly prohibited. If you are not the intended recipient, please notify the sender by reply email and destroy all copies of the original message.
IRS Circular 230 Disclosure: To ensure compliance with U.S. Treasury Regulations governing tax practice, the St. Johns County Attorney's Office hereby informs and notifies each addressee hereof, including any copied addressee, that any U.S. federal tax advice contained in this communication (including any attachments), unless otherwise specifically stated, is not intended or written to be used, and cannot be used, for the purpose of (i) avoiding penalties that may be imposed on the addressee under the Internal Revenue Code and the regulations promulgated thereunder; or (ii) promoting, marketing or recommending to another party any transaction(s) or matter(s) addressed herein. To the extent that this communication may be deemed to contain any U.S. federal tax advice, then unless otherwise specifically stated herein, the addressee is expressly notified by the St. Johns County Attorney's Office that the addressee may not and cannot rely or base any decision, action or inaction upon the same, but should seek advice based on the addressee’s particular circumstances from an independent tax advisor.
Attached Message
From
Rebecca Lavie <rlavie@sjcfl.us>
To
Subject
St. Johns County lobbyist regulations
Date
Fri, 8 Jun 2018 20:53:13 +0000
At the direction of the Board of County Commissioners, the Office of the County Attorney has been preparing a draft lobbyist regulation ordinance for consideration by the Board. The attached ordinance has been placed on the agenda for first reading at the June 19 Board of County Commissioners meeting. You are receiving this email because you have been identified as external stakeholders. Please note that the June 19 meeting is just a first reading and the Board will not be voting on the ordinance at that time. If you have any feedback regarding the ordinance, please let me know prior to June 19 so I can include it in my presentation.
Thank you for your assistance in this process.
Rebecca C. Lavie
Senior Assistant County Attorney
500 San Sebastian View
St. Augustine, FL 32084
904.209.0805 (Office)
904.209.0806 (Fax)
BCS logo
Under Florida law, e-mail addresses are public records. If you do not want your e-mail address released in response to a public records request, do not send electronic mail to this entity. Instead, contact this office by phone or in writing.
This communication may contain privileged and confidential information intended only for the addressee(s) named above. If you are not the intended recipient, you are hereby notified that any review, dissemination, distribution or duplication of this communication is strictly prohibited. If you are not the intended recipient, please notify the sender by reply email and destroy all copies of the original message.
IRS Circular 230 Disclosure: To ensure compliance with U.S. Treasury Regulations governing tax practice, the St. Johns County Attorney's Office hereby informs and notifies each addressee hereof, including any copied addressee, that any U.S. federal tax advice contained in this communication (including any attachments), unless otherwise specifically stated, is not intended or written to be used, and cannot be used, for the purpose of (i) avoiding penalties that may be imposed on the addressee under the Internal Revenue Code and the regulations promulgated thereunder; or (ii) promoting, marketing or recommending to another party any transaction(s) or matter(s) addressed herein. To the extent that this communication may be deemed to contain any U.S. federal tax advice, then unless otherwise specifically stated herein, the addressee is expressly notified by the St. Johns County Attorney's Office that the addressee may not and cannot rely or base any decision, action or inaction upon the same, but should seek advice based on the addressee’s particular circumstances from an independent tax advisor.
Attached Message
From
Rebecca Lavie <rlavie@sjcfl.us>
To
Subject
FW: St. Johns County lobbyist regulations
Date
Fri, 8 Jun 2018 20:55:04 +0000
I accidentally sent this to the wrong address the first time. Updating my address book…
Rebecca C. Lavie
Senior Assistant County Attorney
500 San Sebastian View
St. Augustine, FL 32084
904.209.0805 (Office)
904.209.0806 (Fax)
BCS logo
Under Florida law, e-mail addresses are public records. If you do not want your e-mail address released in response to a public records request, do not send electronic mail to this entity. Instead, contact this office by phone or in writing.
This communication may contain privileged and confidential information intended only for the addressee(s) named above. If you are not the intended recipient, you are hereby notified that any review, dissemination, distribution or duplication of this communication is strictly prohibited. If you are not the intended recipient, please notify the sender by reply email and destroy all copies of the original message.
IRS Circular 230 Disclosure: To ensure compliance with U.S. Treasury Regulations governing tax practice, the St. Johns County Attorney's Office hereby informs and notifies each addressee hereof, including any copied addressee, that any U.S. federal tax advice contained in this communication (including any attachments), unless otherwise specifically stated, is not intended or written to be used, and cannot be used, for the purpose of (i) avoiding penalties that may be imposed on the addressee under the Internal Revenue Code and the regulations promulgated thereunder; or (ii) promoting, marketing or recommending to another party any transaction(s) or matter(s) addressed herein. To the extent that this communication may be deemed to contain any U.S. federal tax advice, then unless otherwise specifically stated herein, the addressee is expressly notified by the St. Johns County Attorney's Office that the addressee may not and cannot rely or base any decision, action or inaction upon the same, but should seek advice based on the addressee’s particular circumstances from an independent tax advisor.
From: Rebecca Lavie
Sent: Friday, June 08, 2018 4:53 PM
To: 'Ellen Avery-Smith'; 'Beth Breeding'; 'kwhittington@dirtlaw.biz'; 'jspradley@nefba.com'; 'Matt@gulfstreamdesign.com'; 'taylorplanner@bellsouth.net'; 'bill.schilling@kimley-horn.com'
Subject: St. Johns County lobbyist regulations
At the direction of the Board of County Commissioners, the Office of the County Attorney has been preparing a draft lobbyist regulation ordinance for consideration by the Board. The attached ordinance has been placed on the agenda for first reading at the June 19 Board of County Commissioners meeting. You are receiving this email because you have been identified as external stakeholders. Please note that the June 19 meeting is just a first reading and the Board will not be voting on the ordinance at that time. If you have any feedback regarding the ordinance, please let me know prior to June 19 so I can include it in my presentation.
Thank you for your assistance in this process.
Rebecca C. Lavie
Senior Assistant County Attorney
500 San Sebastian View
St. Augustine, FL 32084
904.209.0805 (Office)
904.209.0806 (Fax)
BCS logo
Under Florida law, e-mail addresses are public records. If you do not want your e-mail address released in response to a public records request, do not send electronic mail to this entity. Instead, contact this office by phone or in writing.
This communication may contain privileged and confidential information intended only for the addressee(s) named above. If you are not the intended recipient, you are hereby notified that any review, dissemination, distribution or duplication of this communication is strictly prohibited. If you are not the intended recipient, please notify the sender by reply email and destroy all copies of the original message.
IRS Circular 230 Disclosure: To ensure compliance with U.S. Treasury Regulations governing tax practice, the St. Johns County Attorney's Office hereby informs and notifies each addressee hereof, including any copied addressee, that any U.S. federal tax advice contained in this communication (including any attachments), unless otherwise specifically stated, is not intended or written to be used, and cannot be used, for the purpose of (i) avoiding penalties that may be imposed on the addressee under the Internal Revenue Code and the regulations promulgated thereunder; or (ii) promoting, marketing or recommending to another party any transaction(s) or matter(s) addressed herein. To the extent that this communication may be deemed to contain any U.S. federal tax advice, then unless otherwise specifically stated herein, the addressee is expressly notified by the St. Johns County Attorney's Office that the addressee may not and cannot rely or base any decision, action or inaction upon the same, but should seek advice based on the addressee’s particular circumstances from an independent tax advisor.
Attached Message
From
Ellen Avery-Smith <eaverysmith@rtlaw.com>
To
Rebecca Lavie <rlavie@sjcfl.us>
Subject
RE: St. Johns County lobbyist regulations
Date
Fri, 15 Jun 2018 13:04:54 +0000
Thanks, Rebecca.
I know the CAO has received a ton of comments about the ordinance. I was just giving my two cents so I would know how to govern myself going forward.
Ellen
Ellen Avery-Smith | Shareholder 
Rogers Towers, P.A. | 100 Whetstone Place, Suite 200 | St. Augustine, Florida 32086
Direct 904.825.1615 | Fax 904.825.4070 | Internal 5207 | eaverysmith@rtlaw.com | www.rtlaw.com | View Attorney Bio
CONFIDENTIALITY NOTICE: This email is from the law firm of Rogers Towers, P.A. (“Rogers Towers”) and the information in this email and all attachments to this email (the “Information”) are intended solely for the intended recipient(s). The Information may be legally privileged and confidential. If you are not an intended recipient or you believe that you have received this email in error, please notify the sender immediately, delete the email from your computer, and do not review, use, disseminate, distribute or copy this email or the Information. Please also take the necessary steps to permanently remove any copies of the Information from your system and do not retain any copies, whether in electronic or physical form or otherwise. If you are not an existing client of Rogers Towers, do not construe anything in this email to create an attorney-client relationship between you and Rogers Towers unless the email contains a specific statement to that effect and do not disclose anything to Rogers Towers in reply that you consider confidential.
Thank you.
From: Rebecca Lavie [mailto:rlavie@sjcfl.us]
Sent: Thursday, June 14, 2018 5:11 PM
To: Ellen Avery-Smith
Subject: RE: St. Johns County lobbyist regulations
Ellen,
First, this ordinance has been pulled from the June 19 agenda. It will probably come back to the BCC in August for first reading.
Regarding your questions, the registration will take the form of a sign-in sheet placed in each County office. Regarding communications with staff, to the extent that the nature of the communication is that of (for example) gathering information or discussing the details of a project, this would probably not be lobbying under the ordinance. It only becomes lobbying when the communication seeks to influence the outcome of an official action. With regard to who is a staff member with final decisionmaking authority, it would be a staff member who has the ability to make a non-ministerial decision that is binding if not appealed. For example, if the County Administrator designates a staff member to exercise his authority to make a vested rights determination under Article X of the LDC, that staff member would have final decisionmaking authority.
Thank you for your comments on the ordinance. If you have any additional feedback, please let me know.
Rebecca C. Lavie
Senior Assistant County Attorney
500 San Sebastian View
St. Augustine, FL 32084
904.209.0805 (Office)
904.209.0806 (Fax)
BCS logo
Under Florida law, e-mail addresses are public records. If you do not want your e-mail address released in response to a public records request, do not send electronic mail to this entity. Instead, contact this office by phone or in writing.
This communication may contain privileged and confidential information intended only for the addressee(s) named above. If you are not the intended recipient, you are hereby notified that any review, dissemination, distribution or duplication of this communication is strictly prohibited. If you are not the intended recipient, please notify the sender by reply email and destroy all copies of the original message.
IRS Circular 230 Disclosure: To ensure compliance with U.S. Treasury Regulations governing tax practice, the St. Johns County Attorney's Office hereby informs and notifies each addressee hereof, including any copied addressee, that any U.S. federal tax advice contained in this communication (including any attachments), unless otherwise specifically stated, is not intended or written to be used, and cannot be used, for the purpose of (i) avoiding penalties that may be imposed on the addressee under the Internal Revenue Code and the regulations promulgated thereunder; or (ii) promoting, marketing or recommending to another party any transaction(s) or matter(s) addressed herein. To the extent that this communication may be deemed to contain any U.S. federal tax advice, then unless otherwise specifically stated herein, the addressee is expressly notified by the St. Johns County Attorney's Office that the addressee may not and cannot rely or base any decision, action or inaction upon the same, but should seek advice based on the addressee’s particular circumstances from an independent tax advisor.
From: Ellen Avery-Smith [mailto:eaverysmith@rtlaw.com]
Sent: Monday, June 11, 2018 8:34 AM
To: Rebecca Lavie
Cc: Patrick McCormack
Subject: RE: St. Johns County lobbyist regulations
Good morning, Rebecca.
I have a few questions about this. Would the County have lobbyist registration forms to be completed, or would this be a “sign-in” sheet? Who are “County employees with final decision-making authority”? As you know, I have daily contact with County staff regarding my numerous projects, and when I e-mail them, I always copy Paolo because he is typically involved in the projects. However, sometimes I have one-on-one e-mails or phone calls with staff members about project details.
Thanks for the info.
Ellen
Ellen Avery-Smith | Shareholder 
Rogers Towers, P.A. | 100 Whetstone Place, Suite 200 | St. Augustine, Florida 32086
Direct 904.825.1615 | Fax 904.825.4070 | Internal 5207 | eaverysmith@rtlaw.com | www.rtlaw.com | View Attorney Bio
CONFIDENTIALITY NOTICE: This email is from the law firm of Rogers Towers, P.A. (“Rogers Towers”) and the information in this email and all attachments to this email (the “Information”) are intended solely for the intended recipient(s). The Information may be legally privileged and confidential. If you are not an intended recipient or you believe that you have received this email in error, please notify the sender immediately, delete the email from your computer, and do not review, use, disseminate, distribute or copy this email or the Information. Please also take the necessary steps to permanently remove any copies of the Information from your system and do not retain any copies, whether in electronic or physical form or otherwise. If you are not an existing client of Rogers Towers, do not construe anything in this email to create an attorney-client relationship between you and Rogers Towers unless the email contains a specific statement to that effect and do not disclose anything to Rogers Towers in reply that you consider confidential.
Thank you.
From: Rebecca Lavie
Sent: Friday, June 08, 2018 4:53 PM
To: 'Ellen Avery-Smith'; 'Beth Breeding'; 'kwhittington@dirtlaw.biz'; 'jspradley@nefba.com'; 'Matt@gulfstreamdesign.com'; 'taylorplanner@bellsouth.net'; 'bill.schilling@kimley-horn.com'
Subject: St. Johns County lobbyist regulations
At the direction of the Board of County Commissioners, the Office of the County Attorney has been preparing a draft lobbyist regulation ordinance for consideration by the Board. The attached ordinance has been placed on the agenda for first reading at the June 19 Board of County Commissioners meeting. You are receiving this email because you have been identified as external stakeholders. Please note that the June 19 meeting is just a first reading and the Board will not be voting on the ordinance at that time. If you have any feedback regarding the ordinance, please let me know prior to June 19 so I can include it in my presentation.
Thank you for your assistance in this process.
Rebecca C. Lavie
Senior Assistant County Attorney
500 San Sebastian View
St. Augustine, FL 32084
904.209.0805 (Office)
904.209.0806 (Fax)
BCS logo
Under Florida law, e-mail addresses are public records. If you do not want your e-mail address released in response to a public records request, do not send electronic mail to this entity. Instead, contact this office by phone or in writing.
This communication may contain privileged and confidential information intended only for the addressee(s) named above. If you are not the intended recipient, you are hereby notified that any review, dissemination, distribution or duplication of this communication is strictly prohibited. If you are not the intended recipient, please notify the sender by reply email and destroy all copies of the original message.
IRS Circular 230 Disclosure: To ensure compliance with U.S. Treasury Regulations governing tax practice, the St. Johns County Attorney's Office hereby informs and notifies each addressee hereof, including any copied addressee, that any U.S. federal tax advice contained in this communication (including any attachments), unless otherwise specifically stated, is not intended or written to be used, and cannot be used, for the purpose of (i) avoiding penalties that may be imposed on the addressee under the Internal Revenue Code and the regulations promulgated thereunder; or (ii) promoting, marketing or recommending to another party any transaction(s) or matter(s) addressed herein. To the extent that this communication may be deemed to contain any U.S. federal tax advice, then unless otherwise specifically stated herein, the addressee is expressly notified by the St. Johns County Attorney's Office that the addressee may not and cannot rely or base any decision, action or inaction upon the same, but should seek advice based on the addressee’s particular circumstances from an independent tax advisor.
Attached Message
From
Rachael Bennett <cogito.qed@gmail.com>
To
Rebecca Lavie <rlavie@sjcfl.us>; Commissioner Henry Dean <bcc5hdean@sjcfl.us>
Subject
Lobbying
Date
Mon, 11 Jun 2018 19:00:22 +0000
Gosh- I could go on for days,,,

What if I try to negotiate with staff- of course to get to public hearing and hopefully get approval, but the opinions that I express are my own, and are truly part of my ethics and belief system and are not specific to the particular project- they are stances I would take regardless of whether it was my personal project or a client's project.
Is that lobbying? Or is it free speech?

Rachael L. Bennett
Cogito LLC

111 Nature Walk Parkway #102
St Augustine, FL 32092
386.341.9122
P Please consider the environment before printing this email
Attached Message
From
Rachael Bennett <cogito.qed@gmail.com>
To
Rebecca Lavie <rlavie@sjcfl.us>; Commissioner Henry Dean <bcc5hdean@sjcfl.us>
Subject
Lobbyist ordinance
Date
Mon, 11 Jun 2018 18:35:20 +0000
I regret that I will not be in town for the first reading of this ordinance.

I would like to go on record as saying that it is cumbersome and confusing at best. SJC has always had an open door policy when people have questions of staff/ administration, or if they want to discuss something- is this an effort to drive a wedge in that open communication?
.
For instance, today I got an adjacent property owner notice about a public hearing. I have been contacting staff for various pieces of information as any informed citizen should. Only requests for information- no expression of opinion or stance. Do I have to fill out a lobbyist form? No, because it is for me personally. (?)
But what if that information turns out to be relevant to a client and two weeks later they ask me to go to the hearing to speak on their behalf? I didn't fill out the lobbyist form because I didn't know what the information would tell me and at the time was only curious and not trying to influence the result of a public hearing.
Since more than 7 days elapsed between when I first asked for info and when I realized it would be relevant to a client, I seem to be in violation of the deadline to register.

What if I get the information and then they speak on their own behalf? Did I lobby?

Now- what if that adjacent property owner notice was sent to a client and they asked me to find out the info. Same emails went to same staff as a means of obtaining information. Only requests for information- no expression of opinion or stance. No decision has been made about whether to participate in the public hearing. Is the request for information now considered lobbying?

What if that information, after a period of 2 weeks, turns out to be relevant and I am asked to participate in the public hearing. Does that make what was not lobbying now a situation of lobbying?

At what point in the information discovery process does contact become part of the lobbying process? Not until an opinion is expressed? At first contact?

During application review, every applicant (usually a planner or attorney or engineer) routinely "discusses" issues with staff multiple times for every submittal until all items are ironed out. If the application is going to public hearing, is this lobbying? If it is going to public hearing, is the resubmittal of an application on WATS an act of lobbying?

And- WHO is going to keep track of all this, and what is the fiscal impact of this absurd process. OOOOPS that was lobbying, wasn't it? Or was it? If I take out the word "absurd" is it lobbying? Or just information gathering?

As an aside- I am surprised that it is legal for you to stipulate the terms of a private business contract. Many attorneys work on a contingency contract basis.


Rachael L. Bennett
Cogito LLC

111 Nature Walk Parkway #102
St Augustine, FL 32092
386.341.9122
P Please consider the environment before printing this email
Attached Message
From
Ellen Avery-Smith <eaverysmith@rtlaw.com>
To
Rebecca Lavie <rlavie@sjcfl.us>
Cc
Patrick McCormack <pmccormack@sjcfl.us>
Subject
RE: St. Johns County lobbyist regulations
Date
Mon, 11 Jun 2018 12:34:01 +0000
Good morning, Rebecca.
I have a few questions about this. Would the County have lobbyist registration forms to be completed, or would this be a “sign-in” sheet? Who are “County employees with final decision-making authority”? As you know, I have daily contact with County staff regarding my numerous projects, and when I e-mail them, I always copy Paolo because he is typically involved in the projects. However, sometimes I have one-on-one e-mails or phone calls with staff members about project details.
Thanks for the info.
Ellen
Ellen Avery-Smith | Shareholder 
Rogers Towers, P.A. | 100 Whetstone Place, Suite 200 | St. Augustine, Florida 32086
Direct 904.825.1615 | Fax 904.825.4070 | Internal 5207 | eaverysmith@rtlaw.com | www.rtlaw.com | View Attorney Bio
CONFIDENTIALITY NOTICE: This email is from the law firm of Rogers Towers, P.A. (“Rogers Towers”) and the information in this email and all attachments to this email (the “Information”) are intended solely for the intended recipient(s). The Information may be legally privileged and confidential. If you are not an intended recipient or you believe that you have received this email in error, please notify the sender immediately, delete the email from your computer, and do not review, use, disseminate, distribute or copy this email or the Information. Please also take the necessary steps to permanently remove any copies of the Information from your system and do not retain any copies, whether in electronic or physical form or otherwise. If you are not an existing client of Rogers Towers, do not construe anything in this email to create an attorney-client relationship between you and Rogers Towers unless the email contains a specific statement to that effect and do not disclose anything to Rogers Towers in reply that you consider confidential.
Thank you.
From: Rebecca Lavie
Sent: Friday, June 08, 2018 4:53 PM
To: 'Ellen Avery-Smith'; 'Beth Breeding'; 'kwhittington@dirtlaw.biz'; 'jspradley@nefba.com'; 'Matt@gulfstreamdesign.com'; 'taylorplanner@bellsouth.net'; 'bill.schilling@kimley-horn.com'
Subject: St. Johns County lobbyist regulations
At the direction of the Board of County Commissioners, the Office of the County Attorney has been preparing a draft lobbyist regulation ordinance for consideration by the Board. The attached ordinance has been placed on the agenda for first reading at the June 19 Board of County Commissioners meeting. You are receiving this email because you have been identified as external stakeholders. Please note that the June 19 meeting is just a first reading and the Board will not be voting on the ordinance at that time. If you have any feedback regarding the ordinance, please let me know prior to June 19 so I can include it in my presentation.
Thank you for your assistance in this process.
Rebecca C. Lavie
Senior Assistant County Attorney
500 San Sebastian View
St. Augustine, FL 32084
904.209.0805 (Office)
904.209.0806 (Fax)
BCS logo
Under Florida law, e-mail addresses are public records. If you do not want your e-mail address released in response to a public records request, do not send electronic mail to this entity. Instead, contact this office by phone or in writing.
This communication may contain privileged and confidential information intended only for the addressee(s) named above. If you are not the intended recipient, you are hereby notified that any review, dissemination, distribution or duplication of this communication is strictly prohibited. If you are not the intended recipient, please notify the sender by reply email and destroy all copies of the original message.
IRS Circular 230 Disclosure: To ensure compliance with U.S. Treasury Regulations governing tax practice, the St. Johns County Attorney's Office hereby informs and notifies each addressee hereof, including any copied addressee, that any U.S. federal tax advice contained in this communication (including any attachments), unless otherwise specifically stated, is not intended or written to be used, and cannot be used, for the purpose of (i) avoiding penalties that may be imposed on the addressee under the Internal Revenue Code and the regulations promulgated thereunder; or (ii) promoting, marketing or recommending to another party any transaction(s) or matter(s) addressed herein. To the extent that this communication may be deemed to contain any U.S. federal tax advice, then unless otherwise specifically stated herein, the addressee is expressly notified by the St. Johns County Attorney's Office that the addressee may not and cannot rely or base any decision, action or inaction upon the same, but should seek advice based on the addressee’s particular circumstances from an independent tax advisor.
Attached Message
From
Suzanne Konchan <skonchan@sjcfl.us>
To
Rebecca Lavie <rlavie@sjcfl.us>
Subject
Possible lobbyists
Date
Thu, 31 May 2018 17:58:52 +0000

Ellen Avery smith
Karen Taylor
Kathryn whittingtonbill shilling
Jesse spradley
Matt Lahti
Bill shilling
Beth breeding
Doug burnett




Sent from my Verizon, Samsung Galaxy smartphone
Attached Message
From
Darrell Locklear <DLocklear@sjcfl.us>
To
Rebecca Lavie <rlavie@sjcfl.us>; Lauren Falcey <lfalcey@sjcfl.us>
Subject
FW: Lobbyist Registration Ordinance
Date
Mon, 21 May 2018 20:47:54 +0000
From: Michael Wanchick
Sent: Monday, May 21, 2018 11:12 AM
To: Darrell Locklear
Subject: RE: Lobbyist Registration Ordinance
Darrell, 
Whoever is pulling this together needs to remember that the Commission also requested a financial impact analysis of such an ordinance.
Thanks. 
From: Darrell Locklear
Sent: Monday, May 21, 2018 10:31 AM
To: Michael Wanchick; Joy Andrews
Subject: FW: Lobbyist Registration Ordinance
For our information and discussion:
From: Suzanne Konchan
Sent: Monday, May 21, 2018 9:34 AM
To: Darrell Locklear
Subject: FW: Lobbyist Registration Ordinance
Suzanne S. Konchan, AICP
Growth Management Director
St. Johns County Growth Management Department
4040 Lewis Speedway
St. Augustine, FL 32084
Phone: 904-209-0712 (direct)
Cell: 904-599-8917
Florida has a very broad public records law. Under Florida Law, e-mail addresses are public records. If you do not want your e-mail address or information received released in response to a public records request, do not send electronic mail to this entity. Instead, contact this office by phone or in writing.
This communication may contain privileged and confidential information intended only for the addressee(s) named above. If you are not the intended recipient, you are hereby notified that any review, dissemination, distribution, or duplication of this communication is strictly prohibited. If you are not the intended recipient, please notify the sender by reply e-mail and destroy all copies of the original message.
In addition, any information provided in this email is considered an informal review and not a guarantee. No reliance may be given on information unless through a formal application and submittal pursuant to the Land Development Code and the Comprehensive Plan of St. Johns County.
From: Rebecca Lavie
Sent: Thursday, May 17, 2018 11:00 AM
To: Joy Andrews; Melissa Lundquist; Lauren Falcey; Greg Caldwell; Joyce Jolley; Suzanne Konchan; Mike Roberson; Teresa Bishop
Subject: RE: Lobbyist Registration Ordinance
Good morning. This is a follow-up on the lobbyist ordinance. I am looking at the second June BCC meeting for a first reading, so if you have any feedback, please send it to me by the end of next week, so I can incorporate any requested changes. Also, can you please provide me contact information for any lobbyists you deal with frequently so I can seek feedback from outside stakeholders.
The attached draft contains changes based on the feedback I have received so far.
Rebecca C. Lavie
Senior Assistant County Attorney
500 San Sebastian View
St. Augustine, FL 32084
904.209.0805 (Office)
904.209.0806 (Fax)
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IRS Circular 230 Disclosure: To ensure compliance with U.S. Treasury Regulations governing tax practice, the St. Johns County Attorney's Office hereby informs and notifies each addressee hereof, including any copied addressee, that any U.S. federal tax advice contained in this communication (including any attachments), unless otherwise specifically stated, is not intended or written to be used, and cannot be used, for the purpose of (i) avoiding penalties that may be imposed on the addressee under the Internal Revenue Code and the regulations promulgated thereunder; or (ii) promoting, marketing or recommending to another party any transaction(s) or matter(s) addressed herein. To the extent that this communication may be deemed to contain any U.S. federal tax advice, then unless otherwise specifically stated herein, the addressee is expressly notified by the St. Johns County Attorney's Office that the addressee may not and cannot rely or base any decision, action or inaction upon the same, but should seek advice based on the addressee’s particular circumstances from an independent tax advisor.
From: Rebecca Lavie
Sent: Tuesday, May 01, 2018 9:20 AM
To: Joy Andrews; Melissa Lundquist; Teresa Bishop; Mike Roberson; Suzanne Konchan; Lauren Falcey; Greg Caldwell; Joyce Jolley
Subject: Lobbyist Registration Ordinance
Good morning, all. You are getting this email because you have either volunteered or been volunteered to assist in the review of the draft lobbyist registration ordinance. A first draft is attached. When the Board provided direction on this ordinance, they specifically called out the Lake County lobbyist registration ordinance as one that they liked, and the attached ordinance is based on that one. I would appreciate any feedback you may have, but I am specifically interested in any thoughts regarding the enforceability of the ordinance as well as the practicality of requiring an annual fee for registration to cover any administrative costs.
Thank you all for your assistance with this.
Rebecca C. Lavie
Senior Assistant County Attorney
500 San Sebastian View
St. Augustine, FL 32084
904.209.0805 (Office)
904.209.0806 (Fax)
BCS logo
Under Florida law, e-mail addresses are public records. If you do not want your e-mail address released in response to a public records request, do not send electronic mail to this entity. Instead, contact this office by phone or in writing.
This communication may contain privileged and confidential information intended only for the addressee(s) named above. If you are not the intended recipient, you are hereby notified that any review, dissemination, distribution or duplication of this communication is strictly prohibited. If you are not the intended recipient, please notify the sender by reply email and destroy all copies of the original message.
IRS Circular 230 Disclosure: To ensure compliance with U.S. Treasury Regulations governing tax practice, the St. Johns County Attorney's Office hereby informs and notifies each addressee hereof, including any copied addressee, that any U.S. federal tax advice contained in this communication (including any attachments), unless otherwise specifically stated, is not intended or written to be used, and cannot be used, for the purpose of (i) avoiding penalties that may be imposed on the addressee under the Internal Revenue Code and the regulations promulgated thereunder; or (ii) promoting, marketing or recommending to another party any transaction(s) or matter(s) addressed herein. To the extent that this communication may be deemed to contain any U.S. federal tax advice, then unless otherwise specifically stated herein, the addressee is expressly notified by the St. Johns County Attorney's Office that the addressee may not and cannot rely or base any decision, action or inaction upon the same, but should seek advice based on the addressee’s particular circumstances from an independent tax advisor.
Attached Message
From
Suzanne Konchan <skonchan@sjcfl.us>
To
Rebecca Lavie <rlavie@sjcfl.us>
Subject
RE: registering lobbyist
Date
Wed, 21 Mar 2018 16:52:57 +0000
Take all the time you need.
Suzanne S. Konchan, AICP
Growth Management Director
St. Johns County Growth Management Department
4040 Lewis Speedway
St. Augustine, FL 32084
Phone: 904-209-0712 (direct)
Cell: 904-599-8917
Florida has a very broad public records law. Under Florida Law, e-mail addresses are public records. If you do not want your e-mail address or information received released in response to a public records request, do not send electronic mail to this entity. Instead, contact this office by phone or in writing.
This communication may contain privileged and confidential information intended only for the addressee(s) named above. If you are not the intended recipient, you are hereby notified that any review, dissemination, distribution, or duplication of this communication is strictly prohibited. If you are not the intended recipient, please notify the sender by reply e-mail and destroy all copies of the original message.
In addition, any information provided in this email is considered an informal review and not a guarantee. No reliance may be given on information unless through a formal application and submittal pursuant to the Land Development Code and the Comprehensive Plan of St. Johns County.
From: Rebecca Lavie
Sent: Wednesday, March 21, 2018 10:04 AM
To: Suzanne Konchan
Subject: RE: registering lobbyist
Will do. I’ll be sending out a first draft in the next few weeks.
Rebecca C. Lavie
Senior Assistant County Attorney
500 San Sebastian View
St. Augustine, FL 32084
904.209.0805 (Office)
904.209.0806 (Fax)
BCS logo
Under Florida law, e-mail addresses are public records. If you do not want your e-mail address released in response to a public records request, do not send electronic mail to this entity. Instead, contact this office by phone or in writing.
This communication may contain privileged and confidential information intended only for the addressee(s) named above. If you are not the intended recipient, you are hereby notified that any review, dissemination, distribution or duplication of this communication is strictly prohibited. If you are not the intended recipient, please notify the sender by reply email and destroy all copies of the original message.
IRS Circular 230 Disclosure: To ensure compliance with U.S. Treasury Regulations governing tax practice, the St. Johns County Attorney's Office hereby informs and notifies each addressee hereof, including any copied addressee, that any U.S. federal tax advice contained in this communication (including any attachments), unless otherwise specifically stated, is not intended or written to be used, and cannot be used, for the purpose of (i) avoiding penalties that may be imposed on the addressee under the Internal Revenue Code and the regulations promulgated thereunder; or (ii) promoting, marketing or recommending to another party any transaction(s) or matter(s) addressed herein. To the extent that this communication may be deemed to contain any U.S. federal tax advice, then unless otherwise specifically stated herein, the addressee is expressly notified by the St. Johns County Attorney's Office that the addressee may not and cannot rely or base any decision, action or inaction upon the same, but should seek advice based on the addressee’s particular circumstances from an independent tax advisor.
From: Suzanne Konchan
Sent: Wednesday, March 21, 2018 10:01 AM
To: Rebecca Lavie
Subject: RE: registering lobbyist
Teresa Bishop, Mike Roberson and me.
Suzanne S. Konchan, AICP
Growth Management Director
St. Johns County Growth Management Department
4040 Lewis Speedway
St. Augustine, FL 32084
Phone: 904-209-0712 (direct)
Cell: 904-599-8917
Florida has a very broad public records law. Under Florida Law, e-mail addresses are public records. If you do not want your e-mail address or information received released in response to a public records request, do not send electronic mail to this entity. Instead, contact this office by phone or in writing.
This communication may contain privileged and confidential information intended only for the addressee(s) named above. If you are not the intended recipient, you are hereby notified that any review, dissemination, distribution, or duplication of this communication is strictly prohibited. If you are not the intended recipient, please notify the sender by reply e-mail and destroy all copies of the original message.
In addition, any information provided in this email is considered an informal review and not a guarantee. No reliance may be given on information unless through a formal application and submittal pursuant to the Land Development Code and the Comprehensive Plan of St. Johns County.
From: Rebecca Lavie
Sent: Wednesday, March 21, 2018 9:29 AM
To: Suzanne Konchan
Subject: RE: registering lobbyist
Is there anyone in particular you would like me to include in meetings and circulating drafts?
Rebecca C. Lavie
Senior Assistant County Attorney
500 San Sebastian View
St. Augustine, FL 32084
904.209.0805 (Office)
904.209.0806 (Fax)
BCS logo
Under Florida law, e-mail addresses are public records. If you do not want your e-mail address released in response to a public records request, do not send electronic mail to this entity. Instead, contact this office by phone or in writing.
This communication may contain privileged and confidential information intended only for the addressee(s) named above. If you are not the intended recipient, you are hereby notified that any review, dissemination, distribution or duplication of this communication is strictly prohibited. If you are not the intended recipient, please notify the sender by reply email and destroy all copies of the original message.
IRS Circular 230 Disclosure: To ensure compliance with U.S. Treasury Regulations governing tax practice, the St. Johns County Attorney's Office hereby informs and notifies each addressee hereof, including any copied addressee, that any U.S. federal tax advice contained in this communication (including any attachments), unless otherwise specifically stated, is not intended or written to be used, and cannot be used, for the purpose of (i) avoiding penalties that may be imposed on the addressee under the Internal Revenue Code and the regulations promulgated thereunder; or (ii) promoting, marketing or recommending to another party any transaction(s) or matter(s) addressed herein. To the extent that this communication may be deemed to contain any U.S. federal tax advice, then unless otherwise specifically stated herein, the addressee is expressly notified by the St. Johns County Attorney's Office that the addressee may not and cannot rely or base any decision, action or inaction upon the same, but should seek advice based on the addressee’s particular circumstances from an independent tax advisor.
From: Suzanne Konchan
Sent: Tuesday, March 20, 2018 2:22 PM
To: Rebecca Lavie; Regina Ross
Cc: Darrell Locklear
Subject: RE: registering lobbyist
Yikes, I guess we need to be involved. If a land use attorney is defined as a lobbyist we will be logging meetings all the time, as they are often the applicant or applicant’s agent. This will be a game changer in terms of staff burden.
Suzanne S. Konchan, AICP
Growth Management Director
St. Johns County Growth Management Department
4040 Lewis Speedway
St. Augustine, FL 32084
Phone: 904-209-0712 (direct)
Cell: 904-599-8917
Florida has a very broad public records law. Under Florida Law, e-mail addresses are public records. If you do not want your e-mail address or information received released in response to a public records request, do not send electronic mail to this entity. Instead, contact this office by phone or in writing.
This communication may contain privileged and confidential information intended only for the addressee(s) named above. If you are not the intended recipient, you are hereby notified that any review, dissemination, distribution, or duplication of this communication is strictly prohibited. If you are not the intended recipient, please notify the sender by reply e-mail and destroy all copies of the original message.
In addition, any information provided in this email is considered an informal review and not a guarantee. No reliance may be given on information unless through a formal application and submittal pursuant to the Land Development Code and the Comprehensive Plan of St. Johns County.
From: Rebecca Lavie
Sent: Tuesday, March 20, 2018 2:00 PM
To: Suzanne Konchan; Regina Ross
Subject: RE: registering lobbyist
It wouldn’t apply to the applicants themselves. For outside consultants acting on behalf of the applicants, it would apply to the extent that they are lobbyists, but I’ll have to give some thought to some of the mechanics. I don’t want to place the burden on staff if it can be avoided. Would you like for me to include a Growth Management representative in any meetings I have on the subject?
Rebecca C. Lavie
Senior Assistant County Attorney
500 San Sebastian View
St. Augustine, FL 32084
904.209.0805 (Office)
904.209.0806 (Fax)
BCS logo
Under Florida law, e-mail addresses are public records. If you do not want your e-mail address released in response to a public records request, do not send electronic mail to this entity. Instead, contact this office by phone or in writing.
This communication may contain privileged and confidential information intended only for the addressee(s) named above. If you are not the intended recipient, you are hereby notified that any review, dissemination, distribution or duplication of this communication is strictly prohibited. If you are not the intended recipient, please notify the sender by reply email and destroy all copies of the original message.
IRS Circular 230 Disclosure: To ensure compliance with U.S. Treasury Regulations governing tax practice, the St. Johns County Attorney's Office hereby informs and notifies each addressee hereof, including any copied addressee, that any U.S. federal tax advice contained in this communication (including any attachments), unless otherwise specifically stated, is not intended or written to be used, and cannot be used, for the purpose of (i) avoiding penalties that may be imposed on the addressee under the Internal Revenue Code and the regulations promulgated thereunder; or (ii) promoting, marketing or recommending to another party any transaction(s) or matter(s) addressed herein. To the extent that this communication may be deemed to contain any U.S. federal tax advice, then unless otherwise specifically stated herein, the addressee is expressly notified by the St. Johns County Attorney's Office that the addressee may not and cannot rely or base any decision, action or inaction upon the same, but should seek advice based on the addressee’s particular circumstances from an independent tax advisor.
From: Suzanne Konchan
Sent: Tuesday, March 20, 2018 1:31 PM
To: Rebecca Lavie; Regina Ross
Subject: registering lobbyist
If this moves forward, and it applies to staff tracking meetings, can we exempt land use applicants?
Suzanne S. Konchan, AICP
Growth Management Director
St. Johns County Growth Management Department
4040 Lewis Speedway
St. Augustine, FL 32084
Phone: 904-209-0712 (direct)
Cell: 904-599-8917
Florida has a very broad public records law. Under Florida Law, e-mail addresses are public records. If you do not want your e-mail address or information received released in response to a public records request, do not send electronic mail to this entity. Instead, contact this office by phone or in writing.
This communication may contain privileged and confidential information intended only for the addressee(s) named above. If you are not the intended recipient, you are hereby notified that any review, dissemination, distribution, or duplication of this communication is strictly prohibited. If you are not the intended recipient, please notify the sender by reply e-mail and destroy all copies of the original message.
In addition, any information provided in this email is considered an informal review and not a guarantee. No reliance may be given on information unless through a formal application and submittal pursuant to the Land Development Code and the Comprehensive Plan of St. Johns County.
Attached Message
From
Rebecca Lavie <rlavie@sjcfl.us>
To
Suzanne Konchan <skonchan@sjcfl.us>
Subject
RE: registering lobbyist
Date
Wed, 21 Mar 2018 14:04:21 +0000
Will do. I’ll be sending out a first draft in the next few weeks.
Rebecca C. Lavie
Senior Assistant County Attorney
500 San Sebastian View
St. Augustine, FL 32084
904.209.0805 (Office)
904.209.0806 (Fax)
BCS logo
Under Florida law, e-mail addresses are public records. If you do not want your e-mail address released in response to a public records request, do not send electronic mail to this entity. Instead, contact this office by phone or in writing.
This communication may contain privileged and confidential information intended only for the addressee(s) named above. If you are not the intended recipient, you are hereby notified that any review, dissemination, distribution or duplication of this communication is strictly prohibited. If you are not the intended recipient, please notify the sender by reply email and destroy all copies of the original message.
IRS Circular 230 Disclosure: To ensure compliance with U.S. Treasury Regulations governing tax practice, the St. Johns County Attorney's Office hereby informs and notifies each addressee hereof, including any copied addressee, that any U.S. federal tax advice contained in this communication (including any attachments), unless otherwise specifically stated, is not intended or written to be used, and cannot be used, for the purpose of (i) avoiding penalties that may be imposed on the addressee under the Internal Revenue Code and the regulations promulgated thereunder; or (ii) promoting, marketing or recommending to another party any transaction(s) or matter(s) addressed herein. To the extent that this communication may be deemed to contain any U.S. federal tax advice, then unless otherwise specifically stated herein, the addressee is expressly notified by the St. Johns County Attorney's Office that the addressee may not and cannot rely or base any decision, action or inaction upon the same, but should seek advice based on the addressee’s particular circumstances from an independent tax advisor.
From: Suzanne Konchan
Sent: Wednesday, March 21, 2018 10:01 AM
To: Rebecca Lavie
Subject: RE: registering lobbyist
Teresa Bishop, Mike Roberson and me.
Suzanne S. Konchan, AICP
Growth Management Director
St. Johns County Growth Management Department
4040 Lewis Speedway
St. Augustine, FL 32084
Phone: 904-209-0712 (direct)
Cell: 904-599-8917
Florida has a very broad public records law. Under Florida Law, e-mail addresses are public records. If you do not want your e-mail address or information received released in response to a public records request, do not send electronic mail to this entity. Instead, contact this office by phone or in writing.
This communication may contain privileged and confidential information intended only for the addressee(s) named above. If you are not the intended recipient, you are hereby notified that any review, dissemination, distribution, or duplication of this communication is strictly prohibited. If you are not the intended recipient, please notify the sender by reply e-mail and destroy all copies of the original message.
In addition, any information provided in this email is considered an informal review and not a guarantee. No reliance may be given on information unless through a formal application and submittal pursuant to the Land Development Code and the Comprehensive Plan of St. Johns County.
From: Rebecca Lavie
Sent: Wednesday, March 21, 2018 9:29 AM
To: Suzanne Konchan
Subject: RE: registering lobbyist
Is there anyone in particular you would like me to include in meetings and circulating drafts?
Rebecca C. Lavie
Senior Assistant County Attorney
500 San Sebastian View
St. Augustine, FL 32084
904.209.0805 (Office)
904.209.0806 (Fax)
BCS logo
Under Florida law, e-mail addresses are public records. If you do not want your e-mail address released in response to a public records request, do not send electronic mail to this entity. Instead, contact this office by phone or in writing.
This communication may contain privileged and confidential information intended only for the addressee(s) named above. If you are not the intended recipient, you are hereby notified that any review, dissemination, distribution or duplication of this communication is strictly prohibited. If you are not the intended recipient, please notify the sender by reply email and destroy all copies of the original message.
IRS Circular 230 Disclosure: To ensure compliance with U.S. Treasury Regulations governing tax practice, the St. Johns County Attorney's Office hereby informs and notifies each addressee hereof, including any copied addressee, that any U.S. federal tax advice contained in this communication (including any attachments), unless otherwise specifically stated, is not intended or written to be used, and cannot be used, for the purpose of (i) avoiding penalties that may be imposed on the addressee under the Internal Revenue Code and the regulations promulgated thereunder; or (ii) promoting, marketing or recommending to another party any transaction(s) or matter(s) addressed herein. To the extent that this communication may be deemed to contain any U.S. federal tax advice, then unless otherwise specifically stated herein, the addressee is expressly notified by the St. Johns County Attorney's Office that the addressee may not and cannot rely or base any decision, action or inaction upon the same, but should seek advice based on the addressee’s particular circumstances from an independent tax advisor.
From: Suzanne Konchan
Sent: Tuesday, March 20, 2018 2:22 PM
To: Rebecca Lavie; Regina Ross
Cc: Darrell Locklear
Subject: RE: registering lobbyist
Yikes, I guess we need to be involved. If a land use attorney is defined as a lobbyist we will be logging meetings all the time, as they are often the applicant or applicant’s agent. This will be a game changer in terms of staff burden.
Suzanne S. Konchan, AICP
Growth Management Director
St. Johns County Growth Management Department
4040 Lewis Speedway
St. Augustine, FL 32084
Phone: 904-209-0712 (direct)
Cell: 904-599-8917
Florida has a very broad public records law. Under Florida Law, e-mail addresses are public records. If you do not want your e-mail address or information received released in response to a public records request, do not send electronic mail to this entity. Instead, contact this office by phone or in writing.
This communication may contain privileged and confidential information intended only for the addressee(s) named above. If you are not the intended recipient, you are hereby notified that any review, dissemination, distribution, or duplication of this communication is strictly prohibited. If you are not the intended recipient, please notify the sender by reply e-mail and destroy all copies of the original message.
In addition, any information provided in this email is considered an informal review and not a guarantee. No reliance may be given on information unless through a formal application and submittal pursuant to the Land Development Code and the Comprehensive Plan of St. Johns County.
From: Rebecca Lavie
Sent: Tuesday, March 20, 2018 2:00 PM
To: Suzanne Konchan; Regina Ross
Subject: RE: registering lobbyist
It wouldn’t apply to the applicants themselves. For outside consultants acting on behalf of the applicants, it would apply to the extent that they are lobbyists, but I’ll have to give some thought to some of the mechanics. I don’t want to place the burden on staff if it can be avoided. Would you like for me to include a Growth Management representative in any meetings I have on the subject?
Rebecca C. Lavie
Senior Assistant County Attorney
500 San Sebastian View
St. Augustine, FL 32084
904.209.0805 (Office)
904.209.0806 (Fax)
BCS logo
Under Florida law, e-mail addresses are public records. If you do not want your e-mail address released in response to a public records request, do not send electronic mail to this entity. Instead, contact this office by phone or in writing.
This communication may contain privileged and confidential information intended only for the addressee(s) named above. If you are not the intended recipient, you are hereby notified that any review, dissemination, distribution or duplication of this communication is strictly prohibited. If you are not the intended recipient, please notify the sender by reply email and destroy all copies of the original message.
IRS Circular 230 Disclosure: To ensure compliance with U.S. Treasury Regulations governing tax practice, the St. Johns County Attorney's Office hereby informs and notifies each addressee hereof, including any copied addressee, that any U.S. federal tax advice contained in this communication (including any attachments), unless otherwise specifically stated, is not intended or written to be used, and cannot be used, for the purpose of (i) avoiding penalties that may be imposed on the addressee under the Internal Revenue Code and the regulations promulgated thereunder; or (ii) promoting, marketing or recommending to another party any transaction(s) or matter(s) addressed herein. To the extent that this communication may be deemed to contain any U.S. federal tax advice, then unless otherwise specifically stated herein, the addressee is expressly notified by the St. Johns County Attorney's Office that the addressee may not and cannot rely or base any decision, action or inaction upon the same, but should seek advice based on the addressee’s particular circumstances from an independent tax advisor.
From: Suzanne Konchan
Sent: Tuesday, March 20, 2018 1:31 PM
To: Rebecca Lavie; Regina Ross
Subject: registering lobbyist
If this moves forward, and it applies to staff tracking meetings, can we exempt land use applicants?
Suzanne S. Konchan, AICP
Growth Management Director
St. Johns County Growth Management Department
4040 Lewis Speedway
St. Augustine, FL 32084
Phone: 904-209-0712 (direct)
Cell: 904-599-8917
Florida has a very broad public records law. Under Florida Law, e-mail addresses are public records. If you do not want your e-mail address or information received released in response to a public records request, do not send electronic mail to this entity. Instead, contact this office by phone or in writing.
This communication may contain privileged and confidential information intended only for the addressee(s) named above. If you are not the intended recipient, you are hereby notified that any review, dissemination, distribution, or duplication of this communication is strictly prohibited. If you are not the intended recipient, please notify the sender by reply e-mail and destroy all copies of the original message.
In addition, any information provided in this email is considered an informal review and not a guarantee. No reliance may be given on information unless through a formal application and submittal pursuant to the Land Development Code and the Comprehensive Plan of St. Johns County.
Attached Message
From
Suzanne Konchan <skonchan@sjcfl.us>
To
Rebecca Lavie <rlavie@sjcfl.us>
Subject
RE: registering lobbyist
Date
Wed, 21 Mar 2018 14:00:33 +0000
Teresa Bishop, Mike Roberson and me.
Suzanne S. Konchan, AICP
Growth Management Director
St. Johns County Growth Management Department
4040 Lewis Speedway
St. Augustine, FL 32084
Phone: 904-209-0712 (direct)
Cell: 904-599-8917
Florida has a very broad public records law. Under Florida Law, e-mail addresses are public records. If you do not want your e-mail address or information received released in response to a public records request, do not send electronic mail to this entity. Instead, contact this office by phone or in writing.
This communication may contain privileged and confidential information intended only for the addressee(s) named above. If you are not the intended recipient, you are hereby notified that any review, dissemination, distribution, or duplication of this communication is strictly prohibited. If you are not the intended recipient, please notify the sender by reply e-mail and destroy all copies of the original message.
In addition, any information provided in this email is considered an informal review and not a guarantee. No reliance may be given on information unless through a formal application and submittal pursuant to the Land Development Code and the Comprehensive Plan of St. Johns County.
From: Rebecca Lavie
Sent: Wednesday, March 21, 2018 9:29 AM
To: Suzanne Konchan
Subject: RE: registering lobbyist
Is there anyone in particular you would like me to include in meetings and circulating drafts?
Rebecca C. Lavie
Senior Assistant County Attorney
500 San Sebastian View
St. Augustine, FL 32084
904.209.0805 (Office)
904.209.0806 (Fax)
BCS logo
Under Florida law, e-mail addresses are public records. If you do not want your e-mail address released in response to a public records request, do not send electronic mail to this entity. Instead, contact this office by phone or in writing.
This communication may contain privileged and confidential information intended only for the addressee(s) named above. If you are not the intended recipient, you are hereby notified that any review, dissemination, distribution or duplication of this communication is strictly prohibited. If you are not the intended recipient, please notify the sender by reply email and destroy all copies of the original message.
IRS Circular 230 Disclosure: To ensure compliance with U.S. Treasury Regulations governing tax practice, the St. Johns County Attorney's Office hereby informs and notifies each addressee hereof, including any copied addressee, that any U.S. federal tax advice contained in this communication (including any attachments), unless otherwise specifically stated, is not intended or written to be used, and cannot be used, for the purpose of (i) avoiding penalties that may be imposed on the addressee under the Internal Revenue Code and the regulations promulgated thereunder; or (ii) promoting, marketing or recommending to another party any transaction(s) or matter(s) addressed herein. To the extent that this communication may be deemed to contain any U.S. federal tax advice, then unless otherwise specifically stated herein, the addressee is expressly notified by the St. Johns County Attorney's Office that the addressee may not and cannot rely or base any decision, action or inaction upon the same, but should seek advice based on the addressee’s particular circumstances from an independent tax advisor.
From: Suzanne Konchan
Sent: Tuesday, March 20, 2018 2:22 PM
To: Rebecca Lavie; Regina Ross
Cc: Darrell Locklear
Subject: RE: registering lobbyist
Yikes, I guess we need to be involved. If a land use attorney is defined as a lobbyist we will be logging meetings all the time, as they are often the applicant or applicant’s agent. This will be a game changer in terms of staff burden.
Suzanne S. Konchan, AICP
Growth Management Director
St. Johns County Growth Management Department
4040 Lewis Speedway
St. Augustine, FL 32084
Phone: 904-209-0712 (direct)
Cell: 904-599-8917
Florida has a very broad public records law. Under Florida Law, e-mail addresses are public records. If you do not want your e-mail address or information received released in response to a public records request, do not send electronic mail to this entity. Instead, contact this office by phone or in writing.
This communication may contain privileged and confidential information intended only for the addressee(s) named above. If you are not the intended recipient, you are hereby notified that any review, dissemination, distribution, or duplication of this communication is strictly prohibited. If you are not the intended recipient, please notify the sender by reply e-mail and destroy all copies of the original message.
In addition, any information provided in this email is considered an informal review and not a guarantee. No reliance may be given on information unless through a formal application and submittal pursuant to the Land Development Code and the Comprehensive Plan of St. Johns County.
From: Rebecca Lavie
Sent: Tuesday, March 20, 2018 2:00 PM
To: Suzanne Konchan; Regina Ross
Subject: RE: registering lobbyist
It wouldn’t apply to the applicants themselves. For outside consultants acting on behalf of the applicants, it would apply to the extent that they are lobbyists, but I’ll have to give some thought to some of the mechanics. I don’t want to place the burden on staff if it can be avoided. Would you like for me to include a Growth Management representative in any meetings I have on the subject?
Rebecca C. Lavie
Senior Assistant County Attorney
500 San Sebastian View
St. Augustine, FL 32084
904.209.0805 (Office)
904.209.0806 (Fax)
BCS logo
Under Florida law, e-mail addresses are public records. If you do not want your e-mail address released in response to a public records request, do not send electronic mail to this entity. Instead, contact this office by phone or in writing.
This communication may contain privileged and confidential information intended only for the addressee(s) named above. If you are not the intended recipient, you are hereby notified that any review, dissemination, distribution or duplication of this communication is strictly prohibited. If you are not the intended recipient, please notify the sender by reply email and destroy all copies of the original message.
IRS Circular 230 Disclosure: To ensure compliance with U.S. Treasury Regulations governing tax practice, the St. Johns County Attorney's Office hereby informs and notifies each addressee hereof, including any copied addressee, that any U.S. federal tax advice contained in this communication (including any attachments), unless otherwise specifically stated, is not intended or written to be used, and cannot be used, for the purpose of (i) avoiding penalties that may be imposed on the addressee under the Internal Revenue Code and the regulations promulgated thereunder; or (ii) promoting, marketing or recommending to another party any transaction(s) or matter(s) addressed herein. To the extent that this communication may be deemed to contain any U.S. federal tax advice, then unless otherwise specifically stated herein, the addressee is expressly notified by the St. Johns County Attorney's Office that the addressee may not and cannot rely or base any decision, action or inaction upon the same, but should seek advice based on the addressee’s particular circumstances from an independent tax advisor.
From: Suzanne Konchan
Sent: Tuesday, March 20, 2018 1:31 PM
To: Rebecca Lavie; Regina Ross
Subject: registering lobbyist
If this moves forward, and it applies to staff tracking meetings, can we exempt land use applicants?
Suzanne S. Konchan, AICP
Growth Management Director
St. Johns County Growth Management Department
4040 Lewis Speedway
St. Augustine, FL 32084
Phone: 904-209-0712 (direct)
Cell: 904-599-8917
Florida has a very broad public records law. Under Florida Law, e-mail addresses are public records. If you do not want your e-mail address or information received released in response to a public records request, do not send electronic mail to this entity. Instead, contact this office by phone or in writing.
This communication may contain privileged and confidential information intended only for the addressee(s) named above. If you are not the intended recipient, you are hereby notified that any review, dissemination, distribution, or duplication of this communication is strictly prohibited. If you are not the intended recipient, please notify the sender by reply e-mail and destroy all copies of the original message.
In addition, any information provided in this email is considered an informal review and not a guarantee. No reliance may be given on information unless through a formal application and submittal pursuant to the Land Development Code and the Comprehensive Plan of St. Johns County.
Attached Message
From
Rebecca Lavie <rlavie@sjcfl.us>
To
Suzanne Konchan <skonchan@sjcfl.us>
Subject
RE: registering lobbyist
Date
Wed, 21 Mar 2018 13:28:46 +0000
Is there anyone in particular you would like me to include in meetings and circulating drafts?
Rebecca C. Lavie
Senior Assistant County Attorney
500 San Sebastian View
St. Augustine, FL 32084
904.209.0805 (Office)
904.209.0806 (Fax)
BCS logo
Under Florida law, e-mail addresses are public records. If you do not want your e-mail address released in response to a public records request, do not send electronic mail to this entity. Instead, contact this office by phone or in writing.
This communication may contain privileged and confidential information intended only for the addressee(s) named above. If you are not the intended recipient, you are hereby notified that any review, dissemination, distribution or duplication of this communication is strictly prohibited. If you are not the intended recipient, please notify the sender by reply email and destroy all copies of the original message.
IRS Circular 230 Disclosure: To ensure compliance with U.S. Treasury Regulations governing tax practice, the St. Johns County Attorney's Office hereby informs and notifies each addressee hereof, including any copied addressee, that any U.S. federal tax advice contained in this communication (including any attachments), unless otherwise specifically stated, is not intended or written to be used, and cannot be used, for the purpose of (i) avoiding penalties that may be imposed on the addressee under the Internal Revenue Code and the regulations promulgated thereunder; or (ii) promoting, marketing or recommending to another party any transaction(s) or matter(s) addressed herein. To the extent that this communication may be deemed to contain any U.S. federal tax advice, then unless otherwise specifically stated herein, the addressee is expressly notified by the St. Johns County Attorney's Office that the addressee may not and cannot rely or base any decision, action or inaction upon the same, but should seek advice based on the addressee’s particular circumstances from an independent tax advisor.
From: Suzanne Konchan
Sent: Tuesday, March 20, 2018 2:22 PM
To: Rebecca Lavie; Regina Ross
Cc: Darrell Locklear
Subject: RE: registering lobbyist
Yikes, I guess we need to be involved. If a land use attorney is defined as a lobbyist we will be logging meetings all the time, as they are often the applicant or applicant’s agent. This will be a game changer in terms of staff burden.
Suzanne S. Konchan, AICP
Growth Management Director
St. Johns County Growth Management Department
4040 Lewis Speedway
St. Augustine, FL 32084
Phone: 904-209-0712 (direct)
Cell: 904-599-8917
Florida has a very broad public records law. Under Florida Law, e-mail addresses are public records. If you do not want your e-mail address or information received released in response to a public records request, do not send electronic mail to this entity. Instead, contact this office by phone or in writing.
This communication may contain privileged and confidential information intended only for the addressee(s) named above. If you are not the intended recipient, you are hereby notified that any review, dissemination, distribution, or duplication of this communication is strictly prohibited. If you are not the intended recipient, please notify the sender by reply e-mail and destroy all copies of the original message.
In addition, any information provided in this email is considered an informal review and not a guarantee. No reliance may be given on information unless through a formal application and submittal pursuant to the Land Development Code and the Comprehensive Plan of St. Johns County.
From: Rebecca Lavie
Sent: Tuesday, March 20, 2018 2:00 PM
To: Suzanne Konchan; Regina Ross
Subject: RE: registering lobbyist
It wouldn’t apply to the applicants themselves. For outside consultants acting on behalf of the applicants, it would apply to the extent that they are lobbyists, but I’ll have to give some thought to some of the mechanics. I don’t want to place the burden on staff if it can be avoided. Would you like for me to include a Growth Management representative in any meetings I have on the subject?
Rebecca C. Lavie
Senior Assistant County Attorney
500 San Sebastian View
St. Augustine, FL 32084
904.209.0805 (Office)
904.209.0806 (Fax)
BCS logo
Under Florida law, e-mail addresses are public records. If you do not want your e-mail address released in response to a public records request, do not send electronic mail to this entity. Instead, contact this office by phone or in writing.
This communication may contain privileged and confidential information intended only for the addressee(s) named above. If you are not the intended recipient, you are hereby notified that any review, dissemination, distribution or duplication of this communication is strictly prohibited. If you are not the intended recipient, please notify the sender by reply email and destroy all copies of the original message.
IRS Circular 230 Disclosure: To ensure compliance with U.S. Treasury Regulations governing tax practice, the St. Johns County Attorney's Office hereby informs and notifies each addressee hereof, including any copied addressee, that any U.S. federal tax advice contained in this communication (including any attachments), unless otherwise specifically stated, is not intended or written to be used, and cannot be used, for the purpose of (i) avoiding penalties that may be imposed on the addressee under the Internal Revenue Code and the regulations promulgated thereunder; or (ii) promoting, marketing or recommending to another party any transaction(s) or matter(s) addressed herein. To the extent that this communication may be deemed to contain any U.S. federal tax advice, then unless otherwise specifically stated herein, the addressee is expressly notified by the St. Johns County Attorney's Office that the addressee may not and cannot rely or base any decision, action or inaction upon the same, but should seek advice based on the addressee’s particular circumstances from an independent tax advisor.
From: Suzanne Konchan
Sent: Tuesday, March 20, 2018 1:31 PM
To: Rebecca Lavie; Regina Ross
Subject: registering lobbyist
If this moves forward, and it applies to staff tracking meetings, can we exempt land use applicants?
Suzanne S. Konchan, AICP
Growth Management Director
St. Johns County Growth Management Department
4040 Lewis Speedway
St. Augustine, FL 32084
Phone: 904-209-0712 (direct)
Cell: 904-599-8917
Florida has a very broad public records law. Under Florida Law, e-mail addresses are public records. If you do not want your e-mail address or information received released in response to a public records request, do not send electronic mail to this entity. Instead, contact this office by phone or in writing.
This communication may contain privileged and confidential information intended only for the addressee(s) named above. If you are not the intended recipient, you are hereby notified that any review, dissemination, distribution, or duplication of this communication is strictly prohibited. If you are not the intended recipient, please notify the sender by reply e-mail and destroy all copies of the original message.
In addition, any information provided in this email is considered an informal review and not a guarantee. No reliance may be given on information unless through a formal application and submittal pursuant to the Land Development Code and the Comprehensive Plan of St. Johns County.
Attached Message
From
Suzanne Konchan <skonchan@sjcfl.us>
To
Rebecca Lavie <rlavie@sjcfl.us>; Regina Ross <rross@sjcfl.us>
Cc
Darrell Locklear <DLocklear@sjcfl.us>
Subject
RE: registering lobbyist
Date
Tue, 20 Mar 2018 18:22:26 +0000
Yikes, I guess we need to be involved. If a land use attorney is defined as a lobbyist we will be logging meetings all the time, as they are often the applicant or applicant’s agent. This will be a game changer in terms of staff burden.
Suzanne S. Konchan, AICP
Growth Management Director
St. Johns County Growth Management Department
4040 Lewis Speedway
St. Augustine, FL 32084
Phone: 904-209-0712 (direct)
Cell: 904-599-8917
Florida has a very broad public records law. Under Florida Law, e-mail addresses are public records. If you do not want your e-mail address or information received released in response to a public records request, do not send electronic mail to this entity. Instead, contact this office by phone or in writing.
This communication may contain privileged and confidential information intended only for the addressee(s) named above. If you are not the intended recipient, you are hereby notified that any review, dissemination, distribution, or duplication of this communication is strictly prohibited. If you are not the intended recipient, please notify the sender by reply e-mail and destroy all copies of the original message.
In addition, any information provided in this email is considered an informal review and not a guarantee. No reliance may be given on information unless through a formal application and submittal pursuant to the Land Development Code and the Comprehensive Plan of St. Johns County.
From: Rebecca Lavie
Sent: Tuesday, March 20, 2018 2:00 PM
To: Suzanne Konchan; Regina Ross
Subject: RE: registering lobbyist
It wouldn’t apply to the applicants themselves. For outside consultants acting on behalf of the applicants, it would apply to the extent that they are lobbyists, but I’ll have to give some thought to some of the mechanics. I don’t want to place the burden on staff if it can be avoided. Would you like for me to include a Growth Management representative in any meetings I have on the subject?
Rebecca C. Lavie
Senior Assistant County Attorney
500 San Sebastian View
St. Augustine, FL 32084
904.209.0805 (Office)
904.209.0806 (Fax)
BCS logo
Under Florida law, e-mail addresses are public records. If you do not want your e-mail address released in response to a public records request, do not send electronic mail to this entity. Instead, contact this office by phone or in writing.
This communication may contain privileged and confidential information intended only for the addressee(s) named above. If you are not the intended recipient, you are hereby notified that any review, dissemination, distribution or duplication of this communication is strictly prohibited. If you are not the intended recipient, please notify the sender by reply email and destroy all copies of the original message.
IRS Circular 230 Disclosure: To ensure compliance with U.S. Treasury Regulations governing tax practice, the St. Johns County Attorney's Office hereby informs and notifies each addressee hereof, including any copied addressee, that any U.S. federal tax advice contained in this communication (including any attachments), unless otherwise specifically stated, is not intended or written to be used, and cannot be used, for the purpose of (i) avoiding penalties that may be imposed on the addressee under the Internal Revenue Code and the regulations promulgated thereunder; or (ii) promoting, marketing or recommending to another party any transaction(s) or matter(s) addressed herein. To the extent that this communication may be deemed to contain any U.S. federal tax advice, then unless otherwise specifically stated herein, the addressee is expressly notified by the St. Johns County Attorney's Office that the addressee may not and cannot rely or base any decision, action or inaction upon the same, but should seek advice based on the addressee’s particular circumstances from an independent tax advisor.
From: Suzanne Konchan
Sent: Tuesday, March 20, 2018 1:31 PM
To: Rebecca Lavie; Regina Ross
Subject: registering lobbyist
If this moves forward, and it applies to staff tracking meetings, can we exempt land use applicants?
Suzanne S. Konchan, AICP
Growth Management Director
St. Johns County Growth Management Department
4040 Lewis Speedway
St. Augustine, FL 32084
Phone: 904-209-0712 (direct)
Cell: 904-599-8917
Florida has a very broad public records law. Under Florida Law, e-mail addresses are public records. If you do not want your e-mail address or information received released in response to a public records request, do not send electronic mail to this entity. Instead, contact this office by phone or in writing.
This communication may contain privileged and confidential information intended only for the addressee(s) named above. If you are not the intended recipient, you are hereby notified that any review, dissemination, distribution, or duplication of this communication is strictly prohibited. If you are not the intended recipient, please notify the sender by reply e-mail and destroy all copies of the original message.
In addition, any information provided in this email is considered an informal review and not a guarantee. No reliance may be given on information unless through a formal application and submittal pursuant to the Land Development Code and the Comprehensive Plan of St. Johns County.
Attached Message
From
Rebecca Lavie <rlavie@sjcfl.us>
To
Suzanne Konchan <skonchan@sjcfl.us>; Regina Ross <rross@sjcfl.us>
Subject
RE: registering lobbyist
Date
Tue, 20 Mar 2018 18:00:18 +0000
It wouldn’t apply to the applicants themselves. For outside consultants acting on behalf of the applicants, it would apply to the extent that they are lobbyists, but I’ll have to give some thought to some of the mechanics. I don’t want to place the burden on staff if it can be avoided. Would you like for me to include a Growth Management representative in any meetings I have on the subject?
Rebecca C. Lavie
Senior Assistant County Attorney
500 San Sebastian View
St. Augustine, FL 32084
904.209.0805 (Office)
904.209.0806 (Fax)
BCS logo
Under Florida law, e-mail addresses are public records. If you do not want your e-mail address released in response to a public records request, do not send electronic mail to this entity. Instead, contact this office by phone or in writing.
This communication may contain privileged and confidential information intended only for the addressee(s) named above. If you are not the intended recipient, you are hereby notified that any review, dissemination, distribution or duplication of this communication is strictly prohibited. If you are not the intended recipient, please notify the sender by reply email and destroy all copies of the original message.
IRS Circular 230 Disclosure: To ensure compliance with U.S. Treasury Regulations governing tax practice, the St. Johns County Attorney's Office hereby informs and notifies each addressee hereof, including any copied addressee, that any U.S. federal tax advice contained in this communication (including any attachments), unless otherwise specifically stated, is not intended or written to be used, and cannot be used, for the purpose of (i) avoiding penalties that may be imposed on the addressee under the Internal Revenue Code and the regulations promulgated thereunder; or (ii) promoting, marketing or recommending to another party any transaction(s) or matter(s) addressed herein. To the extent that this communication may be deemed to contain any U.S. federal tax advice, then unless otherwise specifically stated herein, the addressee is expressly notified by the St. Johns County Attorney's Office that the addressee may not and cannot rely or base any decision, action or inaction upon the same, but should seek advice based on the addressee’s particular circumstances from an independent tax advisor.
From: Suzanne Konchan
Sent: Tuesday, March 20, 2018 1:31 PM
To: Rebecca Lavie; Regina Ross
Subject: registering lobbyist
If this moves forward, and it applies to staff tracking meetings, can we exempt land use applicants?
Suzanne S. Konchan, AICP
Growth Management Director
St. Johns County Growth Management Department
4040 Lewis Speedway
St. Augustine, FL 32084
Phone: 904-209-0712 (direct)
Cell: 904-599-8917
Florida has a very broad public records law. Under Florida Law, e-mail addresses are public records. If you do not want your e-mail address or information received released in response to a public records request, do not send electronic mail to this entity. Instead, contact this office by phone or in writing.
This communication may contain privileged and confidential information intended only for the addressee(s) named above. If you are not the intended recipient, you are hereby notified that any review, dissemination, distribution, or duplication of this communication is strictly prohibited. If you are not the intended recipient, please notify the sender by reply e-mail and destroy all copies of the original message.
In addition, any information provided in this email is considered an informal review and not a guarantee. No reliance may be given on information unless through a formal application and submittal pursuant to the Land Development Code and the Comprehensive Plan of St. Johns County.
Attached Message
From
Suzanne Konchan <skonchan@sjcfl.us>
To
Rebecca Lavie <rlavie@sjcfl.us>; Regina Ross <rross@sjcfl.us>
Subject
registering lobbyist
Date
Tue, 20 Mar 2018 17:30:31 +0000
If this moves forward, and it applies to staff tracking meetings, can we exempt land use applicants?
Suzanne S. Konchan, AICP
Growth Management Director
St. Johns County Growth Management Department
4040 Lewis Speedway
St. Augustine, FL 32084
Phone: 904-209-0712 (direct)
Cell: 904-599-8917
Florida has a very broad public records law. Under Florida Law, e-mail addresses are public records. If you do not want your e-mail address or information received released in response to a public records request, do not send electronic mail to this entity. Instead, contact this office by phone or in writing.
This communication may contain privileged and confidential information intended only for the addressee(s) named above. If you are not the intended recipient, you are hereby notified that any review, dissemination, distribution, or duplication of this communication is strictly prohibited. If you are not the intended recipient, please notify the sender by reply e-mail and destroy all copies of the original message.
In addition, any information provided in this email is considered an informal review and not a guarantee. No reliance may be given on information unless through a formal application and submittal pursuant to the Land Development Code and the Comprehensive Plan of St. Johns County.
Attached Message
From
Jesse Dunn <jdunn@sjcfl.us>
To
Rebecca Lavie <rlavie@sjcfl.us>; Lauren Falcey <lfalcey@sjcfl.us>
Cc
Wade Schroeder <wschroeder@sjcfl.us>
Subject
RE: Lobbyist Ordinance
Date
Wed, 21 Mar 2018 14:23:02 +0000
Rebecca,
I am going to pass the buck to Lauren Falcey in OMB. J
While Lauren is the OMB liaison for the OCA, I am recommending Lauren because she is astute in implementing ground-up processes.
Jesse Dunn
Director, Office of Management & Budget
St. Johns County Board of County Commissioners
(904) 209-0568
From: Rebecca Lavie
Sent: Wednesday, March 21, 2018 10:10 AM
To: Jesse Dunn
Cc: Wade Schroeder
Subject: Lobbyist Ordinance
The BCC has directed our office to prepare and bring back a lobbyist registration ordinance at a future meeting. Part of the Board’s discussion involved making sure whatever registration program we come up with is revenue-neutral, and they also mentioned having an economic impact statement. Therefore, I would like to have someone from OMB involved in the process. Can you let me know who I should send drafts to and invite to meetings? I will probably start by circulating a draft in the next few weeks and going from there. Hopefully, this shouldn’t require too many meetings.
Rebecca C. Lavie
Senior Assistant County Attorney
500 San Sebastian View
St. Augustine, FL 32084
904.209.0805 (Office)
904.209.0806 (Fax)
BCS logo
Under Florida law, e-mail addresses are public records. If you do not want your e-mail address released in response to a public records request, do not send electronic mail to this entity. Instead, contact this office by phone or in writing.
This communication may contain privileged and confidential information intended only for the addressee(s) named above. If you are not the intended recipient, you are hereby notified that any review, dissemination, distribution or duplication of this communication is strictly prohibited. If you are not the intended recipient, please notify the sender by reply email and destroy all copies of the original message.
IRS Circular 230 Disclosure: To ensure compliance with U.S. Treasury Regulations governing tax practice, the St. Johns County Attorney's Office hereby informs and notifies each addressee hereof, including any copied addressee, that any U.S. federal tax advice contained in this communication (including any attachments), unless otherwise specifically stated, is not intended or written to be used, and cannot be used, for the purpose of (i) avoiding penalties that may be imposed on the addressee under the Internal Revenue Code and the regulations promulgated thereunder; or (ii) promoting, marketing or recommending to another party any transaction(s) or matter(s) addressed herein. To the extent that this communication may be deemed to contain any U.S. federal tax advice, then unless otherwise specifically stated herein, the addressee is expressly notified by the St. Johns County Attorney's Office that the addressee may not and cannot rely or base any decision, action or inaction upon the same, but should seek advice based on the addressee’s particular circumstances from an independent tax advisor.
Attached Message
From
Neal Shinkre <nshinkre@sjcfl.us>
To
Rebecca Lavie <rlavie@sjcfl.us>
Cc
Greg Caldwell <gcaldwell@sjcfl.us>
Subject
RE: Proposed lobbyist ordinance
Date
Fri, 23 Mar 2018 15:54:07 +0000
Yes, Greg
From: Rebecca Lavie
Sent: Friday, March 23, 2018 10:21 AM
To: Neal Shinkre
Subject: Proposed lobbyist ordinance
Our office has received direction from the BCC to draft an ordinance that would require the registration of lobbyists. I am putting together a list of County departments that may be affected by the ordinance. Would you like to have someone from Public Works on my distribution list? I don’t anticipate a large number of meetings, but I will be sending out drafts and asking for feedback. Please let me know if you would like to be included, and, if so, who from your department I should coordinate with.
Rebecca C. Lavie
Senior Assistant County Attorney
500 San Sebastian View
St. Augustine, FL 32084
904.209.0805 (Office)
904.209.0806 (Fax)
BCS logo
Under Florida law, e-mail addresses are public records. If you do not want your e-mail address released in response to a public records request, do not send electronic mail to this entity. Instead, contact this office by phone or in writing.
This communication may contain privileged and confidential information intended only for the addressee(s) named above. If you are not the intended recipient, you are hereby notified that any review, dissemination, distribution or duplication of this communication is strictly prohibited. If you are not the intended recipient, please notify the sender by reply email and destroy all copies of the original message.
IRS Circular 230 Disclosure: To ensure compliance with U.S. Treasury Regulations governing tax practice, the St. Johns County Attorney's Office hereby informs and notifies each addressee hereof, including any copied addressee, that any U.S. federal tax advice contained in this communication (including any attachments), unless otherwise specifically stated, is not intended or written to be used, and cannot be used, for the purpose of (i) avoiding penalties that may be imposed on the addressee under the Internal Revenue Code and the regulations promulgated thereunder; or (ii) promoting, marketing or recommending to another party any transaction(s) or matter(s) addressed herein. To the extent that this communication may be deemed to contain any U.S. federal tax advice, then unless otherwise specifically stated herein, the addressee is expressly notified by the St. Johns County Attorney's Office that the addressee may not and cannot rely or base any decision, action or inaction upon the same, but should seek advice based on the addressee’s particular circumstances from an independent tax advisor.
Attached Message
From
Gail Oliver <goliver@sjcfl.us>
To
Rebecca Lavie <rlavie@sjcfl.us>
Cc
Joyce Jolley <jjolley@sjcfl.us>
Subject
Re: Proposed lobbyist ordinance
Date
Fri, 23 Mar 2018 15:00:44 +0000
​Rebecca

Thanks for thinking of us:) Please include Joyce Jolley on the distribution list.

Have a great weekend.

Gail

Gail Oliver, PLS, County Surveyor
Interim Director Land Management Systems Department
St. Johns County, Florida
500 San Sebastian View
St. Augustine, Florida 32084
Phone 904-209-0770
Fax 904-209-0771






From: Rebecca Lavie
Sent: Friday, March 23, 2018 10:22 AM
To: Gail Oliver
Subject: Proposed lobbyist ordinance
Our office has received direction from the BCC to draft an ordinance that would require the registration of lobbyists. I am putting together a list of County departments that may be affected by the ordinance. Would you like to have someone from Land Management on my distribution list? I don’t anticipate a large number of meetings, but I will be sending out drafts and asking for feedback. Please let me know if you would like to be included, and, if so, who from your department I should coordinate with.
Rebecca C. Lavie
Senior Assistant County Attorney
500 San Sebastian View
St. Augustine, FL 32084
904.209.0805 (Office)
904.209.0806 (Fax)
BCS logo
Under Florida law, e-mail addresses are public records. If you do not want your e-mail address released in response to a public records request, do not send electronic mail to this entity. Instead, contact this office by phone or in writing.
This communication may contain privileged and confidential information intended only for the addressee(s) named above. If you are not the intended recipient, you are hereby notified that any review, dissemination, distribution or duplication of this communication is strictly prohibited. If you are not the intended recipient, please notify the sender by reply email and destroy all copies of the original message.
IRS Circular 230 Disclosure: To ensure compliance with U.S. Treasury Regulations governing tax practice, the St. Johns County Attorney's Office hereby informs and notifies each addressee hereof, including any copied addressee, that any U.S. federal tax advice contained in this communication (including any attachments), unless otherwise specifically stated, is not intended or written to be used, and cannot be used, for the purpose of (i) avoiding penalties that may be imposed on the addressee under the Internal Revenue Code and the regulations promulgated thereunder; or (ii) promoting, marketing or recommending to another party any transaction(s) or matter(s) addressed herein. To the extent that this communication may be deemed to contain any U.S. federal tax advice, then unless otherwise specifically stated herein, the addressee is expressly notified by the St. Johns County Attorney's Office that the addressee may not and cannot rely or base any decision, action or inaction upon the same, but should seek advice based on the addressee’s particular circumstances from an independent tax advisor.
Attached Message
From
Jaime Locklear <jlocklear@sjcfl.us>
To
Rebecca Lavie <rlavie@sjcfl.us>
Subject
RE: Proposed lobbyist ordinance
Date
Fri, 23 Mar 2018 17:09:29 +0000
We don’t have any interaction with lobbyists, really, unless we’re procuring lobbyist services. So, I don’t know that we would need to be included.
Thanks,
Jaime
Jaime T. Locklear, MPA, CPPB, FCCM
Purchasing Manager
SJC BOCC Purchasing Dept
(904) 209-0158 – Direct
(904) 209-0159 – Fax
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From: Rebecca Lavie
Sent: Friday, March 23, 2018 10:25 AM
To: Joseph Giammanco; Jaime Locklear
Subject: Proposed lobbyist ordinance
Our office has received direction from the BCC to draft an ordinance that would require the registration of lobbyists. I am putting together a list of County departments that may be affected by the ordinance. Would you like to have someone from Purchasing on my distribution list? I don’t anticipate a large number of meetings, but I will be sending out drafts and asking for feedback. Please let me know if you would like to be included, and, if so, who from your department I should coordinate with.
(The Board did not give any direction with respect to including our blackout period requirements in the ordinance, so I am leaving that alone. Still, I don’t know if there might be anything else that would affect Purchasing. Do you deal much with lobbyists for proposed vendors/contractors, or do the vendors/contractors tend to deal with you directly?)
Rebecca C. Lavie
Senior Assistant County Attorney
500 San Sebastian View
St. Augustine, FL 32084
904.209.0805 (Office)
904.209.0806 (Fax)
BCS logo
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IRS Circular 230 Disclosure: To ensure compliance with U.S. Treasury Regulations governing tax practice, the St. Johns County Attorney's Office hereby informs and notifies each addressee hereof, including any copied addressee, that any U.S. federal tax advice contained in this communication (including any attachments), unless otherwise specifically stated, is not intended or written to be used, and cannot be used, for the purpose of (i) avoiding penalties that may be imposed on the addressee under the Internal Revenue Code and the regulations promulgated thereunder; or (ii) promoting, marketing or recommending to another party any transaction(s) or matter(s) addressed herein. To the extent that this communication may be deemed to contain any U.S. federal tax advice, then unless otherwise specifically stated herein, the addressee is expressly notified by the St. Johns County Attorney's Office that the addressee may not and cannot rely or base any decision, action or inaction upon the same, but should seek advice based on the addressee’s particular circumstances from an independent tax advisor.