Pinellas County Commission elects Chair, Vice Chair for 2023

The Pinellas County Board of County Commissioners on Tuesday unanimously elected commissioners Janet C. Long and Kathleen Peters as Chair and Vice Chair, respectively, for 2023. The election took place in the final scheduled Board meeting for the current year.

Long is the current Vice Chair and served as Chair in 2017. A former member of the Florida Legislature and Seminole City Council, she was elected to the Board countywide in 2012, 2016 and 2020. Long represents at-large District 1.

Peters was elected Vice Chair. Also a former member of the Florida Legislature, Peters was elected to the Board in 2018 and re-elected in November. She represents single-member District 6.

In other Board action Tuesday:

Lease on airport land approved to spur economic development

Commissioners approved a 50-year ground lease agreement of 9.5 acres of St. Pete-Clearwater International Airport property to MarineMax Inc., a move that is anticipated to help create approximately 300 new jobs, boost economic development and inject millions into the local economy. MarineMax’s conceptual plan for the site includes: a 132,000 square foot, state-of-the-art manufacturing building, a parking garage for approximately 400 vehicles, a travel lift well for hauling and launching yachts, and a waterside docking facility for their mooring yachts.

New Mobile Medical Unit approved

The Board awarded a contract to LifeLine Mobile, Inc., for the purchase of a 45-foot mobile medical unit to provide healthcare services under the Healthcare for the Homeless (HCH) program. The new unit replaces a unit that is beyond its useful life and has consistent downtime.

The new unit will allow for the contracted HCH provider, Florida Department of Health in Pinellas County, to continue to provide mobile primary care to individuals experiencing homelessness. It will also provide oral and behavioral health assessments, dental care, telehealth screenings and treatment to targeted areas throughout Pinellas County. 

This program is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of an award totaling $7,185,981.00 ($3,451,380.00 or 52% with federal funds) and $3,734,61.00 (48%) financed with non-governmental sources. The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement, by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government. For more information, please visit