Pinellas County Educational Facilities Authority

The Pinellas County Education Facilities Authority assists fully accredited institutions of higher education and educational facilities as defined in Chapter 159, Part II, Florida Statutes, by providing an additional means to finance facilities and structures. The authority can issue conduit financing bonds and make loans for the costs of projects, with the institution receiving the loan responsible for repayment and for cost of administration. Only projects approved by the Pinellas County Board of County Commissioners (BCC) can be considered by the Authority.

Special District Information

  • The full legal name of the special district:
    Pinellas County Educational Facilities Authority.
  • The public purpose of the special district:
    POWERS AND DUTIES:
    (A) To transact and perform the duties prescribed by the Higher Educational Facilities Authorities Law (ss. 243.21, Florida Statutes, et seq.) – to assist institutions of higher education in constructing, financing, and refinancing projects throughout the state; and(B) To exercise the powers of a “local agency” pursuant to Chapter 159, Part II, Florida Statutes, as the same may be amended from time to time, for development, financing, and maintaining of “educational facilities,” as defined in Section 159.27(22), Florida Statutes.
    See Pinellas County Resolutions 77-601; 94-296; and 99-215.
  • Membership Information
  • The fiscal year of the special district:
    No annual budget.

Charter Information

  • The full text of the special district’s charter (or special law, ordinance, or resolution creating the district)
    See Pinellas County Resolutions 77-601; 94-296; and 99-215.
  • The date of establishment: October 11, 1977
  • The establishing entity: Pinellas County Board of County Commissioners
  • The statute(s) under which the special district operates, if different from the statute or statutes under which the special district was established. ss. 243.21, Florida Statutes, et seq.; and Chapter 159, Part II, Florida Statutes.

Past Meetings

Date Title Attachments
January 16, 2020 Educational Facilities Authority – Cancelled
February 20, 2020 Educational Facilities Authority Agenda and Minutes
March 19, 2020 Educational Facilities Authority – Cancelled
March 26, 2020 Educational Facilities Authority – Cancelled
April 16, 2020 Educational Facilities Authority – Cancelled
May 21, 2020 Educational Facilities Authority – Cancelled
June 18, 2020 Educational Facilities Authority – Cancelled
July 16, 2020 Educational Facilities Authority – Cancelled
August 20, 2020 Educational Facilities Authority – Cancelled
September 17, 2020 Educational Facilities Authority – Cancelled
October 15, 2020 Educational Facilities Authority – Cancelled
November 19, 2020 Educational Facilities Authority – Cancelled
December 17, 2020 Educational Facilities Authority – Cancelled
January 21, 2021 Educational Facilities Authority Agenda and Minutes
February 18, 2021 Educational Facilities Authority – Cancelled
March 18, 2021 Educational Facilities Authority – Cancelled
April 15, 2021 Educational Facilities Authority – Cancelled
May 20, 2021 Educational Facilities Authority – Cancelled
June 17, 2021 Educational Facilities Authority – Cancelled
July 22, 2021 Educational Facilities Authority Agenda and Minutes
August 19, 2021 Educational Facilities Authority – Cancelled
September 16, 2021 Educational Facilities Authority Agenda
October 21, 2021 Educational Facilities Authority – Cancelled
November 18, 2021 Educational Facilities Authority – Cancelled
December 16, 2021 Educational Facilities Authority – Cancelled
January 12, 2022 Educational Facilities Authority Agenda and Minutes
February 17, 2022 Educational Facilities Authority – Cancelled
March 17, 2022 Educational Facilities Authority – Cancelled
April 21, 2022 Educational Facilities Authority Agenda
May 19, 2022 Educational Facilities Authority – Cancelled
May 26, 2022 Educational Facilities Authority – Special Meeting Agenda
June 16, 2022 Educational Facilities Authority – Cancelled
July 21, 2022 Educational Facilities Authority – Cancelled
August 18, 2022 Educational Facilities Authority – Cancelled
September 15, 2022 Educational Facilities Authority Agenda
October 20, 2022 Educational Facilities Authority – Cancelled
November 17, 2022 Educational Facilities Authority Agenda

Meeting Information

  • Meeting Time: 4 p.m. on the third Thursday of each month.
  • Meeting Location:
    St. Petersburg College – EpiCenter
    13805 58th Street North, Clearwater, FL 33760

Meeting dates, time, and location are subject to change.

Contact Information

Boundary and Services Information

  • A description of the boundaries or service area of the special district
    The boundaries are the same as the boundaries of Pinellas County.
  • Description of the services provided by the special district:
    The EFA acts as a local agency to finance Chapter 159, Educational Facilities as well as providing for institutions of higher education situated in Pinellas County, Florida, to pursue programs and projects beyond those described in Chapter 243, Florida Statutes, for the projects and programs described in Chapter 159, Part II, Florida Statutes; in addition to the exercise of powers under Chapter 243, Florida Statutes: andTo (a) transact business, perform the duties, and exercise the powers prescribed by the Higher Educational Facilities Authorities Law, and (b) exercise the powers of a “local agency,” pursuant to Chapter 159, Part II, Florida Statutes,as the same may be amended from time to time, for development, financing, and maintaining of “educational facilities,” as defined in Section 159.27(22), Florida Statutes.
  • List all taxes, fees, assessments, or charges imposed and collected by the special district, including the rates or amounts for the fiscal year and the statutory authority for the levy of the tax, fee, assessment, or charge. (For purposes of this subparagraph, charges do not include patient charges by a hospital or other health care provider.)
    Applicable Bond Counsel fees and Administrative Costs captured in each bond issue.

Primary Contact Information for the Special District for the Purposes of Communication from the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity

  • DEO Contact Name: Jim Abernathy
  • DEO Contact Address: 315 Court Street Clearwater, FL 33756
  • DEO Contact Email: jabernathy@pinellascounty.org
  • DEO Contact Phone: (727) 453-3278
  • A code of ethics adopted by the special district, if applicable, and a hyperlink to generally applicable ethics provisions.
    State of Florida Code of Ethics for Public Officers and Employees
  • The budget for the special district, in addition to amendments in accordance with s. 189.016.
    No annual budget.
  • The final, complete audit report for the most recent completed fiscal year, and audit reports required by law or authorized by the governing body of the special district.
  • Comprehensive Annual Financial Reports