Sometimes cities turn to the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office for more than cost savings.
That's the plan on St. Pete Beach, where a sworn deputy will replace the city-run one-woman code enforcement department on November 1.
Less than a year after turning to the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office (PCSO) for police services, St. Pete Beach added code enforcement to the list of services the PCSO provides. A second community police officer will focus on code enforcement.
"Any deputy could perform code enforcement so long as they have the proper training," says Sergeant David DiSano told the Gabber, "but in St. Pete Beach we're going to rely heavily on the one who has been chosen."
"It's actually a little more expensive," City Manager Mike Bonfield said, but, he added, the city will now have "flexibility and coverage with nights and weekends", something it currently lacks.
The change will cost between $15,000 and $20,000 more. The PCSO will have somebody in place on St. Pete Beach "shortly after November 1," according to Bonfield. The city added these services on to its current contract, but should they so desire, the city manager said the city could cancel at any time.