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Fort Myers Boards & Committees

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If you wish to apply for a Board or Committee please review the requirements below & download the following forms: Board & Committee Application Forms

About City Boards

The City of Fort Myers has seventeen active advisory and quasi judicial boards, and committees created to perform specific functions.

Opportunities exist for citizen volunteers to work in harmony with the government by serving on the boards and committees.

Appointments to boards and committees are made by City Council. All positions are voluntary and members are not compensated for their time. However, the individuals who serve on the boards and committees provide an invaluable service to the city. Their advice and expertise on a wide range of topics assist City Council in its decision making process.

All board and committee meetings are open to the public pursuant to the State of Florida's Sunshine Law. Sufficient notice must be given to the public before a meeting is held and minutes taken. All proceedings are matters of public record.

Board and committee vacancies may be viewed under Board Vacancies. Anyone interested who meets the qualifications is encouraged to complete a Board Member Application and Address Identification Confidentiality Request, and submit them to the City Clerk's Office at the following address.

City Clerk's Office
Board Applications
P.O. Box 2217
Fort Myers, FL 33902

Most boards and committees meet at least once a month; however, there are varying degrees of commitment, depending on the board. Membership requirements vary with each board and committee.

 

BOARD OR COMMITTEE

VACANCIES AS OF SEPTEMBER 17, 2013

BEAUTIFICATION ADVISORY BOARD

1 Alternate - Mayor

Members shall reside, work, or own property in the City and have a knowledge in landscaping, plants and beautification. 

BICYCLE AND PEDESTRIAN ADVISORY BOARD

2 Regular Members – Mayor and Ward 3

Members shall be a resident, work, own property, or own a business in the City and knowledgeable in the area of bicycle and pedestrian patterns. 

BOARD OF ADJUSTMENTS

1 Alternate- Mayor

Members shall be either a resident of the City or own property in the City.

BROWNFIELDS ADVISORY BOARD

2 Regular Member – Ward 1, 3

1 Alternate- Mayor

Residents or individuals owning a business in the City shall receive primary consideration however, residency or business ownership shall not be required.

1 – Owners or employees of firms specializing in environmental cleanup and remediation, specializing in environmental training or real estate professionals with experience in redevelopment.

Experienced in field of vocational/technical training or have experience in teaching on academic level

CODE ENFORCEMENT BOARD

1 Alternate Member - Mayor

Members of the board shall be residents of the City with experience or interest in the field of zoning or building control or the subject matter jurisdiction. Whenever possible, consist of an architect, business person, engineer, general contractor, subcontractor, and realtor.

FORT MYERS/LEE COUNTY ENTERPRISE ZONE BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

1 Regular Member

1 – Resident residing within Enterprise Zone or,

1 – Local financial or insurance entities or,

1 – Local chambers of commerce, or

1 – Regional Workforce Board

FORT MYERS TEEN ADVISORY COUNCIL

3 Regular Members –

Wards 4, 5, and 6

Each member shall be a resident of the city, be between 15 and 19 years of age, and maintain a minimum grade point average of 2.75 or equivalent

HISTORICAL MUSEUM ADVISORY BOARD

2 Regular Members – Ward 2 and 5

2 Alternates- Mayor

Members shall reflect an interest in the history of the city, be representative of the diversity of the City, and when possible, be residents or own property in the City.

HISTORIC PRESERVATION COMMISSION

1 Regular Member – Mayor

Members shall consist of members who are professionals selected from the disciplines of architecture, history, architectural history, planning, construction, land use law, archaeology, or other historic preservation related disciplines.  Members shall be residents of the City, if possible.  Mayor regular appointment must be a resident of the Edison Park Historic District

LOCAL AFFORDABLE HOUSING ADVISORY BOARD

3 Regular Member –Mayor, Wards 1 and 2

3 At Large Members

Members shall be a resident, employed or own property within the city limits.  The committee shall include members as follows:

1 – One (1) citizen who is actively engaged in the banking or mortgage banking industry in connection with affordable housing..

 (2)       1 – citizen who is actively engaged in the residential home building industry in connection with affordable housing.

1 – Citizen who is actively engaged as a not‑for‑profit provider of affordable housing.

1 – Citizen who represents employers within the jurisdiction.

1 – Citizen who is actively engaged as a not‑for‑profit provider of affordable housing.

1 ‑ citizen who is a representative of those areas of labor actively engaged in home building in connection with affordable housing.

SPECIAL EVENTS ADVISORY BOARD

1 Regular Member –Ward 6

2 Alternates - Mayor

Members with experience or interest in public relations, community relations, marketing, special event coordination, special event promotion, tourism, fundraising, sponsorship, economic development, educational or sports education, community development or the entertainment or media industries.  Members shall be residents, own property or operate a business within the City limits.

S.T.A.R.S. MANAGEMENT ADVISORY BOARD

1 Regular Member – Ward 2

2 Alternates - Mayor

Members shall reflect knowledge in the area of management and education.  Members shall either be resident of the city or own property in the city or community partnerships.

Local Affordable Housing Advisory Committee

Qualifications

Members shall be a resident, employed or own property within the city limits. The committee shall include members as follows:

(1) One (1) citizen who is actively engaged in the residential home building industry in connection with affordable housing.
(2) One (1) citizen who is actively engaged in the banking or mortgage banking industry in connection with affordable housing.
(3) One (1) citizen who is a representative of those areas of labor actively engaged in home building in connection with affordable housing. (4) One (1) citizen who is actively engaged as an advocate for low income persons in connection with affordable housing.
(5) One (1) citizen who is actively engaged as a for profit provider of affordable housing.
(6) One (1) citizen who is actively engaged as a not for profit provider of affordable housing.
(7) One (1) citizen who is actively engaged as a real estate professional in connection with affordable housing.
(8) One (1) citizen who actively serves on the local planning agency pursuant to Florida Statute, Section 163.3174.
(9) One (1) citizen who actively resides within the jurisdiction of the local governing body making the appointments.
(10) One (1) citizen who represents employers within the jurisdiction. (11) One (1) citizen who represents essential services personnel, as defined in the local housing assistance plan.
 

Additional Requirements

The members of the Local Affordable Housing Advisory Committee shall be sworn in by the city clerk to perform the duties of the office.

Meetings

Meetings shall be held at the call of the chairman and at such other times as may be determined by a majority of the board.

Attendance Requirements

Any member who fails to attend two (3) of three (3) successive meetings without cause shall be automatically removed from the committee.

Duties

1. Triennially, the local affordable housing advisory committee shall review established policies and procedures, ordinances, land development regulations, and adopted local government comprehensive plan of the appointing local government and shall recommend specific actions or initiatives to encourage or facilitate affordable housing while protecting the ability of the property to appreciate in value. The recommendations may include the modification or repeal of existing policies, procedures, ordinances, regulations, or plan provisions; the creation of exceptions applicable to affordable housing; or the adoption of new policies, procedures, regulations, ordinances, or plan provisions, including recommendations to amend the local government comprehensive plan and corresponding regulations, ordinances, and other policies. At a minimum, the advisory committee shall submit a report to the city council that includes recommendations on, and triennially thereafter evaluates the implementation of, affordable housing incentives in the following areas:
a. The processing of approvals of development orders or permits, as defined in Florida Statute, Section 163.3164(7) and (8), for affordable housing projects is expedited to a greater degree than other projects.
b. The modification of impact fee requirements, including reduction or waiver fees and alternative methods of fee payment for affordable housing.
c. The allowance of flexibility in densities for affordable housing.
d. The reduction parking and setback requirements for affordable housing.
e. The allowance of affordable accessory residential units in residential zoning districts.
f. The reduction of parking and setback requirements for affordable housing.
g. The allowance of flexible lot configurations, including zero lot line configurations for affordable housing,
h. The modification of street requirements for affordable housing.
i. The establishment of a process by which a local government considers, before adoption, policies, procedures, ordinances, regulations, or plan provisions that increase the cost of housing.
j. The preparation of a printed inventory of locally owned public lands suitable for affordable housing.
k. The support of development near transportation hubs and major employment centers and mixed use developments.
(2) The local affordable housing advisory committee recommendations may also include affordable housing incentives identified by the advisory committee. Local governments that receive the minimum allocation under the State Housing Initiatives Partnership Program shall perform the initial review but may elect to not perform the triennial review.
(3) The approval by the advisory committee of its local housing incentive strategies recommendations and its review of local government implementation of previously recommended strategies must be made by affirmative vote of majority of the membership of the advisory committee taken at a public hearing. Notice of the time, date, and place of the public hearing of the advisory committee to adopt final local housing incentive strategies recommendations must be published in a newspaper of general paid circulation in the county. The notice must contain a short and concise summary of the local housing incentives strategies recommendations to be considered by the advisory committee. The notice must state the public place where a copy of the tentative advisory committee recommendations can be obtained by interested persons.
(4) Within 90 days after the date of receipt of the local housing incentive strategies recommendations from the advisory committee, the city council shall adopt an amendment to its local housing assistance plan to incorporate the local housing incentive strategies it will implement within its jurisdiction. The amendment must include, at a minimum, the local housing incentive strategies required under Florida Statute Section 420.9071(16). The local government must consider the strategies specified in sub sections a. through k. above as recommended by the advisory committee.
(5) The city clerk shall notify the Florida Housing Finance Corporation by certified mail of the adoption by city council of an amendment to the local housing assistance plan to incorporate local housing incentive strategies. The notice must include a copy of the approved amended plan.
(6) If the Florida Housing Finance Corporation fails to receive timely the approved amended local housing assistance plan to incorporate local housing incentive strategies, a notice of termination of its share of the local housing distribution shall be sent by certified mail by the Florida Housing Finance Corporation to the affected county or eligible municipality. The notice of termination must specify a date of termination of the funding if the city has not adopted an amended local housing plan to incorporate local housing incentive strategies. If the city has not adopted an amended local housing assistance plan to incorporate local housing incentive strategies by the termination date specified in the notice of termination, the local distribution share terminates; and any uncommitted local distribution funds held by the city in its local housing assistance trust fund shall be transferred to the Local Government Housing Trust Fund to the credit of the Florida Housing Finance Corporation to administer the local government housing program pursuant to Florida Statute, Section 420.9078.
(7) The advisory committee may perform other duties at the request of the local government, including:
a. The provision of mentoring services to affordable housing partners including developers, banking institutions, employers, and others to identify available incentives, assist with applications for funding requests, and develop partnerships between various parties.
b. The creation of best practices for the development of affordable housing in the community.
(8) The advisory committee shall coordinate with the housing and real estate division to ensure an integrated approach to the work of the advisory committee.
Board Membership

The board shall consist of eleven (11) members. Members of the board shall serve for three-year terms.

 

Beautification Advisory Board

Qualifications

Members shall reflect knowledge in landscaping, plants and beautification, and shall reside, work or own property within the city.  The mayor's nomination shall be a member of the garden council

Additional Requirements

The members of the beautification advisory board shall be sworn in by the city clerk to perform the duties of the office.

Meetings

First Tuesday of each month, at City Hall, 2200 Second Street, Second Floor Conference Room, 4:00 o’clock p.m.

Attendance Requirements

A member must be present for 75 percent of the meetings in a 12-month period or the chair may declare the member's office vacant.

Duties

(1) Act in an advisory capacity in matters relating and pertaining to landscaping for community enhancement and specific beautification projects on properties owned, managed, leased and operated by the city or which may hereafter be acquired by the city;

(2) Act in an advisory capacity in recommending beautification along highways, roads and streets to conserve the natural roadside growth and scenery;

(3) Act in an advisory capacity in reviewing, in the design stage, all new, remodeled, or replacement landscaping projects in excess of $5,000.00 and located in city rights-of-way and parks, excluding maintenance and replacement of landscaping under $5,000.00 in value according to the parks department.

Board Membership

The board shall consist of seven (7) members and two (2) alternate members.
The members of the board shall serve for three-year terms at the pleasure of the city council without compensation.

 

Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Board

Qualifications

The board shall be comprised of members reflecting knowledge in the area of bicycle and pedestrian patterns, and be a resident, work, own property or own a business in the city.

Additional Requirements

The members of the shall be sworn in by the city clerk to perform the duties of the office.

Meetings

Third Thursday every other month City Hall, 2200 Second Street, Second Floor Conference Room, 3:00 o’clock p.m.

Attendance Requirements

If any member fails to attend 75% of all meetings held during any calendar year, the member’s seat shall be declared vacant by the chair of the board.

Duties

(1) Make recommendations on matters relating and pertaining to pedestrian and bicycle transportation, including, but not limited to, new local road plans, and bicycle and pedestrian paths.

(2) Have other such duties and responsibilities granted by the city council consistent with the bicycle transportation and pedestrian needs of the city

Board Membership

The board shall consist of seven (7) members and two (2) alternate members.
The members of the board shall serve for three-year terms at the pleasure of the city council with no compensation. 

 

Board of Adjustments

Qualifications

 Each member shall either be a resident of the city or own property in the city.

Additional Requirements

 Statement of Financial Interest, Form 1 is required to be filed annually.
The members of the board shall be sworn by the city clerk to perform the duties of the office.

Meetings

Fourth Wednesday of each month except November and December then third Wednesday, City Hall Council Chambers, 2200 Second Street at 1:30 o’clock p.m.

Attendance Requirements

 Not applicable.

Duties

(1) Administrative reviews and appeals.  To hear and decide appeals where it is alleged there is an error in any order, requirement, decision, or determination made by the community development director or any other officer, department, board or bureau of the city affected by any decision of the community development director in the enforcement and interpretation of this land development code.

(2) Conditional uses.  To hear and decide only such conditional uses as the board of adjustments is specifically authorized to pass on by the terms of this land development code; to decide such questions as are involved in determining whether conditional uses should be granted; and to grant conditional uses with such conditions and safeguards as are appropriate under this land development code, or to deny conditional uses when not in harmony with the purpose and intent of this land development code.  A conditional use shall not be granted by the board of adjustments unless and until an application is filed and the requirements of the land development code have been met.

(3) Variances.  To authorize in specific cases and pursuant to section 98.3.5, a variance from the terms of this land development code.

Board Membership

The board shall consist of 7 voting members and 2 alternates.
The members shall be appointed by the city council and serve without compensation but may be reimbursed for expenses incurred in the performance of official duties.
Members may be removed for cause by the city council upon written charges and after a public hearing.

 

Brownfields Advisory Board

As part of its Brownfield Redevelopment Program, the City of Fort Myers has established a Brownfield Advisory Board. The purpose of the Board is to promote and receive public comment on the identification, rehabilitation and redevelopment of Brownfield sites. The Board provides guidance in areas such as future land use, local employment opportunities, development proposals, community safety, and environmental justice as they relate to Brownfields. The Board reviews and recommends ways to encourage public interest and participation in the Brownfields initiative. The Board also assists in guiding and setting policy for the City's Brownfield Redevelopment Program.

Board members are primarily residents or individuals owning a business in the city; however, residency or business ownership is not required. Two members of the board are a) Owners or employees of firms specializing in environmental cleanup and remediation; b) Specializing in environmental training; or, C) Real estate professionals with experience in redevelopment. And two members are experienced in the field of vocational/technical training or have experience in academic teaching on a college level.

Interested parties are invited to attend.

Qualifications

Residents or individuals owning a business in the city shall receive primary consideration for nomination and appointment as members of the Brownfields Advisory Board; however, residency or business ownership in the city shall not be required.

Two members of the board shall be owners or employees of firms specializing in environmental cleanup and remediation, specializing in environmental training or real estate professionals with experience in redevelopment.

Two members shall be experienced in the field of vocational/technical training or have experience in academic teaching on a college level.

Additional Requirements

The members of the board shall be sworn by the city clerk to perform the duties of the office.

Meetings

First Thursday of even numbered months at 1:00 o’clock p.m., City Hall Council Chambers, 2200 Second Street

Attendance Requirements

A member must be present for 75 percent of the meetings held during any calendar year, the member’s seat shall be declared vacant by the chair.

Duties

(1) Receive public comment on the rehabilitation and redevelopment of Brownfields areas, future land use, local employment opportunities, community safety and economic justice.

(2) Review and recommend ways to encourage public interest and participation in the Brownfields initiative.

(3) Review and provide recommendations to the city council on proposed Brownfields site or area designations and rehabilitation agreements.

(4) Provide periodic reports to the city council.

(5) Be permitted and is encouraged to have joint meetings with other city advisory boards when deemed necessary to evaluate common concerns with those advisory boards relating to redevelopment of Brownfields areas.

Board Membership

The board shall consist of seven (7) members and two (2) alternate members.  The members shall serve for three-year terms at the pleasure of city council and without compensation.

 

Building & Zoning Oversight Committee

The Fort Myers Building & Zoning Oversight Committee (BZOC) meets on the 4th Wednesday of each month (8:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.) Note: All meetings will be held in the Community Development Department – Large Conference Room (1825 Hendry St., Suite 101), unless otherwise noted.

Meeting Schedule:

November 28, 2012
December 26, 2012

Citizens Police Review Board

Qualifications

Each city council member shall nominate one member from each ward, the mayor shall nominate one member, and all members of city council shall nominate two members at large.  Members shall be residents of the City and an American citizen or resident alien of the United States.  Members cannot be a convicted felon unless their civil rights have been restored.  Members must not be currently holding or running for political office in the city at any point during their term, if so, that member will be removed from the board.  At the time of appointment a member cannot knowingly have a relative employed with the Fort Myers Police Department, and the definition of relative with respect to a member of the board means an individual who is related to that member as father, mother, son, daughter, brother, sister, uncle, aunt, first cousin, nephew, niece, husband, wife, father in law, mother in law, son in law, daughter in law, brother in law, sister in law, stepfather, stepmother, stepson, stepdaughter, stepbrother, stepsister, half brother, or half sister.

Additional Requirements

The members of the board shall be sworn by the city clerk to perform the duties of the office.  Members shall file disclosure of financial interest pursuant to Florida Statute 112.3145.

Meetings

The board shall meet monthly on the second Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. or on request of the city manager or chair of the board.

Attendance Requirements

Failure to attend three consecutive regularly scheduled meetings will subject the member to removal from the board.

Training

Upon appointment to the board, each member shall be required to participate in a ride along at the discretion of the police chief on location and time, attend a use of force class not to exceed two (2) hours per session, attend the Fort Myers Citizen Police Academy, and any other training designed and prescribed by the police department or city manager.

Policies and Procedures

(1) The citizens' police review board shall be advisory to the chief of police who shall at all times be and remain in command of the police department pursuant to the provisions of the Civil Service Act of 1935, as amended and Florida Statute, Chapter 112.533.

(2) The board shall review unsworn citizen complaints not currently investigated by the police department, and closed departmental investigations conducted thereof, in the following instances:

(a) Use of deadly force.
(b) Alleged use of excessive force.
(c) Any instance wherein police action results in death or serious bodily injury.
(d) Any complaint referred to it by a member of city council, city manager, or chief of police.
(e) Any complaint selected by majority vote of the board for review.

(3) If the citizens’ police review board reviews a complaint against a law enforcement officer,  they shall within five business five (5) business days forward the complaint to the  employing agency of the officer who is the subject of the complaint for review or  investigation.

(4) The board shall review policies, procedures, rules, regulations, general or special orders  pertaining to the use of force and police conduct toward the citizenry.

(5) Following the review process as set forth in subsections (b), (c) and (d) above, the board  shall submit a written report to the mayor, city council, city manager and chief of  police.  Said written report may contain any or all of the following:

(a) A recommendation for approval.
(b) A recommendation for disapproval.
(c) A recommendation for modification or amendment.
(d) A recommendation for additional information, additional investigation, or    re investigation in accordance with Law Enforcement Bill of Rights,     Chapter 112,  Florida Statutes.

The report shall state with specificity the grounds for such recommendation.  The report shall be signed by the chair and be reflective of the majority of the board; written dissenting opinions/recommendations shall be signed and forwarded with the majority report.

Board Membership

The board shall consist of nine (9) members.  The members shall serve for three-year terms at the pleasure of city council and without compensation.

 

Code Enforcement Board

Qualifications

Members of the board shall be residents of the city.  The membership of each enforcement board shall be in accordance with Florida Statutes and on the basis of experience or interest in the field of zoning or building control and whenever possible, consist of an architect, a business person, an engineer, a general contractor, a subcontractor, and a realtor.

Additional Requirements

A Statement of Financial Interest, Form 1 is required to be filed annually. 
The members of the board shall be sworn by the city clerk to perform the duties of the office.

Meetings

Second Thursday of each month, City Hall Council Chambers, 2200 Second Street at 1:00 o’clock p.m.

Attendance Requirements

If any member fails to attend two of three successive meetings without cause and without the prior approval of the chair, the board shall declare such office vacant.

Duties

(1) Adopt rules of conduct for its hearings;

(2) Subpoena alleged violators and witnesses to its hearings;

(3) Subpoena evidence to its hearings;

(4) Take testimony under oath;

(5) Issue orders having the force of law and detailing requirements to be complied with.

Board Membership

The board shall consist of seven (7) members and two (2) alternate members.  The appointments shall be for a term of three years.  Members shall serve without compensation but may be reimbursed for travel, mileage, and per diem expense as may be authorized by city council.

 

Community Redevelopment Agency Board

The Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) of the City of Fort Myers, Florida, holds its regular meetings at 9:30 o’clock a.m. on the fourth Wednesday of each month. The CRA meetings are held in the City Council Chambers, City Hall, 2200 Second Street, Fort Myers, Florida, 33901.

Community Redevelopment Agency ("CRA") Advisory Board

The Fort Myers Community Redevelopment Agency Advisory Board Meetings are held on the 1st Thursday of each month at: 6:00 pm., unless otherwise scheduled. The meetings are held at: 1400 Jackson Street,  Fort Myers, FL 33901

For additional information please call 239-321-7100.

Historical Museum Advisory Board

Qualifications

The members shall reflect an interest in the history of the city, be representative of the diversity of the city, and, when possible, be residents or own property in the city.

Additional Requirements

The members of the board shall be sworn by the city clerk to perform the duties of the office.

Meetings

Second Wednesday each month, Southwest Museum of History, 2031 Jackson Street, 4:00 o’clock p.m.

Attendance Requirements

If any member fails to attend, without cause, 75 percent of all meetings held during any calendar year from the date of appointment by city council, the member's seat shall automatically be forfeited.

Duties

(1) Act in an advisory capacity to the city council in recommending the preservation of existing historical artifacts pertaining to the city and southwest Florida in the collection of the historical museum.

(2) Act in an advisory capacity to recommend to the city council the use and purpose of the facilities on said property that will increase the interest therein to the citizens, residents and visitors of the city generally, insofar as the same are not in conflict with the policies and regulations of the city.

(3) Act in an advisory capacity to recommend to the city council charges and fees for admission to the property used by the historical museum.

(4) Have such other advisory duties, powers and responsibilities as granted by the city council.

Board Membership

The board shall consist of seven (7) members and two (2) alternate members.  The members shall serve for three-year terms.  The members shall serve for three-year terms at the pleasure of city council and without compensation.

 

Historic Preservation Commission

Qualifications

Members shall be professionals and selected from the disciplines of architecture, history, architectural history, planning, construction, land use law, archaeology or other historic preservation related disciplines and be residents of the city when possible.

Each historic district shall be represented by one member who either resides, owns property, operates a business or maintains an office within the historic district they represent.

In the event there are not enough professionals who are residents of the City to fill all positions, membership may include laypersons who have demonstrated special interest, experience or knowledge in history, architecture or related disciplines.

Additional Requirements

 A Statement of Financial Interest, Form 1 is required to be filed annually.
The members of the board shall be sworn by the city clerk to perform the duties of the office.

Meetings

Fourth Thursday of each month, City Hall Council Chambers, 2200 Second Street at 4:00 o’clock p.m.

Attendance Requirements

Any member failing to attend three meetings in any 12 month period shall be considered to have resigned the position.

Duties

(1) Identify and recommend designation of local historic districts, local historic landmarks, and local historic objects.

(2) Recommend to rescind the designation of local historic districts, local historic landmarks, and local historic objects.

(3) Review new construction, alterations, relocations and demolitions within each historic district and of local historic landmarks.

(4) Identify and nominate eligible properties to the National Register of Historic Places and administer applications for the National Register.

(5) Notify appropriate local officials, owners of record, and applicants of proposed commission actions concerning a proposed nomination to the National Register.

(6) Develop and maintain a database and a system for survey and inventory of historic properties.  The inventory shall be:

 a. Compatible with the state master site file.
 b. Kept current and regularly provided to the state historic preservation officer for incorporation in the state master site file.
(7) Identify and make recommendations regarding city policies which have an effect upon historic resources.

(8) Coordinate local activities with state and national preservation efforts, and review relevant legislation.

(9) Further public awareness of the city's past and of preservation in general, especially during "Preservation Week."  The commission should schedule at least one workshop every year promoting preservation and city preservation programs.

(10) Allow for public participation in the designation of historic districts and historic landmarks, including the process of recommending properties for nomination to the National Register.

(11) Inform the public of the commission's activities and of preservation needs in the community.

(12) Adopt rules of procedures, and assure their availability to the general public.

(13) Make recommendations to the city council concerning the acquisition of development rights, facade easements, and the imposition of other restrictions and the negotiation of contracts for the purpose of historic preservation.

(14) Evaluate and make recommendations to city council regarding decisions by other public agencies affecting the physical development and land use patterns affecting districts or landmarks.

(15) Recommend to the city council to adopt supplemental design guidelines and amendments thereto, which will apply to proposed changes in the exterior appearance of individual landmarks or buildings, structures, or sites in historic districts.  The purpose of the design guidelines is to conserve and enhance the special aesthetic, historical and cultural character of the landmark or the historic district.  The design guidelines, upon adoption by city council, will supplement this chapter, growth management code and the Secretary of the Interior's Standards for Rehabilitation and Guidelines for Rehabilitating Historic Buildings.  The design guidelines may be amended from time to time by city council upon recommendation by the historic preservation commission and may be published in the form of a manual.  Design guidelines may govern any aspect of physical design, including but not limited to architectural and aesthetic character, site design, site layout, signage and landscape design.

(16) Approve or deny applications for certificates of review for alteration, construction, demolition or relocation of landmarks, buildings, structures, sites or building within historic districts.

(17) Recommend to the city council properties that qualify for the historic preservation ad valorem tax incentive program.

Board Membership

The historic preservation commission shall be composed of seven (7) members and two (2) alternate members.  The members shall serve for three-year terms at the pleasure of city council and without compensation.

 

Nuisance Abatement Board

Qualifications

Members shall reside in or maintain a business establishment in the City.  One of the two mayoral appointments shall be a member of the state bar with trial experience.

Additional Requirements

A Statement of Financial Interest, Form 1 is required to be filed annually.
The members of the board shall be sworn by the city clerk to perform the duties of the office.

Meetings

Meetings are held the second Tuesday of each month, (if needed) City Hall Council Chambers, 2200 Second Street at 1:00 o’clock p.m.

Attendance Requirements

Members who fail to attend two of three successive meetings without cause shall be removed from the board.

Duties

Hear evidence relating to the existence of drug-related public nuisances on premises and in places located in the city.  The nuisance abatement board may, but is not limited to:

(1) Establish additional penalties for public nuisances, including fines not to exceed $250.00 per day;

(2) Provide for the payment of reasonable costs, including reasonable attorney's fees associated with investigations of and hearings on public nuisances;

(3) Provide for continuing jurisdiction for a period of one year over any place or premises that has been or is declared to be a public nuisance;

(4) Establish penalties, including fines not to exceed $500.00 per day for recurring public nuisances;

(5) Provide for the recording of orders on public nuisances so that notice must be given to subsequent purchasers, successors in interest, or assigns of the real property that is the subject of the order;

(6) Provide that recorded orders on public nuisances may become liens against the real property that is the subject of the order; and

(7) Provide for the foreclosure of property subject to a lien and the recovery of all costs, including reasonable attorney's fees, associated with the recording of orders and foreclosure.
 
Board Membership

The nuisance abatement board shall consist of seven members and two (2) alternate members who shall serve for a term of two years.  The members shall serve without compensation but may be reimbursed for such expenses as may be authorized by the city council.

 

Planning Board

Qualifications

The planning board shall consist of members who are professional and shall be selected from the disciplines of landscape architecture, architecture, traffic planning, urban planning, environmental planning, civil engineering, legal, contracting, business, and real estate or other related disciplines.  In the event that there are not enough professionals in the city to fill all positions, membership may include laypersons who have demonstrated special interest, experience, or knowledge in comprehensive planning, land use, and other related disciplines. Members of the planning board shall be either residents of the city, own property in the city, own a business in the city, or work in the city.

Additional Requirements

Statement of Financial Interest, Form 1 is required to be filed annually.
The members of the board shall be sworn by the city clerk to perform the duties of the office.

Meetings

Meetings are held the first Wednesday of each month, City Hall Council Chambers, 2200 Second Street at 1:00 o’clock p.m.

Attendance Requirements

A member must be present for 75 percent of the meetings in a 12-month period or the chair may declare the member's office vacant.

Duties

(1) Assume the responsibility for the preparation of the comprehensive plan and amendments thereto, after public hearings to be held after due public notice, and make recommendations to the city council regarding the adoption of such plan or element, or portion thereof.

(2) Conduct the comprehensive planning program, including the responsibility to monitor and oversee the effectiveness and status of the comprehensive plan.

(3) Recommend to the city council such changes in the comprehensive plan as may from time-to-time be required and to the land development regulations and other mechanisms that implement the comprehensive plan.

(4) Adopt rules of procedure and policies for the administration of the comprehensive planning program.

(5) Promote public interest in comprehensive planning.

(6) Request the assistance of and receive information from the community development department in relation to planning board work.

(7) Review and recommend to the city council as to the relationship to the comprehensive plan of proposed land development regulations or amendments thereto.

(8) Review and recommend to the city council as to the relationship to the comprehensive plan of proposed development to be undertaken by the city. It is the intent of this subsection that no development shall be undertaken by, nor actions taken in regard to development orders by the city council or the board of adjustments until such proposals have been reviewed by the planning board and found to be consistent with the comprehensive plan.

(9) Act in the capacity of local planning agency, pursuant to F.S. 163.3174.

(10) Coordinate the comprehensive planning program with the county, region and state planning programs and with local civic organizations

(11)  Review and make recommendations to the board of adjustments regarding conditional uses.

(12) Review and make recommendations to the city council regarding rezonings, including rezoning to a planned unit development, and regarding text amendments to this land development code.

(13)  Review and make recommendation to the city council regarding development agreements.
 

 

Public Art Committee

Qualifications

Resident of the city who has an interest or background in the arts.  If not a resident, the member must work in the city or be a member of an arts board or committee in the city.

Additional Requirements

A Statement of Financial Interest, Form 1 is required to be filed annually.
The members of the public art committee shall be sworn by the city clerk to perform the duties of the office.

Meetings

Meetings are held the third Tuesday each month, City Hall Council Chambers, 2200 Second Street at 4:00 o’clock p.m.

Attendance Requirements

Any member of the public art committee who fails to attend two of three successive meetings without cause shall be automatically removed from the committee.

Duties

(1) Develop an art plan for the city, which shall be presented to city council annually.

(2) Prepare implementation guidelines, selection criteria, and organizational policies to facilitate this article to include a fiscal impact and economic analysis, subject to the approval of the city council.

(3) Responsibility for program planning; prioritizing sites for public art; determining project scope and budget; overseeing the artist selection process; commissioning artworks; reviewing design, execution and placement of artworks; overseeing maintenance and repair of the artworks in cooperation with parks division and/or facilities maintenance division and the process for removal of artworks from the city public art collection.

(4) Invite professionals in the visual arts and design fields to serve in the artist selection process in order to ensure works or highest quality, or to assist in the determination of artistic merit of works of art offered to the city as donation or for purchase.

(5) Ensure appropriate community participation in the public art and public education activities as part of the public art collection.

(6) Coordinate, investigate, review and recommend to city council other means by which artworks may be obtained, including donations to the public art fund, gifts of artwork, and grant applications for the public art collection.

(7) Act as liaison with private developers to encourage and facilitate private contributions and private art installations within corporate construction and reconstruction projects.

(8) Encourage public art throughout the city and shall educate and stimulate the participation of all citizens in a joint public and private effort to promote art in public places.

(9) Prior to the selection and commissioning of artists, reviewing of design and the recommendation of the acceptance of works of art, the public art committee shall submit the action proposed to be taken to the city council for approval.

(10) Develop procedures detailing the rights and responsibilities of the artists selected.

(11) Establish and inventory and archive of existing and future public art.

(12) Have other such duties and responsibilities granted by the city council consistent with the public art needs of the city.

The public art program is administered by staff under the auspices of the Public Art Committee, a nine member volunteer board. The Program seeks the establishment of fine art in public places. The Public Art Committee oversees the commissioning, review, installation and maintenance of public art within the City. Municipal and private developers/owners who apply to the City for building permits to construct or reconstruct a structure with building permit values of two hundred fifty thousand dollars ($250,000) or more shall be encouraged to contribute one and one half percent (1.5%) of construction or reconstruction costs not to exceed one hundred fifty thousand dollars ($150,000) to the provision of fine art to be enjoyed by the public in conjunction with such projects. The encouraged public art fee will apply to commercial construction, municipal construction, single family residential with 25 lots or more, multifamily residential of 50 units or more, and alterations/reconstruction that exceeds 50% of the building value. In lieu of acquisition and installation of public art on the development site an incentive will be provided through the reduction off the contribution to one percent (1%) to private developers/owners who provide a public art in lieu contribution to the public art fund. See Chapter 106, Article III of the Land Development Code.

Board Membership

The board shall consist of seven (7) members and two (2) alternate members. Members of the public art committee shall serve for three-year terms without compensation.

 

Special Events Advisory Board

Qualifications

The Board shall consist of members with experience or interest in the following fields of expertise: public relations, community relations, marketing, special event coordination, special event promotion, tourism, fundraising, sponsorship, economic development, educational or sports education, community development, or the entertainment or media industries.  The members of this board shall be residents, own property or operate a business within the city limits.  

Additional Requirements

The members of the Special Events Advisory Board shall be sworn in by the city clerk to perform the duties of the office.

Meetings

To be determined

Attendance Requirements

If any member fails, without cause, to attend at least 75 percent of all meetings held during any calendar year from the date of appointment by the city council, the member's seat shall be declared vacant by the chair and such vacancy shall be reported in writing to the city clerk.

Duties

(1)     Act in an advisory capacity to the city council in matters relating to special events proposed by event managers, which are:

a.   Open to the public;
b.   Held within the city limits in spaces which are overseen by the city;
c.   Expected to attract more than 1,000 people; and
d.   Requesting the city council approve a waiver or a reduction of fees or a cash sponsorship;

(2)     Endeavor to facilitate quality cultural and artistic events that enhance the quality of life for the citizens of the city, and provide exposure and positive social and economic impacts for the city, by either recommending or withholding recommendation of funding to the city council for a special event that meets the four criteria described in subsection (1) of this section, based on a competitive process;

(3)     Recommend to the city council special events that should receive city sponsorship by a reduction or waiver in the fees charged for the use of public property and/or the cost of services to be provided by the city, based on a weighted scale of merit;

(4)     Recommend regulations for the conduct of special events that will increase interest therein to the citizens, residents and visitors of the city generally, insofar as the same are not in conflict with the city Code and state statutes;

(5)     Have such other advisory duties granted by the city council consistent with successful special events held within the city.

Board Membership

The board shall consist of seven (7) members and two (2) alternate members.

The members of the board shall serve for three-year terms at the pleasure of the city council without compensation.

 

S.T.A.R.S. Management Advisory Board

Qualifications

Members shall reflect knowledge in the area of management and education.  Members shall be either a resident of the city or own property in the city or community partnerships.

Additional Requirements

The members shall be sworn in by the city clerk to perform the duties of their office.

Meetings

Meetings are held the first Wednesday of each month, City Hall, Second Floor Conference Room, at 4:00 o’clock p.m.

Attendance Requirements

If any member fails to attend three consecutive meetings, the chair shall declare the member's seat to be vacant

Duties

(1) Consider maintenance of all facilities.

(2) Consider staffing of all facilities.

(3) Consider hours of operation.

(4) Develop a community partnership.

(5) Write curriculum for the classroom instructor.

(6) Oversee and develop the recreation program.

(7) Act in an advisory capacity to the city council in all matters relating and pertaining to all properties operated by the success through academic recreation support program or which may hereafter be acquired by the city for these purposes.

(8) Recommend to the city council plans, measures and programs for the care, maintenance and beautification of the success through academic recreation support complex.

(9) Recommend to the city council an agenda for future programs which are compatible with the success through academic recreation support mission and to establish priorities within the plan which will increase the interest therein to the citizens, residents and youth.

(10) Actively promote the use of the success through academic recreation support property.

(11) Develop all programs and curriculum to take place at the success through academic recreation support complex.

(12) Assist the city in raising funds for all non budgeted programs, seminars and other programs determined by the board and city.

Board Membership

The board shall consist of seven (7) members and two (2) alternate members who shall serve for three year terms without compensation.

 

Fort Myers Teen Advisory Council

Qualifications
Each member shall be a resident of the city, be between 15 and 19 years of age, and maintain a minimum grade point average of 2.75 or equivalent. Prospective members must complete a teen advisory council application.

Additional Requirements
None

Meetings
First and Third Wednesday each month

Attendance Requirements
Failure to attend three meetings in a twelve month period shall result in removal of the member from the council.

Duties
(1) Develop and promote programs that build strong character traits and skills teens will use into adulthood.
(2) Plan events that will educate and inform local teens.
(3) Support continuing dialog with all teens including private schooled and home schooled students.
(4) Evaluate continuing feedback to ensure that all teen concerns are addressed justly.
(5) Ensure all information avenues are current.
(6) Advocate partnerships with existing and on-going teen programs and organizations.

Council Membership
The Fort Myers Teen Advisory Council is not to exceed 24 members. Each city council member shall nominate one member from each ward and the mayor shall nominate one member. The remaining 17 members and the adult chair shall be appointed by the selection committee, consisting of a local non-profit organization, a government funded agency, and a faith based agency compiled by the Fort Myers Youth Services Coalition. The selection committee will choose qualified prospective members to be interviewed by a panel consisting of members of the Fort Myers Teen Advisory Council.

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