FORT MYERS (May 11, 2017) - The City of Fort Myers seeks responsible, community-minded citizens to serve on its Citizen Advisory Boards. These volunteer boards provide advice and recommendations to City Council on numerous topics of public concern.
Currently, there are more than 30 vacancies on these boards. The City seeks to fill these positions with qualified volunteers with an interest in community improvement. Typically, board members must reside, work, or own property within the City of Fort Myers, although some boards have parameters that are more specific.
Citizen Advisory Board members typically serve for two- to four-year terms. Meetings of most boards are held monthly, although some are scheduled less frequently or on an as-needed basis. Members are expected to attend a minimum of 75% of the board’s meetings, which are held at City Hall (2200 Second St., Fort Myers).
The following boards have vacancies:
Beautification Advisory Board: Advises on landscaping and beautification of city properties and along streets, parks, and right-of-way. Members should reflect knowledge in landscaping, plants, or beautification.
Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Board: Makes recommendations on matters relating to local road plans and bicycle and pedestrian paths. Members should reflect knowledge in non-motorized transportation and bicycle and pedestrian patterns.
Board of Adjustments: A quasi-judicial body that reviews decisions made in relation to enforcement and interpretation of the City’s land development code.
Brownfields Advisory Board: Receives and reviews public comment on the rehabilitation and redevelopment of former industrial sites. Members should have experience with environmental issues, redevelopment, education or vocational/technical training. Business owners preferred, but not required.
Citizens Police Review Board: Reviews citizen complaints about potential police misconduct. Members must be City residents, U.S. Citizens or resident aliens, and must pass a city background check. Members may not be related to a member of the Fort Myers Police Department.
Code Enforcement Board: Presides over enforcement proceedings related to City code violations. Members must be City residents, and should be experienced in architecture, business, engineering, construction, or realty.
Economic Development Advisory Board: Advises City Council in matters related to economic development and business activities and programs. Seeks members with diverse business experience and interests.
Fort Myers Teen Advisory Council: Communicates trends, ideas and concerns to the Mayor and City Council. Members must be City residents between the ages of 15-19. Students should be interested in public service and maintain a minimum G.P.A. of 2.75.
Historic Preservation Commission: Responsible for identifying and maintaining the City’s historic resources for the benefit of City residents. Members should have experience or education in architecture, history, construction, planning, or archaeology. Members should be residents or property/business owners in one of Fort Myers’ historic districts.
Local Affordable Housing Advisory Committee: Provides recommendations on policies, procedures, ordinances, land development regulations and other actions or initiatives related to affordable housing. Seeks members with experience in residential home building, mortgage banking, housing advocacy, or otherwise interested or concerned with affordable housing.
Nuisance Abatement Board: A quasi-judicial body that hear evidence relating to the existence of drug-related public nuisances located in the city. Members must reside or maintain a business within City limits. Two members must have experience as trial attorneys.
Special Events Advisory Board: Advises City Council on special events that will enhance the quality of life for Fort Myers’ citizens or produce positive social and economic impacts for the City. Members should have experience in public relations, marketing, tourism, fundraising, economic development, education, or entertainment/media.
S.T.A.R.S. Management Advisory Board: Provides recommendations toward developing comprehensive educational success through the S.T.A.R.S. academic recreation support program. Members should reflect knowledge in management and education.
The Mayor and City Council members typically appoint board members. Persons interested in serving on a Citizen Advisory Board may download an application from the City’s website at www.cityftmyers.com/266/Board-Applications-Forms. For more information about Citizen Advisory Boards, please contact the City of Fort Myers City Clerk’s office at (239) 321-7035.