Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Are there any regulations applicable to the Board of Supervisors?
Yes, there are many laws, rules and regulations that govern the conduct of the Board of Supervisor's. Board meetings are governed by the open meeting law, and therefore are noticed and conducted in a public forum. The Board is subject to the Sunshine Law, which provides a right of access the the District's proceedings and is applicable to any gathering of two or more members of the Board of Supervisor's. Board Memeber's are not permitted to discuss any matter which may foreseeably appear before the Board for action, outside of a Board meeting.
The Board must adhere to a Code of Ethics for public officer's, and is intended to promote the public interest and maintain the respect of the people for their governement. The Code requires that public officials conduct themselves independantly and impartially, not using their offices for private gain. You will find the links to the Code of Ethics and the Sunshine Law on our "Links" page.
There are a myriad of governmental reporting requirements, laws, rules and regulations that the Board must adhere to.
Q: How are the District services financed?
The District levies special assessments on your property for the services provided. They generally fall into two (2) categories. The first is a capital assessment which cover's the construction of improvements for the community, such as a water management system, landscaped berms, etc. These capital improvements are financed with long term (30 year) tax free municipal bonds, and each property owner pays their proportionate share of those capital improvements each year. Property owner's may pay off this capital assessment early by contacting the District Office for information on your property.
The second is an operations and maintenance assessment that is levied each year to maintain the facilities of the community and administer the District. This ammount will change each year based on the level of services and costs associated with the operations of the District. Property owners are more that welcome to attend the District's meetings and participate in the public hearing process.
Q: What is a Community Development District?
A Community Development District (CDD) is a special purpose unit of local government established by Chapter 190 of the Florida Statutes. A CDD is a type of, and is the most popular form of Special District. CDD's are similar to cities and counties, execept that Special District's are governmental agencies of local special-purpose government rather than general-purpose government. A CDD has limited special powers, that include funding, installing, operating and maintaining public infrastructure. There are many other forms of special district's, such as Inland and Navigation Districts, Hospital Districts, Housing Authority Districts and Fire Control Districts to name a few. Chapter 190 is devoted solely to Community Development District's.
Q: What powers are the District permitted to exercise?
As special purpose local governments, CDD's possess certain legal powers similar to those held by cities and counties. CDD Poers include the
Q: Who are the professional staff of the District?
The District Manager is:JPWard & Associates, LLC 2301 Northeast 37th Street Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33308 District Manager : James P. Ward Phone 954.658.4900 Email: JimWard@JPWardAssociates.com
The District Manager is an official appointed as the administrative Manager in a traditional council-manager form of government. In a technical sense "District Manager" implies more discretion and independant authority that is set forth in the charter or some other body of codified law, as opposed to duties being assigned on a varying basis by a singlesupervisor.
This structure doesnot assure successful governmental operations without careful attention to relationships within the organization. The Manager can neither be seen as simply the agent of the Board of Supervisors nor merely the director of administrative staff. The Managers success depends increasingly on his or her effectiveness as a team builder with the Board, professional staff and citizens.
As the top appointed official the District Manager is typically responsisble for all of the day-to-day administrative operations of the District, in addition to other expectations.
If you have any questions/comments, your first point of contact should be the District Manager.
Q: Who Governs a Community Development District?
The CDD is governed by a five (5) member Board of Supervisors who are elected by the resident's in the District. Board Members are elected to four (4) year terms of office, with elections for different seats every two (2) years. Elections are held at the same time as the general elections are held, which is the first Tuesday in November of even numbered years.
In addition to the governing board, the District includes a professional team consisting of a District Manager, District Attorney and Dstrict Engineer who handle the daily affairs of the District, recommend policies and programs, and implement the policy directives of the Board.
- Q: Are there any regulations applicable to the Board of Supervisors?
- Q: How are the District services financed?
- Q: What is a Community Development District?
- Q: What powers are the District permitted to exercise?
- Q: Who are the professional staff of the District?
- Q: Who Governs a Community Development District?