2017-05-17 / Top News

Fort Myers advisory boards have openings for volunteers

Fort Myers is seeking responsible, community-minded citizens to serve on its citizen advisory boards, which provide advice and recommendations to the city council on topics of public concern.

There are more than 30 vacancies on these boards. Typically, board members must reside, work or own property within the city.

Volunteers typically serve for 2- to 4-year terms. Most boards meet monthly. Some are scheduled less frequently or on an as-needed basis. Members are expected to attend a minimum of 75 percent of the board’s meetings, which are held at City Hall, 2200 Second St.

These 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. ¦

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