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Advisory Committee

09/17/2013 at 4:41am

Act Now - Advisory Committee Seats Open

This Friday, September 20th is the last day to submit your letter of interest to serve on a Fort Myers Beach Town Advisory Committee and be considered on October 7th when Town Council makes their selections. Every committee has at least two seats up for appointment and some have four openings. But you must get your letter of interest to Town Hall before 4:30pm Friday.

The Fort Myers Beach Town Council benefits from the active participation of many volunteers who serve on eight different advisory committees. Working with a staff liaison, they delve into a variety of challenges, offering suggestions and solutions to staff and Council. All advisory committee seats are volunteer positions. Most are two-year terms. Each October, Council makes appointments and reappointments to advisory committees. If there are open seats, Council will consider letters of interest at any time during the year, but the major appointments occur in October.

Sitting members on those committees are eligible for re-appointment; there are no term limits, but they are considered along with anyone new who has applied. All committees have seven seats except the Audit Committee with five.

Anchorage Advisory Committee

The Anchorage Advisory Committee advises staff and the Town Council on all issues pertaining to the Town's public mooring field. There are two vacancies currently on the AAC, plus one seat is up for reappointment.

Audit Committee

The Audit Committee advises Town Council in the selection of an auditor to conduct the Town’s annual financial audit and assists in other ways as directed by Town Council. This five-member committee has two members whose terms expire in October.

Bay Oaks Recreation Center Advisory Board

BORCAB’s role is to support the mission of the Bay Oaks Recreational Campus as a community center and recreational facility. The board provides advice to staff and the town council upon request with regard to Bay Oaks. BORCAB is a seven-member committee with four terms expiring this October.

Cultural and Environmental Learning Center Advisory Board

CELCAB advises the Parks and Recreation Department and Town Council regarding the Mound House and Newton Park while promoting the cultural, historical and environmental resources of the town. CELCAB has one vacancy and two terms expiring in October.

Community Resources Advisory Board

CRAB seeks to enhance the quality of life on Fort Myers Beach by creating a vision for the community through promotion and implementation of public education, leadership, volunteerism, beautification, and recreation through the development and cultivation of a corps of community leaders and volunteers. CRAB has three terms up for appointment in October.

Local Planning Agency

The LPA furthers the welfare of the citizens of town by promoting a positive community environment and ensuring that the unique, natural characteristics of the island are preserved. They review ordinances, zoning requests and variances prior to Town Council review. The LPA has three terms expiring this October.

Marine Resources Task Force

The Marine Resources Task Force (MRTF) promotes the stewardship of our marine resources including surrounding waters, wildlife, plant life, and air and water quality. They provide educational materials for residents and visitors on the marine environment surrounding the island. MRTF has three terms expiring in October.

Public Safety Committee

The Public Safety Committee addresses any safety and transportation issues specifically assigned by the Town Council for the purpose of the health, safety and welfare of residents and visitors. The Public Safety Committee has one vacancy plus three terms expiring in October.

As of March, those who live outside the Town boundaries are eligible for consideration for seats on Town advisory committees. While residents and property owners are given preference, non-residents are welcome to serve on the advisory boards and encouraged to participate on advisory boards.

Anyone wishing to be considered for a seat on one of the Town’s Advisory Committees at the October 7th meeting should send a letter of interest to Town Council in care of the Town Clerk by email (, fax (239-765-0909) or hand delivery by 4:30pm Friday, September 20th.You can also mail your letter of interest to: Town of Fort Myers Beach, 2523 Estero Blvd, Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931. Your letter must be at Town Hall by close of business Friday to be considered on October 7th.

Missy Layfield