Collier County, FL: Collier County Advisory Board Vacancies

The Collier County Board of County Commissioners is seeking applications for positions on several advisory committees. Members of committees must reside in and be registered to vote in Collier County. Instructions on how to apply are below.

The Board of Building Adjustments and Appeals has two vacancies. Applicants must represent one of the following professions: a licensed plumbing or mechanical contractor, or a state licensed architect or structural engineer. This five-member board hears appeals on rejections or refusals by the Building Code Compliance Director to approve mode of construction or materials to be used in construction or alteration of a structure.  Members must be knowledgeable in the following Collier County Codes:  Florida Building Codes, Electrical Code, Fire Prevention Code, Gas Code, Mechanical Code and Swimming Pool Code.  Terms are four years.  This is a Quasi-Judicial Board.

The Code Enforcement Board has two currently vacant seats for alternates. This seven-member board with two alternates is composed of individuals representing the occupations of architect, business owner, engineer, general contractor, subcontractor and realtor, who are considered on the basis of their experience or interest in the areas of the codes and ordinances to be enforced.  Members are required to file a Form 1 Statement of Financial Interest each year with the Supervisor of Elections. Terms are three years.  This is a Quasi-Judicial Board.

The Conservation Collier Land Acquisition Advisory Committee has one vacancy. This committee’s primary responsibility is to recommend to the BCC an Active Properties Acquisition List with qualified purchase recommendations of environmentally sensitive lands consistent with the goals of the Conservation Collier Land Acquisition Program.  Membership of the committee shall comprise broad and balanced representation including environmental and conservation interests, agricultural and business interests, educational interests, and general civic and citizen interests within the County.  Members shall have expertise, knowledge or interest in ecology, conservation of natural resources, real estate or land acquisition, land appraisal, land management, eco-tourism or environmental education.  Terms are three years.

The Contractors Licensing Board has three vacant seats: one for a building professional, and two for consumer representatives. Consumer applicants should have no ties to the construction industry. Building professional applicants should be either a licensed architect, a licensed general contractor, a licensed engineer, a licensed electrical contractor, a licensed plumbing contractor, a licensed mechanical contractor, a licensed roofing contractor, a licensed residential, or a licensed building contractor. This nine-member board was created to determine the qualifications of applicants for the various categories of the Contractors’ Certificates of Competency.  They also hold hearings to determine if a certificate of competency of any contractor, master or journeyman should be revoked. Terms are three years.  This is a Quasi-Judicial Board.

The Development Services Advisory Committee has six seats expiring in December. Members must be one of the following: architect, attorney, land developer, land planner; environmentalist; professional engineer; general contractor; residential/commercial contractor; or utility, plumbing, or electrical contractor.  This 15-member committee represents the various aspects of the development industry. The purpose of this committee is to provide reports and recommendations to the BCC to assist in the enhancement of operational efficiency and budgetary accountability within the Growth Management Department and to serve as a primary communication link between the Growth Management Department, the development industry and the citizens of Collier County.  Terms are four years.

The Educational Facilities Authority has one vacancy. The purpose of this five-member authority is to assist institutions for higher education in the construction, financing, and refinancing of projects. One member shall be a trustee, director, officer, or employee of an institution for higher education located in Collier County. Terms are five years.

The Floodplain Management Planning Committee has one vacancy for a citizen representative from the rural region of the county (east of 951). The committee reviews and provides recommendations for floodplain management regulations, and for surface water and watershed management issues brought before it including but not limited to, matters dealing with water quality and quantity. They will also develop and, at least annually, evaluate and update the Collier County Floodplain Management Plan. Members serve at the will of the County Manager.

The new Golden Gate City Economic Development Zone Advisory Board is seeking applications for seven open seats. Applicants must either be residents of Golden Gate City or represent business and commercial interests in the Golden Gate City Economic Development Zone. This seven-member committee was formed for the purpose of advising the BCC concerning policies and programs to attract businesses or industries to the Economic Development Zone and reviewing and making recommendations on applications for funding through the Trust Fund. Initial terms shall be one or two years.

The Haldeman Creek Dredging Maintenance Advisory Committee has one vacancy. Applicants must reside within the boundaries of the MSTU. This five-member committee was created to aid and assist the Board of County Commissioners in carrying out the MSTU, to prepare and recommend an itemized budget, and to recommend work programs and priorities. Members will be appointed from different parcels, subdivisions and/or communities within the MSTU. Terms are four years.

The Health Facilities Authority has a seat expiring in October. The purpose of this five-member authority is to assist health facilities in the acquisition, construction, financing and refinancing of projects in any incorporated or unincorporated area within the geographical limits of Collier County.   Members must be Collier County residents. Terms are four years.

The Historic/Archaeological Preservation Board has two seats expiring October 1. Applicants shall have demonstrated interest in the field of historical and archaeological preservation, with expertise in one of the following categories: 1) History; 2) Archaeology; 3) Real Estate, Land Development, or Finance; 4) Architecture; 5) Law or Urban Planning; or 6) citizen-at-large. This seven-member committee is vested with the power, authority, and jurisdiction to designate, regulate, and administer historical and archaeological resources in Collier County. Terms are three years.

The Immokalee Local Redevelopment Advisory Board has one vacancy, in the category of: representative of an Immokalee business. This nine-member committee assists in the implementation of the redevelopment plan for the Immokalee area. Terms are three years.

The Industrial Development Authority has two current vacancies. This five-member authority has the power to sell industrial revenue bonds. Money generated from the bonds is used to construct industrial plants, equipment and other facilities which would then be leased or sold to private industry. Terms are four years.

The Infrastructure Surtax Citizen Oversight Committee has one vacant seat, representing Commission District 1. Applicants must reside in District 1 and should have background and experience related to financial or business management. This seven-member committee provides citizen review of the County’s expenditure of the proceeds from the Collier County and Municipal Infrastructure One-Cent Sales Surtax. Terms are two years.

The Public Transit Advisory Committee has a vacancy for a member representing health care services, social services, or large employers. This seven-member committee makes recommendations to the Board of County Commissioners in matters related to transit policies, issues, programs and plans to provide mass transit services to the citizens of Collier County. Terms are three years.

The Vanderbilt Beach Beautification MSTU Advisory Committee has two seats expiring in November. Members must be permanent residents within the MSTU boundaries. This committee assists the BCC in carrying out the purposes of the MSTU, prepares and recommends to the BCC an itemized budget for the MSTU, and recommends work programs and priorities to the County Manager. Terms are four-years.

How to Apply:
To apply for an advisory committee vacancy, submit an application online at https://www.colliercountyfl.gov/your-government/advisory-boards/online-advisory-board-application. After you complete the application, click on “Submit Form.”  To receive an immediate e-mail confirmation that your application was received, you must include your e-mail address in the application.

Residents interested in applying for advisory committee positions may also obtain an application by calling 239-252-8400, or from https://www.colliercountyfl.gov/home/showdocument?id=25235. Please email to DL-AdvisoryBoardOn-LineApplications@colliercountyfl.gov, or mail to the attention of Wanda Rodriguez, County Attorney’s Office, 3299 Tamiami Trail East, Suite 800, Naples, Florida 34112-5746.

May Collier County Executive Committee Get Update from Legislators

From Left: Byron Donalds, Bob Rommel

During the May meeting of the Collier County Republican Executive meeting, State Representative Byron Donalds and State Representative Bob Rommel tag teamed a quick update of the highly successful legislative session that was completed the prior week.

In addition, a presentation was made by Cheryl Couture, the Youth Outreach Specialist with Americans for Prosperity.

Other presentations were made by on Veterans activities, updates on the Movie Night, the upcoming Elephant Cruise, July 4th parade, and updates on the upcoming Republican Party of Florida quarterly meeting to take place the weekend of May 16th.

Here A Justice, There A Justice, Everywhere A Conservative New Judge

By Connie Ross

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis

The ideology of the Florida State Supreme Court has recently been dramatically reshaped for the next generation. As promised, Governor Ron DeSantis replaced three state Supreme Court Justices who retired by mandate on January 8th with conservative judges who respect the rule of law and believe the Constitution is supreme, thus putting an end to “judicial activism” on the court. Justice Barbara Lagoa, Justice Robert J. Luck and Justice Carlos G. Muñiz were selected from a list of finalists among 59 applicants submitted by the Florida Supreme Court Judicial Nominating Commission. Nine of the eleven final nominees were members the Federalist Society, a conservative legal group who believe, “it is emphatically the province and duty of the judiciary to say what the law is, not what it should be.” Luck is not a Federalist Society member, but did indicate he was a moderator for a February 2018 Federalist Society conference in Florida.

The Florida Supreme Court is composed of seven Justices. At least five Justices are required to participate in every case, and no less than four must concur to reach a decision. Historically judges were chosen by direct election of the people, which created ethical issues when candidates needed to raise campaign money that was often donated by the same attorneys who practiced before the Court. After several Florida appellate judges were charged with violations of ethics, an evolved “merit retention” system was instituted in the mid-70s to seat Florida Justices. Today when there is a vacancy on the Court, the Governor chooses the next Justice from a list of three to six individuals recommended by a Judicial Nominating Commission. When Justices’ terms expire, their name is placed on the general election ballot for a merit retention vote if they wish to remain in office. The ballot question asks: “Shall Justice _____ be retained in office?” The three newly appointed Justices face a merit retention vote in 2020.

Based on the Constitutional separation of powers and the proper role of the courts, judges do not make policy, they simply interpret the law. Laws, however, do not spell out how they should be applied in every conceivable case, which has resulted in Federal Judges who appear to act like Democratic politicians and create legislation from the bench. President Trump has been working diligently to resolve this crisis in the federal courts. As of January 23, 2019, the United States Senate confirmed 85 Article III judges nominated by President Trump, including Associate Justices Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court of the United States, 30 judges to the United States Court of Appeals and 53 judges to United States District Courts. There are currently 54 nominations to Article III courts awaiting Senate action, including 9 for the Courts of Appeals, 43 for the District Courts, and 2 for the Court of International Trade. Additionally, the Senate confirmed 7 Judges in Article I courts; there are currently 3 nominations to Article I courts awaiting Senate action.

Like other judges, the United States Supreme Court Justices preside over civil and criminal court cases with the goal of upholding, enforcing, and interpreting the law, however they uniquely interpret and defend the grandest law in the land: the U.S. Constitution. The Constitution gives it the power to check, if necessary, the actions of the President and Congress. The Supreme Court functions as a last resort tribunal and its rulings cannot be appealed except by a subsequent decision of the Supreme Court of the United States. With the magnitude of the duties of the Supreme Court I find myself wondering… where is Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg?