What Does The Pelican Marsh Community Development District Do?
The Pelican Marsh Community Development District is a local, special-purpose
government entity authorized by Chapter 190 of the Florida Statutes as amended, and
established on December 14, 1993 by adoption of Rule 42P-1.001 through 42P-1.003,
F.A.C. by the Florida Land and Water Adjudicatory Commission.
The Pelican Marsh Community Development District is organized similar to other local
governments in Florida, in that its Board of Supervisors consists of five members, who are
qualified voters and residents of Pelican Marsh, and hold terms of four years. The
Supervisors are public officials elected at the general election by the residents of Pelican
Marsh. The supervisors have staggered terms, therefore every two years either two or
three Supervisors are elected at the end of their terms. Any vacancies occurring before
the General Election, are filled through appointment by the board.
The Board establishes the policy of the District in accordance with Florida law. The Board,
by law, must hire a District Manager and District Counsel. The Board, through review of
advertised Requests for Qualifications, ranks and selects a District Engineer to perform
the engineering needs of the District. District Manager and the District Attorney
administer the operations of the District and implement the Board's policies and
contracts. CDDs are not unlike other forms of local government, such as cities and
counties, however, similarly to other special taxing distri cts, their powers are limited
solely to the provision of infrastructure and services for master planned developments. For further information please contact Florida Commissions on Ethics www.ethics.state.fl.us
The District Manager's responsibilities include:
- Preparation and submittal of a proposed operations and maintenance budgets for Board review and action.
- Preparation of contract specifications for District operations, including water management, street lighting, landscaping, access control, roadway and irrigation.
- File all required forms and documents with state and local agencies.
- Attend all Board of Supervisor meetings – implement the policies of the Board.
- Additional duties as directed by the Board.
The District is funded to operate and maintain the community infrastructure including water management, street lighting, landscaping, access control, roadway, irrigation, and park & recreation services. Service levels for the CDD services are directly related to the annual operating budget. During the fiscal year staff monitors the budget to maintain operational efficiency. During the annual budget process staff reviews what was budgeted against what was actually spent, and recommends increases and decreases as appropriate. The Board of Supervisors, with input from the public, reviews staff's proposals and has the final decision for the budget constraints that will determine the levels of service. The budget process typically begins in the spring and concludes in the summer, after a public hearing to ensure resident participation.
The District uses a contractor for the control of unwanted vegetation within the water management system and wetland areas which would otherwise impede the water flow and become unsightly.
The District provides for the costs of bulk electric service for street lights along District roads. Lighting fixtures maintenance and holiday lighting services are handled for the District by qualified contractors.
the District currently maintains green areas, which includes basic
landscaping maintenance, tree trimming as well as renovations and material
District services include manning and operation of access control gates, roving patrol, as well as periodic off-duty deputy sheriff patrols inside the community.
Services currently provided by the District include repairs of public roadways, sidewalks, and roadway signage.
the District supplies irrigation water to the community through a well field, holding pond and pump station system which distributes the water through a network of delivery lines. Costs of this service include electric, repairs and maintenance.