As Bryan Lober takes his seat on the Brevard County Commission, he faces more information on campaign promises he intends to help keep. Wochit
County commissioners are continue with an idea to determine term limits for members of the advisory Brevard Council Tourist Development Council.
Additionally, the County Commission is headed for a full-scale examination next spring of possible term limits for the county’s 53 other advisory boards, in addition to considering eliminating some of these boards entirely.
Commissioners voted 3-2 on Tuesday night in favor establishing what’s known of “legislative intent” for putting into place term limits for the Tourist Development Council. Which allows county staff to craft the ultimate version of the ordinance, to market it also to stick it on the County Commission agenda for your final vote in January.
The proposal was introduced by the County Commission’s participant, Vice Chair Bryan Lober, during his first regular meeting since taking office. County Commission Chair Kristine Isnardi and Commissioner John Tobia supported taking that step also.
Voting against continue with the procedure were Commissioners Rita Pritchett and Curt Smith.
Under the proposal, Tourist Development Council members who serve two consecutive four-year terms would need to leave the council for at the very least four years before being permitted serve on the council again for no more than two more consecutive four-year terms. The measure will be retroactive, and would affect current Tourist Development Council members when their current terms expire.
Tourist Development Council members are unpaid. However the council is probably the most visible of the county’s volunteer boards, since it advises the County Commission on how best to spend cash collected through Brevard’s 5 percent Tourist Development Tax on resort rooms along with other short-term rentals. The tax raised $15.year that ended Sept 58 million in the budget. 30.
Additionally, under Lober’s proposal, former executive directors of the area Coast Office of Tourism wouldn’t normally be eligible to become person in the Tourist Development Council advisory board for at the very least 2 yrs after leaving the executive director position.
Lober said he believes county residents support term limits.
County commissioners themselves have term limits of two consecutive four-year terms. Florida state legislators have term limits — two, four-year terms for Florida state senators; and four, two-year terms for Florida House members.
But Pritchett said she was concerned about the impact of removing dedicated long-term Tourist Development Council members from their posts. She cited, for instance, Laurilee Thompson of Mims, co-owner of Dixie Crossroads Seafood Restaurant in Titusville, who Pritchett said “is amazing absolutely.”
Thompson would need to leave the Tourist Development Council when her current term is up, under Lober’s proposal.
Lober said, if Thompson no more will be a TDC member even, she could continue steadily to attend its meetings and provide her input.
Tobia said following the meeting he is happy with the word limit initiative.
“Before Commissioner Lober took office, we’re able to not place term limits on the Personnel Council even,” Tobia said. “I anticipate Commissioner Lober’s conservative philosophy because the board forward moves.”
More term limits studied
Separately, commissioners voted 5-0 to carry a public workshop linked to a citizen request by Pam LaSalle of Viera on studying term limits for the county’s other advisory boards.
LaSalle said her proposal would help “encourage citizens to take part in local government and can give more folks an opportunity to serve.”
“I believe this is a fantastic idea,” Lober told LaSalle.
Brevard County Manager Frank Abbate and his staff come in the procedure of preparing a thorough analysis of all county’s advisory boards, like the varying rules because of their terms of office, and what roles the boards play and just how much county staff time is involved with attending board meetings. The scholarly study is scheduled for completion by the finish of March.
Abbate said he’ll schedule a County Commission workshop in-may for discussion of the analysis, term limits for county advisory boards and whether some boards could be eliminated.
LaSalle said getting new members on advisory boards would help get rid of the “group think” so what can occur whenever a board with many longtime members doesn’t have adequate debate and discussion about new methods to do things.
Pritchett said she actually is worried about getting enough visitors to volunteer for the boards, with new vacancies developed by establishing term limits potentially.
But LaSalle questioned why you will find a need for a number of the boards if commissioners cant get visitors to volunteer to serve in it to begin with.
Isnardi said she thought “we’ve way too many boards” within county government.
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