Boards and Committees
If a citizen wishes to participate directly in city government, one means is to serve on a local government commission, board or advisory committee.
Commissions and boards sometimes are assigned significant powers of policy-making and/or administration. Advisory committees serve an important function in providing expertise in certain areas of city concern. Usually established at the request of the City Council, they may deal with issues and problems deemed worthy of special consideration and advisement.
Committees add another degree of local government responsiveness to the public interest. They provide an excellent opportunity for citizens to actively participate in the operation of their local government. As a result of the citizen involvement and participation, all the boards provide much needed assistance in assuring that actions taken by the City are not only in the best interest of the City but also have the support and input of its citizens.
Boards and Committees - Vacancies
Vacancies occur on boards and committees on a regular basis due to term limits, resignations or other circumstances. To view current vacancies and timelines/requirements for submitting applications, please visit our vacancy listings.
Board Meeting Schedules
Each board establishes its regular meeting times, whether they be monthly or quarterly. All currently scheduled meetings can be viewed on the Meeting Calendar. NOTE: Meeting dates and times are subject to change.
Boards, Commissions and Committees List
Affordable Housing Advisory Committee
Reviews established policies and procedures, ordinances, land development regulations, and adopted local comprehensive plans and makes recommendations to encourage or facilitate affordable housing. There are 11 members on this Committee and they meet as needed.
The Cape Coral Audit Committee serves in an advisory capacity to the City Council and the City Auditor's Office on issues presented to the committee relating to the City's financial and other reporting practices; internal control; compliance with laws, regulations, and ethics; independent audit process; and special audit needs. There are five members on this Committee and meet on the second Wednesday of the month at 3:00 p.m.
The City of Cape Coral Budget Review Committee was established to provide citizen input into the budgetary process so as to best promote the health, safety, financial soundness, and general welfare of the City of Cape Coral. There are seven members and one alternate on this committee. They meet on the second Monday of each month, and meet for additional meetings as needed.
Cape Competes Advisory Board
The Cape Competes Advisory Board is composed of nine (9) members, including seven members, one alternate member, and the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Chamber of Commerce of Cape Coral, or the CEO’s designee. It was established to serve as a voice of local businesses to assist them in their ability to do business in the city, maintain a positive relationship with the local business community and the city, and to enhance the overall business climate within the city. The Advisory Board is created to make recommendations and furnish input and helpful information to the City Council to assist them in their policy making as it pertains to the local business community. The Advisory Board shall make nonbinding policy recommendations specifically related to the relationship between local businesses and the city.
According to Section 10.03 of the Cape Coral City Charter, a seven (7) member with two (2) alternate Charter Review Commission must be established at least every six years to make Charter amendment recommendations to City Council.
The Cape Coral Charter School Governing Board is appointed by City Council and oversees the operations of the City’s charter school system. The eleven-member board includes seven voting members and a Council representative, as a voting member. The board meets on the second Tuesday of every month at 5:30 p.m., with changes or additional meetings as necessary. For more information, please contact Kathleen Paul-Evans at (239) 424-6100 ext. 404 or email Kathleen.Paul-Evans@capecharterschools.org
Hears code violation cases, assesses fines, fees, and liens upon properties that do not comply with the Cape Coral Code of Ordinances. Violations are heard by a Special Master appointed by City Council and meetings are held the third Thursday of each month at 9:00 a.m. in Council Chambers.
The five-member Board reviews and makes recommendations to City Council concerning distribution of CDBG money and SHIP. Their goal is to provide a fair and equitable distribution of funds to various non-profit organizations which benefit Cape Coral and its citizens. Their meetings are set by an Action Plan Schedule for the calendar year with additional meetings as necessary.
This board was formed for the enhancement and improvement of the Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) district area and consists of five members. Meetings typically are held six times a year on the first Tuesday of the month at 3:00 p.m. and are subject to cancellation.
Review and approve or deny license applications along with hearing disciplinary actions and entering written decisions; also the Board serves as the Board of Adjustments & Appeals. The Board consists of 12 members and meets the fourth Wednesday of every other month at 6:00 p.m. in Council Chambers with additional meetings as needed.
Section 8.02 of the City Charter requires that Council shall establish a Districting Commission with representation from each district to recommend a plan for adjustment of council district boundaries. This must be completed within six months of receiving the Federal Census Report.
Discuss the management, financial, and daily operations of the City-owned Coral Oaks Golf Course. Their goal is to make recommendations to Council to ensure Coral Oaks remains a top quality facility. There are seven members on this Board, and they meet every other month on the fourth Tuesday at 3:00 p.m. with additional meetings as necessary.
The Grievance Committee has the power to order relief concerning whether a condition affecting an employee is unjust, inequitable, or a hindrance to effective operation and is subject to certain limitations. The Committee shall consist of five persons over the age of 18 that are eligible for service on the Grievance Committee. No person on the Committee shall be related by marriage or consanguinity to the employee requesting the hearing. For full details pertaining to the Grievance Committee and its composition please see Chapter 2, Section 2-33.1 of the City Code on the Municode website.
This five-member board was created in 1975 through Legislature of the State with the enactment of a bill creating and establishing the City of Cape Coral Health Facilities Authority. The Authority currently meets once a year to discuss the Gulf Coast Village bonds.
Establish and maintain the policies and procedures for investing pension funds. They review income summaries to assure investments are obtaining maximum income with minimal risk. They are ever vigilant of ways to provide enhanced benefits for City employees. Their goal is to ensure a healthy pension fund that will provide retirement benefits to all present and future City retirees. The Firefighters’, Police Officers’, and General Employees’ each act as a separate Board each consisting of five members. They meet quarterly holding their meetings in February, May, August and November. Each Board may hold special meetings as deemed necessary.
Pursuant to Section 893.138, Florida Statutes, the Cape Coral City Council created a nuisance abatement board. It is the intent of this Division 13 to establish the nuisance abatement board to promote, protect, and improve the health, safety, and welfare of the citizens of the City of Cape Coral by providing an equitable, expeditious, and effective method to reduce the use of property within the City for the unlawful sale, delivery, manufacture, cultivation, or possession of controlled substances; prostitution; gang activity; or stolen property and other crimes as defined by this ordinance. There are seven members and two alternates on this Board and the hearings will be held on an as needed basis.
Parks and Recreation Advisory Board
The Cape Coral Parks and Recreation Advisory Board is composed of five (5) members with two (2) alternates, as well as one (1) member from the Golf Course Advisory board and one (1) member from the Youth Council. It was established to make recommendations and furnish input and helpful information to the City Council to assist them in their policy making as it pertains to the City's parks. The Board shall make nonbinding policy recommendations specifically related to the parks and recreation system of the city.
Planning and Zoning Commission/Local Planning Agency
Reviews all changes in Land Use and Land Use and Development Regulations and provide recommendations to City Council concerning land use matters. There are seven members and two alternates on this Commission and they meet monthly on the first Wednesday at 9:00 a.m. unless there is not business to transact. Additional meetings are held as deemed necessary.
Review proposals, interview, rank, and negotiate a contract with those firms that are qualified for a particular type of City project or service. The Committee consists of seven staff members and meets on the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month, as needed.
This Commission is composed of the Mayor and four Council members with one Council Member appointed as an alternate. They review and give staff direction on road projects. This commission meets monthly on the Wednesday prior to the Metropolitan Planning Commission (M.P.O.) at 9:00 a.m.
Waterway Advisory Board
The Cape Coral Waterway Advisory Board is composed of seven (7) members with two (2) alternates. It was established to make recommendations and furnish input and helpful information to the City Council to assist them in their policy making as it pertains to the City's public navigable waterways. The Board shall make nonbinding policy recommendations specifically related to the health, safety, maintenance, and sustainability of Cape Coral's waterways. Moreover, the Board shall seek to ensure that the waterways remain accessible for recreational use and enjoyment of all.
Cape Coral Youth Council
The Cape Coral Youth Council is comprised of 14 students that reside in the City of Cape Coral. This Council meets the second and fourth Friday of each month at 3:00 p.m. in Council Chambers. They discuss topics important to our youth and report recommendations to City Council.