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CENTRAL COUNTY WATER CONTROL DISTRICT  HENDRY COUNTY | FL

Location of District Office
475 S. Cabbage Palm Street
Clewiston, Florida 33440

District Manager, primary contact person for CCWCD
Herminio Bussott –  Manager
475 S. Cabbage Palm Street
Clewiston, FL 33440
manager@ccwcdfl.com
Phone: 863/983-5797 | Fax: 863/983-9693

District Attorney and Registered Agent
John J. Fumero
Nason Yeager Gerson White & Lioce, P.A.
750 Park of Commerce Boulevard, #210
Boca Raton, FL  33487
admin@ccwcdfl.com
Phone: 561/982-7114 | Fax: 561/982-7116

District Treasurer
John B. Boy, CPA
Boy Miller Kisker & Perry, P.A.
401 S WC Owen Avenue
Clewiston, FL  33440
Phone: 863/983-5144

District Engineer
Larry Bennett, P.E., P.L.S., C.G.C.
H.L. Bennett & Associates, Inc.
241 E. Yeomans Avenue
LaBelle, FL  33975
hlb@hlbennett.org
Phone: 863/675-8882 | Fax: 863/675-1327

CCWCD Offices

CREATED VIA SPECIAL ACT OF FLORIDA LEGISLATURE

Chapters 2000-415 (Codified), 2007-315 and 2013-263, Laws of Florida.

Full Text of District Charter

CCWCD’s Charter was created via Chapter 2000-415, Laws of Florida. The following represents CCWCD’s Charter in its present form as established via Chapter 2000-415, Laws of Florida, unless otherwise noted.

Section 1. District created; boundaries; validation.(Amended by Chapter 2013-263, Laws of Florida, to read as follows)—

(a) For the purpose of reclamation, drainage, irrigation, water control, and development of lands hereinafter described and to protect said lands from the effects of water by means of the construction and maintenance of canals, ditches, levees, dikes, pumping plants, and other drainage, irrigation, and water control works and improvements, and to make the lands within said district available and habitable for settlement and agriculture, and for the public convenience, welfare, utility and benefit, and for the other purposes stated in this act a drainage district is hereby created and established in Hendry County to be known as the Central County Water Control District, the territorial boundaries of which shall be as follows:

Sections 13, 14, 15, the West 1/2 of Section 18, Sections 22, 23, 24, 25, 26 and 27, the North 1/2 of Section 34 except the SE 1/4 of the NE 1/4 of said Section 34 and all of Sections 35 and 36 in Township 44 South, Range 32 East; and all of Sections 19, 29, 30, 31, 32, and a portion of Section 7 described as that portion of the Woodland Subdivision recorded in Plat Book 4, Page 1 of the Public Records of Hendry County, Florida, Township 44 South, Range 33 East in Hendry County, Florida.

(b) It is hereby determined, declared, and enacted that said lands in their present condition are wet and subject to overflow, and at times subject to drought, and that the drainage, irrigation, water control, reclamation, and protection of said lands from the effects of water, and thereby the making of said lands available for agricultural and settlement purposes by drainage, irrigation, water control, reclamation, and improvement, and the creation of said district with the powers vested in it by this act, are in the interest of and conducive to public welfare, health, and convenience.

(c) The proceedings had in the circuit court of Hendry County in the cause styled “In re: Central County Drainage District,” being Case No. 68-14, wherein a judgment was entered on February 6, 1968, creating Central County Drainage District under the provisions of chapter 298, Florida Statutes, known as the general drainage law, and a judgment extending the boundaries of said district which was entered on April 10, 1970, are hereby validated, ratified, approved, and confirmed.

Section 2. Provisions of other laws made applicable.—The Central County Water Control District hereby created shall be a public corporation of this state. The provisions of the general drainage laws of Florida applicable to drainage districts or sub-drainage districts which are embodied in chapter 298, Florida Statutes, and all of the laws amendatory thereof, now existing or hereafter enacted, so far as not inconsistent with this act, are hereby declared to be applicable to the Central County Water Control District. The Central County Water Control District shall have all of the powers and authorities mentioned in or conferred by chapter 298, Florida Statutes, and acts amendatory thereof, except as herein otherwise provided.

Section 3. Powers of the district.—The district shall have the power to sue and be sued by its name in any court of law or in equity; to make contracts; to adopt and use a corporate seal and to alter the same at pleasure; to acquire by purchase, gift, or condemnation real and personal property, either or both, as may be necessary or convenient to carry out the purposes of this act, and chapter 298, Florida Statutes; to construct, operate, and maintain canals, ditches, drains, levees, and other works for drainage purposes; to acquire, purchase, operate, and maintain pumps, plants, and pumping systems for drainage purposes; to construct, operate, and maintain irrigation works, machinery, and plants; to construct, improve, pave, and maintain roadways and roads necessary and convenient for the exercise of the powers or duties or any of the powers or duties of said district or the supervisors thereof; and in furtherance of the purposes and intent of this act and chapter 298, Florida Statutes, to construct, improve, pave, and maintain streets, roadways, and roads necessary and convenient to provide access to and efficient development of areas made suitable and available for cultivation, settlement, urban and suburban, and other beneficial use and development as a result of the drainage, irrigation, and reclamation operations of the district; to construct, acquire by donation, or purchase recreational facilities and areas, including related facilities, and to construct, operate, and maintain such recreation and related facilities for the benefit of district residents. The powers and duties of said district shall be exercised by and through the board of supervisors thereof, which board shall have the authority to employ engineers, attorneys, agents, employees, and representatives as the board of supervisors may from time to time determine, and to fix their compensation and duties. Provided, however, that in addition thereto, the district shall have all of the powers provided for in chapter 298, Florida Statutes.

Section 4. Taxes; levy; apportionment; collection.—

(1) Installment taxes.

(a) Taxes shall be levied and apportioned as provided for in the general drainage laws of Florida (chapter 298, Florida Statutes, and amendments thereto), except that the provisions of section 298.41, Florida Statutes, and amendments thereto, shall not be applicable to the district. In lieu thereof the following provision shall apply to the district.

(b) The board of supervisors shall determine, order, and levy the amount of the annual installments of the total taxes levied under section 298.36, Florida Statutes, which said annual installment and levy shall be evidenced to and certified by the board not later than July 1 of each year to the tax assessor of Hendry County. Said tax shall be extended by the county tax assessor on the county tax roll and shall be collected by the tax collector in the same manner and time as county taxes, and the proceeds thereof paid to the district.

(2) Maintenance tax.

(a) The provisions of section 298.54, Florida Statutes, and amendments thereto, shall not be applicable to the district. In lieu thereof, the following provision shall apply to the district.

(b) To maintain and preserve the improvements made pursuant to this act and to repair and restore the same, when needed, and for the purpose of defraying the current expenses of the district, the board of supervisors may, upon the completion of said improvements, in whole or in part as may be certified to the board by the chief engineer, levy annually a tax upon each tract or parcel of land within the district, to be known as a “maintenance tax.” Said maintenance tax shall be apportioned upon the basis of the net assessments of benefits assessed as accruing for original construction, and shall be evidenced to and certified by the board not later than July 1 of each year to the tax assessor of Hendry County, and shall be extended by the county tax assessor on the county tax roll and shall be collected by the tax collector in the same manner and time as county taxes and the proceeds therefrom paid to said district.

(3) Taxes and costs a lien on land against which taxes assessed. All taxes provided for in this act together with all penalties for default in payment of the same and all costs in collecting the same shall, from the date of assessment thereof until paid, constitute a lien of equal dignity with the liens for county taxes, and other taxes of equal dignity with county taxes, upon all the lands against which such taxes shall be levied as is provided in this act.

(4) Compensation of tax assessor, tax collector, and clerk of the circuit court. The tax assessor, tax collector, and clerk of the circuit court of Hendry County shall be entitled to compensation for services performed in connection with taxes of said district the same as now provided by law for special drainage districts.

(5) Levies of taxes on land less than one (1) acre. In levying and assessing all taxes, each tract or parcel of land less than one (1) acre in area shall be assessed as a full acre, and each tract or parcel of land more than one (1) acre in area which contains a fraction of an acre shall be assessed at the nearest whole number of acres. A fraction of one-half (1/2) or more to be assessed as a full acre.

Section 5. When unpaid taxes delinquent; penalty.—All taxes provided for in this act shall be and become delinquent and bear penalties on the amount of said taxes in the same manner as county taxes.

Section 6. Enforcement of taxes.—The collection and enforcement of all taxes levied by said district shall be at the same time and in like manner as county taxes, and the provisions of the Florida Statutes relating to the sale of lands for unpaid and delinquent county taxes, the issuance, sale, and delivery of tax certificates for such unpaid and delinquent county taxes, the redemption thereof, the issuance to individuals of tax deeds based thereon, and all other procedures in connection therewith, shall be applicable to said district and the delinquent and unpaid taxes of said district to the same extent as if said statutory provisions were expressly set forth in this act. All taxes shall be subject to the same discounts as county taxes.

Section 7. Quorum for landowners’ meetings.—At any landowners’ meeting, the owners of land in the district present in person or otherwise properly voting shall constitute a quorum.

Section 8. Proxy voting eliminated.—Proxy voting is prohibited in elections of the district board of supervisors.

Section 9. Board of supervisors; membership and qualifications; terms; election procedures. (Amended by Chapter 2007-315, Laws of Florida, to read as follows:) —

(1) Membership; qualifications.—There shall be five members of the district board. Three board members shall be elected by district landowners pursuant to chapter 298, Florida Statutes, on a one-acre, one-vote basis. Two board members shall be elected by qualified electors, as defined in section 97.041, Florida Statutes, who are residents of the district. Board member seats shall be numbered 1, 3, and 5 for board members elected pursuant to chapter 298, Florida Statutes, by landowners, and numbered 2 and 4 for members elected by qualified electors.

(2) Terms.—Board member 1 shall be elected at the annual landowners’ meeting to be held in April 2007 and shall hold office until the general election in November 2010. Board member 2 shall be elected at a special election to be set by the board and conducted by the supervisor of elections in 2007. Board member 2 shall hold office until the general election in November 2008 or until a successor is elected and seated. Thereafter, the term of board member 2 shall be 4 years. Board member 3 shall be elected at an annual landowners’ meeting held in October 2008 to a term of 4 years. Board member 4 shall be elected at the general election held in November 2008 to a term of 4 years. Board member 5, who would have been elected in 2009, shall hold office until 2010. Board member 5 shall be elected at an annual landowners’ meeting to be held in October 2010. Thereafter, all board members shall serve terms of 4 years each from the date of election, which terms shall expire 10 days after the election of a successor supervisor.

(3) Election procedures.—Following the effective date of this act, all landowners’ meetings shall be held annually in October. Landowners’ meetings held in October of even-numbered years shall elect supervisors pursuant to chapter 298, Florida Statutes, as specified by this act. Supervisors to be elected by qualified electors shall qualify and run as nonpartisan candidates pursuant to general law. Elections shall be conducted by the Hendry County Supervisor of Elections and held on the general election day in November of even-numbered years. Candidates elected by qualified electors shall be elected by a plurality of the vote.

Section 10. Effect of conflict with other acts.—In the event of a conflict between the provisions of this act and the provisions of any other act, the provisions of this act shall control to the extent of such conflict.

Official Purpose

Reclamation, drainage, irrigation, water control, and development of lands within CCWCD and to protect said lands from the effects of water by means of the construction and maintenance of canals, ditches, levees, dikes, pumping plants, and other drainage, irrigation, and water control works and improvements, and to make the lands within CCWCD available and habitable for settlement and agriculture, and for the public convenience, welfare, utility and benefit, and for the other purposes stated in CCWCD’s Charter.

Services provided

Construct, operate, and maintain canals, ditches, drains, levees, and other works for drainage purposes; to acquire, purchase, operate, and maintain pumps, plants, and pumping systems for drainage purposes; to construct, operate, and maintain irrigation works, machinery, and plants; to construct, improve, pave, and maintain roadways and roads necessary and convenient for the exercise of the powers or duties or any of the powers or duties of CCWCD and the Board of Supervisors; and in furtherance of these purposes and the intent of CCWCD’s enabling legislation and chapter 298, Florida Statutes, to construct, improve, pave, and maintain streets, roadways, and roads necessary and convenient to provide access to and efficient development of areas made suitable and available for cultivation, settlement, urban and suburban, and other beneficial use and development as a result of the drainage, irrigation, and reclamation operations of the district; to construct, acquire by donation, or purchase recreational facilities and areas, including related facilities, and to construct, operate, and maintain such recreation and related facilities for the benefit of CCWCD residents.

Description of Area Served

Sections 13, 14, 15, the West 1/2 of Section 18, Sections 22, 23, 24, 25, 26 and 27, the North 1/2 of Section 34 except the SE 1/4 of the NE 1/4 of said Section 34 and all of Sections 35 and 36 in Township 44 South, Range 32 East; and all of Sections 19, 29, 30, 31, 32, and a portion of Section 7 described as that portion of the Woodland Subdivision recorded in Plat Book 4, Page 1 of the Public Records of Hendry County, Florida, Township 44 South, Range 33 East in Hendry County, Florida.

Statutory Authority

Chapters 189 and Chapter 298, Florida Statutes

Date Established

May 21, 1970

Establishing Entity

Florida Legislature

About Taxes, Fees, Assessments

Installment Tax / Assessments

Current rate/amount: $220 per acre

Authority: Chapter 298, Florida Statutes, and Section 4, CCWCD Charter.

MAINTENANCE TAX

Current rate/amount: N/A.

Authority: Section 4, CCWCD Charter.

Installment Tax / Assessments

Current rate/amount: $220 per acre

Authority: Chapter 298, Florida Statutes, and Section 4, CCWCD Charter.

MAINTENANCE TAX

Current rate/amount: N/A.

Authority: Section 4, CCWCD Charter.

 Department of Financial Services – Local Government Financial Reporting

CCWCD Board Members

Benito Alvarez

Benito Alvarez

Seat #1

475 S. Cabbage Palm St.
Clewiston, FL 33440
seat1@ccwcdfl.com
Elected by Landowners, 2018-2022

Denise Miller

Denise Miller

Seat #4 / Chairperson

475 S. Cabbage Palm St.
Clewiston, FL 33440
seat4@ccwcdfl.com
Elected by qualified electors, 2016-2020

Luis Napoles

Luis Napoles

Seat #2 / Vice-Chairperson

475 S. Cabbage Palm St.
Clewiston, FL 33440
seat2@ccwcdfl.com
Elected by qualified electors, 2016-2020

Juan Mata

Juan Mata

Seat #5

475 S. Cabbage Palm St.
Clewiston, FL 33440
seat5@ccwcdfl.com
Elected by landowners, 2018-2022

Bruno Naranjo

Bruno Naranjo

Seat #3

475 S. Cabbage Palm St.
Clewiston, FL 33440
seat3@ccwcdfl.com
Elected by landowners, 2016-2020

Schedule of District Meetings

YEAR 2017 – 2018

CENTRAL COUNTY WATER CONTROL DISTRICT

Please be advised the regular monthly meetings of the Board of Supervisors of the central County Water Control District (“the District”), Hendry County , Florida will be held on the following dates at 6:00 pm EST or as soon thereafter as deemed appropriate to conduct the business of the district at the District Office, 475 S. Cabbage Palm Street, Clewiston, Florida 33470.

December 20, 2017

January 24, 2018

February 28, 2018

March 28, 2018

April 25, 2018

May 23, 2018

June 27, 2018 – Budget

July 25, 2018

August 22, 2018 – Budget

September 26, 2018

October 20, 2018 in Lieu of October 24, 2018 –  Election’s of Supervisor Landowners’  & Annual Meeting

November 14, 2018 in Lieu of November 6, 2018 Regular Meeting

December 19, 2018

THIS NOTICE FURTHER ADVISES THAT IF A PERSON DECIDES TO APPEAL ANY DECISION MADE BY THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS OF THE DISTRICT, WITH RESPECT TO ANY MATTER CONSIDERED AT THESE MEETINGS, YOU WILL NEED A RECORD OF THE MEETING, WHICH INCLUDES THE TESTIMONY AND EVIDENCE UPON WHICH ANY APPEAL IS BASED.

THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS MAY CONDUCT ANY OTHER SPECIAL MEETINGS OR WORKSHOPS AS REQUIRED. SPECIAL MEETINGS OR WORKSHOPS WILL BE ADVERTISED SEVEN (7) DAYS PRIOR TO THE MEETINGS.

ANY INTERESTED PARTY DESIRING TO APPEAR BEFORE THE BOARD MAY DO SO ON THE DATES AND PLACE LISTED ABOVE.

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS: IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT, IF YOU REQUIRE SPECIAL ASSISTANCE OR SERVICES, PLEASE CONTACT THE DISTRICT OFFICE AT (863) 983-5797 NO LESS THAN SEVEN (7) DAYS PRIOR TO THE ABOVE STATED MEETINGS.