Brooks of Bonita Springs CDD &
Brooks of Bonita Springs II CDD
Community Development District Overview
The Brooks of Bonita Springs and Brooks of Bonita Springs II Community Development Districts are local, special-purpose government entities authorized by Chapter 190 of the Florida Statutes. The Brooks of Bonita Springs Community Development District (the "Brooks CDD") was established on March 24, 1998 by Rule 42Y-1of the Florida Land and Water Adjudicatory Commission whereas the Brooks of Bonita Springs II Community Development District (the "Brooks II CDD") was established on November 30, 1999 by Rule 42Z-1 also of the Florida Land and Water Adjudicatory Commission. Both Districts were established as an alternative method of planning, acquiring, operating and maintaining community-wide improvements in planned communities.
The Brooks CDD encompasses an area of approximately 1,249 acres within the Phase I or the southern portion Brooks of Bonita Springs Development of Regional Impact (DRI). The Brooks II CDD encompasses an area of approximately 1,223 acres within the Phase II or the northern and eastern portion of the Brooks of Bonita Springs DRI. The Brooks of Bonita Springs DRI (the "Brooks Development") is generally located in the southern portion of Lee County, east of U.S. Highway 41, south of Williams Road, west of Interstate 75 and north of San Carlos Estates. The Brooks Development is a master planned, mixed-use community adjacent to the City of Bonita Springs, approximately twelve miles north of Naples and twenty miles south of Fort Myers. The Brooks CDD has been developed with 2,209 residential units and the Town Center for the Development and the Brooks II CDD has been developed with 1,240 residential units.
A CDD provides a solution to Florida’s need to provide community infrastructure generated by growth without overburdening other governments and their taxpayers. Community Development Districts represent a major advancement in Florida’s effort to manage its growth effectively and efficiently. This allows a community to establish higher standards while providing a long-term solution to the operation and maintenance of the improvements and facilities.
Both Districts (Brooks CDD and Brooks II CDD) are separate government entities, although they operate within the same development and by and large provide identical services.
The Brooks CDD and Brooks II CDD are organized similarly to other local governments in Florida, in that their governing body is composed of a five-member board known as the Board of Supervisors. 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 districts, their powers are limited solely to the provision of infrastructure and services for master planned developments.
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 and street lighting.
- 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.
As both the Brooks CDD and Brooks II CDD are part of the same community, the Brooks Development, the Districts provide the same types and levels of services. The Districts fund the costs of and currently operate and maintain community infrastructure including water management and street lighting along major arteries, as well as provide for miscellaneous services. Service levels for the services are directly related to the annual operating budget. During the fiscal year staff monitors the budgets 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 Boards of Supervisors, with input from the public, review staff’s proposals and have the final decision on 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.
Water Management - both Districts use 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 Districts also provide for the replacement and augmentation of aquatic plantings within the wetland and lake areas, aeration systems, environmental monitoring and reporting and culvert cleaning.
Street Lighting - both Districts provide for the costs of bulk electric service for street lights along Coconut Road and Three Oaks Parkway roads in the Districts as well as maintenance and repair costs of these lighting fixtures.
Miscellaneous - the Districts additionally provide funding for annul lease payments to Seminole Gulf Railroad for the crossings at Coconut Road and the drainage conveyance north of Coconut Road.
Brooks of Bonita Springs CDD
Board of Supervisors
James Merritt, Chair - SEAT 2 | Email
Jim Ward, Vice Chair - SEAT 5 | Email
Sandra Varnum, Assistant Secretary - SEAT 3 | Email
Rollin Crawford, Assistant Secretary - SEAT 4 | Email
Phil Douglas, Assistant Secretary - SEAT 1 | Email
Chuck Adams, District Manager
Dan Cox, Esq., District Counsel
Andrew D. Tilton, P.E., District Engineer
Cleo Crismond, Assistant Regional Manager
Brooks of Bonita Springs II CDD
Board of Supervisors
Joseph Bartoletti, Chair - SEAT 5 | Email
James Strecansky, Vice Chair - SEAT 3 | Email
Ray Pierce, Assistant Secretary - SEAT 1 | Email
Gary Davidson, Assistant Secretary - SEAT 2 | Email
Jack Meeker, Assistant Secretary - SEAT 4 | Email
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2300 Glades Road, Suite 410W
Boca Raton, Florida 33431
Telephone: (561) 571-0010
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