April 2019 President’s Message

Fellow FCCMA Members: Do not forget it’s time to register for the FCCMA annual conference! It’s important to register early, please make the commitment. Your President-Elect, Shannon Lewis (CM-Melbourne) and the Conference Planning Committee have been working really hard to put together another great conference. The President-Elect’s main job is to plan the annual conference…

District Training in DeLand

On Friday April 26, District II held a training event at the Sanborn Center in DeLand.  The topic was “Current Trends and Best Practices for Employment Labor Law and Labor Negotiations.” Attorneys Jeff Mandel and Benton Woods both with the firm Fisher and Phillips, updated attendees on current trends and practices in this evolving law…

PInellas County Red Tied Abatement

By Addie Javed, PE, Public Works Director, ajaved@pinellascounty.org and Tony Fabrizio, Public Information Specialist, Marketing & Communications, tfabrizio@pinellascounty.org Address: 22211 US Highway 19N, Building 1. Clearwater, FL 33765 Red tide is a naturally occurring microscopic algae, Karenia Brevis (K.brevis) that has been documented along Florida’s Gulf Coast since the 1840’s. It produces brevetoxins that affect…

In Memoriam of W.D. Higginbotham

W. D. Higginbotham, a 25+-year FCCMA member, recently passed away. Mr. Higginbotham’s distinguished public sector career of over 30 years has included serving as chief executive officer and chief financial officer of cities in Florida and California. He served as City Manager of Gainesville, Melbourne Beach, Surfside, and Madeira Beach. After being recruited by the…

District Training at Florida Gulf Coast University

On Friday April 12, District VI held a training event at Florida Gulf Coast University, co-sponsored by the FGCU ICMA Student Chapter.  The topic was “Professional Management: Ethical Challenges in 2019.” Student members from the FGCU ICMA Student Chapter moderated the event. A group of managers from the region shared their experiences with the attendees. …

2019 District IV Networking Event

by Lori LaVerriere, City Manager, City of Boynton Beach Our District IV Networking event was a success!   This event was sponsored by FCCMA, PBCCMA and FAU.  As you can see in the photos we had a great turnout.  We set up the event like a “speed dating” event…..different managers spoke on a variety of topics…

FCCMA Training in Plantation

FCCMA held a training on March 29th in Plantation on “Enhancing Education in Your Community: Using a Business Action Team.” Attendees were provided an overview of how the public education systems affected their communities and their ability to attract quality business. They learned how and why businesses, cities, counties and school boards need to work…

April 2019 New Members

The following membership applications have been received. If no current member comes forth with a reason why these applicants should not be approved as members, he will be invoiced for dues. Christia Alou, District V, Village Manager, Village of El Portal, Full Member; Andy Brooks, District III, Administrative Services Director, City of Casselberry, Affiliate Member;…