Advisory Boards

  • Apr 20, 2010
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Advisory Boards give County residents a chance to participate in County government by providing input, expertise, experience and guidance in the decision making process of the County.

Advisory Boards cover a wide range of topics in diverse areas of interest such as affordable housing, the environment, quality of life, tourism, development, historical preservation, County finances and more.


 If you intend to apply, please note the following important information:

  • Eligibility for membership on certain advisory boards/committees/commissions requires a valid voter registration card.
  • Membership on certain advisory boards/committees/commissions requires financial disclosure or the submission of other information. Florida State Statute 119.07 designates this application as a public document to be made available for anyone requesting to view it.
  • Manatee County Land Development Code Ordinance 90-01 states that no member of the Planning Commission or Board of Zoning Appeals shall be a member of another land development-related advisory board serving unincorporated Manatee County.
  • Applications for all advisory boards/committees/commissions will remain active for one (1) year. Resumes may be included, however, the application MUST be completed.

If you are interested in participating on an Advisory Board, review the list below to find one that suits your interest and then download, fill out and submit the Advisory Board Application.



Advisory Board Vacancies

The County is currently accepting applications for vacancies on the following boards:


Children's Services Advisory Boardfive vacancies.  
The all-volunteer board makes recommendations to the Board of County Commissioners about priorities and expenditures of the County’s dedicated millage for children’s services.
Application deadline is July 21, 2015.
 The 13-member board meets on the third Wednesday of each month at 3 p.m. on the fourth floor of the Manatee County Administrative Center, 1112 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton.  Weekly meetings are held during the annual program funding review process from March through May. 
The vacant seats are for three year terms that begin Oct. 1. The open seats on the Children’s Services Advisory Board are for:
·       two child advocates who are not affiliated with any agency receiving county funds;
·       one licensed mental health professional;
·       one representative of the Department of Children and Families; and
·       one representative of United Way of Manatee County.  
For more information, call (941) 749-3030 or email or
MPO Citizen Advisory Committee: three vacancies
The Citizen Advisory Committee (CAC) assists the Metropolitan Planning Organization by providing input to the transportation planning process that reflects the citizens' views and attitudes. CAC members represent a general cross section of the citizens of Sarasota and Manatee counties including the cities within the counties. CAC representatives are recommended for appointment by their respective units of local government and are appointed by the MPO Board.
There is one vacancy for a representative from Unincorporated Manatee County, one vacancy for an At-large representative from Manatee County, and one vacancy for an At-large, minority representative from Manatee County.
The group meets at 5:00 pm on the first Thursday of months in which an MPO meeting is scheduled, with some CAC meetings scheduled on an alternate Thursday due to holidays. The committee meets in the main conference room at the Sarasota/Manatee Metropolitan Planning Organization Office at 7632 15th St E, Sarasota FL 34243.
Applications are taken through a rolling application process, and may be found online at For more information, call Colleen McGue (941) 359-5772 or email her at


Advisory Boards