Tips for Communicating with your County Commissioners
Make the most of your correspondence with County Commissioners by following these recommended steps.
It is much easier to impact the decision making of any governing board when you know the process, rules and laws. By sharing your opinions and ideas with your Commissioner, you help them decide what to do about current issues and problems. They value your suggestions and encourage you to express them.
County Commissioners receive an extremely large number of telephone calls and mail from their constituents. Unfortunately, their full agendas limit their ability to personally respond to it all. The following tips will help you get the most impact out of your correspondence with County Commissioners.
Make an appointment
When attempting to meet with your County Commissioner, call (941) 745-3700 and you will be directed to the appropriate assistant. Explain the purpose of your call. It is easier for the Board assistants to arrange a meeting if they know what you wish to discuss.
Florida's Government in the Sunshine Law provides a right of access to governmental proceedings of public boards or Commissions at both the state and local levels. The Sunshine Law does not permit County Commissioners to meet regarding a planned development commercial (PDC), appeal of a site plan, a rezone, planned development residential (PDR) or planned development industrial (PDI). Any communication with County Commissioners, regarding land use matters, must be made during the advertised land use meeting or must be submitted, prior to the public hearing in writing, to the Board of County Commissioners so all parties can be copied.
Use any of the following tools to contact the Board of County Commissioners:
Location: 1112 Manatee Ave. W., Suite 903, Bradenton, FL 34205
Mailing address: P.O. Box 1000, Bradenton, FL 34206-1000
Telephone: (941) 745-3700
Fax: (941) 745-3790
E-mail your commissioner
Write effective letters
- Your letter should be addressed to: The Honorable (County Commissioner's Name)
- Type or print legibly. Sign your name neatly and give your address so the Commissioner can respond to your letter.
- State your purpose for writing in the first sentence of your correspondence.
- Be courteous and polite, even if you disagree strongly with the Commissioner.
- If appropriate, include personal information about why the issue matters to you.
- Cover only one issue per letter. If you have another issue to address, please write another letter.
- Back up your opinions with supporting facts.
- Tell the Commissioner what effect you think a particular issue will have on you, your children, business or community. Be concise but specific.
- Suggest a course of action and offer assistance. Never make promises or threats.