Apalachicola citizens have an opportunity to volunteer their time and expertise on several citizen advisory boards and committees. The City Commission appoints citizen boards and committees, and their terms vary. There are two different types of volunteer groups that the City Commission appoints, boards and committees. Boards have more regulatory authority, and committees are appointed in an advisory capacity. Examples of boards would include the Planning and Zoning Board, Architectural Review Board, and Board of Adjustment. The rest are considered advisory committees. Each of the City's current boards and member makeup is listed below.
The City of Apalachicola is currently taking applications from interested citizens who have a desire to get involved with the preservation and enhancement of the City of Apalachicola’s unique historical, architectural, and working waterfront characteristics by serving as volunteer board members.
Revolving Loan Committee - 2 vacancies
- 1 x Chamber of Commerce Representative
- 1 x Financial Institution Representative
Waterfront Working Advisory Committee - 1 vacancy
Tree Committee - 1 vacancy
Library Board - 1 alternate vacancy
Planning and Zoning Board
The Apalachicola Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) is made up of seven persons who, based on their expertise or occupation, serve as advisory members in reviewing building permits, proposed development site plans, and proposed renovation and rehabilitation of historic structures within the City as well as new construction within the City's Historic District. The board, appointed by the City Commission, reviews permits, site plans, stormwater management plans, special exceptions, and other proposed developments for consistency with the City's Land Development Regulations as well as for consistency with the City's Comprehensive Plan. The P&Z also periodically reviews existing land development regulations and makes recommendations for changes, whenever necessary, to the City Commission.
Current members: Al Ingle - Chair, Joe Taylor - Vice Chair, Jim Bachrach, Elizabeth Milliken, Bobby Miller, Lee McLemore, Chase Galloway, Justin McMillian - Alternate
Architectural Review Board
The Apalachicola Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) serves as the City's Architectural Review Board to ensure that all development that occurs within the City is compatible with other historic resources within the City's historic district. Current members include the existing planning and zoning board.
Board of Adjustment
The Apalachicola Board of Adjustment, appointed by the City Commission, comprises seven persons. The board acts to consider appeals to any administrative order, requirement, decision, or determination made by the local government. The board also hears requests for variances from the land development regulation requirements.
Current members: Carrie Kienzle - Chair, Anna-Maria Cannatella, Fonda Davis, Lois Swodoba, Tricia McLemore, Atul Patel, Dennis Winterringer, Dodie Alber - Alternate
This committee is responsible for overseeing all activities of the Apalachicola Margaret Key Public Library and for making recommendations to the City for improvements to the library.
Current members: Sondra Taylor-Furbee - Chair, Ralph Wagoner, Audie Pieper, Jerry Hurley, Dolores Croom
Housing Authority Board
This committee is responsible for overseeing the operation of the Apalachicola Housing Authority at each of the City's two housing projects at 14th Street and 11th Street.
Current members: Fonda Davis - Chair, Kevin Ward, Michael Moron, Pete Adams, Nedra Jefferson
Revolving Loan Committee
This committee is responsible for overseeing the City's revolving loan program, including reviewing loan applicants, following up on existing loan recipient projects, and making recommendations to the City Commission for funding requests. Information about the City's revolving loan program may be obtained by calling City Hall at 850-653-9319.
Current members: John Lee - Chair, Dixie Partington
These two committees (Mill Pond and Battery Park) work with City Administration and the Harbor Master to make recommendations on the various projects and activities that occur at each of the City's marina sites.
Mill Pond committee current members: George Watkins - Chair, Ralph Richards, Marcus Strickland, Steve Rash, Arthur Hollenbeck
Battery Park committee current members: Jim Brown, Grayson Shepard, Bill Avery, Tom Gray, Dan Garlick
Waterfront Working Advisory Committee
This committee works with City Administration to make recommendations on the use, and on various projects and activities that occur on city-owned property along the waterfront.
Current members: George Mahr - Chair, Harry Arnold
The Tree Committee promotes the planting and care of trees. It monthly holds Committee meetings that are open to the public; gives advice to the City Commission on the tree protection and removal requirements of the City's Tree Ordinance; interacts with the Code Enforcement Officer on applications submitted to remove protected trees; proposes and plants, or oversees the planting of, trees in parks, squares, cemeteries, and other properties owned by the City; and in conjunction with the Arbor Day Foundation's Tree City designation, annually holds an Arbor Day event.
Current members: Dennis Winterringer - Chair, Pamela Richardson, Scott Davis, Commissioner Anita Grove - City Liaison, Sam Berkheiser, Rebecca Stafford
CDBG Task Force
Current members: Tami Ray-Hutchinson, Juli Jones, Ryanna Lockley, Bonnie Davis, Jan Kirkland
Current members: Torben Madson - Chair, Mark Milliken - Vice Chair, Diane Brewer, Elinor Mount-Simmons, Donna Ingle, Dolores Croom - Alternate, Faye Gibson - Alternate
Current members: Commissioner Adriane Elliot, Commissioner Despina George, Joan Stanton