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Board of Adjustment

The Board of Adjustment meets the fourth Thursday of the month at 6:00 pm in the Fort Pierce City Hall Commission Chambers. Members must be a St. Lucie County Resident to be eligible. The board reviews and votes on variance and special exception applications along with appeals. Their efforts allow for review of proposals to adjust, enlarge or develop property or structures in a manner not permitted by the Code, ensuring the health, safety and welfare of our citizens are protected.

Regular. The board of adjustment shall consist of five (5) members appointed by the city commission and be removable for cause by the city commission upon written charges and after a public hearing held in accordance with section 22-143. The terms of office of the members of the board shall be three (3) years except that the five (5) members who shall be sitting upon the board of adjustment as of the effective date hereof shall continue as members of the board serving out the terms for which they were originally appointed. Thereafter, as each term expires, the appointment shall be for three (3) years.

Alternate. The city commission shall also appoint two (2) alternate members. The terms of office of alternate members shall be three (3) years, except that the first two (2) shall serve respectively for terms of: One for two (2) years and one for three (3) years. Thereafter, as any term expires, the appointment shall be for three (3) years. An alternate member shall sit on the board when a regular member is not in attendance, whether such an absence is excused or not. If an alternate shall on two (2) successive occasions be unable to sit for a meeting as a member of the board when asked to do so, he shall be deemed to have resigned his position as an alternate member of the board.

Other boards. At least one, but not more than two (2) members of the board of adjustment may also be members of the city planning board.

Absences. Absence from three (3) consecutive regular meetings shall operate to vacate the seat of a regular member unless such absence is excused by the board by resolution.

Officers. The board of adjustment shall select one of its members as chairman and one as vice-chairman, who shall serve in such capacity for a term of one year and until their successors have been selected. The chairman, or in the chairman's absence, the acting chairman, may administer oaths and compel the attendance of witnesses.

Meetings. Meetings of the board of adjustment shall be held at the call of the chairman and at such other times as the board of adjustment may determine. All meetings shall be open to the public. The board of adjustment shall keep minutes of its proceedings showing the vote of each member upon each question, or if absent or failing to vote, indicating such fact. It shall also keep records of its examinations and other official actions, all of which shall be immediately filed in the office of the board of adjustment and shall be public record. A majority of the board of adjustment shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business. Additional rules shall be adopted by the board of adjustment for the transaction of its business which are consistent with the terms of this chapter and other applicable laws.

Appropriations, fees and other income. Members of the board of adjustment shall receive compensation in the amount of ten dollars ($10.00) per meeting, contingent upon attendance at the meeting, payable on a quarterly basis. Responsibility for reporting attendance to receive compensation shall be placed with the board of adjustment staff coordinator. The city commission is authorized and empowered to appropriate such other funds as it may see fit for salaries, fees and expenses necessary to conduct the work of the board of adjustment. The board of adjustment shall have the authority to expend all sums so appropriated and other sums made available for its use from fees and other sources to carry out its powers and duties.

Powers. The board of adjustment shall have the power and duties specified in this section, section 22-140 and sections 22-106 through 22-116

Please contact the Planning Department for more information (ext. 3729).

Board of Examiners of Contractors
  • Members - 10 (Appointed by the City Commission)
  • Term - 4 Years
  • Date - 2nd Tuesday of every month at 9AM

The purpose of this division is to provide a practical and adequate control of all contractors in the construction trades in the City by requiring annual registration and competency cards, assurance of their proper coverage of required insurance and to insure the highest standard of building within the city. It is the intent of the City Commission to protect the health, safety, and welfare of the residents of the city through the regulation of the construction and home improvement industries. This Board currently has 10 members. The members shall be appointed by a majority vote of the City Commission a board of examiners of contractors, consisting of ten members who have been residents of the county for at least two years prior to the date of their appointment, except that this shall not apply as to the Director of Building and Community Response. The term of office of each member of the board shall be for four years, but the City Commission may remove any member of the board without cause, notice or hearing. Members appointed to fill vacancies caused by death, resignation or removal shall serve during the unexpired terms of their predecessors. The Board shall consist of the Director of Building and community response, three consumer representatives, and six members licensed in the State of Florida from any of the following fields: architect; engineer; swimming pool, roofing, or other specialty contractor; general, residential, or building contractor; electrical contractor; plumbing contractor; or mechanical or air-conditioning contractor.

Please contact the Building Department for more information (ext. 3188).

Code Enforcement Board
  • Members - 8 (7 Regular and 1 Alternate appointed by the City Commission)
  • Term - 3 Years
  • Date - 2nd Wednesday of every other Month at 9AM

Code Enforcement Board consists of 7 members and 1 alternate who each serve a 3 year term. The Code Enforcement Board is responsible for determining if an individual has violated the City's Code of Ordinances and, if necessary, imposing appropriate penalties in accordance with State Statutes. Code Board members are required to be impartial hearing officers and must comply with all Sunshine laws. If possible, candidates should be an architect, a businessman / businesswoman, general contractor or subcontractor or a realtor however, the best qualification is a willingness to serve the community and uphold the City's Ordinances as they are adopted.

The Code Enforcement Board currently meets on the 2nd Wednesday of every other month (Jan, Mar, May, July, Sept, Nov) at 9:00 AM in the Commission Chambers.

Please contact the Code Enforcement Department for more information (ext. 3149).

Communitywide Council

The Communitywide Council responsibilities include the review of the City's Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program Annual Action Plan, economic development business loan applications, non-profit organizations' request for funding applications, and proposed projects for recommendations to Staff and City Commission. Additionally, staff proposes to use the Council to review citizen complaints with issues surrounding the various City housing programs and assist staff in dealing effectively with individual concerns. Further, as the City addresses brownfield issues, the Council will provide public review and input on cleanup plans for a variety of projects. The Communitywide Council's areas of interest have been enlarged under the guidance of the new Department of Urban Redevelopment and the Department welcomes comments and suggestions from the public, through the Communitywide Council.

The Communitywide Council consists of seven (7) members, appointed by the City Commission. Four (4) persons shall be appointed on odd numbered years, and shall be recommended by staff, consisting of two (2) persons of low and moderate income from the CDBG target area and two (2) persons from the community-at-large. Three (3) persons shall be recommended by staff but appointed by the Commission on even numbered years, and will be residents of federally assisted housing, representatives of community organizations or otherwise eligible for participation in the CDBG program.

This will insure continued involvement of citizens and citizen organizations throughout all of the Department of Urban Redevelopment's programs. All members shall be appointed to serve a two (2) year term. No member shall serve more than two (2) consecutive terms.

Meetings of the Communitywide Council shall be held on the second (2nd) Wednesday of the month beginning at 6:00 p.m. in the 2nd Floor Conference Room at City Hall. Meetings shall be held at least six (6) times each fiscal year. Special meetings for specific subjects may be called in addition to the regular monthly meetings.

Please contact the Fort Pierce Department of Urban Redevelopment for more information
(ext. 3162).

City Tree Board
  • Members - 5
  • Term - 2 Years
  • Date - Please call for meeting dates.

The City of Fort Pierce Tree Board consists of five (5) members. Members consist of the Director of Public Works, Parks Supervisor, Urban Forester and two (2) residents of the city appointed by the City Commission.

The two (2) residents to be appointed serve for a two (2) year term.

Members of the board serve without compensation. Their responsibilities include studying, investigating, counseling, and developing and/or updating and implementing a written plan for the care, preservation, pruning, planting, replanting, removal or disposition of trees and shrubs in parks, along streets and in other public areas. This plan is presented annually to the City Commission and, upon their acceptance and approval, constitutes the official comprehensive city tree plan for the city.

Please contact the Urban Forester for more information (ext. 3821).

Construction Board of Adjustments and Appeal
  • Members - 10 (Appointed by the City Commission)
  • Term - 1 Year
  • Date - Last Tuesday of every month at 9AM

The Fort Pierce Construction Board of Adjustment & Appeals, created by Section 5-1.140 (Construction Board of Adjustment & Appeals) of the Code of Ordinances, Section 5-1.103.5 and Section 111 (Board of Appeals) of the International Property Maintenance Code, as well as Section 5-352 of the Code of Ordinances relating to the Standard Housing Code (Housing Board of Adjustment and Appeals). The Board will consider decisions of building officials, as provided by Section 5-, when claim is made that any one of the following conditions exist:

  1. The Building Official rejected or refused to approve the mode or manner of construction proposed to be followed or materials to be used in the installation or alteration of a building, structure or service system;
  2. The provisions of the Code do not apply to petitioner's specific case;
  3. That an equally good or more desirable form of installation can be employed in petitioner's specific case.
  4. The true intent and meaning of this Code or any of the regulations thereunder have been misconstrued or incorrectly interpreted.

The Board will consider applications for variance, as provided by Section 5-, when, in its opinion, the enforcement thereof would do manifest injustice and would be contrary to the spirit and purpose of the Florida Building Code or the Technical Codes or public interest, and also finds all of the following:
  1. That special conditions and circumstances exist which are peculiar to the building, structure or service system involved and which are not applicable to others;
  2. That the special conditions and circumstances do not result from the action or inaction of the applicant;
  3. That granting the variance requested will not confer on the applicant any special privilege that is denied by the Code to other buildings, structures or service systems;
  4. That the variance granted is the minimum variance that will make possible the reasonable use of the building, structure or service system;
  5. That the grant of the variance will be in harmony with the general intent and purpose of the Code and will not be detrimental to the public health, safety and general welfare.
In granting the variance, the Board may prescribe a reasonable time limit within which the action for which the variance is required shall be commenced or completed or both and may further prescribe appropriate conditions and safeguards in conformity with the Code.

Please contact the Building Department for more information (ext. 3188).
Civil Service Appeals Board
  • Members - 11
    (4 Appointed by the City Commission; See description for member appointment)
  • Term - 2 Years
  • Date - To be determined by the board

The Civil Service Appeals Board consists of eleven members, five (5) regular and six (6) alternate members. Four (4) members are appointed by the City Commission.

Two (2) members shall be appointed by the city commission, and two (2) members are elected by the members of the civil service. The fifth member is named by the other four (4) members. The two (2) members named by the city commission and the two (2) members of the board named by the employees serve for a term of two (2) years. The fifth member of the board named by the other members of the civil service holds office for a period of one year.

The city commission will elect two (2) alternate members of the civil service appeals board and the members of civil service will elect two (2) alternate members of the civil service appeals board. The five (5) members of the board will elect two (2) alternate members of the civil service appeals board to serve in the event of disqualification or absence of the five (5) members of the board.

To be a member of the Civil Service Appeals Board, a person must:

  • Be a resident of St. Lucie County
  • Not hold or be a candidate for public office
  • Not be an employee of the City
  • Not be a member of any local, state, or national political party committee.
The purpose of the Civil Service Appeals Board is:
  • To adopt, amend and enforce a code of rules for the procedure and grounds for suspension, demotion and dismissal of employees and for filing of appeals from transfers, and they may amend the rules from time to time.
  • To make any investigation which it may deem desirable concerning personnel administration in the classified service and to that end, any member of the board shall have the power to administer oaths.
  • To report to the City Commission and to expose publicly any abuses or improper practices which it may find in the classified service of the City.
  • To provide rules for the procedures for the filing of appeals with the Civil Service Appeals Board.
  • To sit as a body to hear appeals of any persons in the classified service who is dismissed, demoted, suspended or transferred.
For more information, contact the Administrative Services Department for more information (ext. 3758).
Fort Pierce Authentic Tours Advisory Board
  • Members - 9
    (8 Members must be in Eco-tourism Business)
  • Term - 2 Years
  • Date - 1st Thursday of every month at 3:30PM (2nd floor conference room)

FPAT is an economic development initiative of the City, the goal of which is to build capacity and sustainability for local businesses that are involved or related to the eco/agri/nature tourism industry. The City sponsors grant opportunities for member organizations and also assists with marketing Fort Pierce as an eco-tourist destination, featuring not only the ecologically diverse Indian River Lagoon but also significant upland nature preserves and ranches. Further information can be seen on the FPAT website at

The FPAT Advisory Board consists of 9 members, chosen from the tourism or related industries, all appointed by the City Commission. Board terms are for two years and no member shall serve more than two full consecutive terms (four years). The Board reviews all applications for general membership in FPAT and recommends FPAT's marketing policies and grant applications, which are formally reviewed and approved by the City Commission.

The FPAT Advisory Board meets monthly, on the 1st Thursday of each month, at 3:30 pm, in the second floor conference room of City Hall. All meetings are open to the public. Additional meetings may be held at any time upon the call of the Chairperson, or by a majority of the voting members of the Board, or upon request of staff.

The Board at its first regular meeting in June each year shall elect a Chairperson, Co-Chairperson and Secretary/Treasurer. No member may serve more than two (2) full consecutive terms as Chairperson. The duties and powers of the officers of the Fort Pierce Authentic Tours Advisory Board shall be as follows:

Chairperson: Preside at all meetings of the Board, Calls special meetings of the Board in accordance with these rules and regulations, Sees that all actions of the Board are properly taken.

Co-Chairperson: During the absence, disability, or disqualification of the Chairperson, the Co-Chairperson shall exercise or perform all the duties and be subject to all the responsibilities of the Chairperson.

Secretary/Treasurer: The Secretary/Treasurer shall be responsible to coordinate the taking of the minutes of the Board with City staff, keep all approved minutes in a minute book. Secretary/Treasurer shall also keep records of the organization's budget and prepare financial reports, as needed.

Please call the Urban Redevelopment Department with any questions (Ext. 3169).

Historic Preservation Board

The City of Fort Pierce Historic Preservation Board meets the last Monday in each month at 6:00 pm in the Fort Pierce City Hall Commission Chambers. This quasi-judicial board is a seven (7) member board appointed by the City Commission, two (2) of which are alternate members. Members are professionals who are generally from the disciplines of architecture, history, architectural history, planning, archaeology, real estate, law, engineering, construction, or any other historic preservation related disciplines such as urban planning, American studies, American civilization, cultural geography and cultural anthropology. Each member of the board shall be a resident of the city or operate a business in the city during the term of appointment and shall be appointed to a term of three (3) years.

The role of the Historic Preservation Board is significant, including maintenance of Historic District Boundaries, recommending to the city commission properties for designation as historic sites and historic districts, monitor the administration and upkeep of the local register of historic sites and historic districts, serve as an instrument to approve or deny certificates of appropriateness for alterations, rehabilitation and demolition of historic sites. The board also has the authority to recommend zoning and building code amendments and grant variances from the zoning code when appropriate as a means of encouraging historic preservation. Their efforts embrace the historic legacy of Fort Pierce, while striving to increase public awareness of the value of historic preservation, to build a stronger community, ensuring the health, safety and welfare of our citizens are protected.

Please contact the Planning Department for more information (ext. 3739).

Keep Fort Pierce Beautiful Advisory Board
  • Members - 9 (Includes 3 City Employees)
  • Term - 3 Years
  • Date - Quarterly meetings but vary for projects

Keep Fort Pierce Beautiful Advisory Board is the only active board administered by the Public Works Department. The Keep Fort Pierce Beautiful program is an affiliate of the Keep America Beautiful organization. The mission of Keep Fort Pierce Beautiful is to enhance community awareness and responsibility for litter prevention, to beautify and improve the community, minimize waste, and to empower individuals to take greater responsibility for their environment.

Advisory board members are expected to be energetic and enthusiastic about improving the appearance of the City of Fort Pierce.

Please contact the Public Works Department for more information (ext. 3821).

Planning Board

The City of Fort Pierce Planning Board meets the second Tuesday of each month at 6:00 pm in the Fort Pierce City Hall Commission Chambers. The Board consists of ten (10) members, and two (2) alternate members, who have been residents of the city for the last two (2) years, each of whom serve for a term of two (2) years.

The City of Fort Pierce Planning Board is essential in reviewing and influencing the management of growth in Fort Pierce, encouraging the preservation of our natural landscapes and treasured resources and by promoting excellence in township design. Their efforts foster the development of communities and neighborhoods that have a distinct character and identity and that offer the best possible conditions in which to live, work, shop, and play. They advance the development of well-planned centers that contain homes, businesses, community facilities, and parks within walking distances of each other. These extra steps help to manage and protect our lagoon and shorelines, while promoting excellence in design and quality of growth as a way of improving the City's visual image while strengthening our community life. These objectives are facilitated through the review of Site Plans, Conditional Use, Annexations, and Design Review projects, as well as maintaining and prioritizing long range capital improvement projects.

Their continued focus on a long term commitment to economic vitality, environmental integrity, and development design quality embrace the future of our Community.

Please contact the Planning Department for more information (ext. 3729).

City of Fort Pierce Retirement Board

The City of Fort Pierce Retirement System (System) was established to help provide a portion of the financial security required for active and retired employees. The System was established as a defined benefit plan under authority of an act of the City Commission in Chapter13 of the Code of the Ordinances.

A board of seven (7) trustees administers the City of Fort Pierce Retirement System as follows:

  • Two (2) City Commission trustees appointed by the City Commission,
  • One (1) trustee, City Finance Director, appointed by the City Ordinance, who serves as the Secretary/Treasurer,
  • One trustee elected by City of Fort Pierce general employees,
  • One trustee appointed by Fort Pierce Utilities Authority Board,
  • One trustee elected by Fort Pierce Utilities Authority general employees,
  • One trustee elected by police officers.
  • Link to Retirement Board
The Assistant City Attorney serves as the legal advisor for the Board.

Each elected trustee serves without compensation for a period of three years. Duties of the Board include management and oversight of the System's investments to fund retirement, disability, and death benefits for the active and retired members of the System. In addition, the Board hears and decides on application benefits. The Board meets monthly, normally on the third Thursday of each month. Board meetings are open to all employees, retirees and members of the public.

To manage the System's assets, the Board employs an investment consultant who serves at the discretion of the Board.

Benefits paid by the City of Fort Pierce Retirement System are funded from three sources:
  • Employer contributions
  • Employee contributions and
  • Earnings from investments

Sunrise Theatre Advisory Board
  • Members - 14 (Includes 1 High School Student for a 1 Year Term)
  • Term - 3 Years
  • Date - 2nd Tuesday of every other month at 5:30PM

The purpose of the board is to:

  • Act as a liaison between the community and the Sunrise Theatre including theatre staff.
  • Create an incorporated Sunrise Theatre Foundation to ensure the theatre's ongoing fiscal stability.
  • Act as ambassadors for the Sunrise Theatre to patrons and the community at large in support of activities of the Sunrise Theatre.
  • To provide guidance and advice so that the Sunrise Theatre's activities address the needs and desires of the community as a whole.
  • To actively experience the programs and performances of the Sunrise Theatre.
  • Meetings are at 5:30 pm the second Tuesday of every other month at the Sunrise Theatre.
  • Members serve a 3 year term except for the student member who only serves 1 year.
Please contact the Sunrise Theatre for more information (772-461-4884 ext. 307).