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Fiddler's Creek CDD #1

Community Development District Overview

The Fiddler's Creek Community Development District #1 ("CDD #1" or "the District") is a local, special-purpose government entity authorized by Chapter 190 of the Florida Statutes as amended, and established on August 13, 1996 by Rule 42X-1.001-1.003 of the Florida Land and Water Adjudicatory Commission as an alternative method of planning, acquiring, operating and maintaining community-wide improvements in planned communities. A CDD provides a solution to Florida’s need to provide community infrastructure generated by growth without overburdening other governments and their taxpayers. Community Development Districts represent a major advancement in Florida’s effort to manage its growth effectively and efficiently. This allows a community to establish higher standards while providing a long-term solution to the operation and maintenance of the improvements and facilities.

The Fiddler's Creek CDD #1 encompasses an area of approximately 1,389.77 acres within the Fiddler's Creek Development of Regional Impact (DRI), which is a master planned, mixed-use community located in Collier County, Florida. The District is surrounded by residential, preserve, agricultural, public and undeveloped land uses, including Fiddler's Creek Community Development District #2 (a separate CDD was established in 2002 to provide infrastructure to serve approximately 998.794 acres of the community generally located to the north and east of the District) to the north; agricultural uses to the east; state preserve lands to the south; State Road 951, Port-Au-Prince, and Diamond Shores Mobile Home Parks to the west; and undeveloped and public lands to the northwest.

CDD organization

The Fiddler's Creek Community Development District #1 is organized similar to other local governments in Florida, in that its governing body is composed of a five-member board known as the Board of Supervisors. The Board establishes the policy of the District in accordance with Florida law. The Board, by law, must hire a District Manager and District Counsel. The Board, through review of advertised Requests for Qualifications, ranks and selects a District Engineer to perform the engineering needs of the District. District Manager and the District Attorney administer the operations of the District and implement the Board’s policies and contracts. CDDs are not unlike other forms of local government, such as cities and counties, however, similarly to other special taxing districts, their powers are limited solely to the provision of infrastructure and services for master planned developments.

The District Manager's responsibilities include:

CDD Services

The District funded and is currently operating and maintaining community infrastructure including water management, street lighting, landscaping, access control, roadway, irrigation, and park & recreation services. Service levels for the CDD services are directly related to the annual operating budget. During the fiscal year staff monitors the budget to maintain operational efficiency. During the annual budget process staff reviews what was budgeted against what was actually spent, and recommends increases and decreases as appropriate. The Board of Supervisors, with input from the public, reviews staff’s proposals and has the final decision for the budget constraints that will determine the levels of service. The budget process typically begins in the spring and concludes in the summer, after a public hearing to ensure resident participation.

Water Management - the District uses a contractor for the control of unwanted vegetation within the water management system and wetland areas which would otherwise impede the water flow and become unsightly. The District also provides for the lease and maintenance of decorative fountains located at the main entrance.

Street Lighting - the District provides for the costs of bulk electric service for street lights along District roads. Lighting fixtures maintenance and holiday lighting services are handled for the District by qualified contractors.

Landscaping - the District currently maintains approximately 2.2 million sq. ft. of green areas, which includes basic landscaping maintenance, tree trimming as well as renovations and material replacements. This service is handled through a high quality contractor.

Access Control - District services include manning and operation of access control gates, roving patrol, as well as periodic off-duty deputy sheriff patrols inside the community.

Roadway - Services currently provided by the District include repairs of roadways, sidewalks, and roadway signage as well as street sweeping.

Irrigation - the District supplies irrigation water to the community through a well field, holding pond and pump station system which distributes the water through a network of delivery lines. Costs of this service include electric, repairs and maintenance.

Park & Recreation - the District additionally maintains a series of parks and viewing platforms as part of its recreational facilities.

Fiddler's Creek CDD #1 Board of Supervisors

Joseph Badessa, Assistant Secretary - Seat 1 | Email
VACANT, Assistant Secretary - Seat 2
Joseph Schmitt, Assistant Secretary - Seat 3 | Email
Robert Slater, Vice Chair - Seat 4 | Email Phillip Brougham, Chair - Seat 5 | Email

Fiddler's Creek CDD #1 Staff

Chuck Adams, District Manager
Cleo Crismond, Assistant District Manager
Anthony Pires, Esq., District Counsel
Terry Cole, District Engineer

Fiddler's Creek CDD #1 Contact Information

Wrathell, Hunt and Associates, LLC
9220 Bonita Beach Road, Suite 214
Bonita Springs, Florida 34135
Telephone: (239) 498-9020

For additional information on CDD assessments, please visit the AJC Associates Website:

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