Town Council Qualifications & Guidelines

Town Council Membership

There shall be a five-member town council vested with all legislative powers of the Town, consisting of five members, each elected from and representing the town at large.

Mayor & Vice Mayor

The Town Council, at its first regular meeting after the fourth Tuesday of each March, shall elect from its members a Mayor and Vice-Mayor, who shall serve for a period of one year and who shall have the same legislative powers and duties as any other Council member, except as provided herein.

Terms of Office

Each Council member shall be elected at large for a three-year term by the electors of the Town. Council members shall be sworn into office at the first regularly scheduled meeting following their election. Each Council member shall remain in office until his or her successor is elected and assumes the duties of the position.

Election Dates

Regular elections shall be held on the second Tuesday in March of each election year. To coincide with the Presidential Primary in 2016, the Municipal Election date has been changed to March 15, 2016.

Seats

The Town Council shall be divided into five separate Council seats to be designated as Seats 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5, to be voted on Town-wide, with each qualified elector entitled to one vote for one candidate for each seat.

Qualifications

Candidates for each Council seat must qualify for Council elections by seat in accordance with applicable general law, and the Council members elected to those seats shall hold the Seats 1 through 5, respectively. To qualify for office, the following criteria must be met.

Filing

Each candidate for Council Member shall file a written notice of candidacy with the Town Clerk at such time and in such manner as may be prescribed by Ordinance and shall make payment to the Town any fees required by general law as a qualifying fee.

Registered Elector

Each candidate for Council member shall be a registered elector in the State of Florida.

Residency

Each candidate for Council member shall be 18 year of age and have maintained his or her domicile within the boundaries of the Town for a period of one year prior to qualifying for election and, if elected, shall maintain such residency throughout his or her term of office.