Information and FAQs about CDDs

Community Development Districts

A CDD is a special purpose form of local government created to serve the long-term specific needs of its community. Created pursuant to Chapter 190 of the Florida Statutes, a CDD's main powers are to plan, finance, construct, operate and maintain community-wide infrastructure and services specifically for the benefit of its residents.

What the CDD Does

The CDD is responsible for managing and maintaining Coral Bay's streets, sidewalks, landscaping, parks, pools, playgrounds, lake and canals, security, and other amenities. The CDD may make capital improvements within Coral Bay to enhance the community.

How CDDs Operate

A CDD is governed by its Board of Supervisors which is elected initially by the landowners, then begins transitioning to being elected by registered voters within the CDD after six years of operation. The Coral Bay CDD Board is fully transitioned to its residents and all Supervisors are elected by the registered voters within the CDD.

After the transition, like all municipal, county, state, and national elections, the Office of the Supervisor of Elections oversees the vote. Like any other public official, CDD Supervisors are subject to state ethics and financial disclosure laws. The CDD's business is conducted in the "Sunshine", which means all meetings and records are open to the public. Public hearings are held on CDD assessments and the CDD's budget is subject to annual independent audit.

Relationship with the Homeowners' Associations

The responsibilities of the CDD and the individual Village Associations differ in that Village Associations are responsible for maintaining and enforcing all of the covenants, conditions, and restrictions related to use of homeowners' property. The CDD is responsible only for Coral Bay's common areas.

The Cost of a CDD

The cost to operate a CDD is borne by those who benefit from its services. Property owners in the CDD are subject to a non-ad valorem assessment, which appears on their annual property tax bill from the county tax collector. This annual assessment is for operations and maintenance, which can fluctuate up and down from year to year based on the budget adopted for that fiscal year. The annual assessment includes debt service on the bond sold by the CDD to finance construction of the wall and other capital projects.

FAQs

Q:  Who governs the CDD?

A:  The CDD is governed by a five-member Board of Supervisors elected initially by the property owners and then subsequently is by majority vote of the registered voters within the community. Coral Bay's Board of Supervisors is elected by majority vote of the registered voters in the community.

A professional management company and staff implements the policies of the Board.

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Q:  How was Coral Bay CDD created?

A:  The Coral Bay CDD is a special-purpose unit of local government authorized by Chapter 189 and Chapter 190 of the Florida Statutes, as amended. The City Commission of Margate Florida created Coral Bay CDD by City of Margate Ordinances 89-22, RZ-3-89, and 89-23 in November 1989, granting those special powers to the CDD as set forth in Section 190.012(1) and (2)(a), and (d) F.S.

The City of Margate Ordinances that created Coral Bay CDD are listed here:

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Q:  What do I pay for the services?

A:  To maintain the facilities of the community and administer Coral Bay, the CDD conducts a public hearing each year at which point it adopts an Operating and Maintenance budget. The Board of Supervisors funds this budget by levying an Operating and Maintenance assessment on your property. This assessment appears on your tax bill as a non ad valorem assessment.

All properties pay for an equal share of the maintenance of the CDD improvements through this annual assessment.

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Q:  How is the annual assessment amount set?

A:  The annual assessment is set by dividing the budgeted operating expense by the total number of homes in Coral Bay (997). The CDD's annual operating expense is set by the adopted annual budget.

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Q:  What are the ongoing responsibilities of the CDD?

A:  The ongoing responsibilities of the CDD are to operate this community's facilities and services for the benefit of the property owners.

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