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The Town of Surfside is seeking residents to fill two at-large alternate positions on the Planning & Zoning Board and (5) five open spots on the Personnel Appeals Board. Joining a board or committee is a meaningful way to help shape Surfside’s future and serve the community we live in. You can learn more and review requirements below.

If interested, please APPLY ONLINE on the Town website or print and submit completed applications to:

Attn: Sandra N. McCready, MMC, Town Clerk
Surfside Town Hall
9293 Harding Avenue
Surfside, FL 33154

The deadline to apply is 5 p.m. on Friday, November 27. The selection of members to a board or committee is conducted by the Town Commission. 

For questions, email smccready@townofsurfsidefl.gov.


Planning and Zoning / Design Review Board

Planning and zoning plays a key role in the look and feel of Surfside’s streets, buildings, houses, and businesses. The Planning and Zoning Board advises the Town Commission on planning and zoning decisions, and conducts studies required under the Town Code and/or requested by the Town Commission and Town Manager. The Board acts as the appeals board for any structure requesting a variance from FEMA requirements. Additionally, the Planning and Zoning Board reviews site plans, new construction and renovation of buildings for compliance with design criteria. 

Appointment & Qualifications:

The Planning and Zoning Board must consist of five members and two alternate members. At least three of the members or alternates must be one of the following: 

1.  Florida-licensed general contractor or a construction management professional with at least three years of professional experience as a construction project manager, construction superintendent or construction estimator; 

2.  Florida licensed PE or a civil, mechanical, electrical, chemical or environmental engineer with a baccalaureate degree in engineering and three years of professional experience; 

3.  Certified planner (AICP) or a planning professional with a graduate degree in planning from a program accredited by the Planning Accreditation Board with at least three years of professional planning experience or a bachelor's degree in planning from a program, accredited by the Planning Accreditation Board (PAB) with at least three years of professional planning experience;

4.  Florida-licensed landscape architect with at least three years of professional experience;

5.  Registered interior designer with at least three years of professional experience;

6.  Florida-licensed attorney with at least three years of professional experience;

7.  Florida-licensed architect; or

8.  Real estate developer with three years of professional experience, either as the principal or executive.

*Alternates must be subject to the same attendance and participation requirements as members. 

*All board members must meet minimum qualifications and be a Town resident for a minimum period of one year, except for the licensed architects, including the Florida-licensed landscape architect, if applicable, who must have been a Town resident for a minimum period of six months.

*One of the members must also have education and/or experience in sustainability and resiliency, including but not limited to, environmental sciences.

*Each commissioner must be responsible for one board member appointment. The first and second alternates must be appointed at-large by the majority vote of the Commission present at the meeting. 

Personnel Appeals Board

If a Town employee claims to have been discharged or reduced in their pay or rank, without cause, the employee can appeal to the Personnel Appeals Board and request an appeal hearing. (This right only applies to employees who have worked for the Town for two years or longer, and excludes the Town Manager, Clerk, and Attorney.) The board has the right to administer oaths, call or subpoena any person or records for the purpose of ascertaining the facts. The decision of the board must be binding upon the Town and the employee, and must be recorded by resolution.

Appointment & Qualifications:

The Personnel Appeals Board must consist of five qualified registered voters of Miami-Dade County whose legal residence is in the Town of Surfside.