Observer Corps

League of Women Voters of Lee County Observer Corps Procedures (Rev 11/16)

For Printable Copies of This Information:

LWVLCF Observer Corps Procedures 2016 11 10

LWVLCF Observer Corps Government Meetings 2016 11 10

What is the LWV Observer Corps?

  • A structured way for individuals to exercise their right to know and to promote government transparency and accountability.
  • LWV Observers attend meetings to gather information. Through the process, their presence encourages better, more transparent government.
  • A LWV observer is an individual who attends a governmental meeting, notes what happens at the meeting, and reports back to the League and through the League to the community.
  • Observers help to ensure that citizens are aware of government decisions that impact their lives. They help ensure that government is handling issues “in the sunshine,” in the open.
  • Observers keep elected and appointed officials on notice; they let them know that someone is watching what decisions are being made and how they are being made. Ensuring that government meetings are conducted in an open and acceptable way is critical to all of the League’s efforts and the health of our democracy.
  • Observer programs are not vehicles for individuals to work personal or partisan agendas.
  • Observers generally do not “act” or speak on issues in meetings unless serving as a designated spokesperson for the League. Observers should not provide commentary or testimony on issues on behalf of the League. (from LWVUS #36)

LWVLCF Observer Corps Procedures

  • Sign up to observe. LWVLCF Members should send email to observercorp@lwvlee.org with name, email address, phone number, and government meetings they wish to attend on behalf of LWVLCF.
  • Attend government meetings as LWVLCF observer
    • Wear LWV button where visible.
    • Observe and take notes.
    • Pick up any handouts available.
    • Do not make comments/speak while wearing a LWV button (This connotes that the League of Women Voters is speaking.) Only the LWVLCF President or her/his designee may speak for the League.
  • Report to LWVLCF. Send email to observercorp@lwvlee.org about the meeting attended. Highlight issues important to LWVLCF. In addition, you may want to report at a LWVLCF meeting. NOTE: LWVLCF may use this information to notify our members, the public and/or to take action.
  • HAVE FUN!!!

League of Women Voters (LWV) Issues and Programs


Lee County Government Meetings (partial list) R11/16)

(Check websites or call to confirm meeting dates, times, agendas, and viewing options)

Board of County Commissioners (BOCC)

http://www.lee-county.com
Old Lee County Commission Chambers
2120 Main Street, Fort Myers, FL 33901
Phone: 239-533-2259
BOCC Meetings: 1st and 3rd Tuesdays at 9:30AM
BOCC Workshops: 1st and 3rd Tues at 1:30pm
https://www.leegov.com/bocc/Events
videos: http://www.leegov.com/bocc/meetings/agendas/worksessionarchive/2016
Workshop Notices: http://www.leegov.com/LegalNotices/workshops
Advisory Committees:  http://www.leegov.com/LegalNotices/advisory

Lee County District School Board http://www.leeschools.net

2855 Colonial Blvd, Fort Myers, FL 33966
Phone: 239-334-1102
Board Meetings: Tuesdays
Regular/Action 6:00PM (Voting)
Workshop/Briefing 2:00pm
http://www.leeschools.net/board-meeting-videos
https://www.youtube.com/user/LeeSchoolsTV/videos

Lee County Mosquito Control http://www.lcmcd.org

15191 Homestead Road
Lehigh Acres, FL 33971
Phone: 239-694-2174
Meetings: 1st Thursday after 1st Monday at 10:00AM http://www.lcmcd.com/events/

Lee Memorial Health Systems Board of Directors http://ww.leememorial.org

Gulf Coast Medical Center
Medical Office Building, Suite 190 (smaller of two buildings)
13681 Doctors Way, Fort Myers, FL 33912
Phone: 239-343-1500
Meetings: usually Thursdays at 1:00pm
check web site for specifics: http://www.leememorial.org/boardofdirectors/board_committee_meeting.asp

City of Bonita Springs http://ww.cityofbonitasprings.org

City Hall
9101 Bonita Beach Road, Bonita Springs, FL 34135
Phone: 239-949-6262
Council Meetings: 1st Wednesday 5:30PM
3rd Wednesday 2:00AM
Videos: http://www.cityofbonitasprings.org/videos/

City of Cape Coral http://www.capecoral.net

1015 Cultural Park Blvd (small building on 2nd floor)
Cape Coral, FL 33990
Phone: 239-574-0437
Council Meetings: Monday at 4:30PM unless a holiday
Videos: http://www.capecoral.net/department/clerk/agendas_and_videos.php#.V8ID_I-cGM8

City of Fort Myers http://www.cityftmyers.com

Council Chambers
2200 Second Street, Fort Myers, FL 33901
Phone: 321-7035
Meetings: 1st and 3rd Mondays between 4:30pm\ 5:00pm
http://www.cityftmyers.com/140/City-Council
http://www.cityftmyers.com/agendacenter
http://www.cityftmyers.com/AgendaCenter/City-Council-14

Town of Ft Myers Beach http://www.fortmyersbeachfl.gov

2523 Blvd, Fort Myers, FL 33931
Phone: 239-765-0202
Meetings:
1st Monday – Work 10:00 am then council meeting at 2:00pm
3rd Monday – work 2pm then council meeting at 6:30pm
http://fortmyersbeachtownfl.iqm2.com/Citizens/Calendar.aspx?View=List&From=1%2f1%2f2016&To=12%2f31%2f2016

Village of Estero http://www.estero-fl.gov

9401 Corkscrew Palms Circle, Estero, Fl 33928
Phone: 239.221.5035
Fax: 239.494.5343
Email: info@estero-fl.gov
Calendar: http://estero-fl.gov/events/
Council meeting records (agenda, minutes, video) http://estero-fl.gov/council-meeting-records/
Videos: http://estero-fl.gov/council/watch-meetings-online/

Other Committees and Councils, include:

Charlotte Harbor National Estuary Program http://www.chnep.org

3rd Mon, every other month, 9:30am

Coastal Advisory Committee http://www.lee-county.com

Last Monday, each month 9:30am

Horizon Council http://www.lee-county.com/business

First Friday each month

Community Human Services Council http://www.lee-county.com

Third Tues, 1st month of each quarter 5:30pm

Metropolitan Planning Organization http://www.leempo.com

Third Friday, 9am

Southwest Florida Regional Planning Council http://www.swfrpc.org

Third Thursday, 9am

Estero Bay Agency on Bay Management http://www.swfrpc.org/abm.shtuil

Second Monday, 9:30am