Neighborhood Council

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Founding

The Neighborhood Council was founded under Resolution No. 24-13, which states the City recognizes that:

  • its democracy is enriched by the active participation of an informed citizenry; and
  • it is in the best interest of the City to strengthen neighborhood participation in City governance where such participation exists, and to encourage and support neighborhood participation in City governance where it does not yet exist; and
  • a Neighborhood Council would provide a structure for increased citizen participation in the governance of the City and building cooperation and improved communication between citizens and City officials; and
  • a Neighborhood Council would provide an arena for residents to come together, share information, and make recommendations to the City government on neighborhood or city-wide issues.

Composition

The Neighborhood Council shall consist of nine regular members.  Board members shall be registered electors and serve without compensation.  Members of the Neighborhood Council shall be residents of the City of New Smyrna Beach.  City employees and members of other City advisory boards may not serve as members of the Neighborhood Council.

Members shall be appointed by the City Commission, with each of the City's four zones represented by at least two members. Each City Commissioner shall appoint two regular members.  Each appointee must reside in the zone represented by the Commissioner nominating the member.  The Mayor shall appoint one regular member, that shall be a resident of the City.  

The nine members of the Neighborhood Council shall serve two year terms at the pleasure of the City Commission and may be removed from the Neighborhood Council by the City Commission with or without cause.  If the position of a member becomes vacant for any reason, the City Commission shall appoint another qualified person to serve the unexpired term of the vacated position.  The Neighborhood Council shall work with the City Manager or the City Manager’s designee.

Duties

The Neighborhood Council shall be charged with:

  •  providing advisory recommendations to the City Commission, Planning and Zoning Board, Historic Preservation Commission, or any other Board regarding neighborhood issues with city-wide implications; and
  • reporting on concerns and interests of the residents in the neighborhoods and in the City as a whole on a regular basis; and
  • serving as the liaison between the City and the neighborhoods to assist the City with disseminating information on development proposals, initiatives, and projects; and
  • working to increase citizen participation in the governance of the City; and
  • encouraging opportunities to increase neighborhood communication, interaction, and problem-solving; and
  • serving in an advisory capacity on issues brought forth by the City Commission for its deliberation and recommendation; and
  • performing such other duties and assignments as requested by the City Commission or City Manager.

Meetings

The Neighborhood Council meets on the fourth Monday of each month.  All meetings shall be open to the public and minutes shall be kept as provided by the Florida Open Meetings Law.

Members of the Neighborhood Council

Zone 1: Dr. Randy Herman (Chair)
Zone 1: Linda Palmer
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Dr. Randy Herman has been a social work practitioner, mental health therapist, educator, administrator, and consultant for over 50 years. He began his career as a Vietnam-era military social worker and worked in the fields of adoption, mental health, HIV/AIDS, aging, hospice, and life planning. He is professor emeritus at the University of St. Thomas School of Social Work and currently has a small private practice for individual and couple counseling in New Smyrna Beach, where he has lived for over 10 years. He is actively involved in civic and service organizations, including his current role as Chair of the Neighborhood Council.

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Zone 2: Deborah Bell
Zone 2: Vacant
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Debbie purchased a home on Washington Street in 2003 in the hopes of eventually retiring here and opening a bookshop. Living in Central Florida since she was very young, New Smyrna Beach became her beach, spending holidays and family vacations here whenever possible. After a major renovation to the building, her dream became a reality in 2010 when she opened Renewals Bookshop. She experiences true urban living, as well as a very short work commute, as she lives above the shop.

She soon became enmeshed in the workings of our charming and intimate community, joining a number of civic organizations.

Debbie has served on the Neighborhood Council since 2015, when she discovered a need for citizen input into the town’s growth, maintenance and developmental path.

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As a third generation Floridian, Jonas Roddenberry appreciates the special character of our community. By preserving the unique qualities of New Smyrna Beach, while allowing for sustainable economic development, Jonas hopes his young son and future generations will get to experience the same high quality of life he and his wife have enjoyed here.

 Jonas worked for 12 years in the environmental field including positions with public, private, and not-for-profit organizations before transitioning to his current career as a personal financial advisor. In his current role, he enjoys getting to know so many different members of the community and helping them acheive their goals.

Jonas purchased a home in the south beach section of New Smyrna Beach six years ago with his wife Annie, who grew up here in town. When not working, you will often find him outside in our community taking his son for a bike ride, surfing, playing volleyball or at the Marine Discovery Center. He looks forward to serving his community and neighbors as their representative on the Neighborhood Council.

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Zone 3: James Lurkins
Zone 3: Constance Meadows
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This seat is currently vacant.

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Constance was born and raised in Beckley, WV where she met and married her husband. While raising her son she became active in community and governmental affairs as well had a successful real estate career.

In 1989, her family moved to New Smyrna Beach where she carried forward working in real estate and property management as her husband continued building custom family homes.

She has now lived in New Smyrna Beach 30 years and feels that New Smyrna Beach is a special, unique, quaint community located by the ocean that is a great place to live, work and raise our families.

 Constance lives in the Fairgreen Subdivision and she is very active in the Fairgreen Garden Club where she currently serves as president.

She attends Bella Vista Baptist Church helping with Bible studies and woman’s groups.

She enjoys being involved in her Beta Sigma Phi Sorority supporting local charities. In her personal time she enjoys Yoga, walking, driving sporting cars and her cat “Andy”

Recently Constance has discovered the joy of traveling. She has enjoyed traveling to Alaska, Costa Rica, China and has scheduled a long awaited trip to Israel in the early spring.

Constance is looking forward to serving the community of New Smyrna Beach, FL.

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Zone 4: Shyriaka Morris (Vice Chair)
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Shyriaka Morris, but all of her friends and family call her “Shy”. She is a professional artist, educator, gardener, activist and lover of all things with a positive forward progression. Her degree is in Early Childhood Education from Daytona State College. She has a Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten Certification (VPK) and a Director’s Credential from the Department of Children and Families. She has fused her love for art and education to create her organization, PEACE ARTS (Positive Education and Creative Expressions) (Always Ready To Serve)that provided creative educational options for over 25 years. Shy is also a Master Community Builder with over 20 years of community service. She partners with area organizations to provide free educational art experiences in “marginalized” communities. PEACE ARTS helps bridge gaps at home, in school settings and the community by creating constructive conversations with parents, school staff and community leaders.

Her ties to her community are deeply rooted. She is a fourth generation native of hometown of New Smyrna Beach. She is a Community Artist for Atlantic Center for the Arts, Executive Board/Youth Programs for the Mary S. Harrell Black Heritage Museum, Youth Motivator/Mentor for Volusia County Schools, Visionary for the NSB Community Garden, Founder of the PEACE ARTS Youth Garden and President of the NAACP Southeast Volusia Branch.

Shy advocates for the socio-emotional development of our neighborhoods. As a Master Community Builder she creates space to bring diverse groups together to discuss solutions for issues that hinder growth in all communities.

Shy looks forward to serving on the Neighborhood Council being a representative for Zone 4 and to being a resource to the community with valid and transparent information from our local government.

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Zone 4: Lize Bell
Zone 4: Robert Johnson
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Elizabeth "Lize" Bell retired with more than 30 years of experience in health and human services. She holds both a master’s degree in public health and a bachelor’s degree from the University of South Florida. Prior to entering health and human services, Lize was a journalist for 12 years with two Florida daily newspapers--the Florida Times Union and the Winter Haven News Chief.

During her health care career, she served as the executive director of a program for pregnant women and children up to age five, director of community health improvement for a nine-hospital corporation, director of communications and government relations for a county government children’s services agency, project director of an initiative to establish a health insurance program for the working uninsured, and director or assistant director of marketing and public relations for several hospital systems. Lize also served on the State’s Regional Health Planning Councils for both West and Central Florida, chairing both committees during her tenure.

In addition to her paid positions, Lize has been actively involved in a number of health and social service projects. She co-chaired a community education initiative to support a county-wide health program for the uninsured. This project, funded by a half-cent sales tax, raises more than $40 million annually to provide health care for those without health insurance. She has served on a number of boards of directors including one that created a primary grade charter school with a health and wellness focus.

The mother of 4, stepmother of 3, grandmother of 12, and great grandmother of 6, she enjoys an active family life reading, volunteering, and traveling with her husband.

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Retired after 36 years of federal government as a civil servant. Currently providing contractor support to our military services.

Also, currently serving as Vice-president of the Board of Directors, within the Venetian Bay Homeowners Association (HOA) New Smyrna Beach FL. Previously served for 5 years as the President, Board of Trustees, Wintergreen HOA, in New Jersey.

Spent 20 years as a volunteer coach for numerous sports within the New Jersey Recreation Council; 5 years as the travel Head Football Coach for 13 and 14-year-old young men.

Enjoy both working out and playing golf. Love the beach and sunshine.

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