TARA -- Come Jan. 20, supervisors for Tara Community Development District 1 Board will be doing something a little different than their usual sit-down meetings at the Tara Community Center.
They will hold a series of landscape workshops starting at the community center and moving on to several outdoor locations in the community.
District Supervisor Beth Bond called it an opportunity for the board to work together in "an exceptional effort" to look at the community and plan improvements.
An earlier workshop was postponed because of concerns about compliance with Florida's open-meetings law and records-keeping.
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To comply with Sunshine Law provisions, workshop lo
cations and times will be separately advertised. The public is welcome to attend any workshop. Each workshop is independent, said John Vericker, district counsel.
It is important supervisors stay on schedule for the workshops, he said. A schedule of the workshops was not available at Tuesday's meeting.
District supervisors won't be allowed to talk about any other district business or take votes during the landscape workshops.
"It's the most important issue that our neighbors are talking about -- what the community looks like," Bond said.
In other business:
District manager Matt Huber reported incumbent Supervisor Daniel Powers received 78.22 percent of the vote during the general election to defeat challenger Darby Connor. Powers, a former Philadelphia police officer, has served 10 years on the district board, and previously served on the Golf Villa Homeowner Association.
Supervisors voted to excuse the district counsel and engineer from attending each meetings to save money. The attorney and the engineer will be invited on an as-needed basis.
Supervisors voted to enforce the policy on reserving space in the community center by requiring groups to have at least eight in attendance. Any group that cannot muster at least eight will be asked to find other meeting space.
Supervisor Michael Dyer was appointed associate treasurer. The new position will serve as an additional watchdog over district finances.
James A. Jones Jr., East Manatee reporter, can be contacted at 941-745-7053 or on Twitter @jajones1.