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City Commission & Charter Review

May 28 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

City Commission
Special Joint Meeting with Charter Review Committee

Proposed city charter changes on May 28 joint City Commission-Charter Review Committee agenda

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Since their first meeting on Nov. 7, 2019, a Charter Review Committee made up of 10 New Smyrna Beach residents appointed by the City Commission has pored over the city’s current charter and are now ready to present their final report of recommended changes at a joint virtual workshop on Thursday, May 28 at 5:30 p.m.

The City Commission may accept all, some, or none of the recommendations in the report, and no changes to the charter can be adopted without a majority of voters approving them on the Nov. 3, 2020 general election ballot.

Please visit to review the committee’s final report (76 pages) and for our public meetings calendar.

Would you like to know more? Please contact the City Clerk’s Office at or (386) 410-2630 for further details.


The City of New Smyrna Beach was created in 1887 by adoption of its first charter, which was eventually replaced by the present charter through Chapter 224.08, Special Acts of Florida, 1943.

The City Commission is governed by the City Charter and by state and local laws and regulations. The City Commission is responsible for the establishment and adoption of policy. The execution of such policy is the responsibility of the City Manager.


Composed of eleven (11) members, each of whom must be domiciled in the City. Each member of the City Commission shall nominate two members to the Committee from the citizenry at-large, except the Mayor who shall nominate three members from the citizenry at-large.


The Committee shall evaluate any one or more of the provisions of the City’s Charter, on either its own initiative or at the direction of the City Commission, and determine whether any amendments thereto are necessary and/or desirable. Recommendations of the Committee shall be provided to the City Commission for consideration; however, the recommendations of the Committee shall not be binding on the City Commission. The City Manager or designee and the City Attorney or designee shall provide assistance to the Committee as may be appropriate in order for the Committee to discharge its duties provided herein.

The City of New Smyrna Beach’s current City Charter can be found here Version OptionsCharter Review CommitteeHeadline.



May 28
5:30 pm - 7:30 pm


Brannon Center
105 S Riverside Dr
New Smyrna Beach, FL 32168 United States
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(386) 410-2880