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Ridge Scenic Highway Corridor Management Entity (CME)

 

The Ridge Scenic Highway Corridor Management Entity (CME) shall serve as the caretaker of the Ridge Scenic Highway by ensuring that the action plan is executed. The CME shall work to preserve, protect, enhance, and expand the intrinsic resources found along the Ridge Scenic Highway by monitoring, implementing, and updating plans, strategies, and programs included in the Corridor Management Plan. The CME shall work through partnerships and agreements with other organizations as well as serve as an advocate for the intrinsic resources found along the Ridge Scenic Highway.

 

The duties of the Ridge Scenic Highway CME include:

  1. Maintaining and updating the Corridor Management Plan.

  2. Initiating and coordinating improvement and enhancement efforts for the Scenic Highway, limited to those identified in the Corridor Management Plan.

  3. Coordinating and supporting the efforts of groups identified by the CME as supporting the intrinsic resources of the Ridge Scenic Highway.

 

 

CME BOARD

 

CME BOARD MEMBERS:  The CME membership shall include interested citizens, landowners, businesses, and local government representatives within the area affected by the Ridge Scenic Highway. Membership of the CME requires that the individual demonstrate a willingness to enter into a partnership with the CME. Admission to membership shall be based upon such terms and conditions and for such terms, as the Board of Directors shall determine. 
 

Role of Members: Each member shall provide assistance, advice, and/or professional expertise to further the goals and purposes of the CME as appropriate.

 


Board Membership: The CME Board shall consist of 18 representatives. Representation on the Board shall include incorporated communities, unincorporated communities of Babson Park and Lake of the Hills, Polk County, Polk County Transportation Planning Organization, and seven (7) focused at-large positions. Board members shall represent the following:

  • Polk County Board of County Commissioners

  • Polk County Transportation Planning Organization

  • City of Frostproof

  • Town of Hillcrest Heights

  • Village of Highland Park

  • City of Lake Wales

  • Town of Dundee

  • Town of Lake Hamilton

  • City of Haines City

  • Unincorporated Babson Park

  • Unincorporated Lake of the Hills

  • At-Large (Agriculture)

  • At-Large (Tourism)

  • At-Large (Cultural)

  • At-Large (Historic)

  • At-Large (Commercial/Developers)

  • At-Large (Environmental)

  • At-Large (Education)

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Board members from the incorporated communities, unincorporated communities of Babson Park and Lake of the Hills, Polk County and the Polk County TPO shall be appointed by their respective Boards, City Commissions, or Community Groups. Board members for the seven (7) at-large positions shall be recommended by the Nominating Committee and voted upon by the membership of the CME. 

 

CME OFFICERS:  Officers of the Ridge Scenic Highway CME shall be responsible for maintaining the necessary operations of the organization.  Offices shall include President, Vice President, Treasurer, and Secretary. Other offices may be created as deemed necessary by the Board.  The President shall convene regularly scheduled meetings and shall preside or arrange for other Officers to preside at each meeting in the following order: Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer. The President has and exercises general charge and supervision of the affairs of the organization and shall do and perform such other duties as may be assigned to him/her by a majority vote of the Board.  At the request of the President, or in his/her absence or disability, the Vice President shall perform the duties and possess and exercise the powers of the President; and to the extent authorized by law, the Vice President shall have such other powers as may be assigned to him/her by a majority vote of the Board.

CURRENT CME BOARD MEMBERS