Per Broward County Code of Ordinances, Chapter 31 ½, Article V, an independent Oversight Board of volunteer professionals is responsible for reviewing projects for eligibility under Florida Statute 212.055(1), monitoring revenues and expenditures, and offering transparency and accountability to the public. Members will serve four-year terms, and meet at least quarterly.
The Oversight Board is comprised of one individual from each of the following eight categories:
- Accounting: Shea Smith, Director of Audit and Attest Services, Berkowitz Pollack Brant Advisors and Accountants
Smith has nearly 20 years of experience with a variety of companies and industries, working with business owners and entrepreneurs providing accounting, auditing and consulting services in Broward County.
- Finance: Phil Allen, Retired
Allen served as CEO/Port Director of Broward’s Port Everglades and previously as Chief Financial Officer for Broward County. He headed the transition of the former Port Everglades Authority into a department of Broward County.
- Architecture: Douglas Coolman, Retired
Coolman was a Principal at EDSA, Inc., a planning, landscape architecture and urban design firm in Fort Lauderdale and continues to practice as an independent registered landscape architect.
- Land Use and Urban Planning: Cynthia Chambers, Retired
Chambers most recently served as Director of Broward’s Environmental Protection and Growth Management Department, having worked for Broward County in an urban planning and redevelopment capacity for more than 34 years.
- Engineering/Construction Management: Alan Hooper, General Contractor and Real Estate Re-developer, Hooper Construction, Inc., and a founding member of Urban Street Development
For more than 24 years, his companies have planned, designed, developed, constructed and managed more than 1.8 million square feet of neighborhood mixed-use construction projects in Broward County.
- Environmental Sciences: George Cavros, Esq., P.A., Florida Energy Policy Attorney, Southern Alliance for Clean Energy
Cavros has been actively involved in advocacy, education, policies, coalition building and litigation that focuses on the environment, renewable energy, energy efficiency and protecting the State’s natural resources.