CDD Supervisors and Staff

A CDD is a unit of local government like a county or a city, although it does not have the regulatory powers of a county or city. CDDs are governed by a five member Board of Supervisors, elected initially by Avelar Creek District landowners on a one vote to one-acre basis.  Commencing no sooner than six years following creation of the Avelar Creek District, and only after there are at least 250 qualified electors, Supervisors whose terms are expiring may be elected by qualified electors (typically residents) of the Avelar Creek District. Like all municipal elections, the Office of the Supervisor of Elections oversees the vote. CDD Supervisors are subject to Florida ethics and financial disclosure laws. Board meetings are governed by the Florida “Sunshine” law, and therefore, must be noticed in a local newspaper and conducted in a public forum. Subject to the requirements of the public records law, CDDs must make District records routinely available for public inspection during normal business hours. These requirements, as well as the governmental reporting and auditing requirements imposed on CDDs by law, ensure that CDDs are visible and accessible.

Avelar Creek CDD Board of Supervisors
Kevin Ritchie, Seat 5 (Expires 11/20) Chairman
Christopher Perich, Seat 3 (Expires 11/18) Vice Chairman
Michael A. Dignan, Seat 1 (Expires 11/20) Supervisor
Michael Finke, Seat 2 (Expires 11/20) Supervisor
Julie Campbell, Seat 4 (Expires 11/18) Supervisor


Avelar Creek CDD Staff
Debby Nussel District Manager | 813-397-5120
Andrea Cedres Amenities Manager | 813-677-9603

Avelar Creek District Manager – Meritus Districts

The District Manager acts as the “City Manager/County Administrator” of the Avelar Creek District and works with the elected Board of Supervisors to serve the Avelar Creek District and its residents. The direct responsibilities of the District Manager include the following, but are not limited to: preserving and maintaining district improvements and facilities, overseeing and coordinating the planning, financing, purchasing, staffing, and compliance of the district, and any other such duties, as prescribed by the board.

Avelar Creek District Counsel – Williams, Schifino, Mangione & Steady, P.A.

The District Counsel acts as the chief legal counsel to the Avelar Creek District and is responsible for ensuring that the district conducts its business according to the legal standards placed upon it, both by the actions of the District/Board and Statute.

In this capacity, the District Counsel reviews all Avelar Creek District documents, including resolutions, contracts, and agreements, assists District manager in drafting of same and negotiations on behave of the district. Counsel ensures compliance with all necessary laws including the Sunshine Amendment, and assists with securing public financing.

Avelar Creek  District Engineer – Landmark Engineering & Surveying Corp.

The District Engineer provides professional and technical services to the Avelar Creek District to support the planning, design, permitting, construction, financing, and operation and maintenance of the district infrastructure.

The District Engineer also provides the Engineer’s Report for bond financing, and can provide direct consultation for such items as: bidding, contractor selection standards, master planning of infrastructure and construction phase observation.