Who We Are
The Wentworth Estates Community Development District is an independent special district established pursuant to Chapter 190, Florida, Statutes. Lee County, Florida established the District on June 15, 2004 by Ordinance No. 2004-37 of Collier County, as amended by ordinance 2006-13 and effective April 3, 20016 (the “Ordinance”). The District was established for two primary public purposes: First, is to finance, construct/acquire the required infrastructure required for the Miromar Lakes Community. This infrastructure consisted of the construction/acquisition of a water management system, underground water and sewer utilities, which utility facilities are dedicated to Collier County for ownership, operation and maintenance, landscaping, wetland mitigation and off-site improvements.
Treviso Bay (the “Development”) served by the Wentworth Estates Community Development District, (the “District”) is located in Collier County, Florida lying within Sections 29, 30, 31, and 32, Township 50 South, Range 26 East. More precisely the main project entrance is located at U.S. 41 and Treviso Bay Boulevard, just southeast of the intersection of County Road 864 (Rattlesnake Hammock Road) and US 41.
The Development has three access points on U.S. 41 (Treviso Bay Boulevard, Southwest Boulevard and a dedicated entrance to the Commercial Parcel located in the District) and is located within the boundaries of the Wentworth Estates Planned Unit Development (Ordinance No. 03-51). The District is comprised of approximately 976.84 acres of property (740.72 acres of which are developable).
The District is situated approximately eight miles southwest of Interstate-75. Interstate-75 and U.S. 41, provides direct access to Fort Lauderdale and Miami, respectively. Interstate-75 also provides access to Fort Myers, Sarasota, Tampa and northern Florida. The Southwest Florida International Airport is located approximately forty (40) minutes north via Interstate-75, and the Miami International Airport is located approximately one (1) hour and forty-five (45) minutes east via Interstate-75.
The following is the link to the District Location Map. Additionally, the links page contains the ordinance establishing the District which includes the legal description of the District Boundaries.
Legal Powers and Authority
The Act was enacted in 1980 to provide a uniform method for the establishment of independent districts to manage and finance basic community development services, including capital infrastructure required for community developments throughout the State of Florida. The Act provides legal authority for community development districts (such as the District) to finance the acquisition, construction, operation and maintenance of the major infrastructure for community development pursuant to its general law charter (Sections 190.006 through 190.041, Florida Statutes).
Among other provisions, the Act gives the District’s Board of Supervisors the authority to (a) plan, establish, acquire, construct or reconstruct, enlarge or extend, equip, operate and maintain systems and facilities for: (i) water management and control for lands within the District and to connect any of such facilities with roads and bridges; (ii) water supply, sewer and waste-water management systems or any combination thereof and to construct and operate connecting intercept or outlet sewers and sewer mains and pipes and water mains, conduits, or pipelines in, along, and under any street, alley, highway, or other public place or ways, and to dispose of any effluent, residue, or other byproducts of such system or sewer system; (iii) District roads equal to or exceeding the specifications of the County in which such district roads are located and street lights; and (iv) with the consent of the local general-purpose government within the jurisdiction of which the power is to be exercised, (a) parks and facilities for indoor and outdoor recreational uses and security; (b) borrow money and issue bonds of the District; (c) impose and foreclose special assessments liens as provided in the Act; and (d) exercise all other powers, necessary, convenient, incidental or proper in connection with any of the powers or duties of the District stated in the Act.
The Act does not empower the District to adopt and enforce any land use plans or zoning ordinances and the Act does not empower the District to grant building permits; these functions are to be performed by general purpose local governments having jurisdiction over the lands within the District.
The Act exempts all property owned by the District from levy and sale by virtue of an execution and from judgment liens, but does not limit the right of any owner of lands of the District to pursue any remedy for enforcement of any lien or pledge of the District in connection with its bonds, including the Series 2006 Bonds.
The Special District Accountability Law: Chapter 189 F.S.
Code of Ethics for Public Employees: Chapter 112 F.S.
Special District Accountability Program:
Department of Economic Opportunity
The Department of Economic Opportunity maintains a complete database on Special Districts, the contact individual at the State is Mr. Jack Gaskins, who can be reached by clicking on the link above.