Who We Are

General Information:

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.

District Boundaries:

 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.

Educational Partnerships

The Wentworth Estates Community Development District and Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU) have begun a test program in Treviso Bay to evaluate the use of non-chemical methods to treat harmful algal blooms by buoy technology.  The District applauds the University for these forward thinking programs.  This program is anticipated to last a year and you will see the University teams monitoring the bouys over this time. 

The Everglades Wetland Research Park, part of FGCU's Water School and located on the Naples Botanical Garden's campus, secured a major water quality improvement grant from Florida's Department of Environmental Protection in early 2020 to investigate the use of a novel, non-chemical techinique to remove algal blooms from lakes, rivers, and coastal waters.

The field study of this project over January - December 2021 is being conducted in 7 of the 42 lakes at Treviso Bay Naples to evaluate if this ecotechnology will be effective in south Florida conditions to clean up algal blooms without using poisonous chemicals.  Each of 9 "sonic buoys" that were just deployed in the 7 lakes at treviso Bay can treat up to 49 acres each with "silent sonic waves" rather than chemicals.  We made significant progress in the first two weeks of January 2021 in implementing this one-year water monitoring project.  Our team of 8 to 10 staff and students were able to construct, from scratch, 9 sonic buoys at two constructions sites within Treviso Bay during the first week of January.


District Offices

Wentworth Estates CDD, c/o JPWard & Associates, LLC
2301 Northeast 37th Street
Fort Lauderdale , Florida 33308

Board of Supervisors

Joe Newcomb, Chairman
2301 Northeast 37th Street
Fort Lauderdale , Florida 33308
SEAT 1 - Term Expires 11/2022

Andrew Gasworth, Assistant Secretary
2301 Northeast 37th Street
Fort Lauderdale , Florida 33308
SEAT 2 Term Expires 11/2022

Joanne Lekas, Assistant Secretary
2301 Northeast 37th Street
Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33308
SEAT 3 Term Expires 11/2024

Steve Barger, Assistant Secretary
2301 Northeast 37th Street
Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33308
SEAT 4 Term Expires 11/2024

Robert Cody, Vice-Chairman
2301 Northeast 37th Street
Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33308
SEAT 5 Term Expires 11/2024

District Manager

JPWard & Associates, LLC, James P. Ward, District Manager
2301 Northeast 37th Street
Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33308

Coleman, Yovanovich & Koester

Mr. Greg Urbancic, Registered Agent
4001 Tamiami Trail North
Suite 300
Naples, Florida 34103