Youth Community Involvement Board

Name Appointed By: Term Limit
Tatum Rivera, Co-Chair Elected Prior by Eugene Flinn  
Jacob Dewitt, Co-Chair Former Vice-Mayor John DuBois   
Monica Shah, Vice-Chair Mayor Karyn Cunningham  
Allison, Strasius, Secretary Former Attorney Dexter Lehtinen  
Mackenzie Hochman Mayor Karyn Cunningham  
Marissa Tellem Mayor Karyn Cunningham  
Nicole Gazo Mayor Karyn Cunningham  
Valentina Nicoli Mayor Karyn Cunningham  
Eric Bernarde Village Clerk Missy Arocha  
Devica Shah Village Clerk Missy Arocha  
Kailey Nunez Councilmember Patrick Fiore  
Pablo Perez Councilmember Patrick Fiore   
Tess Anderson Former Councilmember David Singer   
Veronica Sanjurjo Former Councilmember David Singer  
Natasha Benzadon Councilmember Marsha Matson  
  • Council Liaison:  Mayor Karyn Cunningham
  • Staff Liaison: Fanny Carmona, Parks & Recreation Director


The Youth Community Involvement Board (YCIB) was created for the purpose of reviewing issues to related to the quality of life and recreational needs of the youth of the Village of Palmetto Bay. The YCIB is an established board to the Village Manager and is not subject to the public meetings law. The scope of the YCIB is as follows:

  1. Advise the Manager as to the quality of life and recreational needs of the youth of the Village. 
  2. Assist in the planning, promotion, and implementation of programs and services for youth and teens of the Village.
  3. Participate in Village events such as the Village picnic, Earth Week, and sponsored events, including but not limited to Relay for Life, and other events as determined to be appropriate. 
  4. Foster a greater involvement of youth and teens in municipal government and community service.

2021 Meeting Schedule

The Task Force will meet the last Wednesday of every other month at 5 pm.  The list below reflects the schedule for the first part of 2021:

  • February 24, 2021, 5 pm
  • April 15, 2021, 5 pm
  • June 17, 2021, 5 pm

Please note that pursuant to the Village of Palmetto Bay’s Declaration of COVID-19 Virus State of Emergency Order No. 2020-11, all Village Advisory Boards, Committees, Task Forces, Charter Officers, and staff shall continue to meet virtually. All virtual meetings shall comply with the Florida Constitution, Florida’s Government in the Sunshine Law, and Chapter 286, Florida Statutes. All dates and times are subject to change and may be cancelled due to a lack of a quorum. If a Special Council Meeting is called by the Village Council which conflicts with a meeting date/time established herein, the meeting of the board, committee, or task force shall be cancelled and rescheduled for another date and time, which shall be voted upon by a majority of the members and shall not be in conflict with other scheduled meetings of the Village.

Members of the public will have the option to participate in these meetings by two ways: (option-1) submitting public comments by form which shall be read in the beginning of each meeting and/or (option-2) registering to attend the webinar in real-time using GoToWebinar service. A public notice will be accessible for each meeting illustrating the options available for public participation, including the registration information for the attendances.


Initial appointments shall be announced at the September regular council meeting. Appoints to replace any vacancies may be made as needed. The YCIB shall consist of twenty-one (21) school students who reside within, are home schooled, or who attend public or private schools within the municipal limits of Palmetto Bay. Membership shall be limited to less than age twenty-one (21) at the beginning of the school year and members may remain at the end of the school year. Each member of the Village Council shall appoint three (3) students to serve on the YCIB, including the Mayor and Vice Mayor. Each Charter Officer shall appoint two members. A quorum shall be eleven members. 

Meetings and Reports

Members shall meet regularly with the Director of Parks and Recreation and/or Special Events Coordinator or designee(s) to address the matters as defined in its scope. Staff assistance to the YCIB shall be provided by the parks and recreation department. The Mayor shall select the Chair and Secretary for the YCIB from the 21-member boyd, who shall be responsible for providing a written record of the proceedings of the Council that shall be regularly submitted to the Village Manager. The YCIB shall prepare and present to the Village Manager meeting minutes as part of is written reports as well as may submit recommendations to the Village Manager as they deem appropriate. Members of the YCIB shall serve without compensation. 


The YCIB shall not engage in political activity or expression in Village of Palmetto Bay municipal elections. No member of the Village Council or candidate for Village office may solicit any member of the YCIB to participate in any municipal campaign.  


Village Hall
9705 E Hibiscus Street
Palmetto Bay, FL 33157