A CDD is a unit of local, special purpose government created to provide for the long-term specific needs of its community. Created pursuant to Chapter 190 of the Florida Statutes, a CDD's main powers are to plan, finance, construct, operate and maintain community-wide infrastructure and services specifically for the benefit of its residents. CDD's assist the State in providing basic infrastructure and public services without placing a burden on existing local governments and encourage large scale communities that include long-range planning, management, financing, and a perpetual entity to maintain and operate community infrastructure.
Chapter 190, F.S., grants a CDD its power and authority. Some of these powers include:
Power to Organize
Power to Hire Staff
Power to Sue and Be Sued
Power to Tax or Assess
Enter Into Contracts
Although CDD's are special districts (as opposed to incorporated areas within a county), they are still governmental entities and are held to the same standards as cities and counties with regard to Florida Statutes such as sunshine laws, public records laws, financial reporting, financial disclosure laws, etc.
To view the full statute, click here.