Commissioner Betsy Benac, At Large

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Chairman Betsy Benac, At Large

Party Affiliation: Republican - Elected 2012

Phone: (941) 745-3714

Fax: (941) 745-3790

Email: betsy.benac@mymanatee.org

Mailing Address:
The Honorable Betsy Benac
P.O. Box 1000
Bradenton, FL 34206-1000

To schedule appointments, follow through on concerns, or obtain County information, you may contact Commissioner Benac's assistant Laura Jantes by phone at (941) 745-3707 or email at  laura.jantes@mymanatee.org

Personal

Betsy Benac was born and raised in Saginaw, Michigan. She moved to Florida in 1982. Betsy and her husband, Bob have been married for 36 years and have two adult children, both graduates of Manatee County Public Schools.

Education & Professional

  • Arthur Hill High School, 1975
  • University of Michigan (BA) 1979
  • Assistant Planning Director, Manatee County Planning, 1983-1994
  • Vice President, WilsonMiller Planning and Engineering, 1994-2010
  • Senior Project Planner, Benderson Development, LLC, 2010-2012
  • Member of the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP)
  • Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Accredited Professional (LEED AP)
  • Member and past President of Florida Planning & Zoning Association, Gulfcoast Chapter
  • Member of American Planning Association

Community

  • Kiwanis Club of Bradenton, member since 1994, served two terms on the Board of Directors
  • Graduate, Leadership Manatee, Class of 1994
  • Governing Board Leadership Manatee, 1997-2000
  • Leadership Manatee Alumni Association Board, 2000-2003
  • Manatee Chamber of Commerce, Board of Directors, 2008-2011
  • Manatee County Economic Development Council, Executive Board, 2008
  • Head Start Policy Board, 1998-2000
  • Girl Scouts of Gulfcoast Florida, Board of Directors, 2006-2012
  • Manatee Tiger Bay Board of Directors, 2011-2012
  • Mentor at Daughtery Elementary School as part of the Big Brother/Big Sister programs
  • Junior Achievement Instructor
  • Suncoast Grade-Level Reading Summer Volunteer

Hobbies

  • Outdoor activities, including kayaking, biking, walking and snow skiing
  • Traveling
  • Reading
  • Following the University of Michigan football team, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Tampa Bay Rays

Awards

  • Crimestoppers Member of the Year, 2016
  • Florida Planning and Zoning Association Outstanding Elected Official Award, 2015
  • Leadership Manatee Kent Schultz Distinguished Leadership Award, 2010
  • Girl Scouts of Gulfcoast Florida, President's Merit Award, 2008

Public Service

Board of County Commissioners, Elected November 2012

  • Member, 2012 - Present
  • First Vice Chairman, 2019
  • Chairman, 2015, 2017
  • Second Vice Chairman, 2013-2014

Port Authority

  • Member, 2012 - Present
  • Chairman, 2016
  • Third Vice Chairman, 2015, 2019

Sarasota Manatee Metropolitan Planning Organization Member, 2013-2019

Tampa Bay Area Regional Transportation Authority (TBARTA) Member, 2013-2019

Juvenile Justice 12th Circuit Advisory Board - Member 2019

Peace River Manasota Regional Water Supply AuthorityMember, 2017

Civic Center Authority

  • Member, 2012-2014
  • Second Vice Chairman, 2013- 2014

Community Redevelopment Agency Chairman, 2013-2014

Appointed to the Florida Greenways and Trails Council Board by Florida Senate President Bill Galvano 

  • Member, 2019-2021

Other

  • Manasota Basin Board, Gubernatorial Appointee, 2000-2009
  • Sarasota Bay National Estuary Policy Board, 2006-2007
  • Manatee County Board of Zoning Appeals, 1998-1999