Code of Ethics

Friends of Colt Creek State Park, Inc.



(1) It is essential tthe proper conducand operation of Friends of Colt Creek State Park, Inc. (herein “CSO”) that its board members,  officers, and employees be independent and impartial and that their position not be used for private gain. Therefore, the Florida Legislature in Section 112.3251, Florida Statute (Fla. Stat.)requires that the law protecagainst any conflicof interest and establish standards for the conducof CSO board members, officers, and employees insituations whereonflicts maexist.

(2) It is hereby declared to be the policy of the state that no CSO board member, officer, or employee shall have any interest, financial or otherwisedirector indirect, or in curany obligation of any nature which is insubstantial conflict with the proper discharge of his or her duties for the CSOTo implement this policy and strengthen the faith and confidence of the people in Citizen Support Organizations, there is enacted code of ethics setting for the standards of conduct required of Friends of Colt Creek State Park, Inc. board members, officers, and employees in the performance of the official duties.


The following standards of conduct arenumerated in Chapter112, Fla.Stat., and are required by Section 112.3251, Fla. Stat., to be observed by CSO board members, officers, and employees.

1. Prohibition of Solicitationor Acceptance of Gifts

No CSO board member, officer, or employee shall solicitor accept anything of value tthe recipient, including gift, loan, rewardpromise of future employment, favoror service, based upon any understanding that thevoteofficial action, or judgment of the CSO board member, officer, or employee would be influenced thereby.

2. Prohibition of Accepting Compensation Given to Influence Vote

No CSO board member, officer, or employee shall accept any compensation, payment, or thing of value when the person knowsorwith reasonable care,should know that it was given to influence vote or other a action in which the CSO board member, officer, or employee was expected to participate in his or her official capacity.

3. Salary and Expenses

No CSO board member or officer shall be prohibited from voting on a matter affecting his or her salary,

expenses, or other compensation as a CSO board member or officer, as provided by law.

4. Prohibition of Misuse of Position

A CSO board member, officer, or employees hall not corruptly use oattempt to use oneofficial positionor any property or resource which maybe within onetrust, or perform official duties, to secure special privilegebenefit, or exemption.

5. Prohibition of Misuse of Privileged Information

No CSO board member, officer, or employee shall disclose or use information not available tmembers of the general public and gained by reason of oneofficial position for oneowpersonal gain or benefit or for the personal gain or benefit of any other person or business entity.

6. Post-Office/ Employment Restrictions

person who has been elected to any CSO board or office or who is employed by a CSO may not personally represent another person or entity for compensation before the governing body of the CSO of which he or she was a board member, officer, or employee for period of two years after he or she vacates that office or employment position.

7. Prohibition of Employees Holding Office

No person maybeat one time,both CSO employee and CSO board member at the same time.

8. Requirements to Abstain From Voting

ACSO board member or officer shall not vote in official capacity upon any measure which would affect his or her special private gain or lossor which he or she knows would affect the special gain or any principal by whom the board member or officer is retained. When abstainingthe CSO board member or officerprior to the vote being taken, shall make every reasonable effort to disclose the nature of his or her interest as a public record in a memorandum filed with the person responsible for recording the minutes of the meeting, who shall incorporate the memorandum in the minutes. If it is not possible for the CSO board member or officer to file a memorandum before the vote, the memorandum must be filed with the person responsible for recording the minutes of the meeting no later than 15 days after the vote. 

9. Failure to Observe CSO Code of Ethics

Failure of a CSO board member, officer, or employee to observe the Code of Ethics may result in the removal of that person from their position. Further, failure of the CSO to observe the Code of Ethics may result in the Florida Department of Environmental Protection terminating its Agreement with the CSO.