The Oakland Park City Commission appointed five new people to the city’s Planning & Zoning Board Wednesday night.

All members are brand-new to the board, but a sixth alternate has served on the board for five years.

The Planning & Zoning Board meets once a month, where they review and make recommendations on comprehensive plan amendments, conditional use requests, plat approvals, rezoning requests and more. Their first meeting is May 10 and they will serve one-year terms.

The new board members are:

Christopher Fischer

A broadcast journalist for 20 years, Fischer is now an estate agent at Florida Luxurious Properties in Fort Lauderdale. He is a member of the Corals of Oakland Park Neighborhood Association, Neighborhood Coalition of Oakland Park, and the Florida Board of Realtors.

Appointed by Commissioner Matthew Sparks.

Jason King

King and his husband moved to Oakland Park in 2019, where they purchased their first home. He is the legislative affairs manager for the city of Delray Beach and has also worked as the assistant to the city manager of Homestead, campaign manager for Fort Lauderdale Mayor Dean Trantalis, and various positions with the AIDS Healthcare Foundation. Appointed by Commissioner Mitch Rosenwald.

Wallis Peterson

The founder and artistic director of The Girl Choir of South Florida, Peterson is a member of the Broward Music Educators’ Association, Florida Music Educators’ Association, National Association for Music Education, Chorus America and the American Choral Directors’ Association. She was a graduate of the 2019 Local Government Academy class. Appointed to the board by Commissioner Aisha Gordon.

Scott Rivelli

For 25 years, Rivelli has been a self-employed Realtor and consultant. He moved to Oakland Park in 2015 and was a part of the 2016 Local Government Academy class. He is the co-founder of the Corals of Oakland Park Neighborhood Association, where he serves on the board. He also serves on the Oakland Park Business Group. Appointed by Vice Mayor Michael Carn.

Joseph Van de Bogart

The president of Van de Bogart Law for five years, his focus is on complex commercial and property litigation and business law. He graduated from FIU Law School in 2010. Is a member of the Florida Bar as well as the U.S. District and Bankruptcy Court for the Southern, Middle and Northern Districts of Florida; the U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit; and the U.S. Supreme Court. He is a member of the 2018 Local Government Academy class, the Knights of Columbus, Code Enforcement Board, Broward County Bar Association and more. Appointed by Mayor Jane Bolin.

Toby Lawrence (alternate)

The president of Water Wise Landscape Solutions, the South Florida local earned a degree in business and building construction from the University of Florida. He was appointed to the board by Commissioner Matthew Sparks.


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