McIntosh Mirror: Reflecting news in the Tosh

Want to impact your community? Many of McIntosh's citizen boards have open seats and a council at a loss as to how to fill them.

Light-up McIntosh December 15

Light-up McIntosh will begin at the Civic Center at 6:30 p.m. The event will host Santa Clause and an area choir from six local churches will sing.

Public Records

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Governing documents:

McIntosh Town Charter (PDF 51 Kb)

The McIntosh Town Charter is a document that spells out the shape of the town's government, as well as the rules the council follows and guidelines for who can vote, when public meetings can happen.

McIntosh Land Development Code 144 pages (PDF 6.5 Mb)

The Land Development Code is a book of McIntosh codes that was created by an ordinance. It's authority is based in the Town Charter and state statutes. This document contains permitted uses, the old historic ordinance, code enforcement, zoning and development standards.


Proposed Ordinances:

Proposed Tree Ordinance (PDF 340 Kb)

The proposed tree ordinance has been under revision since last spring. The current version was presented to the council Feb. 8, 2007.


Proportionate Share (PDF 1 Mb)

The proportionate share ordinance is currently up for adoption. The ordinance changes portions of the Land Development Code dealing with develop, allowing clauses throughout the code for potential developers to ask the town of McIntosh to help foot the bill to bring roads up to acceptable levels to account for growth.

As explained to the LPA by planner Bruce Day, the proportionate share is state-mandated but other communities -- as well as the Marion County Commissioners -- have rejected proportionate share proposals. Day said there was a clause in the ordinance that would allow future councils to opt out of paying the town's share, if it were asked.


Town Council Minutes:


October - December 2004 (PDF 645 kb)


January - April 2005 (PDF 1 mb)


May - July 2005 (PDF 713 kb)


August - September 2005 (PDF 579 kb)


October - December 2005 (PDF 1.4 mb)


January 2006 (PDF 269 kb)

Monthly council meetings after January 2006 can be found in the audio archive.

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I'm Cher From McIntosh, FL I'm a graduate student at the University of Florida working on a master's degree in Mass Communication. While I was finishing my undergrad degree in journalism last year, I reported on McIntosh, Fla. for an in-depth reporting class. I figured that the reporting and the public record files should go somewhere people can access them. Reporters don't report to keep the information they find to themselves. Some of that reporting is included here in a forum that allows response. McIntosh suffers because with no news coverage, the local government and the rumor mill have too much potential to run rampant over residents. I moved to McIntosh in the fall of 1999. My profile

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