Logo, River Bend CDD in Ruskin, FL

Community Development District
est. November 9, 2004

Hillsborough County Establishment Ordinance 04-48

Board of Supervisors

Seat 1: Lance C. Belka
Seat 2: Jayne Tingley
Seat 3: William S. Bish
Seat 4: Open
Seat 5: Irving M. Plummer
Call: (813) 397-5120
Pool Complex Clubhouse
2502 Dakota Rock Dr.
Ruskin, FL 33570-6392

Disitrict Manager: Debby Nussel
District Secretary: Brian Lamb
District Treasurer: Eric Davidson

For Estoppel inquiries, please contact the

River Bend Badges

Badges are being issued on the below schedule. If you or a member of your family need to get a badge to enjoy the amenities the community has to offer, please stop by the clubhouse during one of these periods. NO APPOINTMENT IS NECESSARY. 

Friday Evenings from 7:00p to 8:30p (1900 to 2030)

Sunday Mornings from 11:30a to 1:00p (1130 to 1330)

For owners, please bring your drivers license and your tax bill. If you are a renter, please bring your drivers license, a copy of your lease and a bill in your name with the current address. 

River Bend Community Development District Celebrates Black History Month

(Thank you to Mrs. Terri Hanley for the Write Ups)

The celebration of Black History Month began as Negro History Week (during the 2nd week in February).  It was created in 1926 by Dr. Carter G. Woodson , a scholar, educator, and historian due to the history books largely ignoring the contributions of African Americans in this country.  February was chosen because it coincides with the birthdays of 2 men who greatly influenced Black America – Frederick Douglas, an abolitionist and Civil Rights Leader and President Abraham Lincoln who signed the Emancipation Proclamation, which abolished slavery in America.  In 1976, President Gerald Ford officially expanded Black History Week to Black History Month.  It is during this month that we particularly raise awareness and celebrate the legacy, milestones, and achievements of Black Americans!

Harriet Tubman

Harriet Tubman (born in 1822) was an American abolitionist and an armed scout and spy for the United States Army during the American Civil War.  Born into slavery, Tubman escaped and subsequently made some thirteen missions to rescue approximately seventy enslaved people, family, and friends, using the network of antislavery activists and safe houses known as the Underground Railroad.  She later helped abolitionist John Brown recruit men for his raid on Harpers Ferry, and in the post war era was an active participant in the struggle for women’s suffrage.

Born a slave in Dorchester County, Maryland, Tubman was beaten and whipped by her various masters as a child.  Early in life, she suffered a traumatic head wound when an irate slave owner threw a heavy metal weight intending to hit another slave and hit her instead.  The injury caused dizziness, pain and spells which occurred throughout her life.  She was a devout Christian and experienced strange visions and vivid dreams, which she ascribed to premonitions from God.

In 1849, Tubman escaped to Philadelphia, then immediately returned to Maryland to rescue her family.  Slowly, one group at a time, she brought relatives with her out of state, and eventually guided dozens of other slaves to freedom.  Traveling by night and in extreme secrecy, Tubman or “Moses”, as she was called “never lost a passenger”.  After the Fugitive Slave Act of 1850 was passed, she helped guide fugitives farther north into British, North America and helped newly freed slaves find work.

When the Civil War began, Tubman worked for the Union Army, first as a cook and nurse, and then as an armed scout and spy.  The first woman to lead an armed expedition in the war, she guided the raid at Combahee Ferry, which liberated more than 700 slaves.  After the war, she retired to the family home on property she had purchased in 1859 in Auburn, New York, where she cared for her aging parents.  She was active in the women’s suffrage movement until illness overtook her and she had to be admitted to a home for elderly African Americans that she had helped to establish years earlier.  After she died in 1913, she became an icon of American courage and freedom.

* Source – Wikipedia.org

If a Supervisor seat becomes vacant during his or her office mid-term, the Board will then appoint a new Supervisor to serve the remaining term. The Board of Supervisors will be able to appoint a qualified voter registered in the State of Florida that resides in the District. If you would like to be considered for this vacant position on the River Bend CDD Board of Supervisors please submit your resume by email to the District Manager at debby.nussel@merituscorp.com or by mailing it to

River Bend CDD

2005 Pan Am Circle Drive, Suite 120

Tampa, FL 33607

The Board of Supervisors may take action on the selection during the regular meeting on February 8th, 2017 at 6:30pm at the River Bend Amenity Center. If you are submitting a resume please plan on attending the February 8th meeting. 

Page Updated: 02/15/2018 



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