Former County Commissioner Chuck Nelson has been a resident of Merritt Island for over 20 years. He was elected to the Brevard County Board of County Commissioners District 2 in 2006 and re-elected to a second term in 2010. Prior to that, he was a Public Service Professional with over 32 years’ experience, 14 of those in Brevard County as Director of Parks and Recreation. He was instrumental in guiding improvement of Brevard’s parks to the high quality system we enjoy today.
During his terms in office, Chuck served as Chairman of the Board in 2008 and again in 2012. He served on numerous committees including the Aerospace Career Development Council, Jail Case Flow Working Group, East Central Florida Regional Planning Council, Economic Development Commission, Election Canvassing Board, Extension Advisory Council, Indian River Lagoon National Estuary Program, Indian River Lagoon Counties Collaborative, Congress of Regional Leaders, the Space Coast Transportation Planning Organization, Space Coast Growth Management Coalition, St Johns River Alliance, and Space Coast Tourism Development Council.
In April 2010, he was recognized as one of the Most Powerful People on the Space Coast by Spacecoast Business Magazine. In addition to meeting constituents in his Merritt Island office and at various homeowner meetings, Commissioner Nelson held over 200 walk-ins at the Cocoa and Cocoa Beach Public Libraries, providing a variety of opportunities for citizens to share their concerns.
Chuck is an avid boater, fisherman and a member of the Florida Sports Fishing Association. He received a Degree in Health, Physical Education & Recreation from the University of South Florida. He resides on Merritt Island with his wife, Gale and has one son. County Commission District 2 includes the Kennedy Space Center, Merritt Island, Port Canaveral, Cape Canaveral, Cocoa Beach Patrick AFB, and portions of Cocoa, Cocoa Beach, and Rockledge.