A Message from the Town Manager
2022 marks 15 years of my service as the Town Manager of Golden Beach, while we have accomplished many things in these years together I recognize there is still much work to be done. The Town of Golden Beach is renowned for its beautiful mile and one-eighth of private beach with a historic beach pavilion and a committed sense of community. These attributes have attracted talented, discerning residents from all over the world to our idyllic town. I am still excited about the unique and challenging opportunities presented before me as we plan and build for the future of our Town.
As we look forward, we are mindful that the demographics of our Town have changed in recent years and so have the needs of our residents, making it necessary for us to adjust how we deliver services.
In 2021, we brought the much-anticipated Town-wide WiFi project to fruition, with the Town signing an agreement with Hotwire Communications, Inc. to provide bulk internet and managed in-home WiFi with dedicated fiber and speeds of a minimum 1gig to each home in Town.
Golden Beach will be the first municipal community in the nation to make such an offering to its residents. Not only were we able to negotiate an extremely competitive rate for residents for WiFi services, we were also able to negotiate a very competitive cable service offering at an additional fee should residents wish to receive that service from Hotwire Communications as well.
The Town continues to progress with its new Golden Beach Civic Center project.
The new civic center will be a five million dollar comprehensive facility, amassing approximately 13,359 sq. feet that will house Town Hall offices, all municipal government facilities, the police department, and also include event and leisure spaces for Residents.
In an era of climate change and sea level rise, this first of its kind Public Building will be built on columns that will elevate it 25 feet in the air – ready for what the future may bring.
This will also be the first building in the country that will house a Landfall Team (Police and Fire Personnel) in a bunker. This Bunker, built to withstand the strongest of storms will keep personnel safe and ready to render aid immediately following any Hurricane or Emergency. Today, all emergency personnel must evacuate during storms- The “Bunker” will keep staff safe and on the barrier island.
We are excited to watch this monumental project take shape at the south end of Town.
As March begins my 15th year as your Town Manager, I hope that through these years the one thing that remains evident is my commitment to evolving each year; I believe that we owe it to our Residents to never become complacent. This approach to leading our Team is what has attributed to our joint-success. I look forward to the challenges 2022 will bring and to solving them together.
In closing, I appreciate the ongoing trust of Residents and the Council to manage the Town of Golden Beach.