Robert Baldwin currently serves the City of Dania Beach, Florida, as city manager. Prior to taking on this position, Robert Baldwin spent time as a public administrator in a number of Florida cities and municipalities, including the City of Fort Lauderdale and the City of Hollywood.
While working as an assistant city manager for Fort Lauderdale in 1986, Baldwin was involved with the implementation of a unique strategy to discourage an expected wave of graffiti artists that accompanied Fort Lauderdale, Florida's annual influx of college students observing Spring Break. Fittingly known as the Spring Break Wall, an extensive stretch of concrete running alongside State Road A1A had long been a target of mischievous students who often lived or attended school in distant parts of the country.
To combat these out-of-town defacement efforts, then Police Chief Ron Cochran reached out to more than 1,200 students at the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale to paint and otherwise decorate the wall before spring break crowds arrived. Cochran and then Mayor Robert Dressler said that the canvas, which measured about 2,500 feet in length from Granada Street to East Las Olas Boulevard, could be dressed in any way so long as the images did not depict nudity, politics, or scenes that could be linked to the Spring Break debauchery he intended to avoid.
An accomplished local government veteran, Robert Baldwin is the City Manager of Dania Beach, Florida. Baldwin oversees all aspects of the city's administration.