Prior to assuming his current role as the city manager of Dania Beach, Florida, Robert Baldwin served more than 12 years as the town manager of Lauderdale-by-the-Sea. In this role, Robert Baldwin worked to secure the city’s financial future through the annexation of the unincorporated area of South Beach, which added another 5,000 residents to the town’s population as well as $144 million in additional taxable income.
Small towns like Lauderdale-by-the-Sea, nestled between the larger cities of Pompano Beach and Fort Lauderdale, can easily fall victim to annexation themselves, lacking the funds to support necessary community amenities. The ability to build a viable government budget that can create efficient sanitation, school, and transportation systems as well as police and firefighting services is often too much for the economic resources available to these small, local governments.
By offering South Beach residents a lower property tax rate, forming relationships with the boards of the area’s luxury condominiums, and offering the residents of the condos local representation, Lauderdale-by-the-Sea was able to provide financial stability for itself into the future.
Today, Lauderdale-by-the-Sea maintains a property tax rate of $3.74 for every $1,000 worth of taxable value, and has seen a 7.8 percent increase in property values within the last year.
An accomplished local government veteran, Robert Baldwin is the City Manager of Dania Beach, Florida. Baldwin oversees all aspects of the city's administration.