Commission is the Town’s elected legislative
body. The five-member Commission consists of
the Mayor, Vice Mayor and three
other Commissioners. Commission members
elect the Vice Mayor
following each election. The Mayor
presides at Commission meetings and is
recognized as the head of the Town
Government at all official functions. In the
Mayor’s absence, that duty falls to the Vice Mayor.
meets on the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month at 7 PM in Jarvis Hall, 4501 N. Ocean Drive
(adjacent to Town Hall). Special meetings and workshops are scheduled on an as-needed basis. All Commission
meeting agendas are available in Town Hall and are posted on the
Town’s Web site. Meeting dates are also listed in Town Topics and
posted on our Comcast (Channel 78) and U-Verse government channels. Meetings in September usually
cannot be held on the second and fourth Tuesdays of the
month, because they are not allowed to conflict with
Broward County's public hearings on the County budget.
The current Town Commission:
Mayor Chris Vincent
Commissioner Buz Oldaker
Commissioner Edmund Malkoon
Commissioner Randy Strauss
The Commission is responsible for hiring the Town
Manager and Town Attorney; it also approves all
professional contracts for engineering, construction, planning,
garbage pick-up and other professional services the Town may require.
Town Commissioners serve
four-year terms. The Mayor's term is two years. Commission terms are
staggered. The Mayor and four Commissioners are elected at-large.
Commissioners, however, run for specific seats and must
reside in District 1 or District 2, which divide the
Town’s voters into almost even north and south areas. To
run for office you must reside in Town
at least six months prior to the election.
Town has a Commission-Manager form of
government. The Commission represents all of the
citizens of Lauderdale-By-The-Sea and is responsible for
setting policies not designated by Florida law or the
Town Charter. The Commission also adopts ordinances and
resolutions on key matters, adopts the annual budget and
establishes the tax rate and other various fees. The Town currently has the third lowest property tax rate among Broward County's 31 cities..