Public Information

Steve d'Oliveira is the Town's Public Information Officer and is responsible for communicating Town news, community events and programs to residents and the media.


 His day-to-day duties include the following:

  • Writing and editing Town Topics, the Town's quarterly newsletter.
  • Updating and maintaining the Town's website.
  • Handling general government media inquiries as well as breaking news calls involving the Lauderdale-By-The-Sea Volunteer Fire Department.
  • Maintaining Channel 78, the Town's Comcast Government Channel. He is also responsible for televising all Town Commission meetings and scheduling them for re-broadcast.
  • Promoting the Town as Florida's Beach Diving Capital and educating the public about SS Copenhagen, a Florida Underwater Archaeological Preserve and shipwreck that is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
  • Assisting Special Projects Coordinator Debbie Hime and Conceptual Communications with efforts to promote tourism in Lauderdale-By-The-Sea.
  • Running the Town's annual BugFest-By-The-Sea (lobster hunting) in July.
  • Coordinating the Town's partnership with Nova Southeastern University's Staghorn Coral Restoration Project off Lauderdale-By-The-Sea.
  • Serving as the Town's CodeRED administrator
  • Acting as 'Town Crier' for the Town's Christmas-By-The-Sea event.


Steve joined the Town's staff as Public Information Officer (PIO) in 2007. Prior to working for the Town, he was a newspaper reporter and editor for 25 years. He began his professional journalism career in college covering statewide issues as a stringer for the Associated Press in Providence, R.I. Steve was hired by the Fort Lauderdale News & Sun-Sentinel in 1980, where he worked for 18 years covering police, general assignment, city government, scuba diving and ocean environmental issues. His first municipal beat was covering Lauderdale-By-The-Sea. After leaving the newspaper, he worked for two years as the editor of Your School and the Law, a national newsletter covering education law issues. A native of East Providence, R.I., Steve earned a Bachelor's degree in English from Providence College in 1977. He became a certified scuba diver in 1983. Steve volunteers his time as an actor and writer for the Town's popular Sea Shorts Play Festival, the Lauderdale-By-The-Sea Community Center's semi-annual theater production.