Dania Beach is the first and oldest city in Broward County, Florida. Over the years, it has begun to experience many of the challenges that cities all along Florida’s east coast have faced. Robert Baldwin, the city manager of Dania Beach, is responsible for the administration of the city. Under his leadership, many reforms and renovations are underway.
Dania Beach’s oceanfront is adjacent to an area state park. Therefore, rather than the commercialized ocean fronts of nearby towns, Dania Beach has the benefit of offering beach-goers a more natural environment. To capitalize on these benefits–and in part due to the work of Robert Baldwin and the Office of the City Manager–renovations have been progressing along the oceanfront.
Dania’s Ocean Park offers convenient parking, two restaurants, and a popular fishing pier that is open to the public. New chickee huts and bathrooms have been added to the park. In addition, the 120-slip Dania Beach Marina located across the street has undergone renovations and improvements. Slips within the marina are available for transient, monthly, and annual rental.
Robert Baldwin has spent the last five years as a city manager in Dania Beach, Florida. Robert Baldwin has additional experience as an assistant city manager in Hollywood and Fort Lauderdale and as CAO in the Broward County Sheriff’s Office. As Assistant City Manager of Fort Lauderdale, he also was in charge of controlling Spring Break.
In anticipation of the annual spring break crowd, Fort Lauderdale Police Chief Ron Cochran got Robert Baldwin’s approval to take a somewhat unusual approach toward preventing excessive graffiti on a concrete wall running along Road A1A. Cochran urged more than 1,000 local art students to arrive at the wall with paint buckets and art supplies in tow and to go to work. The chief did not indicate a preference for color, only encouraging the artists to accomplish their work before the wall was tagged with spray paint. The wall extends from Granada Street to East Las Olas Boulevard, covering about 2,500 feet, likely providing the young artists with the largest canvas they had ever worked on. While Cochran’s motivations were purely professional, he joked that the nation’s next great artist might be discovered as part of the project.