Hillsboro Beach mayor bids office - and job -- farewell
Hillsboro Beach Mayor Dan Dodge (right) resigned Tuesday from his position as mayor. He said he is also leaving his job as general manager of the exclusive, beachside Hillsboro Club.
Dodge resigned – effective Oct. 20 – at the outset of the regularly scheduled town commission meeting. Then he conducted business as usual.
“I was going to do it at the end of the meeting, but I saw someone in the audience. I had a suspicion of why they were here,” he said at the conclusion of the meeting. “It’s been a pleasure working with all of you and being part of the community. The Hillsboro Club has made me a lifetime honorary member, so I will be visiting often.”
Dodge was elected to the commission for a two-year term in 2003 and served as commissioner then vice mayor before becoming mayor. During that time, he saw the town through two costly sand-hauling projects. The one in 2010 saw a divided town commission vote to reduce the proposed fee on the club and share the difference among condominiums and single family homes.
Dodge had abstained from that debate, because of the conflict of interest. Instead, it was a business litigation lawyer representing the club that won it an assessment that was between $83,000 and $84,000 less than first proposed, a sum divided among the town’s 2,300 residents.
Dodge spent 25 years tending to the Hillsboro Club. Members, which in 2008 numbered about 1,000, pay for exclusive use of 10 tennis courts, a freshwater pool, professional croquet court and lodging in the shadow of the Hillsboro Inlet’s lighthouse.
Setting discussion of the mayor issue for 9 a.m. on a Tuesday sparked a mild protest from Commissioner Javier Garcia, the only member of the commission with a regular job. “Who is going to employ me?” Garcia joked.
“Don’t look at me,” Dodge retorted. “I’m retired.”
“Three more weeks in town before I move (after) 25 years in one place,” he continued. “It’s been fun.”
Town Attorney Donald J. Doody said it is up to the commission to appoint someone to serve the 18 months remaining in Dodge’s term.
The commission will accept applications and resumes until Oct. 21 and choose a successor at the Nov. 5 meeting.