The Honorable Eugene P. Flinn
Mayor of the Village of Palmetto Bay, Florida

Eugene P. Flinn was sworn in AS Mayor of the Village of Palmetto Bay on Dec. 1, 2014. A lifelong resident of Miami-Dade County, Mayor Flinn graduated from Southwest Miami Senior High and earned his BA and JD degrees from the University of Miami. He is married to Alexandra Flinn, author of books for young adult readers, and has two daughters: Katherine and Meredith. Mayor Flinn is an attorney. His hobbies include fitness training, the arts, bicycling, rafting, and enjoying the outdoors in general. he also enjoys traveling and gardening.

Honors/Past Service:

Mayor Flinn is one of the founders of Palmetto Bay as well as serving as the founding Mayor between 2002 and 2010. In recognition of his service, Mayor Flinn as received the Steven J. Cranman Professional Public Service Award for exemplifying a superior level of commitment to the community by Chamber South; and the South Dade Leadership Award by The Rotary Club of Perrine-Cutler Ridge/Palmetto Bay. He has also served on numerous PTSAs and other community organizations. Memberships including:

  • Palmetto Bay Business Association
  • Palmetto Bay Garden Club
  • South Dade YMCA
  • PTSAs, Coral Reef Elementary, Southwood Middle, Coral Reef Senior and Miami Palmetto Senior High Schools.
  • South Dade Municipal Coalition, Chamber South
  • Junior Orange Bowl Committee, including service on the Board of Directors, and past chair of the Int’l Junior Golf Tournament
  • Chair, Palmetto Bay Incorporation Steering Committee
  • Chair Palmetto Bay Municipal Advisor Committee.

Accomplishments:

As Palmetto Bay’s first Mayor, he is proud of the accomplishments of this Village, which include:

  • Completion of Florida’s first-ever LEED Platinum certified Municipal Center;
  • Obtaining millions in grants and appropriations to create the “Village of Parks;”
  • Working to create a small efficient government which he terms “government lite;"
  • Saving millions in reserves which all together earned Palmetto Bay an outstanding AA bond rating.

Mayor Flinn also is proud of working with the original Village Council to renovate existing parks and buying new parkland, as well as bringing diverse park amenities including a dog park, softball complex, beach volleyball courts, and a skate park. He also working hard to purchase and preserve a bay front park (Thalatta Estate). Other activities include Earth Week programming and promoting ongoing family movie nights in the parks.