Dale V.C. Holness, a Jamaican-American, was unanimously voted by the Broward County Commission to serve as Mayor today. Mayor Holness has served for the past year as Vice Mayor, and makes history as the first black Mayor to lead the County.
Holness is an avid champion for small, minority and women-owned businesses, fair wages for workers, improving and providing economic development opportunities for all, and home ownership. He has lead the charge for projects like America’s only internationally certified cricket stadium at Central Broward Park in Lauderhill, and programs like the CBE certification system, which requires the inclusion of small businesses in applicable county-funded projects. His global advocacy includes positioning Broward County as the center for international trade with the recent success of the annual Florida International Trade and Cultural Expo (FITCE) held October 9-10, 2019 with representation from 60 countries and nearly 2000 in attendance, the largest to date.
Mayor Holness was sworn in by Senior Pastor, Henry Fernandez, The Faith Center Ministries, while his son Daylan, held a bible before a standing-room only crowd.
He was first elected in 2010 to represent residents living in Broward County’s District 9, which includes a population in excess of 200,000 residents and covers over eight municipalities in Broward County. Prior to being elected a Broward County Commissioner, he served as a City of Lauderhill Commissioner from 2004 to 2010. During his terms as a Lauderhill City Commissioner, he served as Vice Mayor twice, 2007, 2010, respectively, started the Lauderhill Chamber of Commerce and established the Lauderhill Business Incubator.
“Thank you Mayor Bogen for your hard work this past year and doing a great job representing Broward County. Thank you to my colleagues for your vote of confidence. The mission of my year as Mayor will be to work on making Broward County a better place for all who live here by empowering our community, strengthening our households and businesses, creating policies that afford access to opportunities and by unifying everyone across racial, ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds.. We are Broward County, one community for everyone and prosperity for all,” said Mayor Dale Holness.
A practicing real estate broker for over 30 years, he is the President and CEO of All Broward Realty.