Mayor Scott Singer

Biography

Mayor Scott Singer is honored to have served as a strong voice for Boca Raton’s residents since he was first elected to the City Council in 2014. Scott was elected as Mayor in 2018 and re-elected in 2020 with 89% of the vote, receiving the two highest vote totals in the city's history.

Education and Professional

Singer graduated cum laude from Harvard University with a bachelor’s degree in government and received his J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center. He owns several small businesses, including a law firm focused on entrepreneurs. As an attorney, he has earned the AV Preeminent® rating from Martindale-Hubbell for highest ethical standards and legal ability. Scott is also a Florida Supreme Court Certified Circuit Mediator and helps resolve business disputes.

City Priorities

Mayor Singer has expanded support for public schools by making improved and stronger schools a city priority. He came up with the plan to partner with the school district to build a new public school on city land, adding the city's first new school in more than a decade. The new school adds nearly 1,200 student seats and has kept two vital school rebuilding projects on schedule. Singer also initiated the city's partnership with a non-profit for mental health counseling for Boca high school students, the first municipal partnership of this type in South Florida. Scott has also voted for greater funding for Boca Police to support and augment the school safety efforts of the school district.

Mayor Singer cares deeply about enhancing the quality of life for Boca Raton residents. Scott started and led the city’s successful effort to obtain a Brightline / Virgin Trains USA high-speed rail station in Downtown, which will improve mobility and connect Boca to a major transportation network. The expanded economic development initiatives he has championed have helped bring thousands of high-paying jobs to Boca Raton. He held a Waterfront Visioning Session in partnership with residents and local architects that provided the framework for the forthcoming Wildflower Park along the Intracoastal Waterway. 

Singer has worked to increase transparency and accessibility of city government, through reductions of red tape and use of technology for access to permits and key information. Scott sponsored three sets of ethics reforms that set stronger requirements concerning ethics inquires and to safeguard against potential conflicts of interest. Scott has held a series of regular town hall meetings since his first year as a council member, which has enabled thousands of residents to communicate with him directly. 

Scott has worked to achieve better designed buildings by raising standards for new development. His calls for more meaningful open space were instrumental in changing a 13-year policy that now ensures more open space for downtown projects. Applicants have responded, with recent approvals providing millions of dollars in offsite roadway improvements and dedicated public space, something that did not happen before Mayor Singer’s term. He has voted for new parks and playing fields, more green space, and expanded beaches and water access. Having lived on a barrier island for more than 20 years, Scott is sensitive to the concerns of residents who live east of the Intracoastal.

During the COVID-19 crisis, Singer has worked closely with city staff and mayors and officials in nearby cities to strengthen and coordinate Boca's response through greater communication and collaboration. In these trying times, Scott initiated a non-profit effort to link volunteers and residents needing aid, and voted for direct support to residents, businesses, and non-profits. 

Mayor Singer’s priorities include maintaining best-in-class public safety, increasing economic development efforts to attract outstanding companies and workforce talent, keeping taxes low for families and businesses, protecting against overdevelopment, and developing long-term strategies to ensure Boca Raton continues to progress as a world-class city.

Government Roles and Committees

Mayor Singer's current service roles include:

  • President-Elect and Board of Directors, Florida League of Mayors
  • Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Initiative's U.S. Cities Recovery Leadership Program
  • United States Conference of Mayors policy committees 
  • Palm Beach Transportation Planning Agency
  • Palm Beach County School District Advisory Boundary Committee
  • Palm Beach County Independent School Surtax Oversight Committee

Scott has twice been named a Home Rule Hero by the Florida League of Cities for his advocacy for Boca Raton residents’ ability to make decisions on local issues.

Community Involvement

In addition to his public service and roles on boards of several non-profit organizations, Mayor Singer’s community involvement has included:

  • Member, State Attorney’s Sober Homes Task Force
  • Presenter, Mayors’ Institute on City Design Conference
  • Member, Land Use and Economic Development Legislative Policy Committee of the Florida League of Cities
  • Member, Elected Officials Advisory Board for Women’s Foundation of Florida
  • Member, It’s the Economy Task Force of the Palm Beach County League of Cities
  • Member, Boca Raton Education Advisory Board
  • Member, Pine Crest School Alumni Council
  • Member, Government Affairs Committee of the Greater Boca Raton Chamber of Commerce
  • Graduate, Leadership Boca
  • Commencement Speaker, Everglades University
  • Member, Boca Raton Historical Society
  • Member, Boca Raton Museum of Art
  • Member, Friends of Boca Raton Public Library
  • Member, Friends of Gumbo Limbo

Family and Personal

Scott and his wife Bella, a certified public accountant, are proud to live in and raise their two children, Daniel and Rachel, in Boca Raton. Scott and his family enjoy Boca’s parks, beaches, and libraries. Fun fact – Scott likes fun facts and has appeared on two nationally syndicated TV game shows: “Jeopardy!,” where he was a champion, and “Who Wants To Be a Millionaire?”