Mayor Scott Singer
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 is a South Florida native and elated to live and raise his family in Boca Raton. He was re-elected to the City Council in 2017 with more than 70% of the vote, and elected as Mayor in August 2018, receiving more votes for Mayor than anyone in Boca’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 disputes.
Mayor Singer has made improving and strengthening Boca Raton’s schools a priority, a role cities don’t often take. He came up with the plan to obtain the first new public school in Boca Raton in more than a decade, with his proposal for the School District to build a new elementary school on unused city parcels near an existing school. This plan gives a brand new school to Boca and enable expansions at other schools, helping to add nearly 1,200 student seats to Boca Raton. Singer also brought forward a proposal, now implemented, for Boca to partner 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.
Scott Singer was the only council member to vote no on the single biggest upzoning in our city’s history. He stopped a plan to add 2,000 more residential units when another council member wanted to accede to a developer’s request. He has also opposed proposals to expand the areas in Downtown Boca where taller buildings would be allowed. His calls for more meaningful open space were instrumental in changing a 13-year policy that now require more open space for downtown projects.
Mayor Singer cares deeply about enhancing the quality of life for Boca Raton residents. Scott has partnered with residents and local architects and residents on exploring visions for our public, waterfront lands. The Waterfront Visioning Session he held yielded concepts for the revitalization of the Wildflower site. He stood alone in voting to keep our waterfront public lands zoned as recreational, and not commercial. He has worked to preserve the look of Boca Raton by introducing and gaining support for an ordinance to limit excessive signs from city medians and green space and has supported expanded parks and playing fields. 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.
Singer has worked to increase transparency and accessibility of city government, by introducing laws to expand notices to residents on land-use issues, to ease the requirements for starting home-based businesses, and pushing for greater technology to make it easier to find information and obtain permits. Singer also sponsored the Ethics Disclosure Resolution and the Increased Ethics Standards Act, which now provide more information to the public regarding potential conflicts and ethical issues for city board appointees, and third resolution concerning ethics inquiries. In his first year in office, Scott began holding the first series of regular town hall meetings by a council member in many years, which continues today, and has enabled thousands of residents to communicate directly with Scott.
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 currently serves on the:
- Board of Directors of the Florida League of Mayors
- Palm Beach Transportation Planning Agency
- Palm Beach County School District Advisory Boundary Committee
- Palm Beach County Independent School Surtax Oversight Committee
Scott has 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.
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, 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 and raise their two young 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?”