Mayor Dean Trantalis is a devoted public servant and an accomplished champion for our neighborhoods and for equal opportunity.
Dean Trantalis was elected mayor of Fort Lauderdale in March 2018. His election represented the largest victory in city history for a candidate running for a first term as mayor.
Dean previously served on the City Commission representing District 2 from 2003 to 2006 and from 2013 until he won the race for mayor. He twice served as vice mayor — from 2005 to 2006 and from 2016 to 2017.
As mayor, he represents Fort Lauderdale on the Florida League of Cities, the Broward County Tourism Development Council, the Metropolitan Planning Organization, the Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance and the Broward Workforce Development Board. He recently served on a statewide task force on how to safely reopen business and amenities in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Born and raised in Norwich, Connecticut, Dean attended high school at Norwich Free Academy. At Boston University, he majored in political science and graduated cum laude and with distinction in 1975. He received a Juris Doctorate in 1979 from Stetson University School of Law.
Dean was admitted to the Connecticut and Florida Bar Associations in 1980 and has practiced law in Broward County since 1982. He maintains a successful general law practice in Broward County with some emphasis in the areas of real estate, probate, estate planning, bankruptcy, and corporate matters.
His long track record of public service in our community began with his involvement in the fight for equal rights.
In 1995, Dean served as the co-chair of Americans for Equality and oversaw the successful enactment of the Broward County Human Rights Ordinance. This law provided individuals with protection from discrimination in housing, employment and public accommodations based on their sexual orientation. Dean also helped manage the successful passage of the Broward County domestic partnership law, extending spousal-like benefits not only to county employees, but to all employees of entities doing business with Broward County.
Through his work fighting for equality, Dean discovered a passion for public service that led him to become involved in multiple community organizations, including the Fort Lauderdale Citizen Police Review Board, Broward House, the Dolphin Democrats, the Riviera Towers Co-Operative Board, the Broward County Planning Council and the John Graves Foundation Board of Trustees.
He also has represented the city on the board of directors of the Broward League of Cities, the Broward County Homeless Continuum of Care Task Force, the Broward Water Resources Task Force and the Broward County-Palm Beach County Joint C-51 Reservoir Work Group.
Recognized for his leadership in our community, Mayor Trantalis has received multiple awards and honors.
He was an inaugural honoree of the Diversity Honors awards presented by the Harvey Milk Foundation in 2015 and was presented with their lifetime achievement award in spring 2018. He also has been honored as a Community Champion by the Broward County Commission and the Broward County Human Rights Board for his work on behalf of equal rights. In October 2019, he received the Visionary Award from the Gay and Lesbian Business Exchange of the Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce.
Dean’s main issues as mayor are to overcome the COVID-19 pandemic and relaunch the economy, upgrade the city’s aging infrastructure, improve quality of life in the city, encourage smart growth, reduce traffic congestion, fight homelessness, increase affordable housing opportunities and waterway clean-up.