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DAYTONA BEACH SHORES – Daytona Beach Shores City Manager Michael Booker plans to retire this summer, capping 22 years of service to the city in that role.
Booker officially announced his decision at last week's City Council meeting.
“It’s been my honor to serve Daytona Beach Shores residents for more than two decades,” Booker said. “We have an outstanding team, and I’m proud of all we’ve accomplished. Our slogan is ‘Life is Better Here,’ and it really is. We’re in an excellent position for the future, with no debt, high-quality city services, well-maintained facilities and several new projects underway.”
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Booker’s last day as city manager will be July 8. The City Council will immediately launch the search for his successor, Mayor Nancy Miller said.
“Michael Booker is among the finest city managers in Florida, and we are fortunate to have had him guide the Shores as it grew into the beautiful and well-run city it is today,” Miller said. “We wish Mike all the best as he retires and thank him for leaving us well-positioned for success as we move forward.”
Booker started as Daytona Beach Shores city manager in October 1999, following service as city manager of two cities in Delaware. He majored in history at Salisbury State University in Maryland and earned a Master of Public Administration degree from the University of Delaware.
“It’s been a wonderful career, working with people and serving the community,” he said. “My favorite parts of the job are the employees. We are like a family here at the city.”
Situated on 5.5 miles of pristine beach, Daytona Beach Shores is a mix of residential and commercial that prides itself as a beachside retreat and vibrant municipality.
With about 5,000 residents, the Shores is one of Volusia County’s smallest cities, but has experienced dramatic growth during Booker’s tenure.
Twenty-six of the 62 condominiums within the city limits have been built since 1999. Looking ahead, new projects such as the $45 million 12-story Daytona Max condominium tower are approaching completion.
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This past year, an ExpressCare walk-in clinic operated by Halifax Health also opened. Under Booker’s direction, the city also launched an economic development incentive program to attract additional commercial investment.
Major projects undertaken with Booker’s leadership include the acquisition of an office building for a new City Hall; construction of a new Public Safety building, the Shores Community Center, a public works storage facility and headquarters behind City Hall; as well as major sewer treatment projects.
Under Booker’s leadership, the city’s park system expanded, including the development of McElroy Park into a large multi-purpose complex for 10 pickleball courts and the addition of a tennis complex adjacent to the Community Center.
Shores voters approved a major beautification project to move utilities underground and upgrade streetlights, sidewalks, water and sewer lines. In 2021, the city paid off that debt early, along with other debt in the general fund.
Booker, who has been in cancer treatment since 2020, said he’s looking forward to spending more time with his wife and family during retirement, revisit his passion for playing the drums, read and travel.
This article originally appeared on The Daytona Beach News-Journal: Daytona Beach Shores City Manager Michael Booker to retire in July