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by Allen J. Sheinman | September 01, 2012

Jeff Perlman 

Co-Chief Executive Officer, Meet in Delray

It wasn't enough for Jeff Perlman to serve two terms (2000-2007) as mayor of Florida's Delray Beach; as co-CEO of the city's destination management organization, Perlman has the opportunity to tell the world about the myriad pleasures of his beloved home base. "It's got small-town charm but big-city amenities and sophistication," he notes. "Once you experience the vibe, it's hard for you to leave." He told us more during a recent conversation.

Why should planners consider Delray Beach? Where do I start? We recently were voted the Most Fun Small Town in America by Rand McNally. We are one of the few walkable cities in South Florida, a nice feature for attendees. Our downtown has it all -- shops, restaurants, lots of fabulous music clubs, golf, tennis, culture, and lots of great hotels and meeting spaces.

What is it about the city that you find particularly interesting?
We have lots of fascinating local characters -- billionaires, artists, musicians, actors, poets and entrepreneurs. It's a laid-back place; everyone is friendly and dresses casually. We like to say you'll see board shorts and Bentleys here. But it's also very affordable and funky. 

How does having been mayor help you to promote the city? It gave me a really good understanding of this community's pulse and its potential. I also tend to get my calls returned, which is a nice perk.

How do you spend your spare time? My very sparse spare time is spent hanging out with friends, listening to Bruce Springsteen, keeping my rescue Chihuahuas out of trouble and talking walks with the love of my life, my wife Diane. Together we spend a lot of time dreaming up new things for Delray. We see this place as a lifelong commitment, and we think the potential is limitless.   

 

 


 

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