Town Clerk /Custodian of Public of Records

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Lanelda Gaskins, MMC

Town Clerk

Custodian of
Public Records

(561) 278-4548     (561) 265-3582

The Town Clerk is the Official Custodian of Public Records for the Town of Highland Beach and handles all public information request.  Public records may be requested from the Town Clerk by telephone, email, fax, regular mail, or in person.  Click Public Information Request Form and Schedule of Fees to download the form and costs.  Note: The Public Information Request form is optional.  Florida Public Records Law, Chapter 119 governs our process.

To contact information for the Custodians of Public Records is as follows

Town of Highland Beach
Office of the Town Clerk
3614 South Ocean Boulevard
Highland Beach, Florida 33487


To obtain a police record, please contact the Police Department as follows:

Highland Beach Police Department
Attn: Lieutenant Jay Szesnat
For more information, please call 561-266-5800


The Town Clerk is appointed by Town Commission, and is responsible for attending all Town Commission meetings.  To access the Commission meeting schedule for fiscal year 2019 - 2020, click Fiscal Year 2019-2020 Commission Meeting Schedule. The Town Clerk is also responsible for the Townwide Records Management Program, maintains all official minutes of all public meetings, legislative agenda preparation/management, public notices/legal advertisements, attesting to all town official documents, administrator of the Municipal Elections, Code of Ethics and Financial Disclosure Coordinator, and codification of town ordinances.

In addition, the Office of Town Clerk is responsible for coordination of all Town Advisory Boards and Committees including attending meetings, agendas and minutes preparation, and provides administrative support to Town Commission, the residents, staff, and the public.  At the designation of the Town Commission or request of the Town Manager, the Town Clerk may serve as the assistant to the Town Manager.

This office is staffed with a Deputy Town Clerk and Administrative Support Specialist. Both are responsible for assisting in the performance of the Clerk’s Office as assigned by the Town Clerk.

Beverly Wright, Deputy Town Clerk                                        E-Mail:

Ganelle Thompson, Administrative Support Specialist       E-Mail:

Town Hall F.A.Q

What is the best way for me to contact the Mayor or one of the Commissioners?

The best way to contact the Mayor, Vice-Mayor or Commissioners, is to call Town Hall directly at (561) 278-4548 and someone will be happy to give you the appropriate direct telephone number.

Sea Turtle Program

Where should I report injured or Dead Sea Turtles to?

Please report injured or dead sea turtles by noting the exact location on beach, by street number or by the name of the property owner/condo to:

Gumbo Limbo Nature Center – (561) 338-1587

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC)/Marine Research Institute – (561) 575-5407

FWC Law Enforcement – (888) 404-FWCC

Barbara James, Highland Beach Permit Holder – (561) 272-6496

If you encounter an injured or dead sea turtle, please report it to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) Marine Research Institute at (561) 575-5407, or to the FWC Law Enforcement at (888) 404-FWCC.

For more information about how to contact the FWC about sea turtles or other animals, please visit the FWC website.

Additional information about how to help injured or dead sea turtles is available by viewing the following document:

Found an Injured or dead Sea Turtle

Are there sources of light that I may use during sea turtle nesting season?

There are a number of products on the market that are low-level, amber lighting that may be used as an alternative to traditional white lighting. These products are available at area home improvement stores. All beach-side property owners are encouraged to either turn out their lights, or install replacement low-level, amber lighting during turtle nesting season. The public’s cooperation is strongly encouraged.

As a resident on the beach side, how does the Town ordinance affect me?

The key to complying with the Town ordinance is that during this eight month period (March 1st through October 31st), from dusk to dawn, all external light sources (such as pool, deck, patio or security lighting) must not be visible from the beach, or may not illuminate directly or indirectly areas seaward of the crest of the sand dune vegetation.

When is sea turtle nesting season?

Sea turtle nesting season begins March 1st of each year and lasts until October 31st. (Ordinance # 554)

Agendas & Minutes