The Town of Highland Beach is located in the southern portion of eastern Palm Beach County, which is in the southeastern part of the State of Florida. The Town encompasses 1.1 total square miles and is bounded on the north and northwest by the City of Delray Beach and on the south and southwest by the City of Boca Raton. The Atlantic Ocean lies adjacent to the Town on the east and the Intracoastal Waterway lies to the west. The Town’s “main street” is a beautiful tree-lined stretch of Florida’s state road A1A.
Highland Beach is a residential community with a year-round population of 4,150 which increases to approximately 8,500 during the winter months by residents who list their northern homes as their official place of residence. Residents are composed of approximately 80% retirees and 20% persons employed or engaged in business enterprises in Palm Beach and Broward Counties.
The governing body of the Town consists of a five member Town Commission, each elected for three-year, overlapping terms. Terms to elected office are limited to two. Day to day affairs of the Town are under the leadership of a Town Manager who is appointed by the Commission.
From one full-time employee in 1966, the Highland Beach staff has grown to 37 full-time employees, 12 part-time employees, and 5 elected officials. In that same period, the assessed valuation of Highland Beach has grown from $10 million to approximately $1.82 billion.
The Town provides general municipal services such as police protection and a library, as well as water and wastewater utility service. The Town also provides, through contract, fire protection, code enforcement, building inspection, solid waste, and postal services.