Rick took his seat on the Commission in March of 2016. He was born and raised in the suburbs of Baltimore, Maryland. Rick studied and excelled in auto mechanics while in high school and worked as a mechanic for 40 years after graduating in 1971. His first visit to Flagler Beach was in 1967 while on a family vacation. Soon after that visit, Rick’s parents started buying properties in town and eventually moved to Flagler Beach in 1985. Rick raised three children as a single dad for 15 years until they were old enough to be on their own, then he moved to Flagler Beach to help his aging father maintain a dozen rental homes. Rick continued to work on large trucks, heavy equipment and cranes after moving to Florida. He retired from full time work after his father’s death and continues to manage and maintain rental properties. Rick has been attending Flagler Beach Commission meetings since 2011 and before he was a City Commissioner he got involved representing the City and citizens by volunteering for various committees and boards. He was appointed by the City Commission to represent Flagler Beach on the Citizens Advisory Committee for our regional Transportation Planning Organization and he was also appointed to a position on the city’s Planning and Architectural Review Board. After Rick started attending Flagler County Commission meetings, he was also appointed by the Flagler County Commission to be on their Parks and Recreation Advisory Board along with the Affordable Housing Advisory Committee. After declaring his candidacy to be on the City Commission, Rick had to resign from his positions on all but the Affordable Housing Advisory Committee where he has remained since 2013.
Rick can be seen daily throughout the city and promises to always be a citizen representative and never a politician. “The day I become more concerned about the position I hold than the people I represent, is the day I become a politician and don’t deserve a seat on the Commission”