For over 20 years, Dick Blattner has been working to improve the daily lives of Hollywood residents and ensure a better future by digging into the details of the issues that impact our city, from neighborhood development and preservation and long-range transportation planning, to attracting more businesses and families to Hollywood and improving the effectiveness and efficiency of city government services.
Beyond his role as a City Commissioner, Dick serves the Hollywood community through his volunteer work with the United Way, the Florida Bar Grievance Committee, and the Greater Hollywood YMCA, and as a volunteer at the Broward Outreach Center.
Born and raised in Lima, Ohio, Dick Blattner is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin. He served in the US Army for two years in Korea.
Dick’s extensive business background began with a job at Helene Curtis Industries in Chicago, followed by a long career at Xerox Corporation, which took him from Springfield, IL to San Francisco to Fort Lauderdale, which let to being named Regional Manager for Saxon Business Products in Miami Lakes.
In 1977, Dick created Suncoast Marketing, a printing and promotional products company he sold to his colleagues and partners in 2001 to focus on his work as Hollywood City Commissioner.
Dick is married to the former Anne Kaye (known to nearly everyone in Hollywood as Bunny) a former teacher, administrator and director of community and alumni relations at University School of Nova Southeastern University. They have two children, David and Billy, and four grandchildren.
Dick’s long career as a public official began in 1994 when he was first elected to the Hollywood City Commission, serving in that office until 2000. After a seven-year hiatus–during which he continued serving Hollywood and Broward County in a number of volunteer organizations–Dick won a special election in 2007 to fill the vacant seat for District 4 commissioner against four other opponents. He won a full, four-year term the following year–without opposition–and was re-elected again in 2012, serving as Vice-Mayor in 2013.
- Current Chairman, Broward County Metropolitan Planning Organization
- Hollywood’s representative to the Broward League of Cities.
- Member of the Water Resources Task Force for the Broward County Water Advisory Board.
- Former Chairman & Board Member, Broward County YMCA (now YMCA of South Florida)
- Family YMCA of Hollywood board member, board chair & capital campaign chair
- American Heart Association
- Liberia Economic and Social organization
- Hollywood Community Development Advisory Board, Budget Advisory Board, Education Committee
- Hollywood Chamber of Commerce
- Hollywood Hills and Emerald Hills Civic Associations