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Vice-Mayor Stephen R. Shelley
Current & Previous ExperienceCouncilman Stephen Shelly

Vice-Mayor Stephen R. Shelley was elected in November of 2013 to a two-year term as Vice-Mayor as well as a four year term to represent Council Seat #1, which includes the city's northwest district. He was first elected to the Homestead City Council in 2009. Prior to running for City Council, Vice-Mayor Shelley was a member of the City of Homestead's Planning and Zoning Board from 2005 through 2009.  He was appointed to be the Vice Chairman of the Planning and Zoning Board in 2009.

Biographical Information

Vice-Mayor Shelley has been a resident of Homestead since 2004. He was born in Athens, Ga., but spent most of his youth on the west coast of Florida, growing up in Largo. Vice-Mayor Shelley married his wife, Jenn, in October of 2009,
 and had his first son, Jackson, in July of 2014. Vice-Mayor Shelley is an avid outdoorsman who loves to fish, camp and photograph nature. 

In August 2006, Vice-Mayor Shelley opened his own law practice in Downtown Homestead, the Law Office of Stephen R. Shelley, PLLC. In January 2012, Vice-Mayor Shelley started his own fine art photography business in Homestead, Stephen Shelley Photography, focusing on Everglades and Biscayne National Parks, the Florida Keys, Big Cypress National Preserve and South Florida. 


In 2011, Vice-Mayor Shelley was named one of the “40 under 40” attorneys in Miami-Dade County by the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and was honored at their annual black-tie gala in Coral Gables.


Education

Vice-Mayor Shelley obtained a bachelor’s degree in business and economics from the University of Florida and a law degree from Barry University, Dwayne O. Andreas School of Law, completing his last year of legal studies at the University of Miami.


Vice-Mayor Shelley is also a graduate of the Good Government Initiative Class of 2012, the Florida League of Cities Institute for Elected Municipal Officials and the Florida League of Cities Advanced Institute for Elected Municipal Officials.

Community Involvement

Vice-Mayor Shelley donates his time to numerous community activities, associations and nonprofit organizations. Vice-Mayor Shelley sits on the board of directors and is the treasurer of the Youth Fishing Foundation, a local 501(c)(3) organization. He is also the chairman of the St. Johns School Board; a member of the Rotary Club of Homestead; a member of the Military Affairs Committee; and is Vice Chairman of the Florida National Parks Association; the official non-profit arm of the National Park Service for Everglades National Park, Biscayne National Park, Big Cypress National Preserve and Dry Tortugas National Park.  Vice-Mayor Shelley is also a member of the Homestead / Florida City Chamber of Commerce, in addition to donating his time and pro bono legal services to other nonprofits throughout Homestead and South Dade.


Military Appreciation Day

In 2012, Vice-Mayor Shelley spearheaded and implemented the First Annual Military Appreciation Day in Downtown Homestead. The Military Appreciation Day is now an annual event that continues to grow and focuses on honoring the service and sacrifices made by our local military men and women throughout the world. 

Homestead "Gateway to Everglades and Biscayne National Parks"

Vice-Mayor Shelley also championed the resolution, which was approved by the Homestead City Council in March of 2013, to brand Homestead as the "Gateway to Everglades and Biscayne National Parks." This tagline brands the City of Homestead as a partner to our neighboring National Parks with the goal of increasing tourism and generating awareness about the unique natural resources that surrounds Homestead's City Limits. 


As part of the "Gateway" concept, Vice-Mayor Shelley also proposed and spearheaded the creation of the Homestead Trolley to the National Parks which launched to a standing room only crowd in January of 2014 and transported more than 5,000 people to the national parks in its first season of operation.  The Homestead Trolley takes visitors free of charge from Downtown Homestead to Everglades and Biscayne National Parks, as well as Homestead-Bayfront Park from
 November to April each year.  You can learn more about the National Parks Trolley at www.cityofhomestead.com/gateway. 

Jingle Bell Run 5K

In December 2013, Vice-Mayor Shelley worked with the local Homestead YMCA to implement the first annual Jingle Bell Run 5k, the first such event to be held in Miami-Dade County.  The Jingle Bell Run 5k is held annually in December and takes the participants from Homestead Hospital to the YMCA right before sunset.  It is intended to be a family fun regional event and participants are encouraged to wear festive attire such as Santa hats, bells, and other holiday themed costumes.  The inaugural event had more than 350 participants. 

Artist in the Spotlight Program

In 2010 Vice-Mayor Shelley created the Artist in the Spotlight program to give both amateur and professional artists alike a venue to display and promote their work.  Each participating artist is given the opportunity to display his/her artwork for a two month period at the Homestead Community Center.  The artist is also given the opportunity to give a special presentation at a City Council meeting to promote their artwork.  All genres of art are open to participate.  For more information about the program or to apply to display your artwork please contact Heather Palmateer at (305) 224-4454.

Fishing Tournament

From 2007 to 2010, Vice-Mayor Shelley also sat on the board for the annual City of Miami Fishing Tournament, with the proceeds benefiting children in Miami and South Dade. In 2009, Vice-Mayor Shelley created and implemented a youth scholarship program for college-bound students, giving away five $1,000 scholarships annually, with funding for the scholarships coming from the fishing tournament proceeds. 

Current Appointments to Boards & Committees

Vice-Mayor Shelley is the Council’s Liaison to the Charter Review, the Historic Preservation Board, Main Street, and Seminole Theater. He also chairs the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee and the Arts and Culture Committee. 

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Contact Us
Stephen Shelley
Vice-Mayor
sshelley@cityofhomestead.com

City of Homestead
650 NE 22 Terrace 
Homestead, FL 33033

Ph: (305) 224-4454
Fx: (305) 242-2523