Walter Duke is running for a seat on the Fort Lauderdale City Commission. Duke and his wife Lisa recently moved to east Fort Lauderdale. Duke is the former Mayor of Dania Beach. He is seeking the District 4 seat currently held by Romney Rogers.
The election will be held in 2018.
Duke was the driving force behind the revitalization of Dania Beach. He spearheaded the projects to rebuild the marina and pier projects on the beach and brought new businesses and hotels to the US 1 corridor.
“Walter Duke is the President of Walter Duke + Partners, an internationally known commercial real estate valuation advisory company that has been based in Fort Lauderdale since 1975, making it one of the oldest of its kind in Broward County. The firm has completed over 20,000 assignments in Florida during its 40 years in business including over 3,000 assignments in the City of Fort Lauderdale alone. Interesting local assignments have included Lago Mar, Las Olas Riverfront, Bonnet House, Irelands Inn, Shooters, Maguire’s Hill 16, Causeway Lumber, the McCrory Building, most every tower in the downtown district, Riverside Hotel and most of the Las Olas shopping district.
Duke’s family moved to Fort Lauderdale in 1956 and his maternal grandparents raised their six children at their home in Coral Ridge. Duke and his wife, Lisa are supportive of a number of charitable and civic organizations and Duke is also the former Mayor of Dania Beach, Broward’s oldest city. Together they have three grown children, Kate, 22 near the top of her class at Nova Southeastern College of Nursing, Chloe, 21, a UF grad and rising star at local advertising powerhouse Zimmerman Advertising and Connor, 20, who is autistic and reminds the family daily about what is really important. Their two rescue dog Kaze and Cooper round out the family home in Rio Vista.
Duke is a graduate of Lauderdale Leadership Class III, a Trustee member of Riverwalk Trust, member of Historic Stranahan House & Museum and was recently honored along with his wife Lisa as a couple of Style and Substance by The Symphony of the America’s and also published as a Power Couple by Gold Coast Fort Lauderdale Magazine. In 2014 the Marine Industries Association bestowed Duke its highest honor, the Golden Anchor Award for his lifetime of industry contribution and achievement.”