Media Center - Division of Public Information

Communications Manager/PIO

Bill Kress is Palmetto Bay’s Communications Manager & Public Information Officer, reporting to the Office of Human Relations. Since early 2008, Kress has served as the communications liaison between Village Hall and the news media, private and public organizations, residents, and community groups. He also serves as Village PIO liaison to Miami-Dade County Police, County Fire & Rescue/Emergency Management, and the Miami-Dade Office of Film & Entertainment, among other local, county, and state agencies. Contact Bill Kress at Palmetto Bay Village Hall at 305-259-1234 or via e-mail at

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 Department Headlines

Your Village website is an amazing resource. If ever you have difficulty finding information among the thousands of webpages, use the "Search" function. And if ever you find that a document is missing, or find a broken link or a misspelling, simply contact us -- it takes a Village! You may also call Village Hall at 305-259-1234. SEP 10, 2014

The Village's e-news service provider, Constant Contact, Recently announced Palmetto Bay's resident newsletter, e-Currents, has again achieved "All Star" status -- for the fourth year in a row. Read more about this "stellar" achievement... Only 10 percent of Constant Contact customers achieve All Star status each year. MAY 22, 2014

INDEPENDENCE DAY VIDEO CAPTURES THOUSANDS HAVING A BLAST Production of a Village video on July 4, 2014, captured dozens of residents having a blast at our first-ever Independence Day in Downtown Palmetto Bay. Please view the video and tell us what you think. The action-packed video debuted on our government access TV station WBAY, on Facebook, and on the Village YouTube. JUL 04, 2014

Duties of the Office:

  • Internal/external publication production
  • Electronic media including e-newsletters, Village website, and social media (see links below),
  • Researching and writing
  • Video production/distribution (see library below)
  • Management of Gov't Access TV station, WBAY
  • Photography & videography
  • Management of live-streaming and on-demand video coverage of public meetings
  • Liaison to the Miami-Dade Office of Film & Entertainment
  • Village map production
  • Major event coordination support
  • Utilization of all available communications channels to promote all Village events/programs

Kress earned his B.A. Degree in English/Journalism from The State University of New York. Prior to joining the Village staff, he worked in corporate communications with several major airlines, hospitality companies, and healthcare non-profits. He is former board member/current member of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA-Miami Chapter) and a member of the City-County Communications & Marketing Association (3CMA). He is also on the board of the Palmetto Bay Business Association, and is a member of the Economic Development Council of South Dade, as well as Chamber South.

WBAY-Government Access TV

The Village Communications Offices manages a government access TV station as a community service to the residents of Palmetto Bay. Public meetings meetings and information video features and other content airs 24 hours a day, seven days a week on WBAY-TV Comcast Cable 77 and Uverse Channel 99. The programming also streams live from the Village websites, allowing residents to enjoy the same great WBAY-TV programming from their laptop or home computer.

Photo Gallery

Starting in early 2010, Palmetto Bay Began using Facebook to share photos of Village events. Photographs of earlier events are still available on this website, in the Photo Gallery.

Film & Entertainment Fees / Information

Location scouts in the business of finding amazing locations for film/TV and still-photo production know that Palmetto Bay fits the bill. The Village of Parks offers a full range of backdrops for your next production including quite suburban streets, meandering canal ways, classic architecture, and unique and attractive locations -- and more -- and we are easy to work with. (By the way, click here if you thought you thought would find the Village's Video-Feature Library on this page.)

Sandy Lighterman, Miami-Dade Office of Film & Entertainment (305-375-3288)
Bill Kress, Village Communications Manager/PIO (305-259-1234)
Saylin Paez, Village Program & Events Coordinator (305-259-1245)

Video Features Library

The Village offers a wide range of video features. Please visit our Video Features Library or YouTube to learn more about the elected officials serving Palmetto Bay in our "Policy Makers" series, or discover The Village of Parks in our five-part Parks video series. You will also learn about the Village's "green" efforts, police outreach programs -- or take an aerial tour of the Village in "Come Fly With Me." Enjoy the ride!

Communications Guidelines

With the advent of two-way social communications such as Facebook and Twitter, the Village has found it necessary and prudent to share a policy as it relates to public comment on official Palmetto Bay communications channels. Please review this policy.

Press Releases

With the advent of electronic communications (e-newsletters, websites, Facebook, etc.), the Village has replaced distribution of traditional press releases with electronic distribution via the Village website, social media, and e-mail marketing campaigns. past press releases (2008-2010) are available here for your reference.

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