Media Center - Division of Public Information

Communications Manager - Village PIO

Bill Kress is Palmetto Bay’s Communications Manager/PIO, reporting to the Office of the Village Manager. Since early 2008, Kress has served as the communications liaison between Village Hall and the news media, private and public organizations, 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 and county agencies. Contact Bill Kress at Palmetto Bay Village Hall at 305-259-1234 or via e-mail at

Duties of the Communications Manager/PIO Office:

  • Internal/external publication production
  • Electronic media including e-newsletters, the 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
  • Management of live-streaming video/on-demand coverage of public meetings
  • Promotional Village map production
  • Major event coordination support of top-tier Village events/programs
  • Utilization of all available communications channels to promote all Village events/programs

Kress earned his BA degree in English/Journalism from The State University of New York. He is former Board Member and current member of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA-Miami Chapter); a member of the Florida Government Communicators Association (FGCA); and a member of the City-County Communications & Marketing Association (3CMA). He is also a member of the Palmetto Bay Business Association, the Economic Development Council of South Dade, and 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.

Social Media

The Village uses Social Media channels to keep you informed of fast-breaking news, information, great resources, and feature entertainment:


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)
Mary Fernandez, Village Program & Events Supervisor (305-234-6383)

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 Standards/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.

When completed, you will find here information on communications standards and guidelines as they pertain to approved and proper use of the Village seal, and other graphic representations of the Village image (i.e., typeface, appropriate colors, etc.).

Press Releases

With the advent of electronic communications (e-newsletters, websites, Facebook, etc.), the Village has curtailed the distribution of formal press releases. For reference/research, please feel free to view our 2008-10 press release library.

Editorials / Open Letters / Speeches

Please feel free to review a selection of early Village Council communications issued in the form of open letters, editorials, and speeches on various past community issues.

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