About Us

The Palm Beach Civic Association engages our residents, government, and stakeholders to protect and improve Palm Beach.

Our Mission

To protect and improve the quality of life in the Town of Palm Beach by taking proactive stands on civic affairs; informing, educating, and engaging residents on key town issues; working with local government; and encouraging citizen involvement in the community.


Our History

The Palm Beach Civic Association was founded in 1944 by a handful of civic minded Palm Beachers who wished to preserve, protect and enhance the special qualities of their amazing island.

Under the leadership of Alexander H. Rutherford, first Civic Association president; Joseph F. Gunster, Vice President and the namesake of the first law firm in Palm Beach; Page Hufty, Vice President; and famous Palm Beach architect John Volk, PBCA secretary, the association quickly grew its membership to over 300 members in the first two years. Today, the membership has grown to well over 2,000 men and women in a town of about 10,000 residents.

Our Principles

Today, the Palm Beach Civic Association continues to embody the same basic principles that it was founded on 80 years ago.

  • Protect and improve the quality of life in Palm Beach
  • Educate and engage residents on key town issues
  • Take proactive stands on civic affairs
  • Work closely with local government
  • Encourage citizen involvement in the community

Our Leadership

Our directors make it possible for the Civic Association to fulfill our mission to protect and enhance the special quality of life in the Town of Palm Beach.

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Our Team

The professional team at the Civic Association has a passion for our mission and Palm Beach.

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Become a member today.

Our members are leaders – in business, in the arts, in the community and on the national stage – who understand how important it is to be engaged and who appreciate the value of our membership benefits.

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