As its first Executive Director, Bob Langford guided the Greater Boca Raton Beach and Park District through its formative years to produce some of its greatest successes.
BOCA RATON, Fla. (Sept. 25, 2020) – The Boca Raton community would look substantially different had Bob Langford not come to town.
Langford guided the Greater Boca Raton Beach and Park District through its formative years, supporting the District as it created some of South Florida’s iconic parks.
“I think the commissioners themselves obviously play a huge role in all of the District’s undertakings, but there has to be a conductor. That was Bob,” said Commissioner Bob Rollins, who served with Langford for nearly 20 years. “He was a conductor orchestrating the commissioners to ultimately come up with the programming that met the needs of the community.”
Landford began serving the newly-created District in the mid 1970s. As its CPA he guided commissioners through the purchase of the land that became Red Reef Park and the Gumbo Limbo Center, helping set the pace for the District’s preservation of natural spaces for community use.
At the time the District didn’t have an Executive Director, but when it created the position a few years later commissioners quickly appointed Langford.
A fixture in that role until 2012, Langford played a pivotal role in the land purchase and the creation of Patch Reef and Sugar Sand parks. He also ushered commissioners through the purchase of the land that will soon become Ocean Strand Park.