Day job: Former MelBeach town manager lands Shores post

One year after resigning his post as Melbourne Beach town manager because his family refused to move here from Cape Coral, Tim Day was hired last Thursday by the Town of Indian River Shores just 30 miles to our south contingent on his family relocating there this fall.

Day was one of five finalists for the job, which will pay $125,000 per year plus benefits. Three of the finalists had pulled themselves out of the running during the hiring process, as it took the town nearly six weeks to make a decision. The Indian River Shores Town Council voted unanimously for Day, with the proviso that he establish a local primary residence within three months of starting the job. The town also approved up to $10,000 in temporary housing and moving assistance.

In December 2015 Melbourne Beach hired Day to run the town for $89,000, and then in July 2017 Day gave the town two weeks’ notice, saying “it has become apparent that my family will not be coming to Melbourne Beach in a full-time capacity to reside with me.”

Day said he was honored to be selected to manage the Shores, and promised the council he would indeed relocate his family from the west coast of Florida within the three-month timeframe. Day will take over for retiring Town Manager Robbie Stabe on or about Sept. 16, unless there is a hurricane in the interim. Day said if that happened he would start the day before the storm hit and want to have control of town preparations and recovery from the get-go.

Indian River Shores is a high-end oceanfront community of about 4,000 residents, and includes the exclusive John’s Island Club. The town supports its own triple-trained Public Safety Department in which officers are certified firefighters, paramedics and law enforcement. Day’s public safety experience was one deciding factor, as well as his service as a Cape Coral elected official.

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