Vice-Mayor William “Bill” Kerdyk, Jr. currently serves on the Commission for the City of Coral Gables. He began his public service life with the City in 1995 when he was first elected into office. Voters have re-elected him by overwhelming margins ever since. He currently represents the community in the capacity of Vice-Mayor.
Committed to enhancing the quality of life for residents, Bill has initiated several successful programs. He is the founder of the City’s Parknership Program, a public/private partnership with the mission of underwriting the purchase or enhancement of parks, fountains, bridges and other open spaces throughout Coral Gables. The Program, which has raised more than a million dollars, has helped to improve the area’s beautiful scenery. Most recently, Bill initiated the "Million Orchid Project" with support from the Parknership Program, which will provide $25,000 over five years to reintroduce 250,000 native species of orchids into the City's tree canopy. This initiative is being accomplished in collaboration with Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden and brings to life City founder George Merrick's dream of creating "a City that is a garden." The program also provided $75,000 for the restoration of one of the City iconic landmarks, the Alhambra Water Tower. Mindful of the importance of making good first impressions, Bill was instrumental in developing the City’s Downtown Landscape Plan, which outlines landscaping requirements for all new developments in the downtown. The purpose of the Landscape Plan is to increase the tree canopy, improve the natural beauty of the area, and create a pedestrian friendly experience.
As an advocate for traffic reduction measures, Bill has implemented several programs to prevent congestion on our roads which includes the very popular Coral Gables Trolley system. Transporting approximately 1.1 million passengers a year, the City’s Trolleys are the vital link that connects passengers to work, home and leisure activities while reducing traffic and demands on the parking system. In an effort to improve the traffic flow and the aesthetics of the downtown business district and with the help of Miami-Dade County, Bill initiated the Ponce de Leon Median Project. The highly traveled boulevard was enhanced with a landscaped median, Trolley stops and other improvements that are consistent with the unique character of the City. Bill has also made traffic calming measures a priority. Aesthetically pleasing traffic circles, speed tables and intersection improvements are being used to keep residential neighborhoods safe for everyone.
Bill is well aware of his responsibilities as a steward of the community; it’s a role he takes seriously. His voting record is indicative of his position as a fiscal conservative. He practices restraint when making decisions on how best to use tax payer monies, always weighing the benefits to the community and cost, and, whenever possible, Bill finds alternative sources such as grants, donations from private sources and public/private partnerships to fund initiatives and events.
Bill is deeply involved in the community, and as such, has held several leadership positions and served on many distinguished panels and organizations that impact Coral Gables. Among his various appointments, Bill recently served as the Governor’s appointee to the Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO), the board responsible for the development and planning process of transportation throughout Miami-Dade County.
A firm believer in providing residents greater access to their local government, Bill holds many town hall meetings throughout the year where residents can voice their opinions, learn of upcoming projects and ask questions.
Born and raised in the City of Coral Gables, Bill is a Coral Gables High School graduate and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Florida International University. He is the President/CEO of Kerdyk Real Estate, Inc., a multimillion dollar company specializing in commercial brokerage and property management in Miami-Dade County. Bill and his wife Lynn, a clinical child psychologist, have three children, William III “Trae”, Lindsay and Leigh Mason.
- 2011 - 2015 City Commissioner (2007 - Present Appointed Vice-Mayor)
- 2007 - 2011 City Commissioner
- 2003 - 2007 City Commissioner
- 1999 - 2003 City Commissioner
- 1995 - 1999 City Commissioner
- Founder of the City’s Parknership Program
- Metropolitan Planning Organization of Miami-Dade
- Florida’s Public Service Commission Nominating Council
- Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce
- Super Bowl Host Committee
- Orange Bowl Committee
- Junior Orange Bowl
- Rotary Club of Coral Gables
- The Beacon Council
- Dade County Association of Realtors
- Big Brothers, Big Sisters
- Coral Gables War Memorial Youth Center
- Coral Gables Jaycees
- Miami-Dade League of Cities
- Leadership Florida
- Leadership Miami
- Who’s Who in America
- Outstanding Young Men of America
- Twelve Good Men of South Florida, Ronald McDonald House
- Coral Gables Foundation Legacy Award
- Small Business Impact Award, Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce
Appointment Information: Contact 305-569-1833
City of Coral Gables
Office of the Vice Mayor
405 Biltmore Way, Second Floor
Coral Gables, FL 33134