Joel Daves, former mayor of West Palm Beach, dies at 93

He grew up in the area back when it was only “a typical small town,” Daves said when speaking at a local government meeting in 2017. Over his 40 years living in downtown West Palm Beach and his four years as West Palm Beach mayor from 1999 to 2003, Daves saw the city undergo what he would later call its own “urban renaissance,” he once described to the South Florida Sun Sentinel.