Diane Veltri Bendekovic was elected Mayor in March 2011. Having moved to Plantation in 1955, she is no stranger to the City of Plantation. With Plantation as her childhood home, her deep roots provide strong ties and a commitment to present-day Plantation, its history and its tradition.
Mayor Bendekovic is a graduate of Florida Atlantic University with a B.A. degree. In 2007, she retired from the Broward County School System after 34 years of service. During her instructional tenure, she was honored twice as Teacher of the Year.
Diane Veltri Bendekovic and her husband, Tom Bendekovic, Jr., a retired Captain of the Plantation Police Department, have two sons, Richard and Ron. They are blessed with five grandchildren: Joseph, Andrea Sofia, Colette, and twin grandsons, Kevin and Richard.
Diane was first elected to City Council in 2001. She served as Council President and Pro Tem twice during her tenure. In addition to her Council duties, she has served on the Plantation General Hospital Board of Trustees, Westside Regional Hospital Board of Trustees, the Broward County Tourist Development Council, and the Broward League of Cities Education Committee.
She holds an active membership with the Plantation Chamber of Commerce and memberships in many civic organizations: Plantation Art Guild, Friends of the Helen B. Hoffman Plantation Library, and The Plantation Historical Society.
Since her 2001 election, she has seized every opportunity to promote the City of Plantation and to stay in touch with the residents through her presence at numerous homeowners’ association and City Advisory Board meetings. With her community ties, she works to ensure each neighborhood projects an image of pride and community spirit.
She strives to maintain quality residential services, and to provide first class recreational facilities and programs for the Plantation community, while remaining fiscally responsible. Her relationship with the business community supports and promotes the development of an economically prosperous City.
Her dedication to the youth of Plantation is exemplified through her support of the Plantation Athletic League for the past four decades. Mrs. Bendekovic is also keenly aware of the important role our local schools play in our community. She attends South Plantation and Plantation I Zones meetings, and her efforts were instrumental in securing several magnet programs in both I Zones.
Mrs. Bendekovic’s City of Plantation history and her proven work ethic both as a Councilwoman, and now as Mayor, sum up her dedication to the residents of Plantation, as she strives to make “the grass even greener” in Plantation.