An evening about our founding Chairman, Earl E. T. Smith, will feature Jose Pepe Fanjul in conversation with The Honorable Lesly S. Smith about Smith’s legacy as the last ambassador to Cuba and Mayor of the Town of Palm Beach.
Ambassador Earl E.T. Smith [1903-1991], Mayor of the Town of Palm Beach from 1971 to 1977, became the first Chairman of the Preservation Foundation in 1980. He was highly visible throughout the town and deeply respected. The Town would not have achieved its present high standards and preservation successes without his persistence and innumerable appearances before the Town Council to plead the cause for historic preservation on behalf of the Foundation.
Shortly after the formation of the Preservation Foundation of Palm Beach in 1980, founding Chairman Earl E. T. Smith gave an impassioned speech to the local governing body in which he explained the unique sense of place that the organization was formed to protect: “The Preservation Foundation believes that the physical environment of this town – the natural terrain, the town plan, the buildings, the landscape, and the island setting – makes ours the most beautiful and unique community in this country and that this environment is one of Palm Beach’s most precious resources.”