Congressman Patrick E. Murphy Returns to Coastal Construction as VP


Patrick Erin Murphy

Former U.S. Congressman to Assist in Coastal’s Expansion in Florida and Co-Chair its Philanthropic Division

Florida-based Coastal Construction Group, one of the Southeast’s leading privately held construction companies, is pleased to announce that the Honorable Patrick Erin Murphy has rejoined the company as Vice President.

Murphy previously served as a Vice President for Coastal before serving in U.S. Congress, representing Florida’s 18th congressional district in the House of Representatives for four years (2013-2017) and was a nominee for the U.S. Senate.

As Vice President, Murphy will be instrumental in Coastal’s diversification and growth as the company continues its expansion throughout Florida. In June, Coastal announced plans for a new Central Florida division with an office in Orlando and tapped industry leaders Sean DeMartino and Robert Utsey.

In addition to serving as Vice President, Murphy also co-chairs Coastal’s philanthropic arm, Coastal Cares, and recently spearheaded the company’s efforts to assist storm victims devastated by Hurricane Irma in the Florida Keys and the Caribbean.

Passionate about the environment and the issue of climate change, Murphy has been an advocate of enforcing stronger building codes and stronger flood insurance programs to protect against sea level rise. Murphy’s key accomplishments during his tenure in office included helping secure nearly $2 billion in Everglades restoration funding, introducing the SAVE Act to eliminate billions in wasteful government spending, and passing legislation to reform the national flood insurance market.

Murphy remains committed to serving his fellow Floridians and the millennial generation. After leaving office in 2017, he was named chair of the Future Forum Foundation, a nonprofit organization that researches key issues impacting millennials, such as automation, artificial intelligence and the sharing economy, as they take on more responsibility in the workforce and in their communities. Additionally, Murphy recently teamed-up with former U.S. Representative David Jolly to conduct a bi-partisan statewide tour of town-hall style lectures at college campuses through Florida, titled: “Why Gridlock Rules Washington and How We Can Solve the Crisis.”

Murphy is also one of six visiting Fellows at the prestigious Georgetown Institute of Politics and Public Service in Washington D.C. for the fall 2017 semester.

Based in Coastal’s Palm Beach office, Murphy currently divides his time between the company’s Palm Beach, Miami, and Orlando offices.

Murphy joined the Coastal family business at age 18 as a laborer and worked his way up the ladder as assistant project manager, assistant estimator, accounting manager, and vice president. A Certified Public Accountant, Murphy earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of Miami.

“Patrick is an outstanding leader with a forward looking approach and an innate ability to problem solve,” said Tom Murphy, Jr. Chairman of Coastal Construction Group. “We are proud of all that he has accomplished and are excited to welcome him back to Coastal.”

“As a fifth-generation builder, this is a homecoming for me,” added P. Murphy. “While I immensely enjoyed my time serving in congress, I look forward to being a part of the family business again and assisting in the company’s continued success and growth throughout Florida.”

About Coastal Construction

Award-winning Coastal Construction Group and the Murphy family have been building projects throughout Florida for more than five decades and have earned a reputation as one of the leading contractors in the state and the Southeast. Coastal currently has operations in Miami, Palm Beach, Naples, Orlando, and the Florida Keys, and has significant experience in commercial, hospitality, single and multi-family residential, educational, government-related facilities and disaster recovery projects. Coastal’s portfolio includes more than 50 hotels and resorts in Florida, including the Ocean Reef Club, Boca Grande, Fisher Island Club, St. Regis Resort & Residences Bal Harbour, the Miami Beach Edition, The Ritz Carlton South Beach, SLS South Beach, Four Seasons, Faena Hotel, and the West Palm Beach Hilton as well as numerous South Florida condominiums, office buildings and schools, such as the Mansions at Acqualina, Porsche Design Tower, Residences by Armani Casa, Mystique, and the Bacardi World Headquarters. For more information on Coastal, call 305-559-4900, or visit

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