I grew up in Miami Beach back when beautiful estates lined the beachfront and lovely residential homes lined the streets. There were few homes north of 41st Street, which was considered the northern limit of the city when North Beach Elementary School was built in 1936.
My memories of “old Miami Beach” were my impetus and inspiration to serve for many years as Chairman of the Miami Beach Planning Board and Board of Adjustment, along with membership on the Historic Preservation Board. And now I have the great honor of serving as the City of Miami Beach Commissioner for Group 3.
In my first term as a City of Miami Beach Commissioner I have championed many issues meant to ensure that future generations will continue to fall in love with our city and stay to become devoted stewards of the city, just as I did while growing up on Miami Beach.
I have sponsored Ordinances which now ensure new homes have more green space, with greater setbacks, lower lot coverage, and reduced unit sizes. These Ordinances will promote better compatibility with the prevailing character of existing residential neighborhoods.
I sponsored neighborhood protections from late night alcohol establishments in the West Avenue neighborhood. Now I continue to work on additional protections from late night (early morning!) noise and disturbances, in Sunset Harbour and South of Fifth neighborhoods.