Commissioner Kristen Rosen Gonzalez, One of the duties I most enjoy as your Commissioner is keeping you updated on what occurs at City Hall.
Last week, the Miami Beach City Commission unanimously supported my ethics legislation requiring elected officials to disclose all solicitations of donations to non-profit corporations from city vendors and lobbyists. This means that when an elected official asks a developer or city vendor to support a cause, or their foundation, they have to report it. This new legislation is necessary to create greater transparency and to prevent money from being funneled through non-profits, effectively hiding the process from the public.
Other items passed on first reading included an Ocean Terrace height increase (which I alone voted against because the developer provided NO renderings), an increased minimum wage in our city, and an effort to create a Youth Commission which I supported.
All three of these items will be up for second reading next month.
I find it very disturbing that there were FOUR height increases on last week’s agenda. I can’t stress enough how important it is that residents come out against these height increases so that Miami Beach is not cast in shadows by towering developments like our neighbor, Sunny Isles.
Please come out to support us at the next City Commission meeting on Wednesday, June 8, 2016 (1700 Convention Center Drive, Miami Beach, Fl, 3rd Floor Commission Chambers)