Saving Flamingo Park, Minimum Wage, Water Pollution
A New Battle Brewing in Saving Flamingo Park!
Saving Flamingo Park At last week’s Neighborhood’s Committee meeting, a new Fire Station and parking lot (that is hugely out of scale) was proposed in the Flamingo Park parking lot.
The Flamingo Park Neighborhood Association passed a resolution that they do NOT approve of the proposed plan, yet the committee (without my vote) decided to move ahead with this unwanted proposition. Stand by, because there could be a large battle ahead to help Save Flamingo Park!
The Miami Beach Minimum Wage Ordinance
The Commission voted unanimously to pass a minimum
wage ordinance here in the city. As of January 2018, the minimum wage in Miami Beach will increase to more than $10, and over the next few years it will eventually increase to more than $13. I congratulate Mayor Philip Levine and my fellow Commissioners on this “coup.” Hopefully we will continue to create further meaningful legislation that improves the lives of our residents.
Miami Beach and Biscayne Bay
As some of you have probably read in the Miami Herald, new research from the University of Miami, NOAA, and
Florida International University showed that high levels of contaminants have been found near the outfalls of our pump stations. This was very disturbing to me, and I invited the scientists to our June Commission meeting to report on their data. While the data was disturbing, the conversation with the scientists was important. Obviously, we need their input to continue coming up with innovative ways to keep Biscayne Bay and our waterways clean. One of our top priorities must be to continually test our waterways to make sure that Miami Beach remains clean and swimmable for humans and our wildlife!
Here is a link to the radio show I did with Grant Stern and Mayor Phillip Stoddard of South Miami discussing the new research and data about the waters surrounding Miami Beach.