Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances. “If Everyone Agreed Then Everyone Could Be Wrong”™
A Safer City: I recently sent a letter to the community about our plans to address every aspect of public safety. You can click here to read that message. We know complacency is unacceptable when it comes to our security, and we are aggressively working on solutions.
That also includes improving our approach to high impact events like Spring Break and Memorial Day Weekend. You can click here to read City Manager Morales’ letter in response to last weekend’s capacity concerns, detailing how we are addressing this issue now and in the future.
Join Us To Support The March For Our Lives
This Saturday morning we will be hosting the Miami-Dade iteration of the nationalMarch For Our Livesrally. We have worked closely with the event organizers, police, and other partners to prepare for the event, which will take place from Beach High to Collins Park from 8:00 am through noon.Click here to view key information, including a march map, FAQs, and parking options.
The Greatest Generation
A society can be judged by how it treats its most vulnerable residents, especially the elderly. As Mayor, I am making sure our city does everything possible to care for our seniors and improve their quality of life. That is why we’ve established a meals program in North Beach, which will provide lunch for seniors 5 days per week starting April 2nd. Here are just a few of our other services for seniors:
Our senior centers offer exercise programs, like Tai Chi & Yoga, and Arts & Crafts classes. Additionally, we distribute complimentary parking passes from Mt. Sinai Hospital to help make sure seniors get the care they need.
We also facilitate group trips for our seniors, like movies on Lincoln Road twice a month and visits to museums, ballet performances, and the botanical gardens, creating a fun community experience.
Our city officials are dedicated to listening to residents and working to improve quality of life. The Police Chief, City Manager, myself, and many staff attend as many meetings and events as possible and address resident issues.
We recently opened the new Belle Isle Park as part of our ongoing efforts to increase green space in the city. Click here, or the thumbnail above, for a video recap of the event!
It is always a lively discussion with SOFNA, and their February meeting was no exception.
It was a pleasure supporting local youth musicians at the 2nd annual Youth Music Fest. Commissioner Aleman led this event and a great time was had by all!
It’s Better In Miami Beach
Our new Muscle Beach in Lummus Park is both functional and a work of art and opened recently to immense community excitement. If you haven’t yet, check out this signature South Beach attraction soon!
I was proud to sign the contract to provide meals to seniors at the Unidad Center in North Beach. This is just the latest way our city is stepping up to take care of our elderly residents and improve quality of life.
Legislative Session Recap
The legislative session is over and we were mostly playing defense. The entire City Commission mobilized to persuade Tallahassee lawmakers to not preempt our home-sharing regulations, and we also prevented other preemptions that potentially impacted our quality of life. Perhaps most importantly, we successfully prevented the legislature from forcing a casino into our community. While we did get some funds into the state budget (for a North Beach business incubator) unfortunately Governor Rick Scott vetoed the measure despite its support from lawmakers.
Remember, we have a new city website dedicated to providing information on our resiliency efforts. Click here to take a look: mbrisingabove.com. This website has a wealth of resources about how our city is working to improve our sustainability plans and working smarter when it comes to the environment.
The Miami Beach Botanical Garden is hosting the 2018 Japanese Spring Festival this Sunday, March 25th at 10am. This free event is taking place in collaboration with the Consulate General of Japan in Miami, and celebrates all aspects of Japanese Culture. It will feature origami lessons, original artwork from children in our Sister City of Fujisawa, and more. Click here to register & view more information.