Michael’s Message: October Occurrences

Dear Miami Beach Resident,

It has been a busy start to our fall season here in Miami Beach. This week, members of our Miami Beach Fire Department are in the Florida Panhandle assisting our fellow Floridians recovering from Hurricane Michael. I will be monitoring this very closely and will keep you informed.

We are also dealing with king tides, red tide, the beaches. Most of these issues are somewhat out of our hands but we are as prepared as a City can be to handle these types of natural emergencies. Luckily, king tides have almost ended for the month of October and we have not had any significant flooding in Miami Beach. Of course, we always have to be ahead of the game when it comes to resiliency; however, I believe that Miami Beach is on the right track and taking a proactive approach. I know that many of you are concerned with red tide, but our beaches in Miami Beach remain open. I urge you to visit our website that gives a daily report on our beaches: https://www.miamibeachfl.gov/beach-information/.

On a brighter note, for the sixth consecutive year, the City of Miami Beach has earned a perfect score of 100 points on the 2018 Human Rights Campaign’s Municipal Equality Index (MEI)- placing Miami Beach in the top tier of communities across the nation. I am proud that we as a City are sending a clear message to all: “the LGBTQ community is not only welcomed in our City, but they are an integral part of who we are. A win for one minority is a win for all minorities.” In addition, on September 22, the Miami Beach Convention Center re-opened the full building for events for the first time since December 2015. Design Miami will be loading into the P-Lot on October 22 and Art Basel 2018 will be loading in on November 19! 

On September 24 the Senior Affairs Committee met for the first time and it was a very productive meeting. The Committee nominated Evelyne Cohen as Chair and Enilda Thomas as Co-Chair. Topics that were discussed include transportation issues and lack of parking for health care providers at the senior centers. The next meeting is set for October 29 at 9:30 am and I encourage you to attend and provide your input or watch on MBTV as the meetings are also televised. This is a big achievement for our seniors and I am thrilled to be the Commission sponsor and that my aide Diana Fontani is the liaison to the committee. 

This is also Hispanic Heritage Month and I am pleased to invite you all to a free concert on October 27 that will feature Carlos Oliva y Los Sobrinos del Juez. The event will start at 6 pm at the North Beach Bandshell located at 7275 Collins Avenue. Please scroll down for more details. It has been a busy start to our fall season here in Miami Beach.

Last, the Commission will have its monthly meeting on Wednesday, October 17 and I hope to see you in the Commission Chambers and let your voices be heard.

Your Commissioner,

Supporting Andrew Gullum for Governor at a Miami Rally

Presenting a Key to the City to Michael Capponi Founder of the Global Empowerment Mission

Attending the 22nd Annual LGBTQ Taskforce Gala at the Fontainebleau honoring Good Morning America’s Robin Roberts 

“A wise man knows everything. A shrewd man knows everyone.” – Mayor Harold Rosen


Dear Neighbors,

As you might have noticed on Monday the corner of 37th Street and Prairie Avenue became a four-way stop. The additional stop signs were as a result of the hard work of Commissioner Michael Góngora. I spoke with Commissioner Góngora last winter and notified him of the numerous automobile accidents occurring at this intersection. He asked for a study to approve the additional stop signs. After CMB approved the signs, it got held up in the City’s bureaucracy. The Commissioner interceded and the project was finally completed. All of my experiences with Commissioner Góngora have been positive and he is always willing to help. 


Rabbi Donald Bixon


As a Cuban-American, I have always valued my heritage and the notion that I was part of something greater than myself. My Cuban heritage is part of who I am and I am very proud to be Cuban-American and past recipient of one of the City of Miami Beach Hispanic Heritage Awards. I am always excited to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month and have been working closely with the City of Miami Beach Hispanic Affairs Committee to bring you some dynamic events filled with great entertainment such as a Carlos Oliva concert which will take place on October 27th at the North Beach Bandshell. It is going to be a wonderful celebration and free for the entire Miami Beach community. Join us at one or more of these events and enjoy these festivities to celebrate our vibrant and diverse City!

Sharing a fun moment with singer Carlos Oliva at Gloria & Emilio Estefan’s Anniversary Party

Please click on the graphic below to enlarge.


Term Limit Law Continues to Spark Controversy


There have been some interesting recent developments involving the new law establishing term limits for condominium board members, which has been the subject of at least two of my recent columns. 

The Florida Condominium Act was amended effective July 1, 2018 to provide that a board member may not serve more than 8 consecutive years unless approved by an affirmative vote of unit owners representing two-thirds of all votes cast in the election, or unless there are not enough eligible candidates to fill the vacancies on the board at the time of the vacancy.

Michael Góngora

Miami Beach Commissioner

(305) 673-7106 michael@miamibeachfl.gov

Office of Mayor & Commission | 1700 Convention Center Drive, Miami Beach, FL 33139


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