February Flash: Message from Vice Mayor Michael Góngora


Dear Miami Beach Residents,

One of my favorite things about serving as your Commissioner and Vice Mayor is giving back to the community I love. On Valentine’s Day, South Florida Seniors in Action and I hosted a Food Distribution Event where we were able to feed almost 500 deserving households in Miami Beach. I would like to thank my many friends who served food all afternoon on Valentine’s Day. You make me proud of our community service!

I also hosted and participated in three other community events. First, we took our beloved seniors for a cultural morning at the Bass Museum. For many, it was their first time enjoying the Bass Museum. Thank you to our gracious hostess Silvia Cubiñá, Executive Director of The Bass. We hope to make this a quarterly outing! Second, I was pleased to be a guest speaker at the Tuesday Morning Breakfast Club discussing hot topics on the Commission agenda. Last but not least, I led my 2nd Power Walk and Talk in conjunction with the Ocean Drive Association. We had a GREAT turnout! The beautiful evening was the perfect inspiration to discuss vital Miami Beach topics including historic preservation, trolleys, lighting, and crime. My next Power Walk and Talk is tentatively set for April 8th in the North Beach area. Stay tuned for details…

At the February Commission meeting, I sponsored a resolution that was passed unanimously by the City Commission opposing Florida Senate Bill 588 and Florida House Bill 603 that would preempt the regulation of single-use plastic straws in the State of Florida. I am resolute in our commitment to be plastic free and these proposed state bills would hamper our efforts and progress thus far. Please click on the link below to view the press release and reach out to me for more information on how to help.

Finally, the Miami Beach Commission met as a Committee of the Whole on February 19th to discuss, among other things, an extension of the contract with our City Manager, Jimmy Morales. While the entire Commission supported extending his contract, I did not agree with the request for a five-year contract extension. A motion was made by the Mayor which passed 6 – 1 authorizing a three to four- year contract extension with terms to be negotiated by the Chair of the Finance Committee and ratified by the Commission. I advised I thought that term was excessive and would have supported a one to two–year contract extension. Stay tuned as the details of the contract extension are revealed.

Until next month,

Great Turnout for Michael’s February Power Walk and Talk With Ocean Drive Association 

Save the Date for Upcoming Important City Commission Meetings and Other Meetings:

March Commission- March 13, 2019

Neighborhoods/Community Affairs Committee-March 19, 2019

Finance and Citywide Projects Committee Meeting- March 22, 2019

Presenting a Proclamation to Jennifer Holliday For Her Amazing Concert for Miami Beach Gay Pride 

Taking the Seniors Out for a Cultural Day at the Bass Museum 




Many times, associations are challenged by owners who believe their names were improperly kept off the election ballot because the owner did not agree that they owed a fine. The Condominium Act states that a person who is delinquent in the payment of any monetary obligation to the association is not eligible to be a candidate for the board. The date of eligibility is established 40 days before the annual meeting and election. As such, if an owner turns in their candidate notice 50 days before the election and owes a fine at that time, they can still be on the ballot so long as they paid the fine by the 40-day deadline. If the fine remains unpaid as of the deadline, the unpaid fine is considered a monetary obligation, which means that pursuant to the statute, the person is not a proper candidate for the board and their name should not be on the ballot. This is true whether the person has challenged or otherwise disputed the fine.



Michael Góngora

Miami Beach Vice Mayor

(305) 673-7106 michael@miamibeachfl.gov

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

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