Miami Beach, Fla. – Today, Miami Beach Mayor Dan Gelber filed paperwork for re-election, and officially launched his campaign.
Mayor Gelber shared, “It’s been my greatest privilege to serve the only hometown I’ve ever known. I’ve tried to serve honorably and openly, and would like to continue to help make our City the best version of itself.”
In his first term as Mayor, Dan Gelber can point to a number of significant accomplishments, including:
- Creation of an independent Office of Inspector General for the City of Miami Beach.
- Use of “red teams” from the Rockefeller Foundation and Harvard University to audit and improve our City’s sea level rise and resiliency program.
- Oversee the creation and passage of the City’s resident-driven GO Bond program of 57 capital projects that will serve as the template for addressing our City’s present and future needs by improving public safety, beautifying our parks and promoting greater resiliency.
- Creation of a STEAM plus program providing arts and culture curriculum to over 2,000 students in our public schools.
- Creation of “PlasticFreeMB” campaign including ordinances to ban use of plastic straws and bags from City property, docks, and sidewalk cafes, and engaging business community to work together on reducing use of other single use plastics
- Expansion of the city’s trolleys to reduce congestion, so they are now serving 500,000 passengers every month
- Designation of two new historic districts (North Shore and Normandy Isle) in north beach, the largest historic designation in over 20 years.
- Placement of Miami Beach police officers in every public school in our feeder pattern, the first municipality in the county to do so, following the Parkland tragedy.
- Expansion of our City’s art & cultural programs and initiatives.
- Redevelopment of 5-6-7 Alton Road resulting in plans for creation of a new 3-acre park that will replace the empty lot and abandoned hospital building that is an eyesore.
- Participation with the City of Miami in the Bloomberg Cities Mayors Challenge to share data and efforts on resiliency preparation.
- A perfect score on the Human Rights Campaign 2018 Municipal Equality Index.
- Approval of a Convention Center Hotel design that will activate the new convention center in ways that will benefit our community and local economy.
- New and more effective efforts to rein in illegal rentals from home-sharing platforms.
Mayor Gelber expressed, “While much has been done, there is much more to do. We are a City with high expectation of itself and its leaders. I will continue to work every day to earn your trust as Mayor.”
Contact: Christian Ulvert