Ledesma said she wants to make “Miami Shores more sustainable via public recycling receptacles, integrative pest management, instituting a ‘green team advisory board.’ ”
She also fears for initiatives to enliven the downtown district of the village. She said via email, “this sounds easy to pass but the council is very status-quo oriented and have shot down most initiatives to help the downtown. Most of them feel like ‘if it isn’t broken why change it.’ ”
The new council will, however, have the task of continuing work done by the previous council to install a sewer system in the downtown district along Second Avenue — a move which will make it much easier for restaurants to move in. A move all elected council members currently support.
Beyond the business district Ledesma pointed to the village’s advisory boards. They were a topic of concern raised by residents during a pre-election forum. Ledesma said via email, “These board member are not friendly, are not representative of the population.” The Village Council is responsible for filling these positions and Ledesma argued that they “have not included qualified minorities in the past.”
While Ledesma and Walters are unsure about actual action they might be able to take as council members, they do see an upside to their wins. Walters said, “I hope the majority will see that the community is changing and at least give some new ideas a hearing.”
Ledesma added, “what we can do as leaders is motive the residents. I think now at least the residents from the Northwest side will have a voice and the Hispanic residents will have a voice.”
Holly approached the new council more optimistically.
“We will have, I’m hopeful, a very workable council.” she said. “When I’ve served before we have been a very thoughtful, cohesive group that has worked very hard for the benefits of our residents and I know we will continue to do that.”
Also looking towards the future McCoy said, “I think we’re going to keep things on track. It’s good to have some new voices on the council as well and I’m looking forward to their support and the role they’re going to play in leading our community.”
The new mayor, vice mayor, and council member will be sworn in at 7 p.m. on April 16 at Village Hall, 10050 NE Second Ave. The first business-oriented council meeting of the new council will be held at 7 p.m. on May 7 at Village Hall.