Malakoff: I can do better for Miami Beach

 

I’m disappointed with the Miami Herald’s recommendation for Miami Beach Commission in Group 3 and believe the editorial board fell short of reflecting our city’s needs. Term limits matter in Miami Beach, or it wouldn’t exist in our charter. Mayor Bower has chosen to ignore the intent and spirit of our term limit law. The offices of commissioner and mayor were never meant to be lifetime positions.

The Third District Court of Appeal ruling revealed that the convention center project has been mishandled. I want us to upgrade and expand the convention center. We must complete an independent traffic impact study to determine the ideal size of the convention center and hotel. We need to follow a transparent process that puts the people’s interests ahead of a private developer’s interests.

In 1999, when Mayor Bower was first elected, the city’s pension systems had a budget surplus. Fourteen years later, the unfunded liability for city pensions is $572 million and is projected to be over $1 billion by 2018. I want to use my financial knowledge and 32 years of banking experience to bring fiscal responsibility to City Hall.

My slogan is, let’s bring Joy to the Beach. That’s because for the past few years I’ve grown upset with the scandals, lack of accountability, mismanagement, corruption, divisiveness and negative press about our city.

I offer voters an experienced, qualified alternative in this election. I can do the job better than someone who wants to be a lifetime politician.

Joy Malakoff, Miami Beach

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