Roberts also said the proposed length of the leases for the current project — 99 years — is too long. Additionally, she thinks the retail portion of the project would hurt businesses on nearby Lincoln Road.
• Pension reform: Roberts said she would work to change Miami Beach’s employee pension system so that only an employee’s salary counts toward his or her pension. Miami Beach employees can currently count extra pay, such as overtime, toward their pensionable salary.
The city recently passed pension reform, which caps the amount of extra pay that an employee can count toward his or her salary. Under the new rules, only extra pay that equals up to 11 percent of an employee’s salary can count toward that employee’s pension.
“We have to change the system to make it sustainable,” Roberts said.
• Infrastructure, parking and traffic management: Roberts said the city needs to focus on repairing and strengthening its infrastructure to protect Miami Beach from rising sea levels.
To help alleviate traffic congestion, she advocates a light rail system to connect Miami Beach to the mainland, improving taxi services and providing better bike lane markings.
As far as parking, Roberts says the city should look into real-time signage to direct drivers to empty lots, and provide discounted parking for employees of Miami Beach businesses who use certain parking lots.
Born in New York, Steinberg moved to Miami Beach with her family when she was 6.
She is married to former state Rep. Richard Steinberg, D-Miami Beach. They have two young children. Steinberg touts that her family has four generations currently living in Miami Beach.
“I really want to focus on sustainability,” Steinberg said. “I’m currently raising my children here. So for me, their future is very important.”
If elected, Steinberg says she will focus on restoring public confidence in the city, addressing flooding and sea level rise and strengthening the public education system.
• Restoring confidence: Over the past few years, several Miami Beach employees have been arrested in high-profile corruption cases. Steinberg says she would establish a task force to “complete a top-down review” of the city and its police force. Additionally, she says the city needs to change the culture among city employees to focus on providing “excellent customer service.” To do this, Steinberg said she would pursue policies that encourage employees to speak up when they see something wrong, and to provide whistle-blowers with protections.
• Flooding and sea level rise: To combat the city’s chronic flooding problems, and the long-term dangers of rising sea levels, Steinberg says the city should form a task force with members from across the region. To pay for any needed infrastructure improvements, she says the Beach should consider issuing general-obligation bonds to pay for improvements.
“We need to increase the number of pumps and capacity,” Steinberg said.
• Education: Steinberg said she would tap into her relationships with school board members to help strengthen all schools with Miami Beach’s feeder pattern. A feeder pattern refers to which schools students “feed” into when graduating from elementary or middle school.