A specific issue Steinberg says she would address would be making sure that funding for school nurses stays in tact. Miami Beach and neighboring municipalities recently pitched in to provide nurses for schools with the Beach’s feeder pattern.
Urquiza ran unsuccessfully for a seat on the Miami Beach commission in 2006 and in 2007.
Born in Cuba, Urquiza has lived in Miami Beach for more than 40 years. Urquiza is married and has three adult sons and three grandchildren.
If elected, Urquiza says she would focus on the convention center, corruption and safety.
• Convention center: Urquiza said the convention center project “happens to be the most important thing ahead of us.”
She said the city should focus on the original intention, which was to renovate the convention center. She supports the building of a hotel because she met with hospitality industry representatives and they believe “there’s going to be enough business for everyone.”
However, she wants to see the project scaled-down, and to eliminate most of the proposed retail because she thinks it will negatively impact Lincoln Road.
“We want to keep the character of Lincoln Road. Its’ the glue that keeps us together. It’s the most visited place in South Beach.”
• Public transportation: Urquiza supports the idea of a light rail system to connect Miami Beach to the mainland. She said the system should run along the MacArthur Causeway into South Beach.
Urquiza also said the city needs to improve connectivity throughout the city, with public transportation routes connecting South Beach, Mid Beach and North Beach.
• Flooding: Urquiza said Miami Beach needs to follow the advice of its panels and boards when it comes to tackling flooding issues.
“Hearing and doing are two different things,” she said. Urquiza added that the city should bring in experts to study possible solutions.
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