Many people have asked me why I fought so hard to resume my duties as mayor and whether in hindsight it was worth all of the effort. My answer is that aside from my family, serving the people of Miami Lakes is something that I have always cherished. It is my calling. When I drive down 87th Avenue, enter our government center and see the new fire station opening, it gives me a great sense of pride that myself and my colleagues mattered in people’s lives. Despite all of the hardship that myself and my family have been through, when I see a child getting healthy in our Just Run program and I see a senior practicing tai chi, it makes me feel as though all the sacrifice has been worth it.
I have resumed my duties with a focus on reducing traffic congestion, spurring economic development, improving public safety and enhancing everyone’s quality of life. We have always had political differences and distractions in the past, but always managed to keep our eye on the ball and move the town forward.
What I remember about recent meetings is saving hundreds of taxpayers thousands of dollars by eliminating regulations. I remember a united council getting funds to continue senior programs. I think of us holding the line of taxes and trying to get our fair share of federal and state funding.
My message to my colleagues is that our differences are small, but what unites us is great. We are united to help make Miami Lakes the greatest city in the country. And we will get there.
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Mayor Michael Pizzi, Miami Lakes
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