Miami Beach

Going to vote in Miami Beach on Election Day? Here’s what you need to know

Tribune News Service

Tuesday is Election Day in Miami Beach, and this ballot has a little something for everyone.

Voters are picking a new mayor, two new commissioners, and deciding on the fate of late-night drinking on Ocean Drive in South Beach and the future of a stretch of North Beach properties that could be redeveloped into a new main street for the neighborhood.

That might sound like a lot, but we’ve got you covered with our coverage below. And remember, polls open at 7 a.m. and close at 7 p.m. You can vote in person at your precinct (here’s the list of precinct locations), drop off your completed vote-by-mail ballot or trade in your vote-by-mail ballot for a ballot to take into the voting booth. By the end of business Monday, 7,384 people had voted.


Four people are running for mayor: Dan Gelber, June Savage, Daniel Kahn and Kenneth R. Bereski II. Here is a profile of the race:

Four candidates to vie to become mayor of Miami Beach


There are two open seats on the seven-member City Commission, which votes on everything from how much to spend on police to whether the city should install electric pumps and raise streets in your neighborhood to combat tidal flooding.

In Group 2, private investor Mark Samuelian and real estate broker Rafael Velasquez square off. Here’s our profile of the race:

Partisan tensions flare up in Miami Beach’s Group 2 commission race

After we published this story, Velasquez’s campaign was rocked last week by allegations of sexual impropriety with multiple women — including one that he exposed himself to a sitting commissioner. Here’s our coverage of that scandal:

Sexual harassment claims threaten to derail his candidacy. But he won’t back down


Michael Góngora, a local condo law attorney with previous commission experience, and Adrian Gonzalez, the owner of David’s Cafe, are running for the Group 3 seat. Here’s a look at that race:

Attorney, café owner compete for Miami Beach’s Group 3 commission seat


The question of when alcohol sales should stop on Ocean Drive has become a hot-button issue in South Beach. Voters will decide if several high-profile outdoor venues, including the Clevelander and Mango’s Tropical Cafe, will have to stop serving alcohol at 2 a.m. instead of 5 a.m., the current cutoff time.

Our coverage of the issue:

Is Ocean Drive too rowdy? Miami Beach voters will decide whether to move up last call

If city moves up last call on Ocean Drive, how much would the party change?

As protesters flood Miami Beach City Hall, discussion on Ocean Drive study is delayed


The city and the community have spent years talking about how to give some tender loving care to North Beach. As part of a master plan developed with the help of the residents and approved by the commission, the city is asking voters if a swath of North Beach should be rezoned to encourage the kind of redevelopment envisioned in the master plan.

Here’s our look at this referendum:

What’s the recipe for a new main street in North Beach? Two sides agree on one thing