Miami Beach

Young CPA to join Bal Harbour council

Seth Salver says he is ready to get to work after winning a Bal Harbour Village Council seat in Tuesday’s election.

“I want to build on the re-branding project that is currently in the works, and use our new image to modernize our website and user experience,” said Salver, 26. “One complaint I heard multiple times from residents is the inability to pay water bills online. By advancing our technological capabilities we are able to better serve our residents.”

Salver defeated opponent Jordan Cohn, 79, for the District 1 seat with a 69 percent of the vote. Salver received 426 votes compared to Cohn’s 186, according to the Miami-Dade County elections department.

During the elections, Cohn collapsed near the village’s polling place and was taken to a hospital. Since then, he has been released and is recovering.

Incumbent Patricia Cohen and newcomer Gabriel Groisman were automatically elected because no one ran against them.

The seats carry four-year terms.

Salver said he is grateful for the victory.

“I am humbled by the overwhelming support I received from the community, and I am looking forward to serving with my new colleagues on the council,” he wrote in an email. “I feel that residents value my financial background, and they would like to see a greater emphasis placed on the fiscal impact of the decisions we make.”

Salver, whose father Isaac Salver is a council member in nearby Bay Harbor Islands, has lived in Bal Harbour for two years. He was appointed to the village’s budget committee in 2013 and was selected as the committee chairman this year.

He is a certified public accountant and works for HBO-Latin America.