Hello Miami Beach!
This is Matti Herrera Bower, next
Commissioner for Miami Beach number
on your ballot. .
Hello, my name is Matti Herrera Bower, and I am a candidate for City Commission
in Group 3.
First I would like to thank you for the trust and confidence you have placed in
me by electing me to serve as your Mayor these past six years, and as a
commissioner before that. It has been an honor and a privilege to work for
you on the issues that are important to us and to our community.
have lived in Miami Beach for more than 40 years, I have spent a lifetime
volunteering and contributing to my community -- to our community.
a civic activist, as a preservationist, as a PTA volunteer, as a member of
various community organizations, and as an elected official, I have always
placed your trust and our city’s best interests first.
have truly seen Miami Beach grow and prosper. I have witnessed many changes in
our City. I have been fortunate to lead many improvements and am proud of the
many things we have accomplished.
should know that over my tenure as your Mayor, we have repositioned the City of
Miami Beach as an internationally recognized tourist and entertainment
destination while at the same time preserving the quality of life and unique
historic character of our community, which is what makes it such a wonderful
place to live.
am proud to say that as I complete my third term as your Mayor:
have the lowest tax rates in decades;
have the strongest financial reserves in our history;
have the highest credit ratings ever from the leading Wall Street ratings
the lowest crime rates in decades;
the City’s highest rated and best achieving public schools;
improved our parks, our fire stations, our neighborhoods;
built iconic parking garages and added thousands of additional parking spaces;
have renovated Lincoln Road and beautified our community;
have grown and expanded our Arts and Culture; including bringing in one of the
most important art fairs in the world, Art Basel Miami Beach and building the
internationally acclaimed New World Symphony Campus and our state of the art
most important measure, though, is what you think!
89 percent of the respondents to our most recent community satisfaction survey
of residents and business rated the Quality of Life on Miami Beach as either
excellent or good.
Our highest ratings ever!
am extremely proud of these notable accomplishments and want to thank everyone
who helped me lead us here -- despite some of the most challenging and turbulent
economic times for governments across the country.
But, our work is never done!
can always get better, we can always do more.
That is why I am here today, to once again, ask for your support.
After hearing concerns from many of you and your encouragement for me to stay
involved and to continue to contribute, and after much thought and discussion
with my family and my closest friends and supporters, I agreed that the best way
for me to stay involved was to continue to serve the public as an elected
Miami Beach is in a period of transition:
have new leadership in most of our key senior staff positions;
will continue to face difficult budgetary decisions as we maintain your City
services while not raising your taxes;
must take on the challenge to grow our economy without sacrificing our quality
of life; and
must maintain the delicate balance between development and preservation -- which
is being challenged again by a revitalized real estate market.
more than ever, experience and a steady hand are needed on the City Commission.
I believe my experience, historical perspective and maturity will help guide the
Commission and provide the continuity that will ensure progress for our
community, but not at the expense of you – our residents, or the City’s unique
diversity and quality of life.
priorities have remained consistent throughout the years of my public service.
Ensuring an excellent and improving Quality of Life for ALL of our residents
will continue to be the voice for those who do not regularly have a voice at the
Commission; the advocate for the residents who do not have paid advocates; the
watchdog who will ensure that the City always does what is in the best interests
of the residents not of special interests.
2. Make sure that the City’s laws against over development and for
Historic Preservation, good architectural design and good urban planning are
City of Miami Beach is recognized internationally for its Art Deco District,
architectural design and good urban planning. This is the product of hard work
over the years. It comes from learning what works and fixing what doesn’t. Our
community is desirable and our tax base has appreciated because of the great
care we put into this.
will make sure that we do not erode, diminish or in any way destroy our
community’s character – it is the soul of who we are as a community.
Thank you for taking the time to listen to me today and thank you for your
have honored me in the past with your vote and I respectfully ask for your
support once again.
Please vote for me, Matti Herrera Bower for Group 3 City Commission, number
on your ballot.