MORE ABOUT ME
WHERE I COME FROM
I have lived in Key Largo for over 27 years. During all of these years, I worked here, I paid taxes here, I raised my beautiful family here and I have been a very active member of our community.
WHY I AM RUNNING?
I keep waiting for our politicians to make decisions that help our residents - instead I see decisions that only help developers, big hotels, and tourists.
I am all for tourism, we need tourism, however, things have gotten out of control, specially during the last five years and the people are running against me have been part of this government for a very long time.
I am running as an independent because I believe the issues I will fight for are important to everyone and I want you to join me in this effort so we can restore and protect this beautiful paradise which we call home!
1 - CHECKS & BALANCES FOR THE VARIOUS OFFICES:
There is little transparency in the various government offices in Monroe County. I am going to change this immediately. If residents have questions, they will be heard and a detailed answer will be provided.
An example of this is the building / permitting department.
2 - HOLDING THE TOURISM DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL ( TDC) ACCOUNTABLE:
The yearly budget for the TDC is over $59Million Annually. There is very little accountability on where these funds go. In additional to lack of information, there is definitely an over promotion of the Florida Keys, even during the pandemic.
Enough is enough! The over promotion of the keys has resulted in congested roads, abused natural resources, and large hotel chains buying everything making the keys a big corporate dumping ground. The process of corporatization of the Florida Keys has to slow down now, or there will be no Florida Keys but rather an extension of Miami.
I am 100% for a building moratorium on any new hotels, large restaurant or any big business. Let's figure out what this community wants and then provide to them.
3 - HOUSING DEVELOPMENT:
Last year we almost lost the friendship park because our incredible politicians decided to skip public hearings in order to approve a deal that would give a developer the rights to build "Affordable Housing"in that park.
This is an example of how the politicians are catering to big business and not to residents of Monroe County - We were lucky that someone got a hold of this and through word of mouth forced a hearing which resulted in cancellation of said development.
4 - TOLL:
This year, due to COVID-19, will be an exception but on a weekly basis, thousands of cars visit the Florida Keys.
I want to explore a visitor fee for non-residents. The objective of the toll is not to stop visitors, because it won't. It will reduce the flow with certainty but the objective should be:
1) Stop the bottom tier visitors - the ones that bring their food, park on the side of the highway, trash our fills, cause accidents, leave trash under the bridges and spend no money in our local economy. These folks will certainly be impacted by the toll and they will stop coming and come less often.
2) The revenues that will be generated from the toll should be used to for very specific purposes such as
2.1 - Add police k9 units and other resources to combat drug trafficking,
2.2 - Shore cleaning efforts
2.3 - Low income housing
2.4 - Creation of resident areas only - Our people deserve a place just for locals.
5 - EFFICIENCY & CORRUPTION
In addition to doing a better job with how we spend our money, we need to do a better job administratively. The building codes and policies that they follow in the Building Department need to reflect the needs of its residents. We need creative solutions to a community that is restricted by land. We need to work with the State and Federal Government (FEMA) to allow for creative solutions.
Examples would be exploring how property owners that are restricted with making the first level of their homes livable. This would bring hundreds of inventory units to the market which would push prices lower.
Our current affordable housing being poorly managed. - In some places the rent is not very affordable, and in others, resident's of Miami-Dade County use valuable housing as a weekend retreat.
Enough is enough!