Miami Beach landlord
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This interview has been lightly edited. Islam’s opponents are Adrian Gonzalez, David Richardson and Blake Young.
What would your top 3 priorities be as commissioner?
1. First priority is to improve our drainage system, protect from flooding and other natural disasters.
2. Improve our transportation system, especially during peak hour huge traffic congestion. We need to open Metrorail connections from Miami to Aventura.
3. Reform city structure: I mean one stop service. The city needs to coordinate with each department, such as building, code enforcement, sanitation and other related services with teamwork and prompt service.
What does a resilient and sustainable city look like to you?
The city of Miami Beach made a faulty sea wall on Indian Creek Drive, which is a lost project. [Similar projects will] need proper design and execution.
What will you do to increase transparency and accountability for public officials?
Transparency and accountability is very important for using our taxpayer money. Every dollar spent must be accountable. Every person involved in a project should be responsible and accountable.
What does responsible development look like in Miami Beach?
Miami Beach has opened some new projects. The city going to install three heavy duty pumps for discharging water. We should also raise the road two feet from existing level. This project is estimated to cost is $100 million with a scheduled time for two years. My observation is that raising the road surface is not good idea.
How do you think areas like Washington Avenue and Lincoln Road should address their vacancies and lost businesses?
Washington Avenue and Lincoln Road area is heart of Miami Beach. I believe that the city collects the highest revenues from there. The city should offer some special incentives or grants to get their businesses running properly and also easily exercise code enforcement or other services. Law enforcement agencies have to give more security and a better environment to do business and inspire tourists and visitors.
Do you support the latest Baylink proposals to connect Miami and Miami Beach?
Yes I do support Baylink proposals.
What steps should the city take to reduce pollution in Biscayne Bay and on the beaches?
Pollution is caused by gas and fuel or gasoline is a major factor for pollution. Some vehicles run by electrical power and it saves money and reduces pollution. The city must arrange more electric charge stations.
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