Kristen Rosen Gonzalez

Why are you running?

I am running so that residents have a stronger voice on the City Commission, and to ensure that Miami Beach remains the model for a 21st Century urban resort community.

What do you see as the biggest challenges facing Miami Beach right now?

Sea level rise, mass transit, traffic and parking, and overall quality of life.

What are some of the solutions you would propose?

A more multifaceted approach to sea level rise, a strong push for a public- private partnership to build a mass transit loop around Miami Beach, build more parking garages, buy the technology to better time our lights, stop the overdevelopment and time construction projects better.

Imagine we gave you a $100 budget. How would you spend those $100?

Please share a few words about how you would tackle the some of the following challenges:

Poverty and the low median wage: Make sure not to up-zone so that developers cannot over-gentrify some neighborhoods, kicking out senior citizens and those who are in need.

The high cost of rent/real estate: Make sure some areas are just renovated and not knocked down and gentrified.

Congestion and transit options: Mass transit and stopping overdevelopment. We need a citywide master plan.

Climate change and environmental damage: Explore permeable asphalt, work at a slower pace in flood mitigation to incorporate technology as it becomes improved, better filtration on current pumping system, look at grading and see how we can create landscapes where water can better drain (lakes in parks and around the city).

Transparency in government and access to open data: Make sure that our bidding process is fair so that Miami Beach gets the best prices, and implement elections reform in the future so the Citizens United is not the norm in our small paradise of Miami Beach.