FIGHTING GOVERNMENT WASTEIn my first year as a city commissioner, I focused on good government and fiscal responsibility. Our city must do a better job managing your money in general, and managing and bidding public works projects and construction related services in particular. On too many occasions, the city pays double, triple or quadruple for construction and construction related services. None of this is very sexy, and it doesn’t generate many positive headlines.
Unfortunately, it has, at times, led to a pushback from the city administration that is unaccustomed to even the most rudimentary oversight. And, unfortunately, it also has led to outright political retribution from city contractors, who have fed freely from the easy money trough for too long. Reforming and modernizing the city administration is vital for Miami Beach’s long-term viability and fiscal health.