In the meantime, there are already reasons for cautious optimism on the jobs front. Our two main economic engines – Miami International Airport and PortMiami – are thriving, setting records for passengers and freight, adding new cruise lines and spurring job-creating infrastructure projects which are preparing us for future growth. 

 

Tourism is booming; agriculture continues to deliver; our arts & culture scene is flourishing; and small businesses, which are the backbone of our local economy, are holding steady.

 

Real County Reform

 

Reforming County government and restoring public trust is also vital to moving our community towards a brighter future. In November, our voters must have the opportunity to decide on:

 

  • Eight-year term limits for Commissioners
  • A petition process that removes obstacles for citizens, and
  • Fully-independent ethics watchdogs to root out waste, fraud and corruption

 

We also need a new approach to protecting our environment and controlling urban sprawl that chokes our roadways, overwhelms our schools and diminishes our quality of life. Voters should consider a stricter standard for moving the Urban Development Boundary.

 

In sum, the state of Miami-Dade County is improving and there’s reason for cautious optimism. When I took the oath of office last July, I pledged to restore trust in County government and lead us in a new direction. With the support of the County Commission, we are well on our way, but there is much critical work to be done in the months ahead.