Miami Beach mayoral candidates
MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (WSVN) -- They are three men with three unique visions of the future for one South Florida city. Voters will get to choose one of them in the race for Miami Beach Mayor.
The race includes three main candidates: Philip Levine is the millionaire businessman. Michael Gongora, the commissioner and Steve Berke, the entertainer.
Levine is the CEO of a local business company. He is using his private sector experience as a way to turn Miami Beach government into a more efficient machine. "I think Miami Beach is the greatest place in the world, but right now it is broken," said Levine. "We can't get things done. What I plan to do is move this thing forward."
Levine wants to speed up flood relief projects but slow down a current Convention Center renovation deal in favor of a scaled down approach.
Michael Gongora is an attorney and a Miami Beach Commissioner. He backs the current Convention Center deal. It is a one billion dollar proposal that includes an 800-room hotel.
Gongora says his experience working on that deal and negotiating with unions over pension reform are proof of his experience. He claims that is what the voters are looking for. "In the last three open elections for mayor in the history of Miami Beach, we've always seen the city elect a commissioner to mayor," said Gongora. "They want to know what they are getting."
Political outsider Steve Berke could not disagree more. The Florida native, best known for his YouTube music parodies and a failed mayoral run in 2011 said the people want something new. "I think the public is really frustrated with experienced career politicians. What I'm offering is a vision for our city," said Berke.
Berke's vision is a $200 Million cable car linking Miami to Miami Beach. Burke claims the cost would be covered by a private sponsorship agreement.
Burke is also proposing the decriminalization of marijuana and the formation of an independent review board to look into complaints against the city's police department.
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