If I Were Mayor

If I Were Mayor
9:23 pm
Sun March 2, 2014

What Does Homestead Mayor Jeff Porter Need To Know?

Mayor Jeff Porter of Homestead (right) says he "can't undo the past" but is trying to make government processes as open as possible.
Credit Daniel Bock / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

Our If I Were Mayor project continues as we bring your ideas to the mayors in office.

Homestead's mayor Jeff Porter, a former councilman and vice mayor, took office last fall. He follows Steve Bateman, one of the three mayors arrested in August of 2013 for corruption charges.    

 

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If I Were Mayor
6:12 pm
Thu February 27, 2014

'I Can't Undo The Past': Interview With Homestead Mayor Jeff Porter

Mayor Jeff Porter of Homestead says the media given people the wrong idea about the role of the mayor: "I'm not the guy in charge of everything."

Our If I Were Mayor project continues as we bring your ideas to the mayors. We spoke with Homestead's new mayor, Jeff Porter. Mayor Porter, a former councilman and vice mayor, took office last fall. He follows Steve Bateman, one of the three mayors arrested in August of 2013 for corruption charges.   

The position of Homestead mayor pays $6,000. It is intended to be a part-time position.

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If I Were Mayor
3:23 pm
Mon February 24, 2014

Key West Mayor Craig Cates Responds To Your Ideas

Credit Courtesy of Craig Cates

Our final If I Were Mayor interview was with Key West Mayor Craig Cates.

Mayor Cates is a 4th generation Key West resident and has been the mayor of Key West since 2009. Though he got his second term with 70 percent of the vote, in 2013 he garnered only 54 percent, a difference he attributes to his approval of a controversial dredging study and his support for a 24/7 homeless shelter

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If I Were Mayor
11:04 pm
Wed February 5, 2014

Mayor Carlos Hernandez: Hialeah Gets A Bum Rap

Carlos Hernández is mayor of Hialeah, one of the few towns with a "strong mayor" system.

Our If I Were Mayor project continues as we bring your ideas to the mayors themselves. We spoke with Hialeah Mayor Carlos Hernández, who was re-elected last fall.

Here are excerpts from our conversation with him:

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If I Were Mayor
3:15 pm
Wed January 29, 2014

'We Don't Talk About It' Miami Lakes Mayor Slaton On Moving Beyond Arrest Of Former Mayor

Our If I Were Mayor project continues as we bring your ideas to the mayors themselves

Mayor Wayne Slaton was the first mayor of Miami Lakes after the town incorporated in 2000. 

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If I Were Mayor
8:52 am
Fri January 17, 2014

Miami Mayor Tomás Regalado Responds To Your Ideas

What would you do if you were in charge of Miami?

Our If I Were Mayor project continues as we bring your ideas to the mayors themselves.

We spoke with Miami mayor Tomás Regalado who won a second term last November.

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If I Were Mayor
4:58 pm
Mon November 25, 2013

Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine Responds To Your Ideas

Philip Levine, the new mayor of Miami Beach and a cruise ship media CEO, spent about $2 million on his campaign. A little over 11,000 people voted in the election.

For our If I Were Mayor project, we asked what you would do if you were in charge of your town. Now, after the elections, we’re taking your ideas to the mayors. I spoke to Philip Levine, who was sworn in as the new mayor of Miami Beach Monday, Nov. 25.

This is Levine's first time in elected office; he is the CEO of a multi-million dollar cruise ship media business. 

Here are highlights from that interview:

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If I Were Mayor
7:54 am
Tue November 5, 2013

What South Floridians Would Do To Help Their Cities

With several mayoral races underway, WLRN-Miami Herald News wants to know what you would do if you were in charge of your town. The project is called "If I Were Mayor."

Send us your ideas on how you'd improve your community and why.  Make sure to tell us how that issue affects you personally.

We'll be posting your ideas and stories online and sharing some of them on-air.  You can also tweet us #IfIWereMayor.

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Miami Beach
3:10 pm
Wed October 30, 2013

If I Were Mayor: Fixing Miami Beach's Four Biggest Problems

Three candidates, Philip Levine, Michael Gongora and Steve Berke (clockwise from bottom left) are vying for the seat vacated by Matti Herrera Bower (bottom right).

Although the position of Miami Beach mayor pays only $10,000 a year and carries no veto power -- or any executive power, really -- the race is one of the few competitive elections in South Florida. It's been an active battle among candidates Steve Berke, Michael Gongora and Philip Levine, even garnering unofficial endorsements from national influencers.

Former president Bill Clinton, Virgin CEO Richard Branson, billionaire Norman Braman and U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson have weighed in on who they think should win.

Why all the attention?

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If I Were Mayor
1:23 pm
Wed October 23, 2013

Do South Florida Mayors Do Anything?

Has South Florida had any good mayors? Some of suggestions from our audience, clockwise from top left, Robert King High, mayor of Miami (1956-1967); Jim Naugle, mayor of Fort Lauderdale (1991-2009); Alex Penelas, mayor of Miami-Dade County (1996-2004) and Raul Martinez, mayor of Hialeah (1981-2005).

From reading hundreds of ideas for our If I Were Mayor project, we’ve learned two things:

1.  People are thinking big. From new, east-west train routes to more edible landscaping and higher educational standards, South Floridians have clear visions of what they’d like to see in their towns.

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If I Were Mayor
7:30 am
Wed October 16, 2013

What Would You Do If You Were Mayor? Tell Us

Credit The Simpsons ™ & © Twentieth Century Fox Film Corp.

WLRN-Miami Herald News wants to amplify your views on the issues affecting your community through a series entitled, If I Were Mayor.

How would you improve your town? Give us your ideas and tell us why this issue matters to you.

In addition to publishing your ideas and stories, we're taking them to the mayors themselves. 

Use the form below to tell us:

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If I Were Mayor
6:54 pm
Tue October 1, 2013

If I Were Mayor: In Key West, Naps And Better Bocce Courts

What would you do if you were mayor of Key West?
Credit Kwong Yee Cheng / Creative Commons/Flickr

For our If I Were Mayor project, we spoke to Key West residents about what they would do if they were in charge of their town.

Key West is holding its mayoral election today. Incumbent Craig Cates is running for his second consecutive term against repeat challenger Margaret Romero.

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If I Were Mayor
12:21 pm
Tue October 1, 2013

If I Were Mayor: 'Miami Lakes Against The World!'

Cows roam in a field across the street from Publix supermarket in Miami Lakes.
Credit Elaine Chen

As part of our If I Were Mayor project, we asked Miami Lakes residents what they would do if they were in charge of their town.

Miami Lakes is holding a special election today to choose a new mayor after the suspension of Mayor Michael Pizzi. Pizzi was one of three mayors arrested last month on corruption charges.

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