Innovation, not just Stimulation
Is Ultra Music Festival good for Miami Beach’s long-term legacy? It fills an immediate need for “heads in beds.” Is it building Miami Beach’s long-term goals?
As a city with a rich history over 100+ years, we must focus on strengthening our image as a “sophisticated brand.” The city has matured to know what works for our residents and visitors. We can shape our city’s destiny. This means not just accepting short-term wins, but rather trading-up for a new wave of decision making starting with a long-term focus of building “sustainable tourism”.
Large events of this caliber affect our city’s:
- Public Beaches
- Natural resources
- Our public-service officers
- Sanitation and safety services
- Quality of life and more
I understand the challenges and the situation we all face as a community.
Let’s build a smarter direction for hosting potential events in our city… events that uphold and refine our brand image and make our city stronger, healthier, and economically robust.
All events deserve a conversation at the table and the diversity of people and thinking. is encouraged. Let’s move in the direction of strengthening the cultural tapestry of what defines Miami Beach as an international city for business and entertainment. The city has a proud hospitality sector. Let’s support services and businesses that can further attract more businesses, while also maintaining a quality of life for residents and visitors.
We have the opportunity to shape the destiny for our “city of the future.” It begins with smarter tourism.
2019 marks a pivotal point in moving the needle to make smarter decisions to say yes to a new type of economy focusing on attracting international businesses, entrepreneurs, and making Miami Beach a destination for innovation, not just Stimulation.
Protecting Ecology and Achieving Economic Goals
Miami Beach’s unique geography makes the city vulnerable to the effects of rising sea levels. It is a long-term problem that all acknowledge exists and may threaten to worsen.
Miami Beach has seen the costs of decades of inaction on sea level rise first hand from flooded streets, damaged infrastructure, and crushing losses for small businesses. Some stores are looking to shift some of their revenue opportunities to be online, or opening in other locations that are not in a flood zone. In response, a series of emergency actions were presented to our community with the choices to either protect and preserve the local economy or sacrifice the health of Biscayne Bay.
We must make sure combating sea level rise does not come at the expense and health of our bay. As Miami Beach commissioner, I will work to implement Miami Beach’s aggressive Stormwater Master Plan that both protects property and natural resources, by incorporating the following changes:
- Filters for water pump stations
- Regular testing for bay water quality and turbidity levels made publicly available on the city website
- Preservation of sea-grass beds and corals
- Review the maximum rate of floodwater discharged into the bay deemed to be safe
Millions of our precious corals, a vital component of our marine ecosystem, are perishing at an alarming rate. According to Science Direct’s “Marine Pollution Bulletin, sediment covered 50–90% of adjacent reefs, 560,000 corals within 0.5 km of the channel were lost due to dredging and dredging has impacted corals and reef habitat at least 2.5 km and possibly greater than 10 km away.
If sea level rises to suppress property valuations, there will be less public money to address the risk. It is wise to accelerate investments in storm-water drainage improvements now. There is a tax base to afford it now—something that one may not necessarily be able to count on in the future.
We must not be doom and gloom about flooding. There is hope when there’s momentum to change.
My name is Jonathan Welsh and I am running for the Miami Beach Commission, Group #5 in the next citywide elections on November 5, 2019 and I need your support.
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