I’m both a scientist and a mayor. I reside in a universe where facts matter.
Here are some facts related to life in South Miami.
Fact: South Miami’s community policing program has dropped total crime in South Miami by 40% in the past 3 years while crime rate in neighboring Pinecrest has remained flat. In fact, South Miami residents are safer today than at any in the last three decades. This past year, violent crime in South Miami is down 46% from what it was under the previous mayor. I didn't invent these numbers, they come from the Uniform Crime Reports of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE).
Fact: South Miami’s solar ordinance makes housing MORE affordable. Don’t just take my word for it, the state’s expert, Dr. James Fenton, Director of the Florida Solar Energy Center at the University of Central Florida recently showed that rooftop solar on a $250,000 house or home addition saves a South Miami homeowner $811 every year, before taxes.
- Fact: South Miami has the safest and most effective program in Florida for controlling the mosquito species that can carry Zika. We avoid using classes of pesticides associated with fetal brain damage, Parkinson's disease, and childhood autism (see also Sci. Am.). Instead we have authorized Miami-Dade County to spray Bti, a soil bacterium that is toxic to mosquito larvae and favored by the World Health Organization, and we deploy Spartan Mosquito eliminators (active ingredients: sugar, yeast, salt). Both are safe for children, pets and pollinators, and more effective at controlling the yellow fever mosquito (Aedes aegypti) than conventional insecticides. Next summer we have been allocated $4.1 million from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) for a controlled trial with a new bacterial method, also safe for children, pets, and pollinators.
The fact is, we've done a great job of taking care of resident's safety and the environment in South Miami, and we've saved tax payers a lot of money at the same time.