Matti Bower begins Beach mayoral term with priorities focused on managing growth and standing up for residents
After eight years as a city commissioner, a bitter campaign and a tense run-off election, Matti Bower last month took her place as mayor of Miami Beach. A retired dental assistant and activist whose "first loves" are affordable housing and education, Ms. Bower says she plans to run the city similarly to her predecessor, Mayor David Dermer, focusing on managed growth and resident initiatives during her two-year term.
Ms. Bower co-founded the Miami Beach Hispanic Community Center and has championed historic preservation in the city. She began her civic career as head of three local parent teacher associations and served in several cultural- and education-based organizations countywide.
Mayor Bower was interviewed in her Miami Beach City Hall office by Miami Today staff writer Risa Polansky.
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