Raymond F. Marin moving straight ahead in a quest to make a thriving, well-developed North Miami Beach
Ever since a newspaper called his long-time home "honky tonk" 20 years ago, Raymond Marin has dedicated his civic career to improving North Miami Beach. He served as a councilman from 1989 until 2005, when he was first elected mayor. His term ends next year, but Mr. Marin is planning another run.
He has governed under the principle of "smart growth" — steadfast in his mission even under fire from development critics — and envisions a developed, thriving North Miami Beach. Development means more tax dollars, and the city needs the money in these tough times and to continue to grow, Mr. Marin says. "My priorities have always been development and redevelopment and budgets for the future."
When he's not at City Hall, Mr. Marin serves as managing partner for accounting firm Hixson, Marin, DeSanctis & Co. He was interviewed at North Miami Beach City Hall by Miami Today staff writer Risa Polansky.
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