Stepping up as Miami's mayor amid political turmoil veteran commissioner Tomás Regalado aims to refocus on residents
After almost 14 years as District 4 commissioner, Tomás Regalado is moving up to the second floor of Miami City Hall to the mayor's seat, where he plans to spur big changes. Making decision-making more transparent and administration more accountable, he says, is a big priority.
This week, he said, he'll open an Office of Residents, where residents can meet with his staff. To further engage the public, he plans to restructure the city's cable channel to televise homeowner association and community meetings from the commission chambers.
Administrative changes are also coming to departments such as finance and code enforcement, he says, because residents need to be better served.
"There should not be doubt in anybody's mind that my goal is to change the culture and, if necessary, the direction of every department in the City of Miami," he said.
Mayor Regalado is making restoration of the 1964 vintage, now-derelict Miami Marine Stadium on Virginia Key a major goal. With Marlins stadium construction ongoing, he says he'll keep a close eye on every stadium-related decision to ensure that city funds are not misspent.
Thursday, on his first day as mayor, as camera crews jostled outside his city hall office awaiting his comments on one commissioner's possible resignation and another's possible removal in city scandals, Mayor Regalado shared plans with Miami Today reporter Yudislaidy Fernandez.
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