Homestead Mayor Steve Bateman targets better schools plus support for small business, major economic engines
Since taking office eight months ago, says Homestead Mayor Steve Bateman, he's focused on doing everything possible to support the city's small businesses as well as its major economic engines like the Homestead Air Reserve Base.
As a lifelong resident he's also been focused on beautifying the city, expanding parks and improving landscaping to give residents pride.
Though he said Homestead's small businesses have received little help from the federal government, the city has been focused on making life for those businesses a little easier.
"There are people that used to wait weeks to get their business license. They get it in days now, and that's what helps them," Mr. Bateman said.
The city also gives preference to local businesses that bid on city work and amended the signage ordinance to allow retailers to place larger advertising signs.
Just prior to last week's resignation of City Manager Sergio Purriños, Mr. Bateman discussed his long-term goals for the city at Homestead City Hall with Miami Today staff writer Zachary S. Fagenson.
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