How we got to now: Pre-Referendum, 2018


  • February & March, 2018 - An initial project list was produced to reflect the widespread input received from various stakeholders (residents, industry experts, board and committee members, City officials and staff) and researched studies (master plans, assessments, evaluations). The project list totaled a cost estimate of $1.1 billion.


  • April, 2018 - The City Commission held a G.O. Bond workshop where the list of projects were reviewed and prioritized. The initial $1.1 billion cost estimate was reduced to $700 million.


  • May, 2018 - Mayor Dan Gelber enacted a Mayor’s G.O. Bond Advisory Panel. 11 Miami Beach residents were appointed to serve through the November 30, 2018 referendum election. The Advisory Panel was charged with evaluating the project list to make non-binding recommendations to the City Commission on how to prioritize the project list further.


  • May & June, 2018 - Community meetings were held in North, Mid, and South Beach where residents, elected officials and staff reviewed and discussed the potential G.O. Bond Program. The public meetings discussed pros and cons regarding a local G.O. Bond. Community members got to participate in learning sessions, and in-depth dialogue, and they rated project values on a 5-point scale, . Remote participation was also received via online survey.


  • July, 2018 - The Mayor’s G.O. Bond Advisory Panel shared its recommendations to the City Commission.
    • July 20 - The City Commission held an all-day G.O. Bond workshop.
    • July 25 - The Mayor and Commission approved the final project list and set the final cost amounts.


  • August, September & October 2018 - Voter education and ballot information materials were developed and distributed to City residents.


  • November 6, 2018 - Residents voted to pass all 3 referendum ballot items related to the G.O. Bond Program.