In May 2018, Mayor Dan Gelber created a G.O. Bond Advisory Panel to serve through November 2018. The panel consisted of 11 Miami Beach Residents.
The Advisory Panel was charged with vetting and evaluating projects with a resident-centric lens, prioritizing projects based on resident needs. Members met weekly for dozens of hours over several months analyzing and prioritizing the proposed project list. The process included presentations from City department directors and the City Manager as well as the development of prioritization criteria.
A key part of their review was considering public input. Hundreds of residents shared their feedback during public charrettes and numerous in-person and online engagement events were held for community associations and organizations.
In July 2018, the Advisory Panel shared its recommendations with the City Commission.
The Advisory Panel began with a proposed project list which had been previously reviewed by the City Commission totaling about $700 million and 90 projects. The Advisory Panel prioritized and thoroughly vetted the project list at three levels:
- $444 million; 37 projects
- $398 million; 35 projects
- $353 million; 32 projects.
The City Commission ultimately approved a final list of projects which was 95% consistent with the Advisory Panel’s recommendations.
Minutes and recordings of these 2018 meetings can be viewed HERE.