Michael was born in Miami-Dade County and has lived here almost his entire life. He moved permanently to the City of Miami Beach in 1992 while he was a law student. Michael attended local schools and is a graduate of the University of Miami and the University of Miami School of Law where graduated with honors cum laude. Góngora is also a Florida Bar board certified attorney in condominium and planned development law. He works to help condominium residents live in harmony with one another. He previously was recognized by Florida Trend Magazine in their Legal Elite issue and is a sought after speaker on condominium and other legal topics.
Michael Góngora was first elected to office in 2006 as Miami Beach Commissioner and was then elected again two more times in 2009 and 2017. During his three terms in office, he served as either Chair or Member of all three commission committees – Finance & Economic Resiliency; Land Use & Sustainability; and Neighborhood Quality of Life Committee. Góngora cares deeply about our city and is a long-term community activist having chaired the Environmental Coalition of Miami & the Beaches (ECOMB), Miami Beach Latin Chamber of Commerce and Miami Beach Bar Association. In 2022, he was elected by his peers for a third time to serve as President of the Miami Beach Bar Association in 2023.
Góngora is a long time Miami Beach resident and business owner and has served in numerous civic, charitable, business and legal communities throughout Miami-Dade County. He has worked closely with community organizations such as the Little Lighthouse Foundation, and Equality Florida to name a few. He is also a well-known advocate and speaker on environmental causes having created and chaired the City of Miami Beach’s Sustainability Committee. The purpose of the Sustainability Committee is to identify and promote policies with the City of Miami Beach aimed at achieving a sustainable environment, as well as minimize negative impacts and maximize benefits to the environment. In 2021, he sponsored a Fertilizer Ordinance to help protect our waterways and keep them clean.
Góngora has been the recipient of many community awards. Shortly after his first election in December 2006, Góngora was chosen as Wire Magazine Person of the Year. In 2007, Góngora was a City of Miami Beach Key Recipient for his Outstanding Service to the Community. In 2009, Góngora was a recipient for Business Leader Magazine South Florida Movers & Shakers. In 2011, Góngora was named one of the Top Ten Innovators in Miami-Dade County by the Sunpost newspaper. In 2015, he was invited by President Obama to participate in the President’s Hispanic Heritage Month reception at the White House. In 2020 he was voted as the Best Politician in Miami-Dade County by the readers of South Florida Gay News and recognized as the city’s first elected LGBTQ leader.
Keeping our residents safe is my top priority. As Commissioner I advocated for an enhanced policing plan implementing more police visibility and a budget increase to hire additional police officers. I also supported installation of video cameras and a Real-Time Crime Center to use technology to keep our city safe. As Mayor, I will ensure that criminals are held accountable for their bad actions and eliminate the “anything goes” situation in Miami Beach. I will be front and center to take accountability for what takes place in our city.
In 2007, I created our City’s Sustainability Committee and in 2012 I was a key advocate for our Stormwater Master Plan which first called for the installation of pumps to keep our City dry. In 2021, I sponsored a fertilizer ordinance that limits the use of fertilizers for five months of the year and prohibits them entirely along city waterways and stormwater drains. As Mayor, I will move the city infrastructure program forward responsibly and in a manner that doesn’t put private properties at risk. I will also look to improve our infrastructure below our streets to bring them into the modern age.
As a longtime resident I will advocate for our quality of life including reducing traffic by focusing on our streets and roadways and traffic light calibration. We must have safer and cleaner streets and sidewalks. Having a dirty city is unacceptable. We must balance and maintain the historic elements of our city and protect them while also allowing for responsible development to move forward. We will secure our future by not allowing out of scale buildings which further strain our infrastructure. I will also advocate to truly brand us as a city of arts and culture.