Commissioner Góngora is a Florida Bar Board Certified Attorney in Condominium & Planned Development Law. Góngora uses this knowledge to work with the City of Miami Beach building, fire and code departments to craft new laws and solutions which make these processes better for residents and business. Before being first elected as Commissioner, he served as a City of Miami Beach Special Master over Code Compliance where he enforced city law and violations against property owners who were in violation of city code.
He is familiar with the 40 year certifications process and the re-certification process that buildings must complete every 10 years thereafter. He has raised several ideas for improving the certification process and once re-elected looks forward to continuing to work with the Building Director on better processes for older buildings. Shortly after his first election, he created the city's first Sustainability Committee where he served as Chair. One of the state goals of the committee was to help erect greener and more sustainable buildings. Góngora presently serves as Vice Chair of the City of Miami Beach Land Use & Sustainability Committee where he regularly brings forth and votes on ideas to make city land use processes better.
As a resident activist, you can count on Commissioner Góngora to be the voice of reason and a voice for the residents of Miami Beach. He frequently asks questions and crafts modified solutions that allow projects to move forward in a more beneficial manner for residents and ensures that the public benefits received from those projects are robust.
He remains focused on building safety as well as smart development which does not overburden the city infrastructure and reduces quality of life.
Commissioner Góngora knows that public safety is our #1 concern as residents of Miami Beach. Shortly after his election, Góngora placed a recurring discussion item on Crime and Public Safety on the Neighborhoods & Quality of Life Committee for quarterly discussion. As a result of these discussions as well as other items which have been placed before the Commission, the City of Miami Beach has recently:
Góngora supported several ideas to reduce crime in South Beach including calling for more foot patrol of police officers.
In addition, he has introduced several ideas to help re-brand Miami Beach as an arts and cultural destination to draw in a higher level of visitors to the City of Miami Beach. Some of these ideas have included creating an outdoor art promenade along Ocean Drive/ Lummus Park and bringing in events such as a Light Festival which takes place in Lyon, France. Commissioner Góngora recently sponsored creating a Community Court program similar to what the City of Ft. Lauderdale is doing. Once implemented this would allow certain defendants of certain misdemeanor and municipal ordinances an opportunity to receive rehabilitation in a cohesive setting. The idea has been embraced and recommended by the Miami Beach Police Chief. Góngora has also worked to reach out to the criminal court to advocate for repeat criminals to be prevented from returning to the City of Miami Beach streets and has called for zero tolerance of felony crimes and crimes of violence.
He frequently walks the city streets to personally see that action is being taken to prevent crime and often collaborates with the City of Miami Beach Police Dept. He will continue to work to make Miami beach a safer, cleaner and better city for all residents.
Commissioner Góngora recognizes the challenges we are facing due to traffic and lack of mobility. He regularly places items on the Miami Beach Commission agenda addressing these points and requiring the Florida Dept. of Transportation and others to appear before the Commission and give reports on city traffic projects. He also works with neighborhood associations to alert them to projects which may impact traffic so that we are aware. He regularly requests that the City of Miami Beach have better planning over proposed construction projects that impact residents quality of life.
He also consistently corresponds with Miami-Dade County and FDOT over the synchronization of traffic lights in our city. He remains concerned that the County is not regularly checking our traffic lights and serves as a conduit between residents and Miami-Dade County to work on better timing them.
He also advocated for several key new stop signs and crosswalks which make Miami Beach safer. For many years, Góngora has advocated for both a beach-walk and a bay-walk connecting our city for a pedestrian experience. The vision for a citywide beach-walk from 1st Street - 88th Street is, at last, coming to fruition this year after many years of advocacy. You can regularly find him out walking on the beach-walk speaking with residents and working on concerns to make the beach-walk experience better for all.
Góngora has also advocated for pedestrian safety and bicycle safety. The City of Miami Beach has installed more bicycle lanes in the past five years than ever before. In addition, during his tenure as Commissioner the city has operated a citywide trolley system for free so that residents have an alternative mode of transportation to get around the city.