By Steven J. Wernick, Miami Herald, Oct. 1, 2017
Entering a City of Miami official’s office recently, I was greeted by two affectionate pups rescued from shelters after being abandoned during Hurricane Irma. In the midst of recovery efforts and growing frustration over extended power outages across Miami, I found a sense of optimism thinking about Miami’s amazing ability to unite, reimagine itself and bounce back.
For example, Hurricane Andrew in 1992 ushered in a significant period of economic growth and development. Miami’s housing market collapsed in 2008, yet came roaring back within a few years. In response to increasing prevalence of king tides, Greater Miami & the Beaches has joined 100 Resilient Cities — a joint commitment to exploring strategies to strengthening our community. With the City of Miami’s $400 million GO Bond going to voters on the November ballot, Miami seems poised post-Irma to take a significant leap towards shaping a more resilient Miami.