David Singer is running for councilmember of Palmetto Bay District-2. As Chief Financial Officer and CEO of Berkowitz Development Group, his professional focus is on real estate and commercial-property development and management. Born in South-Dade and raised in what is now the Village of Palmetto Bay, he attended Coral Reef Elementary, as well as Palmetto Junior and Senior High Schools.
I believe there is an overall feeling among Palmetto Bay residents that certain aspects and actions of our municipal government are not being conducted in a transparent manner. I would like to address the concerns of residents who believe that governance at Village Hall is taking place behind closed doors. I want to open up the Village Hall to more transparency.
Asked what I would do in my first 100 days, if elected my first course of business will be to interview all the Palmetto Bay charter officers to ensure that they are in agreement with community priorities – because I have been elected to respond to resident wishes. It is extremely important to impress upon Village management that its primary function is to act on policy as directed by council, not special-interest groups.
I would also address the Village’s massive traffic problem. I plan to sit down with the village manager and any members of staff engaged in traffic calming to review all related reports to gain an understanding of just how and why Village Hall has made decisions regarding traffic changes implemented over the last nine months. I believe since talking with many, many village residents, their top priority is getting this growing issue under control. As such, the Village should seek assistance from the best traffic engineer and urban planner available.
I will then focus on the problem with planned overdevelopment in our community. If residents feel disheartened now by the degrading quality of life caused by growing traffic, they must understand that the root of the problem is allowing Village Hall to continue down its path of unchecked overdevelopment. My plan is to review and determine whether the zoning of the downtown district (with 6,000 new apartments/condos) and the Palmetto Bay Village Center (with 485 new apartments/condo) was properly implemented.
I hope to have your support for the District 2 seat.
David Singer is a graduate of Florida State University School of Business. He also received a Certificate of Accounting after two years at University of Miami, holds a Florida CPA & Florida Realtor License, and worked as a public auditor at Kenneth Leventhal & Company. Singer is on the Executive Board of Directors of the Real Estate Education & Research at FSU, he is a member of the Florida Institute of Certified Public Accountants & American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, and is a member of the International Council of Shopping Centers.
Contact David Singer at 305-903-3700, via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org, via his website at www.davidmsinger.com, www.electdavidsinger.com, or on Facebook.