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Riviera Beach Referendum Questions
Riviera Beach Candidates
Dr. Julie Botel - Incumbent
I am running for a second term on the Riviera Beach City Council for two reasons: to finish some important work I have started; and to guide us through the massive projects we are undertaking during the next three years.
The Workforce Development Task Force I started has already made history as the first of its kind in the city. I need to continue to bring businesses to the table with educators to prepare workers for high-paying jobs in our city, particularly the marine industry and the logistics field.
The same is true for protecting our fragile lagoon wetlands and submerged lands from the ruthless developers who fight our citizens at every turn. I have led this fight through some significant legal successes but we must battle the developers as they continue to challenge and threaten our protected natural resources.
Coming up are a number of important projects that can make or break our city: the $220M Marina Phase 2 construction; the new Water Treatment Plant that will provide better drinking water for our citizens; a new state-of-the-art fire station; and a new municipal complex including City Hall.
I want to be here to lend my energy and expertise to all of these projects.
Dr. Glen Spiritis
Dr. Glen Spiritis is running for Riviera Beach City Council District 4 because his opponent does not have the experience or expertise in City Government to bring about the changes so desperately needed and Glen has a proven track record delivering results.
Glen’s 30-year government career was spent revitalizing diverse communities without gentrifying them. Glen’s experience includes serving as the Director of Planning and Community Development, Environmental Administrator, Deputy City Manager, and the Community Development Agency Commissioner where he secured over $450 million in county, state and federal grants.
Glen plans to use his successful track record to ensure Riviera Beach has safe, clean water by building a new water plant and transmission lines, developing the marina in a fiscally sound manner, and building more affordable housing for families and seniors. He plans to continue to spearhead the preservation and protection of the submerged land and ocean shoreline.
Glen has worked with the Army Corp of Engineers in funding & developing a $117 million dollar shoreline protection project as well as the full development of two diverse communities.
Vote for Dr. Glen Spiritis if you want a council member with experience to deliver results you can see.