Fund the Byron Carlyle

Three years ago, the Byron Carlyle Theater was deemed unsuitable for operations and shut down. Now, it’s at risk of being demolished.

As your City Commissioner, I’ve always been a supporter of smart development that benefits our city and our residents. And the Byron Carlyle offers us a great opportunity to use a city asset to spur culture, entrepreneurship and revitalize North Beach.

If we dedicate city resources to this building/location, we can create a state-of-the-art cultural center that will reshape the future of our city. That’s why I sponsored a resolution that will fund the Byron Carlyle. 

My resolution will ensure funding is available to plan the development of the Byron Carlyle into a state-of-the-art cultural center that will revitalize 71st Street without sacrificing the unique charms of our city. 

Fund the Byron Carlyle

If we’re going to build a strong future for Miami Beach, we need to invest in the cultural and economic well-being of our city and our residents — including North Beach. And this plan to redevelop the Bryon Carlyle will do just that.

Doing nothing is not an alternative. We need to take this opportunity to move our city forward. If you agree, click here to support my work on the City Commission. 

With gratitude,
Mark

Note: Referendum 1 on this year’s ballot proposes extending the lease of the Holocaust Memorial site. I fully support the lease amendment and encourage you to vote YES!

My statement on the City Commissioner’s race

I’ve had the honor to serve our community for nearly four years, and I am entirely focused on campaigning hard over the next two months to continue to earn the trust of our voters.

Recently, a lawsuit was filed against my opponent in the race for Miami Beach City Commission, Group 2, claiming that he has not met the residency requirements to run in Miami Beach this year.

While I am not a party to any lawsuit, I believe it is crucial that our Charter is upheld and that concerned residents are assured that candidates on the ballot are legally qualified. In fact, the City relies on the sworn statements of candidates and does not validate residency information.

To learn more about the ongoing dispute in the Commissioner’s race, click here. 

Statement

As I meet every day with residents, I share my promise to take on the big issues ahead to ensure everyone feels safe in the City and that we double down on efforts to improve resident quality of life.

I know this year has been tough for many, and we must do more as a Commission to meet the needs of our residents.

I am confident that through our campaign’s direct voter engagement, we will earn the continued trust and votes of our residents to serve another four-year term on the Commission. That is my focus through November.

With Gratitude

Mark

We have an opponent

Dear Neighbors and Friends,

Today, an opponent entered our race.

While this raises the stakes of our campaign, it doesn’t change my priorities.

I’m very proud of what we’ve accomplished together in the last four years. And my focus will remain on taking serious actions addressing the important issues facing Miami Beach.

Mark's Priorities

I’m ready to continue my work for the people of Miami Beach. But, first, I’m going to need your help to win this race.

There’s no better time to join Team Samuelian and your support, including financial contributions, is greatly appreciated. Click here to make a contribution today.

Yours in service,
Mark

Join me Tuesday, September 7 at 8:30 am

BREAKING NEWS: Mayor Philip Levine has endorsed my campaign!

Happy Labor Day! As your Commissioner, I’ve made it my priority to work with unions across Miami Beach – and I’m humbled by their continued support. Enjoy the holiday – for those who continue to ensure Miami Beach runs smoothly and effectively, THANK YOU!

Happy Labor Day

Join us at the Tuesday Morning Breakfast Club with former Mayor Matti Bower and Community Leader Elsa Urquiza where I will discuss my ongoing legislative initiatives for Miami Beach.

Tuesday, September 7, 2021 at 8:30 am
David’s Cafe at the Shelborne Hotel
1801 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach

Endorsements

This past Sunday, I was honored to represent the City of Miami Beach and discuss public safety and major new initiatives which you can view on This Week in South Florida.

 

This Week in South Florida

Finally, for all who celebrate Rosh Hashanah, we wish you a good and sweet New Year. Shanah tovah!

With gratitude,

Mark

Dramatically increasing public safety resources

BREAKING NEWS: Mark is proud to have again earned the support of community leader Frank Del Vecchio!

The number one job of local government is maintaining and improving public safety. And as your City Commissioner, I’ve fought hard to keep our community safe. These efforts have been widely recognized in the community including the endorsement from SOBESafe, a residents’ organization laser focused on safety issues.

Miami Beach is finalizing its annual budget, and throughout this process, I’ve been busy advocating for your safety, Laura.

In the new budget, I sponsored, co-sponsored, or advocated for the following enhancements to our city’s safety:

Public Safety

I’m confident that these new enhancements to our city budget will go a long way toward making our residents feel safer in Miami Beach. But, there’s much more work to be done to keep our homes, streets, and neighborhoods safe.

In my next term as your City Commissioner, I’ll continue to put public safety and resident quality of life at the very top of the city’s and my agenda. If you’re with me, click here to make a contribution to my campaign today.

Thank you for your support.

— Mark

Helping homeowners adapt to sea level rise

BREAKING NEWS: Mark is proud to again receive the SAVE endorsement! SAVE is recognized as South Florida’s longest serving organization dedicated to protecting the LGBTQ community against discrimination. 

 

Sea level rise is a scientific fact and a real risk to South Florida — particularly for residents of Miami Beach. And as flooding continues to put our safety and our property at risk, it’s critical that we take action.

That’s why I sponsored an innovative program offering residents matching grants of up to $20,000 for projects to increase resiliency and protect against flooding. 

Sea Level Rise

Here’s how the program works:

In the coming budget year, Miami Beach has over $1 million available for private property adaptation projects.

In Spring of 2022, the city will launch initial property assessments with recommendations and costs for qualifying resiliency projects. The assessment would then qualify the property owner to apply for a 50/50 improvement grant, up to $20,000 per property.

Here in Miami Beach, we understand the urgency of updating our city’s infrastructure to withstand increased flooding and natural disasters, and the goal of this initiative is to prevent flood damage now and in the future. 

But, this is just the beginning. There’s still a lot of work to do if we’re going to protect our city from the impact of sea level rise. And I’m committed to doing just that in my next term as your City Commissioner. If you’re with me, click here to make a contribution today. 

With gratitude,

Mark

My priorities for Miami Beach

For the past four years, I’ve been fighting for Miami Beach residents on the City Commission, working to enhance our public safety and improve our quality of life.

I’m proud of what we’ve accomplished together; however, we clearly have more work ahead.

Here are some of my priorities in my next term:

Public Safety

Building Safety

Pedestrian & Cycling

Resiliency

Financial Stewardship

My top priority will always be serving as your voice and advocate on the City Commission. And I’m committed to making real progress on the issues that matter most to our community.

I know that, together, we can make our vision for the future of Miami Beach a reality. Click here to make a contribution to my campaign today. 

With gratitude,

Mark

Reflecting on resiliency

Resiliency and climate change are critical issues for our community, and there’s no denying that we’re going to face significant challenges as we address flooding, rising sea levels, and hurricanes.

I have faith that we can come together as a community to meet and overcome the difficulties that lie ahead for Miami Beach, which is why I have sponsored this Resiliency Vision for Miami Beach. 

Today, I’m proud to share that, in partnership with Florida International University, we’re hosting the first-ever “Inspirational Visioning Workshop for a Resilient Miami Beach in 2070.” Click here to RSVP for the virtual workshop.

The event will showcase architectural renderings by FIU students who were asked to imagine a future shaped by a changing climate.

We’ve all heard dire predictions concerning sea level rise, but I’m encouraged to see that today’s architecture students are already imagining innovative solutions that will help us address the challenges of sea level rise and hurricanes in the decades to come.

I hope you can join us as we discuss how we can build a safe, resilient, and sustainable future for Miami Beach. Click here to RSVP today. 

With gratitude,
Mark

The Miami Beach community stands with Mark

Mark is an honest public servant through and through. He knows that, more than anything else, Miami Beach residents want to feel safe. As our City Commissioner, he’s made public safety a priority.

It’s no wonder that Mark has earned the support of local leaders, organizations, and advocates who are fighting to make Miami Beach a better, safer place to live.

Support Mark

We’re proud to have a broad base of support in our community. From Mayor Dan Gelber to our local firefighters’ union, the people who make a real difference in the lives of Miami Beach residents are standing with Mark.

They all know that Mark is a skilled, compassionate leader who listens to his constituents and works to deliver real victories for our residents. And they know that he’ll continue to put public safety first in his next term.

We hope you’ll join our firefighters, first responders, hospitality workers, local leaders, and so many others in supporting Mark’s re-election campaign. Click here to make a contribution today!

Thank you,

Laura Dominguez and Team Samuelian

From Beach to Bay

Finding innovative ways to improve our city and our quality of life has been my top priority as your City Commissioner.

One of my proudest days in office was November 6, 2018, when a number of important referendums passed, including the creation of the Inspector General’s office, the approval of the Convention Center Hotel and, perhaps most significantly, the approval of the G.O. Bond program.

The $439M G.O. Bond has been and will continue to be truly transformative for Miami Beach, and I’m proud to have been a leading advocate for its approval. 

As a result of funding from the G.O. Bond program, the Beachwalk is now fully open from South Pointe Park to 79th Street, so residents and visitors can walk, bike, or run! Our city is also using G.O. Bond funding to connect South Pointe Park to the bay with a new pedestrian bridge over 5th street and to accelerate progress on our Baywalk.

Thanks to our work promoting and supporting the G.O. Bond program, soon, people will be able to walk from the beach, around South Pointe Park and continue to the bay in South Beach.

GO Bond

I’m proud to have advocated for these game-changing projects. Through our hard work and consistent outreach to the Miami Beach community, the G.O. Bond passed with a resounding 70% voter approval. To learn more about the G.O. Bond program, click here. 

We all have a vision for the future of Miami Beach. I’m running for re-election to make that vision a reality, and I know that innovative programs like the G.O. Bond will help us get there. 

I will always fight for innovation and progress. With our May fundraising deadline just around the corner, can you make a contribution today to support our work building a better future for Miami Beach? 

Thank you for your support.

— Mark