Mayor Daniella Levine Cava’s First 100 Days

It’s hard to believe that 100 days have already passed since I had the honor of being sworn in as the new Mayor of Miami-Dade County. In the first 100 days, my administration hit the ground running to build a more inclusive, resilient, and stronger Miami-Dade.

A STRONG Miami-Dade meets the challenges of today while making investments for tomorrow by taking action to:
  • save Biscayne Bay and build a more resilient environment to protect our waterways and drinking water
  • restore and reinvigorate a thriving economy that delivers economic security for Miami-Dade businesses and families and attracts new industries
  • make our county safer and more equitable through justice reforms
  • build a countywide operation to distribute vaccines efficiently and equitably and protect all communities against COVID
  • invest in neighborhoods and infrastructure to create better-connected, more livable communities and take on our affordability crisis
  • engage with residents and invite direct input into decision-making to make local government more responsive, transparent, and accountable

Read below for a status report on what we've already accomplished together to build a STRONG Miami-Dade in just the first 100 days – and join me for a 100 Days virtual town hall on Facebook or Twitter Monday, March 8 at 6 pm. Submit your questions in advance here or with the hashtag #DLC100Days.

Save Biscayne Bay

  • Announced a $20 million joint investment with the state of Florida to fund projects to protect and restore Biscayne Bay
  • Released the first-ever Biscayne Bay Report Card to provide transparent data on the health of the Bay and engage residents in solutions to protect it
  • Appointed Miami-Dade's first Chief Bay Officer, Irela Bague
  • Released the County’s Sea Level Rise Strategy, one of the most forward-looking plans in the country to combat sea level rise
  • Announced a partnership with six leading cruise companies and Florida Power & Light to bring shore power to PortMiami

Thriving Economy

  • Released ReNew305 plan to re-invigorate economic development in Miami-Dade through: 
    • Reviving Miami-Dade’s entrepreneurship ecosystem 
    • Exploring initiatives to safely bring back our tourism economy
    • A network of CEOs and business leaders ready to invest in Miami-Dade’s future
    • Economic partnerships to take our scale-ups to the next level
    • Workforce training to upskill residents to take on the jobs of the future
  • Created $60 million Emergency Rental Assistance Program to support struggling landlords and tenants 
  • Welcomed Southwest and JetBlue which began offering daily service at Miami International Airport, and broke ground on Cruise Terminals V and F at PortMiami

Reforms for Equity and Social Justice

  • Launched Miami-Dade's first Office of Equity and Inclusion under Director Jason Smith to open doors to economic prosperity for more Miami-Dade families
  • Appointed a Chief Community Services Officer, Morris Copeland, to oversee successful evidence-based prevention, intervention and reentry services, and lead our “No Wrong Door” initiatives so residents can receive the support they need no matter what point they enter County services; and a Chief Public Safety Officer, JD Patterson, to help rebuild trust between law enforcement and our community
  • Appointed a Senior Advisor for Innovation and Performance, Rahel Weldeyesus, to work across departments to drive change, engage directly with the public to bring new ideas and solutions, and help measure the progress and performance of these efforts

Operation: Our Best Shot

Our Best Shot Vaccination Program
  • Opened vaccination sites at locations Countywide including Tropical Park, Zoo Miami and Miami Dade College’s North Campus and developed a mobile program to bring vaccines directly to vulnerable, hard-to-reach communities 
  • Launched a vaccine pre-registration system in English, Spanish and Haitian Creole
  • Advocated for expanded state and federal supply of vaccines – the first federal vaccine site in Miami-Dade opened at Miami Dade College's North Campus
  • Partnered with community organizations and deploying teams to go door-to-door to expand vaccine access into underserved neighborhoods

Neighborhood Investments

  • Broke ground on Grove Central, a transit-oriented development that will be a model for the future of transportation and mobility
  • Hosted the first virtual Transit Town Hall to get direct input from riders
  • Took immediate action working with Chief Operations Officer Jimmy Morales to implement the C.A.V.A. Transit Plan outlined in partnership with the Transit Alliance, including:
    • Committing to implementing the Better Bus Network in 2021
    • Adopting dedicated bus lanes
    • Verifying and working quickly to implement the SMART Plan
    • Advancing the safety of pedestrians and cyclists as a top priority, which includes developing a Pedestrian-First Transportation Master Plan

Government in Communities

  • Launched a historic civic engagement campaign, Thrive305, to get direct input from residents to inform my priorities and policies. Over 26,000 residents responded to the Thrive305 survey! 
  • Hosted this year’s public budget meetings for residents to participate in the County budget process earlier than ever before 
  • Appointed Chief Financial Officer Ed Marquez to keep government running efficiently; a Senior Advisor for Policy, George Andrews, to ensure strong collaboration and dialogue across federal, state, county and city governments, business, and academia; and a new Director of Constituent Services, Cassandra Arnold, to make county government more responsive to residents

Mayor Daniella Levine Cava

Daniella Levine Cava was elected Miami-Dade County’s first-ever woman Mayor in November 2020. She enters the Mayor's office following a nearly 40-year career as a relentless advocate for South Florida families in public service and elected leadership.

As Miami-Dade County’s Mayor, she oversees a metropolitan government with nearly 30,000 employees serving nearly 3 million residents, managing an annual budget of approximately $10 billion.

A social worker, lawyer, and community activist, she was first elected in 2014, and re-elected in August 2018, to serve as the Miami-Dade County Commissioner representing District 8.