Welcome Friends and Neighbors:
It is my honor to represent you as mayor.
Our city keeps moving forward, having been honored as an All-America City by the National Civic League. Fort Lauderdale is ranked as one of the most exciting places in the nation to live and one of the best places for businesses to operate. Our unemployment numbers are below the state of Florida and national average. We also are among the top American vacation destinations, with visitors spending more than $10 billion a year in the greater Fort Lauderdale area.
Fort Lauderdale also takes pride in its growing diversity.
Greater Fort Lauderdale has hundreds of LGBT-owned businesses and annually welcomes more than 1.3 million LGBT visitors. These tourists spend more than $1.5 billion here a year. We are home to one of the nation’s largest Metropolitan Community Church congregations, the Sunshine Cathedral; the Stonewall National Museum and Archives, which is the largest and only permanent space in the United States devoted to the display of exhibitions relating to LGBT culture and history; and the World AIDS Museum, the only museum in the world dedicated to tell the story of the disease and those who have been affected by it. Census data shows Fort Lauderdale with one of the highest concentrations of same-sex couple households in the nation.
My promise is to make sure we have a quality of life that is the best it can be. As your mayor, I will fight for responsible growth, community involvement in development decisions, increased fiscal responsibility in city government and the maintenance of the great quality of life in our neighborhoods.
Together, we can make Fort Lauderdale an even better place to live.