Mayor of Miami Beach
Mayor Gelber issued a lockdown order for all beaches and hotels in Miami Beach on March 23rd well in advance of the State of Florida.
We’ll be in conversation with Mayor Gelber about how the people of Miami Beach have fared, what the exit plan looks like and why Florida seems to be escaping with relatively few deaths, despite its gaining population.
Mayor Dan Gelber
Born in Miami Beach, Dan Gelber was raised to believe in public service and the importance of community. In 2017, he was elected Mayor of his hometown with over 82% support.
Dan started his career as a federal prosecutor, eventually becoming a decorated top deputy. He was then appointed by former U.S. Senator Sam Nunn as the Chief Counsel and Staff Director of the US Senate’s Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations where he worked on counter-terrorism issues and combated fraud and waste in government.
Dan returned home to serve Miami Beach as a Florida State Representative and Senator, and was unanimously elected by his colleagues to be their House Democratic Leader.
During this time he was a leading voice on strengthening public schools and improving public safety and public corruption laws. He also led the battle against windstorm insurance rate hikes and was a relentless champion for LGBT rights.
As Mayor, he has led the City on efforts to implement enhanced community policing and to elevate arts and culture, including in the school curriculum.
Dan practices law with the firm of Gelber Schachter & Greenberg PA in Miami and is listed in Best Lawyers in America, and Chambers.
"Our hotels have always been the lifeblood of our economy, so shuttering them is not something to do impulsively. But right now, as painful as it may be, the reality is we just cannot be a tourist destination."