Miami mayor delivers his State of the City address (includes video story)

Miami Mayor Francis Suarez stepped to the podium at Camillus House to give his State of the City address on Tuesday. 

Suarez reflected on his last six years as mayor and looked ahead to the future of Miami, highlighting that the city’s unemployment rate is 1.6%, a historic low, and there were only 31 homicides last year, a record low number for the city.  

Although Miami has suffered immensely with inflation, the city constructed 1,800 affordable housing units last year. 

Despite controversies from the city commission and a short-lived presidential run, the mayor proposed more power in city hall by transitioning into a strong-mayor government. 

“I…support moving to the Miami-Dade County system, mayor full-time with administrative authority,” said Suarez. 

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