Fausto Gomez

Fausto Gomez has been chief lobbyist to the Village of Key Biscayne for nearly a decade. A graduate of Florida International University, Gomez’s first job out of college was as Chief of Staff for legendary former city of Miami Mayor; Maurice Ferre.

He began lobbying for FIU in 1980 and continues to serve as a consultant, having had a role in projects such as their acquisition of a medical school, law school, as well as the college of nursing, and engineering.

Gomez said understanding the needs of the client, and preparation, presentation, and perseverance, are key to successfully making a difference in Tallahassee politics.

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The following commentary are high points of particular interest to Key Biscayne from a recent interview with Islander News on this year’s legislative session:

“It was a good year for Key Biscayne. The legislature appropriated $100,000 for pedestrian improvements on Crandon Boulevard.

(Village Council Member) Katie Petros led the charge on no texting while driving (HB 107) that was approved and the governor signed the legislation today as a matter of fact.

The challenge has always been for a number of years that some of the minority communities believed texting would be used as an excuse to pull them over. This was coupled with a civil justice issue from the libertarian streak in Tallahassee. You almost had an unspoken coalition between those advocates that was finally overcome this year.

The bill was sponsored by the incoming Florida Senate president (Bill Galvano, R-Bradenton) and it showed a seriousness and a legislative interest at the highest levels. Providers like A T & T and Verizon were strong supporters.

Senate Bill 796 on undergrounding creates an alternative mechanism for funding of the undergrounding of utilities throughout the state of Florida.

Key Biscayne also had an issue with the plastic straws. Even though it was approved as an amendment to a larger bill, the governor vetoed the whole bill. This is one of the first instances in a long time when a leader has sought to preserve home rule authority.”

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