I’m Mitch Novick, a thirty-five year resident of Miami Beach. My Miami Beach real estate company, founded in July 1989, has successfully restored buildings from the 1930s, 1940s, and 1950s.
I take public service very seriously and have served a total of thirty-three years on various land use boards, Blue Ribbon panels, and committees. I’m most proud of:
1. My six-year tenure, including five years as Chairman, on the Miami Beach Historic Preservation Board. My Board effectively:
A. Fought demolition by neglect,
B. Fought a corrupted Building Department which was issuing weekly Emergency Demolition Orders,
C. Designated several local historic districts and individual historic sites found on Miami Beach
2. My eleven-year tenure, including eight years as Chairman, on the Miami-Dade County Historic Preservation Board. We fought for local historic designations of resources in Surfside, Bal Harbour, Bay Harbor Islands, and other designations throughout the County such as the Historic Hampton House.
3. I was appointed and elected Chairman of Mayor Dermer’s Blue Ribbon Panel on Structural Integrity of Buildings. The Committee was comprised of structural engineers, the top brass of both the Building and Planning Departments, as well as members of development community. We analyzed the cause and effect failure of structural systems throughout Miami Beach and made recommendations in my final report. Many of our recommendations have been adopted into City Code, such as minimum maintenance standards, replication, and demolition by neglect.
I have many civic accomplishments, such as saving the Coral Rock House, a historic 1916 home owned by tourism pioneer Avery Smith located on Collins Avenue. I instigated an FBI/FDLE investigation which culminated in the arrest and conviction of three high-level City of Miami Beach employees for taking in excess of one-hundred thousand dollars in a failed effort to destroy the historic Avery Smith Home. I will always fight Public Corruption head on!
I spearheaded the successful effort to save from demolition renowned American artist Jack Stewart’s “Apollo” mural on the Versailles Hotel. The mural is currently being restored at no cost to taxpayers and is slated to be installed on the new Fire Station No. 1.
As a business owner and resident, I’ve successfully fought City Hall for years for the greater good of the community. Now, I’m ready to do so from the dais.
Feel free to explore my website. My civic record speaks for itself. I look forward to meeting members of the Miami Beach community as I campaign to be your next Commissioner.
Paid by Mitch Novick, Non-partisan, for Miami Beach City Commission, Group 5.