The Real Deal Miami

Regalado coasts to mayoral win, signaling change of pace for Miami development

November 04, 2009 12:54PM

Tomás Regalado, the longtime city commissioner whose campaign platform centered on putting a stop to what he has called wasteful spending on large public projects, won a sweeping victory in Miami’s mayoral race yesterday. He had attacked Mayor Manny Diaz, who was not up for reelection, on development initiatives like downtown highrises and a new baseball stadium in Little Havana, many of which were backed by his opponent, Joe Sanchez. Residents bought into Regalado’s promise to shift the focus from “inefficient projects tailored to fill the pockets of the affluent,” granting him nearly 72 percent of their votes Tuesday. [Miami Herald]