Melissa is an expert in understanding why we behave the way we do. She’s has over 12 years of experience and has been trained in the scientific processes of human and business behavior. She’s excellent at figuring out solutions to problems by changing a few variables in the environment. Melissa graduated from Florida International University and obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology with a specialization in Applied Behavior Analysis. Several years later, she returned to graduate school and obtained a Master's in Industrial Organizational Psychology.
Melissa has always had an inexplicable passion for humanity and her community. During the first decade of her career, she specialized in evidence-based interventions that focused on improving the overall quality of life for individuals, schools, and communities. She has a proven record for LISTENING, ANALYZING and DELIVERING RESULTS. Melissa is a scientific data-driven woman that stands up for what is right. Very experienced in listening and being the voice for others.
Sadly, in September 2020, Melissa's mother passed away. It was then that Melissa was forced to leave her career and take over her moms Permit Expediting Business. Melissa has had great success during the time she began to manage M.E.D. Expediters. During this time Melissa's involvement with the Coral Gables community grew and became a priority.
Now Melissa sees a need to contribute to a bigger change that needs to happen here in her community of Coral Gables. Melissa can be a fresh voice to advocate and make the change all residents urge to see.
RESIDENT THAT SHOWS PASSION WITH ACTIONS
Depending on who you ask, Coral Gables is either over-developed or ripe for development.
As a longtime resident, I agree with the valid concerns that many residents have raised regarding the impact of new development, such as increased traffic congestion, strain on infrastructure, and changes to the city’s aesthetic and historic character. In my opinion, the City of Coral Gables should strive for healthy development that meets the needs of both residents and small businesses while preserving the city’s unique character. This requires a thoughtful and balanced approach that carefully considers the impacts of new development on the community and the environment. The most important thing to me is that the City should listen to residents’ concerns, involve them in the decision-making process, and that it does not come at the community’s expense. This means holding public hearings, engaging with residents and community groups, and incorporating feedback into development plans. The City should carefully evaluate each proposed development project on a case-by-case basis, taking into account the potential benefits and drawbacks.
After knocking on doors everyday... Overdevelopment is the one common concern that residents have. Let's stand together and STOP Overdevelopment. Let's listen to the residents.
Our role as elected officials should be to preserve the historic nature of our city and the essence of what makes it so special.
Phase plan to change septic tanks onto our sewer system. Our antiquated septic tanks are leaking and contaminating our aquifers.
"As someone who constantly works with the city, I have noticed the lack of knowledge that residents have when it comes to obtaining a building permit. I will work with the City of Coral Gables on providing the community with accessible information by hosting trainings and creating how-to video clips which are both reliable and user-friendly. With my expertise, my proposals will make accountability, organization, and transparency a priority. The residents come first and we must implement ways to make the permitting process faster and enhance user-friendliness technology".
As the commissioner, I will recommend these strategies and methods: