Fort Lauderdale Vice Mayor Heather Moraitis announced in an email statement Friday that she will be resigning from her post in November to pursue opportunities in education.
“Representing the people of Fort Lauderdale as a city commissioner has been the highlight of my career,” she said in the statement. “Fixing our water and sewer pipes, navigating uncertainty during a pandemic, planning for the future of transportation, and planning a 20-acre park for residents at Lockhart Park have been important initiatives I have been proud to prioritize with you over the past five years.”
She was not specific about her next steps, but cited her experience working in schools as she looks to the future.
“Exploring new and innovative ways to teach our young people has always been a passion of mine and I look forward to returning my primary focus to education and more time with my family,” she wrote.
Mayor Dean Trantalis recently announced during a press conference that he would not be running for Florida Congress.
In her five years on the Fort Lauderdale City Commission, Moraitis repeatedly voted against resolutions taking a stand for the LGBT community. She was a dissenting vote in a resolution that showed the city’s support for trans athletes — she said that it went against women’s rights. When Carvell Estriplet, a trans woman, came before the commission at the next meeting to share her thoughts on the struggles of the transgender community when Moraitis held her ground and even challenged Estriplet to arm wrestle.
“I do have to say I think you have a physical advantage over me, being born a biological female,” Moraitis said. “I have to look at Caitlyn Jenner, what she said this week. I have to look at people who also have experience and see what they say.”
Moraitis also offered to step down as the city’s representative to the Broward and Florida League of Cities when Commissioner Steve Glassman suggested that lobbyists to Tallahassee attach their resolutions to an appropriations bill. An active member at Coral Ridge Presbyterian, she presented the church with a proclamation celebrating the church’s 50th anniversary — many in the community were against this action because of the church’s long anti-LGBT history. Moraitis touted that her grandfather came out as gay and she still loved him.
She also left the dais before a series of resolution votes, including the “Don’t Say Gay” bill.
Even so, Moraitis has voted in favor of more progressive resolutions, however, including condemning the attacks on the Capitol, joining an amicus brief against conversion therapy, and banning discrimination against LGBT people in employment, housing and public accommodations in Fort Lauderdale.