Before he became vice mayor of Miami Shores, Daniel Marinberg moved to the community in August 2019, thinking there were a number of ways he might be able to assist the Village.
So he decided to run for office and was elected in April 2021 as the second-highest vote-getter, missing first place — and the position of mayor — by 23 votes or so.
“I believe I am the second-ever openly LGBTQ individual elected to the Village Council in Miami Shores,” Marinberg proudly said.
Within the last two weeks, the Miami Shores Village successfully and unanimously approved its first Human Rights ordinance. Marinberg said Miami Shores has become a highly diverse community with one of the highest concentrations of same-sex households in the country.
“Although we had a welcoming and warm community, we had not codified the types of protections that should be codified for multiple groups of people, including the LGBTQ community,” Marinberg said. “Miami Shores was also losing points on its Human Rights Campaign Municipal Equality Index for the lack of codified protections.”
Marinberg said when he was campaigning for his position in the Village, one of the key promises of his campaign was to provide for greater visibility and accessibility for Pride-related activities and displays and to provide for legal protections for the community.
“We have accomplished both,” Marinberg said.
This past June was the first-ever display of Pride in Miami Shores with banners and events in the Village. Beginning in May, the Village Council started the process of drafting and passing the Human Rights Ordinance.
“The ordinance protects against discrimination in housing and employment for the LGBTQ community, as well as numerous other groups that face discrimination,” Marinberg said. “We borrowed language from the Pinecrest ordinance, from Miami-Dade County definitions and from portions of the proposed federal Equality Act to create our ordinance in Miami Shores.”
While sitting on the Board of the National LGBTQ Task Force, chairing its 25th annual Gala this year and philanthropically supporting many other local LGBTQ organizations, Marinberg said, “For me, it was critical to ensure that the law in Miami Shores provided protections for our community and was a strong indicator that the Miami Shores Village is welcoming, supportive and protective of its LGBTQ residents.”
Marinberg added: “The question is often raised why we can’t just rely on county protections and provisions. For me, it is critical that we have the strongest protections at the local level as that is where we control our own destiny. Rights can be taken away, impaired or altered at other levels of government, but if we maintain the strictest and strongest standards at our own local level, then we are sure to keep our own beliefs as to the protections that should be afforded to all groups alive and well in our communities.”
Miami Shores is primarily a bedroom community for those working in Greater Miami and has a sizable retired population. The Village is mostly single-family residential homes with very few multi-family units and only two small commercial areas along Northeast Second Avenue and Biscayne Boulevard.
For more information about the Village of Miami Shores, go to www.miamishoresvillage.com.