Miami Beach Commissioner David Richardson celebrated his birthday on Sunday with a Zoom broadcast.
Mayor Dan Gelber, Democratic party fundraiser Joe Falk, and film and sports festival organizer Mark Gilbert all participated in the virtual celebration, extending well wishes to Richardson.
Richardson used the time to talk about food distribution efforts during COVID-19. The city has been cooperating with All Souls Episcopal Church (Pine Tree Dr. & W. 40th Street) to process the food distribution to those in need.
Richardson said the response has been tremendous — so much so there is a “pause” in place on volunteers.
The virtual birthday party was produced by SAVE with executive director Orlando Gonzales moderating the broadcast.
Florida’s first openly gay elected state representative, Richardson endorsed Vice President Joe Biden’s 2020 bid for the White House. He said Biden called his election to the Florida House “remarkable.”
“He’s kissed me not once, but twice,” Richardson revealed with glee.
Elected to the Florida House in 2012, Richardson served two terms in Tallahassee before redirecting his efforts to a campaign for the open U.S. House seat in Congressional district 27. Defeated by Donna Shalala in the Democratic primary, Richardson returned to Miami Beach where he won a spot on the city dais during the last election.
Vice Mayor John Elizabeth Alemán — who Richardson jokingly referred to as his “coffee girl” also joined the broadcast to give happy birthday greetings.
The Commissioner and certified public accountant turned 63 on Saturday.