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The Miami Beach Fraternal Order of Police announced Saturday that its members delivered a vote of no confidence against Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine.
The vote was conducted at the request of Miami Beach and Florida State President Bobby Jenkins. FOP members were asked whether or not they “have confidence in Mayor Levine.”
According to FOP, 249 of the 263 who voted checked the no box. More than 68 percent of members submitted ballots over the past three days.
Chief among the union leadership’s complaints is that Levine was absent during Memorial Day weekend, which was mostly calm in the early parts of the weekend before multiple shooting incidents took place, leading to two fatalities. The city hosted parties and visitors for Urban Beach Weekend along with the Air and Sea Show over the holiday weekend.
The union’s letter also says that Levine has failed to increase police staffing in residential areas and that he “failed to take into consideration the strain that additional events during Memorial Day Weekend and other high traffic days would have on resources.”
“Mayor Levine is completely disconnected and disengaged from the men and women who sacrifice their lives every day to protect Miami Beach’s residents and visitors. During his four years in office, Mayor Levine has yet to accept one meeting with us to discuss the issues that are most affecting Miami Beach law enforcement and our ability to perform our duties at the highest level of service,” Jenkins said.
He continued, “The Mayor’s lack of engagement and complete disregard for the people who serve this city, its residents and its visitors, shows that he is not suited to lead an international city like Miami Beach, much less any larger government entity.”