On the Issues

Smart Development

Ben believes in balanced growth that preserves and protects our neighborhoods while promoting responsible and sustainable development. He will work to ensure that development projects align with the best interests and needs of our community today and in the future.

Ben is committed to giving residents a voice in development decisions. He will advocate for transparent and inclusive processes that consider and incorporate responses to the concerns and feedback of our citizens.

During his time in office Ben proudly worked with his constituents and colleagues to ensure development throughout the city was sustainable, economically beneficial to our community and protective of neighborhoods. Ben led the opposition to projects that he felt did not accomplish those goals, including Alexan, AHF, Bahia Mar and a 572-foot tower next to our historic district.

Public Safety

Ben will continue his fight for public safety. Given his military background and his past service as a police chaplain, Ben is uniquely situated to understand the dynamics public safety leaders and professionals face in carrying out their duties. As a father, husband, and former elected official he understands what the community expects, needs, and values when it comes to public safety.

During his time in office, Ben successfully stopped gun shows in Holiday Park, making our community safer. When elected Ben will continue to work to implement common-sense measures to protect our residents from gun violence and support dynamic initiatives which will result in safer neighborhoods and improved community relationships.

Ben recognizes the importance of supporting our first responders. He will work to ensure they have the resources, facilities, and training they need to keep our community safe. Ben is proud to have worked to achieve community approval of a bond to fund a replacement of the Fort Lauderdale Police Department headquarter which was built in the 1950’s. Working with neighbors to identify an EMS substation site south of the tunnel which reduces response times from 9 minutes to 4 minutes was another key accomplishment Ben was proud to be a part of. As a Commissioner, Ben also help lead the effort to add new firefighters and police officers to our City.

Stormwater & Infrastructure

The approach to stormwater and infrastructure in our City has improved, and we have more work to do. Rather than the “set it and forget it” approach, residents of this community deserve a more holistic approach that has 4 aspects: maintain, repair, reinvest, and replace. During Ben’s time in office $600 million in stormwater and infrastructure improvements were initiated, many are completed and many are still underway. Every improvement underway needs to be fast-tracked to completion and those yet to begin must be expedited and completed in an accountable and expeditious fashion. Ben is committed to ensuring a neighborhood-focused approach to protect our communities from sea-level rise and flooding.

Each time our residents suffer impacts of serious rain events or other serious weather events, there is an opportunity to learn from the experience and identify how we can best respond to and serve our residents in the future. Ben is committed to supporting ever- improving responses to residents, including an expanded fleet of vacuum trucks and portable pump stations.

He will prioritize stormwater infrastructure bond funding and increase stormwater funding to address this critical issue.

Ben has a demonstrated track record of being committed to ensuring residents have an active voice in the infrastructure decisions being made in District 4 and in our City. Whether the discussion is on the matter of traffic, alternative modes of transportation, sidewalks, crosswalks, residents are just as essential to the conversation as infrastructure is to a community.


Ben played a key role in the City changing its approach to homelessness in 2018 and established homelessness as top priority of the City Commission. During his time in office Ben earned national recognition for his efforts to address homelessness in Fort Lauderdale when he relocated his office to a downtown homeless encampment. Championing the importance of community and business partnerships as a means to address homelessness, Ben was a critical participant in the housing of encampment residents and the formation of the City and 17th Judicial Circuit partnership to operate “Community Court”. This partnership was formed with the overarching goal of addressing the underlying causes of homelessness and their impacts on the community at large. The key to the success of this program lies in the growing list of partners, which includes public, nonprofit and private sector service providers and is seeing so much success that surrounding communities are looking to use it as a model.

A long time advocate for homeless members of our community, Ben is a founding member of Mission United Broward County which is dedicated to supporting veterans and their unique needs when navigating homelessness.

Ben’s commitment to finding real solutions to address homelessness is unwavering. He will continue to raise awareness, engage with local organizations, and collaborate to find compassionate and sustainable solutions.

Protecting our Environment

Ben is a strong advocate for environmental protection and is realistic about the fact that the impacts of climate change and sea-level rise are experienced more severely in Fort Lauderdale than in neighboring inland cities, particularly during King Tide season. During Ben’s time in office he was proud to lead the efforts to ban single use plastic straws and styrofoam at the beach, at City properties, and by City vendors. After years of planning and collaboration with numerous entities, Ben was glad to work with neighbors going from construction in 2020 to completion in 2021, at the River Oaks Stormwater Preserve. This project is a major component of a larger master plan to address flooding in River Oaks & Edgewood; serves as area for stormwater run-off collection, retention, & pre-treating prior to discharge; and includes features such as boardwalks, gazebos, and also serves as a native wetland habitat.

Committed to environmental leadership and advocacy which will benefit current and future generations of residents, Ben will continue to support policies and initiatives aimed at preserving our natural resources, cleaning up our waterways, reducing pollution, and addressing climate change.

Ben will promote sustainable practices, including renewable energy, waste reduction, and conservation efforts, to create a greener and more sustainable Fort Lauderdale.

In recent months Fort Lauderdale residents have seen severe impacts to their housing quality stemming from weather related events. In too many cases, the less access to weatherization a resident had the more serious the impact was on the resident and their housing. Ben is committed to elevating the conversation on equitable weatherization. He will work to ensure there is equal opportunity for access to weatherization services which in turn will lower home and housing costs while simultaneously enhancing resident housing quality and health.

Preserving and Protecting Our Waterways

Ben has a track record as a strong proponent of innovative actions with a focus on both restoration and preservation of our waterways.  Ben worked tirelessly in furtherance of water quality, a top Commission priority, during his time in office. In January of 2021, Ben was proud to be part of the newly formed partnership with the City of Fort Lauderdale and Miami Waterkeeper for the purposes of obtaining additional water quality testing on a weekly basis at 10 recreational use sites across the City.  That same year, the City deployed pollution control baffles which prevent debris from entering waterways and rolled out a pilot project utilizing machinery known as protein skimmers to clean the Himmarshee Canal in the Beverly Heights area.  More, the dredging of George English Lake was completed and the Tarpon River dredging to take place the following year was contracted for.  In August of 2022, the City of Fort Lauderdale marked the completion of the Tarpon River restoration and remediation project, as Vice Mayor and Rio Vista resident, Ben was honored to lead the celebration ceremony.  This surface water enhancement project included hydraulic and mechanical dredging and resulted in the removal of approximately 2,000 cubic yards of sediment along 800 feet of the Tarpon River in Rio Vista.  The completion of this project continues to contribute to the improvement of water quality in the Tarpon River. 

In collaboration with community partners and the City administration, Ben advocated for the creation of a Chief Waterway Officer who would oversee water water quality, testing and improvement in our city support by a team of code officers and water experts. Thankfully, the Mayor and Commission have embraced this idea and it is moving forward towards funding.

In furtherance of his commitment to ongoing public education and involvement Ben was proud to support City campaigns to raise awareness surrounding the use of City marine facilities to ensure responsible and sustainable pumpouts, techniques and habits within the boating community. During his time in office Ben was proud to spearhead the effort to create a living mangrove coastline in close proximity to New River Middle School as a live learning environment and protected ecosystem available to all.  Upon return to office Ben looks forward to helping this New River Middle project come to fruition.  

While he is proud of the work he helped accomplish as it relates to the health and future of our waterways, Ben recognizes there is still more work to do.  Ben is committed to:

  • Reducing fertilizer, herbicide, and pesticide use in our City;
  • Optimizing the ongoing weekly water quality testing by implementing source tracing to identify septic tanks, microbial sources, molecular sources, and nutrient sources which are negatively impacting our water quality;
  • Implement interventions to prevent the need for future clean-ups by exploring the possible impacts of construction sites, sewage/septic sources, industrial dumping on our waterways; 
  • Taking a preventative approach by exploring the install of storm drain sensors, increasing the scheduling of drain clean-outs, increased street sweeping, and the identification of hotspots and patterns relating to drain blockages; 
  • Exploring green infrastructure options, including improved drainage spaces and nutrient removal; and
  • Public involvement and education campaigns.
Supporting Our Local Economy

Ben is committed to expanding on his past efforts which were supportive of Fort Lauderdale’s unique local economy. During his time in office he supported a City employee wage increase, improving the accessibility of employment benefits, and implementing practices to make City employment more accessible. Ben is committed to fostering a community which is supportive of small businesses, veteran employment, and ripe with workforce development offerings. Fort Lauderdale’s marine industry and our waterways are a vital part of our local economy. Ben will support the preservation of waterways which underlies the potential for multi- industry success and growth ensuring that our city remains a premier destination for hospitality, tourism, and marine-related businesses and events.

Improving the Resident “Customer Service Experience”

Residents deserve to feel valued, fairly treated, and responded to in a timely fashion in every interaction they have with the City. Whether the resident interaction is stemming from a code enforcement concern, service request, or an email to his office, Ben is committed to making sure every resident feels their voice is heard and considered. Ben is committed to exploring avenues for improving the “Customer Service Experience.”

For example, in response to recent resident concerns and news reports relating to utility bill discrepancies upon his return to office Ben has shared with residents that he will request an inquiry into possible areas of opportunity for our utility billing process. This inquiry will tie into the advanced metering infrastructure which is underway. Ben will seek to have existing city-wide utility billing data reviewed to provide an immediate snapshot of the customer experience, utilizing data on complaints and patterns within those complaints, etc. to determine if further action is warranted. Second, he would like to see the existing utility dispute resolution process compared with model standards to ensure clear, fair, and accessible processes for the consumer for the purpose of identifying if further action is warranted. Lastly, in consideration of the information gleaned and the future of the City in mind, Ben will ask his colleagues to join him in consideration of the need to create an Office of Utility Customer Advocacy responsible for collecting data on billing issues and customer complaints, investigating systemic problems, and recommending reforms.

Airport Noise & Flight Pattern Changes

Alongside Lauderdale Isles Civic Improvement Association’s Airport Noise Committee, Retained Counsel, FAA, and Broward County we were able to collaborate to achieve flight pattern changes at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport which have reduced noise in the neighborhood.

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The Campaign is based in the United States and is directed to United States residents. We process and store information in the United States. While we do not direct our services to residents of other countries, it is possible that those residents may access and use the Site. If you are located outside the United States, we and our service providers may transfer your information to, or store or access to your information in, jurisdictions that may not provide equivalent levels of data protection as your home jurisdiction. By providing personal information, you consent to the transfer of your personal information to the United States and the use of your personal information, in accordance with this Privacy Policy. If we collect personal information from European Union residents, we strive to do so in a manner in compliance with Regulation (EU) 2016/679 of the European Parliament and of the Council of April 27, 2016 (the “GDPR”), which includes acknowledgment of European Union residents’ rights, including the following:

  • to withdraw your consent to the processing of personal information about you to which you have previously given consent;
  • to object to processing of personal information about you for the purpose of direct marketing; and
  • to have incorrect personal information about you corrected.

European Union residents also have the right to obtain a copy of the personal information we have about you, although we reserve the right to charge a fee for this.  

Your Choices

Promotional Communication

You may opt out of receiving promotional emails or text messages from the Campaign by following the instructions in those emails or text messages. If you opt out, we may still send you non-promotional emails, such as those about your use of the Site.

Updating Information

You may opt out of receiving promotional emails or text messages from the Campaign by following the instructions in those emails or text messages. If you opt out, we may still send you non-promotional emails, such as those about your use of the Site.


Most web browsers are set to accept cookies by default. If you prefer, you can usually choose to set your browser to remove or reject browser cookies. For more information about cookies and how to disable them, you can consult the information at www.allaboutcookies.org/manage-cookies. Please note that if you choose to remove or reject cookies, this could affect the availability and functionality of our Site. You may also opt out of third-party advertising networks by going to http://optout.networkadvertising.org. We are not responsible for the effectiveness of any such opt-out options. California residents may be entitled to know the effects of opt-out options under California Business & Professions Code Section 22575(b)(7). The effect of an opt-out, if successful, will be to stop targeted advertising, but it will still allow the collection of usage data for certain purposes (e.g., research, analytics and internal site operation purposes).

The Site uses cookies and tracking technologies. We use these cookies for a variety of purposes, including to remember your log-in status and viewing preferences from your previous use of our online services for when you later return to that online service. Our Site and online services use the following categories of cookies:

  • Strictly Necessary Cookies: We may use cookies required for system administration and to prevent fraudulent activity. We are not required to obtain your consent to use cookies that are strictly necessary.
  • Analytics and Performance-Related Cookies: We may use cookies to assess the performance of our online services, including to improve the content offered through the online services.
  • Functionality-Related Cookies: We may use cookies to tell us, for example, whether you have visited the online services before or if you are a new visitor and to help us identify the features in which you may have the greatest interest.
  • Targeting-Related Cookies: We may use cookies to deliver content, including advertisements relevant to your interests, on our online service and third-party sites based on how you interact with our advertisements or content.

Mobile Push Notifications / Alerts

With your consent, we may send promotional and non-promotional push notifications or alerts to your mobile device. You can deactivate these messages at any time by changing the notification settings on your mobile device.

Your California Privacy Rights

California law permits residents of California to request certain details about how their information is shared with third parties for direct marketing purposes. If you are a California resident and would like to make such a request, please contact us at Campaign Support.

How We Respond to Do Not Track Signals for California Residents

California Business & Professions Code Section 22575(b) (as amended effective January 1, 2014) provides that California residents are entitled to know how the Campaign responds to “Do Not Track” browser settings. The Campaign does not currently take actions to respond to Do Not Track signals because a uniform technological standard has not yet been developed. We continue to review new technologies and may adopt a standard once one is created.

Categories of Personal Information Sold and Disclosed for a Business Purpose

Pursuant to the California Shine the Light Law (Cal. Civil Code Section 1798.83), California residents have the right to request from a business, with whom the California resident has an established business relationship, certain information with respect to the types of personal information the business shares with third parties for direct marketing purposes by such third party and the identities of the third parties with whom the business has shared such information during the immediately preceding calendar year.

Although, as a non-profit with fewer than 20 employees, the Campaign is not subject to the California Shine the Light Law, any future disclosures to services providers will strive to be consistent, however, with the spirit of the Shine the Light Law. In the future, we may share your personal information with service providers as necessary to perform a campaign business purpose, including fundraising, publicity, sponsorships, e-commerce or other campaign related activities, and in a manner consistent with applicable law.

Further, as a non-profit, we are not a “business” subject to the California Consumer Privacy Act (“CCPA”) that goes into effect on January 1, 2020. Any disclosures to services providers will strive to be consistent, however, with the spirit of the CCPA (Cal. Civ. Code Section 1798.135 as of its effective date on January 1, 2020).


The Sites are not directed at children and we do not knowingly collect personal information directly from children (including information concerning a child or that child’s parents or guardians, any screen or user name that functions as online contact information for a child, any photograph, video, or audio file containing a child’s image or voice) directly from users under the age of thirteen (13) or from other web sites or services directed at children. Consistent with the Federal Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act of 1988 (“COPPA”), we will not knowingly request or collect personal information from any child under the age of thirteen (13) in the United States without obtaining the required consent from the appropriate parent or guardian. Children may access and browse the Site without disclosing any personal information. We will apply material changes to this Privacy Policy to conform with applicable law, including any applicable provisions of COPPA that require parental consent. Please visit www.ftc.gov/privacy/privacyinitiatives/childrens.html for information from the Federal Trade Commission about protecting children’s privacy online. If you have any reservations, questions or concerns about your child’s access to the Site or how information that your child provides is used by us, please contact us.

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