Lynda Bell marks early success on growth and city audits as she completes first half year as mayor of Homestead
Citizens come first, says Lynda Bell, Homestead's first female mayor. Her election, she says, represents a shift among residents toward supporting officials who they believe will do the best job regardless of gender or social network.
She sees commercial development as Homestead's future and prides herself on smart-growth policies such as instating a condo and townhouse building moratorium to allow the city's infrastructure to catch up to the residential boom. A nearly all-new council means change, Ms. Bell says, though she plans to continue some initiatives she pushed as a former council member, namely related to education.
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