Joe Serota has long been an advocate of the Miami-Dade Courthouse. He led successful campaigns to restore both the lobby and the ceremonial courtroom. He was honored by the Historical Museum of Southern Florida with its Silverman Award recognizing his tireless and successful efforts.
Today, the needs are different, but the courthouse is still the center of attention. Voters rejected a bond referendum to replace the overused building that is showing its age with visible decay, flooded floors and toxic air. The referendum was well supported in the legal community, and well-articulated by Joe to on WFOR-TV CBS Four News. He appeared on Facing South Florida just before Election Day.
The lively debate between Joe and Raquel Regalado provides insight into what needs to happen to replace the 86-year old building and why it is so important.
While the referendum has been defeated, the issue has come to the forefront. This isn’t the last you’ll hear about a new courthouse.