Publisher and Developer, Philip Levine filed paperwork last week to enter the race against current commissioners Jerry Libbin and Michael Gongora and Realtor David P. Hundley.
Who is Philip Levine?
Levine is a beach-based real estate mogul who has partnered with developer Scott Robins to develop the Sunset Harbor project. He is also the principal and founder of Royal Media Partners who provides customized Port Shopping services for ships in Royal Caribbean International, Celebrity Cruises, and Azamara Club Cruises’ fleets sailing in the Caribbean, Bahamas, Mexico, and Alaska.
Recently Levine signed on with a group of local investors to help save US Century Bank, that include Jorge Perez,
He is was the President of On Board Media an $85 million company that he merged with Berkshire Partners and Starboard Cruise Services to form the world’s largest duty free and media cruise industry company. Levine then ultimately engineered the sale of On Board Media to Louis Vuitton/Moet Hennessy in 2000.
As for his planned campaign, Levine has decided to he is go the self-fund route and plans to cap all donations at $100.
“I won’t be accepting money from corporations,” Levine told Miamipop.com. “Therefore, I won’t be beholden to any corporations. This is very different from what Miami Beach has seen before. There’s so much corruption and crazy pensions. I want to change the paradigm.”
As for his Mayoral competition? He has plenty to say on them as well.
“There’s a leadership vacuum,” he said. “There are two people running against me. They have been politicians with the City for years. The people of Miami Beach know what they’ve done. If they want change, I’m the choice for that.”
Don’t let the fact that Levine has big bucks to bring to his campaign fool you. He plans to run a grass roots campaign that will have him pounding on doors and kissing babies all over Miami Beach. Currently he is putting together a dream team of local, savvy, political heavyweights to run his campaign. He is predicting a “long, hot, wet summer.” And at the end, in November, a “big fight.”
“I want to be independent of groups bidding for business in the City,” he said, referencing the corruption swirling around the city and the bidding process for the new Convention Center. “I want to clean up the circus and do it in a way that is unique. It’s time to take the Beach back.”