"I’m honestly more concerned with the best decisions being made than whether I am elected. I ran out of a concern that, unless I was elected, the best decisions may have been in jeopardy—otherwise I wouldn’t have run."
"I think we've got to focus on the future. We've got to focus on on trying to find consensus around the things that we want to see improved. And we've got to roll up our sleeves and get those things in process. I think that there are a lot of things we can disagree about. There are a lot of philosophies that we can that we can bat back and forth, but that what we really owe our community is positive focus on the things that we can do that need to be improved."
"My commitment to Key Biscayne didn’t start a few months ago or in response to a single issue. It’s been a consistent part of my time in the community since the day I arrived. I am prepared to be a fierce and effective advocate for the citizens of Key Biscayne. If we elevate the wrong people to the council it’s going to create a situation that we will all regret."
"It’s a Rorschach test of sorts, said Matt Bramson, a village council candidate and consultant who supports the bond.
And just like Rorschach’s inkblot tests, 'the bond is more about the beholder than the issue itself,' he said."
"Communities that have participated in similar visioning plans use the document to align resources and meet specific goals. With a plan, 'you have a yardstick to make sure you’re meeting those goals. Those who lack a plan are spending more and wasting more money,’' said Matt Bramson, Vision Board vice chairperson, during the virtual meeting."
"Two condominium officials gave an idea of just how much they paid for debris removal. Martin Pinilla from The Towers of Key Biscayne estimated costs of $80,000, and Matt Bramson said Key Colony paid $100,000-$150,000 and Key Colony IV paid $75,000-$100,000.
Bramson noted that comes on top of the fact that condo residents’ taxes support stormwater system improvements and could help pay for buried utilities – even though condominiums paid for and maintain their own private systems on both counts.
While Council member McCormick noted there is a counter argument – some might say an expensive beach restoration being considered by the Council more heavily benefits condo owners – Bramson remarked, 'When there’s an opportunity to see costs shared more fairly given our tax contribution, we would appreciate that.'"
Growing up I spent the school year in Tampa, Florida and summers on the North Fork of Long Island. I went to college in Minnesota and, after a couple years of indecision, ended up back on Long Island working in NYC. I’ve been in software and technology business development and executive leadership for twenty-five years. Twelve years ago I moved with my family to Key Biscayne, Florida where we share our love for the beach and the ocean — especially sailing.
When I'm not working, I love to be on the water — especially watching my son and daughter participate in regattas (yes, that's my daughter in yellow). Another favorite is sharing a walk on the beach with my wife.
My avocation is collaborating to solve difficult challenges with innovation and technology. Working with smart, motivated people to identify, clarify, and overcome problems that limit the productivity and success of others is my greatest source of professional satisfaction. I find devising and executing business strategies that effectively realize the value of creative solutions and generate significant growth extremely rewarding.
I write every single day for work, for fun, and often just to organize my thoughts. Very often, methodically explaining an idea I have in writing to myself is the way that I validate or reject. it. Below are a few pieces of my writing that have been published and others are available on my LinkedIn profile.
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