Entries by Laura Dominguez

Speed Chess Changed My Brain

Mastering the three-minute game saw improved skills in unexpected places, from poker to planking. The poker table was down to three players. I had a queen and a 10. It wasn’t the strongest hand, but I’d been analyzing my opponents’ playing patterns and knew I needed to send an aggressive signal. As soon as I […]

City of Miami Beach Officially Recognizes the Armenian Genocide

The resolution was introduced by Miami Beach City Commissioner Mark Samuelian and passed unanimously. “I am extremely proud of my Armenian heritage, and happy to have visited Armenia this summer and seen the wonderful countryside and its people. I commend the U.S. House of Representatives for condemning and recognizing the Armenian Genocide and proud of […]

City of Miami Beach Officially Recognizes the Armenian Genocide

On Wednesday, December 11, 2019, the City of Miami Beach, Florida passed a resolution officially recognizing the Armenian Genocide, reported FLArmenians.com. The resolution was introduced by Miami Beach City Commissioner Mark Samuelian and passed unanimously. “I am extremely proud of my Armenian heritage, and happy to have visited Armenia this summer and seen the wonderful countryside and its people. I commend […]

Improving our Approach to Flooding in 2020!

Season’s greetings! A lot has happened in our little slice of paradise over the last year. First, I want to congratulate my Commission colleague, Ricky Arriola, for his reelection and Steven Meiner and David Richardson for their electoral victories. I look forward to working with them and the rest of my fellow Commissioners as we […]

Miami Beach Holds Sustainability and Resiliency Committee Session on October 23rd

Commissioner Samuelian shared the most significant news coming out of yesterday’s session may be regarding the delayed Palm-Hibiscus project, and an explanation of the hold-up by Miami-Dade’s Department of Environmental Resources Management (DERM). “The Palm-Hibiscus project, which started in 2016 has been significantly delayed causing much angst and concern with residents” Samuelian shared. “[During that time] […]

He ran Miami-Dade’s ethics commission. Now he’s the new watchdog for Miami Beach.

Miami Beach commissioners unanimously voted Wednesday to allow the city attorney to negotiate a contract with Centorino, encouraging him to focus on identifying wasteful spending. “It’s all about efficiency,” said Commissioner Mark Samuelian. “This is an exciting day for Miami Beach. It is a great day for good government.” … At Wednesday’s meeting, Miami Beach commissioners […]

Upcoming MB Ballot Questions

Miami Beach is abuzz with news and excitement over the upcoming local elections with Vote-By-Mail beginning this month, followed by Early Voting and Election Day on November 5.  Mayor Gelber faced no opposition and will serve an additional two-year term. I was proud to endorse him and am delighted to see the Mayor back on the […]

If Florida makes energy efficiency a priority, we’ll save money and combat climate change

BY MARK SAMUELIAN Florida is at a critical energy turning point. The Florida Public Service Commission (PSC) is reviewing the Florida Energy Efficiency Conservation Act (FEECA), which means it can establish better energy efficiency goals for our utilities and improve how they are measuring energy efficiency. The PSC can meet our state’s energy needs, cut […]