Meet JC

jc-bioJuan Carlos “JC” Bermudez is the founding Mayor of the City of Doral and served in that capacity for the first 9 1/2 years of the city’s existence. During Mayor Bermudez terms the new city’s infrastructure was created which included the creation of the city’s award winning Finance and Parks departments. Under Mayor Bermudez’ leadership the city added over 121 acres of playgrounds, ballfields and recreational facilities while purchasing, through grants and funds, an additional 45 acres of parkland. These parks included Doral Central Park, Morgan Levy Park, Doral Meadow Park, Downtown Doral Park, Trails and Tails Park and Veterans Park. Morgan Levy Park, an old construction debris land field site, was refurbished into an award winning recreational facility. Trails and Tails Park was the first municipal dog park in the western part of Miami-Dade County. Under Mayor Bermudez the city also began to build one of the most extensive urban bike trails in the county.

During Mayor Bermudez term the city received numerous national accolades including being chosen the Best City for Business Start Ups by Business Week, named #2 of America’s top 25 Towns to live well in for its cultural amenities, pro-business environment and highly educated workforce by Forbes.com, named the third best place in the USA to retire by US News & World Report and was ranked the 51st best in top 100 places to live and launch a business in the United States by CNNMoney.com.

During Mayor Bermudez’ term over 3,000 new trees were planted in the major thoroughfares and areas of the city and the city became one of the youngest cities in the Country to be named “Tree City USA” by the Arbor Day Foundation. The city was named a “Playful City USA” as one of the cities with the best park systems in the country. Additionally, the International City Managers Association Center for Performance Management recognized the city for its financial stability and for instituting Performance Management success and budgeting.

During his term as Mayor, Mayor Bermudez led the fight in Tallahassee to eliminate the onerous “mitigation tax.” After a long battle with Miami Dade county both in the legislature and the courts the City of Doral was able to eliminate this tax which was in place for perpetuity and would cost the city over 10 million dollars a year if in place today. Under Mayor Bermudez’ administration the City of Doral also went to court to successfully claim its fair share of the half–penny sales tax which Miami Dade County was denying to pay to the city. That successful battle led to the creation of the Doral Trolley System which today helps alleviate the traffic in the city of Doral and adjoining areas.

Mayor Bermudez’ administration also built the brand new Doral City Hall and Government building which is found in the heart of Downtown Doral, one of the largest privately built and master planned sub-urban downtown areas in the region. Working with the Miami Dade County School Board and local PTAs and PTOs, Doral was the only city in Miami Dade County to have all of its public schools rated “A Schools” during his tenure as Mayor. Mayor Bermudez, along with local and state leaders, led the fight to keep the United States Southern Command in Doral and to get the federal funding to build the new facilities which now houses SouthCom.

During his tenure as Mayor Bermudez served as a Board member of the Florida League of Cities, Miami Dade County League of Cities, Florida League of Mayors and The United States Conference of Mayors where he also chaired the International Affairs committee. Mayor Bermudez was selected by his fellow elected officials as the President of the Miami Dade County League of Cities in 2010-2011. Additionally, Mayor Bermudez served on the Beacon Council Board and received the Good Government Award from The Greater Miami Chamber of commerce in 2009.

Mr. Bermudez graduated from the University of Miami with a Bachelor of Arts degree and received his law degree (juris doctorate) from the University of Notre Dame Law School. He has practiced law in South Florida for the past 28 years and is member of the Florida Bar and the American Bar Association amongst other legal associations. He is a partner at Lubell Rosen, LLC in the Coral Gables office.

Mr. Bermudez has been married to Vivian Bermudez, a special education teacher, for 25 years and they have three children: Eneida Marie 21, Elena Catherine 17 and Elisa Nicole 6 years of age. Their family has resided in Doral for the past 18 years.

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