EVERYBODY LOVES SURFSIDE
EVERYBODY LOVES SURFSIDE
There's a lot to see here.
So, take your time, look around, the history of the entire 2020 Surfside election is here.
I hope you enjoy this site and take a moment to drop me a line.
I was born (St. Francis Hospital which is now Aqua, on 63rd Street) and raised in Miami Beach.
I moved to Surfside in 1996 to take advantage of the unparalleled lifestyle and have lived here, in the same home, ever since.
Julia and I are the proud parents of William Michael Burkett.
I enjoy skiing, diving, flying, boating & ...good food :)
Pre-school: The Cushman School, Miami
Grammar: St. Patrick's School, Miami Beach
High: Archbishop Curley High School, Miami
College: University of Miami, BS, Finance
After I graduated from College, I used my savings from working as a construction site laborer to buy my first property in 1983. It was a home in Miami Beach that I renovated, with help from friends I hired, and then leased. I then purchased my first building in Miami Beach's budding Art Deco District with the remainder of my savings. I renovated that building, was able to get a loan on the equity I created in the property, and bought my next property.
I did this over and over throughout the 80's, 90's and early 2000's.
I subsequently went on to expand on a national basis into an additional seven States.
I currently operate a national management and investment company, which I own 100% of, which oversees those investments.
For the record, with the exception of my home in Surfside, I do not own any property or have any financial interests in Town. My family did own property in Surfside's commercial district, but it was sold in the 80's.
When I lived in Miami Beach, I was:
A board member and chairman of the Miami Beach Housing Authority for nine years.
A board member of the Nuisance Abatement Board,
Member of the Code Enforcement Board,
Member of the Community Development Block Grant Board,
A Police Academy member,
A board member of the Miami Beach Chamber,
The President of the North Beach Development Corporation,
A board member of my neighborhood association, the Lagorce-Pinetree Homeowners assoc.,
I have also participated in many blue ribbon & ad hoc committees in Miami Beach over my 35 years living there.
In 2004, I ran for Mayor of Surfside and lost my first election by only a handful of votes.
In 2006, I was elected Mayor of Surfside.
In 2008, I was re-elected Mayor of Surfside.
In 2020, I was re-elected Mayor of Surfside.
I'm proud of my record of service in Surfside, and it is outlined throughout this website.
When I left as Surfside’s Mayor only ten years ago in 2010, it was expected that Daniel Dietch, who took my place as the next Mayor, would be a competent and prudent caretaker of our Town.
I left our town with low taxes, low density buildings, a vibrant and growing downtown, quiet and uncrowded beaches, friendly Town meetings, an accessible and responsive Town administration and a bright future for Surfside’s growing population of families who wanted and appreciated all of that.
Today, after only 10 years of Daniel Dietch’s leadership, Surfside, and its “last of its kind” oasis type lifestyle, is being demolished and sold out to developers and political insiders.
The final straw came in late 2018 when a secret deal was exposed to give ALL of our municipal government land (what Surfsiders know as their Town Center) to developers by way of a 99 year lease. This bombshell set in motion a grass roots effort and mobilized a dedicated group of residents, of which I was proud to be a member, who fought hard and long to stop a scheme that Mayor Daniel Dietch and his Commission had conceived and promoted in total darkness - even going so far as to attempt to justify that secrecy by telling residents it was against the law for elected officials to reveal what they were doing!
Revealing to Surfside residents how Mayor Daniel Dietch is systematically destroying our unique paradise and setting the Town of Surfside on a straight path to become like Sunny Isles, or Miami Beach, is my goal and it begs one simple question, and is what this entire campaign will be all about.
That simple question;
Do we want every square inch of our Town built out to its maximum capacity, with our peaceful, private way of life sacrificed on the altar of more condos, more hotels, more tourists for more tax revenue, as is being done now!
Do we want to keep Surfside small, secluded, cozy and safe?
While residents think about their answer to the question above, my job will be to give residents the facts, and a choice;
Stay on the high intensity development path that Daniel Dietch has put us on for the last 10 years?
Follow the path I believe in, and which I believe most residents want, the one that maintains Surfside as it’s always been; a small, wonderful seaside oasis, with a quality of life unparalleled, one that Surfside’s families treasure.
A massive, out of place, parking garage located in the residential district. This garage allows for more units to be built on the ocean, but dumps the parking next to our homes.
New Bay Drive homes built under the new Mayor Dietch Zoning Code.
Over built, over sized hotels and condo projects on Collins Avenue dwarf Surfside homes.
Former Mayor Burkett supported the code that gave us this home.
Former Mayor Burkett supported the zoning code that gave us this low rise ocean-front building.
Charles Burkett's Promise: Superior Quality of Life for residents
Daniel Dietch's Promise: Continue turning Surfside into Sunny Isles
My promise to residents is that we will go back to the basics
(I delivered these promises last time I was Surfside Mayor)
More police patrols
Open and inviting Commission meetings...
(where residents can speak and not be rudely cut off by elected officials & elected officials will answer residents questions, not tell them they can't do it at meetings, which is ridiculous)
Renovation of our parks - NOW
Eliminate all night Town meetings. Schedule meetings so residents can conveniently attend.
Revert back to the zoning code that kept Surfside small, uncrowded and cozy.
Renovate and restore our beach facilities
Return free downtown parking to residents
Oppose all efforts to extend the terms of elected officials, or increase their pay
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Former Mayor Dietch brought the Town of Surfside a multitude of
over built, over sized hotels & condominium projects
on Collins Avenue, which dwarf Surfside homes.
Former Mayor Dietch's new zoning code gave us this strange parking garage on Collins Avenue, which allows developers to build MORE units on the ocean and dump their parking into the residential district.
Former Mayor Dietch's new zoning code allows developers to build bigger buildings on smaller lots.
Supporting documents related to articles throughout this website.
Former Mayor Dietch's list of charities (pdf)Download
Mayor Burkett's letter to Town before running.\ (docx)Download
8995 collins brochure (pdf)Download
Former Mayor Dietch's Surfside Eithics issue (pdf)Download
Payments to parking "consultants" (pdf)Download
Former Dietch hikes water & sewer charges (pdf)Download
ordinance for 2018 comprehensive-plan-amendment changes Infrastructure only (pdf)Download
Campaign Flyer 2006 (pdf)Download
Early 2000's Campaign Charles Burkett Flyer (pdf)Download
Mayor Burkett's 2008 "letter to the editor" with his views on the new Community Center (pdf)Download
Ethics Board: More Former Mayor Dietch conflicts of interest (pdf)Download
9500 Block New Project parking agreement waiving 101 spaces (pdf)Download
Former Mayor & Commission throw developer under the bus after residents revolt & storm the Commissio (pdf)Download
Former Dietch Commission New zoning code (pdf)Download
1st Newsletter (pdf)Download
96th Street Parking waiver of 22 spaces (pdf)Download
Former Dietch travel reimbursement policy (pdf)Download
Karukin answers questions - Burkett fills in the missing information (pdf)Download
Former Mayor Dietch voted to DOUBLE the Commission's two year terms. (pdf)Download
Former Mayor Dietch email to residents February 18th (pdf)Download
Former Mayor Dietch email to residents February 27th (pdf)Download
Former Mayor Dietch's voluntary waiver of free speech rights document (pdf)Download
Who is who? A brief primer to better understand all the candidates running for Surfside Commission (pdf)Download
Kayak Park next to homes alert to neighbors from Jonathan Horn (pdf)Download
Victor May's inexplicable, 'I think I should be Town manager' letter (pdf)Download
zoning-change-2010-new-code Agenda (pdf)Download
2006 Zoning code complete (pdf)Download
August 2020 Gazette Mayor's Message (jpg)Download
Tourist Board PR expenditures during Mr. Dietch's Mayoral term (pdf)Download
(2nd Newsletter) Who are the candidates (pdf)Download
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The comments by Fmr. Mayor Burkett contained herein are the opinions of the Fmr. Mayor, and the publication of said comments may not represent or reflect the opinions or policies of the Town of Surfside nor do they imply endorsement of, or agreement by, the other members of the Town Commission. ...but you probably already knew that.
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