Riviera Beach
Council District 3

Shirley Lanier

  • Age: 53
  • City: Riviera Beach
  • Family: Divorced, one child
  • Education: Master's degree
  • Master of science, business administration, Florida A&M University
  • Bachelor of science, psychology, Florida A&M University
    • Recent job: Health planner, Palm Beach County government (2018-present)
  • Health planner, Palm Beach County government (2018-present)
  • Neighborhood coordinator, Orange County Government (2010-2015)
  • Grant consultant, Lanier and Lanier Enterprises (2008-2018)
  • Previous races

    This candidate has not previously run for office.

    Committees appointed to and serving on

  • Chair, Library Advisory Committee (City of Riviera Beach)
  • Member, Riviera Beach Charter Review Committee
  • Member, Palm Beach County HIV Planning Council
  • Editor's note: The candidate's answers were submitted Feb. 1 and may have changed since then.
    No response
    Briefly highlight your key campaign issues and positions.
    Issues are Water Quality, Fiscal Responsibility, and using State funds to build a new Library. The City’s Water Management System is grossly mismanaged. The water quality has steadily decreased over the last 10 years. In addition, the City has consistently neglected the health, safety and welfare of its citizens by their fiscal irresponsibility. The money the City has lost due to law suits, improper use of funds and overall mismanagement has cost taxpayers millions. And the City needs a Library and has received state funding to start, but due to ineffective stewardship of funds, the project languishes.
    Should the city have fired City Manager Jonathan Evans?
    How competitors responded:
    Explain your position on Jonathan Evans.
    I think Mr. Evans was an excellent City Manager. Given the opportunity, I would advocate to re-hire him. As he only scratched the surface of gross mismanagement, his style of management included accountability and a focus on the health, safety, and welfare of the residents of our City. For the City to flourish, we need that type of management, that type of skill set, and that type of commitment to ensure the future viability of our great City.
    Do you think the city is run responsibly, appropriately and transparently?
    How competitors responded:
    Explain your position on city government.
    "Openness, accountability, and honesty define government transparency. In a free society, transparency is government’s obligation to share information with its citizens. It is at the heart of how citizens hold their public officials accountable." I believe that in addition to those values, City government, with the charter as its guide, is responsible to ensure that not only the rule of law is enforced, but its citizens are guaranteed effective leadership.
    Should Riviera Beach council members and the mayor have the county’s highest car allowances; city expense credit cards; personal legislative aides; and discretionary accounts to distribute grants to community groups of their choosing?
    How competitors responded:
    Explain your position on council member perks.
    Perks are defined as "privileges granted in addition to salaries and benefits."

    Perks are for corporations with large expense accounts funded by shareholders. Not elected officials that have taxpayers footing the bill. Elected officials have one job, to perform with accountability and transparency. Car allowances, credit cards, and personal aides is something taxpayers should not pay for at its current rate. A City this size can not afford it.

    Is the city ready to take on a $200 million waterfront development?
    How competitors responded:
    Explain your position on capacity for a $200 million waterfront development.
    I believe the waterfront is one of our most valuable assets. Although I like the idea of developing our waterfront, the City and the way it is currently governed, is in no position to pull it off. To rush into development when most City departments are headed by interim department heads, is not in the best interest of the City or its residents. The City needs stability and a plan in place that both citizens, developers, and businesses can agree.
    Do you support growth in your community?
    How competitors responded:
    Explain your answer on growth.
    Growth in the City is always a good thing. Especially when it benefits the residents and local businesses. But with growth comes responsibility. Elected officials are the force that steers the City toward better opportunities for residents, expansion of existing businesses, and the creation of new business for the purpose of jobs and an increased tax base. Growth provides opportunity. And opportunity attracts development and with this formula, both citizens and business win.
    Some communities require developers to build workforce housing units or offer payments toward workforce housing. Should your community require such subsidies for workforce housing?
    How competitors responded:
    Explain your answer on workforce housing subsidies.
    Workforce housing is needed. Elected officials should want to keep our teachers, firefighters, policemen, and nurses in the community. People who provide the bulk of essential services in our City- teachers, police officers, etc.,- often cannot afford to live in the City in which they serve. But in our City, many essential workers choose not live here because of the City's image and how it is governed. It is in our best interest to clean up our City so the people who work here, can live here.
    Is your city doing enough to maintain services such as police and roads?
    How competitors responded:
    Explain your answer on service levels.
    Although the City currently has ongoing road projects, they can do more and can do better with the maintenance and provision of services and infrastructure. More work can be done to identify resources to assist with much needed infrastructure improvements. With the current gross mismanagement of taxpayers dollars by some council members (see OIG Report), improvements to areas like police and fire have been neglected. So we see the bare minimum of improvements to our City.
    Is your city doing enough to plan for and offset climate change?
    How competitors responded:
    Explain your answer on climate change.
    The City should embrace all that encompasses a real plan of action to offset climate change. Although the County has climate change policies, Riviera Beach needs it own extensive plan to document sea level rise and extreme weather events. It is time for a major push in the City to ensure all things climate change are addressed with observation, data, and a plan of action.
    As property values have increased, should city property tax rates be reduced?
    How competitors responded:
    Explain your answer on property tax rates.
    I believe that property values in our City (especially on the West Side) are undervalued. I also believe that given the right climate, which is increased growth, an increased demand for homes, and a thriving local economy, individuals should pay less in property taxes.
    Do you think the city manager is doing a good job?
    How competitors responded:
    Explain your answer on the city manager.
    The current City Manager had no experience managing a City, nor did they have the credentials expected of an individual to run a City of our size. The position was supposed to be temporary, but has turned into an extended, almost permanent job. The task of elected officials in March is too hire a competent, credentialed, and knowledgeable City Manager.
    Is your city wisely spending its share of the county sales tax money?
    How competitors responded:
    Explain your answer on sales tax spending.
    Current elected officials have not identified any projects in which to spend its share of the the County's sales tax money. This speaks to the disjointedness and lack of cohesiveness on the current Council. The incumbents have continued to vote in block, while impeding the progress of the City and its residents.

    Competitors for this race

    Tonya Davis Johnson

    - incumbent -

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