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Philip Levine: Art, Climate Change, Immigration, & Politics

Philip Levine:  Art, Climate Change, Immigration, & Politics

 

 

Introduction to Philip Levine.  1:09 min. Photo: Raymond Elman.

 

Philip Levine (b. 1962) is an American businessman and politician who served as Mayor of Miami Beach from 2013 to 2017. In 2018, he is a candidate for the Florida governorship.

Philip Levine was born in Boston, Massachusetts, and moved with his parents to South Florida at the age of 10. He attended Attucks Middle School and Hollywood Hills High School in Hollywood, Florida. Levine is a graduate of the University of Michigan with a degree in Political Science. In 2015, Levine completed an advanced leadership program at The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University.

Following graduation from Michigan, Levine moved to Miami Beach, where in 1990, with $500 in capital, he launched Onboard Media in a studio apartment above the News Café on Ocean Drive. Conceived as a port-marketing program for the cruise industry, the company expanded to publish eighty-five in-state-room magazines and to produce TV programming.

After growing Onboard Media into a multimillion-dollar company, Levine partnered with Berkshire Partners to acquire Starboard Cruise Services. The merger resulted in the world’s largest cruise industry concessionaire, which was later sold to Louis Vuitton Moët Hennessy in 2000.

In November 2013, Levine was elected Mayor of Miami Beach, receiving over 50% of the total vote in a four-person race. His campaign was endorsed by former President Bill Clinton and U.S. Senator Bill Nelson. Levine ran on a platform of “Just Get It Done,” focusing on fixing street flooding and combating sea-level rise, cleaning up government corruption, reforming the police department and city finances, supporting the arts, and placing a priority on constituent service.

In June 2017, Levine hosted the annual U.S. Conference of Mayors in Miami Beach. The event brought together over 300 mayors from across the country and was the first Conference of Mayors held in the city since 1962.

As a resident and later Mayor of Miami Beach, Levine witnessed the tremendous impact of the arts on the vitality of Miami and Miami Beach.  Miami Beach is home / host of the annual Art Basel art fair (with the combination of other satellite fairs, the largest art fair in the USA), the New World Symphony, Miami City Ballet, theaters, music clubs, and one of the world’s largest art deco architecture districts.

In the spring of 2018, Inspicio recorded a video interview with Levine in his Wynwood Art District gubernatorial campaign headquarters.

Photo: Robert Zuckerman.

The videos below are organized by topic and run between 30 seconds and 3 minutes. Click on any video. You must be connected to the Internet to view the videos.

 

 

VALUES EDUCATION: 1:22 min.

What was your first exposure to the arts?

 

INSIGHT & INSPIRATION:   2:30 min.

In many ways the resurrection of Miami Beach, Wynwood, the Design District, and South Florida in general was lead by an explosive evolution of the art communities.

 

CRITICAL THINKING:  0:59 sec.

When you were Mayor of Miami Beach you faced issues that can be found in major cities all over the world. How will you translate that to the State of Florida?

 

UNDERSTANDS THE AUDIENCE’S PERSPECTIVE:  1:12 min.

Were you involved in the effort to persuade Amazon to locate their east coast headquarters in Miami?

 

CRITICAL THINKING:  1:29 min.

Does the Governor of Florida have any influence when it comes to the state’s budget for education in the arts?

 

STRONG DRIVE FOR ACHIEVEMENT:  1:09 min.

What are your biggest challenges to being elected Governor of Florida?

 

CRITICAL THINKING: 1:18 min.

Former Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell has endorsed you. What are your criteria for endorsements?

 

UNDERSTANDS THE AUDIENCE’S PERSPECTIVE:   0:51 sec.

Is there a political pecking order regarding who’s turn it is to run for Governor in Florida?

 

SELF-CONFIDENCE:  0:49 sec.

How powerful are the industrial lobbyists when it comes to determining what a Governor does in Florida?