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MIAMI', <br />City of Miami Beach, 1700 Convention Center Drive, Miami Beach, Florida 33139, www.miamibeachfl,gov <br />Jimmy L. Morales, City Manager <br />Tel: 305-673-7010 , Fax: 305-673-7782 <br />NO. LTC # 093-2017 <br /> <br />LETTER TO COMMISSION <br />TO: Mayor Philip Levine and Members the City Commission <br />FROM: Jimmy L. Morales, City Manager <br />DATE: February 14, 2017 <br />SUBJECT: Environment & Sustainability Acting Director <br />I am pleased to advise that I am appointing Margarita Wells, Environmental Resources Manager to <br />serve as the Acting Environment & Sustainability Director. As you know, Director Elizabeth <br />Wheaton has been tapped to serve as the Mayor's Chief of Staff until the end of his term. <br />Ms. Wells has been working with the City for nearly five years. She is currently the Environmental <br />Resources Manager where she coordinates the City's National Pollution Discharge Elimination <br />System (NPDES) permit program and leads environmental permitting and compliance efforts, <br />including for the on-going stormwater infrastructure upgrades. She also guides the City's natural <br />resource management efforts and spearheaded the in-house development of Miami Beach's <br />beachfront management plan update, as well as the first ever dune management plan approved by <br />the Florida Department of Environmental Protection in August 2016. <br />Ms. Wells holds a Bachelor's Degree in Marine Affairs and Policy, French Literature, and <br />International Studies from the University of Miami and a Master's Degree in Marine Affairs and <br />Policy from the University of Miami, Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science. She <br />has served for two years on the Board of Directors and is currently Chair of the American Society <br />of Civil Engineer's Environmental and Water Resources Institute's Miami-Dade Chapter. Please <br />find attached her resume. <br />I am confident that Ms. Wells will rise into this new role seamlessly and will bring her passion for <br />environmental protection and management to managing the department. <br />Please join me in wishing both Betsy and Margarita success in these exciting assignments. <br />Attachment: Margarita Wells Resume <br />JLM/SMT/ESW