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Fried on Business 10.17.19 – Elvis Cruz & Preserving Green Space

Episode 539: 10-17-19

Elvis Cruz discusses Preserving Our Green Space 


Jim Fried talks with Miami icon Elvis Cruz about why he continues to “fight city hall.”  The discuss preserving the green spaces of Miami’s parks, climate change, upzoning and much more.


Jim also chats with thought leaders from the Annual Real Deal Miami event and gathers some great insights.

Why Jim?

Jim’s expertise and real estate background will serve District 2 as an increase in new development and redevelopment spring up.  Much of this activity is north of downtown around the Edgewater neighborhood, where Fried lives with wife Vivian.  Vivian Fried, who had total kidney failure, went through dialysis every day for four years while Jim searched for a kidney. She got her transplant Jan. 2, 2018 and has been on a slow journey of recovery ever since.  Their story of overcoming the odds and Jim’s dedication are truly inspiring.

Jim stands firm on what he believes is best for District 2.  His experience with land development and commercial real estate are what Miami needs as plans for the development of the current site of the Melreese golf course are in discussion.  There have been reports that the public golf course had high levels of contaminants including arsenic under its soil. The deal by Jorge Mas and David Beckham to bring a $1 billion soccer stadium development is controversial. In Jim’s opinion there needs to be more investigation and further study of the lease.

Jim is counting on small donations and a grassroots campaign for funding. Though niece, Nikki Fried, who was elected last November as Florida’s Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Services, will be lending her support.


To support Jim’s campaign visit his website


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