Local community activist and condo manager Gabrielle Redfern is a University of Florida graduate.
“Go Gators,” she jovially told The Lead.
Redfern has two children, Elise and Annalynn, both of whom attend Miami Beach public schools. In fact, Redfern’s motherhood caused a little controversy during her first commission run in 2005 when she was criticized for breast-feeding her youngest daughter, Elise, during former Mayor David Dermer’s State of the City Address, inspiring 16 moms to hold a “nurse-in” at a subsequent commission meeting and making national news.
Currently sitting on the Miami Beach Design Review Board, Redfern is also an active member of the bicycling community, a member of the Mayor’s Blue Ribbon Task Force on Bikeways in Miami Beach, is the current Vice-Chair of the Bicycle Pedestrian Advisory Committee, and of the Metropolitan Planning Organization, and is a Co-Founder of the Bicycle Advocates for a Safe, Integrated City.
Her other neighborhood interests include serving on the Board of Directors of the Orchard Park Neighborhood Association, and as Co-Founder of the Miami Beach Council of Neighborhood Associations.
At the time of her last campaign finance report, Redfern had less than $1,000 in her campaign war chest.
Redfern’s chief concerns are the environment and the state of transportation in the City.
“I plan to focus my colleagues on the commission to work with me to solve the transportation and parking problems that plague our city,” Redfern said. “We need to rethink our land development regulations to promote a healthy mix of historic preservation and new urbanism that promotes green buildings and walkable communities.”