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Miami Beach: Preservation Planning Model Update

Thursday, August 27
10:00–10:45 AM PT
 | 1:00–1:45 PM ET

About the Session

Miami Beach was incorporated as a city in 1915 and experienced a boom period during the peak of popularity for the Art Deco style of architecture. Numerous examples of Art Deco buildings are extant in addition to Mid-Century Modern examples, known as MiMo (short for Miami Modern), such as Morris Lapidus’ Fountainebleau Hotel. During the 1960s and 1970s, Miami Beach fell on hard times and was known for high crime rates and a dense retired population. The area was identified as ripe for redevelopment; however, local preservationists were successful in listing the Old Miami Beach Historic District in the National Register of Historic Places (National Register) in 1979. A Master’s thesis was prepared in 2000 that analyzed the socio-economic impacts that resulted from the National Register designation, which included a dynamic shift in the population, average rents, and a boon to the local economy as a result of tourism driven by the fashion industry. This paper will analyze impacts that have occurred since 2000 by reviewing census data, local government statistics, and local newspapers. Based upon preliminary research, the socio-economic impacts have further changed as the city continues to evolve.


  • Cultural and Historical Resources

About the Speaker

 Carrie Chasteen Photo

Carrie Chasteen
Cultural Resources Manager
Sapphos Environmental, Inc.

Carrie Chasteen has a MS in Historic Preservation from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and BAs in History and Political Science from the University of South Florida. Ms. Chasteen has more than 17 years of experience in the field of cultural resource management and currently serves as Historic Resources Manager for Sapphos Environmental, Inc. Project experience ranges from preparing a District Record for the Colorado River Aqueduct to preparing HABS/HAER documentation for the Space Flights Operations Facility (“Mission Control”) at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory on file with the Library of Congress to preparing Section 106 documentation for a variety of transportation projects in Washington, Oregon, California, Nevada, Arizona, and Maryland.


Daniel Ciraldo 
Executive Director
Miami-Design Preservation League 

Daniel Ciraldo is the Executive Director for the Miami-Design Preservation League.  Known as MDPL, it is a not-for-profit preservation and arts organization founded in 1976 which preserves, protects and promotes the architectural, cultural, social and environmental integrity of Miami Beach and surrounding areas. 

Daniel started as a volunteer for MDPL in 2011 and eventually joined its staff, becoming Executive Director in 2017. He has worked to promote new historic designations of MiMo (Miami Modern) architecture in the North Beach neighborhood. Daniel oversees MDPL's $1.5 million budget which includes management of the Art Deco Welcome Center and Museum, a volunteer walking tour program, the annual Art Deco Weekend festival, and the Center for Resiliency and Sustainability focused on issues related to sea level rise and its impact on historic preservation in the city.


Thomas Mooney
Director of the Planning Department
City of Miami Beach

Mr. Mooney received a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science, and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration, with an area of specialization in Urban and Regional Planning, from Florida International University.

Mr. Mooney started his public sector career with the City of North Miami Beach in 1989 as a Management Intern, and finished as an Assistant City Planner.

In 1993 he joined the City of Miami Beach as a Senior Planner, overseeing the Design Review and Historic Preservation functions of the Planning Department. Mr. Mooney was promoted to Principal Planner, Design and Preservation Manager and eventually Acting Planning & Zoning Manager, while taking on progressively more responsible roles in the overall administration of the Department.

In January 2014 Mr. Mooney was appointed Director of the Planning Department, the position he holds today.

Mr. Mooney is a Certified Professional Planner with the American Institute of Certified Planners. Currently, Mr. Mooney serves on the Board of Advisors for the FIU Graduate School of Public Administration. He has served as Treasurer and Chair of the Gold Coast Section of the Florida Chapter of the American Planning Association, and has also served as the Southeast Representative of the Urban Design and Preservation Division of the National American Planning Association.

Locally, Mr. Mooney has served on the Board of Directors of Dade Heritage Trust, the Tropical Pioneers of the Historical Museum of South Florida (now History Miami), and the Florida Philharmonic Maestro Society of Dade County. He is a graduate of the Miami Design Preservation League Tour Guide Academy and is a certified Historic District Tour Guide.

Mr. Mooney is an avid cyclist and competitive triathlete. 

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