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Former Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Alvarez is back - as a bodybuilder

DSC_0064Former Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Alvarez is back, in rare form, displaying bulging muscles from his pecs to his calves, bronzed from head to toe, dressed in the briefest of black skivvies.

After almost two years of seclusion, Alvarez reemerged in November, taking home first prize in the National Physique Committee’s South Florida “Over 60s” Master’s bodybuilding competition at Miami’s James L. Knight Center.

Event promoter Sergio Pacheco said Alvarez’s victory over five other men qualified him for the more prestigious Junior National Master’s competition.

Pacheco, who owns Pacheco’s Physique Gym in Hialeah, said he had heard the former mayor competed in an event a few weeks earlier in West Palm Beach, but had no idea he had entered the Knight Center contest.

“When I saw him walk in, I said, ‘Wow, I know him,’ ” Pacheco said.

The former mayor and county police director was recalled from office in March 2011 by 88 percent of the electorate, after constituents had a hard time wrestling with a series of raises he awarded his inner circle and with his backing of the new, $634 million Miami Marlins ballpark in Little Havana. Alvarez, 60, was a 35-year county employee. He spent the first 28 of those years in the police department, working his way up to director.

More from Charles Rabin here. (The mayor's bodybuilding victory was first reported Tuesday by the Miami New Times.)

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