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Miami-Dade names Emilio Estefan goodwill ambassador


Pssst! Are you a celebrity? Want to be the face of local government? For four years? As an unpaid "special ambassador"?

Miami-Dade County wants you.

Actually, right now, it wants Emilio Estefan.

County commissioners nominated the entrepreneur, philanthropist and music producer Tuesday to become Miami-Dade's special ambassador -- a symbolic position with no real power.

The only expectations: to attend certain meetings and social functions, provide occasional reports to commissioners and share information about the county. (Only good things, presumably.)

"By creating a formal representative for the County's cultural and trade aspirations, we can continue to develop our community as the nexus between music, art, culture, and trade," Commissioner Jean Monestime said in a statement. He spearheaded the ambassador effort with Chairwoman Rebeca Sosa.

Estefan is married to singer Gloria Estefan. He commented in the statement released by Monestime's office.

"I have always been proud to support efforts that bring prosperity and opportunity to Miami and hopefully this position will allow me, and those who may follow after, to help contribute to the promotion and growth of our community," Estefan said.