Knock Knock. Who's there?
Marc. Marc who?
Marc Sarnoff, the Miami commissioner who did all those great things for you over the last nine years.
Variations of this conversation have taken place the last few weeks, as Miami's District 2 Commissioner Marc Sarnoff has walked door-to-door hand-delivering bags from his office with a glossy booklet inside touting his accomplishments. The 50-page promotional piece, filled with flattering quotes from public figures like developer Jorge Perez, lays out Sarnoff's role in downtown's resurgence, the revitalization of neighborhoods like Wynwood, massive infrastructure projects like the Port Tunnel, and a series of smaller neighborhood initiatives.
Sarnoff says his office and the Miami Downtown Development Authority (DDA) created and paid for the document, and he produced about 800 of them. He says he wants to make sure history accurately remembers his tenure.
“I think it’s important for people to know what we’ve done and – we’re not done yet -- but where we’ll likely end up,” he said.
Sarnoff said he and his staff have worked on the book for years, and its distribution coincides with the end of his time in office due to term limits. But it also comes as Teresa Sarnoff, his wife, campaigns to claim his seat in a November election. The booklet – which includes some pictures and mentions of her work – has some critics questioning why the public should pay for the Sarnoffs’ self-promotion.
“This isn’t a book about District 2. It’s a book about Marc,” said District 2 candidate Ken Russell. “It’s simply a cheerleading puff piece for himself.”