Tomás Regalado on Friday became the latest South Florida mayor to sign onto a Climate Mayors letter promising to "adopt, honor, and uphold the commitments to the goals enshrined in the Paris Agreement."
According to a city spokeswoman, the Republican mayor of Miami was the 84th city leader in the U.S. to sign the letter commiting to intensity efforts to meet climate goals despite President Donald Trump''s decision to withdraw from the Paris climate accord.
"What Washington did and the president did is a big problem," Regalado told the Miami Herald Thursday. "I'm disappointed. But that doesn't mean we're going to stop as a city what we're trying to do."
Regalado, nearing the end of his second and final term in office, is currently pushing a bond initiative to fund (among other initiatives) sea-level rise projects. Under his tenure, the city has also promoted solar power.
Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez declined to condemn Trump's decision Thursday, but Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine, Lauderhill Mayor Richard Kaplan and West Palm Beach Mayor Jeri Muoio have also signed the Climate Mayors letter.
"I think that now more than ever wee need to move faster to show the residents that we're taking care of the future," said Regalado.
Photo is of Tomas Regalado, signing onto the Climate Mayors letter. Taken by Miami spokeswoman Diana Gonzalez.