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Tamara James

Mayor | Dania Beach, FL


To continue to pursue a smart growth plan for the city that attracts jobs, creates businesses, and positions Dania Beach as a good place to live and raise a family in.
  • Dania Beach Bar & Grill: redevelop the entire area to include small moms and pops businesses, a family friendly vibe, and something everyone could enjoy.

  • Infrastructure: Revitalize Dania Beach as a modern city with citywide lighting, stormwater drainage, Oasis Project, and road and streetscape improvements. 

  • Small Businesses: Identify opportunities to help local businesses recover from COVID-19, grow, and create jobs. 

  • Housing: Create more affordable housing opportunities and collaborate with the CRA on more funding for home revitalizations.

  • Families: Promote a family friendly community and support the development of modern amenities and facilities for families, youth, and seniors.

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If you believe in the vision and the accomplishments that Commissioner Tamara James has had in her first term, please consider donating to the reelection campaign. The goal is to exceed $50,000 in donations. Big or small, any size donation takes the campaign one step further towards a victory.


Leader, community advocate, University of Miami alumna, retired WNBA athlete, world traveler, mother, and the youngest mayor in the history of Dania Beach. With a street in Dania Beach co-named “Tamara James Ave”, her passion and commitment is for transparent leadership, safe practices, and viable community programs to create a thriving,

unified environment for all citizens.

  • Funded and created a new senior program at our Parks and Recreation Department “Gracefully Aging”, giving residents a much-needed boost to their quality of life, physical health, mental health, and social health

  • Rejuvenated CRA-Hired a New CRA Director, one of the most important positions to the City

  • Created an internship and volunteer program, partnering with local colleges to help prepare and give experience to college students before entering society after college

  • Initiated and approved a Parks Masterplan that will rebuild and enhance our parks and hired —New Parks Director

  • Took over all sports programs with a new athletic director; activated kids sports league

  • Approved Saratoga Redevelopment for 170 Affordable Housing Units to fight the national housing crisis

  • Helped jumpstart Broward Reads initiative to increase the number of children reading at grade level by the time they complete grade three

  • Banned plastic straws on waterfront restaurants with plans to extend to a City-wide plastic straw ban

  • Enhanced hurricane procedures

  • Negotiated and approved a multi-year union contract

  • Upgrade of beaches and beach area; worked alongside the Army Corps of Engineers to provide emergency funding and sand to renourish our beach

  • Transferred vacant lots to the CRA to support various affordable housing and projects opportunities to our residents

  • Chaired and championed an affordable housing program with down payment assistance

  • Created an Affordable Trust Fund to require developers to give a percentage of their developments to affordable housing.

  • Initiated and passed - “Ban the Box”

  • Initiated and executed the rebranding of Dania Beach, in an updated logo, motto, and seal at no cost to the City

  • Acquired and funded housing opportunities to extend to Dania Beach residents

  • Devised bike share stations; addressing congestion and promoting different means of transportation to supplement the growth of our City

  • Initiated, approved, and funded decorative crosswalks to enhance arts and the optics in our downtown corridor

  • Working on a partnership with FAU to provide our youth with a summer Stem program

  • Held a City Center Charette to create a new downtown and City Hall and activated a City Center redevelopment plan

  • Approval of medical marijuana dispensaries in the City

  • Leading effort to acquire old and abandoned Olsen Middle School

  • Facilitated the creation of City-wide murals, increasing the presence of art in the community





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