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County's future seems assured of ethnic diversity
This group of up-and-comers is expected to be tomorrow's leaders.
The mayor of Riviera Beach has gotten action for this urban harbor city, and his star is rising because of it. He was key in envisioning and setting in motion the city's ambitious 10-year plan for a waterfront paradise and won praise for forcing the federal government to help pay for cleaning up chemical pollution of the city's drinking water. Players throughout the county, in and outside the black community, are beginning to take notice, and national Democrats are learning his name.
Chairman and founder of the Sterling Financial Group of Boca Raton, a brokerage and financial research firm. He was appointed by Gov. Jeb Bush to the Florida Board of Education and by President Bush to the President's Commission on Educational Excellence for Hispanic-Americans. His connections to the upper echelon of the Republican Party, his community involvement and his activism for the Hispanic community make him a player of note.
A civil attorney and aide to U.S. Rep. Alcee Hastings, he has helped push to the forefront of debate such hot-button issues as single-member districts for School Board members and the election of a county mayor. He is especially well-regarded in the black community and by others on African-American issues, but his tireless activism and involvement with the Democratic Party could soon give him a much wider reach.
Expect this Flo-Sun executive eventually to move beyond the Fanjul family name and become a serious player in his own right. As vice president of the Big Sugar corporation, he is expected and paid to be well-connected and politically involved on the local and state levels, but he has gained credibility and respect with his own leadership skills. He is also considered a leader in the Hispanic community, which is expected to play a wider role in local and state politics in the future.