Chief Bay Officer appointed to lead protection and restoration of Biscayne Bay

On January 8, Miami-Dade Mayor Daniella Levine Cava announced that Irela Bagué would join the County as its first-ever Chief Bay Officer. In this new role

, Bagué will advise the Mayor and Board of County Commissioners on all issues relating to the health of the Bay, and act as a liaison between departments, boards, external agencies, stakeholder groups, and local, state, and federal governments. She will also work to advance the recommendations presented in the Biscayne Bay Task Force Report in an effort to meet objectives laid out in the Resilient305 Strategy to safeguard the natural environment and preserve and protect Biscayne Bay.

“We must take immediate action to preserve Biscayne Bay, and nobody is better prepared to help lead that effort than Irela,” said Mayor Levine Cava. “She brings deep subject matter expertise and an outstanding career as an advocate and communicator to this critical role helping move forward policies to preserve and protect the Bay.”

Bagué said, “I started my career in Miami-Dade County, and I’m proud to rejoin the County during this pivotal moment of challenges and opportunities. As a longtime advocate of Biscayne Bay restoration and water resources, it is an absolute honor to serve as Miami-Dade County’s first Chief Bay Officer and advise Mayor Daniella Levine Cava and the Board of County Commissioners to help chart a long-term course for a resilient and healthy Bay.”

Read more in the Miami Herald.