Former Cutler Bay Mayor Ed MacDougall successfully fought and helped stop the Miami Dolphins’ now-defunct push for a subsidized stadium renovation. As a known conservative leader and police officer willing to fight for reform, MacDougall proved an effective voice in stopping the giveaway of taxpayer money in South Dade for the stadium as another example of officials backing donors over constituents.
MacDougall also served two combat tours in Vietnam. Ed is a former member of the U.S. Army’s Special Forces, Green Beret, “Airborne”.
The Miami Herald credited MacDougall with traveling to the State Capitol in Tallahassee with his ally Norman Braman to speak against the Dolphins’ proposal and successfully rallying public sentiment against the funding the stadium. Legislators listened and sided with the people by not approving the Dolphins-backed legislation.
MacDougall was elected mayor in 2010 after four years as vice-mayor. He was able to bring a high school to Cutler Bay (a town of about 40,000) and join with neighboring cities to form a green corridor. This was implemented by letting property owners in those municipalities qualify for low-interest financing to install energy-saving equipment such as solar panels, which MacDougall himself installed.