Who’s Who in Miami Lakes

Community By David Snelling, Reporter Thursday, May 20, 2021

Miguel Martinez, 51, chairs the Town of Miami Lakes Blasting Advisory Board.

Martinez and his wife, Millie Martinez, 51, own a speech and occupational therapy rehab clinic in Palm Springs North. Miguel Martinez is also a construction executive, and has served as a Miami-Dade County hearing officer for people who want to appeal their zoning and building code violations. The Martinez’s have a son, Allen Martinez, 16. The family lives in unincorporated Miami-Dade County.

Q: Where are you from, and what is your background?

A: I was born in Miami and my family moved to New Jersey. We moved back to Miami when I was 16 years old. I graduated from Christopher Columbus High School in Miami and earned my architectural degree from Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University.

Q: What do you most like about Miami Lakes?

A: Miami Lakes is a small town feel inside a large city.

Q: What do you dislike about the town?

A: The traffic congestion.

Q: As chair of the Blasting Advisory Board, what are the challenges and what do you hope to accomplish?

A: The challenge is dispelling rumors about the blasting that lead to a lot of confusion, and we hope to educate residents about the real reasons for blasting.

Q: What is your biggest accomplishment, whether in your personal life or career?

A: That I am alive. I have diabetes and congestive heart failure and [as society is] going through the coronavirus, I wake up every day and thank God and make the best of every opportunity in life.

Q: Do you have a fantasy career?

A: An industrial engineer. When I studied architecture, I didn’t know what industrial engineering was at the time. It allows you
to invent things and find solutions to problems. I like to think of myself as an inventor to solve problems.

Q: What are you reading, what podcasts are you listening to?

A: I am getting into Computer Numerical Control (CNC). It’s a new digital building system that allows you to design and build wooden structures without screws or visible metalwork. I’m reading and studying for CNC work.

Q: What have you binge watching on TV?

A: “West Coast Customs” [about the makers of custom cars]. The show allows me to separate from reality a bit and let someone else build something.

Q: Where did you last travel to on a vacation?

A: Because of the COVID-19 pandemic and travel restrictions, last year my family rented a car, drove through the state of Florida and stopped in cities and towns near the Gulf Coast and Panama City.

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