Accomplishments

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, Omari Hardy has worked to mitigate the disproportionate impact that the pandemic has had on the health and finances of his constituents, a majority of whom are Black and working-class. 

Fighting To Stop Utility Shut Offs

When the pandemic began, Omari was serving on the Lake Worth Beach City Commission. When it became clear that COVID-19 was a serious public health and economic threat, Omari implored his fellow commissioners, as well as the city manager, to halt all utility shutoffs. But they blocked him every step of the way. The struggle to get his colleagues and city staff to show compassion for the city’s residents culminated in a commission meeting that went viral. In the meeting, he lambasted the city manager and mayor for standing by and doing nothing as the city’s residents had their utilities cut off. In the end, his tactics led to results: the City ceased all utility shut offs indefinitely. 

Fighting For Vaccine Equity

Omari has been a vocal champion for equitable access to the COVID-19 vaccine. When vaccines became available in late December, Omari went to work advocating for better and more consistent access to the vaccine within the Black community. Working together with local and state entities, Omari helped secure multiple permanent vaccination sites within Black communities in Palm Beach County. In April, he was featured extensively in a 60 Minutes report detailing the many challenges the Black community faced in gaining access to the vaccine and his push to make the vaccine more accessible in underserved communities. 

After securing vaccine sites for underserved communities in Palm Beach County, Omari pushed Palm Beach County and the Florida Dept. of Health to provide incarcerated Floridians with access to the vaccine. After a multi-week pressure campaign, the County and the state announced that they would administer hundreds of vaccine doses to detainees in Palm Beach County’s detention centers. 

Passed Bipartisan Legislation to Support Home Rule and Local Governments

HB 487 “Growth Management” was a bipartisan piece of legislation sponsored by Rep. Wyman Duggan and Rep. Omari Hardy that passed the Florida House and the Florida Senate with overwhelming, bipartisan support. The purpose of the bill was to support home rule by empowering local government officials to make certain policy choices in their communities and to lessen bureaucratic interference from state officials in Tallahassee.

The bill was signed into law by the Governor on June 29th, 2021.

 

Brought Money Home to the District

Representative Hardy secured $1 million in the budget for infrastructure in Riviera Beach. The $1 million dollars will be used by the City of Riviera Beach to build a new public safety complex for the city’s first responders. This was the largest single appropriation by any freshman Democrat in the Florida House.

While serving on the Lake Worth Beach City Commission, Omari Hardy worked hard to provide for the basic needs of the city’s working-class residents and reverse a decades-long trend of disinvestment in the city’s Black and brown neighborhoods.

Housing

Omari approved over 150 affordable and workforce housing units during his three years on the Commission and pioneered an innovative workforce housing exchange program with Palm Beach County that immediately brought an additional 50 workforce housing units to the City. He was also a staunch supporter of tenants rights and championed a program to fund legal counsel for families facing eviction.

Fighting for the Immigrant Community

With a population that is 65% non-white, Lake Worth Beach has a vibrant immigrant community. But when Omari was elected to the City Commission in 2017, the immigrant community was underrepresented and disenfranchised. As the lone person of color on the dais, Omari worked hard to ensure that the immigrant community in Lake Worth was well represented. That is why, in 2018, Omari championed and passed a community ID program, a partnership with the Legal Aid Society of Palm Beach County that has since allowed over 3,000 undocumented immigrants in Palm Beach County to obtain identification and access city services, such as water utilities and recreational programs for children.

Infrastructure

Lake Worth’s infrastructure was in a state of disrepair when Omari was first elected. On the west side of Lake Worth, where most of the city’s Black and brown residents live, many miles of roads had never been paved since the city’s founding over 100 years ago. This was infrastructure apartheid, and when Omari was elected, he pushed to execute a $40 million road-building program that brought paved streets city’s neighborhoods on the west side. Omari also championed improvements to the city’s water and electric utility infrastructure. Overall, Omari approved and oversaw over $100 million of new infrastructure improvements in his three years on the Lake Worth Beach City Commission.