Juan Carlos “JC” Bermúdez is the founding mayor of the City of Doral and served in that capacity for the first 9 1/2 years of the city's existence. He was re-elected as Mayor of Doral in 2016. He is currently a member of the Advisory Board of the United States Conference of Mayors, as well as Vice President of the Miami-Dade County Transportation Planning Organization.
During Mayor Bermúdez's terms, the city's new infrastructure was created, including the creation of the city's award-winning Finance and Parks departments. Under his leadership, the city added more than 121 acres of playgrounds, baseball fields and recreational facilities while purchasing, through grants and funding, an additional 45 acres of parkland. These parks include Doral Central Park, Morgan Levy Park, Doral Meadow Park, Downtown Doral Park, Trails and Tails Park, and Veterans Park. Morgan Levy Park, a former construction rubble lot, was remodeled into an award-winning recreational facility. Trails and Tails Park was the first municipal dog park in western Miami-Dade County. With Mayor Bermúdez, the city also began building one of the longest urban bike trails in the county.
During the terms of Mayor Bermúdez, the city has received numerous national accolades, including the choice of the best city for startups by Business Week, named # 2 of the 25 best cities in the United States to live well for its cultural amenities, environment business-friendly and highly educated workforce. by Forbes.com, named the third best place in the US to retire by US News & World Report, was ranked the 51st best in the 100 best places to live and launch a business in the United States by CNNMoney.com , and was ranked the 22nd best place to live by Money Magazine in 2018. Most recently, the City of Doral was named the fastest growing city in Florida and the 11th in the country by the Florida International University Metropolitan Center.
During Mayor Bermúdez's tenure, more than 3,000 trees were planted on the main roads and areas of the city and the city became one of the youngest cities in the country to be named "Tree City USA" by the Arbor Day Foundation. The city was named "Playful City of America." As one of the cities with the best park systems in the country. In addition, the Center for Performance Management of the International Association of City Managers recognized the city for its financial stability and for instituting the success and budgeting of Performance Management.