Brazilian Consul General – Ambassador  Joáo Mendes Pereira was officially introduced to the City of Fort Lauderdale on May 7th, 2019. Mayor Dean Trantalis, Commisioners Heather Moraitis and Steve Glassman along with the Greater Fort Lauderdale Sister Cities team of Monica Ribiero, Andrea Faria, Russell Weaver and Sergio Escobar gave him a warm welcome. Fort Lauderdale has two Sister Cities in Brazil which are Sáo Sebastiao and Belo Horizonte.