MIAMI (CBSMiami) — Miami Mayor Francis Suarez made a major announcement to make Bitcoin more of a common currency in South Florida on Thursday.
The mayor says the city has generated $20 million for city residents through MiamiCoin, and the city is now going to pledge a percentage of that and get a yield in Bitcoin.READ MORE: Haiti's contributions to South Florida in full display at Haitian Heritage Month Art Exhibition
“The yield will be approximately somewhere in the vicinity of a million dollars or more and we are going to distribute that to Miami residents,” said Suarez.
The city will work to figure out exactly how to identify and verify Miami residents and where to store their virtual money.
More news on @CityofMiami being the first city in the world to give a Bitcoin dividend based on @MiamiCoinWallet yield to follow…Miamians get ready! @APompliano @jack @elonmusk @tyler @cameron @brian_armstrong https://t.co/WN5RW0d5Uc
— Mayor Francis Suarez (@FrancisSuarez) November 11, 2021
“We’re going to have a digital wallet mechanism where we can drop the money into their digital wallet,” said Suarez.READ MORE: What we know about the victims of the Texas school shooting
Miami has been at the forefront of the crypto-craze.
Over the summer, the world’s largest cryptocurrency conference happened in Wynwood.
The mayor has been an advocate for crypto, even calling the Magic City the Bitcoin capital.MORE NEWS: Disaster Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday Starts This Weekend
“Our residents don’t have to do anything; they don’t have to pay for anything there’s no risk -they’re just going to get money and I know it sounds weird because no one’s ever done it,” says Suarez.