1955 – He was born in Caibarién, Cuba on the 12th of March, Carollo moved to Miami when he was fifteen years old, having previously lived in Chicago.
– Carollo was mayor of Miami during the Elián González scandal.
– As mayor, Carollo supported the efforts of Elian’s Miami family to keep the boy in the United States, and criticized the U.S. and Cuban governments for the raid to retrieve Elián.
1996-1997 – Joe Carollo was first elected mayor of the City of Miami, Florida.
2001 – Carollo lost his bid for re-election and former mayor Maurice Ferre ran and lost against Manny Diaz, a lawyer who had represented the Miami family of Elián González.