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E-Newsletter - Board of County Commissioners
Spring 2018
Office of the Chair
Esteban Bovo Jr.
 

Dear Residents,

As Chairman of the Board of County Commissioners, I am pleased to present this latest edition of the Board of County Commissioners Combined Newsletter to highlight some of the issues my colleagues and I have been working on over the last few months.

In a very exciting development on the public transportation front, we identified an additional innovative funding source for the Strategic Miami Area Rapid Transit (SMART) Plan to expand rapid transit throughout the County, one of the key components to ensuring future growth and sustainability and securing our status as a world-class community.

Other vital issues we have addressed over the last few months have included promoting homeownership, enhancing safety, facilitating neighborhood beautification and encouraging prescription drug pricing transparency, as well as combatting the opioid crisis. I’m looking forward to continued progress on these and other fronts in the months ahead as we work together to build a better and more prosperous future for all our residents.

On behalf of all my colleagues, I wish you a very blessed Easter and Passover season.

Best wishes,

Chairman Esteban Bovo Jr.
Miami-Dade Board of County Commissioners
District 13

Featured Legislation

On February 7, the Commission adopted an ordinance I sponsored to create a Tax Increment Financing District for the SMART Plan to collect future economic growth in the half-mile to 1-mile area around the SMART Plan’s six corridors. This district does not increase taxes; instead it reinvests growth from around the corridors into these transit projects, generating an anticipated $1.8 billion for SMART Plan transit improvement projects. This particular funding tool has been implemented across the country and around the world in cities like Denver, Chicago, Houston, and San Francisco.

Featured Event

Commissioner Bovo's annual Open Your Heart and Your Home pet adoption event on Feb. 3 was once again a big hit with 36 pets finding a new home. Thank you to all the participants for making the event a huge success.

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Vice Chairwoman
Audrey M. Edmonson
 
Featured Legislation

Vice Chairwoman Edmonson championed an ordinance creating an infill housing initiative to establish a multi-family homeownership demonstration program which would afford first-time buyers an opportunity to purchase a duplex and mitigate mortgage costs with rental money from a second unit. The ordinance also directs the County Mayor to develop and implement guidelines for the program and to identify suitable infill parcels.

Featured Event

Vice Chairwoman Audrey M. Edmonson on Feb. 26 helped break ground on the ASPCA Community Veterinary Clinic at 1320 NW 62nd Street, a public-private partnership that will serve the Liberty City area and its surrounding neighborhoods.

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District 1
Barbara Jordan
 
Featured Legislation

Commissioner Jordan sponsored legislation urging Congress to reinstate the Federal Assault Weapons ban while simultaneously urging the Florida Legislature to impose a state ban on assault weapons. Semi-automatic assault weapons were banned for 10 years beginning in 1994 under the Federal Assault Weapons Act.

Featured Event

Nearly 1,000 residents filled the amphitheater for the fifth annual Black Heritage Festival hosted by Commissioner Jordan and Miami Gardens Mayor Oliver Gilbert on Feb. 17 at the Betty T. Ferguson Recreational Complex.

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District 2
Jean Monestime
 
Featured Legislation

In keeping with his Economic Prosperity Initiative, Commissioner Jean Monestime sponsored legislation accelerating the construction of sewer infrastructure along the NW 27th Avenue corridor. Currently, new and existing businesses rely on septic tanks that are at capacity. The sewer infrastructure and new pump station will bring much needed economic growth and development to this community.

Featured Event

Commissioner Jean Monestime celebrated Black History Month with the 2nd Annual Black History Month Honors Lifetime Achievement Awards Luncheon on Feb. 25 at the Arcola Lakes Senior Center. Commissioner Monestime recognized community leaders for their contribution to our county and nation.

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District 4
Sally Heyman
 
Featured Legislation

Commissioner Heyman, a member of the Miami-Dade County Opioid Task Force, passed legislation supporting state legislation that would limit an initial prescription for opioids to a 7-day supply, limit refill prescriptions for opioids to a 30-day supply for certain patients, require certain prescribers to access drug histories in the prescription drug monitoring program’s database, and mandate that prescribers complete continuing education courses.

Featured Event

Commissioner Heyman, in partnership with the Miami-Dade County Animal Services and Town of Bay Harbor Islands, sponsored a free spay/neuter event for cats on February 11, 2018 to help reduce the overpopulation of cats in Miami-Dade County.

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District 5
Bruno A. Barreiro
 
Featured Legislation

Commissioner Barreiro sponsored a resolution urging the Florida Legislature to pass legislation to promote prescription drug pricing transparency, including by requiring pharmacists to inform customers of generically equivalent drug products.

Featured Event

Easing traffic congestion on our roadways is one of my highest priorities, and as a member of the Downtown Development Authority, I had the opportunity to present an alternative that would reverse the current east-west, one-way pair of SW/SE 7th and 8th streets to decrease traffic back-ups on Brickell, reduce conflicts between motorists and pedestrians, enhance access to I-95 and provide greater connections to SW 8th Street during peak hours.

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District 6
Rebeca Sosa
 
Featured Legislation

Commissioner Sosa advanced legislation supporting Miami-Dade’s bid to be a World Cup 2026 host site. The bid presented includes an agreement identifying MIA as the welcome facility for the estimated 400,000 visitors including players, coaches, executives, officials and fans. “I am honored to do my part in helping to bring the world’s largest event to our community,” stated Commissioner Sosa.

Featured Event

Commissioner Sosa joined Miami Mayor Francis Suarez and other officials for the ribbon cutting of the new community building addition at General Antonio Maceo Park. Commissioner Sosa was proud to secure $1.5 million for this project, which provides the elderly, youngsters and the entire community with better facilities and services.

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District 7
Xavier L. Suarez
 
Featured Legislation

Commissioner Suarez sponsored a resolution exploring the possibility of fare-free transit circulators on routes in unincorporated areas identified in Commissioner Jordan’s Transit Circulator Resolution.

Featured Event

Officials from all over Miami-Dade County and the State of Florida came together on Feb. 22 to kickstart Baylink, an integral component of the SMART Plan. County Commissioners Xavier L. Suarez and Bruno Barreiro discussed this rail corridor to connect Miami Beach to downtown Miami. A new point of interest was the integration of Personal Rapid Transit as a catalyst to the project’s commencement.

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District 8
Daniella Levine Cava
 
Featured Legislation

Miami-Dade entered into litigation over a state rule allowing more toxins in surface waters. Just days after Commissioner Levine Cava’s resolution was adopted by the Board of County Commissioners, Florida’s DEP announced it would be rescinding the controversial rule and instead study the concerns raised by the plaintiffs – the Seminole Tribe of Florida, the City of Miami, and Miami-Dade and Broward counties.

Featured Event

Residents, traffic experts, and officials joined forces at the Traffic Solutions Summit, hosted by Commissioner Levine Cava, with the goal of producing an action plan to reduce traffic in the area of Pinecrest through Palmetto Bay, and Cutler Bay to Palm Glades.

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District 9
Dennis C. Moss
 
Featured Legislation

The Miami-Dade County Commission adopted a resolution sponsored by Commissioner Dennis C. Moss urging state lawmakers to oppose SB 688 and HB 243, which would restrict the County’s ability to use surtax proceeds for the maintenance and operation of Metrorail, Metromover or Metrobus systems for capital improvements that were previously funded by surtax proceeds.

Featured Event

Miami-Dade County Commissioner Dennis C. Moss was joined by School Board Member Lubby Navarro, student volunteers from Southridge SHS, MDPD, Solid Waste Management and the Southridge I&II Resident Council at Southridge Park for a District 9 Community Enhancement Clean-up.

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District 10
Javier D. Souto
 
Featured Legislation

Commissioner Souto sponsored legislation to create a Rapid Response Team to improve response times for various community maintenance and beautification issues such as fallen, damaged, or missing street signs, inoperable or malfunctioning traffic signals, broken sidewalks and uncollected solid waste, especially in unincorporated areas.

Featured Event

Commissioner Souto attended the USA Track & Field RunJumpThrow Day at Tropical Park on Feb. 17 featuring Olympic gold medalist and world champion Justin Gatlin, who offered special tips and techniques for young athletes.

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District 11
Joe A. Martinez
 
Featured Legislation

Commissioner Martinez sponsored an ordinance creating the Miami-Dade County Vilomah Award, which allows each Commissioner to recognize parents who have been inspired by the memory of a lost child and have taken action to positively influence the community. Each Commissioner can nominate one candidate twice a year to receive this award.

Featured Event

On February 17, Commissioner Martinez hosted the annual Cuban Memorial Ceremony at Tamiami Park, which honors all the victims of the Castro regime. Commissioner Martinez was instrumental in finding the permanent site for the memorial and securing the funding through a grant agreement.

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District 12
Jose
 
Featured Legislation

Commissioner Diaz sponsored a resolution demanding the immediate extradition to the United States of all fugitives from U.S. justice who are receiving safe harbor in Cuba. More than 70 fugitives from the United States, charged with offenses ranging from hijacking to kidnapping to drug offenses to murder, are believed to be currently receiving safe harbor in Cuba.

Featured Event

Commissioner Diaz participated in the Jan. 24 dedication of a stretch of the Homestead Extension of the Florida Turnpike between mile markers 34 and 36 as Trooper Patrick Ambroise Memorial Highway. FHP Trooper Ambroise died in 2010 when his patrol car was struck from behind on the Turnpike.

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