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For Immediate Release:
September 18, 2015
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Alex Fernandez
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Miami-Dade County Budget approved with funding for Sea Level Rise and Ludlam Trail


MIAMI (September 18, 2015) – On Thursday, September 17th, the Miami-Dade County Board of County Commissioners approved Mayor Carlos Gimenez's budget for the 2015-16 fiscal year.  The adopted budget, in particular, is pivotal in that it secures funding for the Ludlam Trail and for the implementation of adaptation strategies to combat sea level rise. Both initiatives have been spearheaded by Commissioner Rebeca Sosa.

The approved budget includes funding for a resiliency officer who will prepare a multifaceted approach to ensure that Miami-Dade County withstands the challenge of sea level rise while pivoting towards a more dynamic and energy efficient economy. A line item allocation was also funded to implement long-term adaptation strategies with the guidance of an engineering firm.

“I commend Mayor Gimenez and his staff for prioritizing sea level rise in this year’s budget,” said Commissioner Sosa. “My pledge is to continue advocating throughout the fiscal year to ensure that Miami-Dade County is prepared to implement its adaptation strategies in the face of sea level rise. While we have taken a step in the right direction, there is still more work to be done."
 
The approved FY 2015-16 budget also includes a $3 million earmark for the Ludlam Trail. The allocation of road impact fees for the six mile trail compliments other efforts led by Commissioner Sosa to obtain the much needed funds with the support of the Governor and state legislators. 

“The Ludlam Trail needs to happen,” said Commissioner Sosa. “The investment we have approved will provide a transportation alternative to over 32,000 people along a corridor spanning 6.2 miles. That’s over 60 acres of beautiful, ecologically friendly green space connecting people and communities.” Continued Commissioner Sosa, “I find it very encouraging that Mayor Gimenez included funding for the trail and am more determined than ever to see it through. I want to thank the Friends of the Ludlam Trail and all of the neighbors for their support.”
 
The fiscal year 2015-16 budget becomes effective October 1, 2015.