For Immediate Release:
June 13, 2012

Media Contact:
Gloria Garces

Miami-Dade Infrastructure and Land Use Committee to consider ordinance requiring barriers at shopping centers to prevent vehicles from crashing into storefronts

Ordinance sponsored by Commissioner Jose "Pepe" Diaz in response to tragic deaths of two women last August


(Miami-Dade County, FL) -- 
Commissioner Jose "Pepe" Diaz will be presenting an ordinance today at 2 p.m. requiring anti-ram fixtures to be placed in shopping centers in an effort to prevent vehicles from potentially crashing into storefronts. The item was created in response to the tragic deaths of two women who were killed last August when an SUV slammed into a store near Bird Road and SW 134th Avenue. Miami-Dade’s Infrastructure and Land Use Committee will consider the ordinance during a scheduled public hearing.

The ordinance stipulates that these anti-ram fixtures would be placed in shopping centers when head-in parking is located adjacent to a storefront installation. The fixtures would be installed along the outer edge of the sidewalk to visually and physically separate the vehicular and pedestrian areas.

Commissioner Diaz began working on this legislation after being approached by the father of Laymet Albelo, one of the victims. Laymet was sitting in front of Celeste & Co. Boutique at Bird Point Plaza with store owner Celeste Gaitan. The driver of an SUV lost control and crashed into the store, killing both women and Celeste’s unborn child. Celeste was almost seven months pregnant at the time of the accident.

Laymet’s father asked Commissioner Diaz to explore the possibility of requiring barriers in shopping centers to prevent this kind of tragedy from happening again. After discovering similar incidents of accidents in shopping centers, Commissioner Diaz’s office drafted this ordinance.

For more information, please contact Commissioner Diaz’s office at 305-599-1200.

Who: Miami-Dade County Commissioner Jose "Pepe" Diaz

What:Public hearing of ordinance requiring special barriers in shopping centers

When: June 13, 2012, 2:00 p.m.

Where:Stephen P. Clark Center
Miami-Dade County Commission Chambers
111 NW 1st Street, 2nd Floor
Downtown Miami


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Stephen P. Clark Center
111 NW 1st Street, Suite 320 Miami, Florida 33128
(305) 375-4343


It is the policy of Miami Dade County to comply with all of the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act. The facility is accessible. For sign language interpreters, assistive listening devices or materials in accessible format, please call 305-599-1200 at least five days in advance.