Miami-Dade Legislative Item
File Number: 063157
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File Number: 063157 File Type: Resolution Status: Deferred in Committee
Version: 0 Reference: Control: Economic Development and Human Services Committee
File Name: MAGIC CITY CHILDREN'S ZONE Introduced: 11/1/2006
Requester: NONE Cost: Final Action:
Agenda Date: Agenda Item Number: 11A
Notes: SEE AMENDED VERSION #070867 Title: RESOLUTION DESIGNATING THE MAGIC CITY CHILDREN'S ZONE
Indexes: CHILD WELFARE
  CHILDREN
Sponsors: Audrey M. Edmonson, Prime Sponsor
  Dorrin D. Rolle, Co-Sponsor
  Dennis C. Moss, Co-Sponsor
  Barbara J. Jordan, Co-Sponsor
  Sen. Javier D. Souto, Co-Sponsor
Sunset Provision: No Effective Date: Expiration Date:
Registered Lobbyist: None Listed


Legislative History

Acting Body Date Agenda Item Action Sent To Due Date Returned Pass/Fail

Economic Development and Human Services Committee 3/14/2007 2E Amended
REPORT: See Agenda Item 2E Amended, Legislative File No. 070867 for the amended version.

County Attorney 2/18/2007 Assigned Economic Development and Human Services Committee 3/14/2007

County Attorney 1/29/2007 Referred Economic Development and Human Services Committee 2/14/2007

County Attorney 12/20/2006 Assigned Community Outreach, Safety & Healthcare Admin Cmte 2/14/2007

Community Outreach, Safety & Healthcare Admin Cmte 12/13/2006 2A Carried over Due to Lack of a Quorum

County Attorney 11/16/2006 Assigned Community Outreach, Safety & Healthcare Admin Cmte 12/13/2006

Community Outreach, Safety & Healthcare Admin Cmte 11/15/2006 2L Deferred 12/13/2006 P

County Manager 11/14/2006 Deferrals Community Outreach, Safety & Healthcare Admin Cmte 11/15/2006

County Attorney 11/2/2006 Referred Community Outreach, Safety & Healthcare Admin Cmte 11/15/2006

County Attorney 11/1/2006 Assigned Leigh Macdonald

Legislative Text


TITLE
RESOLUTION DESIGNATING THE MAGIC CITY CHILDREN'S ZONE

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WHEREAS, “Magic City” is a term often attributed to the City of Miami, and that name captures the significance of the potential and possibility that must be realized to yield the desired outcomes for the children and youth in Miami-Dade County; and
WHEREAS, the name Magic City portends a city where its citizens live charmed lives filled with all of the things that they need, as well as the opportunity to achieve the things that they want; and
WHEREAS, many residents of Miami-Dade County, including many of the youngest residents in the areas known as Liberty City and Little Haiti, experience lives beset with obstacles and challenges that limit, or totally preclude, their ability to create magic in their own lives; and
WHEREAS, a proposed pilot community initiative, known as the Magic City Children’s Zone, seeks to change that experience and make the promise of a happy, healthy, and safe quality of life a possibility for all children within its borders through the provision of high quality, robust and stimulating educational, cultural, social and athletic enrichment experiences; and
WHEREAS, the Magic City Children’s Zone initiative proposes to provide family stability, economic development and employment, affordable housing, youth activities and education, as well as parental support and infant care components, including: “Baby Basics,” a program addressing proper infant care and development; health education on topics such as lead paint poisoning and asthma; financial literacy for teens; and a “Littles/Olders Pact” program; and
WHEREAS, the children and youth in parts of Liberty City and Little Haiti would benefit from the proposed initiative, which seeks to bring in community service providers and government agencies for the purpose of creating interlocking programs and services geared at supporting the well being and positive development of children and youth in those areas; and
WHEREAS, the proposed initiative seeks to replicate the successes of other programs, including the Harlem Children’s Zone, a forty year old, national standard-bearer that gathered and organized members of the community around the healthy development of children; and
WHEREAS, the Magic City Children’s Zone, much like the Harlem Children’s Zone, will endorse the tenets that children from troubled communities are far more likely to become healthy adults and help build a better community if the adults around them are well-versed in the techniques of effective parenting and are engaged in local educational, social, and religious activities with their children, and that the earlier a child is touched by sound health care, intellectual, and social stimulation, and consistent guidance from loving, attentive adults, the more likely that child will grow into a responsible and fulfilled member of the community; and
WHEREAS, public officials in the State of Florida have had the opportunity to visit the Harlem Children’s Zone and have observed the successes of that program, such that Florida legislators have expressed interest in promoting similar children’s zones in the State of Florida; and
WHEREAS, the initiative in Miami-Dade County is guided by a team that includes persons with experience in public administration, business, and social services; and
WHEREAS, the initiative’s team plans to design a system expected to improve the functionality of the social networks in parts of Liberty City and Little Haiti; and
WHEREAS, the initiative seeks to establish a comprehensive, place-based, and coordinated educational and social services network to serve and improve the status of children and youth in Liberty City and Little Haiti; and
WHEREAS, the initiative seeks to improve the quality of programs, and thus outcomes, for the children and youth in Liberty City and Little Haiti; and
WHEREAS, the initiative also seeks to strengthen the internal systems and staff skills of the non-profit agencies in Liberty City and Little Haiti,
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS OF MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, FLORIDA, that the following described area is hereby recognized and designated as the Magic City Children’s Zone:
On the north: 79th Street
On the south: 36th Street
On the east: Miami Avenue
On the west: 27th Avenue



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