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May 2016
On May 16, Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez hosted a press conference on Miami-Dade County's mosquito control efforts.

Mosquito Control Press Conference

Miami-Dade County has faced challenges from Chikungunya, Dengue and West Nile Virus, and today, Zika. While at this time there is no immediate threat of locally-acquired cases in our community, it is important that Miami-Dade County  residents learn how to protect themselves and limit mosquito breeding in and around their homes.

Again, of the 48 cases that have been confirmed in the Miami-Dade, none are locally-acquired. In other words, all confirmed cases in our community come from areas outside the U.S. I am confident Miami-Dade County is prepared to fight the mosquitos that are capable of transmitting the Zika virus. I remind residents to "Drain and Cover." Drain any standing sprinkler or rain water from outside the house, and learn other ways to keep water clean to avoid mosquitoes. Cover your skin with socks, shoes, long pants and long sleeves when mosquitoes are active. Cover doors and windows with screens, and use repellent on bare skin.

I thank Deputy Mayor Alina Hudak,  our Mosquito Control Operations Manager, Chalmers Vasquez and the Department of Solid Waste Management for their continuous dedication. Let us all do our part to keep Miami-Dade County safe.

Miami-Dade County prepares for 2016 Hurricane Season

On May 24, I hosted Miami-Dade County's Hurricane Preparedness Press Conference to remind residents to plan ahead and be prepared this Hurricane Season running from today, June 1 through November 30.

To help with planning, a team of 10 experts from the Urban Land Institute have helped continue planning in flood-prone areas. This planning took into consideration the impacts of sea level rise. Being a resilient community means being fully prepared for what's coming ahead. It means protecting our residents and visitors. It means protecting our pets and our property.

There are simple things we can all do to prepare for a potential storm:

  • Pickup extra cans of non-perishable goods
  • Store tap water in plastic jugs or purchase bottled water
  • Fill your gas tanks prior to a storm
  • Stock up on any necessary medications

If you need more information on hurricane preparation or actions that the County is taking, visit the Hurricane Guide website.

Commission approves regulating Transportation Network Entities

After several years of hard work, the Miami-Dade County Board of County Commissioners has approved the regulation of transportation network entities (TNEs). Our 2.7 million residents and millions of annual visitors will soon be able to legally use transportation network entities (TNEs) like Uber and Lyft. App-based mobility solutions are necessary to bringing our County transportation options into the 21st century. To keep up with what our community wants, we must continue to integrate new technologies and forward-looking tools to offer transit and mobility solutions for our residents and visitors.

We all know that there is no silver bullet to solving our county's transportation challenges, but services like Uber and Lyft can help residents and visitors better connect with our existing public transportation system, and serve as an additional transportation option for our community.

On May 18, just two weeks after the Commission voted to regulate TNEs, I had the pleasure of attending the grand opening of the Uber Partner Support Center -- a permanent physical hub  for the more than 10,000 driver-partners who operate on the Uber platform. Working alongside TNEs, Miami-Dade County will continue to strengthen our partner network for the benefit of our community.

I want to thank Commissioner Esteban Bovo for his leadership and commitment to moving this critical legislation forward, and to Commissioner Audrey Edmonson for initially proposing the regulating of TNEs over two years ago.

Miami-Dade Police Department International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs MOU Signing Press Conference

The Department of State, Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) and Miami-Dade County renewed their partnership agreement on May 23, to continue providing outstanding training and law enforcement expertise to the State Department’s international partners. This renews the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between INL and the County signed in November 2012 for Miami-Dade Police Department (MDPD) to provide training, mentoring, and advising on policing matters to international law enforcement personnel.

This renewal will extend this successful partnership for an additional five years. The goal of this partnership is to help our foreign counterparts better fight transnational crime, which also helps reduce crime in our own communities.

This is a testament to the excellence of the MDPD and a testament to what we can accomplish when we all work together. It takes all of us to protect all of us. We will continue working together as a global community to keep our residents safe.

in the news...

05.01.2016: Haitian Heritage Cultural Month Opening Reception

05.05.2016: Mayor concludes visit to Washington D.C.

05.13.2016: New Summer Internship Program to employ 1,300 Miami-Dade County students

05.14.2016: Fourth Annual Taste of Haiti

05.20.2016: Third Annual Live Like Bella Cancer Foundation Luncheon

05.25.2016: 31st National Preventing Crime in the Black Community

05.25.2016: Rockefeller 100 Resilient Cities Press Conference

05.26.2016: South Dade Chamber of Commerce Luncheon

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"I can’t think of a better place to host Super Bowl LIV in 2020 than Miami! This will be our 11th Super Bowl, and we will host the most in NFL history.  Miami is the place to live, work and play, and hosting another Super Bowl in our community serves as further evidence that we are a major event community.

Congratulations and thanks to Stephen Ross and the Miami Dolphins organization for their $450 million investment, which made this award possible."

-Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez
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