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Mayor's Week in Review

This week continued the budget process with town hall meetings being held in Florida City and Little Haiti.  Week in Review: August 18, 2014 - August 22, 2014

The budget process continued this week with town hall meetings in Florida City and Little Haiti.  These meetings provide our residents with the opportunity to ask questions and comment on our proposed budget.  And unlike the Federal government for example, where budgets are crafted with little or no input, we operate in the “sunshine.” Public input into the budget is democracy in action, and we welcome and encourage your involvement in this ongoing process.  

One of the aspects of the budget that most people find surprising is the wide range of services that we provide as a County government, even in areas where you least expect them.  Take our libraries for instance.  While they continue to offer books and other media to patrons throughout our community, did you also know that our libraries also help to feed hundreds of children and teens?

August 22, 2014

Summer Lunch

For the second year in a row, library patrons ages 0 to18 years of age receive a healthy free lunch at many of the 49 public libraries throughout our community.  In partnership with the Sisters for Abundant Living, our libraries run the “Healthy Bodies, Healthy Minds Summer Lunch Program.”  Library staff serves lunch to the youth, and parents are happy that their children are receiving a healthy, balanced, free meal. The Healthy Bodies, Healthy Minds Summer Lunch Program has now served more than 10,000 Miami-Dade County residents.


Another effort to serve young people comes from our Juvenile Services Department (JSD) which offers a variety of programs which focus on serving and assisting at-risk and arrested youth and their families in the Miami-Dade Community. Because customer satisfaction is important in improving the quality of services we deliver, JSD developed a client survey to obtain valuable feedback from clients and families.  The surveys’ results have been extremely positive with 96 percent of client families reporting that the services were helpful.  Also, 94 percent of parents and guardians surveyed observed a positive change in their child’s behavior after participation in a diversionary program. According to one parent surveyed, “this gave my son an opportunity to stay positive and it gave him more alternatives.  The services provided were great.  I am so happy that Miami-Dade has this program.  It helped my son very much!” These are just two examples of how Miami-Dade County is helping to improve the lives of the youth in our community.  We are also taking steps to improve the lives of other members of our community, our animals.


Friday morning I joined Commissioner Jose “Pepe” Diaz to break ground on a brand new Animal Services shelter that will double the size of the current shelter.  Through various programs that raise awareness and the ease of pet adoptions, our animal services department has saved the highest amount of shelter pets in the history of the department.  Before I took office, the save rate for cats was 18 percent and for dogs it was 61 percent. Through community outreach events the save rate is currently 61 percent for cats and 83 percent for dogs. This new shelter will be a giant step in saving even more animals, and toward our goal of becoming a no-kill community.  We look forward to the grand opening of the shelter in the fall of 2015.


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