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Dear Residents,

Thank you for subscribing to the District 1 e-Newsletter. I want to provide you useful information and keep you up to date on what's happening in our district.

This summer, I'm hoping families get to explore some of the wonderful destinations South Florida has to offer. For those looking for cost-effective, family-friendly options that are just a short drive away, I encourage you to go visit Vizcaya Museum & Gardens (located at 3251 South Miami Avenue, Miami, FL 33129). The museum, which offers amazing views of Biscayne Bay, is a fascinating piece of South Florida history that all residents should experience.

To learn more about popular destinations and things to do in Miami-Dade County, visit http://www.miamiandbeaches.com/things-to-do

Barbara J. Jordan
Miami-Dade Board of County Commissioners

Commissioner Barbara J. Jordan
Spring Newsletter 2016
Commissioner Jordan renames street in honor of first black female police offer

The Miami-Dade County Commission and the Miami Gardens City Council have co-designated Northwest 175th Street between 27th and 37th avenues as “Officer Thelma Harris Way” in honor of Officer Thelma Harris, the first black female police officer in Florida, who served 20 years with the Miami-Dade Police Department. Commissioner Barbara J. Jordan joined City of Miami Gardens council members and other public officials at the street renaming ceremony on March 3 as they paid tribute to the pioneer in law enforcement.


Super Bowl champ Kayvon Webster receives Key to the County

Denver Broncos cornerback and Super Bowl champion Kayvon Webster received the Key to the County at the March 8 Miami-Dade County Commission meeting from Commissioner Barbara J. Jordan, who also presented him with a district commendation. Commissioner Jordan also presented a proclamation to Precious Symonette, Miami-Dade County Public Schools' 2017 Francisco R. Walker Teacher of the Year, for her work at Miami Norland Senior High.


Officials celebrate grand reopening of California Club Branch Library

Commissioner Jordan attended the grand opening of the California Club Branch Library on March 10, located at 700 Ives Dairy Rd., Miami, Florida. The new library is home to a wide selection of books and audio visual materials including DVDs, CDs and audiobooks.

New Lake Stevens Fitness Zone is dedicated

On March 12, Commissioner Jordan participated in the dedication of the new Fitness Zone ® outdoor gym at Lake Stevens Park (5350 NW 183 St, Miami) recently. The new development was the result of the Miami-Dade Parks, Recreation and Open Space Department’s ongoing collaboration with The Trust for Public Land (TPL) Fitness Zone ® Program. The exercise stations feature easy-to-use gym equipment for cardio and strength training and accommodate wheelchair workouts.

Residents flock to Movie Night at North Glade Park

Families in North Miami-Dade County brought lawn chairs and blankets to North Glade Park to see Pixar’s 3D computer-animated comedy-drama adventure “Inside Out” on March 18. “I love meeting and interacting with families who turn out for my events,” Commissioner Jordan said. “The purpose of my events is to provide fun, family-friendly activities for residents.”

Music in the Park concert draws hundreds of attendees

Two jazz icons performed to a packed house of hundreds on May 6 at the Betty T. Ferguson Recreational Complex in Miami Gardens. The audience clapped their hands and tapped their feet as South Florida’s first lady of jazz Alice Day and the legendary Mustafa family – including Melton Mustafa Sr., Melton Mustafa Jr., Jesse Jones Jr., and Yamin Mustafa – captivated the crowd during the free semiannual concert sponsored by Miami-Dade County Commissioner Barbara J. Jordan, the Sunshine Jazz Organization, Miami Gardens Mayor Oliver G. Gilbert III, and the Miami-Dade Cultural Affairs Department.

Affordable housing community Pelican Cove marks grand opening

On May 12, Commissioner Jordan joined in celebrating the grand opening of Pelican Cove Apartments – located at 2460 NW 185 Terrace, Miami Gardens FL 33056 -- here in District 1. Pelican Cove is a beautiful garden-style gated affordable housing community with large bedrooms and luxurious amenities such as a state-of-the art club house, tile floors throughout, energy efficient appliances a playground, outdoor fitness/workout course, walking/jogging path, pool, and plenty of green space for kids and families to encourage an active healthy lifestyle.

FMU debuts new Multi-Purpose Arena & Wellness Education Center

On May 12, Commissioner Jordan celebrated the opening of the Florida Memorial University Multi-Purpose Arena & Wellness Education Center. Jordan sponsored the item allocating $5 million to this project back in 2010. The new, state-of-the-art wellness facility at FMU will be an asset to the entire community. It will be a venue for community high school and intercollegiate sports competitions, as well as a place for recreational, cultural and educational activities.