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Dear Residents,

Thank you for subscribing to the District 6 e-Newsletter. I hope you find the following information useful and encourage you to share it with friends and family.

This October Miami-Dade County has kicked off Hispanic Heritage Month with a celebration at the Stephen P. Clark Center and a series of events all month long aimed at honoring and celebrating the contributions Hispanics have made throughout this community’s history. October also brings us Breast Cancer Awareness Month which promotes awareness, prevention and detection of this terrible disease. Please visit the following link to find out how you can help http://www.miamidade.gov/makingstrides/.

Additionally, As part of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), you can explore the Health Insurance Marketplace online in order to see other coverage options for yourself, or your family members, at www.healthcare.gov. In the meantime, if you prefer to learn your options over the phone, you can call 1-800-318-2596.

Last but not least, with Halloween right around the corner please take a moment and visit the following link for safe trick or treating tips http://www.miamidade.gov/police/safety-halloween.asp.

Regards,

Chairwoman Rebeca Sosa
Miami-Dade Board of County Commissioners
District 6

 

 

Chairwoman Rebeca Sosa
October 2013
Events

Golden Veterans' Parade

The Miami-Dade County Military Affairs Board will host the “Golden Veterans Parade – 50th Anniversary Commemoration” to welcome back our Vietnam & Bay of Pigs Veterans properly. The parade will take place at noon on Friday, November 8, 2013, down Flagler Street into Bayfront Park for a recognition ceremony and concert. This event has been inspired by the Presidential proclamation naming the next 13 years the 50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War, and seeks to honor those veterans who were never given a proper welcome back reception. For more information visit their website.


Hispanic Heritage Month

Miami-Dade County Commission Chairwoman Rebeca Sosa, the Board of County Commissioners and the Hispanic Affairs Advisory Board invited the public to a Hispanic Heritage Month Kickoff Celebration on Tuesday, Oct. 1 at 12:30 p.m. in the lobby of the Stephen P. Clark Center (Government Center), 111 N.W. 1st St. in downtown Miami. “This year commemorates the 500th anniversary of Ponce de Leon’s discovery of Florida in 1513, which marked the start of Hispanic heritage and settlement in this beautiful state we call home,” Chairwoman Sosa said. “As we embark on our countywide celebrations of Hispanic Heritage Month, I can’t think of a better occasion to celebrate the tremendous cultural contributions of Spain and all the Latin American countries that have made our state and County what they are today."


Miami-Dade County kicks off Breast Cancer Awareness Month by going pink

Chairwoman Sosa welcomed members of the American Cancer Society to speak at today's Board of County Commissioner's meeting regarding Breast Cancer Awareness Month and kicked off a month long series of events to raise awareness. “Hope and awareness are the greatest weapons we have in the fight against breast cancer, which affects so many women every year,” said Miami-Dade Board of County Commissioners Chairwoman Rebeca Sosa. “As a breast cancer survivor, I am committed to supporting the County’s ongoing efforts to promote early detection and prevention and to lend a hand to organizations that are championing this cause, because we can make a difference.”


Legislation

Miami-Dade County is taking aim against a heinous new trend in dog fighting.

County Commissioners gave final approval to an ordinance sponsored by Chairwoman Rebeca Sosa to impose tougher penalties against “trunking” --- the practice of locking two dogs in a car trunk and driving around with music blasting while the dogs fight to death in the confined space.  “The only thing we can do as a County is increase the civil penalty, but I will be getting together with our state legislative delegation to do whatever it takes to get the criminal penalties increased, because we need to stop this practice once and for all,” Chairwoman Sosa said


Chairwoman Rebeca Sosa calls for streamlining Miami-Dade's permitting process

The resolution, sponsored by Commission Chairwoman Rebeca Sosa, directs Mayor Carlos Gimenez to prepare a plan within 90 days to streamline the permitting process for everyone from large developers to people looking to open mom-and-pop shops or make improvements to their homes. "New businesses create jobs and improve the County's overall economy, so we need to do everything we can to streamline the permitting process to encourage entrepreneurship," Chairwoman Sosa said. "We don't want people to give up on their dreams of becoming a business owner because of inconsistent information from inspectors resulting in delays and frustration, as has happened in the past. A more customer-friendly process will also improve public perception while providing constituents with excellent service."


Chairwoman Rebeca Sosa urges motorists to obey Florida's new ban on texting while driving

Starting next month, Florida’s roads should become safer thanks to a new state law that Miami-Dade County Commission Chairwoman Rebeca Sosa has been championing since 2008. On Oct. 1, Florida’s ban on texting while driving went into effect. Violators now face penalties of $30 plus court costs for a first offense and $60 for a second offense. “I’m thrilled that Florida will be joining the 40 other states that prohibit the dangerous distraction of texting while driving,” Chairwoman Sosa said. “I urge motorists to obey the new law, because one second of distraction behind the wheel can spell the difference between life and death.”


Miami-Dade County News

County to save $2 million a year in energy costs with new utility billing system
A new energy management software that quantifies electricity consumption and related costs at Miami-Dade County facilities is on track to save $2 million a year in utility spending.


Three lanes of Rickenbacker Toll Plaza closed, fourth to close in October 
Three lanes at the Rickenbacker Causeway Toll Plaza are closed due to work related to the West Bridge. The three lanes and a fourth toll plaza lane will remain closed in October.


Changes made to Bulky Waste Pickup schedule
Due to a change to calendar year service, customers who receive full residential waste collection services from Miami-Dade County's Public Works and Waste Management Department can request bulky waste service for up to 25 cubic yards three times from Oct. 1, 2013 through Dec. 31, 2014.


Pet spay or neuter services now available by appointment
To better serve the public, Animal Services is now offering spay & neuter services to the public by appointment. Walk-ins will only be accommodated on Sundays on a first-come, first-serve basis. For more information call 3-1-1 


Board of County Comissioners Events

Campfire & Night Walk at A.D. Barnes Park 
3401 SW 72 Avenue
Miami, FL 33155
305-662-4125
October 5 (sold out), November 30, December 27, 2013
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Cost: $6 per person

DMV to Go
Thursday, October 17,  9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
Stephen P. Clark Center
111 NW 1 Street, Suite 201
Miami, FL 33128

Residents can receive assistance in attaining or renewing a driver’s license or identification card, as well as several federal services. Due to limited space, residents interested in obtaining a driver’s license or ID card must make an appointment. For additional information, please call 305-375-5730.


BCC Commission Meeting
Tuesday, October 22, 9:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m.
Stephen P. Clark Center
111 NW 1 Street,2nd floor
Miami, FL 33128

Miami-Dade County provides equal access and equal opportunity and does not discriminate on the basis of disability in its programs or services. For material in alternate format, a sign language interpreter or other accommodation, please call 305-375-2035.


BCC Commission Meeting (if needed)
Thursday, October 24, 9:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m.
Stephen P. Clark Center
111 NW 1 Street,2nd floor
Miami, FL 33128

Miami-Dade County provides equal access and equal opportunity and does not discriminate on the basis of disability in its programs or services. For material in alternate format, a sign language interpreter or other accommodation, please call 305-375-2035.


Zoning Meeting
Thursday, October 24, 9:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m.
Stephen P. Clark Center
111 NW 1 Street,2nd floor
Miami, FL 33128


Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO)
Thursday, October 24, 9:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m.
Stephen P. Clark Center
111 NW 1 Street,2nd floor
Miami, FL 33128

HURRICANE SEASON 2013
Contact Chairwoman Rebeca Sosa

District 6 Office
1000 SW 57 Avenue, Suite 201
Miami, Florida 33144
305-267-6377 Phone
305-267-6366 Fax

Downtown Office
Stephen P. Clark Government Center
111 NW 1 Street, Suite 220
Miami, Florida 33128
305-375-5696 Phone
305-372-6090 Fax

E-mail: district6@miamidade.gov
Web: www.miamidade.gov/district06

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