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Dear Residents,

Thank you for subscribing to the District 6 e-Newsletter.

It’s been a fun and challenging start to 2014 filled with the passing of key legislation and events aimed at bettering the quality of life for our residents. I hope you find the following information useful and encourage you to share it with friends and family.

Chairwoman Rebeca Sosa
Miami-Dade Board of County Commissioners

District 6

Chairwoman Rebeca Sosa
April 2014

American Society for Public Administration

Chairwoman Sosa receives the American Society for Public Administration (ASPA) award for Outstanding Service Excellence.

Movie Night at Triangle Park in the City of Hialeah

Chairwoman Sosa hosted a free Movie Night featuring “Monsters University” on Friday, March 7, at Triangle Park, on the corner of Palm Avenue and Okeechobee Road in Hialeah. 

 Chairwoman Sosa hosts Free Small Business Workshop

Chairwoman Sosa speaks to the Small Business owners that attended the workshop she hosted in conjunction with the Beacon Council on Wednesday March 19, 2014. 

Martha Flores' 55th Anniversary

Chairwoman Rebeca Sosa joins local elected officials for a special on air presentation of a proclamation to long time radio personality Martha Flores in recognition of her 55 years of broadcasting and advocating for positive changes in our community.

Women’s Leadership Conference

Chairwoman Sosa attended the Miami-Dade County Youth Commission (MDCYC) Women’s Leadership Conference in honor of “Women’s History Month.”

Hialeah Small Businesses greet Chairwoman Sosa

Chairwoman Sosa visits small businesses in the City of Hialeah to show support and better assess their needs. 

Miami-International Airport Press Conference 

Chairwoman Sosa joins Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen and Miami-International Airport’s Director Emilio T. González in a press conference calling for the federal government to provide additional Customs and Border Patrol staffing to handle the large influx of international travelers to our airport.

Emilio Estefan Special Ambassador of Miami-Dade County

Chairwoman Sosa attends the ceremony where Mr. Emilio Estefan was sworn in as the Special Ambassador of Miami-Dade County.

Valentine's Day Celebration

Chairwoman Sosa celebrates Valentine’s Day at the Generations Senior Center.

Lt. Governor Carlos Lopez-Cantera

Chairwoman Sosa attended a press conference convened by Governor Rick Scott to announce his decision to name Miami-Dade County Property Appraiser Carlos Lopez Cantera as his new Lieutenant Governor. The Chairwoman congratulates Mr. Lopez Cantera and wishes him well in his new post. 


Chairwoman Sosa urges state to save elder meal programs

The Miami-Dade County Commission is urging the state to save funding for elder meal programs that provide thousands of meals for the elderly in Miami-Dade County.

On Feb. 19, the Commission passed a resolution sponsored by Chairwoman Rebeca Sosa to oppose any efforts in the Legislature to cut funding for meal programs for the low-income elderly, stressing the impact such cuts would have on Miami-Dade, which is home to 350,000 seniors and a third of the state’s Medicaid population.

“Any cuts to the state’s elder meal programs would be devastating to our County because of our large and growing population of senior citizens who rely on them,” Chairwoman Sosa said. “I urge Tallahassee to protect these programs, which provide a lifeline to so many seniors living on a fixed income.”

Chairwoman Sosa wants Congress to take aim at scammers who target elderly veterans

County Commission Chairwoman Rebeca Sosa wants Congress to take action to protect elderly veterans who too often become the victims of scammers.

The Miami-Dade County Commission on Feb. 19 approved a resolution sponsored by Chairwoman Sosa urging Congress to pass the Veterans Care Financial Protection bill. The bill aims to stop scam artists and predatory financial advisers who prey on elderly veterans qualifying for federal aid to pay for assisted living or in-home personal care.

“Veterans who have served this nation honorably deserve to enjoy a comfortable retirement, not to have their lives turned upside down by scam artists who pose as financial advisors to take control of their assets,” Chairwoman Sosa said.

 Chairwoman Sosa closes the "Donut Hole"

In an effort to promote sustainable growth, the Miami-Dade County Commission on March 4 approved an ordinance sponsored by Chairwoman Rebeca Sosa to prevent the creation of pockets of undeveloped land outside the Urban Development Boundary (UDB).

The ordinance amends Section 2-116.1 of the Code of Miami-Dade County to prohibit future applications to expand the UDB that would result in enclaves, or “donut holes,” of undeveloped land surrounded more than 75 percent by developed land – a situation that in the past has created pressure for further development beyond the UDB.

“The donut hole scenario has plagued Miami-Dade County in the past by resulting in pockets of undeveloped land,” Chairwoman Sosa said. “In planning for the future, we must avoid creating these orphan parcels so we can take full advantage of infill development.” 

Local environmentalists welcomed the ordinance.

“This is a great positive step forward in not encouraging sprawl-inducing developments,” Celeste De Palma of the Tropical Audubon Society told Commissioners.

Chairwoman Sosa sponsors resolution to prevent diversion of funds from sewer repairs

 As Miami-Dade County prepares to embark on major repairs to its wastewater treatment system, County Commission Chairwoman Rebeca Sosa is sponsoring a resolution to prohibit the transfer of any Water & Sewer Department revenues to the County’s general fund for the duration of the project. 
The resolution is scheduled for a vote by the County Commission on Tuesday, March 18 at 9:30 a.m. Its wording is consistent with language in a settlement agreement pending in federal court regarding the County’s federally mandated sewer repairs, which are needed to bring the system into compliance with the Clean Water Act. 
“This resolution will demonstrate the County’s good faith in complying with terms of the settlement agreement while protecting the public health by ensuring that there is no diversion of funds from necessary sewer system repairs,” Chairwoman Sosa said.

Miami-Dade County News

Baynanza coming soon; sign up now
Join thousands of volunteers on Saturday, April 26 and help clean of one of our most precious natural resources: Biscayne Bay.

Volunteer form   Past photos

311 Answer Center to operate under new schedule   
Effective Monday, April 7, 2014, the 311 Answer Center will be changing its service hours.The new hours will be Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

Animal Services offering special Spring savings until April 30 
Miami-Dade County Animal Services offers special spring savings with waived adoption fees for dogs over 35 pounds from March 13, 2014 through April 30, 2014.

Bike 305!
Check out Bike 305's new interactive website for information regarding routes and events throughout our community.

Board of County Comissioners Events

Free Sunpass Event
Wednesday, April 16, 2014
1000 SW 57th Avenue, Suite 201
Miami, FL 33144
Chairwoman Rebeca Sosa has sponsored a free Sunpass event that will take place at her District Office located at 1000 SW 57th Avenue, Suite 201 Miami, FL 33144. Please call 305-267-6377 for more information.

DMV to Go
Thursday, April 17, 2014
9:30 am to 2:30 pm 
Stephen P. Clark Center lobby, 111 NW 1 Street,
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 online appointment. Those with appointments must bring proper documentation as required by the DMV. A list of suitable identification is available at http://www.gathergoget.com/. DMV-to-Go representatives do not administer driving exams.  

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

BCC Commission Meeting
Tuesday, May 6, 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.

Wednesday, May 21, 9:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m.
Stephen P. Clark Center
111 NW 1 Street,2nd floor
Miami, FL 33128

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: [email protected]
Web: www.miamidade.gov/district06

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