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Dear Friends of District 8,

It's a time of new beginnings in Miami-Dade--back to school is around the corner and our annual County budgeting process is well under way. Please read below about how you can share your thoughts on the County budget.

It's also a time of caution, as we find ourselves in hurricane season and working to address the threat of Zika in our community. Please help me make sure we are prepared for hurricanes by completing this survey. Residents who complete the survey will be entered into a drawing for a chance to win fun prizes, such as me taking you to lunch, so please include your contact information if you'd like to be considered. To protect yourself from Zika and other mosquito-borne illnesses, there are two words you should know: drain and cover. Read more about how you can prevent the spread of Zika by clicking here.

Give us your feedback! Reach out to us at district8@miamidade.gov, call us at 305-375-5218/305-378-6677 or chat with me on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Yours for a healthy Miami-Dade,


Commissioner Daniella Levine Cava
August 2016
Daniella Delivers

Welcoming New Agricultural Patrol Officers

On Friday, June 24, I joined the UF/IFAS Extension and the Dade County Farm Bureau in welcoming six new patrol officers to the Agricultural Patrol Section of the Miami-Dade Police Department. The new officers will restore the force to its original strength after a four-year shortage, honoring one of my campaign promises. Read more here.
Welcoming new Ag patrol officers

Delivering Policy Solutions

Here are some of the highlights from the last few weeks at the Board of County Commissioners (BCC):

  • Ca-ching! The BCC approved a grant to Palmetto Bay for $7.5 million to develop the downtown area. This will spur economic development not only in Palmetto Bay, but throughout South Dade and along a major transit corridor.
  • Save the guacamole: We passed my ordinance creating new enforcement tools to eradicate Laurel Wilt, a serious threat to our avocado crops. This was another step towards honoring my campaign promises.
  • My resolution stipulating bus fares should not be higher than metrorail fares passed.
  • The BCC approved an item I sponsored conveying county-owned land north of Black Point Marina to the National Park Serivce. The nearly 45 acres of land will be used to restore natural water flows to Biscayne Bay as part of the Everglades Restoration Plan.
  • My resolution authorizing County employees to donate their leave time to the One Orlando Fund in response to the mass shooting passed.

Presenting National Parks proclamation
Presenting a proclamation celebrating 100 years of National Parks

Tell us your suggestions by emailing district8@miamidade.gov or calling 305-378-6677/305-375-5218.

What's Coming Up

Budget Hearings

Did you know that 31 cents of every dollar in our Miami-Dade County budget is spent on public safety? Or that 22 cents of that dollar are spent on transportation? Read the budget-in-brief to get a sense of how your tax dollars are spent.

In September, the County Commission will give our final approval to the budget proposed by the Mayor. You can give your input by attending one of the community budget hearings on August 8 at 6 pm. In South Dade there will be one hearing at the William F. Dickinson Community Center (1601 N Krome Ave, Homestead) and one at the South Dade Regional Library (10750 SW 211 St, Cutler Bay). District 8 staff will be on hand to support you. There will also be two social media sessions August 9. Get more details here.

Upcoming Policy Solutions

  • Community Land Trusts--My item to create a Community Land Trust pilot project will have its final hearing on September 7. The Community Land Trusts are proven as a great tool to ensure that homes remain affordable for workers such as nurses, firefighters and police officers.
  • The Economic Prosperity Initiatives Report, which I commissioned, will be on the September 7 Board of County Commissioners agenda. I asked FIU to prepare this report to help the County establish a plan to expand economic prosperity to all residents. Read the report here.

Keep Up with District 8

Marketing Effort Launched at South Dade Solutions Summit

On July 15 Commissioner Moss and I hosted the second annual South Dade Solutions Summit, featuring branding guru Bruce Turkel. More than 150 business and community leaders participated in the interactive workshop to brainstorm a brand for South Dade. We talked about the special outdoor attractions and tight-knit community we all cherish. I look forward to rolling out the new South Dade brand in early 2017.
discussing plans for South Dade at Summit

Dogs of Summer

This summer my office has collaborated with Miami-Dade Animal Services and numerous other sponsors to host some fun Dogs of Summer events in Homestead, Palmetto Bay, The Crossings and the Falls. More than 20 pets have found loving homes and dozens received free microchips, baths and other services.
Dog enjoys a bath

Meet the District 8 Interns

I am so thankful for our excellent summer interns who are helping us with everything from researching policies to organizing events. Get to know them better:

Ayssa DiPietro
In addition to being our intern, Ayssa currently works for a local environmental engineering firm, Adventure Environmental Inc. on restoration, conservation and development projects. Read more.
Ayssa DiPietro
Cassandra Harding
Cassandra was raised in Cutler Bay and is excited to begin her first year of college at Davidson College in North Caroline this fall. Read more.
Cassandra Harding
Mark Merwitzer
Ever since he attended his first teacher union protest at the age of 7 to push for higher wages and better benefits, Mark has been very active in standing up for the needs of his community. Read more.
Mark Merwitzer
Jessica Pradel
Jessica has lived in Miami her entire life and is currently studying at Cutler Bay Senior High in the iPrep program. Read more.

Nathan Randall
Nathan is an undergrad studying communications and media at Lynn University. Read more.

Contact Daniella and Team 8

District 8 Office
South Dade Government Center
10710 SW 211th Street, Suite 103
Miami, FL 33189
305-378-6677 Phone

Downtown Office
Stephen P. Clark Government Center
111 NW 1 Street, Suite 220
Miami, Florida 33128
305-375-5218 Phone
305-372-6073 Fax

E-mail: district8@miamidade.gov
Web: www.miamidade.gov/district08

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What's Happening?

Recycling Tip of the Month 

Don't place your recyclables inside plastic bags. Plastic bags damage the equipment at the recycling facility.

P.L.A.Y. at the Deering Estate this Summer

The Deering Estate will hold several fee free P.L.A.Y. (Preservation, Learning, Adventure, Year-Round) days this summer on cultural and evironmental topics. Visit their website for more information.

Reclaiming the Promise: Schools Our Children Deserve

Join United Teachers of Dade August 5, 8:30 am - 1:30 pm at Homestead Senior High for a day of workshops for educators and parents, book giveaways, and storytelling for children. Register for this free event.


Volunteer for See Her Vote

The Women's Fund has launched the See Her Vote campaign to mobilize women to vote. They are educating women, specifically in underserved communities, about the power of their votes to change policy on issues that are critically important to improving their lives. They are looking for volunteers to help with phone banking, canvassing and more. Sign up here.


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