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Great in 8 Profile: Susan Holtzman
Susan Holtzman became interested in senior issues when her mother developed dementia and she realized how unprepared she and many others are to care for their aging parents. With a background in healthcare and business, Susan has educated herself about the issue, then enrolled at the University of Massachussets for a Masters Degree in gerontology and aging services. Susan is a Palmetto Bay resident who serves as a volunteer advisor to my office on senior issues, keeping me abreast of the matters affecting our aging population and possible ways to meet their needs. Miami-Dade County has the largest number of adults aged 60 and older in Florida, and that number is expected to double in the next 25 years. Susan has been working on an initiative to establish a Seniors Trust, which would play a role similar to the Children's Trust, directing resources to programs for seniors. In order to meet the needs of an aging population, Susan says, we need to provide adequate transportation, housing and activities. Most importantly, we need to engage older adults in public policy to make sure our decisions reflect their interests. Thank you Susan for all you do for this community!
Thank you, Susan, for your service!
Beginning the #PublicTransitDay Tradition
This year, community groups in partnership with the county, began a new tradition. We celebrated the first #PublicTransitDay to raise awareness about the public transit options available to residents and bring light to our remaining transportation challenges. Residents and elected officials were encouraged to ride public transit and share their experiences on social media. As a regular user of transit, I used my Easy Card to take the brand new hybrid buses on the South Dade Transitway. In true South Dade fashion, I took my bike and pedaled for the last mile. I arrived at the #PublicTransitDay press conference at the Palmetto Bay Golf Course with plenty of time to spare.
I remain committed to finding the long term solutions we need to create an interconnected community that allows us to leave our cars at home. Meanwhile, my office is working on bringing short-term solutions, like a more efficient South Dade Transitway and synchronizing lights on major corridors, to ease gridlock in the short-term.
A very special thank you to Urban Impact Lab and Radical Partners for their work in organizing #PublicTransitDay.
Speaking at the #PublicTransitDay press conference
Celebrating the Season with District 8
District 8 collaborated with the Town of Cutler Bay and the South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center for a holiday celebration with something for everyone: Santa, Hanukkah lights, gift donations, food trucks, a movie and even snow!
Happy Holidays from District 8!