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Dear Friends of District 8,

Happy Holidays from the District 8 Family! As the year draws to a close, we are excited to present the final product from our second annual South Dade Solutions Summit. Read on to learn more about our new South Dade marketing plan and find out why there is More to Explore in South Dade.

A new year brings new beginnings and we are unrolling several new initiatives, including a unique project that will help our small businesses flourish and several projects aimed at unlocking the economic power of women in our county.

As always, we want 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 2017 filled with new joys and adventures,


Commissioner Daniella Levine Cava
December 2016
Daniella Delivers

Delivering Policy Solutions 

  • I collaborated with State Representative Holly Raschein, Homestead Councilman Steve Shelley and the County Parks Department to secure funding for the Biscayne Everglades Greenway Trail connecting our two beautiful National Parks. Our efforts paid off and the State will award $360,500 towards the trail.
  • In conjunction with the South Florida Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and the Miami-Dade Animal Services Department, I secured funds needed for the continued care and treatment of dozens of abandoned, neglected and abused horses rescued by the SPCA.

South Dade: More to Explore

This year's South Dade Solutions Summit focused on how to market our unique community. Take a sneak peak at our new South Dade brand.

More to explore

There is More to Explore in South Dade

Empowering Miami Women to Rise

One year ago the Commission unanimously approved my legislation implementing the international Convention to End Discrimination Against Women in Miami-Dade. The ordinance called for the annual report on the status of women in the county. Learn more about the report's findings here.

Cedaw press conference

Thank you to all the organizations that supported our legislation

A New Aquatic Complex Coming Soon in Homestead

new addition is coming soon to South Dade Park.

What's Coming Up

Upcoming Policy Solutions 

  • I am proposing an ordinance that would allow builders' impact fees to be used to create bike lanes. The legislation passed on first reading and will have a committee hearing in January.
  • This January I will bring a resolution to the Board that requires the Mayor to develop a plan that will give the public reasonable notice before removing a traffic control device such as a stop sign or traffic light.

Be sure to give us your suggestions and ideas. Email us at district8@miamidade.gov or write us on Facebook and Twitter.

Developing our South Dade Nonprofits and Small Businesses

Small businesses are the backbone of our economy and our growing South Dade community. I am committed to supporting our local organizations and helping them prosper. Read more about our new program for small businesses.

Accelerate South Dade

Be sure to contact our office for more information


Keep Up with District 8

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!

Susan Holtzman

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.

Public Transit Day

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!

Movie Night

 Happy Holidays from District 8!

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

Facebook: CommissionerCava   Twitter: @dlcava    IG: @dlcava

What's Happening?

Recycling Tip of the Month 

Textiles cannot be placed in the recycling bin. Give to those in need and donate any used clothing, shoes and other apparel.

Celebrate Dr. King's Legacy

There are several parades scheduled in South Dade to celebrate the life and work of Dr. King. Please take time to honor his legacy at one of several parades or other events in our community. Be sure to look out for members of Team 8.

  • Homestead Dr. Martin Luther King Parade and Festival: 1125 SW 4th Street
  • Perrine Dr. Martin Luther King Parade: On the intersection of Homestead Ave. and Banyan St.

Keep Your New Years Resolutions at the Health and Wellness Fair

Make 2017 your healthiest year yet. Join District 8 and Catalyst Miami for the Health and Wellness Fair on January 28th from 10 am  - 2 pm at the Pavilion at Harris Field (1034 NE 8th St.) in 


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