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Dear Friends of District 8,

We’re nearly halfway through the year, and it seems there is no time for slowing down—not in a district as great as 8!

This past month we hosted the Redland Orchid Festival, proposed changes to our streets and transit, and co-convened an incredibly successful National Rebuilding Day.

I am diligently working to enhance the relationship between our local government and the community. Every event and project hopefully builds confidence and trust.

As always, we want your feedback! Reach out to us at district8@miamidade.gov, call us at 305-375-5218/306-378-6677 or chat with me on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

You may also get the latest on pending or passed legislation through my office. Please reach out with your questions and concerns.

Yours for a Dependable Miami-Dade,

Daniella

Commissioner Daniella Levine Cava
May 2017
Daniella Delivers

May BCC Results

  • Among the winners of the 2017 “Every Drop Counts” county-wide poster contest was District 8's very own Christian Palacios of Leewood K-8 Center. Congratulations, Christian! Christian’s winning poster about water conservation will be displayed in the lobby of the Downtown Government Center until the end of the month.

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  • On May 16th the Commission accepted a report from Mayor Gimenez which evaluated County roadways critical to the transport of agricultural goods in South Dade. This report was provided in response to a resolution I sponsored which called for the study. I am working to identify funding to repair these roadways.
  • My ordinance which transitions the management of Vizcaya Museum & Gardens to an independent non-profit group was advanced by the Board of County Commissioners on May 16th. The ordinance will have a public hearing June 14th at the Cultural Affairs Committee. The new arrangement will assist Vizcaya’s fundraising efforts, while preserving the public’s ownership and open access to one of the crown jewels of our parks system.
  • On May 16th, the Board of County Commissioner unanimously approved my resolution urging the President to expeditiously renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), with particular attention given towards addressing the significant disparity in agricultural labor costs between Mexico and the United States. We must do all we can to help our local agricultural economy. I’m grateful for Dade County Farm Bureau’s Jorge Abreu, and our South Dade farmers Robert McMillan, Kern Carpenter and Mary Waters for coming to the Commission meeting and standing up for agriculture in South Dade.

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Leisure City Pride

National Rebuilding Day took place April 29 in Leisure City. I teamed up with Rebuilding Together Miami-Dade to sponsor a special event in South Dade. Community Development Block Grant funds were used to invest in much-needed neighborhood beautification and repairs to the Leisure City community.

Hundreds of dedicated volunteers and dozens of businesses, answered the call to service. They worked tirelessly to renovate 16 homes--installing new roofs, new kitchens, plumbing, electrical wiring, bathroom modifications for the disabled, and making various safety renovations and efficiency upgrades. In addition to the 16 homes, County volunteers fixed sidewalks, filled potholes, demolished unsafe structures, mowed overgrown lots, made improvements to 2 parks AND cleaned up trash and litter.

The event made a splash with local media as well, being featured in Miami-Dade Minute, as well as several news print outlets such as Community Newspapers and the South Dade News Leader. I am so thrilled and blessed to be a part of Team 8 and to partner with such outstanding organizations.

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What's Coming Up

Resolutions to be Considered in June

  • My ordinance requiring an annual report on the gender composition of all County boards will receive a final hearing. This ordinance responds to a finding in a Commission for Women report (a result of my legislation that makes Miami-Dade the first county in the nation to adopt the UN Convention to End Discrimination Against Women in All Forms) that showed women are not proportionately represented on county boards.
  • My resolution supporting the Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure’s “Envision” Sustainable Infrastructure Rating System will have a final vote. This resolution directs the Mayor to incorporate Envision into the planning, design and construction, and operation of county-funded infrastructure projects.
  • I am sponsoring a resolution endorsing the Southeast Florida Coastal Ocean Task Force’s final report and recommendations.
  • I am sponsoring a resolution supporting solar purchasing co-ops. The resolution directs the Mayor to provide in-kind support for informational meetings on solar co-ops in each commission district.
  • My resolution supporting the Biscayne Bay Marine Health Summit to be held this summer will have a final hearing.

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


Reciprocity Party

Join us for Accelerate South Dade's Reciprocity Party on May 31st. As part of Connect Miami's initiative to connect our community and create new, meaningful relationships, the meeting goal is to connect a diverse group of people, including tenants and members of Accelerate South Dade (our very own District 8 business incubator), and have them experience the power of reciprocity.

According to the developers of the Reciprocity Ring concept (HUMAX), a group of 24 people can generate the equivalent of $150,000 in value or 1,600 hours saved. The event will inspire participants to experience the power of giving and discover how much value a group of people can create when they decide to connect with each other.

RSVP today and be part of this innovative, fun social experiment that keeps to the themes of the Accelerate South Dade program of community growth.

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Salute to Miami’s Leaders

The Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce will be honoring leaders with awards for their excellence in several categories, such as business, government, nonprofit, and public relations.

I am proud to be an honoree this year, and urge you to join us June 7th. Register with Ivette Canales.

I hope to see you there!

Salute-to-Miami-Leaders
 


Keep Up with District 8

Clarification on 87th Avenue Bridge

We all experience intolerable levels of traffic on a daily basis. It has become a key factor in our quality of life. I am working hard to bring solutions, including implementation of the SMART Plan, improved signal synchronization on US 1, additional "circulator" buses linking up with the "transitway" to connect people to the Metrorail, express bus service on 836 and the Turnpike and more.

Yet I am very concerned about the lack of public input sought by our transportation planners prior their moving forward with a recommendation to bridge 87th Avenue. I was unaware, as were Palmetto Bay officials and countless residents, that the recommendation to put the bridge on a priority list was forthcoming.

I have requested that the County Department of Transportation and Public Works (DTPW) engage the community in this and other traffic modification proposals, after completing the study of the impact of the bridge on traffic at the northern end of 87th Avenue, when the road dead-ends at 141st Street.

We urge you to email our office and let us know what you think!


 

Trinity Empowerment Consortium, INC

Trinity Empowerment Consortium was our partner from February through April in helping to select qualified homeowners among those who applied for our Leisure City Pride program. They played a critical role in making it a possible for families to maintain and beautify their much older homes that needed of tender loving and care.

Trinity Empowerment Consortium serves our community all year long as a HUD approved agency in District 8. They provide potential homeowners with education and support to make sound, long-term decisions as well as providing current homeowners with education on reverse mortgages and programs for home retention and financial stability.

Their work is crucial to help growth in our families find stability and achieve their dreams, while growing our economy and community.

We urge you to reach out to Trinity Empowerment Consortium at (305)248-4553 or info@trinityempowers.org for more information on their services.

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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 

Cleanliness is key. A piece of food waste can contaminate up to thousands of pounds of collected recycling. Wash all materials before placing in recycling bin. Check out the Solid Waste Department's website for more information.


Changes to Metrorail and Bus Service Hours

Miami-Dade county is extending bus services to serve all Metrorail stations between the Government Center and Palmetto stations, and will operate in coordination with the new Metrorail service hours.

Northbound shuttle trips will depart from the Government Center Station at 12:30 a.m. and 1:00 a.m.   

Southbound shuttle trips will depart from Palmetto Station at 12 a.m. (midnight) and 1:30 a.m.

For more information on weekday hours and which locations are affected, visit here.


Roadway Improvements

The Crossings
112th St-116th ST from 127th Ave-132nd Ave – Grid resurfacing

Redland
232nd St & 217th Ave - Intersection repaving completed
217th Ave & Mowry Canal Bridge – Repaving completed

Homestead
187th Ave & 304th Street – Intersection resurfacing completed


Park Improvements

Charles Burr Park: New park sign installed, and landscaping to level the field and install grass underway.
Modello Wayside Park: Access improvements installed.
Debbie Curtin Park: Landscaping nearing completion.

 

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