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Neat Streets Miami leads clean-up effort in anticipation of Art Basel

MIAMI (November 09, 2016)

With Art Basel less than a month away, Neat Streets Miami, a Miami-Dade County board dedicated to creating beautiful, green and safe transportation corridors and gateways, toured major destinations to rate their appearance and develop a clean-up plan before thousands of international visitors arrive in early December.

Neat Streets Board members captured images of graffiti, weeds, overgrown grass and litter and compiled a “to-do” list of improvements to ensure that the Greater Miami area will look its best for this high profile event.

“We focus on gateways, highways and connections because those are a visitor’s first impression our community,” Neat Streets Miami Chairman Miami-Dade County Commissioner Dennis C. Moss, District 9 said. “Before they hit the hotel, beaches or anything else, visitors arrive in our airports, take our transit and traverse our streets. Maintenance is often the last thing anyone considers, yet it is the biggest contributor to our community’s appearance.” 

In July, stressing the urgency to improve the conditions of our roadways, Commissioner Moss introduced a Miami-Dade Metropolitan Planning Organization resolution declaring the removal of litter and debris on major transportation gateways, highways and expressways a top priority. Resolution #47-16 urges, “The Florida Department of Transportation and the Florida Turnpike Enterprise to take measures to address the prevention and removal of litter and debris.”

“We appreciate Commissioner Moss’ ongoing leadership in advocating for maintenance and beautification,” said Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez. "Our residents deserve clean streets that they can be proud of. Clean streets also provide the kind of welcome that visitors have come to expect of a world-class community like ours.”

“Think of these gateways and corridors as our front door,” said Neat Streets Miami partner, Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau President and CEO William D. Talbert, III, CDME. “It is our goal to extend visitors from around the world a warm Miami welcome from the minute they arrive with a picture perfect clean, green stunning destination that exceeds expectations.”

As Neat Streets Miami prepares a prioritized improvement list with its partners, it encourages residents to do their part by not littering and reporting a problem when they see it. Call 1-877-Y-Litter on state roads or 3-1-1 on local roads. Share a photo via to @NeatStreetsMIA and use hashtag #companyiscoming

Neat Streets Miami is a multi-jurisdictional county board dedicated to creating beautiful, green and safe transportation corridors, gateways and connections. Chaired by Miami-Dade Commissioner Dennis C. Moss, the Board is made up of elected officials, professionals, advocates and non-profits who work together on quality of life initiatives, such as, Adopt-A-Road, Million Trees Miami and Safer People, Safer Streets.

Miami-Dade Parks is the third largest county park system in the United States, consisting of 270 parks and 13,573 acres of land. It is one of the most unique park and recreation systems in the world. The non-profit Parks Foundation of Miami-Dade supports Miami-Dade Parks’ efforts to further develop Miami-Dade County’s world-class parks system for residents and visitors.