To provide a safe and secure community through coordinated efficient and effective professional, courteous public safety services.
Miami-Dade County continues to make vigorous strides to improve our community in the areas of aesthetics, social offerings, and openness because, while we want to be a place that people want to repeatedly visit, this should also be a place where people desire to live permanently and build their lives, families, and businesses. These assets improve the quality of life in our county by driving economic prosperity through tourism, business, and residential investments.
•The Public Works and Waste Management (PWWM) Department continues to manage the highly successful residential curbside recycling program. FY 2011-12 has been the most successful in the program's four year history with 62,997 tons of recyclabale material collected, which generated $720,568 in revenue from the sale of the recyclable material for the fiscal year.
• PWWM successfully obtained a U.S. EPA Emerging Technology (Clean Diesel) grant for $1.2
million for the purchase 15 hybrid waste collection vehicles.
• The Miami-Dade Water and Sewer Department’s (WASD) implementation of the Water Use Efficiency Program continues to be successful. Since 2007, Miami-Dade County residents and businesses have saved approximately 8.5 million gallons of water per day by taking advantage of the Department’s water conservation incentives, which include high efficiency toilet rebates, free showerhead exchanges, and landscape irrigation evaluations.
• The Cooperative Extension Sea Grant Program coordinated and conducted the Marine Debris Removal Program from over 5,000 meters of coral reef, and partnered with the Environmental Education Foundation to train volunteer divers on how to identify and remove invasive lionfish. Close to five metric tons of debris were removed from coral reef habitats and close to 2,700 lionfish were removed from local waters.
• Miami-Dade County’s Adopt-a-Buoy Program was established in 2009 to assist in protecting the County’s coral reefs from damage caused by boat anchors by allowing boaters, divers, and fishermen to secure their vessels without dropping their anchors onto the fragile coral reefs. During 2012, with funding assistance from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, the Adopt-a-Buoy Program added 18 buoys, bringing the number of mooring buoys to 42 at seven natural and two artificial reef sites throughout the County.
• Maintaining our beautiful beaches is crucial for Miami-Dade County because they are one of our main tourist attractions, contributing billions of dollars to our local economy. Our beaches also provide storm protection for the properties along the coast, which represent billions of dollars in real estate value for our economy.
• In 2012, the Beach Monitoring Program of DERM worked with the United States Army Corps of Engineers to implement a major renourishment project in erosion hot spots on Miami Beach. More than 326,000 cubic yards of sand were deposited near the 25th, 44th, and 63rd streets.
• The County continues to hold 10-year multiple re-nourishment permits to repair and mitigate the effects of beach erosion. The permits secured are an innovative approach to improve the County’s response to emergency erosion events.
• Miami-Dade County’s Artificial Reef Program, one of the largest in the nation, continued its growth in 2012 with the addition of two “Reefball” deployments at the Golden Beach Artificial Reef Site. The local diving industry is an important part of Miami-Dade County’s economy and the program provides vital support to this industry while protecting our environmental resources.
• Trees are an important part of our South Florida landscape. They provide beauty and value to our neighborhoods. The Cooperative Extension Master Gardeners have taught over 6,500 residents how to plant and care for trees at Adopt-A-Tree events in 2012. Since 2001, over 164,000 County residents have been taught sustainable landscape techniques to help prevent water pollution and help reduce utility bills by planting trees to shade homes. More than 166,000 trees have been adopted since the program’s inception in 2001, making it one of the most successful tree canopy replacement programs in the State of Florida. In 2012, 4,251 free trees were distributed to County residents.
• Environmentally Endangered Lands (EEL) including pinelands, hardwood hammocks, and wetlands provide refuge for hundreds of native plant and animal species, and these lands help to preserve our historical landscape for this and future generations. From October 1, 2011 through September 30, 2012, the County’s EEL Program acquired an additional 159 acres of environmentally the highly successful residential curbside recycling program. FY 2011-12 has been the most successful in the program’s four year history with 62,997 tons of recyclable material endangered land. In total over 20,500 acres have been preserved.
• It is said that “every great community has a great park system,” and our Miami-Dade Parks, Recreation, and Open Spaces (MDPROS) Department is truly connecting people and parks for life. In support of the Parks and Open Spaces Master Plan adopted by the Board of County Commissioners in 2008, the Mayor’s Greenway Coordinating Committee was created. As a testament to the credibility of PROS and the design of greenway systems, the National Parks Service has requested the PROS Planning and Research Division to manage the planning of the River of Grass Greenway- a hard-surface 12-14 foot-wide safe non-motorized transportation and recreation corridor across the Everglades between Naples and Miami- through a $ 1.2 million dollar grant.
• The Animal Service’s Department (ASD) achieved its highest animal save rates in department history during FY 2011-12 by reaching a dog save rate of 75 percent and cat save rate of 35 percent.
• The Miami-Dade Public Library System continues to play an important role in the lives of our residents. This year there were 6.7 million visitors, 6.7 million materials borrowed, 3.2 million computer hours logged, and 4.7 million hits on electronic resources.
• The Library also assisted more than 7,000 patrons in their job search related needs, whether it was spending one-on-one time with staff, or attending a resume writing or computer class. Also, through access to e-government, patrons received help in applying for and receiving aid from the Department
of Children and Families, social security, public housing, and more.
• The Talking Books Library has gone digital and now offers expanded accessibility and downloadable features, allowing patrons to access materials right to their computers.
• Through the “Farmers Market Day” program, a partnership between the Miami-Dade Public Library System, MDPROS, and Wells Fargo, residents have the opportunity to purchase fresh seasonal produce directly from South Miami-Dade growers, receive information about how to create a healthier lifestyle, and get a $5 voucher to purchase fresh, locally grown produce.
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