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January Commission Digest

February 12, 2019

It’s a new year and we’ve got a newly arranged County Commission; Commissioner Bovo stepped down as chair, while Commissioner Audrey Edmonson was appointed Chair along with Rebecca Sosa as Vice-Chair. Commission chairs change over every two years as do the makeup of committees. The new Chair retires the present committees and then announces their own committee structure and committee Chair appointments….

December Commission Digest

January 17, 2019

The Miami Dade County Commission ended 2018 with a focus on roads, transportation, and infrastructure – including the painfully long lasting Flagler construction project (they passed three separate items aimed at addressing the dangerous roadway conditions posed by the construction, among other issues). Our countywide elected officials also raised parking fines for the first time…

November Commission Digest

December 13, 2018

The County Commission did not have a regular meeting in November, so instead we followed the happenings in a few of the commission’s committees —Transportation and Public Works, Zoning, and Housing and Social Services. Transportation and Public Works On November 16th, the Transportation and Public Works Committee convened and spent time discussing an item brought…

October Commission Digest

November 16, 2018

October’s commission meetings were a little lighter than September; the major items that stand our relate to zoning and transportation. Below you can quickly glance to find the items in the digest that are of interest as they are divided by category. Housing (Development and Zoning) The commission unanimously awarded development rights to Cornerstone Group…

Our 2018 Election Impact

November 8, 2018

Election day is over, the polls have closed, and votes have been (mostly) tallied. It has been a historic midterm election in Florida and across the country with record turnout rates far surpassing 2014 levels. In our state turnout is up 19% from 2014 and in Miami-Dade it’s up 18% based on current reporting (41%…

Miami-Dade County Charter Amendments, the Long Breakdown

October 26, 2018

Back in April we gave you a rundown of the proposed referenda the County Commission were considering for inclusion on the November ballot. That 300-page document has since been whittled down to six ballot measures. Unlike the statewide ballot amendments, which need a supermajority 60% of voters approval to become law, these referenda only need…

May Commission Digest

June 1, 2018

The commission held two general commission meetings, plus zoning hearings and other meetings in May (find meeting minutes here). It was a busy month and a lot of important items were approved that will affect residents’ lives. Read on for tidy summaries of the major items with links to additional coverage so you can stay…

Local May Elections

April 30, 2018

There are three elections throughout Miami-Dade this May; don’t miss out on casting your vote. Get to the polls if you’re in one of these districts (check to see where your district is here). May 1: District 114 FL House Representative Special Election This seat (which includes parts of Cutler Bay, Pinecrest, South Miami, and…

April Commission Digest

April 28, 2018

Several notable items were voted on at the April 10 meeting (view the full commission minutes here). The commission approved (10-1) an agreement between the county and FP&L for a water reuse facility that will process wastewater to be used for the cooling canals. This item has generated its fair share of controversy, with environmentalists…

Updating the Miami-Dade Charter

April 9, 2018

At least every five years our county charter (which is the constitution that sets out how our county government operates) undergoes review by a special task force. That review has just been completed and now the task force has released their report, including a set of recommended changes to the county charter. The full report…

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