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January 2016
Dear resident,

Thank you for your support. I invite you to read this month's newsletter to be informed of matters that concern you as well as community events in your area. If you have not registered for the March Presidential primary, please remember the last day to register is Tuesday, February 16, 2016. Register today by visiting the Miami-Dade Elections Department to make sure you are election ready!

Welcome to Miami Navy Admiral Kurt W. Tidd
 

As the Chairman of the Military Affairs Board, Commissioner Diaz would like to welcome Navy Admiral Kurt W. Tidd to Miami as the new commander of the United States Southern Command, located in his district. The commissioner looks forward to working with Admiral Tidd to improve the lives of our men and women serving in the military. Admiral Tidd took command on January 14 at a ceremony at Southcom

Legislation News



PACE legislation encourages energy efficient upgrades  
Commissioner Diaz sponsored legislation to make the Property Assessment Clean
Energy (PACE) program available to property owners in unincorporated Miami-Dade County. PACE is a voluntary program available in many cities across the nation that provides municipal government financing to participating home owners for energy efficiency upgrades or renewable energy installations such as solar panels and improved insulation. Homeowners are then assessed annually through their property tax bills for the improvements. Incorporated areas will also be able to take advantage of the PACE program through interlocal agreements with Miami-Dade County.


Ban of Drones near County Airports
Commissioner Diaz's legislation on prohibiting the operation of unmanned aircrafts systems (UAS) above any County airport or within one mile of a County runway passed at the BCC January 20 meeting. The Federal Aviation Administration has documented 678 instances nationwide of inflight aircrafts encountering unmanned aircrafts systems better known as drones. Commissioner Diaz sponsored this legislation because of the danger drones pose to aircrafts in flight and the passengers aboard the aircrafts.
 
New Animal Service Facility  in Liberty City area 
Commissioner Diaz supported the construction of a new animal service facility in Liberty City which will provide spay/neuter surgeries and other medical services to resident's pets in the community. The new facility is a partnership between the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) and Miami-Dade Animal Services to help achieve the County's no-kill status. The  resolution passed at the BCC meeting on January 20th. 
Public Hearing for new Dolphin Station Park & Ride scheduled for February 3

On February 3 there will be a public meeting at 7pm at the Dolphin Mall's Courtyard Miami to discuss the Dolphin Station Park and Ride terminal facility, a much needed project that Commissioner Diaz has been fighting to make a reality for district 12 residents and surrounding areas to ensure drivers living in the west have a viable transportation alternative. This project be located north of NE 12th Street, just west of the Florida's Turnpike (HEFT) in Miami-Dade and will serve MDT's SR 836/Dolphin Expressway Express Bus Service, provide a terminus or stop for several local bus routes serving Dolphin Mall and the cities of Sweetwater and Doral, as well as a potential future commuter rail service on the CSX line.  
Commissioner Diaz attends annual Dan Marino Foundation Walkabout Autism and Expo

Commissioner Diaz attended the annual Dan Marino Foundation Walkabout Autism and Expo on January 23 at Sun Life Stadium. Commissioner Diaz has been a strong advocate for autism and has also sponsored legislation declaring every April as Autism Awareness Month in Miami-Dade County.  During the event the commissioner, along with Mayor Carlos J. Gimenez, presented the Dan Marino Foundation with a proclamation. Click here for more information on the Dan Marino Foundation.

FREE Movie Night at North Trail Park 

 
Deadline to apply for 2016 Property Tax Exemptions is March 1 

If you are a property owner, please be aware March 1 is the deadline to apply for 2016 property tax exemptions. If you have questions or concerns, the Property Appraiser's Office is hosting several hands-on workshops at various locations throughout Miami-Dade County.      
What's new at District 12 Libraries

Clean up and Green up Contest

Commissioner in the Community
 On January 7, Commissioner Diaz showing his support and riding at the Soldier Ride supporting the Wounded Warrior Project

Commissioner Diaz welcomes more than 20,000 runners, locally and from all over the world at the 2016 Miami Marathon in front of the American Airlines Arena on January 24
Would you like to serve your community?

Commissioner Diaz is looking for great people who would like to serve their community by representing District 12 in the following boards.

If you have any questions, you can always call the commissioner's office and speak with Anabel Mendez.
Free Zumba classes at North Trail Park

The Miami-Dade County Parks, as part of their health and fitness initiative, will be offering free "Zumba Gold" classes to residents age 55 and older at North Trail Park Community Center, 780 NW 127th Avenue.  "Zumba Gold" mingles fun and energetic music with lower impact movements to improve balance, flexibility, cardiovascular health and muscle conditioning. For more information about Miami-Dade Parks Active Older Adults Program, contact Allan Tavss at 786-372-9701 or visit the website

Miami Dade College will offer free tax services starting February 1

 

Starting February 1, Miami Dade College will offer free tax prep for low-income individuals, the elderly and non-English speakers who reside in Miami-Dade County through their Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program. Last year, the program helped about 2,400 people file their income taxes. For more information and locations, view their website  
Open Enrollment for MDX Cash Back Toll Program in 2016
If you drive on SR 836/Dolphin Expressway, 112/Airport Expressway, SR 874/Don Shula Expressway, SR 878/Snapper Creek Expressway or SR 924/Gratigny Parkway you could be eligible for a refund by enrolling in their Cash Back Toll Dividened Program by March 31, 2016.
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SR 836/826 Construction

On November 30, 2009, the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) District Six in partnership with the Miami-Dade Expressway Authority (MDX) began a reconstruction project of the State Road (S.R.) 826 (Palmetto Expressway) and S.R. 836 (Dolphin Expressway) Interchange. Now that construction has begun, there will be many upcoming lane and ramp closures on the Dolphin Expressway. For more information about construction-related activities, please contact Oscar Gonzalez at 786-280-0983 or via e-mail at ogonzalez@mrgmiami.com. General information can be found at www.826-836.com. Motorists are encouraged to call 511 before they drive, or log on to www.fl511.com for real-time traffic and lane closure information.

 

I hope this newsletter has been helpful and as always, I look forward to your comments and concerns. I am happy to serve the following cities of Doral, Hialeah, Hialeah Gardens, Medley, Sweetwater, Virginia Gardens and a large portion of unincorporated Miami-Dade County. 


Sincerely,

 
Jose "Pepe" Diaz
Miami-Dade County Commissioner, District 12


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