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November 2015
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. I want to wish everyone and their families to have a  great thanksgiving with your loved ones and to
please keep our men and women in the military, who might not be able to be with their family in your thoughts and prayers. Happy Thanksgiving!

Commissioner Diaz and Miami Dolphins team up to provide  Thanksgiving turkeys to students at  Hialeah Educational Academy 

On November 23, Commissioner Diaz and the Miami Dolphins organization  teamed-up to distribute thanksgiving turkeys to the students at Hialeah Educational Academy. The commissioner and the Dolphins wanted to ensure families in district 12 were Thanksgiving ready!

Legislation News

Road impact fees to be used for mass transit projects  
Legislation sponsored by Commissioner Diaz will make it easier for the County to use road impact fees for mass transit improvements. Road impact fees, which developers pay the County whenever new projects are built, are now spent almost entirely on road construction, in part because the use of road impact fees on public transportation is currently limited to areas south or east of the Palmetto Expressway - a restriction that doesn't apply to road projects. The new legislation eliminates that restriction. Transit projects receiving road impact fees must also
obtain County Commission approval before being submitted to the Miami-Dade Metropolitan Planning Organization.

New Veterinary college at FIU 
Legislation sponsored by Commissioner Diaz will create a veterinary school at Florida International University. The resolution calls for the Mayor's office to coordinate with FIU, the Florida Board of Governors and the Florida Legislature on efforts to establish the veterinary college. Commissioner Diaz has been a strong pets advocate. Earlier this year, he sponsored legislation to explore a partnership with UF's College of Veterinary Medicine to expand spay and neuter services in Miami-Dade County. Currently the University of Florida's College of Veterinary Medicine in Gainesville is the only veterinary college in the state. 

Santa Claus and Free Movie night in December at North Trail Park

Santa Claus will be making a special appearance for movie night on December 18 at North Trail Park, 780 NW 127th Avenue. Santa Claus will arrive at 6pm to take pictures with children and families. The movie "Arthur Christmas" will start at 7pm. Free popcorn, snow cones and cotton candy will be provided. Be sure to bring chairs and blankets.
District 12 Mom and Pop grant available in January 2016

Miami-Dade County small business owners in Commissioner Diaz's district (District 12) will be able to apply for up to $2,500 in grants from the County's Mom and Pop Small Business Grant Program. Applications will be available from January 11 to 22 at or they call also be picked up at the commissioner's district office, 8345 NW 12th Street on January 11.
Ready for the Underline

Commissioner Diaz has been an advocate the Underline trail since the beginning, and on November 4, he attended and spoke at the unveiling of the master plan for the 10 miles of bike and pedestrian trails. He  also sponsored  legislation for the Underline Trail to receive state funds from the state's 2015 budget. Commissioner Diaz will also be traveling to Tallahassee with Meg Daly and Friends of the Underline to petition the funds from the Florida legislature to make this much needed project a reality for the community and visitors. Click here to find out more information on the Underline Trail.  
Projects  in District 12

West Flagler Street from SW 107th Avenue to SW 102nd Avenue  

Project will improve the roadway surface and driving conditions. Work includes milling and resurfacing, adjustment of valve boxes and manholes, ADA ramp, connectors, pavement markings and signage. Construction will start December 2 and is expected to be completed in April 2016.

What's new at District 12 Libraries

Commissioner in the Community
 Commissioner Diaz receives purple ribbon award from Fundacion Perla de Esperanza on November 6 for his support of the organization.

On November 8, Commissioner Diaz attended the annual Miami Coalition Against Breed Specific Legislation BBQ.

Commissioner Diaz served as master of ceremonies at the "Homeless
Awareness Day 2015" at PortMiami on November 5

Commissioner Diaz speaking at the Air & SeaCargo Americas 2015
on November 3

Commissioner Diaz advocating to the Miami-Dade Delegation to fund
the Underline Trail at the Miami-Dade School Board on November 12

Commissioner Diaz welcoming attendees at the American Association of
Port Authorities (AAPA) annual Convention at the InterContinental Miami
on November 3

At the grand opening of TJ Maxx in the City of Doral on November 15

On November 4, Commissioner Diaz speaks at the recognition ceremony for
Vietnam veterans sponsored by American Airlines at
Miami International Airport

Commissioner Diaz attending the dedication ceremony and ribbon cutting
of Downtown Doral Charter Elementary School on November 2.

On November 9, Commissioner Diaz at the unveiling of All Aboard Florida's
Brightline, passenger rail line that will travel between Miami and Orlando
with stops in West Palm Beach and Fort Lauderdale.

On November 11, Commissioner Diaz, who served in the United States Marine Corps attends and speaks at the Miami Beach's Veterans Parade.
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

Upcoming Events  





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 General information can be found at Motorists are encouraged to call 511 before they drive, or log on to 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. 


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

Miami-Dade County Commissioner Jose "Pepe" Diaz | | |
8345 NW 12th Street
Miami, FL 33126