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October 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. Tomorrow night we will be celebrating Halloween and I have included safety tips provided by the Miami-Dade Fire Department to ensure a safe and happy Halloween for you and your children!        

Congrats to Mater Academy's  Lions for winning the 2nd annual "Commissioners Cup"

Congratulations to Mater Academy's football team for winning the 2nd annual "Commissioners Cup" against Westland Hialeah High's Wildcats on October 23 at Traz Powell Stadium. However, both teams were winners since both schools received a donation of $1,000 to their school's athletic department. Last year the Lions also won the first annual "Commissioners Cup."  Final score was Mater 48-Westland 6. Great job LIONS!!!

Legislation News

Road impact fees to be used for mass transit projects  
Commissioner Diaz sponsored legislation to make it easier for the County to use road impact fees for mass transit improvements. The ordinance received a positive recommendation from the Transit and Mobility Services Committee on October 14, and is scheduled for a vote by the full Board of County Commissioners on November 3. Currently, developers pay the County road impact fees whenever new projects are built. Those funds are now spent almost entirely on road construction. Using road impact fees for public transportation is currently restricted to areas south or east of the Palmetto Expressway and must go through additional administration hurdles to get approved. The proposed legislation would eliminate those restrictions.  

Recycling Program at Miami International Airport and PortMiami
Commissioner Diaz sponsored MIA legislation and PortMiami legislation to establish a recycling program for travelers at Miami International Airport and PortMiami.  
Banning drones near County airports
Citing the increasing availability and use of drones by the general public and the potential risks to aircraft, Commissioner Diaz sponsored an ordinance to ban the use of drones above any County airport or within one mile of a County airport runway. The Federal Aviation Administration has documented 678 instances nationwide of aircraft in flight encountering drones and is currently in the process of developing a system to require owners to register their drones, also known as Unmanned Aircraft Systems.  
Free Movie night in November

New traffic signal at NW 117 Avenue & NW 25th Street

On October 19, Commissioner Diaz was joined by elected officials from the City of Doral and the City of Sweetwater to officially turn on a much needed traffic signal at NW 117th Avenue & NW 25th. The commissioner realized this was a very busy intersection since we have Miami-Dade College, Keiser Univeristy, as well as Dolphin Mall and IKEA in the area. Now with the the traffic signal, traffic will flow easier in the area.
Proclamations to 2015 National Blue School recipients in District 12

Commissioner Diaz honored Doral Academy Charter Middle School and Mater Performing Arts & Entertainment Academy in District 12 with proclamations at the October 20th Board of County Commission meeting, for receiving the 2015 National Blue Ribbon School award. Two other schools in Miami-Dade also received the 2015 National Blue Ribbon School award, which belong in District 9 Commissioner Dennis c. Moss and District 5 Bruno A. Barreiro. The National Blue Ribbon School award recognizes public and private elementary, middle, and high schools based on their overall academic excellence or their progress in closing achievement gaps among student subgroups. All four schools will be honored at a recognition ceremony in Washington, D.C., in November. A total of 335 schools around the country were named 2015 National Blue Ribbon schools.  
What's new at District 12 Libraries

Commissioner in the Community
 Commissioner Diaz at the grand opening of Link Construction in the City of Doral on October 15.

Celebrating the 10th Anniversary of Adrienne Arsht Center with Adrienne and a couple of friends of the Arsht on October 20 at the Board of County Commission meeting.

On October 25, Commissioner Diaz joined Miami International Airport Director Emilio T. Gonzalez to welcome Turkish Airlines to MIA, offering direct flights from Miami to Istanbul.

On  October 28, Commissioner Diaz welcoming President of the United States Japan Council Irene Hirano Inouye at a networking reception to discuss strengthen the relationship between the United States and Japan.
Get help with an array of government services

Take advantage of state and federal government services coming to the Stephen P. Clark Center. Renew or replace your driver's license or state ID card. Be sure to bring proper documentation. Representatives from other agencies will be on hand Thursday, November 19 to help with everything from passport applications, Medicaid, veterans services and much more. In addition, an immigration service officer will visit Oct. 21 to check citizenship application status. An appointment is required. 
Be Election Ready and Know Where to Vote


Your Election Day voting precinct may have changed. Make sure you know where to vote before heading to the polls. To see if you have been impacted, visit iamelectionready.org or call 3-1-1. 

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 and Job Opportunities




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. 


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

Miami-Dade County Commissioner Jose "Pepe" Diaz | | district12@miamidade.gov | http://www.miamidade.gov/district12/home.asp
8345 NW 12th Street
Miami, FL 33126