Miami-Dade County Commissioner
Sally A. Heyman
June 2018 e-Newsletter

June is a month of significant shifts and transitions of activity and attention. Schools ended their academic year and Hurricane Season 2018 has begun.

This past year we experienced in different degrees incredible incidents in both areas; Parkland school massacre and Hurricane Irma. We move forward and are strengthened by the resiliency of exceptional acts of individuals and a collective effort and interest of government to engage.

Schools throughout Miami-Dade (and statewide) will have a police presence; strategic policies that are seamless to boundaries and agency response are being finalized and we intend to start our August school year with the enhanced security in place. Protection of our children in their school environment is a legal and moral responsibility.

Lessons learned from Irma continue to resonate in all preparation plans for Hurricane Season 2018. We are prepared and ready for governmental action: before, during and post storm. Individuals need to empower themselves to minimize vulnerability and maximize protection.

Commissioner Sally Heyman
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Commissioner Sally Heyman
Hosts Annual Regional Hurricane Strategy Meeting
Our 15th Annual Regional Hurricane meeting was held last week with all Emergency Management stakeholders, critical local government persons and service providers. Updating information and further coordination issues were the key focus in addition to several new practical changes that will now be implemented, should an emergency arise. Lessons learned from Hurricane Irma were addressed in new policies, beginning with sheltering people and evacuations. Hoping for a calm Hurricane Season...

NE Rail Corridor SMART Plan
Plagued by "rush hour" traffic that is day-long and congested roads built out throughout the Northeast section of our County; I continue to advocate for the NE Rail Corridor to be the priority in our countywide SMART Transit initiative.

Brightline has now completed their rail route throughout Miami-Dade, linking Downtown Miami to Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach. It is that rail that can be used for Intra-County Miami-Dade; Aventura to Downtown Miami Government Center and provide links to our Metro-Mover and Metro Rail.

Two meetings have already been held with 15 engaged municipalities, various transit agencies: Florida Department of Transportation, Transportation Planning Organization, South Florida Regional Transportation Authority, etc. and interested private partners to develop platform locations. More meetings will be scheduled.

This is a priority for many and we will continue to remain "target-focused" on this SMART route.

What's been going on with District pictures. It was great working with so many people and helping so many causes. Thank you all.

I was proud to recognize and honor our great Corrections and Rehabilitation Officers and celebrate National Correctional Officers and Employees Week.

At Total Wine & More celebrating their Grand opening/ribbon cutting for their Aventura store.

North Miami Foundation for Senior Citizens' Services, Inc. had their Volunteer Recognition Breakfast and Corporate Annual Meeting. Thank you to all the volunteers and staff for all that you do for our seniors. I am proud to be a sponsor of this organization that helps seniors in our community.

Congratulations to North Miami Beach's new Commissioner Fortuna Smukler on your swearing in.

Law Day 2018 at North Dade Courthouse. Love celebrating and participating in the day. Bob Martinez hit a bulls-eye. Lady Justice as she should and needs to be! I'm hopeful.

At The Women's Heart and Breast Initiative- Open the Doors Dinner Dance. Happy to raise funds: two worthy fights for women.

Happy to celebrate with Ian, former District 4 Intern, on graduating from University of Miami Law School. I am so proud of him. Got friend Romero Britto to sign an original: Scales of Justice for Ian to hang in his new office.

At Miami-Dade County League of Cities (MDCLC) Annual Gala and proud to swear in friend, Bay Harbor Islands Councilman Jordan Leonard, as President. Great evening to see lots of public servant friends from South Florida.  


At Informed Families- 33rd Annual Dinner at Joe's. Love being honorary Maitre' D' and raising $$ for a great cause. Getting people to their tables is hard, keeping a happy mega group of friends in their seat is a challenge. It was last day of Stone crab claws at Joe's, which made it easy.

A Commission Meeting started with great celebration: our first graduates of student interns at Miami-Dade Fire Rescue (MDFR); MDFR Chief Dave Downey 30 years of service; student winners of our water conservation contest, two students from District 4. Congrats to all.

Happy participant and sponsor at Miami Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired- Music Under the Stars fundraiser. Keep doing great things.

District 4 Staff Meeting at Zoo Miami. Zoo Miami is truly a treasure and "must-do" not just for Miami-Dade people, but everyone.

Today was OJUS Elementary's Career Day. Thank you to all the business professionals that came out to make this a great success for the students.

Happy 80th to Greater Miami Jewish Federation (GMJF). Glad to be there at the 80th Annual Meeting of the GMJF to celebrate and recognize Board Chair and friend Amy Dean, she did a great job.

At Miami Beach Chamber of Commerce (MBCC)- 96th Annual Gala, congratulations to the Chamber for another great year and Miami-Dade College President Eduardo Padron in receiving the Lifetime Achievement Award. Well deserved.  

A great evening at Fairchild, co-hosting a dinner meeting for International Women's Forum (IWF). Love the gardens. 


Our Skate Park and Pump Track at Haulover Park is happening. Great team effort with great municipal partners.

It was two weeks of Graduations and Promotions for schools in Miami-Dade County. I love the relationship I have with my District schools and their commitment to educating our children. Great celebrations. The future is theirs.

Exceptional Achievement Day at The Victory Center. What the staff and students did for their "Finding Nemo" show brought tears and smiles to me. Also, I advanced my talents sponsoring a Crepes Lunch for Staff and students and mastered making edible crepes, with limited burns.

Our Greynolds Park played host for the day for the National Federation of the Blind. I grew up enjoying this regional park and hope our guests enjoyed some of the many virtues our park has to offer.

Attention Residents- things you need to be aware of & what is happening in District 4...

Hurricane Preparedness  
Hurricane Season is from June 1 to November 30. Be sure to plan and prepare ahead of time. Here are some helpful tips and information on Hurricane Preparedness , for more Hurricane information go to    

* Quick Tips to be Ready During Hurricane Season  
  • Save plastic milk, soda, and large water bottles (so you can later fill with tap water)
  • Have batteries for flashlights, radios, and any other essential devices
  • Stock up on easy to open can goods (that you will eat after the storm, as well)
  • Schedule Bulky Pick-Ups and trim trees and landscaping now at the beginning of the Hurricane Season
  • Create a list of important contacts (names, phone numbers, addresses, and emails)
  •  Fill up your car with gas as soon as weather advisory is released (so you are not stuck at the pump)

  • Establish an evacuation plan and discuss with family members and roommates your evacuation plan
  • Before disaster strikes, pet owners are encouraged to review the Miami-Dade County Disaster Preparedness Animal Supplies Checklist to learn how to prepare pets before, during, and after a disaster- for more information go to-
  • Corded telephone (in case the power goes out, cordless phones will not work)
  • Continuously check your medicines throughout Hurricane Season (so you have enough during a storm)
  • If you need assistance, register now for Emergency & Evacuation Assistance Program- for more information go to-

* Miami-Dade County Hurricane Guide

To get a digital copy of the Miami-Dade County Hurricane Guide in English, Spanish, or Creole, go to to

* Ready Miami-Dade (Ready MDC) mobile application


The Ready Miami-Dade (Ready MDC) mobile application is available to the public via Goggle Play and iTunes. This mobile application will provide real time information before, during, and after a storm.   

To get on Google Play, click on the link below- (

To get on iTunes, click on the link link below- 

NEMAC Incorporation Issue
On June 5 th, the Miami-Dade Board of County Commissioners (BCC) voted to allow the residents of the NEMAC area to hold an election to determine whether the BCC should
be authorized to create a new municipality in unincorporated northeast Miami-Dade. The
NEMAC area is defined as the unincorporated area between I-95 and Biscayne
Boulevard from the North Miami Beach city limits to the county line.
Commissioner Heyman is committed to empowering the residents of the proposed new municipality with the right to vote, and the right to current and factual information
regarding incorporation. If the residents of the proposed municipality vote in favor of incorporation many of the services residents enjoy will remain unchanged. Services such
as fire and rescue, their children's school districts, Miami-Dade County public libraries,
solid waste collection services, water and sewer will remain unchanged. Also, seniors
and home owners will keep their current homestead exemptions. Residents of the
proposed municipality will also continue to be served by the Miami-Dade Police
Department (MDPD). The proposed municipality would be required to contract police
services with MDPD for at least 3 years. The MDPD Intracostal station currently patrols
16 square miles but the new municipality would limit patrol/police services to the
3.5 square miles of the proposed area.
Commissioner Heyman has, and will continue to, hold public meetings in the area
to provide residents with detailed informational materials, including source and reference,
to educate those interested in facts regarding incorporation. Between now and the November vote date, people can call the office and information will be provided, and questions answered.

New Concrete Pyramid Buttons now allowed in the Swale 
Miami-Dade County Board of County Commissioners approved Resolution No. R-175-18, sponsored by Commissioner Heyman, to implement standards allowing concrete pyramid buttons in the swale. The Public Works manual allowed round concrete buttons to be installed in the swale area. Miami-Dade County Code requires property owners to maintain the swale area which abut their properties. Property owners in certain areas throughout the County have difficulty complying with this requirement due to excessive parking by drivers who ignore the round concrete buttons and damage the swales, subjecting such property owners to the potential for fines. In order to assist property owners in their efforts to comply with their maintenance obligations under the County Code, concrete pyramid buttons provide an alternative means to deter excessive parking on the swales. The pyramids will be required to be installed in accordance with current permitting process as provided for in the Public Works Manual.

For more information go to Miami-Dade County Department of Transportation and Public Works website-

Miami Dade-County Animal Services Department (ASD) now has a Minimum Age for Volunteering
Miami-Dade County Board of County Commissioners approved Resolution No. R-382-17, to establish the minumum volunteer age with the Miami-Dade County Animal Services Department (ASD) at 16 years old and permit students under 16 years of age who are enrolled in the Veterinary Sciences Program at Felix Varela Senior High School to volunteer.

ASD seeks to build a stronger and more engaged pet welfare in our community by connecting volunteers with opportunities to serve. In an effort to foster youth volunteerism, ASD's comphrensive volunteer provides many opportunities to serve. Volunteers contributed over 17,000 hours of service in 2017. In addition to exercising, socializing and providing enrichment activities for our shelter pets, volunteers also play an important role assisting in special events and offsite adoption programs, ASD volunteers also help support shelter pets by fostering those in need.

For more information go to Miami-Dade County Aniamal Services Department website-

Upcoming Events in District 4 and Miami-Dade County...

HistoryMiami Museum's Summer Passport Program provides free access for all children in Miami-Dade County to experience the museum from June 8 to August 19, 2018. The passport offers children an exciting educational adventure while exploring the region's rich past. Each passport offers free admission to each child and their families (up to four people per passport). Stop by the museum to pick up your passport!

To get more information on the HistoryMiami Museum's Summer Passport Program, call (305) 375-1492 or go to


2018 Redland

Summer Fruit Festival

June 23 & June 24
10am until 5pm

Fruit & Spice Park
24801 SW 187th Avenue
Homestead, FL 33031

To get more information on the 2018 Redland Summer Fruit Festival
on June 23rd & June 24th call (305) 247-5727 or go to  

Events and Community Activities Calendar

Every Tuesday of the Month 
Food Truck Round-up 
5:00- 10:00pm 
Haulover Park 
10800 Collins Ave 
Miami, FL 33154

Every 4th Wednesday of the Month
Miami Beach
Food Trucks & Music Fest
North Beach Bandshell
7275 Collins Avenue
Miami Beach, FL 33141
For more information,
call (786) 453-2897 or go to

Every Thursday of the Month
(June - August)

Sunny Isles Beach 
Chair Yoga for Seniors 
(Residents- free/ Non-residents- $15 per class)
9:15- 10:15am 
Sunny Isles Beach Government Center 
18070 Collins Avenue 
Sunny Isles Beach, FL 33160
For more information,  
call (305) 792-1706 or go to
Every Friday of the Month
(until August 25, 2018) 

Yoga at Founders Park
Starts at 9:00am
Founders Park
3105 NE 190th Street
Aventura, FL 33180
For more information,
call (305) 466-0183 or go to

Every Last Friday of the Month 
(rain or shine)
Jazz at MOCA
 Starts at 8:00pm  
MOCA Plaza 
770 NE 125th Street 
North Miami, FL 33162  For more information, go to

Every Saturday of the Month 
(until August 25, 2018) 
Fitness Boot Camp at Founders Park 
Starts at 9:30am 
Founders Park 
3105 NE 190th Street
 Aventura, FL 33180 
For more information, 
call (305) 466-0183 or go to
Wednesday, June 20, 2018
Sunny Isles Beach   
Sunny Serenade Concert Series 
with Curbstone 
7:30- 9:00pm 
Samson Oceanfront Park 
17425 Collins Avenue  
Sunny Isles Beach, FL 33160 
 For more information,  
call (305) 792-1706 or go to  

Wednesday, July 4, 2018
North Miami 
Independence Day 
Celebration on the Bay 
Starts at 6:00pm 
FIU- Biscayne Bay Campus 
3000 NE 151st Street 
North Miami, FL 33181 
 For more information,  
call (305) 895-9840 or go to

Northeast Miami-Dade Service Center
OPEN to Assist Residents

North Dade residents don't have to travel downtown for assistance with basic county services with the Service Center at the North Dade Justice Center located at 15555 Biscayne Boulevard. The Service Center is open Monday- Friday, 9:00am - 4:00pm (closed 12:00pm - 1:00pm). 
Some of the available services are:
  • Golden Passport new applications and renewals
  • Homestead exemptions
  • Property Tax and Local Business Tax Payments
  • Baby stroller permits
A Miami-Dade staff person will be available to assist residents, as well as an automated computer touch screen that will allow residents to pay their bills and access other services online. 
Residents can call 3-1-1 for additional information on services provided at this Service Center.    

District Office
1100 NE 163 Street
Suite 303
North Miami Beach, FL 33162
Phone (305) 787-5999
Fax (305) 787-5998
Downtown Office
111 NW 1 Street
Suite 220
Miami, FL 33128
Phone (305) 375-5128
Fax (305) 372-6179

I encourage you to contact my office and share your concerns and ideas on how we can improve our community.  You can contact my office at (305) 787-5999 or via e-mail at 
Sally A. Heyman
Miami-Dade County Commissioner
District 4