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

2018 has proven to be a challenge in many ways.
Disasters and other unforeseen events have affected us;
many times in adverse ways. We as a community, with
tremendous strengths and collaborations remain resilient.
As your commissioner, I thank the many who have
stepped up and engaged for the benefit of us all.


Commissioner Sally Heyman  

To find out what legislation Commissioner Sally Heyman is
currently working on, sponsored and/or co-sponsored, and for the Commissioner's legislative history go to-  
What's been going on with District pictures. It was great working with so many people and helping so many causes. Thank you all.

At the 9th Annual Wounded Warriors Project Solider Ride Send Off, Aventura Marketing Council is always creating and facilitating such a special event. So proud of our Vets, the Wounded Warriors and their support team. Hope to be there for the 10th Annual Solider Ride Send Off.

Happy to participate in the Street Party benefiting the Buoniconti Fund and to be an annual sponsor and supporter.

Thank you to Sylvia Vanni for including me in this great Mystic Force Foundation Cure Childhood Cancer Bike Giveaway to special children in our community fighting cancers' challenges.

At the North Miami Keystone Point HOA's Annual Meeting... happy to be with great residents that care about their community.

At the Women's March Florida Anniversary in Miami where I was proud to stand with, speak up, and participate with empowered women and supportive men.

Congratulations to the Village of Bal Harbour
in the unveiling of Robert Chamber's "Rotorelief". This is great public artwork for people to enjoy!

At the Aventura Marketing Council January Breakfast Meeting with the Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau CEO/President William Talbert. 

At the Miami Marathon and Half Marathon... wow, we are in Year 16 and I'm proud of how incredible and inclusive it has become. I love working with Frankie Ruiz and his team. I have been there for all 16 marathons. 


Opening Day for North Miami Beach Little League (NMBLL)... wishing all the teams a successful year! Thank you North Miami Beach Police Explorers for coming out to help.

Major League Soccer and Miami; it was a great kick off with David Beckham, government leaders, owners and masses of soccer fans. Miami/South Florida will now be home to 5 major sports leagues. Rare and Great!

Celebrating the Jewish New Year of the Trees (Tu B'Shevat) with tree planting ceremony in Miami Beach with Mayor Dan Gelber and Israeli Consul General Lior Haiat at Muss Park. Happy to have this newly renovated park in District 4.

At Sky Lake - Highland Lakes Area Homeowners Association's January Meeting, where they installed the officers and board members.  

Proud to sponsor and champion the "Getting to Zero HIV AIDS" campaign. Love working with Dr. Lillian Rivera and Department of Health. We are doing free testing at events county-wide. Love yourself and safely love others: be protected and get tested.

Jazz at the Ancient Spanish Monastery with Nicole Henry! This was a great night with amazing people, awesome jazz and raising money for our great Spanish Monastery here in North Miami Beach.

Commissioner Heyman partnered with Miami-Dade Animal Services Department and the Town of Bay Harbor Islands for Free Spay/Neuter for Cats Event in Bay Harbor Islands. This was a successful event to help reduce feline population. Thank you to everyone for a great team effort.

Happy to be a table sponsor for Americans for Immigrant Justice (AIJ) fundraiser. Great job to Cheryl Little and her team. A nice evening with good people.


Love teaming up with Pelican Harbor Seabird Station on a Sunset Cruise, where I released a rehabbed Brown Pelican. Their fundraiser is April 14th, if you are around town, come support them.

Happy to support women athletes and proud to be part of University of Miami Ceremony to honor women athletes for both sports and academic excellence.

At the 26th Annual Kite Festival at Haulover Park with Dan the Kite Man, food trucks, good people and great fun. Happy to have this fabulous community event at Haulover Park.

At the annual Greater Miami Jewish Federation event, where I spent the evening with Holocaust survivors, including Magda Bader. It was great to see them honoring Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen for her work.

A favorite cause to support: The Victory Center. It's a special place to visit, especially on Field Day! This year's theme for Field Day was a carnival.

Yahoo! Gateway Park in Sunny Isles Beach is open, let the play begin! It was a nice night for a ribbon cutting and concert.

At the Town of Surfside for their 12th Annual Beach 5K Run/Walk. It's fun run with an incredible sunrise. Great way to start the day.

Monday, February 26th, truly was a "Dog Day" in a great way. Started with the dedication celebration of the Norma Jay bench located at Haulover Bark Park. District 4 Staff, family and community friends showed for the unveiling: several with their dogs. Great lady we lost and a great way to remember her.


Monday, February 26th, "Dog Day" part two. Great to team up with ASPCA again; this time ASPCA joined efforts with Miami-Dade Animal Services Department to create a Community Vet Clinic. WOOF!

You don't have to be a Dead Head to love
what Dead and Company did at their South Florida concert. They quietly met with Marjory Stoneman Douglas students, parents and threw their support of activism to bring about responsible gun rules and laws. Standing Strong!

Congratulations to Miami-Dade County Teacher of the Year, Mollie Winters Diallo. Happy to recognize her and present a Proclamation to her at the County Commission. I also participated in school announcements and did a presentation with her class at Alonso & Tracy Mourning High School. Well deserved!

At the 2018 In the Company of Women event. A great evening celebrating amazing women, many I know. Special congrats to Aventura Mayor Enid Weisman, the Pioneer Recipient. This was a nice way to spend part of International Women's Day with a bunch of amazing women.

At the Rotary Club of Bal Harbour and Bal Harbour Police Department (BHIPD) 5K Run/Walk in memory of Chief Mark N. Overton. Happy to join Rotary, BHI Police, other police departments and community in support of a special cause and to donate great coffee.

At the Annual Orchid Festival at Fairchild Botanic Tropical Garden. Loved seeing everybody and the garden. Unfortunately my Rainbow Eucalyptus was destroyed by Hurricane Irma.

With the help of our community, our office
was able to donate new stuffed animals of all types to the children of the Miami Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired. Special shout-out to Sudsies who did dry-cleaning prep for the lightly used stuffed animals. 

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

Mail Scam
Mail is being sent to residents from companies claiming they are from American Water Resources of Florida or FPL Energy Services. These letters claim that maintenance and repairs need to be done on the water line located on your property. These letters state these repairs can be costly over time if not addressed and that you can sign up for low monthly re-occurring payments to prevent this. THESE MAIL PIECES ARE A SCAM.  DO NOT RESPOND BACK WITH FINANCIAL INFORMATION.
The mail being received from these entities has nothing to do with Miami-Dade County Water & Sewer Department or Miami-Dade County, as a whole. Please let others know about this scam; so they do not become victims. 

Northeast Dade Municipal Advisory Council (NEMAC)
In August of 2016, the Northeast Miami-Dade Municipal Advisory Committee (NEMAC) recommended that a new municipality be formed in the unincorporated area between I-95 and Biscayne Boulevard from the North Miami Beach city limits to the county line. The recommendation was transmitted to the Board of County Commissioners (BCC) where it was scheduled for consideration by the Planning Advisory Board (PAB). The PAB held a public hearing on September 26, 2017 to consider the application and forwarded a recommendation to the Mayor and Board of County Commissioners. The petition will be placed on a BCC agenda for a public hearing in which members of the public will have the opportunity to comment and provide input on the proposed incorporation.
Commissioner Heyman will continue to provide accurate detailed information to the residents of the NEMAC area.

It's Official, Larry Juriga is now the North Miami Police Chief
Larry Juriga who has been acting as the Interim Police Chief for the North Miami Police Department has been promoted to Police Chief and his swearing in ceremony was on March 13th. Our office has partnered with Chief Juriga on Hurricane Planning, Emergency Management Operations, Relief Distribution, and Gun Buy Backs. Chief Juriga has always put Public Safety as a priority. Congratulations to Police Chief Larry Juriga from the entire community. 

Commissioner Heyman at work, making the community better... 

In Tallahassee working on Miami-Dade and statewide Public Safety issues- Opioid legislation and testified on Texting While Driving Primary Offense Legislation (finally passed House). Also, worked on Fire Department Gear and Bridges.

In Tallahassee for the 2018 Florida Legislative Session's Dade Days. Happy again to participate in Dade Day Paella- a great tradition, going on Year 30. This is a great way of bringing people together.

In Washington DC working on several issues including surplus protective fire gear and met with Congresswomen Linda Sanchez and Ileana Ros-Lehtinen to discuss this matter, since they are on the Congressional Fire Services Caucus. 

At the 2018 NACo Legislative Conference in Washington DC.

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

To get more information  
and to register for the PATCHES 5K 2nd Annual Run/Walk on March 24th, call (305) 242-8122 
or go to  

To get more information

on Pelican Harbor Seabird Station- Pelican Party on April 14th, go to 

For more information on the Multi Agency Shred A Thon & DEA Drug Takeback on April 28th call- 
  • Analily Perez (Bay Harbor Islands PD) at (305) 866-6242
  • Ernie Long (Aventura PD) at (305) 466-8962
  • Pam Flanders (Bal Harbour PD) at (305) 866-5000
  • Sandra Block (Sunny Isles Beach PD) at (305) 792-1839
  • Dina Goldstein (Surfside PD) at (305) 861-4862

For more information on the Walk the Talk for Epilepsy- 2018 Miami Walk
on May 5th 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 Friday of the Month
from January 5 -
April 27, 2018
(no classes April 20)
Yoga at Founders Park
Founders Park
3105 NE 190th Street
Aventura, FL 33180
For more information, call
(305) 466-8556 or go to to


Wednesdays from 
February 7 - April 11, 2018 
Sunny Isles Beach  
AARP Tax Return  
Preparation & Filling  
(Free for Seniors/ ages 60+,  
with low or middle income) 
9:00 -3:00pm 
Sunny Isles Beach
Government Center 
18070 Collins Ave 
Sunny Isles Beach, FL 33160 
For more information, call  
(305) 792-1706 or go to

Every 1st & 3rd Friday
of the Month  
Bay Harbor Islands  Storytime
Merlina the Magical Storyteller
Starts at 4:00pm
Town Tot Lot
Corner of 96th Street &
West Broadview Drive  
For more information,
call (305) 866-6241.  


   Sunday, April 8, 2018
Bay Harbor Islands
3rd Annual Spring Egg Hunt
11:00- 1:00pm
Officer Scott A. Winters Park
on 98th Street
For more information,
call (305) 866-6241.  

Saturday, April 14, 2018
Taste of Excellence
(a night of wine, cheese, & jazz)
Arthur Snyder Park
(adjacent to Aventura
Community Recreation Center)
7:30- 9:30pm
For more information, call (305) 466-3833 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