Volume 2 | Issue 9 - May 17, 2021
Official newsletter from the
City of South Miami
Exclusive news on South Miami from South Miami
TOP STORY
Design chosen for new U.S. 1 bridge
Plans for a new pedestrian bridge over U.S. 1 have taken a giant step forward.

The South Miami City Commission has picked its preferred design for the project. The bridge will create a walkable crossing over U.S. 1 at SW 71st street, thus increasing access to SoMi's downtown businesses. The chosen design creates an iconic, signature placemaking piece of architecture for the city. Like other iconic structures in various cities, the bridge will have the ability to shift color schemes to reflect upcoming events or holidays.

This project is the latest effort by the city to improve placemaking and create a SoMi public identity. Previous efforts include the creation of the new city logo, the construction of the new entrance monument on U.S. 1 and SW 65th avenue, and upcoming welcome signs at key gateways to the city.

The city is working to use grant money and other outside funding sources instead of taxpayer dollars for the bridge.
SoMi PD steps up enforcement
South Miami PD is targeting speeders and unsafe drivers. A new crackdown on speeders was recently rolled out along Miller Drive, and an operation going after drivers not stopping for pedestrians in cross walks was also held.

Over two dozen tickets were issued for ignoring pedestrian crosswalks and 30 speeding tickets were handed out. Both efforts were part of SoMi PD's ongoing pledge to make our roads safe for everyone. The stepped up enforcement was a team effort with Miami-Dade PD.
SoMi helps businesses hit by COVID
If you have a SoMi business that has been hit by COVID closures, the city has help for you.
You can apply for a grant that could pay up to $10,000 of your business rent or mortgage. You must apply by June 21.

COMING SOON...
Look for the first Annual Twelve Month Activity Report
As part of the city of South Miami's renewed commitment to improved communications, the city's first ever annual activity report is almost here.

The SoMi 2021 Twelve Month Activity Report will be a summary of the city's progress over the past year in fiscal management, green initiatives, parks and recreation improvements, capital projects, private development, and more. Stay tuned to the SoMi INSIDER for details on when the report will be available.
SoMi Parks is hiring
Looking for a new job? How about being a summer camp aide, a lifeguard, a recreation leader, or a senior service coordinator?

Check out all these opportunities and apply today.

City recognizes Juneteenth
South Miami is now the latest government to officially recognize Juneteenth.

Juneteenth (June 19) marks the day freedom was proclaimed in the south by Union General Granger in 1865, in Galveston, Texas, two years after the Emancipation Proclamation.

Almost here!
No, it is not a storm that is almost here. It is hurricane season. June 1 marks the start of the season, and this is when you should be getting your hurricane kits together and writing down your family storm plans. Don't wait until a storm is almost here!

We have put together a great place to begin your planning. Check out the SoMi hurricane prep page on our website.

Don't forget about your trees
Major storms can leave behind an incredible amount of debris.

You can help minimize the potential for vegetative debris by starting your hurricane trimming now. Starting now allows for plenty of time for yard waste to be safely removed so you aren’t stuck with it in the event of a storm. 

There are specific rules for how to properly trim your trees. Before doing any work, make sure you know them. If you have any questions, contact the city's Planning Department.

Here are some tips to ensure your yard is as prepared as possible:

  • Cut back all trees and weak branches that could come in contact with buildings.
 
  • Have foliage thinned so wind can flow freely through branches, decreasing the chance that trees or plants will be uprooted.
 
  • Clean your yard of any items that could pose a danger to you or your neighbor’s property in hurricane-force winds, such as old lumber, broken lawn furniture, etc.
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