Volume 2 | Issue 6 - March 26, 2021
Official newsletter from the
City of South Miami
Exclusive news on South Miami from South Miami
TOP STORY
SoMi INSIDER EXCLUSIVE
Commission approves new art in public places ordinance
SoMi has a new ordinance that will lead to more public art in the city. The new Art in Public Places (AIPP) ordinance creates a fund to pay for public art.

Public art adds enormous value to the cultural, aesthetic and economic vitality of a community. It is now a well-accepted principle of urban design that public art contributes to a community's identity, fosters community pride and a sense of belonging, and enhances the quality of life for its residents and visitors. Cities gain value through public art – cultural, social, and economic value.

Taxpayers will not be paying for the new art. Instead, the AIPP program, like similar programs in many other cities, is funded by developers who pay approximately 1.5% of the construction value of their project into the fund. The selection of art will be done by a professional advisory committee with Miami-Dade County.

The City says the new AIPP program will enhance the character and identity of South Miami, as well as contribute to economic development and tourism.
How many famous pieces of public art can you think of? Here are just a few...
The Bean, Chicago
Love, New York
Holocaust Memorial, Miami Beach
Les Voyageurs, Marseilles, France,
Wall Street Bull, New York
Big Blue Bear, Denver
HOME RULE HOT TOPIC
State wants to make it harder for you to report code violations
It can be a homeowner's biggest nightmare. Having to live next door to a neighbor that does not respect the rules of the community can be agonizing. No homeowner wants to make things worse by confronting the neighbor for fear of retaliation. After all, you can't simply pick up and move away when tensions boil over.

This is one of the reasons Code Enforcement allows anonymous reporting. There must be a way to report violations without exposing a homeowner to possible retribution.

Unfortunately, some lawmakers in Tallahassee are trying to take away our ability to accept an anonymous report.

A Bill making its way through the process would prohibit code enforcement officers from investigating if the complaint is received anonymously.

The Bill is just one example of how state lawmakers are trying to take away the City's ability to make its own decisions. Collectively, all the current efforts underway by Tallahassee to reduce the powers of cities are called attacks on Home Rule.

Home Rule is a municipalities right to make its own decisions. Since 1968, Floridians have recognized the need for cities to have Home Rule powers. It is included in our state's Constitution (Article VIII, Section 2(b)) and was implemented by the Legislature in 1973. Home Rule is a cherished concept, supported by an overwhelming majority of Florida citizens.

It is the foundation for local governments as they create fair, effective and responsive policies for their communities.

Each year, the Florida Legislature debates several bills that would take powers away from cities and move them to Tallahassee. This year, code enforcement is just one target.

For more information on Home Rule, visit the Florida League of Cities website: www.floridaleagueofcities.com
Gibson-Bethel Community Center
5800 SW 66th Street
Hop over to pick-up your Easter Egg Hunt Kit To-Go! Everything is included for a safe at-home celebration!
TUESDAY, MARCH 30: 2-8 PM
THURSDAY, APRIL 1: 2-8 PM
PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED
Email parks@southmiamifl.gov to register and provide proof of South Miami residency (i.e. Driver's License)
305-668-3876 | parks@southmiamifl.gov | www.southmiamifl.gov
Commission meeting moved
Due to the Special Election, the City Commission meeting on Tuesday April 20 has been moved.

The meeting will be held Thursday, April 22 at 7:00p.m.
REMINDER...
The South Miami Dog Park is closed for maintenance until May 4. We're doing some pawsome improvements!
TIME IS ALMOST UP...
SoMi Parks & Recreation is holding its annual Spring Break camp for kids between kindergarten and sixth grade.

March 29 to April 2
8:00a.m. to 6:00p.m.
Gibson-Bethel
Community Center.

$50 for SoMi residents. Non-resident fee is $125.

Offering Pandemic Help
Here are a few pics from the March 20th vaccination event at the South Miami Children's Clinic. There were approximately 650 people that received their first of two vaccination shots.
Free Mammogram Service
For women age 40 - 60 with no insurance and are of low income.
April 10
8:00a.m. - 4:00p.m.
Mobile Mammogram Van
South Miami City Hall
6130 Sunset Drive
You need to register by calling 305-856-4914 (LIGA)

Due to COVID, please remain in your car. Call or text 305-856-8366 when you arrive.
Sponsored by:
Miami-Dade Commissioner Raquel Regalado, District 7
FREE RECYCLING EVENT!
SATURDAY, APRIL 17, 2021
9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT
4795 SW 75th Avenue
RECYCLE ELECTRONICS & CARDBOARD
SHRED SENSITIVE DOCUMENTS
What items will be accepted?
  • Any electronic items that have a plug or takes batteries
  • Any sensitive documents that you would like to have shredded safely and securely on site
  • Cardboard
What items will NOT be accepted?
  • Household hazardous waste (ex: paint, pool chemicals, light bulbs, cleaners, oils, batteries & pesticides)
  • Medical waste, fire extinguishers, ammunition & tires
The drop off procedure for this event is quick and easy. Simply pull up in your vehicle to each station and staff will be on hand to unload your items.
FOR MORE INFO:
305-668-2510
citymanager@southmiamifl.gov
www.southmiamifl.gov
@SoMiamiGov
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