Coconut Grove Village Council

at PO Box 332466, Miami, 33133 United States

We encourage all Coconut Grove residents to attend our meetings and to bring the issues that concern you to our attention.


Coconut Grove Village Council
PO Box 332466
Miami , FL 33133
United States
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Coconut Grove Village Council Members: Javier Gonzalez, Chair Kate M. Callahan, Vice Chair Linda Williams, Secretary Emily Brittingham, Treasurer Thaddeus Scott, Sergeant at Arms Tricia Sullivan, Communication Officer Seth Sklarey, Parliamentarian Ruth Ewing, Charity Coordinator

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Our meetings take place the Last Tuesday of the month at 7:00 pm at the Rolle Building (3750 South Dixie Highway #115.)

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From Commander Morales: I am saddened to report that this morning two of our Grove officers were assaulted while conducting a traffic enforcement detail as part of our new 2015 traffic calming strategy. The officers observed a vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed on Hardie that failed to stop at the sign at Braganza. The vehicle continued on Hardie and almost struck a pedestrian. Officers stopped the vehicle and were confronted by the irate driver that became combative and refused to follow the officers directives. The driver was advised she was under arrest and she attacked the officers by punching, scratching and kicking. The officers were able to handcuff and control the suspect without further incident. The driver was not injured, but the officers sustained minor injuries. Once the suspect calmed down she advised the reason for her outrage was because as a former Grove resident she should not be cited. I know this isolated incident does not reflect the conduct of the vast majority of our law abiding residents, but our officers are reporting that approximately 70% of violators are Grove residents. The incident is made more alarming by the fact that members of the law enforcement community are coming under increased offender hostility, as we have seen in recent incidents in New York. I pledge to you that out officers are committed to providing professional law enforcement services to our community. Please take the time to show your appreciation to our officers when you see them patrolling your neighborhood. Thank you for your continued support. Commander Manuel Morales Coconut Grove NET

Published on 2015-01-08 00:12:56 GMT

Santa's Village at Cocowalk Date: Every Saturday in December 2014 Times: 3:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Location: Cocowalk Make sure to pass by Santa's Village to take photos with Santa Claus all month long in December. Santa's Village will be open every Saturday in December from 3:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Published on 2014-12-19 18:18:25 GMT

Water Main Fails In Coconut Grove. Results in Closure of Bayshore Drive Between Kirk Street and Aviation Avenue This is an Advisory Notice. Please be advised that a Miami-Dade County Water Main has failed between Kirk Street and Aviation Avenue resulting in the closing of Bayshore Drive between both streets. Please direct any questions you may have to Commissioner Xavier L. Suarez's office. Downtown Office: 305-375-5680 South Miami Office: 305-669-4003 Email: District7@miamidade.gov

Published on 2014-12-16 04:00:19 GMT

PayByPhone gets even better - Miami waives $0.35 fee Photo by Rich Robinson Parking can be a drag, but the Miami Parking Authority is bringing everyone some permanent holiday cheer by kicking the PayByPhone fees to the curb! PayByPhone users in the City of Miami no longer pay 35 cents on top of the regular parking rate. Now you can park and extend without the extra fees! “We listened to our customers, and are pleased to cover the PayByPhone fee in order to offer some savings to the people who live, work, shop and play in the City of Miami, especially as we kick off the holiday season,” said Arthur Noriega, CEO of the Miami Parking Authority. As the first US city to deploy the PayByPhone parking technology in 2008, Miami residents and visitors love the added benefits. Text message reminders, the ability to extend parking from wherever you are, and email receipts all make PayByPhone a superior parking experience. Did you know: Miami residents get an additional 20% off parking in the city when they use PayByPhone? (Discount is applied when the credit or debit card’s billing address is in the City of Miami) Use PayByPhone in nearby areas: Fort Lauderdale Coral Gables South Miami Lauderdale-By-The-Sea Florida International University

Published on 2014-12-13 16:39:55 GMT

Miami Police Department Prepares for Re-Accreditation A team of assessors from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) will conduct an on-site assessment of the Miami Police Department for the purpose of obtaining re-accreditation, December 15, 2014 – December 18, 2014. The assessment team will review the agency’s policies, procedures, and practices in an effort to determine if it has met their required standards for re-accreditation. As part of the on-site assessment, agency employees and members of the community are invited to offer comments at a Public Information Session scheduled for Tuesday, December 16, 2014, from 6:00 P.M. to8:00 P.M. at the City of Miami Police College’s auditorium, 350 N.W. 2nd Avenue Those who cannot attend the session may offer comments to the assessment team by calling (305) 603-6440between 2:00 P.M. and 4:00 P.M. Telephone comments and appearances are limited to 10 minutes. The Miami Police Department looks forward to a successful re-accreditation process. The agency became nationally accredited for the first time in 1995 and is re-accredited every three years. Community representatives interested in attending the public information session please let me know. You input and feedback is extremely important. Thank you. Commander Manuel Morales Coconut Grove NET

Published on 2014-12-12 01:38:25 GMT

Announcing the Fifth Annual Gifford Lane Art Stroll Poster Artist Contest! March 1st, 2015 The winning artist will receive a free booth space and all the recognition we can bestow upon you. We will use the winning design for the poster, postcard, and all promotional materials for the 2015 Gifford Lane Art Stroll. The rules are as follows: Must be signed original artwork Art should be sent as attached jpeg files Files must be hi-res 300 dpi or better The piece should have a Grove oriented theme/ feel Art is to be submitted via email to giffordlaneartstroll@gmail.com Limit of 2 submissions per artist Image must be able to be sized into 5x7 and 12x18 Deadline for submissions is December 23, 2014 The winner will be notified on January 5, 2015 Entries that are not selected will be deleted. For the 2015 Poster Artist: If accepted, The Gifford Lane Art Stroll has my permission to reproduce my artwork for the purpose of advertising and marketing the Stroll. The Gifford Lane Art Stroll also has my permission to publish photographs or videos taken of my booth, my work and me during the Festival for purposes related to promotion of the Stroll, past or future. If selected as the poster artist, I understand that there will be no additional remuneration, or compensation beyond the waiver of the Artist Booth Fee. Upon completion of the Stroll, all ownership and rights to the original images will revert to the artist.

Published on 2014-12-11 15:16:35 GMT

All-Grove Crime Watch will meet , Wednesday, December 10th at 7 pm at St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, 2750 McFarlane Street in Coconut Grove in the Great Room located at the rear of the church grounds. Judge Samantha Ruiz-Cohen will be our guest at the December All-Grove Crime Watch meeting, and will speak briefly to the attendees. Come join Grove neighbors, Miami Police & others to learn about recent Grove crime activity & how to best prevent future crime. Free parking is available in the surface parking lot next to the church. Just let the attendant know you are there for the Crime Watch meeting.

Published on 2014-12-08 19:44:30 GMT

Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony at Miami City Hall (Miami, FL December 4, 2014) - Mayor Tomas Regalado, along with City Commissioners, City Manager, employees, and children from the area, will celebrate theChristmas Tree Lighting Ceremony at Miami City Hall, on Friday December 5, 2014, from 6:00pm to 9:00pm. The event is free and open to the public. "The holiday season is that special time of year where family and community are the main focus. The tree lighting ceremony symbolically announces the arrival of that time, and I look forward to it every year. Come with your family and celebrate with us," stated Commissioner Marc Sarnoff. The celebration will include special guests, the characters from the movie Penguins of Madagascar, and will feature a parade with performances by the children of Girl Power, Kinlock Park Elementary, and Coconut Grove Cares as well as the City of Miami Police and Fire Departments, members of Cirque Du Soleil, and Miss Miami United States 2015 Jessica Corpacho. And of course, a visit by the favorite of children and old alike, SANTA! Friday, December 5, 2014, from 6:00pm to 9:00pm Miami City Hall 3500 Pan American Drive

Published on 2014-12-05 15:52:20 GMT

Coconut Grove Village Council Monthly Meeting Agenda November 25th, 2014 6pm Coconut Grove Elementary (Auditorium) Pledge of Allegiance House Keeping Roll call & Approve previous months Minutes Opportunity for Members to add agenda items Treasury & Budget Update Presentation: Meg Daly from Underline (formerly GreenLink) Discussion Item: Historic Designation of 3529 St Gaudens Rd / Historic Preservation Committee? Parks Committee Follow up Main / Macfarlane / Bike path King Mango Strut Project updates: Crime Watch (Thad & Commander Morales) Trolley Barn/CBA (Linda & Kate) Playhouse FPL Expansion Project Grove 2030 Adjournment *After Meeting Q/A always welcomed*

Published on 2014-11-22 00:08:13 GMT

From Sarnoff: Miami-Dade County Timeline Update: SW 27th Avenue Project As you all know, 27th Avenue is a Miami-Dade County Road and is undergoing a large County Improvement Project. We have received a large amount of correspondence in regards to the project, which stretches from U.S. 1 to Tigertail Avenue. We want to assure you all that I am equally concerned with the progress of the work being done. There have been some delays, but Miami-Dade County officials have assured us that the project will finish on schedule. Below you will find updates provided to us by the Miami-Dade County Project Manager. - The Intersection of SW 27th Avenue and Tigertail Avenue should already be open to traffic, or will be shortly. The target date was originally August 15, 2014, but because of weather delays has been pushed back to August 22, 2014. - Installation of water service lines across SW 27th Avenue from Lincoln Avenue north to SW 30th Street (Bird Avenue) then north to the limits of construction at SW 28th Terrace was to be completed on August 15, 2014 as well, but because of weather delays has been pushed back to August 22, 2014. - The Phase I Traffic Switch (meaning when the west roadway will be completed and traffic will be switched from the east half of the roadway to the west roadway so that the east roadway will be remediated) was initially scheduled to occur on July 15, 2014. Now, it shall occur no later than October 22, 2014. - The entire project timeline has been delayed approximately 45 calendar days, but the project's completion date is still firmly fixed to June 15, 2015. The project's contract time of 560 calendar days from the issuance of the Notice to Proceed (NTP) remains unchanged. Miami-Dade County recently purchased the old Slice & Ice building, located at 3024 SW 27th Avenue, and the property is set to be demolished in the near future. My office and I have proposed to the County that it be turned into a resident-only parking lot to alleviate some of the lost parking. Our inquiries to the future of the parcel have gone unanswered. No future plans for the parcel have been disclosed by Miami-Dade County at the moment. As always, if you have questions or concerns that you'd like to share, you can always call our office at (305) 250-5333 or email me at msarnoff@miamigov.com. Median Maintenance Concerns On Grand and S. Miami Avenues We have received a number of complaints from our constituents regarding the poor management of medians located on Miami Avenue and on Grand Avenue. Unfortunately, both of those roads are Miami-Dade County roads, and therefore must be maintained by Miami-Dade County. My office has reached out to the County to ask that the medians be more properly maintained and they have answered that because of budget cutbacks less service is being provided. My office, along with some constituents, have inquired about "adopting" medians to help maintain and keep our City beautiful, but the County has no such program in place. If you have concerns or questions regarding these budget cutbacks at the County, or you want to voice your concern for lack of median maintenance on these avenues, please contact Xavier Suarez at Miami-Dade County's District 7 office: 305-375-5680, or 305-669-4003. The District 7 e-mail address is District7@miamidade.gov. Please Continue to Shop In Coconut Grove During Sidewalk Renovations Coconut Grove businesses are braving a difficult time as we work to remediate our sidewalks in the business district. Please support them as much as you can during this time where sidewalks are restricted and pedestrian traffic is obstructed. The construction makes our great Grove businesses look something less than presentable but these businesses still offer that great Grove service and food. We ask our residents and visitors to be patient with the project and continue to support businesses that have become staples of our unique village, such as Lokal, Lulu's, GreenStreet Cafe, The Loft, Strada, Frameworks, Mr. Moe's, Nikki's Beach House Boutique, Allie and Chica, George's in the Grove, and many others. The workers have been diligent and the project should be completed by September 15th. The finish line is in sight. The City of Miami Strategizes to Re-Open Sections of Douglas Park As many of you know, District 2 was hit with a series of park closures due to Miami-Dade County's sampling of soil dumped by trucks carrying ash of an old incinerator which closed in 1970. This has been a difficult time for our community as our parks are an important component to our quality of life and the quality of life of our children. My office and I have encouraged the City of Miami administration to open sections of Douglas Park once the sampling has finished. The administration has listened to our concerns and the concerns of our citizens and now the the County is finished sampling, the administration is strategizing with our office to reopen sections of the park. Also, on September 11th, the Miami City Commission will hear an item on the commission meeting agenda regarding the City taking out a Section 108 Loan from the Federal Government to fund the remediation and subsequent reopening of Douglas Park at 5:30pm. We urge all residents, especially those residents of the neighboring Golden Pines community, to come to the City Hall Chambers at 3500 Pan American Drive and have your voices heard on the importance of this park to your community. As always, if you have questions or concerns that you'd like to share, you can always call our office at (305) 250-5333 or email me at msarnoff@miamigov.com. Remediation Set to Begin on Merrie Christmas Park Merrie Christmas Park remediation has already begun and will not stop until completion, which is set for the end of the calendar year. We appreciate your patience during the long sampling period and we understand your frustration as we too want Merrie Christmas Park, and all our parks, open to the public. We strongly feel that our City parks heighten the quality of life of our citizens and we are excited to see work being done that will result in the park's reopening. Unfortunately, we have other parks which were affected by dumping of soil from an old incinerator which closed in 1970, but once the Capital Plan is adopted on September 9th, and the Section 108 loan is received for Douglas Park, we will finally begin the process of cleaning all of our parks. Code Compliance Hotline Has Changed At the request of Commissioner Sarnoff's Office, the Office of Code Compliance has created a more user-friendly phone number for citizens to file code compliance complaints. In coordination with the Information Technology Department, a new number, 305-416-CODE (2633) was created and is now the active code compliance hotline number. The number is now active and is routed to the on-duty supervisor, even on weekends. City of Miami 3500 Pan American Drive Office of Comm. Marc D. Sarnoff - District 2

Published on 2014-08-25 21:13:37 GMT

Budget town hall meetings are scheduled for locations throughout the county: Thursday, August 21th, 2014 at 6 p.m. Little Haiti Cultural Center 212 NE 59 Terrace Miami, FL 33137 Tuesday, August 26th, 2014 at 6 p.m. Village of Palmetto Bay Commission Chambers 9705 East Hibiscus Street Palmetto Bay, FL 33157 Thursday, August 28th, 2014 at 6 p.m. West Dade Regional Library 9445 Coral Way Miami, FL 33165 Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014 at 6 p.m. North Dade Regional Library 2455 NW 183 Street Miami Gardens, FL 33056

Published on 2014-08-21 16:20:40 GMT

From Commander Morales: At approximately 7 PM, we received a 911 call of a male shot at Douglas Rd and Williams Avenue. Our Grove Problem Solving Team units were in the vicinity conducting a narcotics investigation. The officers arrived on scene within minutes and contacted a witness that provided a description of the shooter and his direction of travel. Units were able to locate and apprehend the offender. Miami Fire rescue responded, treated, and transported the victim to the hospital where he was later pronounced dead. The investigation required the closing of SW 37 Ave, which has since been re-opened to vehicular traffic. It is a tragedy that this incident led to the loss of life, but the officers' quick response led to the apprehension of a violent suspect that is no longer on our streets. The investigation continues. Cmdr. Manuel Morales

Published on 2014-08-20 02:40:59 GMT

To report code violations: City of Miami - Code Compliance Hotline: (305) 416-2087

Published on 2014-08-14 21:52:00 GMT

The City of Miami and the Department of Community & Economic Development Host Public Hearings By District All residents of the City of Miami are invited to attend a number of public hearings to discuss community needs to establish priorities for federally funded activities within the City during the upcoming 2015-2016 Fiscal Year. Residents are encouraged to attend and actively participate by providing the City with input on where federal funds received by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) will be dispersed. These funds are distributed through Community Development Block Grants (CDBG), HOME Investment Partnerships Program (HOME), Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG), and Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA) funding. The meeting for District Two is scheduled for Tuesday, August 12, 2014 at 6pm at Miami City Hall. The HOPWA meeting for Central Miami-Dade is Tuesday, August 12, 2014, from 4:30pm to 6:30pm at The Joseph Caleb Center, Room 110, 5400 NW 22nd Avenue, Miami, FL 33142. The HOPWA meeting for South Miami-Dade is Thursday, August 21, 2014, 4 to 6pm at Sembrando Flores, 162 SW 1st Avenue, Homestead, FL 33030.

Published on 2014-08-12 15:59:54 GMT

Mercy Hospital to Host Back to School Event On Saturday, August 9th, Mercy Hospital will host a back to school community-themed event based on Disney's hit movie "Frozen." Frozen characters will be present to sing songs from the movie with attendees. There will be "reindeer" rides, snowman building, a snowball toss, face painting, and lessons on car seat safety and how to pack a healthy lunch. To R.S.V.P. or get more information, please call 786-449-6183. Frozen Back to School Event Mercy Campus 3663 S. Miami Ave., Miami, FL Saturday, August 9, 10:30am - 2pm

Published on 2014-08-12 15:59:36 GMT

Remember to lock your car each and every time you walk away from it. Recently there has been a rash of cars broken into and unlocked vehicles pillaged and plundered by thieves. Zone 2 has been been hit multiple times. Overbrook, Inagua, (3 cars), 2 cars on Washington and the surrounding streets of the zone: Bayshore and 27 Ave. The owner of one of the cars on Inagua is certain his car was opened with a Slimjim One owner of a ransacked car on Washington, returned to her car just 10 minutes after leaving it, to find someone inside the unlocked car, attempting to pry out the radio.The owner returned to the house, unnoticed by the would-be thief and called the police . Meanwhile before damage was done to the car, her husband and son approached the preoccupied man and told him in no uncertain terms to "get out of the car". The shocked burglar apologized profusely and quickly scrambled out of the neighborhood. It was noticed that he had in his hands an expensive book about Mercedes, a multi-colored towel and a contemporary umbrella with the address written on the side, "action.com". His description is: African American; dark skin; slicked hair; aprox. 5'8; and very thin. Dressed moderately well: multicolored shirt; dark pants; and closed toed dark shoes. While it is greatly appreciated by the owner of the "almost damaged" car that her son and husband came to the rescue, she does not, recommend that others do the same. The Thief may have had a gun or a weapon and a car, but not a loved one can be replaced.

Published on 2014-08-07 01:52:02 GMT

FPL Power Line Installation Update: The purpose of this message is to update you on the litigation surrounding Florida Power & Light Company's (FPL) plan to construct and operate two nuclear reactor units at Turkey Point as well as miles of oversized transmission lines. Attached, please find a memorandum sent by the City Attorney to the Mayor and the Members of the City Commission FROM CITY ATTORNEY: I wish to update you on the litigation surrounding Florida Power & Light Company's (FPL) plan to construct and operate two nuclear reactor units at Turkey Point as well as miles of oversized transmission lines. In May, the Governor and the Cabinet voted unanimously to approve FPL's project. Although the City of Miami is appealing the decision to the Third District Court of Appeal, we have already secured an important stipulation concerning the transmission lines. Specifically, FPL cannot begin construction on any part of the Davis-Miami transmission lines until the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) approves the two (2) new nuclear generating units. The NRC has most recently indicated that it will not grant this approval until 2017 at the earliest. Attached, please find a letter to Florida's Public Service Commission, the state agency charged with overseeing publically regulated utilities. This letter explains this precondition, and FPL's proposed transmission line route, in greater detail. I have also attached memorandum sent to the City Commission and Public Works Department Sincerely, Victoria Méndez, City Attorney Board Certified, City, County and Local Government City of Miami Office of the City Attorney Telephone: 305-416-1832 Facsimile: 305-416-1801 victoriamendez@miamigov.com

Published on 2014-08-07 01:47:51 GMT

Meeting to add 100 police officers. The first budget meeting is September 9th at 5 PM at City Hall. You can go to voice your opinion. From Sarnoff: Please Support My Mission to Add 100 New Police Officers To The FY 2014-2015 Budget As many of you have witnessed over the years, I am a relentless advocate for the addition of police officers to improve public safety in the City of Miami. Our goal should be to create a paradigm shift where the City of Miami ranks as a top 10 city in the nation for safety. Our residents and visitors deserve that level of protection. It is our contention if we achieved this result the City would attract new business and job creators, strengthening and diversifying the economy of South Florida, creating a more sustainable and predictable tax base. As I have stated before, our first milestone has always been to add 100 police officers each year until the number of cops reaches 3 to every 1,000 residents. However, to be considered a fully-staffed City we must continue to hire until that ratio reaches 3.5 to 1,000 (to compare and contrast to Miami Beach, a non-high rise community, staffing level is 3.5 police officers per thousand, while N.Y., Philadelphia, Atlanta are at 4.5 per 1,000). This would provide the City of Miami Police Department the manpower to proactively police our neighborhoods as other big cities across the nation have done. With the addition of 100 new police officers this coming fiscal year, we would pass the 3 to 1,000 residents ratio only slightly, a step in the right direction, but our work is far from done. Joe Biden once said, "Don't tell me what you value, show me your budget, and I'll tell you what you value." While crafting the 2014-2015 budget, City Manager Danny Alfonso's chief concern was reaching financial integrity. However, the budget should be a clear representation of the will of the people and their values. Fiscal responsibility is important to achieve, but the single most important concern of our residents across the political spectrum is public safety. Adding 100 more police officers to our budget sends a clear message to our residents and visitors that we share their values. Protecting our residents is our top priority. I hope you will stand with me and push for the addition of more police officers as it will help our city become more sustainable by enhancing our quality of life. Please support our efforts to make this City a safer place to live, work and play. The first budget meeting is September 9th at 5pm, please schedule an appearance so your voice will be heard. As always, if you have questions or concerns that you'd like to share, you can always call our office at (305) 250-5333 or email me at msarnoff@miamigov.com.

Published on 2014-08-04 23:59:34 GMT

This past year in Coconut Grove - thanks to your incredible efforts in 2013 in response to yet another crime spike - we've witnessed firsthand the impact of what more police presence and patrol officers on the streets results in: an eight year LOW in crimes committed throughout the Grove. Yesterday a group of residents and civic leaders got the ball rolling towards getting 100 more police officers on the streets throughout the City of Miami. Many of you already know the City has an unacceptable shortage of officers when compared to other cities of equal size throughout the country. In response to this shortage, the City Commission voted unanimously and responsibly to direct the City Manager to present them with a budget in September that adds 100 additional police officers to the Department as noted in the attached Miami Herald article below. This is an important first step, but of even greater importance to ensure this plan is adopted is your physical presence at the September budget meeting when the decision will be made. Why is it so important that you attend in person this critical budget meeting in September? To demonstrate your support for the issue and send an unmistakable message to make sure our City government follows through. Adding the 100 new officers will not only help to bolster this trend prioritizing public safety that we experienced in Coconut Grove, but also have it branch out to the other neighborhoods throughout our City. Details on the date and time of the decisive September meeting - which we ask and urge you to attend - will be forthcoming in a future post. Miami commission moves closer to funding 100 more cops By David Smiley dsmiley@MiamiHerald.com Miami's budget hearings weren't supposed to start until September. But the public got a preview Thursday morning when two commissioners moved to pay for 100 new cops next year. The proposal, made by Commissioner Marc Sarnoff, emerged after Coconut Grove resident and pollster Fernand Amandi argued for more police in the 2015 budget. Mayor Tomas Regalado has proposed to add 20 new officers and bring the number of Miami cops to about 1200, but Amandi said that's not enough. "I've polled the city of Miami residents many, many, many times," Amandi said. "You know what the number one issue is? It's not making sure property taxes aren't increased... It's addressing crime and public safety." The push was not embraced by City Manager Daniel Alfonso. He acknowledged concerns about crime but stressed that the current $552 million general fund budget -- which also funds some long-stalled capital projects and sets aside millions for employee pay and benefits, and for reserves and unpredictable expenses -- is a prudent proposal. Alfonso has warned that a spending binge on police and employee pay and benefits could bring the city back to a precarious position similar to 2010, when generous employee contracts and pension costs were slashed dramatically to balance the budget. When Amandi mentioned that the city has a projected $17 million surplus and could get another $13 million if voters next month approve a tower behind Bayside, Alfonso said spending that money would be a gamble. "The $17 million of projected surplus is not a fact yet. We could have a storm next month and that could be wiped out," Alfonso said. "The $13 million ... that could be or could not be there. But that's one time money." But Alfonso will have to bring back an option to hire 100 new police anyway in September after the commission directed him to show them how the spending plan would look. They also requested he add an extra $2 million into that budget option for an "anti-poverty" initiative proposed by Commissioner Keon Hardemon, who said crime was a symptom of poverty, not police staffing.

Published on 2014-08-03 21:21:32 GMT

2014 NATIONAL NIGHT OUT The City of Miami Celebrates National Night Out Against Crime. The Miami Police Department is sponsoring the 31st Annual National Night Out, a crime/drug prevention event scheduled forTuesday, August 5th 2014. The event, which is one of many taking place across the nation will start at 5:00 p.m. at Bayfront Park, Downtown Miami. Organizations and its members are cordially invited to be a part of the celebration. The National Night Out is designed to heighten crime and drug prevention awareness, generate support for local crime watch programs, strengthen neighborhood and police-community partnership. In addition, to send a strong message to criminals letting them know that our city is united in the fight against crime. The event will commence at 5:00 P.M. till 9:00 P.M. Media is invited and encouraged to attend. Officer Kenia Reyes Public Information Office 400 NW 2 Avenue Miami, Florida 33128 (305) 603-6420Office (305)579-6191 Fax

Published on 2014-08-01 22:32:53 GMT

July 29, 2014 7pm at the Frankie Shannon Rolle Center- 3750 S Dixie Hwy 1. Pledge of Allegiance 2. House Keeping Roll call & Approve previous months Minutes Opportunity for Members to add agenda items Treasury & Budget Update Bi Law amendment (Change in Vacancies & Candidates); 2ND Reading 3. Project updates: Trolley Barn/CBA (Linda & Kate) Crime Watch (Thad & Commander) FPL Power Lines; Resolution proposal Adjournment *After Meeting Q/A always welcomed*

Published on 2014-07-29 15:24:40 GMT

In the past few weeks we have identified several criminal trends and patterns in the City of Miami and neighboring municipalities. 1. Theft of rims from high end vehicles (Mercedes, Audi, Lexus) - the thefts are occurring during late night hours. Offenders are using cargo or mini vans to transport rims after theft. Prevention - purchase rim locks. 2. Theft of air bags from older model Nissan and Hondas. - Offenders are gaining access to the vehicle by damaging the driver's side lock. Prevention and possible deterrent - steering wheel locking device. 3. Theft of spare rear tire from Jeep Wranglers. Prevention - wheel lock device. The peak hours these incidents are taking place is during the late night or early morning hours (12A-5A). Crime Trends, from Commander Morales: Please pass along the information to your friends and neighbors. If you see any suspicious or criminal activity call 911 immediately. Thank you and Stay Safe.

Published on 2014-07-26 13:43:44 GMT

July 17th From: Commander Morales In the past two nights we had 2 thefts from motor vehicles in the 2900 block of Washington St. I have listed below the description of the suspect in one of the incidents. Please remember to double check your vehicles to ensure they are locked, and all valuables have been removed - both vehicles entered were unlocked. The offender took small personal items (Loose change and iPods). I have shifted additional patrol units to be in the area from 11PM-5AM, in both marked and unmarked police vehicles. If you see any person fitting the below listed description call 911 immediately. African American Male - medium-dark skin color; Age: 35-40; Height: approx. 5'7"; Weight: thin... approx 135-140; Hair: black, greasy, slicked back and wavy, slightly longer in the back; Body Type: narrow shoulders, medium length legs Demeanor: timid Voice: med-high Overall appearance: sleazy, street pimp style Suspect was wearing a Button up shirt with red Hawaiian style print shirt and black long pants.

Published on 2014-07-25 11:11:21 GMT

MEETING CANCELLED. VILLAGE OF CENTER GROVE MEETING scheduled for Wed. July 16, 2014 at the Sailing Club is cancelled. The next meeting is Wed. Oct. 15, 2014.

Published on 2014-07-10 15:33:59 GMT

All-Grove Crime Watch will meet this Wednesday, July 9th at 7 pm at St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, 2750 McFarlane Street in Coconut Grove in the Great Room located at the rear of the church grounds. Come join Grove neighbors, Miami Police, State Attorney's representatives, & others to learn about recent Grove crime activity & how to best prevent future crime. Free parking is available in the surface parking lot next to the church. Just let the attendant know you are there for the CrimeWatch meeting.

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