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COMMISSIONERS Denise Landman Dr. Linda Marks Gladys Mezrahi Marc Narotsky Robert Shelley Howard Weinberg CITY MANAGER Susan Grant CITY CLERK Ellisa L. Horvath, MMC

© 2018 City of Aventura. TheAventura was produced by City of Aventura Communications/Technical Project Specialist Annette Gonzalez and Information Technology Director Karen J. Lanke

Photography provided by: Andrew Goldstein Photography Roxanne Lilibean Photography

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City Commission Enid Weisman Mayor

Our mission is to join with our community to make Aventura a city of the highest quality and a city of excellence. We do this by providing responsive, cost effective and innovative local government services.

Dr. Linda Marks

Denise Landman

Robert Shelley

Gladys Mezrahi

Commissioner, Seat 1

Commissioner, Seat 4

Commissioner, Seat 2

Commissioner, Seat 5

Howard Weinberg

Commissioner, Seat 3

Marc Narotsky

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Annual Report 2017

Office of the Mayor 19200 West Country Club Drive Aventura, FL 33180

Dear City of Aventura Resident: It is my pleasure as your Mayor to present the City’s Annual Report for 2017. Our fiscal year blew out with the strong winds of Hurricane Irma in early September. While we were fortunate to not have a direct hit from the storm, our community was impacted by debris, downed trees and streetlights, and damage to park structures. I was so proud of our employees’ preparation and response before, during, and after the storm and pleased that we were able to clear the streets of debris, replant trees, and repair structures in a timely manner. Fiscal Year 2017 also saw the culmination of many years of planning with the City Commission’s approval of our own charter high school. In September, we adopted a resolution authorizing the filing of an application with the Miami-Dade School Board to open the 800-student school on two acres adjacent to Waterways Park. The project is well on its way with the City closing on the land and assembling financing, and we will welcome students to the new facility, which will include a gymnasium that will be available to the school and the community at large, in August 2019. This school not only provides an additional educational choice for our children, it promises to become a shining beacon for our community! The City is able to support this and similar capital projects because of our strong financial position, which is made possible, in part, through economic development. Several significant additions to our community came on line in 2017 including the opening of the Aventura Mall addition, the AC Hotel, and the Aventura Hospital Emergency Room expansion. There are many more projects in the works for 2018, which will add to the excitement and vitality of our City. We continue to look for ways to assist our residents in getting around town. The City’s bike share program, Aventura BCycle, ridership continues to grow and we added a sixth location along the Don Soffer Trail at East Country Club Drive/Yacht Club Way recently. Another transportation option is our popular shuttle bus service. With monthly ridership approaching 25,000, we are

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Annual Report 2017 pleased to be offering a new route in the near future. This past year your City Commission focused on expanding facilities and special events that magnify our sense of community and promote community involvement. The latest addition to our great park system, Peace Park on NE 188th Street provides playgrounds for all age groups and outside exercise equipment for adults to utilize while they jog or walk along the promenade on the inter-coastal waterway. Special events include our annual Founders Day celebration, with over 8,300 in attendance this year, additional movie nights in Founders Park, the Halloween Harvest event, the Ride with the Aventura Police bike event, and this year we are adding a wine, cheese, and jazz event for the enjoyment of our residents. Our Arts and Cultural Center offers a wide variety of entertainment options for all ages. The 2018-2019 season will include theatre, music, comedy and variety performances. Please visit for performance and ticket information. To find out about these and other events, sign up for MyAventura E-Notifications on our website and follow us on social media (Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram). Speaking of community involvement, the City Commission created a Youth Advisory Committee and appointed seven local high school students to be a part of the first participants. We look forward to hearing from these young people and working with them on various educational, civic, and community events and activities. In addition to the Youth Advisory Committee, the City has other opportunities available for those civicminded residents. I would like to thank the members of our Community Services Advisory Board and the Arts and Cultural Center Advisory Board for your service and contributions to the community. Aventura began celebrating 22 years of history in 2017. In the years since our boundary lines were drawn, we have been blessed with incredible prosperity. But that doesn’t just happen. From our founding days, this City has been governed by elected leaders who are selfless, dedicated and exceptionally bright. As we have transitioned from one Commission to another, innovation has prospered and politics have never taken precedence over people-driven policy. Inside the City of Aventura, the quality of life of our residents has always been the first priority. This City Commission is no exception. So I would like to take a moment to acknowledge my partners in The City of Excellence: Vice Mayor Robert Shelley, Commissioner Denise Landman, Commissioner Dr. Linda Marks, Commissioner Gladys Mezrahi, Commissioner Marc Narotsky, and Commissioner Howard Weinberg. In closing, I would like to thank our former City Manager, Eric Soroka, for his 22 years of service to our community. We wish Eric the best in his retirement. I would also like to welcome our new City Manager, Susan Grant, and wish her every success working for our community in the future. I want to take this opportunity to thank the members of our community for their valuable support. The future looks bright and I know that because of all of you, Aventura will be ready to address all future challenges and opportunities. Sincerely,

Enid Weisman Mayor

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Annual Report 2017

Office of the City Manager 19200 West Country Club Drive Aventura, FL 33180

To the Residents of Aventura, I am pleased to be presenting my first, of what I hope will be many, annual report as your City Manager! It was my honor to be appointed by the City Commission, and I have thoroughly enjoyed my first several months on the job, getting to know our city employees and meeting many of you in the community. The purpose of this report in The Aventura is to provide the community an overview of the City’s accomplishments this past year, and to share plans for the future and information on municipal services. However, no review of the City’s accomplishments would be possible without recognizing the dedication of your previous City Manager, who had served the Aventura community for the past 22 years. I would like to thank Eric M. Soroka for his commitment to the City of Aventura and for ensuring a smooth and seamless transition for me in my new position. I wish him the best in his retirement. The model of privatizing many service areas of the City’s operations over the years has served the City well and has allowed for a more cost effective service delivery system, as compared to the traditional government structure. We are firm in our knowledge that we must continue to remain prudent and conservative in our financial management of the City. We are proud of the fact that after 22 years, the City’s tax rate remains the lowest in the County, while we have maintained a high standard of providing services to the community. As a testament to the City’s financial stability, we have received the Government Finance Officers’ Association (“GFOA”) Certificate of Achievement in Financial Reporting and Distinguished Budget Presentation Award for the 21st and 10th year in a row, respectively. During this past year, the City continued to focus on maintaining and protecting its infrastructure by completing several capital projects. These include 1 1/2 miles of road resurfacing including Biscayne Lake Gardens, portions of NE 217th Street, NE 27th Avenue, NE 28th Court, NE 30th Avenue, and NE 209th Street. In addition, streetlights on NE 30th Street were improved and the City began the process of converting the City’s decorative streetlights to more efficient and cost effective LED lights. Drainage improvements were made on NE 191st Street and the seawall at NE 213rd Street was refurbished. Finally, as we do every year, playground equipment at various parks and SplashPad features at Founders Park were replaced in order to ensure the enjoyment and safety of our youngest patrons.

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Annual Report 2017 Looking forward, the following major capital improvement projects are scheduled for completion in 2018: • Continued funding of park improvements including expenditures at Founders Park, Veterans Park, and the exercise trail; • Road resurfacing on Yacht Club Drive and Mystic Point Drive; and • Continued retrofitting of streetlights with LED fixtures. The safety of our residents, businesses and visitors remains a high priority. The men and women of our Police Department work tirelessly with the various condominiums, businesses and religious institutions to maintain our reputation for a safe community in which to live, work and play. This past year, the budget provided for the addition of four sworn law enforcement officers that will enhance safety and security as part of the Aventura Mall addition. In addition, expanded social media and community outreach initiatives were implemented in order to engage the community in joint problem solving and crime prevention techniques. The Aventura City of Excellence School (ACES) completed a successful year and scored an “A” on the School Performance Grade issued by the State of Florida for the 14th consecutive year. As a high performing charter school, ACES had its charter renewed for 15 years by the Dade County School Board. We are proud of the accomplishments of the school administration, staff, teachers, parents and students. In addition, the School Board also approved the City’s application to open an 800-seat high school. We recently closed on the two-acre site on NE 213th Street, next to Waterways Park, and are looking forward to an August 2019 opening. I am proud to work with informed and caring elected officials, a dedicated group of City employees, and involved citizens as we continually strive to maintain and improve our community. Special thanks to the City’s Department Directors, whose leadership and expertise make Aventura’s City of Excellence vision a reality. I am excited to be a part of this great community and am looking forward to meeting more of you in the year ahead. In the meantime, please do not hesitate to contact me if I can be of assistance.


Susan Grant, City Manager

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Aventura Police Department 19200 West Country Club Drive Aventura, FL 33180 Non-Emergencies: 305-466-8989 Emergencies: 911 Twitter @aventurapolice #AventuraPolice The City of Aventura Police Department (APD) is committed to its mission and recognized as an outstanding police department within the law enforcement community of Miami-Dade County. APD’s mission is to protect and serve the citizens of Aventura with courage, leadership and professionalism. The Department’s vision is to be the benchmark of excellence for public safety by strengthening community partnerships, embracing innovation and technology, and investing in future leaders.

Mission & Vision Highlights In 2017, the Aventura Police Department: • Successfully improved service call responsiveness, which benefits the delivery of efficient and professional public safety service to the community. • Enhanced officer and support personnel capabilities with the merge of the Computer Aided Dispatch (CAD) and Records Management System (RMS), the repository for all police reports. With CAD, 911 dispatchers can instantly share knowledge with field units while simultaneously providing existing data about suspects and/or previous incidents. Department staff has access to written reports, statistical analysis, and a host of other modules that assist them with their daily functions. • Centralized all public records requests with the acquisition of a Public Records Specialist position. The specialist ensures an accurate and timely response to public requests for reports, crime statistical data, 911, radio transmissions, in-car video, and Closed Circuit TV. • Activated @aventurapolice on Twitter to provide relative Department information from tips and accolades to emergencies. The Aventura Police Department supports children and community programs such as DARE (Drug Abuse Resistance and Education), Red Ribbon Week, National Night Out, the Annual Food Drive, and security surveys for businesses and residences through the Crime Prevention Unit. In conjunction with various nonprofit community partners such as the Salvation Army and the Aventura Marketing Council, the Department conducts a holiday toy drive which supplies over 250 toys to underprivileged children. Additionally, APD proudly hosts the Citizens Police Academy, a series of sessions designed to include informational classroom and hands-on training for individuals interested in learning about the Department and an overview of police operations.

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Accreditation and Awards For the seventh time, the prestigious Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA) awarded reaccreditation to the Aventura Police Department with their Gold Standard and recognized APD as one of their flagship organizations. The coveted award, by a nationally recognized and independent organization, symbolizes professionalism and distinction. The Department must stay in compliance with the high standards set forth by the CALEA commission and assure excellence in service to the community. The Law Enforcement Officer’s Charitable Foundation (LEO Awards) program recognizes the outstanding efforts of both sworn and civilian personnel that serve in law enforcement. APD nominees have won awards since the program’s inception. The agency had several brave employees nominated as finalists and winners for the 2018 LEO Awards.

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Out in Force

Community Outreach Programs The Aventura Police Department (APD) provides a variety of community programs focused on crime prevention, drug education and prevention, emergency preparedness, public safety, and community partnerships. • The Drug Abuse Resistance and Education (DARE) program provides the life skills children and teens need to avoid involvement with drugs, gangs and violence. • By wearing red ribbons and participating in community anti-drug events sponsored by APD, the young people of Aventura pledge to live drug-free lives during the annual Red Ribbon Week, the nation’s oldest and largest drug prevention program.

• The Department has been trained in bike patrol methods and tactics to patrol various areas of the City on bicycles. • APD works in partnership with the Miami-Dade Office of Emergency Management to help prepare the community for large-scale emergency events, which may impact police services and the availability of resources for a prolonged period of time. • Officers work in conjunction with the City of Aventura Code Compliance Division to respond to community issues.

• The National Night Out program promotes the City of Aventura neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships in the fight for a safer nation.

• The Community Engagement Project assigned engagement officers to over 35 communities and businesses. The officers serve as a liaison between the community and the Department offering advice, assistance and resolution to problems the community may be experiencing. Officers have attended over 18 separate community HOA (Home Owners Association) meetings and attended over 11 events.

• The Aventura Safe Kids program teaches online safety to children and brings awareness to parents and teachers about children’s online activities, trends and behaviors.

• The Department’s Homeless Initiative has reduced the homeless population in Aventura, which has subsequently provided the homeless with much needed service and assistance.

• Community Patrol Officers have volunteered to take on additional duties to assist persons with non-crime related matters.

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Bike Safety Safety tips for bicyclists and motorists: Bicyclists

Riding Along the Don Soffer Trail • Using a bicycle bell increases safety and is a great way to alert those within the cyclist’s immediate surroundings of their presence. Ring the bell before passing patrons along the Don Soffer Exercise Trail and use common courtesy. • Always remember to yield the right-of-way to pedestrians.

Rules of the Road

The State of Florida legally defines a bicycle as a vehicle. • When riding on the roadway, be sure to follow the rules of the road.

• Bicyclists have the same rights to the roadways and must obey the same traffic laws as the operators of other vehicles. These laws include stopping for stop signs and red lights, riding with the flow of traffic, using bike lights at night, and yielding the right-of-way when entering a roadway.


Share the Road with Bicyclists • Bicycles have the same right to use the roadway as you do. Be cautious when passing a bicyclist along the road. Keep a safe distance of no less than three feet when passing a bicyclist.

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Aventura City of Excellence School 3333 NE 188 Street Aventura, FL 33180 305-466-1499 Aventura City of Excellence School (ACES) was the first municipally-run charter school in Miami-Dade County and serves 1,020 students in kindergarten through eighth grade. ACES’s well-rounded formula for success has led it to remain one of the top schools in the state by providing a safe learning environment, a talented teaching staff dedicated to the best practices, and a responsive leadership team fostering a school wide culture of excellence.

A Whole Child Approach With the support of both parents and teachers, ACES leads the way in educational excellence. Students at ACES encounter a challenging core curriculum and environment which fully supports their interests. In 2016/2017, students explored their interests and talents through a variety of unique programs.

Elementary Elementary students: • Attended an assortment of special classes including art, music, physical education, media, technology, and Spanish. • Had an opportunity to enroll in student interest clubs including jazz dance, table tennis, kickball, baton, travel club, police academy, Middle Eastern dance, disco dance, and much more. • Attended a variety of field trips focused on arts, culture and the environment.

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Middle School At the middle school level, students had the opportunity to participate in: • Gifted classes, high school courses, and choose from a group of elective courses including art, drama, dance, ceramics, keyboarding, and physical education/health. • Intramural sports including volleyball and basketball. • Coding club, debate club, cheerleading and ACEitude, ACES’s dance team. • Competitive sports including boys’ and girls’ basketball, boys’ and girls’ soccer, flag football, and volleyball. • Student Government Association, National Junior Honor Society, and in the City of Aventura’s special events including Founders Day, Veterans Day, and Arbor Day.

2017 Achievement Highlights Aventura City of Excellence School continues to reach new heights in academic achievement and community involvement creating a foundation for success and an unparalleled experience for its students. In 2017, ACES proudly reached several major achievements. • The State of Florida recognized ACES as one of the state’s highest performing charter schools. • ACES middle school science club received a grant from Dream in Green, a South Florida program aiming to empower individuals to respond to climate change and other environmental challenges facing local and global communities. • ACES students outperformed all area middle and high schools in algebra, geometry, civics and biology, as measured by end-of course exams. • The girls’ soccer team made ACES history by winning the first ever Girls IAL League Championship. • An ACES student represented Miami-Dade as one of only 30 students selected and was awarded 4th place in the State Science Fair.

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Office of the City Clerk 19200 West Country Club Drive Aventura, FL 33180 305-466-8901

The City Clerk is a constitutional officer appointed by and reporting to the City Commission. The City Clerk serves as the City of Aventura’s corporate secretary and is the official records keeper and custodian of the City seal.

2017 Annual Activity Highlights In 2017, the City Clerk’s Office: prepared 35 agendas, 47 sets of minutes and 20 meeting recaps; posted 33 public notices; published 26 legal advertisements; drafted 15 ordinances and 70 resolutions; scripted 23 proclamations; responded to 1,661 lien requests; and provided 223 welcome letters to new residents. The City Clerk also served as the Supervisor of Elections in finalizing items from the 2016 election, as well as preparing for the City’s Municipal General Election scheduled for November 6, 2018. Additionally, the City Clerk served as a member of the Florida Association of City Clerks Resolutions Committee for 2016/2017 and was again appointed to serve on that Committee for 2017/2018.

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• Responding to public records requests and lien searches.

Responsibilities of the City Clerk include:

• Providing administrative support to Commissioners and assisting the City Manager with special projects.

• Recording the meeting minutes and all official actions of the City Commission and its Advisory Boards. • Attesting to and maintaining custody of all records of the City including ordinances, resolutions, contracts, deeds, etc. • Publishing and distributing public notices and legal advertising, as required by law. • Administering the publication and supplementation of the City Code of Ordinances. • Serving as the municipal Supervisor of Elections, conducting all City elections in accordance with City, County and State laws.

• Administering oaths of office. • Serving as the Financial Disclosure Liaison. • Preparing proclamations and certificates of appreciation, appointment, and attendance. Residents are encouraged to attend City Commission meetings, which are held in the Government Center Commission Chamber on the plaza level at 19200 West Country Club Drive. To confirm all meeting dates, times and locations, please contact the City Clerk’s Office at 305-466-8901, or visit

• Establishing and coordinating the City’s records management program in compliance with State law.

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Finance 19200 West Country Club Drive Aventura, FL 33180 305-466-8920

The City of Aventura’s Finance Department’s central responsibility is to provide the City’s operating departments with administrative support to better serve its employees, residents and businesses in a cost-efficient/effective manner. Finance, accounting, risk management, purchasing, and personnel are the essential support services provided. Finance establishes and maintains a network of effective internal controls that are designed to both safeguard the City’s assets and preserve its strong financial condition by conducting the City’s business in a fiscally prudent manner. Additionally, Finance provides accurate and timely financial information to the City Manager, operating departments, elected officials, external auditors, citizens, and federal, state and local oversight agencies.

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Core Responsibilities

• Overseeing the treasury and debt management functions.

The Department’s core responsibilities include:

• Participating in the negotiation of the collective bargaining agreement.

• Providing administrative, operational and financial assistance to the City Manager and operating departments.

• Recruiting, hiring, training, and maintaining high-quality employees.

• Providing accounting, payroll, procurement, accounts payable, budget, grant monitoring, and revenue collection functions.

• Reviewing, creating and ensuring compliance with the City’s administrative policies and procedures.

• Monitoring and projecting the City’s fund balances.

Awards and Acknowledgements

• Providing analysis, preparation and assistance with the production of all financial reports including the City’s Annual Budget, Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) and the Aventura City of Excellence School Special Purpose Financial Report.

The Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) awarded a Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting to the City of Aventura for its comprehensive annual financial report for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2016. This was the 21st consecutive year that the City has achieved this prestigious award. In order to be awarded a Certificate of Achievement, a government must publish an easily readable and efficiently organized, comprehensive, annual financial report. The report must satisfy both generally accepted accounting principles and applicable legal requirements.

• Monitoring and developing financial strategies to ensure fiscal solvency and financial statement integrity by maintaining a network of effective internal controls. • Monitoring and implementing reporting requirements recommended by the State’s Auditor General, the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) and the Governmental Accounting Standards Board. • Safeguarding the City’s assets by analyzing and mitigating risk factors as well as through the effective administration of the City’s risk management, insurance and safety programs.

The City continually strives to meet the Certificate of Achievement Program’s requirements and has submitted the current year CAFR to the GFOA in order to be considered for this distinct recognition.

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Information Technology 19200 West Country Club Drive Aventura, FL 33180 305-466-8900

The City of Aventura’s Information Technology (IT) Department provides a secure, stable and high-tech computing environment which includes software, hardware, network infrastructure, telephone systems, and 24/7 help desk support for City staff. Additionally, IT is responsible for the City’s external and internal communications.

Ensure Reliable Service IT ensures City departments and staff are able to deliver reliable services by: • Identifying, selecting and implementing cost-effective technology solutions. • Providing software support and maintenance for specialized business applications as well as email with spam control. Throughout 2017, the City of Aventura continued using computer and network innovations to increase operational effectiveness. Upgrades were made to existing software applications and computer equipment incorporating new technology where appropriate.

City Communications IT uses both current and traditional channels to reach the City’s community by managing City related websites, online services, social media, mobile app, Aventura cable TV channel, digital and printed publications.

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Information Technology Projects & Support in 2017

Information Technology (IT) manages projects for and provides support to the City of Aventura, the Aventura Police Department, the Aventura City of Excellence School (ACES), and the Aventura Arts & Cultural Center. In 2017, IT completed the following major projects: City • Implemented a new technology to connect facilities. • Implemented additional network security measures. • Completed the configuration and deployment of 39 computers and 30 laptops.

Support City-wide

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Desktop Computers Laptops Touch-screen Tablets Servers Completed Service Tickets

• Setup and configured 10 new computers to support Community Recreation Center programming. • Deployed additional cameras on the new Closed Circuit (CCTV) camera system. • Completed Criminal Justice Information Services (CJIS) audit conducted by Florida Department of Law Enforcement. • Provided 24/7 support for City operations and communications during and post Hurricane Irma. ACES • Implemented a new email spam solution. • Assisted in the implementation of Google classroom.


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Desktop Computers Laptops Touch-screen Tablets Servers Completed Service Tickets

• Completed the configuration and deployment of six mobile computing labs which included 130 Chromebooks for the 5th grade 1:1 pilot program. • Completed the setup and configuration of one additional mobile computing lab with 30 laptops. • Completed the configuration and deployment of 95 replacement computers and 25 laptops.

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City Communications Stay Connected with Aventura

The City of Aventura supports a highly accessible government that shares information using both current and traditional channels to reach its community and encourage engagement.

Online The official website for the City of Aventura is home to all City related information regarding its government, resources, forms, and eGovernment services. The official website for the Aventura City of Excellence School. The official website for the Aventura Arts & Cultural Center.

Conduct Business Online Services for Speed and Convenience The City of Aventura is committed to provide innovative and efficient delivery of eGovernment services to its community. Online Registration System (ORS) The ORS is the official schedule and registration system for the City’s recreational activities, classes and programs. The ORS also facilitates tennis court and park shelter reservations. ePermits The ePermits system allows a user to schedule inspection requests as well as check the status of those requests and/or building permits. Customer Service Requests Submit City service requests via a simple online form. Frequently Asked Questions(FAQs) Find answers to common City-related questions.

Purchase Show Tickets Tickets can be purchased for Aventura Arts & Cultural Center shows and events at Jobs The City uses a system which allows users to review available City jobs and submit online applications. Financial Transparency Tool The tool is a portal providing the community with an interactive way to learn more about the City’s finances. CodeRED The emergency notification system allows the City to deliver critical messages and alerts to the community.

Subscribe Sign up and receive e-Notifications sent directly to your inbox. MyAventura Receive City of Aventura email notifications about news, events, emergency notifications, and Commission Meeting agendas. Aventura City of Excellence School Receive Aventura City of Excellence School news and important messages for parents and students. Aventura Arts & Cultural Center The Aventura Arts & Cultural Center Account Manager, powered by Ticketmaster ®, allows patrons to purchase tickets to performances and special events; get eNewsletters with event news, updates and information before the show; and review ticket purchases.

Public Records The public records section houses the City’s public document repository. Document Central Document Central is a library of downloadable electronic forms available in PDF format.

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Get Social Social media is used as an additional resource to disseminate information about City news and events. Hashtags The City of Aventura (#CityofAventura ), Aventura Police Department (#AventuraPolice) and Aventura Arts & Cultural Center (#AventuraCenter) hashtags allow social media users to build community, search for, and share information about the City, its Police Department and Cultural Center. Twitter @cityofaventura The official Twitter handle for the City of Aventura. @aventurapolice The official Twitter handle for the City of Aventura Police Department. @aventuracenter The official Twitter handle for the Aventura Arts & Cultural Center. Facebook @cityofaventura The official Facebook profile name for the City of Aventura. @aventuracharter The official Facebook profile name for the Aventura City of Excellence School (ACES). @aventuracenter The official Facebook profile name for the Aventura Arts & Cultural Center. Instagram @cityofaventura The official Instagram handle for the City of Aventura. @aventuracharter The official Instagram handle for the Aventura City of Excellence School (ACES).

LinkedIn The City of Aventura’s LinkedIn profile anticipates strengthening its brand and facilitating registered members to establish and develop professional networks. YouTube The City provides an archive of its Commission Meetings, as well as fun events and programming videos.

On the Go Track all Aventura Express buses in real-time and approximate arrival times to stops along every route with the Aventura Express app. Search for and download Aventura Express and start tracking! Digital street signs located at the north entrance of Aventura Mall on Biscayne Boulevard and at the intersection of NE 188th Street and NE 29th Avenue are used to provide information about upcoming shows at the Aventura Arts & Cultural Center, and both City of Aventura and Aventura City of Excellence School events.

On the Tube AVTV (Aventura TV), the City’s information channel, runs a listing of City events, public service announcements and resources for its residents 24/7, including encore presentations of City meetings.

In Print The City produces several print publications including: the City-County Communications & Marketing Association (3CMA) award winning The Aventura Annual Report, Aventura Update newsletters, and the Aventura Arts & Cultural Center calendar of events booklet. In addition, the City produces its own marketing materials including promotional flyers, posters, and outdoor banners.

@aventuracenter The official Instagram handle for the Aventura Arts & Cultural Center.

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Public Works / Transportation 19200 West Country Club Drive Aventura, FL 33180 305-466-8970

The City of Aventura Public Works / Transportation Department provides responsive and professional support for the City’s infrastructure and delivers quality service to residents, local businesses and visitors.

Responsibilities Public Works / Transportation is responsible for: • Maintaining all public property including the public streets, facilities, right-of-ways and medians within the City limits. • Stormwater maintenance.

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• Issuing permits for all utility work within the public right-of-way in the City. • Fleet maintenance. • Reviewing engineering plans, and coordinating with the County on all traffic matters.

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2017 Highlights Stormwater: • Completion of NE 190 Street drainage project with the addition of new drainage wells, new curbing and pavement overlay. • Completion of 213 Street seawall rehab project in progress; NE 183 Street and NE 188 Street seawall rehab project with completion scheduled for early 2019. Sustainability: • Started a three phase project to replace the City’s 954 street lights to LED fixtures. When complete, the energy usage to keep the streets safe and well lit will be reduced by 60%. This reduction in energy cost pays for the completion of the project in seven years. Accreditation: The department started the process of working towards its accreditation through the American Public Works Association (APWA). There are approximately 29,000 public works agencies

throughout the United States, and currently, only 147 are accredited. The department aims to be the 148th accredited organization. Emergency Preparedness: Public Works/Transportation staff quickly responded to assist recovery efforts after Hurricane Irma in September of 2017. The department’s main function was to clear and open City roads for emergency and police traffic. Fourteen hours after the storm passed, all of the major roadways opened for traffic. Within three weeks all of the roads and swale areas were clear and cleaned of debris. This was a major accomplishment with joint efforts from the City’s debris contractor, Aventura Police Department and Public Works staff. Aventura Express Shuttle Service This is the City’s free bus service, providing transportation for the community residents and visitors with multiple routes within Aventura. Another route was added in 2017 (Silver Route) which brings the total number of bus routes to six. Annual ridership for 2017 was 295,000.

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Aventura Express Shuttle Bus Getting Around the City of Excellence


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Bus stops are loca ted throughout th e City of Aventura and all are for dr op-off and pick -u p. View and/or download the Av entura Express Sh uttle Bus service schedule for bus stop locations at cityofaventura.c om.

Where is the Aventura Mall Express Shuttle Bus stop located? The bus stop is located in the Aventura Mall Transit Terminal located next to Nords trom and JCPenney.

How often do the buses co me to Aventura Mall? Each Express Shuttle Bus sto ps at the mall every hour. For example, the Yellow bus starts its route from the mall on weekdays at 7:45 AM and returns to the mall at 8:45 AM.

What time does the last sche duled Express Shuttle Bus leave Av entura Mall? Route: All routes Day: Monday - Saturday Last Service: 6:45 PM Route: Express bus (North rou te) Day: Saturday night Last Service: 8:00 PM Route: Express bus (South rou te) Day: Saturday night Last Service: 8:15 PM

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Community Services 19200 West Country Club Drive Aventura, FL 33180 305-466-8930

The City of Aventura Community Services Department is dedicated to provide its community with quality service, parks, facilities, events, programs, and activities.

Parks Community Services operates and maintains the Arthur I. Snyder Park, Founders Park, Founders Park SplashPad, Peace Park, Veterans Park, Waterways Park, and Waterways Dog Park. City parks provide Aventura residents with a wide variety of amenities and outdoor recreation opportunities to refresh, relax and recharge including: athletic fields, playgrounds, an interactive water playground, picnic and exercise areas, basketball courts, and tennis courts. In an effort to keep parks and amenities in outstanding condition, parks and playgrounds are continuously maintained. In 2017, the Har-Tru tennis courts at Founders Park were lightly conditioned, the asphalt basketball court at Waterways Park was resurfaced.

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For convenience, park shelters and tennis courts can be reserved online at, the City’s Online Registration System (ORS).

Community Recreation Center Community Services operates and maintains the City of Aventura Community Recreation Center (CRC), which offers a complete and balanced program of recreational activities, fitness classes, youth programs, after school programs, social activities, and seasonal camps. Participants of all ages enjoy activities such as arts and crafts; music; dance; science; aerobics; yoga; spring, summer and winter camps; and Teacher Planning Day programs.

The Center is a wonderful gathering place bringing Aventura neighbors together.

Active Adults: Trips & Tours Led by a seasoned tour leader, groups of like-minded senior citizens participated on day trips to local attractions such as theaters, museums, and restaurants. In 2017, tours included trips to the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts to see the Miami City Ballet, the Wick Theatre, and Actors’ Playhouse to name a few.

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Special Events

Aventura BCycle Bike Share

The City hosted an array of exciting events for the entire family to enjoy throughout the year.

The City of Aventura’s bike share program offers a way to expand the City’s transportation options, alleviate traffic, boost public health with exercise, and enhance the City’s Go Green initiative by replacing a portion of trips that would otherwise be made by car with pollution-free bike trips.

• For its 20th consecutive year, the City was named a Tree City USA by the National Arbor Day Foundation and was recognized for this honor at the City of Aventura Earth Day/Arbor Day celebration. • 4th of July was celebrated with a special aerial display of fireworks easily viewed along Country Club Drive. • Almost 5,000 children and their parents enjoyed seasonal activities in a safe environment at the annual Halloween celebration. • The 22nd annual City of Aventura Founders Day celebration featured food trucks, entertainment, and plenty of outdoor activities. • Friends, families, and neighbors attended a series of four fun, family-friendly movie nights at Founders Park. • The City honored those who served and serve at the annual Veterans Day ceremony. • Arts, Crafts and all that Jazz was enjoyed by everyone for its 2nd year.

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Aventura BCycle Bike Share opened on September 8, 2016. There are a total of 129 members and approximately 6,098 total trips have been taken on the new bikes since the grand opening. How does it work? Bikes are parked at docking stations around the city with self-serve, solar-powered kiosks. Riders can take bikes from any station and return them to the same or any other station for convenience. Where are the docking stations located? There are six biking stations within the City of Aventura which include: • Waterways Park • NE 34th Street • Aventura Mall • Founders Park • Community Recreation Center • Yacht Club Way/East Country Club Drive

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Community Green Garden The Aventura Community Green Garden at Founders Park South features 4’x12’ garden planters filled with sterilized topsoil for residents to grow vegetables, fruits, flowers, herbs, and other plants. The garden improves health by allowing gardeners to enjoy fresh food right from their garden planter to their dinner table; encourages outdoor exercise; and reduces the environmental impact by growing food without harmful pesticides and herbicides. The garden contains a compost tumbler used to create plant fertilizer and soil from decayed organic material such as leaves and egg shells, as well as fruit and vegetable scraps. Since its opening, the garden has flourished and expanded from 20 to 46 planters.

Green City The City of Aventura is committed to reducing its carbon footprint on the environment. The City of Aventura’s Go Green campaign encourages all City departments and the community to practice environmental sustainability by making responsible decisions that reduce negative impacts on the environment, save energy, and lower operational costs. The Florida Green Building Coalition (FGBC) that administers green certification standards in Florida has recertified the City of Aventura as a Florida Green Local Government after it successfully met the sustainability standards established in the FGBC Green Local Government 5-year recertification. Since then, the City and its community continue to increase sustainability efforts to maintain green standards including: recycling; replacing light bulbs for energy efficient bulbs; using HVAC (Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning) systems and technologies promoting the conservancy of water and energy; the use of native landscaping and natural light to create resources for heat reduction on rooftops as well as energy generation for solar panels; and reducing invasive plant growth to protect natural wildlife. Additionally, the City invites the public to participate in the annual Go Green Recognition Award Program for residential and commercial properties. Congratulations to the 2017 Go Green Recognition Award recipients which included the following properties: 3000 Island Boulevard Condominium Association, Inc., 7000 Island Boulevard Condominium Association, Inc., Aventura Hospital and Medical Center, Aventura Optima Plaza, Bella Maré Condominium Association, Inc., Harbour Centre, Point East Four Condominium Corporation, Inc., Portsview at the Waterways Condominium, South Tower at the Point Condominium Association, Turnberry on the Green Condominium Association, Inc., Wells Fargo Bank, and Delvista Towers. GO GREEN!

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Come Out and Play The City of Aventura is home to a variety of leisure services for all ages. Aventura has parks, tennis courts, indoor & outdoor basketball courts, playgrounds, fitness trails, adult exercise area, a dog park, SplashPad, play fields, and the Aventura Community Green Garden.

classes, activities, programs, and camps. The CRC is a member based facility which is open to all Miami-Dade County residents. The membership fees are based on household size and age groups.

Arthur I. Snyder Park

The 3.1 mile Don Soffer Exercise Trail circles the Turnberry Isle Resort Golf Course along Country Club Drive, and it is a popular location to walk, run, jog, skate, and bike. The trail consists of a 10-foot wide paved ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) accessible path landscaped with an abundance of trees for shade, ground lighting, benches, chilled water fountains, trash receptacles, and crosswalks. Convenient bags and receptacles are available from dispenser boxes along the path for residents enjoying the trail with their pets. The trail is maintained by the City of Aventura Public Works/Transportation Department.

3375 NE 188 Street

Named after the City of Aventura’s first mayor, Arthur I. Snyder Park is a beautifully landscaped waterfront park adjacent to the Community Recreation Center. The park features covered areas and an outdoor plaza with an open quadrangle play area adorned with trees providing plenty of shade.

Community Recreation Center 3375 NE 188 Street

Don Soffer Exercise Trail 19999 W Country Club Drive

Aventura’s Community Recreation Center (CRC) offers a wide range of indoor activities including a NCAA (National College Athletic Association) regulation indoor basketball court with a maple floor; fitness center; and classrooms to support the recreation center’s

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Founders Park

3105 NE 190 Street

Veterans Park

18375 NE 31 Avenue

The City’s largest park is the 11-acre Founders Park. Founders Park is home to a multipurpose athletic field, tennis courts, the SplashPad, playground, and exercise trail. The park’s playground is fenced with new equipment and four sun shelters. The park’s SplashPad is a popular and interactive water feature playground for children. Aventura residents enjoy free admission to the SplashPad while it is open spring through early fall. Founders Park South is home to the Aventura Community Green Garden featuring garden planters for residents to grow produce, flowers, plants, and herbs. The garden boasts walking paths, restrooms, and a bayside view of the Intracoastal Waterway.

The two-acre Veterans Park has an open play field, a new covered playground and an on-site restroom. The multipurpose park is ideal for relaxing or playing a casual game of soccer.

Peace Park

Waterways Dog Park

3200 NE 188 Street

The 1.5 acre park includes an open play area, two playgrounds with protective screening for children, and an adult exercise area. Located adjacent to the waterfront promenade, the park provides a sense of tranquility where guests can enjoy a light bay breeze while engaging with the community, playing, exercising, or simply being outdoors.

Waterways Park

3301 NE 213 Street

On the City’s north side is the seven-acre Waterways Park. The park has a covered playground, fitness trail with exercise stations, an outdoor basketball court and multipurpose lighted athletic fields. Shade can be found under the covered patio and outdoor shelter.

3401 NE 213 Street

Just east of Waterways Park is the Waterways Dog Park, a 1.5-acre waterfront park offering open space for dogs and their owners to socialize and exercise. Dog amenities include two comfort stations equipped with water fountains and showers. A large covered patio with benches provides a place for visitors to relax.

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Get in the Game A quick drive around Aventura shows this is a community with a zest for sports. To accommodate its classes, clinics and a variety of organized athletic programs such as soccer, football, baseball, and basketball, the City of Aventura features multipurpose athletic fields and sports facilities including an indoor and outdoor basketball court, a lighted field at Waterways Park for evening games, and tennis courts at Founders Park.

• Throughout the year, young athletes can participate in special sport skills training sessions including soccer, and strength and conditioning. Private sports and wellness coaching are also available.

The collective support of parents, volunteer coaches and dedicated City staff creates an environment where children can have fun and learn new skills.

Adult Sports

Youth Sports Aventura’s team sports follow the National Standards for Youth Sports to raise awareness through leadership and education conducive to teaching skills, physical fitness and positive selfesteem. In 2017, over 1,300 children participated in the City of Aventura’s Youth Sports.

• Tennis classes are available for different age groups: ages 3&4, ages 5-10, junior tennis for ages 8-12, and adult clinics. Private tennis lessons are also available.

Adults can get in on the sports by joining a softball league, playing in a social round-robin tennis match, participating in adult tennis clinics which provide instruction about all aspects of the game, or enrolling in a high-energy, cardio tennis workout. For details, visit, or contact the Community Recreation Center at 305-466-3883, Founders Park at 305-466-0183, or Waterways Park at 305-466-8008.

• From fall to spring, children have the opportunity to participate in a variety of athletic sports including: recreational and travel basketball, recreational and travel girls’ and boys’ soccer, tennis, and Little League.

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Community Services 2017 Attendance Summary

Facilities Founders Park . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 190,265 Founders Park SplashPad . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25,959 Waterways Park . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 74,516 Waterways Dog Park . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26,683 Community Recreation Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 99,242 Facilities Total . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 416,665

Events Arts, Crafts, and all that Jazz . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4,126 Arbor Day & Earth Day . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 466 4th of July Fireworks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Estimated16,000 Halloween . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4,835 Veterans Day . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 173 Founders Day . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8,387 Ride with the Aventura Police ������������������������������������������������������ 503 Share the Road Bike Event . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 507 Movie Night Series . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5,207 Green Market Series . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1,591 Events Total . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 41,795

Programs Youth Sports . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1,352 Adult Sports . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 330 Spring Camp . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 103 Winter Camp . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 126 Summer Camp . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 795 Senior Trips & Tours . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 265 Teacher Planning Day Series . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 202 Programs Total . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3,173

Aventura BCycle Bike Share Members . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 129 Total Trips . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6,098

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Community Services 2018 Highlights April 14 Taste of Excellence A night of wine, cheese & Jazz

August 17 Summer Camp Ends

April 20 ACES Teacher Planning Day

August 27 Fall Recreational Classes, Programs, and Sports Begin

April 21 Movie Night: Coco

September 10 Teacher Planning Day

April 24 Trips & Tours: Joe’s Stone Crab

September 19 Teacher Planning Day

April 27 Earth Day/Arbor Day

October 26 Teacher Planning Day

May 5 Movie Night

October 27 Halloween

May 16 Trips & Tours: Jersey Boys

November 6 Teacher Planning Day

June 3 Trips & Tours: Million Dollar Quartet

November 11 Veterans Day 23rd Annual Founders Day

June 4 Summer Recreational Classes and Programs Begin

November 21 Teacher Planning Day

June 11 Summer Camps Begin

December 24 Winter Camp Begins

July 4 Fireworks Show Along East and West Country Club Drives

For a complete listing of events visit Dates and times are subject to change.

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Step Afrika!

Aventura Arts & Cultural Center 3385 NE 188 Street Aventura, FL 33180 Tickets 877-311-SHOW(7469) Groups 954-660-6307 #AventuraCenter

Information 305-466-8002

Set amidst a spectacular waterfront setting in the heart of the City of Aventura, the Aventura Arts & Cultural Center (AACC) enhances the quality of life by providing a variety of performing arts and relevant cultural programming for audiences of all ages. In 2017, the Aventura Arts & Cultural Center hosted over 140 events and performances in our beautiful, waterfront theater including concerts featuring stars from Broadway, Film, and TV including Billy Porter, Sierra Boggess, Louise Pitre, Lisa Howard, Liz Callaway, and Linda Lavin. Laughter was in abundance with comedians Bobby Slayton, Jeff Laub, Sarge, and The Comedy and Magic of Scott & Puck. Forbidden Broadway returned with their Tony Award-winning send-up of today’s Broadway hits, and Steve Solomon brought the house down in “My Mother’s Italian, My Father’s Jewish, and I’m in Therapy”. The multiple Carbonell Award-winning Slow Burn Theatre Company returned with “Xanadu” and “Peter and the Starcatcher”, and we welcomed the national touring productions of “The Vagina Monologues” and “Presley, Perkins, Lewis & Cash”.

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Linda Lavin

Liz Callaway

Billy Porter

Black String


Cross cultural exchange was fostered with the Aventura Foreign Film Series, A Celebration of Carlos Antonio Jobim, Black String from South Korea, Step Afrika!, Jump, Jive & Wail from the UK, Italian-Venezuelan Singer-Songwriter Yordano brought a sold-out house to its feet with his intimate concert, and the Center’s first animal act with America’s Got Talent semi-finalists “Popovich Comedy Pet Theater”. The Miami International Piano Festival presented classical pianists from Israel, Russia, Japan, Serbia, and Italy. Broward Center for the Performing Arts continued to provide management services and presented four Family Fun titles featuring the finest in children’s literary theater. In the field of educational programming, the Center hosted over 20 Aventura City of Excellence School events during the past year. Broward Center also extended its educational programming to the Center with six Smart Stage Matinee programs throughout the school year, and two sessions of summer theater camp.

Celebrating 7 Years The Aventura Arts & Cultural Center marked the beginning of its eighth fantastic season of arts and entertainment in the City of Excellence at the beginning of October 2017 with one of the most diverse seasons of entertainment offerings to date and we excitedly look forward to the incredible line-up of talent yet to come.

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Arts in Education Studies have shown that students involved in the arts improve academic skills and develop the social skills and creativity needed to succeed later in life. In 2017, the Aventura Arts & Cultural Center (AACC) offered many innovative educational programs through its longstanding partnership with the Broward Center for the Performing Arts and the Aventura City of Excellence School (ACES). In addition to the opportunity to learn firsthand about technical production and the entertainment industry, students attending ACES participated in numerous events on the stage including the annual Winter Showcase, Peace Day, Arbor Day and Earth Day ceremonies, a talent showcase, the annual class theatrical production, and graduations.


Children from throughout the community were introduced to the arts while reinforcing literacy-based skills through the Broward Center’s Family Fun Series at the AACC. Offered on weekends as a complete and engaging family outing, the four-show series included free pre-show arts and crafts, face painting, and postshow complimentary snacks. The City of Aventura also presented professional school-day performances of Step Afrika!, MatheMagic starring Bradley Fields, Bill Blagg’s the Science of Magic, How to Survive Middle School, and Junie B. Jones in weekday Smart Stage Matinee performances. When school was out, the Broward Center for the Performing Arts and the Performance Project School of the Arts presented two sessions of age-appropriate summer camps at the AACC for children ages 6 to 13 that served as an introduction to all facets of the performing arts. Every camper experienced the joy of performing onstage in a Broadway-style show at the AACC as they gained self-confidence and learned important team-building skills.

Summer Theater Camp 2018 Under the direction of artistic professional and teaching veteran Nina Felice, campers ages 6-18 will gain hands-on experience in musical theater, acting, dance, voice, and technical production. There will be two sessions and age-specific groups and shows. Session 1: June 25 - July 20, 2018 Session 2: July 23 - August 17, 2018 For more information about upcoming family theater performances and summer camp, visit summer-theater-camp.

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April 21, 2018 Dance NOW! Contemporanea 2018 Featuring The Book of Psalms April 28, 2018 Arts Ballet Theatre presents: Le Corsaire–Tribute to Marius Petipa II May 1, 2018 Aventura Foreign Film Series: Like Crazy May 6, 2018 Family Fun Series: The Rainbow Fish

Alexander Gavryluk

May 6, 2018 Miami International Piano Festival presents: Alexander Gavryluk

Summer Theater Camp 2018 Dance NOW!

The Rainbow Fish

June 25 - July 20, 2018 Session 1 July 23 - August 17, 2018 Session 2

Like Crazy

Group 10 or mo s of r Call Gro e SAVE! up Sales 954.660 .6307

Box Office Information Box Office is open Tuesday - Saturday, Noon - 5 PM and 1½ hours prior to performances.

Le Corsaire–Tribute to Marius Petipa II

Valet parking and self parking are available for all events.

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Box Office 877.311.7469 (SHOW) Groups 954.660.6307

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Box Office FAQs

Box Office Hours

Tickets Didn’t Arrive

When is the box office open?

When I placed my ticket order, I requested for my tickets to arrive by mail, but they did not arrive. What should I do?

The box office is open Tuesday - Saturday from 12 PM – 5 PM and 1½ hours prior to the start of a performance.

Can’t Attend Show I purchased tickets to an event, but now I cannot attend. What do I do? All ticket sales are final. Once a sale is completed, there are no refunds or exchanges for ticketed events. However, we are happy to work with you so that someone else such as a friend or family member may use your tickets. For more information, please contact Ticketmaster customer service at 800-653-8000 to speak with a friendly customer service representative.

Disability Access

If you believe your tickets were mailed and you did not receive them, please call Ticketmaster customer service at 800-6538000. We will be happy to arrange a lost ticket voucher for you. To pick up your voucher, present a valid ID or the credit card used to purchase the tickets at the box office window 1½ hours prior to show time.

Tickets Outside the U.S. I live outside the continental United States. How will I receive my tickets? We do not mail tickets outside the continental United States. We will automatically hold your tickets at our Box Office for pick up during regular business hours or on the day of the event. Please present picture ID to claim your tickets.

I am in a wheelchair or have difficulty with steps. Where will my seats be located? The Aventura Arts & Cultural Center is fully compliant with ADA rules and regulations. We have wheelchair accessible seating to accommodate your needs and allow you to completely enjoy the presentations. These seats are available on the website at or can be reserved by contacting the call center at 877-311-7469.

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Community Development 19200 West Country Club Drive Aventura, FL 33180 305-466-8940

Striving to provide the highest quality of customer service in a centralized location to City of Aventura residents, business owners, developers and contractors alike, the Community Development Department is comprised of four divisions working together.

Building The Building Division enforces the Florida Building Code by reviewing and issuing permits and inspecting all new construction and renovations in the City of Aventura. In 2017, the Building Division issued 4,560 building permits and performed 11,257 inspections. Building permits generated approximately $3,778,478 in revenue. Inspection requests and results are available to the public via the ePermits section of the City’s website at

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Local Business Tax Receipt The Local Business Tax Receipt Division issues local business tax receipts for businesses and home occupations, and conducts inspections to ensure all businesses have obtained their business tax receipts. During 2017, the Division issued 2,438 local business tax receipts which generated approximately $862,660 in revenue.

Planning and Zoning The Planning and Zoning Division processes all land development applications including site plans, re-zonings, variances, conditional uses, and comprehensive plan amendments. The City’s Comprehensive Plan and Land Development Regulations provide a cohesive blueprint for development and redevelopment of the City. The blueprint addresses strategies to accommodate growth while maintaining neighborhood integrity, ensuring appropriate height, transitions and linkages, limiting the intensity of future development and redevelopment in a manner that is consistent with current development patterns, and minimizes further negative impacts to the City’s infrastructure and quality of life. The goals and objectives of the Comprehensive Plan, also referred to as the Master Plan or General Plan, are restated as specific planning and zoning regulations in the City’s Land Development Regulations. The plans are updated frequently to reflect current community goals. In 2017, there were 22 land development applications reviewed and processed by the Planning and Zoning Division.

Code Compliance The Code Compliance Division ensures businesses are legally operating with local business tax receipts and necessary building permits are being obtained for construction at residences and businesses. Code Compliance officers enforce City codes such as the property maintenance ordinance, noise, and signage regulations. The Code Compliance Division issued 150 warnings and violations last year and collected approximately $1,605 in fines. In addition, the Division also coordinates the Special Master Hearings for the City’s Traffic Intersection Safety Program. In 2017, a total of 1,931 hearings were conducted.

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Building Permits When is a permit required? In accordance with Section 105.1 of the Florida Building Code, a permit is required to construct, enlarge, alter, repair, move, demolish or change the occupancy of any building or structure, including: tile, wood flooring and marble, any electrical work, installation of ceiling fans, replacement of an air conditioner unit (heat load calculations required), installation of a water heater, changing or connecting a toilet or sink, shower or bathtub fixture.

Are the building permit forms available online? All City of Aventura building permit forms are available in the Document Center section of

May I schedule inspections and check the status of my permit online?

• If applicable, a letter from the condominium association approving work being done on a unit.

annually before October 1. Fees for these filings are determined by the type of business or profession.

• A letter from contractor requesting expedited review and agreeing to pay any additional costs associated with the expedited review.

All new Business Tax Receipt applicants require a DERM (Department of Environmental Resource Management) and a Water and Sewer Notice of Compliance per Miami-Dade County. For more information visit:

I just received a Notice of Violation from the City of Aventura for an open building permit, what should I do?

Business Filing Requirements Include:

• Notice of Violations are sent out to both contractors and homeowners for open permits with the City. The only way to close out this Violation would be to renew the permit and call in any final inspections pending.

• Certificate of Use and Occupancy (homebased businesses excluded).

• If you are the homeowner, please contact your contractor and advise them of the open permit.

• Legal description of property (home-based businesses excluded).

• Declaration of Use (home-based businesses excluded).

• Federal Employer Identification or Social Security Number.

Yes. The ePermits system on the City’s website is available to schedule inspections and to check the status of permit applications.

• Permit information may be viewed online on the ePermits system on the City’s website,

Do I need to file a Notice of Commencement?

When does my permit expire?

• Proof of current Fictitious Name Registration from the State Division of Corporations. For more information, call 850-487-6058.

• All permits are active 180 days from the date of issuance or last approved inspection.

• Proof of Articles of Incorporation.

Yes. A Notice of Commencement is required to be recorded by the owner in the MiamiDade County Court if the value of the project exceeds $2,500.

How can I expedite review of my permit? Reviews may be expedited by submitting the following: • A completed application, including notarized signatures of the owner and qualifier. • Two (2) sets of plans drawn to scale and signed and sealed by a professional, when required. • Two (2) surveys, as required for some types of review. • Two (2) sets of calculations as required by Code - these include energy calculations, heating/cooling load calculations, and/or structural load calculations. • Two (2) sets of Product Approvals as required by Code - these include roofs, utility sheds, windows, exterior doors, awnings, shutters, skylights, and trusses, among others.

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What type of payment is accepted for building permit fees?

For more information, visit

• Check, cash or money orders are acceptable forms of payment.

Additional Requirements May Include:

Is an upfront fee required at the time of permit submittal?

• Professions regulated by the Department of Business and Professional Regulation must submit a current state license. For more information, call 850-487-1395.

• Yes. The upfront fee is $130 and will be credited towards your total permit fee at the time the permit is issued.

How do I register a contractor? • The contractor registration form is available in the Document Center section of cityofaventura. com.

Local Business Tax Receipt Any person, firm, association, or corporation maintaining a business location or branch office within the City of Aventura’s city limits for the privilege of engaging in or managing a business, profession, or occupation within the City is required to have a Certificate of Use and file a Local Business Tax Receipt application (formerly known as the Occupational License). The tax receipts are required to be renewed

• Retail and wholesale merchants must complete and file an Affidavit of Merchants Inventory, indicating average value of inventory maintained by the business. • Restaurant owners must file a current state license with the Department of Business and Professional Regulation. For more information, call 305-470-5680.

Penalty For Operating A Business Without Filing Operating a business without a current local business tax receipt filing starts with a fine of $250, but can escalate to closure of the business and imprisonment.

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Annual Report 2017 Future


Budget Priorities/Goals & Highlights

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Annual Report 2017 Future The following represents the pre-established priorities and goals that provided a framework for the preparation of the 2017/18 Budget Plan. • Maintain current service levels and programs. • Increase police staffing in accordance with the Police Services Agreement with the Aventura Mall to enhance safety and security. • Continue to take the necessary steps to ensure the opening of the proposed Aventura Charter High School by August 2019 including the funding of the upfront construction costs. • Expand the Aventura BCycle bike share program by adding a new station. • Implement strategies and recommendations included in the City’s Comprehensive Stormwater Management Plan. • Continue to provide funding in order to maintain a high quality maintenance program of the City’s landscaped areas, facilities and infrastructure. • Continue to adopt Go Green initiatives to include the continued retrofitting of street lights to LED fixtures, in order to save energy, conserve precious natural resources and reduce our impact on climate change.

Budget Highlights The chart below outlines the percentage that each department of the City derives from the total budget.

Police 37.5%

Information Technology 2.2%

Community Development 5%

Community Services 4.6% Public Works / Transportation 5.8%

Finance 2%

City Clerk Office .6% Arts & Cultural Center 1.6% Legal .6% Non-Departmental 2.8% Office of the City Manager 1.4%

City Commission .3%

Capital Outlay 31.4%

Transfers 4.2%

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