Miramar News - July 2022

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COMEDIAN TRACY MORGAN TAKES THE STAGE AT MIRAMAR CULTURAL CENTER

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racy Morgan is one of the most well-respected comedians in his field. Known for starring on seven seasons of NBC’s Emmy and Golden Globe Award-winning 30 Rock, Morgan appeared opposite Tina Fey and Alec Baldwin as “Tracy Jordan,” the unpredictable star of “Liz Lemon’s” (Fey) hit variety show, TGS with Tracy Jordan. Morgan received an Emmy Nomination in the Supporting Actor category for his work on the show and was nominated multiple years for the Supporting Actor NAACP Image Award. The cast of the show also won the Screen Actors Guild Award for best Ensemble in a Comedy Series before the beloved series came to an end in January 2013. He can currently be seen on the No Disrespect stand up tour nationwide. Most recently, Morgan can be seen in four seasons of TBS’ The Last OG, which he also executive produces and Amazon’s Coming 2 America alongside Eddie Murphy, Arsenio Hall, Jermaine Fowler, which was released in March 2021. He also appeared in Warner Brothers Scoob!, Paramount’s What Men Want, opposite Taraji P. Henson, and voiced the role of “Fox” in Netflix’s 2019 series Green Eggs & Ham. Morgan’s stand up special Staying Alive was released globally on Netflix in May 2017. Prior, he received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in the 2016 class. Morgan was also nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series in 2016 for hosting an episode of the legendary Saturday Night Live. In 2014, Morgan released a standup special for Comedy Central titled Tracy Morgan: Bona Fide, which brought the network one of its largest audiences for a standup special that

year. Previously, his first stand up special, Black & Blue, was released on HBO in 2010. Another milestone for Morgan was reached in 2009 with the release of his first book, a compilation of studied anecdotes and some of the more serious moments that shaped him and his career, I Am the New Black. Morgan has also been part of some of the most successful animated films in recent years. In 2009, he made his animation debut lending his voice for Jerry Bruckheimer’s G-Force, a combination liveaction/CG film. The film opened No. 1 in US box office sales and was celebrated by audiences worldwide. In 2013, he starred as the bulldog, “Luiz,” in the film Rio and again in April 2014 when he reprised his role in Rio 2. Morgan’s voice can also be heard in the Oscarnominated film, Boxtrolls, as one of the film’s antagonists, “Mr. Gristle.” Morgan has headlined across the country and abroad on various tours and festivals for his stand-up comedy. He was first introduced to television audiences in his role as “Hustle Man” on the hit comedy series Martin. He went on to join Saturday Night Live in 1996 where he appeared for seven seasons and created such memorable characters as “Astronaut Jones” and “Brian Fellows.” After leaving SNL, Morgan went on to star in his own comedy series, The Tracy Morgan Show, and he voiced “Spoonie Luv” on Comedy Central’s Crank Yankers. Additional film credits include Cop Out, the remake of the British film Death at a Funeral, First Sunday opposite Ice Cube and Katt Williams, The Longest Yard opposite Adam Sandler, Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, Head of State, Son of No One, Why Stop Now and Fist Fight. For tickets, visit: miramarculturalcenter.org or contact the box office at 954.602.4500.

CITY OF MIRAMAR OFFICIALS

Mayor

Wayne M. Messam

Vice Mayor

Yvette Colbourne

Commissioner

Winston F. Barnes

Commissioner

Maxwell B. Chambers

Commissioner

Alexandra P. Davis


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MESSAGE FROM THE CITY MANAGER

Dear Residents,

CitY MAnAger Dr. rOY Virgin

It is an honor to have been appointed as the new City Manager for Miramar. I have worked with the city in various capacities for the past twenty years, most recently as Assistant City Manager for operations and infrastructure services and previously as Utilities Laboratory Manager and Utilities Department Director. I believe that the City of Miramar has the best team of staff and elected officials in the country, and it is my goal to attract, train and retain high performing employees to provide the best possible service to our residents and businesses. Miramar is a thriving and inclusive city and I intend to build on these key attributes in the upcoming months. One of my top priorities is addressing the statewide affordable housing crisis’ im-

pact in Miramar. We will continue to partner with developers to provide affordable housing for our residents. Just a reminder that the city has a variety of programs designed to offer assistance to our residents and businesses, so I encourage you to visit our website at www.MiramarFL.gov to sign up to receive our weekly Business Pulse e-newsletter as well as the Hello Miramar resident e-newsletter so you have access to all opportunities. I look forward to serving you and I encourage you to reach out to me at rvirgin@miramarfl.org with any suggestions you may have so that we can continue to make Miramar one of THE best cities to live, work and raise our families. Stay safe.

City of Miramar receives League Scholarship to join Florida race to zero

22 municipalities from across the state receive scholarships to join the Florida Race to Zero cohort

The Florida League of Cities (FLC), celebrating its 100th anniversary as the united voice for Florida’s municipal governments, announced that the City of Miramar is one of 22 municipalities to receive scholarships to join the Florida Race to Zero cohort, a friendly competition between municipalities to showcase how they are leading the way to carbon neutrality. The scholarships are provided by the League and will allow the selected municipalities to access the technical assistance and expertise of national and regional organizations. “Our state is no stranger to climate impacts,” said FLC Executive Director/CEO Jeannie Garner. “The League

has seen many cities working to address those impacts in their local communities, but we also recognize that many local governments lack sufficient resources and support to do the same. That’s why we decided to offer these scholarships, to help those cities on their path to sustainability. And supporting Florida’s cities, towns and villages is our top priority at the League, so we’re thrilled to be able to provide this assistance.” The scholarship recipients will join a Florida Race to Zero “cohort” – a structured, technical assistance training program that will guide participants toward tangible results. Each city will receive

assistance with conducting greenhouse gas inventories, developing sciencebased targets, developing and implementing an action plan, reporting results and more. Dr. Roy Virgin, Miramar’s City Manager stated, “We are honored to have been selected as a scholarship recipient to join the Florida Race to Zero cohort. I look forward to working with city staff and our elected officials to develop a solid action plan that aligns with the global Race to Zero to make our city safer, cleaner, and more resilient for generations to come.” This training cohort will allow cities to carve out their path to carbon neutral-

ity and officially join the international cities’ Race to Zero program to rally leadership and support from businesses, governments and investors for a healthy, resilient and decarbonized global economy. As part of the Florida cohort, the cities will develop a baseline inventory of local greenhouse gas emissions, create capacity to act among city staff and elected officials, expand climate action to include adaptation and resilience, as well as set a 2030 science-based target and identify high-impact actions that align with the global Race to Zero campaign. To learn more, visit bit.ly/FLCRace.


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MESSAGE FROM THE MAYOR Wayne M. Messam

MAYOr WAYne M. MessAM

My Fellow Miramarians,

In March of this year, I had the opportunity to represent the great city of Miramar via invitations from the President of the Annual Investment Meeting, Mr. Dawood Al Shezawi and Broward County to attend a trade mission in Dubai. In addition, I was personally invited to be one of the panelists during AIM, which took place during the World Expo. The purpose of the trip was to explore trade opportunities between Miramar, Broward County and the City of Fort Lauderdale. With Miramar having its own foreign trade zone at the Miramar Park of Commerce and hosting more Fortune 500 Companies than any city in the tri-county area, Miramar is well-positioned to expand and identify opportunities in this region. During the expo, we were successful in meeting with the ministers and undersecretaries of the Ministry of Commerce, Ministry of Health, DP World and the Chamber of Commerce in Sharjah.

Our counterparts in the United Arab Emirates have engaged in import and export expansion activities in the Caribbean and South American markets. They see South Florida as a regional base to support those efforts. The interest in Broward County and Miramar is attractive because of our diverse community, Port Everglades, Miramar’s Foreign Trade Zone and our existing Parks of Commerce. The Miramar team was able to share information about our city and what makes Miramar so great. In addition to these activities, our delegation was also joined by a Miramar based manufacturer who was successful in establishing contacts and business resources to assist their efforts to export to the Middle East. I would say our first trip to Dubai was very successful, we will continue to build upon this new relationship and we will host a delegation from the U.A.E this month in Broward County to include His Excellency, Dr. Thani bin Ahmed Al Zeyoudi, U.A.E. Minister of State for Foreign Trade. The City of Miramar is a vibrant community not just because of our amazing residents but because of our strong and diverse economy. As the ambassador of our city, it gives me great pride to showcase all that we have to offer any prospective business that is looking to expand in South Florida. I am committed to expanding our reach and will never be complacent in our current success. My number one objective is to ensure that Miramar remains a place that has exciting and high paying jobs. Trade missions like this help to achieve this goal. We hope you can attend the following upcoming events: • Jamaican Emancipendence Celebration, August 6th As always, please enjoy your Summer, take time with family, be safe. Yours in service, Wayne M. Messam Mayor

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MESSAGE FROM VICE MAYOR YVETTE COLBOURNE one Saturday of each month for an entire year. Miramar resident Marc Saint Louis received recognition for educating us and as an advocate for the Haitian Community.

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Hello Neighbors, Hoping all is well, and that you are enjoying your summertime with family and friends. These past few months have been very busy, so I welcome our short commission summer break. We will resume our meetings in mid-August. Below is a snapshot of some of the exciting things that have been happening.

Welcome to Miramar! Over these past months I have had the opportunity to welcome new businesses to our city, including the long-awaited Wawa gas station that opened on Pembroke Road and Douglas Road.

Congratulations are in order! During Asian American Pacific Islander Month, it was with great pleasure that I recognized Community Advocate Winnie Tang for her many years of advocacy on behalf of the Asian American Community. Cleveland Ice Cream owner, Cleveland Smith and his wife, Sonia received recognition of his partnership with my office, Cleveland Ice Cream’s location served as a COVID 19 vaccination site

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Juneteenth On June 20th I had the pleasure of hosting the City of Miramar first Juneteenth event with the theme: “Uniting Against Racism”. Our guest speaker was Award winning author, and daughter of Malcom X, Ilyasah Shabazz and Broward Professor Rudy Jean-Bart. Shabazz kept the audience riveted as she shared thoughts on her father’s legacy and how it continues to impact our society of today. She stressed the importance of education, stating: “Education, the good, the bad and the ugly, is the key to being woke to the injustices we face as a people. It is the most powerful tool to combat systemic racism.” The event was a true testament that we can overcome all obstacles. I encourage you to learn more about Juneteenth and to start your own Juneteenth tradition with your families. It is a day to celebrate freedom and independence.

HOA Roundtable I resumed my annual Homeowners Association (HOA) Roundtable networking initiative to keep HOA’s informed of new legislations and City services; with participation from over 25 HOA’s in the City of Miramar. Our guest speakers were Senators Lauren Book, Jason Pizzo, State Representatives Robbin Batleman and Felicia Robinson. Residents had an opportunity to mix and mingle, get to know each other, share their concerns, get questions answered and to have fun.

Save the Date! Reserva la Fecha! I have the pleasure of hosting our annual Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration, “Miramar Latin Music Festival” on Saturday, September 17, 2022, at Miramar Regional Park located at 16800 Miramar Parkway featuring Multi Latin Grammy Award winner Luis Enrique “El Principe De La Salsa”. See you there! So se lo pierdas! Yours in Service.

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MESSAGE FROM COMMISSIONER WINSTON BARNES

COMMissiOner WinstOn BArnes

May was Stroke Awareness and Neurofibromatosis Awareness Month. I interviewed Ms. Carol Hylton, Founder of Smiley Voice Foundation (who lost her son to stroke in 2009), and Dr. Norman Ajiboye, Neurointerventional Surgeon, Medical Director, Stroke Program at Memorial Health Care System. According to the American Heart Association, someone in the United States has a stroke every 40 seconds, accounting for one out of 19 deaths. Stroke is a leading cause of death and severe disability worldwide. Listen to my interview with Dr. Norman Ajiboye and Ms. Carol Hylton on ways to identify the signs of a stroke and some preventative measures via this link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r7 P_wZbR-hg. Another disease plaguing us is Neurofibromatosis, a group of genetic disorders that cause tumors to grow on nerves throughout the body. Neurofibromatosis Organization holds each year on May 17, “Shine a Light” Campaign to bring further awareness to this disease. The City of Miramar participated by “lighting up” the front of City Hall with the colors blue and

green for the entire month of May. Our 2nd Annual Kite Festival brought many families to Miramar Regional Park. This event is very nostalgic to many of our residents, especially those of Caribbean and Latin heritage. Lot of fun was had by all, and we are ready to do it again next year. Stay tuned for more information. I would be remiss by not saying our Parks and Recreation employees are near and dear to me. They work tirelessly to make the City of Miramar and your Elected Officials look good. I was thrilled to honor them with a luncheon and a plaque for their continued efforts. If you see them on the road or at an event, tell them, thanks for all they do! My drive is to bring valuable information to this community. This month I had the great privilege to speak with Michael RoweInsurance Broker, on The Myths and Misunderstanding of Social Security (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JFK GkwOQSIk) and with Miramar Police Officer Jose B. Rosales from the Traffic Unit regarding Road Safety (https://youtu.be/YYblQ8oJtFE). Both discussions are full of information for your viewing. As Miramar Celebrates its 67th year of incorporation, May 26, 1955, I must say how much we have grown. Miramar has been recognized as one of the Best Cities to live in. I extend condolences and prayers to the families of the mass shooting victims that occurred within the last few months. As a reminder, June is the start of hurricane season so please take all precautions to protect yourself, your families, and your homestead. UPCOMING EVENTS • Back to School Backpack Event July 23, 2022, Ansin Park • Citizenship Drive August 13, 2022, Vernon Hargray Youth Enrichment Center

Don’t hesitate to contact my office for updates or information at 954-602-3142. Commissioner Winston F. Barnes

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MESSAGE FROM COMMISSIONER MAXWELL B. CHAMBERS

COMMissiOner MAxWeLL B. ChAMBers

Greetings Miramar: Firstly, a reminder: “Living with intention gives the power to create the greatness that lies within.” HERE ARE THE HIGHLIGHTS FOR MARVELOUS MAY 2022. WHAT A GREAT MONTH! My commitment is to provide continuous assistance to our residents. This month at our local food drive, we distributed produce and dried goods to support those in need and help raise awareness about hunger in our community. A special thank you to Miramar United Methodist church for their partnership and to all our volunteers who continue to serve our community. My office receives numerous calls daily from residents in need of assistance with rent and water bill deficiencies. These programs are beneficial to each and every resident in our community that may require aid or support. An important program which ends in July is the City of Miramar Resident Hardship Exemption Fire Protection Assessment Fee. Qualified homeowners may be eligible for this exemption. Applications are available at city facilities and on our website: Miramarfl.gov/1396/HARDSHIP-EXEMPT-APPLICATION. For more information, call 954-889-2722. FUN TIMES AT MIRAMAR FAMILY NIGHT… CELEBRATE!!! Commissioner Chambers’ annual Miramar Family Night was full of excitement. South Florida rain didn’t stop the fun. Many residents came out to enjoy the concert, skating rink and food trucks. Employees and residents alike danced the night away. Singers/Musicians Stevie Ray and Gio rocked the crowd with great performances. Saxophonist Ariana Stanberry was fantastic, and our main act ‘Ashe’ wowed everyone with their amazing dance moves and vibrant voices. Many thanks and gratitude to our local talent Just Hip hop, Kick Martial Arts, and all our city staff who were committed to making this awesome event come to fruition. I look forward to organizing this event next year. Let’s make every year Bigger and Better! UPCOMING EVENTS TO LOOK OUT FOR: • Fashion Show- November 5th • Art and Fashion Show- Nov. 19 & 30 Always a pleasure serving this great City. Sincere Regards. “I am always here for you” Commissioner Maxwell B. Chambers


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ALEXANDRA P. DAVIS COMMISSIONER Putting You First... Keeps Us First

Hello friends & Neighbors, I am grateful to be able to reach you through this medium once again. Thank you for your continuous support. Oh, what a night it was as Stephanie Mills blew us away with hit after hit! The Harden Project was the opening act who prepared us for what was to come! It was great to see patrons from all over dance the night away. The month of June is recognized as Caribbean American Heritage Month, and I had the pleasure of kicking it off with a media launch showcasing our Caribbean Heritage activities for the month with music, entertainment & a little taste of the islands English, French, Spanish & Dutch. It was wonderful to host the City of Miramar’s in person Job & Education Fair with top companies such as WSVN, Miramar Police, Amazon, Carnival Cruise and many more! The Job fair was a success with folks who reported that they landed a job on the spot! For information on companies who participated. Please click here. It was all about the Haitian Culture in the month of May as we celebrated the sights, sounds and tastes of the island nation at the Haitian Cultural Celebration. Three Miramar students were recognized as the winners of the Haitian Flag Day Student Art Contest!

Each of their schools received a $400 check for art supplies, donated by our sponsors, Congresswoman Sheila Cherfilus-McCormick and WID the headline act. Welcome Wawa to Miramar! We had so much fun at this grand opening with their management & staff. On hand were our first responders who faced off in a hoagie making contest...the police prevailed over the fire department to take the trophy, but the Wawa foundation gave $1000 to each of their charities of choice. The team and I had the opportunity to visit with the NBC 6 & Telemundo general manger and his staff at the TV studio in Miramar to ensure that the Good News of Miramar is told and not just the bad or troubling news stories which tend to make headlines! As always, ‘Putting you first keeps us first!’ Congratulations to the Pre-K graduates from the City of Miramar’s Early Childhood Centers! We are ensuring our young children get a good start to a bright future! It’s always a pleasure to speak to students about what we do as public officials... thanks Shunda Howard for inviting me to your school’s Career Day at Charles D. Wyche Elementary! It was a pleasure welcoming new members at the Miramar/Pembroke Pines Chamber of Commerce breakfast! We support our businesses through the Chamber offering new members from Miramar free membership in their first year! Take advantage of this opportunity by calling the Miramar/Pembroke Pines Chamber of Commerce. Celebrating Mother’s Day with our Miramar Moms at the City of Miramar’s Mother’s Day Par-Tea was a blast! Two venues: In our historic and western neighborhoods! The ParTea was well received, and fun had by all… kudos to our Parks and Recreation staff! I took the time out to meet with members of our Teen Advisory Council before the end of the school year. I love engaging with our youth and appreciate that these students signed up to be part of this council which is so crucial to providing insights to their specific needs!

At the 2022 Alliance Mid-Year Meeting & Luncheon with keynote speaker former Governor, Jeb Bush where he discussed love & unity in light the current climate! She’s The Change 2022 Annual Leadership Conference took place in Orlando. Prominent leaders such as Mayor Daniella Levine Cava and Congresswoman Val Demings were in attendance along with other political and social leaders. It is truly the year of the woman! I am honored to be selected as the Government Official of the year from the People Profile Awards. I will continue to devote my time to public service and advocate for the residents and businesses I serve! Please take a look at my upcoming events!

UPCOMING EVENTS: • Wolmers Gala - July 23, 2022 Sponsored by Commissioner Alexandra P. Davis,

• Jamaica 60th pre-Independence fete Hosted by Commissioner Alexandra P. Davis August 5, 2022 6:00pm - midnight Take care of yourselves and each other.

To contact my office regarding any concerns, please free to call (954) 602-3155 or email me at apdavis@miramarfl.gov.


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MIRAMAR POLICE DEPARTMENT Miramar Police Department offers a Contraband search Program for our residents to be able to rest easy after purchasing used vehicles. if you recently purchased a used vehicle and want to make sure there are no traces of narcotics hidden out of sight, you can schedule a Free inspection. Call 954-602-4123 for more information about how you can take advantage of this service.

Our Police Department recently hired and swore-in 17 new Officers and 8 Officers within the department were promoted in the areas of Command and Code Compliance. Miramar Police Department continues its commitment to recruiting some of the finest to the team. Check miramarpd.org for information on how you can become a part of the team.

Members of Miramar Police Department training unit.

Chief of Police Leonard 'Lenny' Burgess (center) with Deputy Chief Jose Vargas (left) and Deputy Chief James Dunkleberger (right).


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MIRAMAR POLICE DEPARTMENT Thank you to our Traffic Officers Miramar Police Department supports Special Oympics athletes in the Law Enforcement Torch Run

Officer robert Bermudez, Officer David robbins and Officer eloy gonzalez for taking the time to educate the youth in our community even in an informal way. We want our youth to know that Miramar Police Officers are always here for them in all ways.

Join our Police Explorer program and our Police Athletic League to become a part of the team. Information about our PAL and Explorer programs is available at: miramarpd.org

Miramar PD and Miramar Fire rescue supervisors and training staff prepare for a joint active-killer full-scale exercise

Our Public safety team comprising Miramar PD and Miramar Fire rescue supervisors and training staff recently met to prepare for a joint active-killer full-scale exercise. the City of Miramar Public safety takes great care in providing training and readiness as this is essential in increasing the best possible outcomes during a crisis for our teams and the community.

Miramar Police Department officers recently participated in the Law enforcement torch run which supports special Olympics athletes.


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JUNETEENTH EVENT IN MIRAMAR guest speakers included ilyasah shabazz, daughter of Malcolm x and Professor rudy Jean-Bart

African artifacts on display from the Alar Odyssey Collection by Priscilla Dames


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The Launching of Miramar Local Government Academy Chief Financial Officer

BY SUSAN GOODING-LIBURD

On May 10, 2022, the City of Miramar launched its Local Government Academy. The City’s Go Local Academy Government (GLGA) is a program designed to offer its residents and all interested participants an opportunity to learn how their local government works and how they can get more involved in their city. The participants will learn about the relationships between them as residents, the City Commission, and the City Administration, how and why projects are implemented, and the way services are provided as well as the various programs the city has available to assist residents. They will also learn about garbage collection, water safety, street paving and other projects and topics including cultural arts and special events. An overview will be provided of how taxpayer dollars are budgeted, planning processes, and many other responsibilities and functions of city government. Each

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session will be conducted by a department representative and will provide informational and interactive learning approaches. The program is from May 10, 2022 through June 28, 2022, with the culmination

of a graduation at the last commission meeting on July 6, 2022. Please see photos of the inaugural class with the Mayor, City Administration, Police, Fire, City Clerk and Utility departments and the interaction thus far.

Sessions are held at the Miramar Police Community Room located at 11765 City Hall Promenade. Find out about the next class by calling 954-602-3091 and get involved. See you at the next class!


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Hello First Time Home Buyers Are you priced out of the market? BY SUSAN GOODING-LIBURD Chief Financial Officer

Prices of single-family homes are at an all-time high and rent prices are increasing. What are those seeking to purchase their first home to do? With first-time home buyers being priced out of the market, what are

their alternatives? Rent prices have recently skyrocketed to an average of $2,335 for a one-bedroom, onebathroom apartment in the Miramar area (apartment.com). It is an accommodating place in a great city, and we welcome you to the center of everything right here in Miramar! Based on the news and the realtor’s magazines, with inventory being so low and the strong demand for the inventory, prices have pushed higher than anticipated. “Increasing home prices will continue to be the norm as long as supply is restricted.” said Bill Dallas, President of Finance of America Mortgage.

COUNTYWIDE AND LOCAL INITIATIVES TO HELP ALLEVIATE THE RENTAL CRISIS

The rental crisis has also caught the attention of many local governments and affordable housing practitioners. In fact, the Broward County Board of County Commissioners recently passed and adopted Ordinance No. 2022-21 on April 26, 2022, which, consistent with the “Florida Residential Landlord and Tenant Act,” as codified in Part II of Chapter 83, Florida Statutes, requires a written notification period related to the termination of certain residential tenancies and rent increases on a countywide basis. In addition to this new countywide ordinance that provides city residents with fair notice of rent increases for residential tenancies, the city is also looking at other ways to address this crisis. Beginning in July this year, the Rental Assistance Program, which was approved as one of the strategies of the Fiscal Years 2022-2025 Local Housing Assistance Plan (LHAP), via Resolution No. 7599, will

provide income-eligible renters in the city with their first and/or last month of rent, security deposit, and utility connection up to a maximum of $8,000 to move into a rental unit. Miramar has a home buying program that could be of assistance to you. Federal and State dollars are available in our Local Housing Assistance Plan (LHAP), purchase assistance without rehabilitation maximum award for very low income is $70,000; for low income is $60,000 and for moderate income is $50,000. Come see if you qualify for this assistance. Miramar will host a series of Home Buyer Purchase Assistance workshop throughout 2022. Tentative dates are August 18 and November 17, 2022, so please stay tuned for the time and location once plans are finalized. In many cases, these cash incentives can be used toward the buyer’s down payment and closing costs. However, there are terms that you must pay attention to. For example, Miramar requires the buyer to live in the home for 10 years — if not the grant money must be paid back. Miramar also requires the participant to be a first-time homebuyer although this can be any person who has not owned a real estate property in three or more years. So, if you owned a home five years ago, you would qualify. Recently (April 2022), it was stated that the median home sold price is $460,000 in Miramar, with the median listing price at $453,000. The average home sells for about 1.28% above asking price proving it is still a seller’s market. On average, homes in Miramar sell after 50 days on the market (3-year average). The trend median days on market has gone up since last month, and slightly down since last year. There are 21 neighborhoods in Miramar. The most expensive is Country Club Ranches and the most affordable is the Villages of Renaissance. Come let’s determine your eligibility for assistance. I believe in you!

FIRST TIME HOME BUYERS

Effective April 01, 2022, the Median Family Income for Fort Lauderdale HMFA (Broward) is $82,100.

2022 INCOME LIMITS

Accordingly, the maximum allowable income based on household size, may not exceed: COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT BLOCK GRANT (CDBG) AND HOME Household Size 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8

Low Income up to 50% AMI $31,750 $36,300 $40,800 $45,350 $49,000 $52,650 $56,250 $59,900

Moderate Income 51% - 80% AMI $50,800 $58,050 $65,300 $72,550 $78,400 $84,200 $90,000 $95,800

Maximum Housing Value - $382,194.90

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New Tool Helps Property Owners Understand and Lower Flood Risk CONTRIBUTED BY NIXON LEBRUN Assistant Director, Building Planning & Zoning Department

Ninety percent of all natural disasters in the United States involve flooding, making flooding the nation’s most common and costly disaster. And the trends are worsening. Fueled by climate change, extreme rainfall events and sea level rise will continue at a frightening pace; putting millions of people in the path of destructive floods. To help property owners, particularly those in flood-prone areas, understand their flood risk and the most effective flood mitigation strategies for their particular property, the Association of State Floodplain Managers (ASFPM) has launched Reduce Flood Risk (ReduceFloodRisk.org), an interactive flood mitigation resource library. At the heart of Reduce Flood Risk is a decision-making engine that guides property owners through a series of questions to help them understand their current flood risk and the specific steps they can take to better protect their home or business. The mitigation options on Reduce Flood Risk can be filtered by key attributes, such as cost, complexity, and level of required maintenance. The site also features a variety of resources on flood risk, flood insurance, financial assistance options, who to contact with questions, and links to more in-depth information and guidance. The site is completely free, and users don’t need to create an account to gain access to the resources. “To the average property owner, flood risk mitigation can feel like an overwhelming task. People often tell us they don’t even know where to start, so they put it off until it’s too late,” said Chad Berginnis, ASFPM executive director. “One of the goals of Reduce Flood Risk is to put people on a path toward under-

standing their flood risk and arming them with the tools they need to reduce that risk. And for those who think they’ll never flood, keep in mind that 40% of federal flood insurance claims occur outside of high-risk areas.”

CURATED RESOURCES AND CUSTOM RECOMMENDATIONS

One of the big problems Reduce Flood Risk solves is in simplifying the information-gathering process. Although there are a multitude of mitigation resources available to help individuals and communities reduce their flood risk, most of these resources are scattered across numerous federal and state agency websites, making it nearly impossible for property owners to find specific strategies tailored to the location and features of their home or business. By curating the best mitigation resources available on the web and creating a centralized, searchable library, Reduce Flood Risk empowers property owners to protect themselves and their most valuable assets. Funded by the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Office of the Flood Insurance Advocate, ASFPM developed the Reduce Flood Risk with input from representatives from FEMA, US Army Corps of Engineers, ASFPM committees, and academia. Founded in 1977, the Association of State Floodplain Managers (ASFPM) is a scientific and educational nonprofit organization dedicated to reducing flood loss in the nation. ASFPM and its 38 chapters represent approximately 20,000 state and local officials as well as other professionals engaged in all aspects of floodplain management and flood hazard mitigation, including management of local floodplain ordinances, flood risk mapping, engineering, planning, community development, hydrology, forecasting, emergency response, water resources development, and flood insurance. Visit www.floods.org to learn more. #FloodMitigation # FloodRisk

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PUBLIC SAFETY IN MIRAMAR necessary trust so that a homeless person can accept services. Yet, we don’t give up!! We simply wake up the next day and do it all over again. We have had some positive stories. Many think we teach the homeless things, when in reality they teach us and empower us to keep doing what we do and to do it from the heart.”

The Homeless Taskforce is a nonprofit that helps the displaced population in the county. It is comprised of all the Police departments within the county and its officers who are involved in the program, are all certified as homeless outreach officers; and under the leadership of Miramar Sergeant, Jason Brooks, who is also an active board member on the task force, Miramar police has opened lines of communication YesseniA DiAz and free training countywide. MirAMAr Officers can be seen daily on the streets POLiCe OFFiCer of Miramar speaking to those who are experiencing homelessness, offering assistance and resources, but most importantly they are treated with dignity and respect. Building a rapport with a homeless client is challenging, yet very rewarding. Today we highlight the work of Officer Yessenia Diaz, who started her career in law enforcement with the Atlanta Police Department in 1996 as a service aide at major crime scenes and working with a large population of illegal immigrants, who were terrified of all law enforcement. She recounts, “I will never forget a case in 1997 where I was the second person to arrive at the scene of a horrific murder. I was a civilian and a homicide detective requested me to the scene expeditiously for translation. As we drove-up I could see a body lying in the fetal position and a group of people mourning and surrounding it. One person in the crowd yelled in Spanish “La Migra!!” – which means “Immigration!!” - and everyone ran. I was thrown a crowd megaphone and told “Say something those are our witnesses!!” I spoke to the crowd from the heart and asked them in Spanish to trust us, we were not there to harm them.” “We needed their help to bring justice to their friend who had just been killed. He had no relatives in the U.S. To my surprise, I had about nine people return from the crowd of about 20. I will never forget the facial gestures on the innocent victim, he had been beaten to death with a bat over a six pack of beer (he was 16 years old). This career experience marked my career path. I wanted to truly help those that didn’t have a voice. I decided to come back home to South Florida and worked at the North Miami Police Department as a criminal investigative analyst alongside an amazing group of people. I was directly involved with detectives, command staff and helped solve many cases. After seven years there, I decided to take the big step and put myself through the police academy while I worked full-time as a crime analyst. One evening I had Miramar PD recruitment members speak to me while in class and in July of 2003 I joined the most amazing police department anywhere. Its Right Here in Miramar! As I say, if I had to do it all over again, I would still pick the Miramar Police Department and my family of residents all over again.

Q: How can the community get involved in helping our Law Enforcement members with handling the challenges of homelessness? “As a community, it’s important to call in homeless individuals to us. We send out patrol units to make contact with the homeless. We don’t want them getting injured for being at an intersection. We educate, empower them and promote enforcement when we need to by letting them know of our Panhandling Ordinance in the city. We also identify individuals and make sure they are not reported missing by a family member. Many times, after making contact with them they accept Fire-Rescue services and we have them medically evaluated. I want the community to understand that by calling in homeless individuals, you are looking out for them, protecting them and also helping us to open the lines of communication to help them. If anyone wants to assist financially, we encourage all donations to be made via the Broward Multi-Agency Homeless Task Force.”

Q: Who is Yessenia Diaz? Yessenia is the youngest of three children for her parents who migrated to the United States from Colombia, 60 years ago. She was born In New York and raised knowing the value of volunteerism as she would be seen volunteering at a local nursing home where her mom worked. She was raised in a very culturally diverse and socially involved way. We were known to first serve those without a meal for Thanksgiving and then we would have our family dinner. Yessenia is fluent in Spanish as she and her siblings would attend “Weekends Kids College in Spanish” and having that foundation opened the door for her to become a certified state translator.

Q: What motivated you to become a Police Officer? Officer Diaz was inspired to become a Police Officer based on particular life experiences and the unique people she met along the way. If you asked Yessenia earlier in life what her career path would be, she would have never said anything related to law enforcement. She wanted to be social worker as she enjoys helping those around her succeed, which is exactly what she does now with her passion for family, elders and quality of life.

Q: What are some of the major challenges faced when dealing with the homeless? “What most people don’t know is that being homeless is not a crime. Many of us are possibly one or two pay checks away from being homeless and that most homeless do not want to accept our assistance. It can take months or even years to gain the

Our community resource officers are members of the MultiAgency homeless task Force (MAhtF) and partner with Broward Outreach to actively assist our homeless population. Building trust and a rapport with this vulnerable population is key, so that they are more willing to accept services. Last week Officer Diaz assisted a man, who she had been speaking with for more than three months, accept shelter and services. she has visited him, even on her days off, bringing him his favorite snacks, making sure he feels comfortable and is getting the support he needs.

Q: You are always seen out and about in the community and with senior residents, how do you maintain that upbeat positive energy especially at a time when there is a negative perception of law enforcement? “They are all my seniors! I have a passion and genuine calling to protect them, educate them and be the go-to person when they cannot get an answer to a pressing concern. I was raised volunteering at a nursing home, where my mother worked. I remember being about six years old and calling out the BINGO numbers at Ocean View Nursing Home in Far Rockaway, New York. Sometimes we are blessed and the beautiful experiences growing up can be incorporated into our careers. I came up with “Educational Bingo” and when I started the S.A.L.T (Seniors and Law enforcement Together) program in 2015. I do a BINGO that talks about safety tips, crime trends, police programs and even highlights our amazing Community Resource Unit members. I was able to take the BINGO from my youth into my career. My seniors love the BINGO game and I always modify it to keep them current on trends. As an example, during COVID we had an increase in “Romance Scams” with the elderly. This occurred from being home so long and not being able to leave their homes to socialize. So, I brought attention to this as part of BINGO entry. I am empowered by my seniors to say that I look up to them is simply not enough! They actually deter the negative perception about law enforcement. My seniors are the best eyes and ears of the community. As volunteers they go above any beyond anything I have ever seen. I strive to extend their lines of communication to our amazing Miramar Fire Department and even with the military. We had a Holiday Safety Fashion Show and our seniors shined as they walked/rolled in with members of our Miramar Police, Miramar Fire Department and the National Guard. The event took place at the Miramar National Guard ballroom located here in our city. I enjoy working with the Miramar Social Service staff who have always welcomed Miramar Police S.A.L.T events throughout the years.” In closing out the interview with Miramar News, Officer Diaz had these parting words: “We all should not take for granted that we live, play or work in the City of Miramar. Our community is amazing because of each one of us doing our part in it. We should strive to better our community every single day; teach our kids that education, respect of each other and getting involved in our community is what will continue to build community.” She also stated “When it comes to my seniors, we all strive to get there one day. Let’s protect them and give them quality of life now, so that others may follow our paths for tomorrow.” We thank Officer Yessenia Diaz and her team in the Community Resource Unit for all the work that they do for the residents of Miramar. They not only serve and protect but are guardians of the people. Please visit miramarpd.org for more information on the Officer responsible for your zones throughout Miramar and reach out to your Officer with any concerns or information you may have. Miramar Police Department is here to serve you.


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HAPPENINGS IN MIRAMAR Community Resource Fair

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On Saturday, May 14th, 2022, the City of Miramar Social Services Department held its First Annual Community Resource Fair with over 40 agencies available to provide resources and information to residents. A Kid Zone, complete with Bounce House, Face Painting, and Sno

Cones, was set up for the children to enjoy outside. HIV testing, mammograms, COVID vaccines, and student resources were available to the community for free and without appointments. Raffles were held for gift cards as residents learned about services available to them from all over Broward County. Among the participating agencies were: Be Strong International, Florida

Department of Children and Families, Social Security Administration, Gang Alternative, Miramar Police and Fire Departments, Broward College, Broward County Property Appraiser’s Office, United Way, CareerSource Broward, 211, WIC, Urban League, LegalAid, Covenant House Florida, and many more. We look forward to seeing everyone enjoy themselves next year, as the

Community Resource Fair will continue to grow. A special thanks to our amazing sponsors for their help in making this event possible for the community. To our Gold Sponsorship: Medicare and Much More (MMM), our Silver Sponsorship: HomeCare Plus, Dispatch Health, and our Exhibitor Sponsorships: Aetna, Healthy Partners, and Bright Healthcare.

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