Our City Miramar: July 2024

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The Florida Land Boom 100 Years Later

One hundred years ago, in July 1924, a former citrus farmer set out to make a fortune in a new industry. 38-year-old George Merrick envisioned creating a “City Beautiful” in South Florida, combining architectural harmony, lush landscaping, and modern amenities. The community was meticulously planned with wide, tree-lined avenues, parks, and a strict architectural code that emphasized Mediterranean Revival-style buildings.

Merrick’s vision became Coral Gables, which served as a model for South Florida community development for decades to come. The development of Coral Gables also accelerated the Florida land boom, a time of explosive growth driven by a booming real estate market. This boom ultimately led to the region we know today and contributed, in part, to the Great Depression.

The Florida land boom of the 1920s was a whirlwind of real estate speculation and development with soaring land prices and extensive urbanization. Real estate speculation ran wild. Land prices skyrocketed as investors traded properties, often sight unseen. Planned communities, luxury hotels, and infrastructure projects, such as roads and bridges, sprouted up to cater to the burgeoning population and influx of tourists.

Many people invested their life savings in Florida real estate, often buying land on credit. This influx of capital fueled further development and speculation. The market became saturated with properties. The rapid pace of development outstripped demand, leading to a glut of unsold real estate. A series of devastating hurricanes in 1926 and 1928 caused significant property damage and undermined confidence in Florida’s real estate market.

By the late 1920s, the real estate bubble burst, leaving a trail of shattered dreams. Property values plummeted, leaving investors with staggering losses and unsellable land. The collapse of the Florida land boom reverberated across the national economy. The loss of wealth and the subsequent bank failures cast a shadow over economic activity. Despite the bust, the infrastructure and developments from the boom period laid the groundwork for Florida’s future growth and development.

The Florida land boom of the 1920s serves as a cautionary tale about the dangers of speculative bubbles and the importance of sustainable economic development. Its collapse played a significant role in the chain of events that led to the Great Depression, demonstrating the interconnectedness of local and national economies.

July 2024 Calendar


4th of July Celebration

Celebrate our Nation's Independence in the City of Miramar on Monday, July 4th at Miramar Regional Park from 7 - 9 p.m. Enjoy music by our DJ, food trucks, food and novelty vendors, and a kids zone while you await a spectacular fireworks show. Hosted at Miramar Regional Park, 16801 Miramar Parkway. For additional info, call 954-602-3319.


Community Outreach Event Missionwood

The City of Miramar conducts outreach meetings with residents to inform them of happenings, issues, and other matters concerning their neighborhood and neighboring areas. Here residents will meet with city staff, the Police department, the fire Department and City officials. 10:00 am - 1:00 pm at 8381 Missionwood Circle. For more info, call 954-883-5328.


Broadway Through the Years

"Broadway Through the Years Two," a musical cabaret directed by Del Marrero, will feature actors and actresses who may or may not have starred in past PPTOPA productions, and will include selections from a variety of popular musicals. Presented by Pembroke Pines Theater for the Performing Arts at Pembroke Pines Theater for the Performing Arts, 17195 Sheridan Street, Pembroke Pines. Show starts at 8:00 pm. Scan the QR code for tickets or more info.

JULY 13-14

Dinosaurs Weekend at Flamingo Gardens

Travel back to the time before the continents as we know them existed, when lush landscapes covered Africa and Antarctica was green! Grab your prehistoric passport and discover how land bridges, volcanic activity, and plate tectonics allowed dinosaurs such as T. rex, Spinosaurus, Hadrosaur, and more to disperse all over the globe, giving each of today’s continents its own unique selection of these giant reptiles. Dinosaur Weekend will include the opportunity to “excavate” fossils and see a movie short in the Gallery, about the evolution of “Dinosaurs Among Us,” or birds, and how they are truly modern-day dinosaurs. Scan the QR code to learn more or book tickets


Summer Symphony Series

The City of Pembroke Pines presents the Summer Symphony Series with members of the South Florida Symphony Orchestra for fun concerts for all ages, with a mix of lively pops, Broadway hits and contemporary melodies! View below the schedule for our Summer Symphony Series. Admission is free! Hosted at The Charles F. Dodge City Center. For more info, call 954-392-2122.

July 2024 Calendar


JULY 18-20

2024 U.S. Paralympic Track & Field Team Trials

The Ansin Sports Complex in Miramar will host the U.S. Paralympic Team Trials for track and field. This event will showcase the best Paralympic athletes in the country, culminating in the announcement of the athletes who will represent Team USA at the Paralympic Games in Paris. Scan the QR code for more info or to purchase tickets.


Hand Building Vase Workshop

Artist and educator Jose Pita teaches Hand building, a pottery-making technique that involves creating forms using your hands, without a pottery wheel. Learn various hand-building techniques as you are guided through making your own vase. Hosted at Studio 18 Art Complex, 1101 Poinciana Drive. 11:00 am - 2:00 pm. For more info, scan the QR code.



Calling all Swifties for the most epic Taylor-themed event. The all-ages Taylor Swift Laser Party is coming to Broward. Immerse yourself in Tay Tay's music provided by DJ Swiftie while surrounded by synchronized lasers and lights. You'll sing and dance to all your favorite Taylor Swift songs for an unforgettable night. For more info and tickets scan the QR code.


Zach Bryan in Concert

The singer-songwriter is known for his heartfelt, raw, and emotional music. Bryan's music career gained significant momentum through his self-released albums, which he recorded in a DIY fashion, often using simple recording setups. His debut album, "DeAnn," released in 2019, was named in honor of his late mother and received critical acclaim for its authenticity and lyrical depth. Concert will be held at Amerant Bank Arena. Fore more info or tickets, scan the QR code.


Blake Shelton at the Hard Rock

As one of Country Music’s chief ambassadors, Blake Shelton has been delivering country music to a diverse audience for more than 20 years. The former judge from the hit show “The Voice” will be taking his talents to South Florida at The Hard Rock Casino. The show starts at 8:00 pm. Scan the QR code for more info or tickets.


BIZ FIT 2024

Small Business Resource Fair

Come meet with vendors and connect with experts! Miramar Vice Mayor Alexandra Davis will host a resource fair at the Miramar Cultural center for Small Business owners and managers. The event will take place from 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm and include both workshop presentations and a resource expo. For more info, visit www.bizfit2024.eventbrite.com

The Democrats Choice!

Former Mayor of Broward County, 14 years in elected office. Business owner and Nurse for 33 years.

Dr. Barbara Sharief is a distinguished healthcare and public service leader who is celebrated for her commitment to community improvement in healthcare, housing, education, and employment.

Personal History

Barbara was born and raised in South Florida as one of eight siblings. Her early life was shaped by the tragic loss of her father to gun violence, an experience that instilled a strong work ethic and a drive to help others. Barbara pursued higher education rigorously, earning a Bachelor’s degree in Nursing from Florida International University, a Master’s degree in Nursing, and an Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner (ARNP) license from the same institution. In 2017, she earned a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree from Wilkes University.

Work History

Barbara’s career began in healthcare, advancing from registered nurse to ARNP. In 2001, she founded South Florida Pediatric Homecare, Inc., a healthcare company specializing in care for medically complex children, which grew significantly under her leadership.

Political Career

For 13 years, Barbara has served Broward County as a County Commissioner, former County Vice Mayor, and two-time County Mayor. She was the

first African American woman to serve as Mayor and the first African American female President of the Florida Association of Counties. Her tenure included initiatives for insurance relief, affordable housing, healthcare, school funding, teacher pay, and union protection. Barbara also advocated for veterans, reproductive rights, clean drinking water, and veterans’ benefits.

Leadership & Advocacy

As County Mayor, Barbara coordinated responses to Hurricane Irma, the Fort Lauderdale Airport shooting, and the Port Everglades oil spill. She advocated for all 67 counties in Florida on issues such as quality healthcare, social justice, voting rights, women’s issues, human rights, education, water resources, environmental protection, and good-paying jobs. Barbara also lobbied in Washington on healthcare, Medicare, Medicaid, clean water, and rural and agricultural issues.

Notable Accomplishments

Barbara saved taxpayers $33 million in unfunded mandates and secured funding for projects like the Miramar Amphitheater and youth employment programs. She led infrastructure improvements and promoted minority-owned and Certified LGBT+ Business Enterprises.



Barbara sponsored programs such as the Foster Park Reading Library Program and Veterans Appreciation Day.

Her dedication to supporting minority-owned businesses is evident through her initiatives to foster an inclusive business environment.

Legacy & Ongoing Efforts

Barbara’s legacy in Broward County is profound. As a candidate for the State Senate in District 35, she is committed to quality healthcare, social justice, voting rights, women’s issues, human rights, education, water resources, environmental protection, and good-paying jobs. Her experience and values make her exceptionally well-suited to be a Senator, ready to champion her constituents’ needs and rights.

As a successful businesswoman, Barbara founded a home health company that provides jobs to over 500 professionals. With 30 years in healthcare, she understands community challenges and is prepared to fight for her constituents. Barbara is also a proud member of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. (AKA) and The Links, Inc.

Dr. Barbara Sharief exemplifies dedication and leadership, bridging her expertise in healthcare with her passion for public service. Her achievements and ongoing efforts underscore her commitment to improving the quality of life for all residents of Broward County and her readiness to serve as a State Senator for District 35.

Dr. Sharief with Hillary Clinton, highlighting a moment of shared commitment to public service and leadership.
Dr. Sharief developed ACA care and drug guidelines at the National Assoc. of Counties under President Obama.
Dr. Sharief and property appraiser Marty Kiar with his dad Monroe Kiar.
Dr. Sharief, with 30+ years in healthcare and public service, exemplifies dedication and compassion.

Broward County Launches Small Business Micro-Grant Pilot Program

The Broward County Office of Economic and Small Business Development (OESBD) administers a Small Business Micro-Grant Pilot Program to provide working capital for small businesses located within Broward County. The program is intended to assist the smallest of Broward businesses that need financial assistance.

Eligibility Requirements

• Business is currently eligible (meaning they are NOT suspended or debarred) to contract with the federal, state, or local government to receive federal, state, or local grants or loans.

• Registered with a Broward County Business License Tax Receipt (2023 or 2024) (note: registration must have been completed by 5PM on Friday, June 7, 2024)

• Registered with a City Business License Tax Receipt (2023 or 2024)

• Have been in operations on or before October 1, 2022

• Registered with State of Florida Division of Corporations

• Business Tax Filings must be current (2022 or 2023)

The application process is online, and qualified applications will be reviewed by OESBD. Qualifying applicants can apply for $2,500 in reimbursable expenses for their small business for eligible expenses paid within 60 days before their application date.

• Business Gross Annual Revenue of $500,000 or less

• Business Employs 10 full-time people or less

• The applicant(s) must be a majority owner or combined majority owners of the business (50% or more)

• Must be a for-profit business

• Must not be part of a national chain

• Grant eligibility will be based on the address of the business as reported in the application; the home address of a business owner will not be considered unless the business is operating as a home-based business

• One application per business, regardless of total eligible expenses.

Eligible Expenses

• Purchase of Inventory and Supplies

• Business Equipment

• Payment of rent or mortgage of the commercial space

• Publicity, Marketing & Advertising

• Commercial Security Systems

• Commercial Liability Insurance

• Professional Services

Scan to learn more or apply

Enchanted Evening




It’s prom season for South Florida teenagers, and that’s also true for those hospitalized or receiving treatment at Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital. The pediatric facility in Hollywood hosted its annual teen soiree - with help from the Anthony Rizzo Family Foundation, Dunkin’ Joy in Childhood Foundation, and A Prom to Remember – to provide sick kids who may have missed their high school proms (or aren’t able to currently attend school for health reasons) an opportunity to experience the special ritual.

The children’s hospital’s Child Life Zone was transformed into an enchanted forest for the evening. Nearly 70 kids enjoyed food, drinks, music, magic, airbrush tattoos, caricature arts of themselves, a virtual reality experience, raffle prizes, and guest appearances by Miami Dolphins cheerleaders and Hooters pageant queens.

Photo Credit: Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital Foundation

Spotlight Shines on Girls and Teens with Disabilities at 11th Annual Miss Arc Broward Pageant

Fifteen young girls and teens with disabilities lit up the stage at the 11th Annual Miss Arc Broward Pageant, sending a powerful message of inclusion and acceptance to the South Florida community. Throughout the pageant season, which began in February, contestants participated in various activities and special events designed to build friendships, self-esteem, and confidence, with 20 teen ambassadors from high schools across Broward County serving as mentors.

This year’s contestants included: Hailey Acevedo, 15, Coral Springs; Halia Allen, 13, Hollywood; Zoe Burgess, 15, Coral Springs; Alyssa Custodio, 16, Coral Springs; Grace Ann Garland, 17, Hollywood; Madison Gerstein, 9, Hollywood; Mikayla Golka, 11, Parkland; Kayla Mills, 16, Hollywood; Nevaeh Myers, 15, Jupiter; Elizabeth Rivera, 12, Weston; Luciana Avella Rodriguez, 9, Pembroke Pines; Nola Schader, 15, Miramar; Alessandra Soto, 16, Hollywood; Kiely Vassar, 6, Fort Lauderdale; and Leila Yates, 13, Pembroke Pines.

Contestants showcased their talents and personalities on stage while the audience cheered, applauded, and waved supportive signs. Mikayla Golka, impressed everyone with her deep knowledge of the Florida Panthers, showing her loyalty as a longtime fan of the NHL hockey team. Kayla Mills sang a song and spoke passionately about advocating for those with "invisible" disabilities. Other contestants displayed their talents in various ways, such as singing, dancing, martial arts, and storytelling.

While everyone was a winner, the spotlight

shone especially bright on 11-year-old Mikayla Golka from Parkland and 16-year-old Kayla Mills from Hollywood, who were crowned Little Miss Arc and Miss Arc Broward respectively. It was an emotional moment for their friends and family in the audience at The Parker.

Since being crowned Little Miss Arc, and with the Florida Panthers competing in the Stanley Cup finals, Golka has been using her platform and super fan status to spread a message of inclusion and acceptance to a national audience with an appearance on ABC’s “Good Morning America” prior to the Panthers’ first game of the finals.

“The Miss Arc Pageant is a unique event that empowers young girls and teens with disabilities to pursue their dreams. It celebrates their amazing abilities and shows that individuals with disabilities deserve opportunities to shine,” said Julie Price, Arc Broward CEO. “We are grateful to our sponsors and volunteers who make this pageant possible and promote greater awareness and acceptance of those with disabilities.”

The Miss Arc Broward Pageant was led by co-chairs Natalie Glusman and Candace Kelly. It was presented by Pediatric Associates and supported by numerous sponsors, including iHeart, The Palmer Family, UKG, Princess Cruises, Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital, and more.

Arc Broward offers transformative opportunities for children and adults with disabilities and other life challenges. For more information about Arc Broward’s programs and services, visit arcbroward.com.

Little Miss Arc Mikayla Golka, 11, from Parkland and Miss Arc Kayla Mills, 16, from Hollywood
Contestants in the 2024 Miss Arc Broward Pageant shine on stage
Candace Kelly and Natalie Glusman, co-chairs, Miss Arc Broward Pageant
Photos courtesy of Arc Broward

Top Cadets Honored at Broward Schools JROTC Ceremony; Scholarships Awarded

The 2024 Fort Lauderdale Air Show, held on May 11 and 12, brought excitement and awe to the shores of the Atlantic. This year's event featured an impressive lineup of aerial performers and aircraft that left spectators breathless.

Thunder Thunderbirds and More

Cadet Colonel Addison App of West Broward High School’s JROTC unit was named Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) 2023/24 JROTC Cadet of the Year. He received the Superintendent’s Award of Excellence during a special celebration and Pass in Review ceremony on May 24, 2024, at Pompano Beach High School. App, a member of the Class of 2024, is attending the United States Military Academy after graduation.

In all, seven top cadets were honored and received scholarships worth a combined total of $10,000.

The cadets were evaluated on their academic performance,

demonstrated leadership, community service, school involvement, and JROTC participation. Rounding out this year’s top winners were:


Cadet Rashad Coleman (11th grade), Coconut Creek High School Distinguished Cadets

• Stefanie Morancy (11th grade), Boyd Anderson High School

- Entrepreneur Leadership and Military Academy

• Ashley Melo (12th grade), Coral Glades High School

• Marco Reyes (12th grade), Miramar High School

• Gabriel Fonarov (12th grade), Nova High School

• Anthony Clase (12th grade), South Broward High School

In addition to the top winners, one Outstanding Cadet from each BCPS high school was also recognized during the ceremony. BCPS offers the largest JROTC program in the world, with opportunities in every high school and several middle schools.

The 2023/24 school year marked the 50th anniversary of the JROTC partnership between BCPS and the United States Department of Defense, which impacted more than 200,000 JROTC cadets from all four branches of the military.

Addison App

TOP KITCHEN RENOVATION TRENDS OF 2024 Style Meets Sustainability

The most popular kitchen trends for 2024 combine style, functionality, and sustainability. If you plan to renovate your kitchen, here are some top trends to consider.

1. Sustainable Materials

Eco-friendly choices are becoming a staple in modern kitchens. In 2024, many homeowners opt for recycled and sustainably sourced materials like bamboo, reclaimed wood, and recycled metal. These materials not only look great but also help reduce your carbon footprint. Additionally, energy-efficient appliances, such as induction cooktops and smart refrigerators, are in high demand. These appliances save energy and can significantly lower your utility bills.

2. Bold Color Palettes

Say goodbye to bland kitchens! This year, bold color palettes are making a splash. Darker hues like navy blue, emerald green, and charcoal are popular for cabinets and accent walls. These rich colors add depth and sophistication to your kitchen. For those who love a pop of color, vibrant, bright yellow or red accents can be added through backsplashes or small appliances, creating a lively and cheerful space.

3. Smart Kitchens

Technology is transforming kitchens into intelligent spaces. Integrated technology, including smart appliances that can be controlled via smartphone apps, is a growing trend. Imagine preheating your oven from your phone or checking the contents of your fridge while grocery shopping. Voice-activated assistants like Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant are also being integrated, allowing hands-free control of kitchen devices.

4. Mixed Materials

Combining different materials is a trend that adds texture and interest to your kitchen. Mixing wood, metal, and stone creates a layered, dynamic look. Contrasting finishes, such as matte and glossy surfaces, add visual appeal and make your kitchen unique.

5. Open Shelving

Open shelving is replacing upper cabinets in many kitchens. This minimalist approach creates a more open and airy feel. Open shelves are not just for storage; they also provide a perfect display space for beautiful dishware, plants, and decorative items, adding a personal touch to your kitchen.

6. Multi-Functional Islands

Kitchen islands are becoming more versatile. In 2024, multi-functional islands designed for cooking, dining, and storage are trending. Some islands even feature built-in seating, making them ideal for casual dining or socializing while cooking.

7. Nature-Inspired Designs

Bringing nature indoors is a popular trend. Natural elements like live plants, natural light, and organic shapes create a calming environment. Earthy tones such as terracotta, sage green, and warm browns can create a cozy, nature-inspired atmosphere.

8. Minimalist Design

Minimalism continues to be a strong trend. Clean lines and uncluttered spaces define this style. Hidden storage solutions, where cabinets and drawers conceal appliances and utensils, help maintain a tidy and sleek appearance.

9. High-Tech Backsplashes

Backsplashes are getting a tech upgrade. Integrated LED lighting provides both functional and aesthetic benefits. Interactive surfaces displaying recipes, videos, and other useful information are becoming more common, making cooking more convenient.

10. Touchless Features

Hygiene and convenience are priorities in 2024 kitchens. Hands-free faucets with motion sensors reduce the spread of germs and make kitchen tasks more manageable. Touchless trash cans that open with a wave of the hand are also popular. These trends reflect a growing emphasis on technology, sustainability, and personalized style, making kitchens more efficient, eco-friendly, and aesthetically pleasing. If you're planning a kitchen renovation, these trends can help you create a beautiful, functional space that suits your needs.

Curb Appeal on a Budget


Improving the look of your home doesn't have to cost much money. You can make your house look fabulous without spending too much with a few simple changes. Here are some easy tips to boost your home's curb appeal on a budget.

1. Fresh Paint

A new coat of paint is one of the easiest ways to refresh your home. You don't have to paint the whole house. Painting the front door a bright, welcoming color can make a big difference. Choose a color that stands out but also matches the rest of your house.

2. Clean & Tidy

A clean yard can make your home look much better. Start by mowing the lawn and trimming overgrown bushes. Remove any weeds and sweep the driveway and walkway. Cleaning your windows can also make a big difference. Sparkling windows make your home look more inviting.

3. Plant Flowers & Shrubs

Adding some colorful flowers and shrubs is an inexpensive way to improve your yard. Choose plants that do well in South Florida's warm climate. You can find many affordable options at local garden centers. Plant flowers in your garden beds and add potted plants on your porch or steps.

4. Add Mulch

Mulch is a simple and cheap way to make your garden look neat and tidy. Spread mulch around your plants and flower beds. It helps to keep weeds away and makes your plants stand out. You can choose from different mulch colors to match your home's exterior.

5. Update House Numbers

Changing your house numbers can give your home a fresh look. Choose stylish and modern numbers that are easy to read from the street. This small change can make a big impact on your home's appearance.

6. Outdoor Lighting

Good lighting can make your home look welcoming and safe. You don't need to spend a lot on fancy lights. Solar-powered lights are a great option because they are easy to install and don't add to your electric bill. Place them along your walkway and around your garden.

7. Decorate the Porch

Your front porch is one of the first things people see. Make it cozy and inviting with some simple decorations. Add a comfortable chair or a bench, colorful cushions, and potted plants. A nice doormat can also add a welcoming touch.

8. Fix and Paint the Fence

If you have a fence, make sure it's in good shape. Fix any broken parts and give it a fresh coat of paint if needed. A well-maintained fence can make your whole yard look better. This is also true with metal fences. An aluminum fence will fade and discolor under the South Florida sun. a nice coat of high quality spray paint can add years to a wll constructed fence.

9. DIY Projects

Many do-it-yourself projects can improve your home's exterior. For example, you can build a simple garden trellis or create a birdhouse. These small projects add charm and personality to your home. Improving your home's curb appeal can be simple and easy. With these simple and affordable tips, you can make your house the best-looking one on the block. Happy home improving!

Home Renovations in South Florida


When it comes to selling your home in South Florida, strategic renovations can significantly enhance its value and attract potential buyers. With the region's unique architectural styles, climate considerations, and buyer preferences, knowing which renovations to prioritize is crucial. Let's explore a few home renovations that can help maximize your selling price in South Florida.

Kitchen Remodeling:

The kitchen is often considered the heart of a home, and a well-designed and updated kitchen can make a significant impact on potential buyers. In South Florida, where outdoor living and entertaining are popular, consider an open-concept design that seamlessly integrates the kitchen with the dining and living areas. Updating countertops, cabinets, and appliances with sleek and modern options can enhance both

the functionality and aesthetic appeal of the space, making it more attractive to buyers.

Outdoor Living Spaces:

South Florida's pleasant climate makes outdoor living spaces highly desirable for homeowners. Invest in creating inviting outdoor areas such as a patio, deck, or screened-in porch that seamlessly blend with the indoor living spaces. Consider adding features like an outdoor kitchen, a pool, or a landscaped garden to enhance the appeal. These additions not only create a relaxing oasis but also add value to your home and increase its overall marketability.

Energy-Efficient Upgrades:

With South Florida's hot and humid climate, energy efficiency is a key consideration for homeowners. Upgrading your home with these features can be an attractive selling point. Install energy-efficient windows and doors to improve insulation and reduce cooling costs. Consider replacing old appliances with energy-star-rated models, which not only save energy but also appeal to environmentally conscious buyers. Adding solar panels to the roof can also significantly increase your home's value, as it demonstrates a commitment to sustainability and offers potential savings on electricity bills.

Bathroom Updates:

Bathrooms are another crucial area of focus for home renovations that can maximize your selling price. Consider updating fixtures, faucets, and lighting to give the space a fresh and modern feel. Opt for neutral colors and timeless designs that appeal to a wide range of buyers. Upgrading the bathroom's functionality, such as adding dual sinks, a spa-like shower, or a luxurious bathtub, can also increase its appeal and overall value.

When it comes to selling your home in South Florida, strategic renovations can be a game-changer. Best strategy: Keep the focus on the kitchen, outdoor living spaces, energy-efficient upgrades, and bathroom updates that can make your home more appealing to potential buyers. Remember to choose renovations that align with the region's climate, architectural style, and buyer preferences to maximize your selling price and attract a broader pool of interested buyers.


As your Mayor of our beautiful city of Miramar, I have always believed in the power of community. Together, we have built a vibrant, diverse, and forward-thinking city. Achieving this requires effort and the will of our residents to protect it, and at times, it calls for our collective voice and action.

The Proposed Incinerator Project is less than a mile from the Miramar West border.

While our city has made incredible strides in development and growth, we face a significant challenge with the proposed incinerator site less than a mile from West Miramar. Miramar and our 250,000 neighbors in Pembroke Pines, Southwest Ranches, Weston, and surrounding areas will be negatively impacted if this incinerator is built in our backyard. This project threatens our environment, our health, our air and water quality and our quality of life.

We must send a resounding message to the Miami-Dade Commission: We stand against this site selection and demand to be heard! I urge you to act now:

• Sign the petition—at miramarfl.gov/noburn Share the petition with friends and family.

• Call the Miami-Dade Commission Board to express your concerns about the proposed incinerator site. Urge them not to select the Airport West site, which will affect our quality of life, and to choose the more appropriate site in Medley, an industrial city that has publicly stated they want the incinerator there. You can find contact information for the Miami-Dade Commission by visiting miramarfl. gov/noburn

The Miami-Dade Commission is advancing the vote to select one of the sites to September 7th, 2024, and Miramar is prepared to take legal action if necessary. Every voice counts, and together, we can stop this incinerator from coming to our backyard.

New FEMA Flood Insurance Requirements

In addition to the incinerator issue, another critical matter is the new FEMA flood insurance requirements. Effective July 31, 2024, FEMA has expanded the area of the flood zone, impacting over 20,000 residents of Miramar. This means many of our citizens will now be required to purchase flood insurance, adding financial strain on top of the existing challenges we face.

For our residents, this change underscores the importance of staying informed and prepared. Flood insurance can be a crucial safeguard for your property and assets, providing peace of mind in the face of increasingly unpredictable weather patterns. I encourage all affected residents to:

• Review your property’s flood risk and visit Miramarfl.withforerunner.com

• Contact your insurance provider to understand the new requirements and options available.

• Participate in community meetings and forums to stay updated and voice your concerns.

We are committed to working with FEMA and other agencies to ensure that our residents have the support and resources they need to navigate this change.

Promoting Health and Wellness in Our Community

Amid these challenges, I remain committed to fostering a healthy and active community. Our free weekly fitness initiatives, such as Soca and Yoga sessions, have been instrumental in promoting wellness and unity among our residents. These activities not only keep us physically fit but also strengthen our communal bonds.

Our city’s strength lies in the unity and our willingness to stand together in the face of adversity. I am confident that, with your support, we can address these challenges and continue to build a better, stronger Miramar.

Let’s act now, stay informed, and keep moving forward—together.

Aging in Place?

Consider an AmeriGlide stair lift to keep you safe on your stairs.

Benefits of owning an AmeriGlide stair lift:

Eliminate the risk of falls.

Enjoy a comfortable ride up and down all of your home.

Enjoy comfortable, safe and easy access to all of your home.

More affordable than options such as moving.



As summertime reaches its peak, we want to share important tips to help make your summer safe and enjoyable: Planning to get away this summer?

• Consider signing up for the Miramar Police Department’s FREE Vacation Patrol Program. We check on your home daily to help prevent burglaries and look out for suspicious activity. To sign up visit miramarpd.org and click on Services.

• Set timers on lights and stop mail or other deliveries to help deter burglars. Do not let your house appear as if no one is home.

• Don’t announce travel plans or post vacation photos on social media, until you have returned home.

• Secure valuables in a safe deposit box or hidden out of sight.

• Check doors and windows. It may seem obvious but double-check just to be sure they are all, including garage doors, locked.

• Do not leave spare keys outdoors or in vehicles.

• Let a trusted neighbor know they should call police if they see something suspicious.

Summertime Fun

• Make sure to wear a helmet and other safety gear when biking, skating, skateboarding, and riding scooters. Helmets have been shown to significantly reduce the risk of head injury.

Drowning is Preventable

• NEVER leave a child alone near water and never leave a child with another “older” child. If your child is missing and you live near water, check the water first! Always provide adult supervision of children.

• Prevent access to pools with barriers and alarms. Many children who drown in home pools were only out of their parents’ sight for less than five minutes.

• Learn how to perform CPR. Miramar Fire Rescue offers CPR classes on the last Monday of every month. For more information, visit miramarfd.org and click on the Classes tab.

• Enroll your children in swim lessons if they do not know how to swim.

• Install and maintain drain covers that prevent entrapment and entanglement.

• Remember things like water wings, floats, swim boards and pool noodles are toys. Although they can aid you in swimming, you should never rely on them completely.

• Never swim alone. Swim with a relative or friend and make sure a lifeguard is within eyesight.

Kids Staying Home While You Work?

• Ensure your child is mature enough to handle emergencies, regardless of age. Can they safely exit during a fire? Will they call police if needed? Assess their ability to respond to critical situations before leaving them alone.

• Teach children to use social media responsibly. Discuss expectations, usage, boundaries, and overall safety, including adults impersonating children, cyberbullying, sextortion, and the dangers of sharing too much personal information.

• Monitor your child’s use of social media.

• Children should understand they should never let anyone know they are home alone, nor take a ride from anyone without first checking with their parents or guardians.

• Make sure your children keep doors locked and do not open doors unless the visit has been pre-approved by parents or guardians.

• Keep your firearms locked and secured.

• Children should always be required to check in with a parent or guardian before leaving the house and when returning home. Teach your children there is safety in numbers and to avoid going alone to places.

• Teach children not to be afraid to say “no” and to get away from any situation that makes them feel scared, uncomfortable, or confused. Make sure your children feel they can trust their feelings and that they can tell a trusted adult of any situation that makes them feel that way.


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Greetings From Your Chamber President!

As the summer sun shines brightly over South Florida, it’s the perfect time for residents to explore their own backyard and support the local businesses that make the cities of Miramar, Pembroke Pines, and our surrounding areas vibrant and unique. This summer, we encourage everyone to consider a “staycation” – enjoying all that our area has to offer while boosting the local economy.

Discover Local Gems: Instead of traveling far, take the opportunity to discover local attractions, shops, and restaurants. South Florida is home to an array of hidden gems, from boutique stores to family-owned eateries. Spend a day visiting local museums, art galleries, or historical sites that you might not have explored before. Not only will you have a great time, but you’ll also help sustain the businesses that define our community’s character.

Support Seasonal Markets and Events: Summer is a prime time for local farmers’ markets, craft fairs, and community events. These gatherings offer a chance to purchase fresh, locally-grown produce, unique handmade goods, and enjoy live entertainment. Attending these events supports small businesses and fosters a sense of community spirit.

Plan a Local Adventure: Take advantage of the natural beauty and recreational activities available in our area. Whether it’s a day at the beach, a hike in a nearby park, or a kayaking trip, there are countless ways to enjoy the outdoors while staying close to home.

Dine Local: Summer is a great time to explore the culinary scene right here in our city. Many restaurants feature seasonal menus highlighting fresh, local ingredients. Try out a new eatery, or revisit a favorite spot, and consider ordering takeout or delivery if you prefer to dine at home.

By focusing on local experiences and supporting our local businesses, we can enjoy a fulfilling summer while contributing to the economic well-being of our community. Let’s make this summer a time of discovery, relaxation, and community support!

Now and in the future, the Chamber is dedicated to being a Convener of Leaders, a Catalyst for positive change, and a Champion for a strong business community. For more information and our event calendar, visit www.miramarpembrokepines.org.

Yours in Service,

Patty Archer

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