Miami Shores Village News – December 2014

Here’s a community update from Jesse Walters, Vice-Mayor, Miami Shores Village.  And remember that these go hand in hand with our monthly Miami Shores real estate market reports. miami shores-village-news by miamism Straight from Jesse Walters:

I am happy to share the following recent developments that I think will be of interest to you! DOWNTOWN SEWER PROJECT TO START IN APRIL On December 2, Council unanimously voted on my motion to create a special taxing district funded by commercial property owners that will fund NE 2nd Avenue’s new sewer and water main project.  Construction will begin in April 2015, and hopefully by this time next year we will see the reality of expanded retail and restaurants opening on the Avenue! NEW DOGGIE CLEAN UP STATIONS INSTALLED Thanks to a suggestion from resident Elisa Peleaz, and at my request, Miami Shores Village has installed 6 new doggie clean up stations downtown and along the railroad tracks.  These come with bags and a receptacle for the bags. TRAIN HORNS SOON TO BE A THING OF THE PAST Speaking of the railroad tracks, Miami-Dade County will begin installation of “quiet rail crossing equipment” in April and by summer those train whistles will end! COUNCIL MOVES FORWARD ON NEW COMMUNITY CENTER On December 2, Council unanimously approved funds for a feasibility study on a new Community Center, an important first step in this process. Part of the process is convening public meetings for input and conducting a survey of residents. You’ll be hearing more about this from the Village and in the Egret. This is tremendous news! FLORIDA GOVERNOR’S ELECTION ANALYSIS Many of you asked how Miami Shores residents voted in November’s gubernatorial election: Charlie Crist received 2,683 votes, Rick Scott garnered 905 votes. Medical marijuana got 2,550 “yes” votes to 935 “no” votes. Miami Shores voters turned out at a nearly 60% rate, far higher than the county’s overall turnout of 40%.  Imagine having our Miami Shores municipal elections in November instead of in April.  We wouldn’t have anymore 16% turnouts when we choose our Council! HAPPY HOLIDAYS Hopefully I will see many of you around  town this month.  But if I don’t, best wishes for a Happy Hanukkah, Merry Christmas, and a Happy New Year from my partner David, daughter Faith, and me! Get Into the Holiday Spirit at these Village Holiday Events If you missed attending the Village’s Winterfest celebration at the Recreation Fields this past weekend, mark your calendar for these other holiday events being presented by our Village  Check out the calendar of all upcoming Village events here. Miami Shores Muppet Christmas Carol   Miami Shores Caroling Hayride   Jesse Walters Vice Mayor, Miami Shores Village 305.333.8701

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