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Kids Back In School – Keep Them Safe!

School-ZoneDid you survive the kids going back to school?  It’s not that the kids themselves do anything to make the time bad.  It’s the added traffic during in/out times that we have to plan for.

And make no mistake about it.  You do have to plan.  The first couple of weeks are usually worse because bus drivers and parents of kids at new schools aren’t familiar with the routes or where the drop offs/pick ups are.  But by the time we’re into the 2nd month, things settle down substantially and we’re “back to normal,” so to speak.

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Miami Home Values Threatened – Show Up Tonight!

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We do NOT need more housing developments being built in Miami-Dade.  We have plenty of housing in place already.  Lots of it sitting vacant and unsold, so why build more?

Show up tonight and let your voice be heard. The following is re-printed in it’s entirety with permission from www.cleanwater.org.  Please visit the Hold the Line campaign online for more information.

Is Miami-Dade Selling Out????

YOUR VOICE is needed at these important meetings. It’s time to tell Miami-Dade officials that our economy, our environment, and our community can’t afford to keep bailing out private land developers!

November 3, 2008, 6:30 P.M. West Kendall Community Council (11)

Jorge Mas Canosa Middle School Auditorium

15735 SW 144 Street

Did you know…

Ø Miami-Dade reports 59,798 pre-foreclosures between January and September 2008?[1][1]

Ø More than 14.2% of existing housing units in the county are vacant?[2][2]

Ø Since 1994 the county has lost 27% of active farmlands? [3][3]

Ø Miami residents waste more than 50 hours in traffic delays each year?[4][4]

Ø Florida has just beat out California for the highest home foreclosures in the nation?[5][5]

Lennar’s Parklands project would:

v Add 6,941 homes to the surplus of homes on the market in Miami-Dade.

v Use nearly 1 million gallons of water per day.

v Be built in a FEMA flood zone.

v Develop 961 acres of Miami-Dade’s remaining agricultural lands.

v Increase the population by an estimated 18,232 residents.

v Pave open space within 2 miles of Everglades National Park.

v Offer less than 10% of its units for affordable housing.

v Have insufficient density to support mass transit.


[1][1] Florida Ranks No. 3 for Foreclosures. (08, October 10). South Florida Business Journal.

[2][2] (2008, October 20). Miami-Dade Dept. of Planning and Zoning. Retrieved October 23, 2008, from Initial Recommendation Parkland DRI Web site: http://www.miamidade.gov/planzone/cdmp/Parkland/Parkland_Init_Recs.pdf

[3][3] (2008, October 20). Miami-Dade Dept. of Planning and Zoning. Retrieved October 23, 2008, from Initial Recommendation Parkland DRI Web site: http://www.miamidade.gov/planzone/cdmp/Parkland/Parkland_Init_Recs.pdf

[4][4] Schrank, David (2007, September). 2007 Urban Mobility Report. Retrieved October 23, 2008

[5][5] (2008, August 26). Realtytrac. Retrieved October 23, 2008, from Miami-Dade County Foreclosures Web site: http://www.realtytrac.com/states/Florida/Miami-Dade-County.html

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Property Tax Appeal Deadline Is Today

Today is the deadline for submitting an application to Dade County to contest the 2008 market value of your property.  If you haven’t yet done so, today is your last chance! It can take up to a year or possibly longer for your case to be heard, so don’t worry if you’re not prepared yet.  Just get the form turned in today.  You’ll have plenty of time later to gather your supporting documents.

It costs $15 to file the application.  Here is a link to the form.  Here are the filing locations:

Stephen P. Clark Center (VAB Main Office)
111 N.W. 1st Street, Suite 1720, Miami, Florida 33128-1981


· South Dade Government Center
10710 S.W. 211th Street, Room 207, Miami, Florida (Sept. 11 & 12 & Sept. 15 – 17 Only)


· North Dade Justice Center
15555 Biscayne Blvd., Room 100, Miami, Florida (Sept. 11 & 12 & Sept. 15 – 17 Only)

I’ll follow up with another post to provide more info about getting ready for an appeal, but for now, get the application in!

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