Miami-Dade Democratic Party Calls on County Commission to Stop Allocating Resources for 836 Toll Road Boondoggle

Recent Court Ruling Against Project Bolsters Case that Commission Should Rescind Authorizing Legislation

MIAMI, FL: The Miami-Dade Democratic Executive Committee passed a resolution at its Monday meeting urging the Miami-Dade County Commission and the Mayor to “revisit and rescind their decision”  to approve an amendment to the Comprehensive Development Master Plan allowing for the extension of the the SR 836 Expressway 13 miles outside the Urban Development Boundary. The resolution also called on the Commission and Mayor to rescind the federal application for permitting the toll road extension, and to cease allocating county staff and financial resources in pursuit of the project. 

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Receiving and providing support in times of crisis. The importance of mutual aid

We are living through an unprecedented time, and likely flooded with thoughts of how can I help, who can help me, and what’s going to happen next. It’s even more important that we unite as a community virtually. Several community leaders have stepped up to create a grassroots mutual aid group on Facebook, where members can make requests for support, offer assistance, and share vital resources and events. This is an excellent opportunity to come together and be there for one another.

Search on Facebook for COVID-19 South FL Mutual Aid

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Miami-Dade Democratic Party Hails Surge in Vote-By-Mail Numbers in Florida Primary

Party Encourages Democrats to Enroll in Vote By Mail for August Primary

MIAMI, FL: While Republicans usually outpace Democrats in Vote-By-Mail, this year, Miami-Dade Democratic turnout surpassed Republican turnout in all categories of Vote-By-Mail, Early Voting, and Election Day numbers, a good indication of Democratic enthusiasm.

Despite concerns about the novel coronavirus depressing voter turnout in Florida’s Presidential Preference Primary on March 17, the Miami-Dade Democratic Party hailed the results as vindication in its efforts to enroll ever higher numbers of Democrats in Vote-By-Mail. Some 59,327 Democrats cast ballots by mail in the 2020 presidential primary, a strong increase from the 50,536 ballots cast by mail in 2016. 

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Presidential Primary Polling Places Changed due to Coronavirus

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On Friday, March 13, the Miami-Dade Supervisor of Elections announced changes to 8 polling places to protect the residents of senior residential facilities

The voters who reside at senior residential facilities can either vote in person at their precinct or cast their vote via Vote-by-Mail ballot. The voters who do not reside at senior residential facilities will be relocated to a new precinct.

The affected precincts and their new locations are as follows:

  • Precincts 047/048, Rebecca Towers, 200 Alton Road, Miami Beach, FL
    • New location: South Pointe Elementary School, 1050 4th Street, Miami Beach, FL
  • Precinct 196, Villas del Lago, 21100 NW 14th Place, Miami Gardens, FL
    • New location: Universal Truth Center, 21310 NW 37th Avenue, Miami Gardens, FL
  • Precinct 556, Residential Plaza, 5617 NW 7th Street, Miami, FL
    • New location: Kinloch Park Community Center, 455 NW 47th Avenue, Miami, FL
  • Precinct 767, Nspire Healthcare Kendall, 9400 SW 137th Avenue, Miami, FL
    • New location: Calusa Elementary School, 9580 West Calusa Club Drive, Miami, FL
  • Precinct 822, East Ridge Retirement Village, 19301 SW 87th Avenue, Miami, FL
    • New location: Cutler Bay Worship Center, 8601 SW 199th Street, Cutler Bay, FL
  • Precinct 858, Seasons Gardens Senior Residence, 17250 SW 137th Avenue, Miami, FL
    • New location: Unity Center of Miami, 16320 SW 147th Avenue, Miami, FL

Additionally, in Bay Harbor Islands two polling places will be relocated:

  • Precinct 007, Bay Harbor Islands Town Hall, 9665 Bay Harbor Terrace, Bay Harbor Islands, FL
    • New location: Senator Gwen Margolis Community Center, 1590 NE 123 St North Miami 33161
  • Precinct 008, Ruth K. Broad Bay Harbor K-8 Center, 1155 93 Street, Bay Harbor Islands, FL
    • New location: Senator Gwen Margolis Community Center, 1590 NE 123 St North Miami 33161

As a reminder, hand sanitizer will be provided to voters upon check-in at all polling places. Additionally, there are bathrooms, with access to soap and water. All Early Voting and Election Day polling locations will have disposable gloves, disinfectant spray and wipes for staff.

We encourage voters to visit the Miami-Dade County COVID-19 website, www.miamidade.gov/coronavirus, which contains tips and resources for the entire community.

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Blue Forum & Fair Postponed Due to Concerns Over Coronavirus

Event Was To Take Place on Sunday, March 15

MIAMI FL: The Miami-Dade Democratic Party has indefinitely postponed the planned Blue Forum & Fair over concerns about the spread of coronavirus in large groups. The Blue Forum & Fair was scheduled to take place on Sunday, March 15 at the Firefighters Memorial Building, in Doral, Florida, and had been expected to draw hundreds of Democrats from across Miami-Dade County.

“New cases are being reported every day in Florida,” stated Steve Simeonidis, chair of the Miami-Dade Democratic Party. “It is very likely that the reported cases are a severe undercount, and so out of an abundance of caution, we have decided to postpone the Blue Forum & Fair.”

The Party will be refunding ticket-buyers by the end of the week.

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