Another Banner Year For Our City

By Juan Carlos Bermudez….
As we head into December and the holidays and get ready for a new year, I hope this time finds you and you loved ones in good health. This year has been another banner year for our City of Doral. We not only balanced the budget but have very healthy reserves.

We move into the new year with exciting projects including our new dog-friendly park, set to come on line in April 2012, the new City Hall/Municipal Center, as well as its adjacent passive park, the first park in our new downtown overlay area.

The City was once again named a “Tree City USA” and in 2011 earned the distinction of being a “Playful City USA,” another nationally-recognized distinction.

Moreover, a recent independent household survey by the FIU Metropolitan Center of our residents resulted in 95.6% of the residents rating the quality of life in our city as “good/excellent” and 96.4 as recommending Doral as a place to live and work. We did all this and much more without raising taxes and this year, actually lowered the millage rate. One of the things I am most proud of is keeping the promise that we made to you, the constituent, to build a city from scratch without ever raising taxes.

We have kept that promise by building a new city and lowering the millage rate from the time it was an unincorporated area of Miami-Dade County.

In an exciting new effort that puts our city at the forefront of technological advances, Doral now has a new ‘app’ for Iphones and I-Pads which can be used to connect with the city, 24-7.

The application, known as Doral 311, will allow you to let us know of any important issue instantly. You can now contact any of our departments with a complaint, question or suggestion through this application.

Doral televises all Council Meetings, has a new user-friendly web site, a radio station, a quarterly newsletter, and posts all events at local boards outside of our local shopping areas –now, we have this ‘app,’ too, so there’s no reason not to know what’s going on in our city!

Happy Holidays & Happy 2012!
The success the City of Doral has had over the years is a result of our great residents, business people and all who live, work and study here. I want to thank you, once again, for making 2011 a great year for our City.

I also thank our employees from the administration to our part-timers for the great work they do, day in and day out for our City. As we finish 2011, my family and I wish you and your loved ones a happy and healthy New Year. May God bless you and your loved ones, and may 2012 bring great things to all.

Mayor Juan Carlos Bermudez of Doral and can be reached by tel. at 305-593-6725 or by email:

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