Jorge Garciga was reelected for a second term as chair of East Kendall Community Council 12 during an organizational meeting on Jan. 10.
Jose Valdes also was reelected to serve a second term as vice chair after separate motions by Anthony Petisco were supported unanimously by 6-0 votes of the council that reelected the leadership positions. Angela Vazquez was not present for the vote.
Garciga, an associate in architectural design with MGE Architects of Coral Gables, holds a master’s degree in architecture from FIU. Valdes, who formerly served a two-year term as chair, has been a practicing attorney in Miami for more than 20 years after receiving his law degree from the University of Miami in 1988.
Petisco’s initial appointment to the council was made by then-Commissioner Carlos Gimenez in March 2011. A reappointment was confirmed by Commissioner Xavier Suarez in October 2011, following the election of Gimenez as Miami-Dade County mayor.
A financial advisor with the Total Wealth Management division of Total Bank in Coral Gables, Petisco is a graduate of Columbus High School and received an AB degree in Political Science from FIU in 2003.
Petisco represents Sub Area 122 that largely includes neighborhoods in an area from SW 40th Street south to SW 80th Street between the Shula Expressway (SR 874) and SW 67th Avenue.
The post was held previously by Carla Ascensio-Savola who resigned on July 10, 2010 in an unsuccessful primary bid as a Republican candidate for a State House seat.
East Kendall Community Council 12 hears zoning applications for a geographic area bounded generally between S. Dixie Highway (US1) and Florida’s Turnpike from SW 56th Street south to SW 136th Street. An unincorporated area east of US1 in the section known as “High Pines” also is within the jurisdiction. It lies south of Sunset Drive (SW 72nd Street) and east of Red Road (SW 57th Avenue).
In its only other action on Jan. 10, the council granted a non-use variance to Juan Narvaez for an addition to a single-family home at 9141 SW 69 St., conditional to a continuing single-family occupancy of the residence following expansion.