Mayor Bermudez Gives State of the City Address

Among the highlights of the City of Doral State of the City Address, Mayor Juan Carlos Bermudez announced that once again, the City of Doral achieved to close the 2010-2011 Fiscal Year with a balanced budget without cutting services while keeping a healthy $13 million in reserve. The Address, which was held for the first time in the morning hours, in order to allow businesses and business owners to participate, was well attended by members of organizations, businesses, and residents. During the address, Mayor Bermudez informed the community that the City lowered the millage rate to 2.4376 percent. Mayor Bermudez also informed on the following:

Doral is the only city in Miami Dade County to have and continue to have all “A” schools
Address Verification Program includes an anonymous hotline allowing people to call-in if they suspect parents are using fake addresses
Reaffirmed the City’s commitment to public education by signing the Children’s Covenant in support of public education in Miami-Dade County
Doral College launching entrepreneurship institute with the Doral Business Council

New Projects
Performance Dashboard
Winner of ICMA Certificate of Distinction for superior performance management efforts

Security and Safety
First City Council in Miami-Dade to pass resolution to urge insurance companies to lower insurance premiums for residents living in cities that are using red light technology

Public Works
Widening of NW 33rd street
NW 112 avenue completion
97th avenue drainage improvement
City of Doral canal bank stabilization program
New Parks and City Facilities
Opened Veterans Park
City’s 5th park on 50th Street.
Dog friendly with off leash area
Named among 151 “Playful City USA” for the second year in a row by KaBoom!
Silver Club
Special Needs Program
New public works facility site
New City Hall / Government Center

Planning and Zoning
Green Master Plan
Doral Design District Steering Committee
Gambling will not bring solid jobs to the county. Cannot ignore sectors of growth such as biotech, manufacture, international trade, etc.

During this year’s address, Mayor Bermudez also announced that a Doral business advisory task force was formed. The task force turned in a written report to the City Council with findings and recommendations for service improvements and for business initiatives and to make it easier for businesses to move into Doral.

The building task force found issues to improve on in the building department and suggestions to be implemented. Mayor Bermudez also pledged continued commitment to transparency and outside input to evaluate the way the city is working.

Perhaps the most exciting announcement was the launch of the new Doral e-Government application, developed by the City of Doral for the iPhone and iPad that allows residents, businesses, and visitors enhanced access to the City and community resources. The “App” puts City services at the fingertips of residents and visitors, bringing to life multiple initiatives spearheaded by Mayor Juan Carlos Bermudez to improve services to the Doral community.

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