Florida City residents honor MLK through day of service

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South Dade community members kept Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s dream alive through a day of service and civic engagement on Saturday, Jan. 16. Led by Takevess Hatcher, community activist, Florida City residents rallied to participate in an area clean up project.

The Florida City Clean City Project sponsors included the Iota Pi Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc., Miami-Dade District 9 Commissioner Kionne McGhee, Florida City Mayor Otis Wallace, Florida City Vice Mayor Sharon “Sheep” Butler, Florida City Police Department, Florida City Public Works, Homestead Vice Mayor Patricia Fairclough-Staggers, HTC Tax Services, Darren Baldwin, James Steward, Dr. Kelli Hunter-Sheppard, and Subway.

Traditionally, residents assemble to celebrate Dr. King at their annual Homestead-Florida City MLK Parade and Festival. Due to the ongoing pandemic, the parade was canceled. In lieu of the celebration, Hatcher coordinated a community cleanup project to honor Dr. King’s legacy through service and reflection.

Commissioner McGhee commended Hatcher for his work in the community, and for “providing this much needed service.”

As a public servant, I feel that it is necessary to care for our environment and encourage Florida City residents to keep our community clean,” Florida City Vice Mayor Butler said.

The community beautification project took place at HTC Tax Services, 1630 NW Sixth Ave., Florida City.

Participants were supplied personal protection equipment, cleaning supplies, and socially distanced to complete the project. Volunteers were coordinated into teams to clean up previously identified zones within the South Dade municipality.

Florida City is the southernmost municipality in the South Florida metropolitan area. Primarily a major agricultural area, this Miami suburb is affectionately regarded as the gateway to the Florida Keys and Everglades.

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