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An international arts bazaar slated for October gets a nod
Black art in Miami Gardens was the question facing the city council in not one, but two different resolutions. Both created a stir as the council voted 4-1 against a grant match of $125,000 toward funding the African Museum of Arts and Cultural Center and voted 6-0 for the city to partner with The International Black Arts Bazaar to host an art fair Oct. 9-11. A resolution to seeking a match grant for an African Museum of Arts and Cultural was brought by City Manager Cameron Benson. The proposed museum, which would have been located at Northwest 32nd Avenue and 207th Street didn't get support by the majority of the council and it died a swift death. The defeat means that Miami Gardens will not get $500,000 toward the museum.
In 2003, the City of Miami Gardens was incorporated and instantly became the third-largest city in Miami-Dade County. Twelve years later, the city continues to stretch its imagination to attain greater achievements for our residents and our children. Project developments are imminent in relation to the city’s general obligation bond. Innovations in policing have resulted in a decrease in crime and increased community safety. Transformative measures in commercial and economic development are in motion and aggressively changing the landscape of the city, both literally and figuratively. Miami Gardens remains an environment that nurtures and cultivates the spirit of entrepreneurship. It is a landscape where the American dream of success is grafted into the fabric of who we are, where we are going, and how we will get there. In short, we are a city with purpose, steadily moving forward with outstretched arms ever-grasping at higher ideals of communal living.
In 1776, we began what would be the greatest experiment in civics in the history of humankind. On July 4, we declared independence from the greatest imperial power the world had known to date and said emphatically that people should have a choice in their governance.
A legal battle is brewing between the Miami Gardens and Miami-Dade County over the area around Sun Life Stadium. The dispute involves the Dolphin Center Development of Regional Impact, an area surrounding the Sun Life Stadium at NW 27th Avenue and 199th Street. Though located in Miami Gardens, the area falls under the jurisdiction of the county.
Miami Gardens is the third largest city in Miami Dade County. With 110,000 residents, Miami Gardens is also the largest predominantly Black city in the state of Florida. Incorporated in 2003 after years of struggle, the city’s borders are 151st St. to County line Road. On the east side of the city, N.E. 2nd Ave., on the west side it is 47th Ave. south to 167 St., the border expands to 57th Ave. The city covers an area of over 20 square miles. We are the city that is home to Congresswoman Frederica Wilson, State Sen. Oscar Braynon, State Rep. Barbara Watson, State Representative Sharon Pritchett, County Commissioner Barbara Jordan, School Board member
Pressure is mounting in Miami Gardens over the proposed Sun Stadium deal as Mayor Gilbert issued strong demands to business and county leaders to help keep millions of dollars in revenue in his city. Gilbert is seeking to keep $1 million in annual property tax revenues Miami Gardens receives from the stadium. But that amount remains in jeopardy as county leaders consider transferring the stadium to tax exempt status in exchange for Dolphins owner Stephen Ross’ efforts to privately fund $350 million renovations that includes adding a roof to the ageing structure.