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Posted on: June 24, 2016

Homestead Public Services Warns of Potential Utility Phone Scam (English & Spanish)

The City of Homestead would like to alert its residents about a scam that has been reported by Homestead Public Services customers. A supposed utilities representative calls a home or business and asks customers to make a utility payment in cash or by a p...Read on...

Posted on: June 17, 2016

Vice Mayor Fairclough Recognizes the Dream Team at Miami-Dade College Homestead

You’ve heard of basketball, football, and soccer “dream teams,” but the team making headlines in Homestead is the community service organization called the Dream Team at Miami-Dade College Homestead. During the May Council Presentations, Vice Mayor Fairc...Read on...

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Posted on: June 17, 2016

Vice Mayor Fairclough Recognizes YMCA Youth in Government Program

YMCA Youth in Government brings together students interested in public service to provide real life experiences that will help them on their future paths. Vice Mayor Patricia Fairclough recognized the program and its participants at the May Council Prese...Read on...

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Posted on: June 3, 2016

The Race to the 4th is On! Homestead Hosts Annual Independence Day Bash

The Race to the 4th is on! Back for its 7th year, this Independence Day bash at the Homestead-Miami Speedway will delight patriots of all ages. On Monday, July 4, 2016 from 6PM to 10PM, a sea of people, awash in reds, whites, and blues, will descend upo...Read on...

Posted on: June 14, 2016

City of Homestead & Miami-Dade County Partner for Business Outreach

The City of Homestead and Miami-Dade County have partnered to support local businesses by creating lasting relationship with City and County government. On Thursday, July 14th 9AM-12PM in the Phichol Williams Community Center (957 SW 4th Street, Homestea...Read on...

Posted on: June 14, 2016

Councilman Burgess Highlights Success of Homestead Community Spay/Neuter Clinic

The Homestead Community Spay/Neuter Clinic is the result of the first and only city-county partnership to offer free sterilization surgeries to South Dade. At the May Council Presentations, Councilman Jon Burgess was able to report on its runaway success...Read on...

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Posted on: June 13, 2016

Councilman Larry Roth Recognizes Homestead Police Explorers Participation in Regional Competition

Each year, over 300 Police Explorers compete in the Learning for Life, Southeast Regional Police Explorer Competition. Councilman Larry Roth came before the Council to recognize the Homestead Police Explorers for their exemplary performance during this y...Read on...

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Posted on: June 10, 2016

Vice Mayor Fairclough's Sizzling Summer Reading Challenge Returns

There is nothing more important during the summer months than to keep students engaged in academics and that is the idea behind the Sizzling Summer Reading Challenge. For the fourth year in a row, Vice Mayor Patricia Fairclough encourages local students ...Read on...

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Posted on: June 3, 2016

HPD & PAL Summer Kick-Off Middle School Dance

Kick off your summer with the Homestead Police Department & Police Athletic League Summer Kick-Off Middle School Dance! Friday, June 10th 6:30pm-9:30pm the Homestead PAL Gym (600 SW 14th Ave.) will host a night of dancing, food, and fun! Your $7 admissi...Read on...

Posted on: June 3, 2016

Celebrate Safe Communities with Homestead Police Department

Celebrate Safe Communities with the Homestead Police Department Thursday, June 9, 2016 5PM-9PM at the Homestead PAL Gym (600 SW 14th Avenue Homestead, FL 33030). Enjoy an evening of food, fun, and entertainment while learning about crime prevention and v...Read on...

Posted on: May 31, 2016

Homestead CRA Non-Profit Grant Program Workshop

The Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) will be hosting an informative workshop for the FY 2016 CRA NOT-FOR-PROFIT ORGANIZATIONS GRANT PROGRAM regarding the application process and required documentation. This workshop is MANDATORY and, we request all po...Read on...

Posted on: June 2, 2016

Vice Mayor Patricia Fairclough Honors Champions for Education

The Grand Lobby of City Hall buzzed with excitement as local educators, administrators, and community leaders gathered for the Champions for Education Reception & Awards. The annual event, hosted by Vice Mayor Patricia Fairclough in conjunction with the ...Read on...

Posted on: May 16, 2016

Homestead's Dogs of Summer Adoption & Training Expo

Join Councilman Jon Burgess & Commissioner Daniella Levine Cava for Homestead's Dogs of Summer Adoption & Training Expo Saturday, May 21st 10am-2pm at Harris Field (1034 NE 8TH ST).

Check out on-site adoptions from Miami-Dade Animal Services, a FREE ...Read on...

Posted on: May 11, 2016

Councilman Shelley’s Artist in the Spotlight: Photographer Sandy DeWitt

Councilman Stephen R. Shelley continues to highlight and recognize talented artists within our community through his Artist in the Spotlight Series. At the April 20th presentation, Councilman Shelley introduced another local talent, photographer Sandy DeW...Read on...

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Posted on: May 10, 2016

Civilians and Military Unite to Celebrate Freedom at Homestead Military Appreciation Day

The streets of Downtown Homestead transformed as service members and civilians connected during the fifth annual Homestead Military Appreciation Day. Attendees at the May 7th event enjoyed unique military displays, an epic obstacle course competition, tw...Read on...

Posted on: May 10, 2016

Homestead Celebrates Construction Milestone on New Police Station with Topping-Off Ceremony

Homestead Mayor and Council, residents, city staff, and construction workers gathered to celebrate the Topping-Off of Homestead’s first new Police Station ever built for our officers. The Topping-Off signifies the completion of the building’s structure a...Read on...

Posted on: May 4, 2016

2016 National Day of Prayer

Join the National Day of Prayer Thursday, May 5, 2016 10AM-11AM at Homestead City Hall: 100 Civic Court Homestead, FL 33030 in the Third Floor Main Conference Room.

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Posted on: May 2, 2016

Summer Camp Registration NOW OPEN!

Registration Now Open! Spend the summer exploring the outdoors, making new friends, learning new games, and having fun at the City of Homestead’s 2016 Summer Camp. The eight week program runs June 13th through August 5th Monday—Friday, 7AM—6PM at Keys G...Read on...

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Posted on: April 27, 2016

Watch The Excitement Continues, Mayor Jeff Porter's 2016 State of the City

A new city hall, a revitalized theatre, a new police station and plans for entertainment and retail development were some of the accomplishments highlighted in this year’s State of the City.

Hundreds of Homestead residents, City Council members, commu...Read on...

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Posted on: April 21, 2016

Homestead Public Services Receives Award for Utility Safety Achievement

Homestead Public Services has received a Safety Award from the Florida Municipal Electric Association (FMEA) for its continued commitment to safe work practices during the past year.

For the past 28 years, FMEA has recognized the efforts of Florida’s p...Read on...

Posted on: April 20, 2016

Inside Homestead April 2016

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Posted on: April 14, 2016

Councilman Williams Recognizes “Pastor of the Quarter” Pastor Michael Stiles

Councilman Jimmie L. Williams, III began his “Pastor of the Quarter” initiative by honoring Pastor Michael Stiles for his leadership, dedication and faith. Councilman Williams will be honoring a new pastor each quarter to showcase the diverse religious l...Read on...

Posted on: April 14, 2016

Councilman Burgess Honors Officers of the Month

Councilman Jon Burgess honored Officers Bradley Leeden, Officer of the Month in August 2015 and recipient of the Life Saving Award and Officer Carlos Garcia, Officer of the Month in September 2015. Councilman Burgess stated, “It is especially important t...Read on...

Posted on: April 11, 2016

Homestead Honors the Military with Fifth Annual Military Appreciation Day

Downtown Homestead will host stunning military displays, an epic obstacle course competition, and an all day party with live music and food truck guaranteed to be fun for the whole family during the fifth annual Homestead Military Appreciation Day. The f...Read on...

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Posted on: April 8, 2016

Mayor Jeff Porter 2016 State of the City: The Excitement Continues

The newly restored Seminole Theatre located at 18 N. Krome Avenue will host its first movie premiere Tuesday, April 26th at 6pm when Mayor Jeff Porter presents his 2016 State of the City: The Excitement Continues. The short film will showcase the milesto...Read on...

Posted on: April 5, 2016

We Are Homestead Festival Celebrates Milestone for City Hall & Downtown Revitalization

Thousands of Homestead residents representing over 50 local organizations, schools and churches marched in the We Are Homestead parade, participated in the city’s largest group photo and together pulled the ribbon that marked the grand opening of their ne...Read on...

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Posted on: February 26, 2016

Homestead's New City Hall Opens as a Beacon of Pride

The City of Homestead proudly announces the completion of its new City Hall at 100 Civic Court, Homestead, Florida. The 75-foot tall landmark building was designed almost a decade ago, by Rodriguez and Quiroga Architects, and was completed under the City’...Read on...

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Posted on: March 8, 2016

Homestead Continues Partnership with Biscayne National Park for Island Boat Tours

Biscayne National Park is best known for its beautiful islands and clear waters, but until recently visitors would need to have their own boat to fully enjoy the park. Now, they can easily board a tour and visit Biscayne National Park’s iconic Boca Chita...Read on...

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Posted on: March 7, 2016

Councilman Jon Burgess Honors Local Soccer Champions

Homestead’s loyal soccer fans had more reasons to celebrate this year as the American Youth Soccer Organization (AYSO) U12 Girls team won first place in the 2015 All Stars Team Tournament and are now the State Champions for the second year in a row. The ...Read on...

Posted on: March 7, 2016

Vice-Mayor Fairclough Recognizes the Town of “Roxaboxen”

“Roxaboxen” It’s a town that you won’t find on Google or Map Quest but it’s the most important town to the first graders of First United Methodist Christian School in Homestead. With the help of their teachers and parents, they created their very own card...Read on...

Posted on: February 25, 2016

Funding Available for Public Service Grant

The City of Homestead will make available $46,041 of Community Development Block Grant Program surplus funds to fund Senior Citizen Activities at Phichol Williams Community Center located at 951 SW 4th Street, Homestead, FL 33030. Applications are avail...Read on...

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Posted on: February 25, 2016

Hundreds Gather in Downtown Homestead for the Second Annual Eco Fair

Downtown Homestead and Losner Park buzzed with activity as hundreds of residents, tourists, and nature-enthusiasts gathered for the second annual Homestead Eco Fair. Attendees connected with environmental organizations, enjoyed organic food, learned abou...Read on...

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Posted on: February 24, 2016

Acclaimed Jazz Singer Nicole Henry Joins Seminole Theatre Showcase Series

Critically-acclaimed jazz singer Nicole Henry is coming to the Seminole Theatre Friday, March 18th at 8PM. Her unparalleled skill, intense emotion, and dynamic voice make her one of the most moving jazz performers of our time. Don't miss the chance to see...Read on...

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Posted on: February 23, 2016

Councilman Stephen R. Shelley’s Artist in the Spotlight - a New Gallery and Looking for Local Artist

City of Homestead Councilman Stephen R. Shelley is looking for local artists to participate in his Artist in the Spotlight program for 2016. The Artist in the Spotlight program (formerly known as “Art in the Chambers”) was created in 2010 by Councilman S...Read on...

Posted on: February 4, 2016

Homestead Police Explorers Recruiting New Members

The Homestead Police Explorers is a law-enforcement-based community service program that falls under the City of Homestead Police Department. Its purpose is to bring together law enforcement officers and youth with an interest in law enforcement as a poss...Read on...

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Posted on: February 3, 2016

Homestead Police Department & SOS to Host 5K Benefiting Victims of Violent Crimes

WHAT: 8th Annual Hearts & Soles 5K Walk/Run Super Hero Glow

WHEN: February 27, 2016 5:00PM (Activities Begin), 7:00PM (Walk/Run Begins)

WHERE: Homestead Police Station 1601 SE 28th Avenue Homestead, FL 33035

The Homestead Police Department and S...Read on...

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Posted on: February 1, 2016

Councilman Roth Honors “Shop With a Cop” Event Volunteers & Organizers

December 15, 2015—Wal-Mart #5671 in Homestead swarmed with Homestead Police Officers. However, they weren’t responding a crime spree. They were there for a shopping spree as part of the inaugural “Shop with a Cop” event. Thanks to the efforts of Counci...Read on...

Posted on: January 29, 2016

Mayor Porter Welcomes Captain David DeJohn to the Homestead Police Department Command Staff

In a Special Presentation at the January 20th Council Meeting, Mayor Jeff Porter, Chief of Police Alexander Rolle and Major Scott Kennedy proudly announced the promotion of Lt. David DeJohn to the rank of Captain on January 18th 2016, becoming the newest ...Read on...

Posted on: January 14, 2016

The 67th Annual PRCA Homestead Championship Rodeo and Rodeo Days Schedule of Events

The Homestead Championship Rodeo is an annual tradition that grew out of a group of seventeen founding members who wanted to showcase this unique western sporting event. It is one of the oldest annual professional sporting events in South Florida and the ...Read on...

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Posted on: January 14, 2016

Vice-Mayor Fairclough Honors Somerset City Arts Conservatory Academy Student Body President

Vice-Mayor Patricia Fairclough opened the December 16th Council meeting presentations by recognizing a remarkable student at Somerset City Arts Conservatory Academy in Homestead. Nelson Sobrino Jr., currently a 13 year old in the 6th grade, has come a lo...Read on...

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Posted on: January 6, 2016

Seminole Theatre Announces First Showcase Series

The Seminole Theatre will be hosting its first series of performances in nearly 40 years beginning Friday, January 15, 2016. The star-studded series includes award-winning musical acts such as Jon Secada, The Wailers, and The Drifters. This is the first...Read on...

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Posted on: January 5, 2016

2016 Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebrations

Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Breakfast Celebration

Join us for a breakfast celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s legacy. Featured Speaker: Mr. Isiah Reese of Speak 2 Me Communications, LLC. RSVP at (305) 224-4426.

When: Friday, Januar...Read on...

Posted on: January 4, 2016

HPS Walk-In Customer Service Center Closed Now Closed

In an effort to better serve Homestead customers, the HPS Walk-in Customer Service Center, located at 711 NE 1st Road, closed its doors January 1st, 2016. Closing this facility allows the Customer Service Department to focus on providing all the same serv...Read on...

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Posted on: December 16, 2015

Celebrate the Holiday Season with a Visit to Your National Parks!

Free—it’s not a word you hear often during the holidays, but the City of Homestead is offering free transportation, free parking, free guided tours, and free admission to Biscayne and Everglades National Parks as part of the Holiday Trolley. Take advanta...Read on...

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Posted on: December 16, 2015

Seminole Theatre Grand Opening Brings New Life to Downtown Homestead

Excitement filled the air as over one thousand people gathered for the Seminole Theatre’s Grand Opening after nearly 40 years of vacancy. The unforgettable evening began with the free Arts & Culture Festival in Losner Park, next door to the theatre. The...Read on...

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Posted on: December 4, 2015

Homestead Mayor’s Youth Council Needs Your Support!

The Homestead Mayor’s Youth Council needs the support of our community. In order to fund their annual educational experience in Philadelphia, they have pledged to sell 100 trees by December 12th through the Buy A Tree. Change A Life. campaign.

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Posted on: December 2, 2015

Seminole Theatre Opening Night Performance & Fair

Prepare for an unforgettable evening with an arts and culture fair, red carpet, and “A Night on Broadway” musical performance as Homestead celebrates the Grand Opening of the Seminole Theatre on Saturday, December 12th.

6:00PM: FREE Arts & Culture Fair...Read on...

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Posted on: November 24, 2015

Vice Mayor Patricia Fairclough Swears in the Newest Members of the Mayor’s Youth Council

The City of Homestead Council meeting began with the swearing-in presentation of the newest members of the Mayor’s Youth Council as Vice Mayor Patricia Fairclough presided over the ceremony. The purpose of the Mayor’s Youth Council is to complement aca...Read on...

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Posted on: November 24, 2015

Homestead, National Parks Continue Historic Partnership with New Season for National Parks Trolley

This Thanksgiving, there’s plenty to be thankful for—a FREE ride, FREE admission, FREE guided tour, and FREE parking are all part of Homestead’s award-winning National Parks Trolley Service. The wildly popular program returns for its third season just in...Read on...

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Posted on: November 17, 2015

Homestead, National Parks, and Homestead-Miami Speedway Partner to Bring Free Tours to NASCAR Fans

Excitement and thrills on four wheels! Normally this would refer to the action on the track at the Homestead-Miami Speedway, but this year it’s all about the special route of Homestead’s National Parks Trolley running from the Speedway’s RV Lot to Evergl...Read on...

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Posted on: November 16, 2015

HPS Energy Wins Building Strong Communities Award from State Utilities Association

The Florida Municipal Electric Association (FMEA) recently honored the community service efforts of Homestead Public Services (HPS) – Energy by recognizing the municipal electric utility with the 2015 Building Strong Communities Award.

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Posted on: November 13, 2015

Effective January 1, 2016: HPS Walk-In Customer Service Center Closed

In an effort to better serve Homestead customers, the HPS Walk-in Customer Service Center, located at 711 NE 1st Road, will close its doors starting January 1st, 2016. Closing this facility will allow the Customer Service Department to focus on providing ...Read on...

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Posted on: November 5, 2015

City of Homestead Swears In Mayor, Vice Mayor, and Councilmembers

On the evening of November 4th, Homestead welcomed Mayor Jeff Porter, Vice Mayor Patricia Fairclough, Councilman Jon Burgess, and Councilman Larry Roth for new terms on the dais. All four candidates won their respective races with landslide victories.
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Posted on: November 3, 2015

Councilman Williams Hosts Press Conference Calling for End to Gun Violence

Thursday, October 22, 2015—Councilman Jimmie L. Williams, III hosted a press conference to address the recent increase in gun violence in the Southwest District of Homestead and Florida City. Along with local pastors, community leaders, and families of g...Read on...

Posted on: October 30, 2015

Homestead Community Celebrates the Seminole Theatre Restoration Completion

On October 28, 2015 the curtain finally rose on a stage that had remained dark for nearly four decades. Over 1000 people gathered for an epic celebration as the Homestead community kicked off the completion of the Seminole Theatre restoration with a bang...Read on...

Posted on: October 26, 2015

Homestead National Parks Trolley Partnership Receives National Award

The Homestead National Parks Trolley has received the prestigious 2015 National Park Service (NPS) Director’s Partnership Award, given in recognition of the most significant accomplishments achieved by parks and outside groups working together on projects...Read on...

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Posted on: November 3, 2015

Councilwoman Judy Waldman Receives Community Leadership Award

Councilwoman Judy Waldman received the Community Leadership Award at the second annual Community Leadership Fashion Show and Luncheon hosted by the American Business Women’s Association Homestead Charter Chapter for her extraordinary commitment to advocat...Read on...

Posted on: October 26, 2015

Homestead Police Department Welcomes Three New Second Generation Reserve Officers Into Their Ranks

Many fathers dream of the day their sons will follow in their footsteps. The September Special Council Presentations marked that day for three Homestead families as Councilman Jon Burgess swore in three new Reserve Officers: Christian DeJohn, Joseph Rive...Read on...

Posted on: October 14, 2015

Homestead Celebrates the Completion of the Seminole Theatre Restoration

The City of Homestead invites the community to celebrate the historic completion of the Seminole Theatre with a marquee lighting, tours of the renovated theater, and a cocktail reception with cash bar. For the first time in nearly 40 years, the lobby of ...Read on...

Posted on: October 20, 2015

Councilman Williams Releases Statement Condemning Gun Violence

From the Office of Councilman Jimmie L. Williams, III:

In a statement on October 20th, Councilman Jimmie L. Williams, III after learning the death of Mr. Reynaldo Clayton, expressed his discontent regarding the recent influx of news articles citing the...Read on...

Posted on: October 15, 2015

Vice Mayor Shelley Unveils Plaques for Historic Homestead Structures

In the continuing effort to recognize the significance of Homestead’s historic buildings, Historic Downtown Homestead will have more of its historic structures adorned with educational plaques. This will allow visitors and citizens alike to identify and l...Read on...

Posted on: October 14, 2015

Vice Mayor Shelley’s Artist in the Spotlight Continues to Highlight Homestead Artists

Vice-Mayor Stephen R. Shelley honored more local artists in the Artist in the Spotlight Program for the City of Homestead. The artists who were selected for this amazing opportunity include: Marcia Maynard, Lillian Marlatt, Mimi Dickson, Mary Dee Burkhar...Read on...

Posted on: October 14, 2015

Councilman Jimmie L. Williams, III Honors Backpack Giveaway Supporters

Councilman Jimmie L. Williams, III and the Southwest Advisory Committee, along with many volunteers once again made the first day of school a great beginning when over 600 back packs and school supplies were donated to hundreds of local children.

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Posted on: October 12, 2015

Citizens and Officers Unite at Groundbreaking for New Homestead Police Station

The citizens of Homestead and Homestead’s Police Officers came together Wednesday, October 7th to celebrate an historic moment, as the City broke ground for the first new police station ever built for its officers. Spirits were high as Homestead’s Mayor ...Read on...

Posted on: October 12, 2015

Councilwoman Fairclough Honors MAST Academy as a Top Tier School

Medical Academy for Science and Technology (MAST Academy), Homestead made the top of Newsweek’s “Beating the Odds” annual rankings of 500 schools and was recognized as a top tier school nation-wide, ranking 21st in the country out of 21,000 high schools. ...Read on...

Posted on: October 7, 2015

Groundbreaking for New Homestead Police Station

The City of Homestead is hosting a Groundbreaking Ceremony for its new Police Station, located in the heart of Downtown at 45 NW 1st Avenue. The ceremony will take place at 6:00PM on Wednesday, October 7th and will celebrate Homestead’s commitment to kee...Read on...

Posted on: October 5, 2015

Mayor Porter Proclaims September 24th “Buy a Tree. Change a Life” Day

Mayor Porter proclaimed Thursday September 24th, Buy a Tree. Change a Life Day for the great work Life Pointe Church and Pastor Travis Johnson have accomplished.

“The council and I appreciate all the great effort you have made to make this program a gr...Read on...

Posted on: September 25, 2015

NOTIFICATION TO HOMESTEAD PUBLIC SERVICES CUSTOMERS

In your September HPS bill you will notice a past due amount of an average of $2.50. This amount is NOT past due and you will not be penalized as long as it is paid along your September bill.

Because of a computer error that occurred while the Custom...Read on...

Posted on: September 23, 2015

Councilman Jimmie L. Williams, III & Southwest Advisory Committee Host Backpack Giveaway

Back-to-school can be a stressful time—especially if your family doesn’t have the resources to provide all the necessities. Thanks to the efforts of Councilman Jimmie L. Williams, III and the Southwest Advisory Committee, hundreds of local children recei...Read on...

Posted on: September 17, 2015

City of Homestead Public Information Office Wins National Awards

The Homestead Public Information Office (PIO) came home with some serious hardware from the nationally renowned 3CMA (City-County Communications & Marketing Association) Savvy Awards Competition—winning top honors in the Communication or Marketing Program...Read on...

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Posted on: September 16, 2015

Registration Open for Emergency and Evacuation Assistance Program

Do not wait until an evacuation order is issued -- when an emergency arises, pre-registered individuals will have priority over those who have not registered for the program.

Registrants will be contacted on a semi-annual basis to re-certify their need...Read on...

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Posted on: September 10, 2015

Scam Alert: Fraudulent Water Mailer

The City of Homestead would like to alert its residents about a scam that has been reported by Homestead Public Services customers. Residents have been receiving cards left at their residences instructing them to call (305) 456-4396. Upon calling this n...Read on...

Posted on: September 8, 2015

Councilman Jon Burgess Leads 5th Annual Back to School Drive for Miami-Dade County League of Cities

Homestead’s Redondo Elementary played host to this year’s Miami-Dade County League of Cities back to school donation event. Dozens of local underprivileged students received book bags, lunchboxes, and other assorted school supplies collected by the Miami-...Read on...

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Posted on: September 4, 2015

Homestead Public Services Warns of Potential Utility Phone Scam (English & Spanish)

The City of Homestead would like to alert its residents about a scam that has been reported by Homestead Public Services customers. A supposed utilities representative calls a home or business and asks customers to make a utility payment in cash or by a p...Read on...

Posted on: August 19, 2015

Councilwoman Fairclough Hosts Second Annual Back to School Shoe Giveaway

Dozens of local children will step into the first day of school with confidence thanks to Councilwoman Patricia Fairclough’s “Best Foot Forward” event. This is the second year she has organized this shopping spree for some lucky local kids to spend up to...Read on...

Posted on: August 11, 2015

Homestead’s Free Trolley to Offer Extended Hours

Starting August 17, 2015, Homestead’s free trolley will offer extended weekday hours. It will operate from 6AM to 6PM Monday through Friday, providing an additional two hours of early morning service. The hours have been extended in an effort to offer r...Read on...

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Posted on: July 31, 2015

FREE Spay & Neuter Mobile Animal Clinic at JD Redd Park August 8th

The FREE Spay and Neuter Mobile Animal Clinic will be at JD Redd Park on August 8th. Please RSVP at 305-224-4433 to be put on the list for your dog to be spayed/neutered.

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Posted on: July 27, 2015

HPS Director of Electric Utilities Barbara Quiñones to Help Lead Statewide Energy Agency

Homestead Public Services Director of Electric Utilities Barbara Quiñones was as re-elected Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Florida Municipal Power Agency.

Elections took place at the agency’s annual meeting held in Naples, FL on Frida...Read on...

Posted on: July 22, 2015

South Florida National Parks Camera Club Featured as Vice Mayor Shelley’s Artists in the Spotlight

South Florida boasts some of the most stunning natural landscapes in the country. It is these beautiful landscapes that inspired the birth of the South Florida National Parks Camera Club.

Vice Mayor Stephen Shelley, a member of the club and avid natur...Read on...

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Posted on: July 15, 2015

Councilman Maldonado Appointed to Florida League of Cities Legislative Committee

Florida’s economy is diverse—with tourism, agriculture, fishing, and even scientific research playing important roles for our state. So, it’s no surprise that different cities have different economic concerns. Councilman Elvis Maldonado will be represen...Read on...

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Posted on: July 14, 2015

The Progress Continues: City of Homestead Celebrates Losner Park Expansion with Demolition Kick Off

The City of Homestead celebrated yet another step towards revitalizing Downtown Homestead with a Demolition Kick Off Ceremony for the expansion of Losner Park. Located in the heart of Downtown, the expanded park will breathe new life into the area, creat...Read on...

Posted on: July 6, 2015

City of Homestead to Host Demolition Kick Off for Losner Park Expansion

WHAT: Demolition Kick Off Ceremony for Losner Park Expansion
WHEN: 10:00AM, Tuesday, July 14, 2015 WHERE: Behind Losner Park, 104 N. Krome Ave., Homestead, FL 33030

The City of Homestead is celebrating the continuing progress of its bold Downtown re...Read on...

Posted on: July 10, 2015

The Homestead Police Department Goes Beyond Their Call of Duty to Make Homestead a Safer Community

The Homestead Police Department strives to go above and beyond for the residents of Homestead. While deployed for six months abroad, Colonel Thomas D. Davis of the Homestead Air Reserve Base, his wife Jesika, and daughter Samantha witnessed this very trai...Read on...

Posted on: July 10, 2015

Vice Mayor Stephen Shelley on the Importance of City Infrastructure

“The city of Homestead is embarking on an effort to transform its historic downtown into a revitalized tourist destination and is using the power of infrastructure to lead the way.” —Vice Mayor Stephen Shelley on the importance of infrastructure projects ...Read on...

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Posted on: July 10, 2015

Keep Calm and Pick Your Path at the City of Homestead Career, College, and Technical School Fair

Councilman Jimmie Williams, Councilwoman Patricia Fairclough, and the Southwest Advisory Committee are hosting a career, college, and technical school fair at the Phichol Williams Community Center Saturday, September 19, 2015 10AM - 1PM. The first 100 st...Read on...

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Posted on: July 10, 2015

Vice Mayor Shelley Recognizes Military Appreciation Day Committee

Each year, Military Appreciation Day attracts thousands of families for a day of fun and celebration of freedom and service. In order to bring an event of this magnitude to fruition, organizations from all over the Homestead community came together. For...Read on...

Posted on: July 8, 2015

Mayor Jeff Porter Honors the Next Generation of Law Enforcement

Homestead’s Police Explorers are a group of young men and women committed to becoming the next generation of law enforcement. During the June 2015 Special Council Presentation, Mayor Jeff Porter honored the group for their fierce commitment and exemplary...Read on...

Posted on: July 6, 2015

Homestead Hosts Annual Race to the 4th Independence Day Bash

Back for its 6th year, the Race to the 4th proved yet again to be the crowning event of the summer. With over 20,000 people in attendance, the Homestead-Miami Speedway was a sea of reds, whites, and blues as people from all over South Florida came to sho...Read on...

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Posted on: June 24, 2015

Councilman Jon Burgess Honored with 2015 Home Rule Hero Award

The Florida League of Cities has recognized Homestead Councilman Jon Burgess with a 2015 Home Rule Hero Award.

This prestigious award was presented to Councilman Burgess for his tireless efforts to advance the League’s legislative agenda and help prot...Read on...

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Posted on: June 3, 2015

The Race to the 4th is On! Homestead Hosts Annual Independence Day Bash

The Race to the 4th is on! Back for its 6th year, this Independence Day bash at the Homestead-Miami Speedway will be one of the crowning events of the summer. On Saturday, July 4, 2015 from 6PM to 10PM, A sea of people, awash in reds, whites, and blues,...Read on...

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Posted on: June 17, 2015

Homestead Police Department Promotes Two Reserve Sergeants, Welcomes One New Officer to the Force

A relentless dedication to serving the community is a quality which the Homestead Police Department holds in high regards. While reviewing the job performances and records of Reserve Officers Ron Charlot, Will Worrall, and Francisco Mello it was evident ...Read on...

Posted on: June 11, 2015

Community Center Artists Featured in Vice Mayor Shelley’s Artist in the Spotlight Program

The beauty of becoming an artist lies in the fact that it is never too late to become one. Finding your niche in the art world is similar to finding a sense of belonging, a sense of home. This was the theme for Vice Mayor Shelley’s Artist in the Spotlight...Read on...

Posted on: June 3, 2015

Thousands Gather to Honor Freedom, Service, and the Military at Military Appreciation Day

Thousands of patriots flooded the streets of Downtown Homestead for the fourth annual Homestead Military Appreciation Day. Attendees at the May 30th event enjoyed dozens of military vehicles and displays, an epic obstacle course competition, a dramatic f...Read on...

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Posted on: May 28, 2015

Homestead’s National Parks Trolley Closes Record-Breaking Season

The Homestead National Parks Trolley's second season has come to a close, boasting record-breaking ridership and expanded service. Over 7,000 people came from all over Florida, America, and the world to enjoy the free transportation, free parking, free g...Read on...

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Posted on: May 27, 2015

Military Appreciation Day 3PM-8PM at Losner Park

The fourth annual Homestead Military Appreciation Day promises to be better than ever with dozens of military vehicles and weaponry not often accessible to the public, an epic obstacle course competition, ceremonies to honor our service men and women, and...Read on...

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Posted on: May 13, 2015

Restoring Our History, Building Our Future: Seminole Theatre Renovations Kick Off

Renovations for the Seminole Theatre started with a bang…literally! A confetti canon and banner reveal kicked off the renovations to the Historic Seminole Theatre on Monday, May 11, 2015. The renovation of the Seminole Theatre as a multi-purpose cultural ...Read on...

Posted on: May 8, 2015

Councilman Williams Honors Homestead Sanitation Department

It’s a dirty job, but somebody has to do it. Those somebodies are often the Homestead Public Services (HPS) Sanitation Department—who were honored for their dedication and hard work by Councilman Jimmie L. Williams, III during the April 2015 Special Coun...Read on...

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Posted on: May 8, 2015

Mayor Porter, Councilwoman Fairclough, and the Education Committee to Honor Champions for Education

What does it take to be a champion? Desire, dedication, determination, concentration and the will to win...Join Mayor Jeff Porter, Councilwoman Patricia Fairclough, and Homestead's Education Committee as they honor outstanding local educators and other ch...Read on...

Posted on: May 7, 2015

Two New Reserve Officers Join the Ranks of the Homestead Police Department

Diversity is an important tool to maintain an open and inviting environment, and to make sure every citizen is treated fairly. This was the theme of the introduction of two new reserve officers to the Homestead Police Department, during the Special Counci...Read on...

Posted on: May 7, 2015

The City of Homestead is Now Accepting Applications for the Housing Rehabilitation Grant Program

The City of Homestead is now accepting applications for the Housing Rehabilitation Grant Program. The program is intended to assist single family home owners with minor repairs to their residences. For more information, please contact the Community Rede...Read on...

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Posted on: May 5, 2015

Councilwoman Judy Waldman Honors Local Residents with Kindness Awards

A simple act of kindness can make a lasting impact in someone’s life. That is why, during the April 2015 Special Council Presentation, Councilwoman Judy Waldman bestowed a special Kindness Award to Cindy Sincore-Porter, Amber Woods, Larry Roth, Bonnie Ki...Read on...

Posted on: May 5, 2015

Councilwoman Judy Waldman Proclaims Sexual Assault Awareness Month

April is Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention month in the City of Homestead. Councilwoman Judy Waldman took the opportunity during April’s Special Presentation Ceremony to talk about her collaborative efforts with Homestead Hospital and M.U.J.E.R. (Me...Read on...

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Posted on: April 30, 2015

Councilwoman Fairclough Hosts Academic Signing Day for Homestead Students

Signing Day, a ceremony where high school seniors sign a letter of intent to indicate the student-athlete’s commitment to a university, is usually held in a school’s auditorium in front of peers and teachers.

But in Homestead, during the Special Prese...Read on...

Posted on: April 30, 2015

Councilwoman Patricia Fairclough Honors Principal of the Year

Councilwoman Patricia Fairclough approached the podium on the night of the April 2015 City Council meeting to honor two Homestead leaders in education: Mr. Guillermo Muñoz, Miami-Dade County Public Schools 2015 Principal of the Year, and Dr. Omar Monteagu...Read on...

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Posted on: April 29, 2015

Councilman Maldonado Honors Dennis Berry for Contribution to South Dade Senior High School Athletics

Dennis Berry of Berry’s Paint, Hardware, and Flooring, Inc. brought new meaning to the phrase, “Most Valuable Player,” through his generous actions when the South Dade Senior High School Athletic Department suffered theft and vandalism of equipment and fa...Read on...

Posted on: March 13, 2015

DEADLINE: Apply for the Mayor's Youth Council Achievement Community Scholarship by May 13th!

Councilwoman Patricia Fairclough and the Mayor's Youth Council are collecting coins for college. Drop your pennies, dimes, nickels and quarters (even dollars are welcome) into the jar and watch the coins add up to provide scholarship funds for a local gr...Read on...

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Posted on: April 17, 2015

Homestead Wins Annual Drinking Water Taste Test Competition!

A team of celebrity judges awarded Homestead the honor of Best Tasting Drinking Water 2015 in a blind taste test during the annual Florida Section American Water Works Association Region VII competition. Each year, six utilities including Miami-Dade Wate...Read on...

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Posted on: April 7, 2015

Over 800 South Dade Families Receive Easter Food Donations

Over 800 South Dade families enjoyed the comforts of food and family on Easter Sunday thanks to the second annual Easter Basket Food Distribution. The event, held Saturday, March 28, 2015 at Harris Field, was made possible by the efforts of Councilman Ji...Read on...

Posted on: April 3, 2015

Councilman Williams Recognized Sandra Brock and South Dade Middle School Steppers

The act of giving back to the community can take many forms. This is why Councilman Jimmie Williams III presented Sandra Brock and the South Dade Middle School Steppers with a special Certificate of Appreciation. Not just for their outstanding dance perfo...Read on...

Posted on: April 3, 2015

Councilman Williams Recognized Winn Dixie for Turkey Giveaway

Hundreds of Southwest Homestead residents enjoyed a bountiful Thanksgiving last year. Thanks to the efforts of Councilman Jimmie Williams III and the Southwest Advisory Committee, both a Thanksgiving Dinner and a Turkey Giveaway were offered to the commu...Read on...

Posted on: April 2, 2015

“Buy a Tree. Change a Life” Program Funds Mayor’s Youth Council Educational Trip

Pastor Travis Johnson from Life Pointe Church presented the Mayor’s Youth Council (MYC) with a giant check for $1,500 to help facilitate their March 23rd Educational Trip to New York, courtesy of the “Buy a Tree. Change a Life” program. Councilwoman Patri...Read on...

Posted on: April 2, 2015

Councilwoman Patricia Fairclough Honors Women of the Year

March is Women’s History Month, the perfect time for Councilwoman Patricia Fairclough to honor the Women of the Year for 2015, proud members of the Homestead Women’s Club. Councilwoman Fairclough expressed the importance of acknowledging the valuable comm...Read on...

Posted on: April 1, 2015

Vice-Mayor Shelley Bids Farewell to Biscayne National Park's Christiana Admiral

Biscayne National Park Ranger Christiana Admiral is saying goodbye to her seven year career in Homestead to continue her path at Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, in Utah. Ms. Admiral, an instrumental part in bringing the Homestead National Parks Trol...Read on...

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Posted on: March 31, 2015

Councilman Elvis Maldonado Honors Two Time SoBeWFF Winner Chefs on the Run

Local eatery, Chefs on the Run, won the Miami New Times Sunday Best Bites on the Beach award for the second year in a row. Just like last year, they were the only restaurant from Homestead to participate in the South Beach Wine and Food Festival. This ye...Read on...

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Posted on: March 27, 2015

Mayor Jeff Porter Proclaims Bike305 Month in Homestead

The City of Homestead has joined Miami-Dade County and its municipalities in celebrating March as Bike305 month. All through the month, residents are encouraged to try cycling to work, school and other destinations, and various events are organized to pro...Read on...

Posted on: March 26, 2015

Suzanne Moe and Marcela Noriega Featured in Vice Mayor Shelley’s Artist in the Spotlight Program

Sometimes art is more than just a pretty picture, or a sculpture, or a song. It’s also about making a positive change in the community. That’s the reason Vice Mayor Stephen R. Shelley is featuring Suzanne Moe and Marcela Noriega in his Artist in the Spotl...Read on...

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Posted on: March 26, 2015

Homestead Celebrates Temporary Police Station Opening with Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

In a heartwarming ceremony, the Homestead community gathered to celebrate the opening of Homestead Police Department’s Temporary Police Station. On Wednesday, March 25, 2015 over one hundred police officers, community members, City staff, dignitaries, an...Read on...

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Posted on: March 26, 2015

Councilman Jimmie L. Williams, III Hosting Easter Basket Food Distribution

This Saturday, March 28, 2015, Councilman Jimmie L. Williams, III and the Southwest Advisory Committee will be hosting an Easter Basket Food Distribution event. Join them at Harris Field Pavilion from 10AM - 1PM. This is a first come, first serve event....Read on...

Posted on: March 24, 2015

Mayor Porter Welcomes Reverend Chauncey Brown as Police Chaplain

During a Special Presentation in the March 2015 Council Meeting, Mayor Jeff Porter took the opportunity to welcome and recognize Reverend Chauncey Brown, the new Police Chaplain.

Mayor Porter spoke fondly of Reverend Brown. “Before taking over as Chapl...Read on...

Posted on: March 24, 2015

6th Annual Biscayne-Everglades Greenway Bike Festival Better Than Ever!

The Biscayne-Everglades Greenway Bike Festival came back strong for the sixth year running with over 200 bicycle and nature enthusiasts gathering for the ride on the morning of Sunday, March 22, 2015. This year, cyclists enjoyed the option of a fun 11-mi...Read on...

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Posted on: March 12, 2015

The Homestead Police Department is Moving to a Temporary Police Station

The City of Homestead’s Police Department is moving to a Temporary Police Station located at the Homestead Sports Complex at 1601 SE 28th Ave. Homestead, FL 33035 on Wednesday, March 18, 2015. This new location is just 10 minutes away from the old locati...Read on...

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Posted on: March 19, 2015

Homestead Police Department Celebrates Temporary Police Station Opening with Ribbon Cutting

The Homestead Police Department invites the Homestead community to celebrate the opening of their Temporary Police Station with a ribbon cutting ceremony on Wednesday, March 25th at 3:00 PM. The facility is located at the Homestead Sports Complex at 1601...Read on...

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Posted on: March 17, 2015

Councilwoman Patricia Fairclough Invites Homestead Youth to Local Job Fair

Come out and apply for a few local jobs available for Homestead residents!

Gain an understanding about various careers, the workplace, and appropriate employment skills- while being linked to employers for great work experience and career advice.

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Posted on: February 26, 2015

Councilwoman Patricia Fairclough Honors Local Rookie Teacher of the Year

Councilwoman Patricia Fairclough approached the podium on the night of the February City Council meeting to honor Desiree Chase, a teacher at Medical Academy for Science and Technology (MAST Academy), for winning the Miami-Dade County Public Schools Rooki...Read on...

Posted on: February 26, 2015

Homestead’s American Youth Soccer Organization Wins First & Second Place!

Homestead soccer fans were in high spirits as the American Youth Soccer Organization (AYSO) U10 Girls team came home with the gold and won first place in the 2015 All Stars Team Tournament. The U10 Boys team also excelled in the Tournament, achieving sec...Read on...

Posted on: February 26, 2015

Councilwoman Fairclough Honors First Graders at First United Methodist Christian School

Councilwoman Patricia Fairclough took some time during February’s Council Meeting presentations to express her love and support of small businesses. But she meant that in a very literal way: the small business owners from the first grade class at First Un...Read on...

Posted on: February 26, 2015

Next Week: FREE Bike Festival!

The Biscayne-Everglades Greenway Bike Festival is back and better than ever! With two routes to choose from, you can enjoy a fun 11-mile loop to Biscayne National Park or tackle the challenging 42-mile ride to Everglades and Biscayne National Parks. So,...Read on...

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Posted on: February 25, 2015

Mayor Jeff Porter named Honorary Chair of Homestead Relay for Life

During February’s Special Council Presentation, Mayor Jeff Porter was named this year’s Homestead Relay for Life Honorary Chair. As a proven leader and proactive member of the Homestead Community, and now Chair of this annual event, Mayor Porter will serv...Read on...

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Posted on: February 25, 2015

Homestead Police Officers Named Officers of the Month for Second Time

During a Special Council Presentation, surrounded by their peers and colleagues, City of Homestead Police Officers Jesus Gonzalez and Howard Diener were the recipients of the Officer of the Month Award, for November and December 2014, respectively. Both o...Read on...

Posted on: February 12, 2015

West Homestead K-8 Center Improvements Kick Off

The Homestead Community gathered to kick off improvements to the West Homestead K-8 Center thanks to the passage of the Miami-Dade County Public Schools Bond Referendum and funds from the City of Homestead Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA).

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Posted on: February 12, 2015

Hundreds Gather for the Premiere of Building Homestead, Mayor Jeff Porter’s State of the City

Nearly five hundred Homestead residents, City Council members, community leaders and distinguished dignitaries gathered in the heart of Downtown Homestead for the premiere of Building Homestead—Mayor Jeff Porter’s 2015 State of the City. Attendees, dres...Read on...

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Posted on: February 12, 2015

Councilman Maldonado Proclaims Homestead Job Corps Day

During the January Homestead City Council meeting, Councilman Elvis Maldonado honored Homestead Job Corps Center by presenting a proclamation by Mayor Jeff Porter that declared April 3, 2015 as Homestead Job Corps Center Day. For almost 20 years, Homestea...Read on...

Posted on: February 11, 2015

Homestead Councilman Jon Burgess Installed as President of Miami-Dade County League of Cities

The first ever Homestead elected official to lead the Miami-Dade County League of Cities was installed this past Saturday, February 7, 2015. Councilman Jon Burgess’ swearing in ceremony took place during the League’s annual elegant gala at Jungle Island i...Read on...

Posted on: February 11, 2015

First Annual Homestead Eco-Fair Attracts Hundreds

Losner Park played host to hundreds of Homestead residents as they connected with environmental organizations, enjoyed organic food, learned about South Florida ecosystems, and encountered live animals during the first annual Homestead Eco-Fair on Saturda...Read on...

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Posted on: February 10, 2015

Homestead Mayor Jeff Porter Honors Everglades Amateur Radio Club with Special Proclamation

Mayor Jeff Porter honored Everglades Amateur Radio Club by proclaiming the week of June 23-29, 2015 to be Amateur Radio Week in Homestead. Everglades Amateur Radio Club is not only a hobby for radio enthusiasts, but also collaborates with local emergency...Read on...

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Posted on: February 10, 2015

Councilwoman Judy Waldman Recognizes South Dade Senior High Baseball Head Coach Fred Burnside

During a special presentation at the January 21 City Council meeting, Councilwoman Judy Waldman recognized South Dade Senior High Baseball Coach Fred Burnside for being recently named the American Baseball Coaches Association 2014 Diamond National Coach o...Read on...

Posted on: February 2, 2015

National Parks and Homestead-Miami Speedway Partner for New Program

Thousands of NASCAR fans were able to discover the distinctive, natural beauties that surround Homestead as they attended last year’s racing season, thanks to the joint efforts of the Homestead-Miami Speedway and the Homestead National Parks Trolley. The...Read on...

Posted on: February 2, 2015

Samantha Eden Oakey, featured artist in Vice Mayor Shelley’s Artist in the Spotlight Program

During a Special Council Presentation in January 2015, Vice Mayor Stephen R. Shelley introduced the latest artist to be selected to participate in his Artist in the Spotlight program. The program, which was created in 2010 by the Vice Mayor, seeks to iden...Read on...

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Posted on: January 30, 2015

Watch Building Homestead--Mayor Jeff Porter's 2015 State of the City

Cast: Mayor Jeff Porter; Vice Mayor Stephen R. Shelley; Councilman Jon Burgess; Councilwoman Patricia Fairclough; Councilman Elvis R. Maldonado; Councilwoman Judy Waldman; Councilman Jimmie L. Williams, III; Master Sergeant Francisco Navarro: 482d Fighter...Watch Now...

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Posted on: January 28, 2015

Three New Reserve Officers Join the Ranks of the Homestead Police Department

Three new reserve officers were introduced to the Homestead Police Department and sworn in during a Special Council Presentation on January 2015.

“The swearing in of these officers here today is indicative of the pride that we take down here in Homeste...Read on...

Posted on: January 23, 2015

Homestead Honors the Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with Annual Breakfast Celebration

Hundreds of community members, activists, educators, and dignitaries from the Homestead and Florida City communities gathered for a celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s impressive legacy. On Friday, January 16, 2015 the Phichol Williams Community...Read on...

Posted on: December 22, 2014

International Chili Cook-Off A Hit in Homestead

On Saturday, December 6, 2014, Harris Field played host to some of the most adventurous chili chefs in all of South Dade during this year’s International Chili Cook-Off School Competition and Community Carnival. In just its second year, the City of Homest...Read on...

Posted on: December 16, 2014

"If I Were Elected Mayor.." Essay Contest-Deadline January 16, 2015

The Florida League of Mayors and the Florida League of Cities are sponsoring a statewide essay contest titled “If I were elected Mayor . . .”

A required subject taught in all Florida public middle schools, civics education is vital to encouraging meani...Read on...

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Posted on: December 11, 2014

Councilman Jon Burgess Honors Homestead Public Services with Proclamation

During a Special Council Presentation in November 2014, Councilman Jon Burgess took to the council chamber floor to honor Homestead Public Services Electric Utilities Director, Barbara Quiñones and her staff for their exemplary work providing the citize...Read on...

Posted on: December 8, 2014

Homestead Detective Honored With Officer of the Month & Life Saving Awards

For his actions performed on the evening of October 5, 2014 that led to the resuscitation of a drowned, 2-year old boy, Homestead Police Detective Fernando Morales received a Life Saving Award as well as the honor of being named Officer of the Month for t...Read on...

Posted on: December 5, 2014

Local Retired Art Teacher participates in Vice Mayor Stephen Shelley’s Artist in the Spotlight

The latest artist chosen to exhibit art work in the halls of the William F. Dickinson Community Center as part of Vice-Mayor Stephen Shelley’s ongoing Artist in the Spotlight Program introduced herself during November’s Special Council Presentation.

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Posted on: December 3, 2014

Mayor Jeff Porter, Vice Mayor Stephen R. Shelley Assist With Dr. Linda Fagan’s Food Drive

Every year Dr. Linda Fagan of Country Medical Center coordinates an annual Thanksgiving food drive to ensure non-profit organizations in the community who provide assistance to others in need receive some help of their own in accomplishing their missions...Read on...

Posted on: December 2, 2014

Homestead Mayor’s Youth Council Needs Your Support!

The Homestead Mayor’s Youth Council needs the support of our community. In order to fund the flights for their annual educational experience in New York City, they have pledged to sell 100 trees by December 14th through the Buy A Tree. Change A Life. c...Read on...

Posted on: December 2, 2014

Mayor Jeff Porter Presents Show of Support for Pet’s Trust Miami at To Save Lives Event

Mayor Jeff Porter presented a copy of a resolution supporting Pet’s Trust Miami to Pet’s Trust Miami President Michael Rosenberg, and Co-Founder Rita Schwartz, during their To Save Lives event on November 21, 2014. The resolution, passed and adopted by H...Read on...

Posted on: November 25, 2014

Councilwoman Judy Waldman Helps Launch the Homestead Hospital Rape Treatment Center

Through the steady efforts of Councilwoman Judy Waldman, Homestead Hospital has a Rape Treatment Center servicing South Dade, the only one south of Jackson Memorial Hospital. Homestead Hospital’s Rape Treatment Center is complete with SANE (Sexual Assa...Read on...

Posted on: November 25, 2014

Councilman Maldonado Honors Farmworker Pioneers

Councilman Elvis Maldonado recognized honorees at the Annual Farmworker Week Celebration, hosted by the Farmworker Career Development Program of Miami-Dade County. This year’s celebration took place November 20, 2014 at the South Dade Skills Center and...Read on...

Posted on: November 24, 2014

Homestead Mayor Jeff Porter Honors Maritime Safety and Security Team 91114 with Special Proclamation

Mayor Jeff Porter honored Maritime Safety and Security Team 91114 by proclaiming November 7, 2014 to be Maritime Safety and Security Team (MSST) 91114 Day. MSST 91114 is an active duty United States Coast Guard unit established in 2004 to guard our nat...Read on...

Posted on: November 26, 2014

Councilwoman Judy Waldman Leads Service to Commemorate Veterans

A day prior to Veterans Day, on November 10, 2014, many gathered on the hallowed ground of the Palms Woodlawn Cemetery to attend a special service and to pay their respects to the many veterans of war interred there.

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Posted on: November 24, 2014

Homestead Holiday Community Party Thursday, December 11

Complimentary tickets will become available on Monday, December 1 for Councilwoman Judy Waldman's Homestead Holiday Community Party. The event will take place at the Villages of Homestead Clubhouse on Thursday, December 11 from 6:30pm-9pm. A delightful ev...Read on...

Posted on: November 24, 2014

Construction Alert: Widening SW 328 St. (Lucy St.)

In order to improve traffic flow, Lucy Street (SW 328th street) will be under going an expansion to 4 lanes between now and the beginning of next year. As such, the sewage system between Krome Ave. and SE 6th Ave on Lucy Street will have to be improved be...Read on...

Posted on: November 24, 2014

Councilman Williams is hosting a Turkey Giveaway this Tuesday, November 25

Councilman Williams is hosting a Turkey Giveaway this Tuesday at the Phichol Williams Community Center! See the flyer for more details!

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Posted on: November 21, 2014

Everglades National Park Quarter Launch & Coin Exchange

Come out to Harris Field Pavilion (corner of US1 & Campbell Dr.) on Thursday, December 4 @ 10am to commemorate the release of the 2014 Everglades National Park Quarter. Please see flyer for further details.

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Posted on: November 20, 2014

Councilman Jimmie L. Williams III & The Southwest Advisory Committe Thanksgiving Feast

In the spirit of giving, Councilman Jimmie L. Williams, III & the Southwest Advisory Committee would like to invite Homestead residents to a Thanksgiving feast. Please see flyer for details.

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Posted on: November 20, 2014

A Day of Giving & Serving- A Thanksgiving Feast w/ Councilwoman Patricia Fairclough

Councilwoman Patricia Fairclough & The Big Cheese Restaurant want to invite you to a Thanksgiving celebration with all the trimmings! Live Music & complimentary food and drink. Please see flyer for details and for volunteer opportunities.

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Posted on: November 20, 2014

Councilwoman Judy Waldman's Annual Toy Drive

This year, make it a special Christmas for one of our own here in Homestead. The children of the Homestead Soup Kitchen will be receiving gifts donated by members of the Homestead community. For more details and where to drop off gifts, please see attache...Read on...

Posted on: November 18, 2014

City of Homestead, National Parks Continue Partnership with Re-Launch of National Parks Trolley

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WHAT: National Parks Trolley Service

WHEN: November 22, 2014—April 26, 2015

WHERE: Losner Park 104 N. Krome Ave. Homestead, FL 33030

Homestead’s award-winning National Parks Trolley Service will return from November 22, 2014 through April 26...Read on...

Posted on: November 17, 2014

Councilwoman Judy Waldman Honors Local Couple with Kindness Award

During the October 2014 Special Council Presentation, Councilwoman Judy Waldman bestowed a special Kindness Award to Charles and Emilia Gugliuzza for their years of involvement in charity-based initiatives throughout the Homestead community.

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Posted on: November 14, 2014

Annual Rock-N-Ribs Fest Raises 18K for Children’s Charities

Councilwoman Patricia Fairclough deferred some time to Larry Roth, board member for ThisIsForTheKids, the non-profit organization that produces the Rock-N-Ribs Fest annualy to help raise money for select children’s oriented charities, so he could report...Read on...

Posted on: November 4, 2014

Special National Parks Trolley Service for NASCAR fans November 13-16, 2014

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WHAT: Special National Parks Trolley Service, Educational Display from National Parks
WHEN: November 13-16, 2014WHERE: Homestead-Miami Speedway One Ralph Sanchez Speedway Boulevard Homestead, Florida 33035-1501
While drivers are prepping to race f...Read on...

Posted on: November 6, 2014

National Parks Trolley Project Team Receive Prestigious Marketing Awards

The Homestead National Parks Trolley project, a joint venture to increase visitorship to area National Parks and Historic Downtown Homestead, received the highest honors for marketing excellence at a recent Special Council Presentation in October 2014. ...Read on...

Posted on: November 6, 2014

Alpha Delta Kappa Honored for Promoting Educational Excellence

Mayor Jeff Porter took a moment during a Special Council Presentation in October 2014 to recognize the exceptional efforts of Alpha Delta Kappa among women educators around the world. On this day, the Florida Chapter was honored, specifically the member...Read on...

Posted on: November 4, 2014

R.L. Chaplin Photography Acknowledged by Vice Mayor Shelley

During a Special Council Presentation in October 2014, Vice Mayor Stephen Shelley recognized the contributions to Homestead made by a fellow friend and colleague Robert Chaplin. Mr. Chaplin is a well-known photographer in the area who manages his own ph...Read on...

Posted on: November 4, 2014

Councilwoman Judy Waldman Pays Tribute to Former Councilwoman Eliza Perry

The October 2014 Special Council Presentation was an occasion to reflect and remember as Councilwoman Judy Waldman paid a tribute to the life and times of former Homestead Councilwoman and community leader, Eliza Perry.

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Posted on: November 3, 2014

Councilman Elvis Maldonado Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month at Special Council Presentation

Councilman Elvis Maldonado Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month at Special Council Presentation

As a commemorative gesture by Councilman Elvis Maldonado during Hispanic Heritage Month, two presentations were made by Hispanic students and faculty from Mia...Read on...

Posted on: November 3, 2014

Councilman Elvis Maldonado Recognizes Members of Homestead Police Department

In the wake of his very successful event intended to heighten safety awareness and educate the public on safety techniques, Councilman Elvis Maldonado praised the efforts of select Homestead Police Officers during a Special Council Presentation for thei...Read on...

Posted on: November 3, 2014

City of Homestead and Historic Preservation Board Honored

During the recent 3rd Annual Miami-Dade County Historic Preservation Board Awards presented in Pinecrest Gardens, the City of Homestead Historic Preservation Board and the City’s Public Information Office were recognized with the Excellence in Preservat...Read on...

Posted on: November 3, 2014

City of Homestead Recognizes Lowe’s Community Giving

Lowe’s, the retail home improvement giant, was acknowledged for their long-standing record of giving back to the communities in which they do business by Councilwoman Patricia Fairclough during the Special Council Presentation on October 2014. For ove...Read on...

Posted on: October 30, 2014

Councilwoman Judy Waldman to Lead Special Veterans Day Service

On Monday, November 10, a day prior Veterans Day, Councilwoman Judy Waldman will be presiding over a very special service to commemorate the past, present and future military men and woman and their selfless contributions towards the safety and liberty o...Read on...

Posted on: October 10, 2014

FREE WORKSHOP FOR FIRST TIME HOME BUYERS, SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 1, 2014

Do you want to buy a home? Are you confused as to where to begin?
THIS SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 1 @ the William F. Dickinson Community Center from 10am-6pm, come and join the FREE 8hr. workshop for first time home buyers. This essential workshop is brought to ...Read on...

Posted on: October 28, 2014

Councilman Elvis Maldonado Organizes Successful Safety Themed Event

Councilman Elvis Maldonado, partnered with the Homestead Police Department and a wide array of local businesses and organizations to host the Celebrating Safe Communities event at The Charter School at Waterstone.

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Over one hundred residents attend...Read on...

Posted on: October 27, 2014

Haitian Community Meeting With the City of Homestead

TOMORROW, OCT 28, Homestead's Haitian Community is invited to a special meeting at the William F. Dickinson Community Center @ 5:30pm. Councilwoman Patricia Fairclough will be on hand to answer questions and to address concerns. This is also a great oppor...Read on...

Posted on: October 27, 2014

Councilman Jimmie L. Williams, III Appointed to Florida League of Cities Finance Committee

The Florida League of Cities, the united voice for Florida’s municipal governments whose goals are to serve the needs of Florida's cities and promote local self-government, has recently appointed City of Homestead Councilman Jimmie L. Williams, III to the...Read on...

Posted on: October 17, 2014

Four New Officers Join the Ranks of the Homestead Police Department

Detective Antonio Aquino, Director of Internal Affairs for the Homestead Police Department, introduced the most recent crop of law enforcement officers to join our city’s force during a Special Council Presentation on September 2014.

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Posted on: October 15, 2014

Mayor Jeff Porter & School Board Vice Chair Dr. Larry Feldman Visit Local Schools

Homestead Mayor Jeff Porter and Miami-Dade County School Board Vice-Chair Dr. Larry Feldman toured several schools in the Homestead area to learn more about the course these institutions are charting for the future of their students. Among the schools vis...Read on...

Posted on: October 13, 2014

Homestead Public Services Wins FMEA Community Service Award

The Florida Municipal Electric Association (FMEA) recently honored the community service efforts of Homestead Public Services by recognizing the municipal electric utility with the 2014 Community Service Award.

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Posted on: October 13, 2014

Spooky Saturday, October 25, 2014!

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Hey Guys & Ghouls, the witching hour is fast approaching when all of Homestead turns out for Spooky Saturday! On October 25, from 6:30-9:30pm at Harris Field (Corner of US1 & Campbell St.) come on out and have a frightfully good time exploring the hau...Read on...

Posted on: October 13, 2014

Bill Passes in State Senate to Honor Florida Pioneer

Thanks to the efforts of Jackie Crucet, The Mahogany Youth, Vice Mayor Stephen Shelley and Senator Dwight Bullard, an unsung Florida pioneer’s legacy, Sir Lancelot Jones, was officially honored during a Special Council Presentation on September 22, 2014. ...Read on...

Posted on: October 7, 2014

Mayor Jeff Porter Issues Proclamation Honoring 482nd Fighter Wing

On October 3, 2014, City of Homestead Mayor Jeff Porter proclaimed that day in perpetuity as “482nd Fighter Wing Day” during a Military Affairs Committee meet and greet that took place at the Community Activity Center located within the Homestead Air Re...Read on...

Posted on: October 1, 2014

Homestead Parks & Recreation Department Wins National Award

The official guide to Homestead’s parks and recreational programming was awarded the highest prize in the nationally renowned 3CMA (City-County Communications & Marketing Association) Savvy Awards Competition under the Graphic Design Publications category...Read on...

Posted on: October 1, 2014

Palm Glades Academy Participates in Vice Mayor Shelley’s Art Program

During a Special Council Presentation in September 2014, Vice Mayor Stephen R. Shelley introduced the latest artists to be selected to participate in his Artist in the Spotlight program. The program, which was created in 2010 by the vice mayor, seeks to i...Read on...

Posted on: October 1, 2014

City of Homestead Police Officer Recipient of Second Officer of the Month Award

For the second time since initially receiving the award in April of 2014, City of Homestead Police Officer Mario Arzuaga once again found himself on the floor of the council chamber during a Special Council Presentation surrounded by his peers and colleag...Read on...

Posted on: September 29, 2014

City of Homestead Receives Special Designation from Weather Service

NOAA (National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration), the federal scientific agency that monitors and reports on the conditions of the world’s oceans and the atmosphere, has recently designated the City of Homestead as a “Weather-Ready Nation” Ambassador....Read on...

Posted on: September 29, 2014

Homestead National Park Trolley Project Wins Prestigious National Awards

The City of Homestead was a big winner recently with an impressive showing at the prestigious National City-County Communications & Marketing Association (3CMA) Savvy Competition 2014. The multi-pronged marketing effort put forth by the City to promote th...Read on...

Posted on: September 23, 2014

Councilman Williams Appointed to Oversee Elected Officials Pension Plan

Councilman Jimmie L. Williams, III has been appointed by Mayor Jeff Porter to be one of the chairpersons to sit on the board of the New Elected and Senior Management Pension Plans. Councilman Williams will be responsible for overseeing a fund valued in ex...Read on...

Posted on: September 10, 2014

Councilwoman Fairclough Partners with FP&L for Student Program

On a Saturday morning this past August, local school children and their parents anxiously awaited outside the doors of the Nike Outlet Store in Homestead as part of an event organized by Councilwoman Patricia Fairclough and sponsored by Florida Power & Li...Read on...

Posted on: September 9, 2014

Councilman Jon Burgess Leads 4th Annual Back to School Drive

This year’s Miami-Dade County League of Cities back to school donation event took place in Homestead’s Laura C. Saunders Elementary. Dozens of local underprivileged students received book bags, lunchboxes and other assorted school supplies that were colle...Read on...

Posted on: September 8, 2014

Fiscal Year 2015 Proposed Budget

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Posted on: September 5, 2014

Councilman Jon Burgess Honors Local Residents for Athletic Achievements

Three Homestead residents were honored, during the July 2014 Special Council Presentation, for their remarkable athletic achievements representing their city and country at the 2014 Europa Games held in Orlando, Florida. The games are an Olympic-like spre...Read on...

Posted on: September 5, 2014

Councilwoman Patricia Fairclough Honors Local Non-Profit Organizations

Councilwoman Patricia Fairclough recognized the accomplishments of three non-profit organizations based in the Homestead area during a Special Council Presentation in July 2014. The three were selected to receive grants as winners of the Million Dollar Li...Read on...

Posted on: September 5, 2014

Councilwoman Patricia Fairclough Recognizes National Migrant Teacher of the Year

During the July 2014 Special Council Presentation, Councilwoman Patricia Fairclough saluted the efforts of a fellow educator by recognizing the achievements of National Migrant Teacher of the Year, Raquel Bueno.

“I would like to recognize an educator ...Read on...

Posted on: September 5, 2014

Councilman Burgess Introduces Homestead Police K9 New Members

Councilman Jon Burgess welcomed some rather intriguing guests to the council chambers during the August Special Council Presentation, when the current members of the Homestead Police K9 Unit and their new four-legged counterparts paid a visit to discuss t...Read on...

Posted on: September 5, 2014

Homestead Police Department Traffic Unit Recognized by Councilman Burgess

Homestead Police Department Traffic Unit Recognized by Councilman Burgess and the Florida Law Enforcement Liaison Program

During the August 2014 Special Council Presentation, Councilman Jon Burgess recognized The Homestead Police Department’s Traffic U...Read on...

Posted on: August 27, 2014

HOMESTEAD MAYOR AND COUNCIL BREAK GROUND ON NEW CITY HALL

Business owners, residents and community leaders gathered Thursday, August 21 to witness the City of Homestead Mayor and Council officially break ground on Homestead’s new City Hall. Over a hundred were in attendance to celebrate the first of many sweepin...Read on...

Posted on: August 27, 2014

Homestead Police Officer Decorated for Distinguished Military Service

During a Special Council Presentation in August 2014, Homestead Police Officer Victor Lugo was roundly praised and commended by his peers and superiors for his sterling career as a member of the U.S. military.

Officer Lugo’s 23 year commitment to the ...Read on...

Posted on: August 27, 2014

Officer Jesus Gonzalez Awarded Officer of the Month for June 2014

City of Homestead police officer Jesus Gonzalez was recognized for his exceptional public service during the month of June at the Special Council Presentation in August 2014.

During the month long span, Officer Gonzalez responded to 184 service calls a...Read on...

Posted on: August 18, 2014

Councilman Jimmie Williams Leads Vigil Against Violence

On the evening of August 12, 2014, Councilman Jimmie L. Williams, III residents and other community leaders congregated on the grounds of Blakey Park to observe the untimely passing of Darrin Booker, a young boy who became the latest victim of gun violenc...Read on...

Posted on: August 7, 2014

Councilman Jimmie Williams Holds Stop the Violence Prayer Vigil

In the wake of another senseless killing in Miami-Dade County over the weekend, Councilman Jimmie Williams is calling out to the Homestead/Florida City community to show unity in the face of violence at a Stop the Violence Prayer Vigil that will take plac...Read on...

Posted on: August 7, 2014

MDI Sports of Homestead Honored at Special Council Meeting

On behalf of Councilwoman Judy Waldman, Councilman Elvis Maldonado stepped to the podium during July’s Special Council Presentation to honor the demonstration of excellence of area youth athletes involved with the basketball programs offered by MDI Sports...Read on...

Posted on: August 5, 2014

Councilman Elvis Maldonado Invites you to Attend Miami-Dade County Ethics Training Aug. 8

If you currently serve as a member of a committee or advisory board in the City of Homestead or would be interested in becoming one, Councilman Elvis Maldonado would like to invite you to Miami-Dade County Ethics training. The training will take place on ...Read on...

Posted on: August 4, 2014

Councilwoman Judy Waldman's Chefs Table of the Championship Taste Event August 21

As a member of The Pineapple Ladies of Homestead Hospital Foundation, Councilwoman Judy Waldman would like to reach out to her hometown constituency to share in a truly special evening. On Thursday, November 13, 2014 from 6pm-10pm, the Championship Taste,...Read on...

Posted on: July 21, 2014

Homestead Public Services Director of Electric Utilities Barbara Quiñones to Help Lead State Agency

Homestead Public Services Director of Electric Utilities Barbara Quiñones was as re-elected Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Florida Municipal Power Agency’s Board of Directors and All-Requirements Project Executive Committee.

Election...Read on...

Posted on: July 18, 2014

Get Involved This Year With Judy Waldman's School Supplies Drive

The lazy days of summer will soon be coming to an end for Miami-Dade County school students and then it’s time to get back into gear again. Unfortunately, for financially challenged families in our community, it can be an anxious time as parents can somet...Read on...

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Posted on: July 9, 2014

City of Homestead “Race to the 4th” Event is one to Remember

In just its fifth year, the 2014 edition of the “Race to the 4th” Independence Day bash at the Homestead-Miami Speedway, proved to be one of the crowning events of the summer thus far. An estimated 20,000 festivalgoers descended upon the speedway grounds ...Read on...

Posted on: July 9, 2014

Councilwoman Judy Waldman Honors Military Veterans with Kindness Award

Amidst the pageantry and patriotic revelry found at the 5th Annual “Race to the 4th” event, a yearly celebration held at the Homestead-Miami Speedway, Event Chair, Councilwoman Judy Waldman, took the time to recognize some invited members of our nation’s ...Read on...

Posted on: July 2, 2014

Homestead Community Center Volunteers Honored

Volunteers have an enormous impact on the health and well-being of communities worldwide. They make a difference in day-to-day life by delivering critical services, keeping our neighborhoods, streets, parks, rivers, green spaces and water clean and safe f...Read on...

Posted on: June 30, 2014

Vice Mayor Stephen Shelley Recognizes Military Appreciation Day Planning Committee & Sponsors

The third annual Homestead Military Appreciation Day, a yearly event that unites military families with their civilian counterparts and celebrates their service to our country, delivered on its promise to exceed expectations.

During a special presenta...Read on...

Posted on: June 30, 2014

Officer Mario Arzuaga Receives Officer of the Month Award for April 2014

April Officer of the Month honoree Officer Mario Arzuaga had an exceptional month of law enforcement and was recognized for his efforts during the June 2014 Special Council Presentation.

In the month of April, Officer Arzuaga made 18 arrests, issued ...Read on...

Posted on: June 27, 2014

Success of National Parks Trolley Project Recognized by Parks’ Leadership

Deputy Superintendent of Everglades National Park, Justin Unger and Biscayne National Park Superintendant Brian Carlstrom stood before Council during the June City Council meeting to commend and recognize the leadership of Vice Mayor Stephen Shelley, the ...Read on...

Posted on: June 19, 2014

Town Hall Meeting to Discuss Krome Avenue Truck Bypass Project June 26, 2014

WHO: The City of Homestead

WHAT: A special town hall meeting

WHERE: William F. Dickinson Community Center, 1601 N. Krome Ave., Homestead, FL

WHEN: Thursday, June 26, 2014 from 6pm-8pm

WHY: The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) wil...Read on...

Posted on: June 19, 2014

Councilwoman Patricia Fairclough to Lead Homestead Education Committee

With a long career in local education, first as a teacher and currently as Assistant Principal at Pine Lake Elementary, Councilwoman Patricia Fairclough has been recently appointed to lead the Homestead Education Committee.

The Homestead Education Com...Read on...

Posted on: June 17, 2014

Mayor Jeff Porter Honors U.S. Customs and Border Protection

On Friday, June 6, 2014, Homestead Mayor Jeff Porter attended the MAC (Military Affairs Committee) Meet and Greet Event wherein he delivered a proclamation in honor of the exceptional performance and the fervent execution of the duties demonstrated by the...Read on...

Posted on: June 17, 2014

Officer Elvis Ackerman Receives Officer of the Month and Life Saving Awards

During a Special Council Presentation on May 21, 2014, Homestead Police Captain Marie Kent acknowledged the valiant efforts and courage demonstrated by fellow police officer Elvis Ackerman who recently saved a resident’s life by performing CPR.

Offic...Read on...

Posted on: June 17, 2014

Mayor Porter Hosts Area Kids for a Lesson in Leadership

Homestead’s City Hall was buzzing with activity on May 8 when 60 children from Avocado Elementary School arrived for a tour hosted by Mayor Jeff Porter along with the Office of Florida Senator Dwight Bullard.

Along with touring the halls of municipal ...Read on...

Posted on: June 16, 2014

Four New Officers Sworn in to Homestead Police Department

During a Special Council Presentation in May, City of Homestead Detective Antonio Aquino welcomed in the latest crop of newly minted officers to join the police force. Said the detective, “There were over one-hundred applicants over the past year. Twelv...Read on...

Posted on: June 16, 2014

Mayor Jeff Porter Lends a Hand to Mexican-American Council Fundraiser

On May 23, 2014, Homestead Mayor Jeff Porter alongside members of his council, Vice-Mayor Stephen Shelley, Councilman Elvis Maldonado and Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez participated in the MAC (Mexican-American Council) Migrant Student Scholar...Read on...

Posted on: June 11, 2014

Homestead Main Street Named Community of the Month by the State

During a Special Council Presentation in May, Vice Mayor Stephen Shelley recognized Homestead Main Street, Inc. for their contributions to Downtown Homestead community life and their recent honor in which the State of Florida named the organization the Co...Read on...

Posted on: April 30, 2014

Local Cheerleading Squads Recognized for Achievements

Councilwoman Patricia Fairclough acknowledged the notable achievements of two cheerleading squads that represent Homestead area schools. Said the councilwoman,” This has been a banner year for the youth that compete in athletics in our community. This eve...Read on...

Posted on: June 10, 2014

Homestead Community Center Artists Display Their Work

Vice Mayor Stephen Shelley took time during May’s Special Council Presentations to recognize the talent of the artists currently on display in the halls of the William F. Dickinson Community Center as part of his Artist in the Spotlight program.

“The ...Read on...

Posted on: June 10, 2014

Councilman Jon Burgess Honors Homestead Police Explorers for Performance in Competition

During the Special Council Presentation of May 2014, Councilman Jon Burgess stood before the chamber to recognize the accomplishments of the city’s aspiring law enforcement professionals by congratulating the City of Homestead Police Explorers for their i...Read on...

Posted on: June 10, 2014

Councilman Elvis Maldonado Introduces Charter School Associates Executive Internship Program

During the May City of Homestead Council meeting, Councilman Elvis Maldonado introduced representatives from Charter School Associates to present to the community their new Executive Internship Program. Area Director for Charter School Associates, Melissa...Read on...

Posted on: June 10, 2014

Councilwoman Fairclough Honors Speedway Community Church for Volunteering Efforts

Councilwoman Patricia Fairclough acknowledged the selfless, charitable efforts of the Speedway Community Church in helping enrich and revitalize Campbell Drive K-8 School. The Councilwoman introduced the church’s leadership during a Special Council Presen...Read on...

Posted on: May 22, 2014

South Dade Buccaneers Baseball Team Wins State Title

In a bid to become the first athletic program in Miami-Dade County to ever win state titles in three different sports in the same school year, the South Dade Senior High Buccaneers baseball team scored the hat trick with a 3-1 victory over Valrico Bloomin...Read on...

Posted on: May 22, 2014

UF/IFAS Miami-Dade County Extension Celebrates 100 Years

During a Special Council Presentation on April 23, 2014, Vice Mayor Stephen Shelley handed over the proceedings to Ms. Teresa Olczyk, County Extension Director & Extension Agent IV at University of Florida/Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS...Read on...

Posted on: May 20, 2014

Homestead Law Enforcement Torch Run Celebrates 32nd Anniversary

Law enforcement personnel, including members of the Homestead Police Department, Miami-Dade Police Department and Dade County Corrections, joined approximately 30 Special Olympics athletes in Homestead on Friday, April 25 for the 32nd annual Law Enforceme...Read on...

Posted on: May 20, 2014

National Hurricane Preparedness Week is Coming

History teaches that a lack of hurricane awareness and preparation are common threads among all major hurricane disasters. By knowing your vulnerability and what actions you should take, you can reduce the effects of a hurricane disaster. National Hurrica...Read on...

Posted on: May 14, 2014

Mayor Jeff Porter and Councilwoman Patricia Fairclough Host National Day of Prayer

On May 1, 2014, the City of Homestead’s William F. Dickinson Community Center was the site of a large, inclusive gathering of religious leaders, city staff and members of the community as they celebrated the National Day of Prayer. The Nation’s theme for ...Read on...

Posted on: May 14, 2014

Mayor Jeff Porter Honors South Dade High State Champion Wrestling Team

2014 has been a banner year thus far for South Dade Senior High School athletics and they were once again front and center at the April Special Council Presentation where Mayor Jeff Porter proclaimed February 15, 2014 as South Dade High School Wrestling T...Read on...

Posted on: May 9, 2014

Mayor Jeff Porter Tours Turkey Point Facility

Mayor Jeff Porter recently toured the FPL (Florida Power & Light) facility at Turkey Point. The mayor, accompanied by site VP Mike Kiley, toured the control room of the power plant as well as the security station and the turbine deck.

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Posted on: May 9, 2014

Mayor’s Youth Council Member Nominated for Silver Knight Award

The City of Homestead and the Offices of Mayor and Council are proud to recognize Daimiris Garcia for her Silver Knight Award nomination for the 2014 school year. Daimiris, 17, is a senior at South Dade Senior High School and has been a distinguished memb...Read on...

Posted on: May 7, 2014

Mayor Jeff Porter Presents Officer Anthony Green with Officer of the Month Award

During a Special Council Presentation that took place on April 23, Officer Anthony Green of the Homestead Police Department earned the Officer of the Month award for his exemplary service in the line of duty during the month of February 2014. Major Scott ...Read on...

Posted on: May 6, 2014

Councilwoman Judy Waldman Honors Local Pageant Beauties

Councilwoman Judy Waldman gathered three very special young ladies to honor them for their superlative contributions to their communities and recent wins in local Beauty Pageants. Although originating from a variety of cultural backgrounds and age groups,...Read on...

Posted on: May 5, 2014

5th Annual Biscayne-Everglades Bike Festival Better Than Ever in 2014

Saturday, April 26, marked the 5th Annual Biscayne-Everglades Greenway Bike Festival. Riders of all skill levels and festival-goers from all over South Florida made this year’s installment one of the best yet. This ride was an impressive convoy of people ...Read on...

Posted on: May 5, 2014

Councilwoman Fairclough Recognizes Homestead U16 Soccer Team

The City of Homestead is keeping pace with the nation’s ever-expanding soccer craze. Councilwoman Patricia Fairclough recognized one of Homestead’s finest soccer teams during the April Special Council Presentation for their most recent accomplishment.

...Read on...

Posted on: May 5, 2014

Councilwoman Fairclough Honors Local Leaders for Women’s History Month

In celebration of Women’s History Month, Councilwoman Patricia Fairclough gathered some of the City of Homestead’s own luminaries to pay them homage for their leadership and
distinguished service to the community.

“I rise today to recognize, simply p...Read on...

Posted on: May 5, 2014

City of Homestead Proclaims April as Water Conservation Month

Vice-Mayor Stephen Shelley took to the podium during April’s Special Council Presentations to proclaim, on behalf of Mayor Jeff Porter, the month of April as Water Conservation Month in the City of Homestead. Armando Vilaboy, Intergovernmental Representat...Read on...

Posted on: April 24, 2014

Councilwoman Judy Waldman’s Relay for Life Benefit a Rousing Success

With massive support from City of Homestead residents, staff and the Homestead Police Department, the Homestead Relay for Life “Jail & Bail” event, organized by Councilwoman Judy Waldman on April 9, exceeded even the highest expectations. A portion of the...Read on...

Posted on: April 10, 2014

Homestead Energy Services Receives Award for Utility Safety Achievement

(Homestead, Fla.) – Homestead Energy Services has received a Safety Award from the Florida Municipal Electric Association (FMEA) for its continued commitment to safe work practices during the past year.

For the past 26 years, FMEA has recognized the ef...Read on...

Posted on: April 9, 2014

Mayor Jeff Porter Supports Lauren’s Kids

On the afternoon of March 19, 2014, City of Homestead Mayor Jeff Porter lent his support to the courageous undertaking of Lauren Book and the efforts of her organization, Lauren’s Kids. Miss Book was in the early stages of a 1500-mile walk from Key West t...Read on...

Posted on: April 4, 2014

Councilman Jimmie Williams Easter Food Basket Giveaway April 19

Councilman Jimmie Williams, the Southwest Advisory Committee and Farm Share will be conducting a food basket giveaway for the Easter holiday on Saturday, April 19. The giveaway will take place at the Phichol Williams Community Center (951 SW 4th Street, H...Read on...

Posted on: April 1, 2014

Councilwoman Patricia Fairclough Honors Women’s Club of Homestead

Councilwoman Patricia Fairclough rounded out the evening of Special Council Presentations on March 19 by acknowledging the long-standing Women’s Club of Homestead.

“In addition to St. Patrick’s Day, March is also a time to celebrate the accomplishments...Read on...

Posted on: April 1, 2014

Councilman Elvis Maldonado Acknowledges Celebrated Homestead Restaurant

During a Special Council Presentation on March 19, 2014, Councilman Elvis Maldonado took time to recognize the notable accomplishments of local eatery, Chefs on the Run, the only restaurant from Homestead to participate in this year’s South Beach Food and...Read on...

Posted on: April 1, 2014

March 7 Proclaimed Golden Knights Day in Homestead

On Friday, March 7, 2014, City of Homestead Mayor Jeff Porter, along with members of the Homestead City council, officially proclaimed the day in honor of the U.S. Army parachute team known as the Golden Knights. Vice-Mayor Stephen Shelley, Councilwoman P...Read on...

Posted on: March 27, 2014

City of Homestead Sponsors 5th Annual Biscayne-Everglades Greenway Bike Festival April 26

On Saturday, April 26, multitudes of bicycle and outdoors enthusiasts will be congregating at the Homestead-Miami Speedway to take part in the 5th Annual Biscayne-Everglades Greenway Bike Festival. The ride kicks off at 9:30 am and it stretches some 10.25...Read on...

Posted on: March 27, 2014

Councilwoman Fairclough Honors SOS, Joshua’s Heart Foundation

For the second year running, Councilwoman Patricia Fairclough in partnership with Joshua’s Heart Foundation and Start Off Smart distributed much needed groceries to Homestead’s working poor. Whole Foods, the iconic organic grocery chain, was also a major ...Read on...

Posted on: March 20, 2014

Councilwoman Judy Waldman's Event to Benefit Homestead Relay for Life April 9

Don’t be surprised if one of Homestead’s finest drops in on you and takes you into custody when you least expect it. On Wednesday, April 9, from 10am-2pm, the William F. Dickinson Community Center (1601 N. Krome Ave.) will double as a holding cell and for...Read on...

Posted on: March 10, 2014

Military Appreciation Day Student Contest

Students are invited to participate in an Art and Essay Student Contest organized and sponsored by the Greater Homestead/Florida City Chamber of Commerce, which offers cash prizes to the winners. The Essay Contest invites Middle School (6-8 grade) and Sen...Read on...

Posted on: March 10, 2014

March is the Last Month to Enjoy Nature-Inspired Poetry Banners in Losner Park

MARCH IS THE LAST OPPORTUNITY for residents and visitors to enjoy the colorful poetry banners that have been hanging in Losner Park since January. The month of April was designated National Poetry Month, and the City of Homestead, alongside its new gatewa...Read on...

Posted on: March 7, 2014

FREE CPR Training at Phichol Williams Community Center April 12, 2014

Councilman Jimmie L. Williams III, in collaboration with Pulse America, would like to invite you to participate in an opportunity that could help save lives. On Saturday, April 12, the Phichol Williams Community Center (951 SW 4th Street) will be hostin...Read on...

Posted on: March 6, 2014

Councilman Maldonado Honors Education Committee Members

After four years of dedicated work and accomplishments in Homestead education, Councilman Elvis Maldonado finished his term as Liaison to the Education Committee by honoring the devoted and hard working members of the committee.

The Homestead Educatio...Read on...

Posted on: March 5, 2014

Councilwoman Fairclough Graduates from University of Miami's Good Government Initiative

Former Miami-Dade County Commissioner and District 8 Representative Katy Sorenson honored Homestead Councilwoman Patricia Fairclough for graduating from the Good Government Initiative Program.

The Good Government Initiative, which was founded by Mrs. S...Read on...

Posted on: March 5, 2014

Councilwoman Judy Waldman Honors Councilman Jon Burgess as League of Cities Vice President

During a special presentation at February’s council meeting, Councilman Jon Burgess was honored by Councilwoman Judy Waldman for his recent appointment to Vice President of the Miami-Dade County League of Cities.

“I’ve had the pleasure to serve with M...Read on...

Posted on: February 27, 2014

Homestead Director of Electric Utilities Elected Vice Chairman of Statewide Agency

ORLANDO, Fla., Feb. 20, 2014 – Homestead Public Services Director of Electric Utilities Barbara Quiñones was elected Jan. 23, 2014, as Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors for Florida Municipal Power Agency (FMPA), a wholesale power supplier to municip...Read on...

Posted on: February 21, 2014

Mayor Jeff Porter’s Monthly Spay & Neuter Event a Huge Success

On Saturday, February 15, the first of a monthly series of spay and neuter events took place at JD Redd Park. Dog owners from all over the City of Homestead descended upon the park to take advantage of a new program that offers residents low cost spay and...Read on...

Posted on: February 18, 2014

The City of Homestead Proclaims Mary Lamberts’ Day

At the Ninth Annual Women in Agriculture Luncheon, Homestead Councilman Elvis Maldonado honored a very special woman who has made it her life’s work to inform and educate public institutions on how to protect our precious food sources.

As an esteemed g...Read on...

Posted on: February 13, 2014

Mayor Jeff Porter Awards South Dade High School Key to the City

On Saturday, January 11, 2014, on the 50-yard line of Harris Field, Mayor Jeff Porter officially proclaimed December 14, 2013, “South Dade Senior High School Championship Day.” On that day, the South Dade Senior High School Football Team became the southe...Read on...

Posted on: February 11, 2014

Focus Back on Biscayne-Everglades Greenway

Last month, Councilwoman Judy Waldman gathered dozens of community leaders to discuss the future of the Biscayne-Everglades Greenway project. The meeting to advocate for the re-ignition of the trail is already producing results.

The Miami-Dade County L...Read on...

Posted on: February 11, 2014

Mayor Jeff Porter Brings Mobile Animal Clinic to Homestead

On Saturday, February 15, from 8am-5pm, thanks to the efforts of Mayor Jeff Porter in partnership with Miami-Dade County Animal Services, the City of Homestead’s JD Redd Park, will be hosting the first in a monthly series of dog spay and neuter events.
...Read on...

Posted on: February 10, 2014

Please fill out Emergency Preparedness Survey

The Miami-Dade County Office of Emergency Management is conducting a study to better understand the preparedness needs of its residents. To do so, a survey has been distributed throughout the county, and you have been selected to participate. Your feedbac...Read on...

Posted on: February 5, 2014

Vice-Mayor Shelley Awarded YMCA Award for Healthy Living

Vice-Mayor Stephen R. Shelley was awarded the YMCA of Greater Miami’s Impact Award for Healthy Living at its recent 2013 Annual “Lasting Impact” meeting. The honor was given to Vice-Mayor Shelley for his support in helping the Y strengthen the Homestead c...Read on...

Posted on: February 5, 2014

Councilwoman Fairclough Invites Local Students to Participate in “Mayor for a Day" Essay Contest

The Florida League of Mayors and the Florida League of Cities are sponsoring a statewide essay contest titled “If I were elected Mayor . . .” The contest is offered to all seventh-grade students in Florida public schools.

Homestead Councilwoman Patric...Read on...

Posted on: February 3, 2014

The City Unveils Plaques That Tell the Stories of Historic Homestead

Historic Downtown Homestead will now have its historic structures adorned with educational plaques that will allow visitors to identify and learn about the importance of these buildings. During a special presentation at the January 22nd City Council meeti...Read on...

Posted on: January 29, 2014

Councilwoman Patricia Fairclough Honors local MD-CPS Teachers of the Year

The Homestead Community Center was filled with the best and brightest local educators, all recipients of the prestigious Miami Dade County Public School Teacher and Rookie Teacher of the Year award, on the night of the January City Council meeting.

Co...Read on...

Posted on: January 29, 2014

Vice Mayor Shelley Introduces New Artist in the Spotlight Recipient

During a special Council Presentation on January 22, 2014, Vice Mayor Stephen R. Shelley took to the podium to recognize local artist Roxanna Gottschalk-Garcia, the latest participant of his Artist in the Spotlight program. The program, which was created ...Read on...

Posted on: January 27, 2014

Everglades Poetry Exhibit at Losner Park

Of the many rich and varied forms of the written word, the poem, with its ability to take many shapes and to plumb the depths of human emotion, remains one of the most powerful. The month of April has been designated National Poetry Month, and the City of...Read on...

Posted on: January 21, 2014

Mayor Porter Honors Community Volunteer Bonnie King-Moran

If you have ever attended a city sponsored event, then you have likely been in the presence of Mrs. Bonnie King-Moran. Whether she is dressed up as Mrs. Claus for the tree lighting ceremony at Losner Park or lending a hand taking pictures at a ribbon cutt...Read on...

Posted on: January 21, 2014

Vice Mayor Stephen R. Shelley’s Artist in the Spotlight: A New Gallery and Looking for Local Artists

City of Homestead Vice Mayor Stephen R. Shelley is looking for local artists to participate in his Artist in the Spotlight program for 2014. The Artist in the Spotlight program (formerly known as “Art in the Chambers”) was created in 2010 by Vice Mayor S...Read on...

Posted on: January 15, 2014

Councilwoman Fairclough’s Toy & Bike Drive Brings Cheer to Area Children

On December 19, 2013, the Phichol Williams Community Center hosted Councilwoman Patricia Fairclough’s Christmas Toy and Bike Drive. For the second consecutive year, Councilwoman Fairclough enlisted the help of a distinguished line-up of organizations and ...Read on...

Posted on: January 9, 2014

Councilman Jimmie L. Williams, III, Bike Giveaway Brightens Christmas for Homestead Families

The bike drive was held on Saturday, December 21st, 2013 from 11AM-1PM at Phichol Williams Community Center in the Southwest area of Homestead. Students from West Homestead Elementary School and Laura C. Saunders Elementary School who maintained a GPA of ...Read on...

Posted on: January 9, 2014

Five New Officers Added to the Ranks of the Homestead Police Department

During a special council presentation on December 18, Internal Affairs Detective Antonio Aquino took to the podium to herald in the latest crop of officers to join the Homestead Police Department. Prior to the traditional swearing in ceremony, Det. Aquino...Read on...

Posted on: January 8, 2014

Councilman Burgess Honors Volunteers for November Food Drive

During a special presentation at the December City of Homestead Council Meeting, Councilman Jon Burgess awarded a number of certificates of appreciation to various community organizations who participated in a Homestead Thanksgiving food drive and distrib...Read on...

Posted on: January 3, 2014

This Saturday! South Dade Buccaneers Football State Championship Parade

WHAT: Parade & Pep Rally to celebrate first State Championship of South Dade Senior High Buccaneers Football Team

WHEN: Saturday, January 11 at 11:30 am.

WHERE: Parade route starts on Krome Ave. and S. Flagler St., travels north on Krome Ave. and tu...Read on...

Posted on: January 3, 2014

Councilwoman Waldman Commends Celebrity Rehab Medical Center

On December 12 of this year, Councilwoman Judy Waldman along with the Villages of Homestead hosted a stunning holiday party under the stars that was very well attended by residents and government figures alike. The evening also lent the opportunity to int...Read on...

Posted on: January 3, 2014

Councilwoman Fairclough Recognizes Homestead Rock n Rib Fest


During the December 2013 Council Meeting, Councilwoman Fairclough commended all the groups that made the “Rock-N-Ribs” Fest, a yearly event that raises money for non-profit organizations that cater to children, such a rousing success.

“I would like ...Read on...

Posted on: December 24, 2013

Homestead National Park Trolley Made Official at Historic Signing Ceremony

Wednesday night at the Homestead City Council Meeting, Everglades National Park Superintendent Dan Kimball and Biscayne National Park Superintendent Brian Carlstrom joined Homestead Mayor Jeff Porter in signing a historic Memorandum of Understanding makin...Read on...

Posted on: December 23, 2013

Councilwoman Patricia Fairclough Leads a Collective Effort to Feed the Needy

For the second year running, Councilwoman Patricia Fairclough in partnership with Joshua’s Heart Foundation and Start Off Smart distributed much needed groceries to Homestead’s working poor. Whole Foods, the iconic organic grocery chain, was also a majo...Read on...

Posted on: December 20, 2013

Councilwoman Fairclough Leads Mayor’s Youth Council to Successful Chili Cook-Off Event

On the afternoon of December 14, 2013, the citizens of Homestead congregated upon Harris Field to celebrate all things chili at the Chili Cook-Off and Community Carnival. The event, which saw several local schools competing for top honors and the chance t...Read on...

Posted on: December 19, 2013

Free Homestead National Parks Trolley to Launch at January 4th Celebration

Join us January 4th 11am to 1pm to celebrate the launch of the first ever public transportation to Everglades and Biscayne National Parks! Free transportation, free parking, a guided tour, and waived entrance fees are all part of this exciting new public ...Read on...

Posted on: December 18, 2013

Councilwoman Waldman Hosts Community Holiday Event at the Villages of Homestead

On December 12, 2013, from 6-9 pm, the Audubon Village clubhouse was the place to be for a night of mingling with friends, relaxing holiday music, and amazing food!

Councilwoman Waldman and Mr. Jim Sutton from the Audubon Board planned this social al...Read on...

Posted on: December 16, 2013

Councilman Elvis Maldonado Leads Effort to Distribute Turkeys in Thanksgiving

November 23 may just be another date on the calendar for most, but 15 Homestead families are not likely to forget it. On this Saturday before Thanksgiving, a group of volunteers delivered turkey baskets to various underprivileged families thanks to a Than...Read on...

Posted on: December 13, 2013

Councilman Williams Recognizes Health Fair Sponsors

Hundreds of Homestead residents were able to receive free health screenings during the September Southwest Health Fair organized by Councilman Jimmie L. Williams, III and the Southwest Advisory Committee. The Health Fair, which took place in the newly ren...Read on...

Posted on: December 5, 2013

New Mayor’s Youth Council Members Sworn-in

During a special presentation at the November 20 City Council meeting, Councilwoman Patricia Fairclough had the distinction of welcoming the newest members the civic group she has been leading for over a year: the Mayor’s Youth Council. The Youth Counci...Read on...

Posted on: November 18, 2013

Councilwoman Judy Waldman Holds A Commemorative Service To Honor Veterans

In honor of our U.S. Veterans, many joined Councilwoman Judy Waldman on Sunday, November 10, to ensure each and every Veteran resting in Palms Woodlawn Cemetery (27100 Old Dixie Highway) had a flag on their gravesite.

The service began at 4 p.m. with ...Read on...

Posted on: November 8, 2013

Councilwoman Waldman Presents Domestic Violence Awareness Month Proclamation

An estimated one third of all women in the United States have suffered from domestic violence at one point or another in their lives. In an effort to bring awareness to this issue, Councilwoman Judy Waldman presented a proclamation to Start Off Smart, In...Read on...

Posted on: November 1, 2013

Shelley Recognizes Then & Now Team for Winning Prestigious 3CMA Award

The Homestead Then & Now publication, a self-guided tour booklet of historic buildings in Homestead, was recently awarded the Silver Savvy Awards by the National City-County Communications & Marketing Association (3CMA). The project, which was developed b...Read on...

Posted on: October 31, 2013

Homestead Police Department Swears-in New Officers and Honors Retiring Ones

During a special rpesentation at the October 16 City Council meeting, Vice-Mayor Jon Burgess presented, along with the Homestead Police Department, a special honor to a retiring police officer, recognized newly-promtoted officers, and led the swearing-in ...Read on...

Posted on: October 31, 2013

Councilman Maldonado Recognizes Teachers and Students of the Quarter

Committed to publicly recognizing those who achieve excellence in education in our local schools, Councilman Elvis R. Maldonado and the City of Homestead Education Committee created the Homestead Teacher and Student of the Quarter Award. During the Octobe...Read on...

Posted on: October 31, 2013

Iota Pi Lambda Day in Homestead Proclaimed by Vice-Mayor Burgess

In recognition of their charitable contributions and innumerable service to various local organizations and families in need, Vice-Mayor Jon Burgess, declared October 16, 2013 as Iota Pi Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc Day. The fraternit...Read on...

Posted on: October 29, 2013

Homestead Centennial Book Authors Honored by Councilwoman Fairclough

The Centennial year of the City of Homestead has been marked with festivals, celebrations and works of art that commemorate the history of the second oldest city in Miami-Dade County. One of the most important works that will serve to immortalize the jour...Read on...

Posted on: October 28, 2013

Councilwoman Judy Waldman Holds Veterans Day Commemorative Services and Invites Residents to Support

Councilwoman Judy Waldman invites Homestead residents to participate in 2013 Veterans Day activities. Being the daughter of a United States disabled veteran, Councilwoman Waldman knows our freedom and safety come at a price, which is paid by the brave me...Read on...

Posted on: October 29, 2013

First Homestead Young Entrepreneur Academy Class Honored by Councilwoman Fairclough

To foster the growth of future generations of entrepreneurs in Homestead, the Greater Homestead/Florida City Chamber of Commerce recently established the Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA!) Program, which educates and trains students in business practices....Read on...

Posted on: October 18, 2013

State of the City Address Cancelled

The State of the City address that was scheduled for today, Friday, October 18, 2013, has been cancelled.

Posted on: October 11, 2013

WARNING: Electric Utility Phone Scam

The City of Homestead would like to alert its residential and commercial customers about a scam that has been reported by Homestead Public Services. A supposed utilities representative calls a home or business and asks customers to make a utility payment ...Read on...

Posted on: October 15, 2013

Successful Health Fair held by Councilman Williams and Southwest Advisory Committee

Hundreds of Homestead residents were able to receive free health screenings during the September 28th Health Fair organized by Councilman Jimmie L. Williams, III and the Southwest Advisory Committee. The Health Fair, which took place in the newly renovate...Read on...

Posted on: October 15, 2013

Councilman Maldonado Recognizes Committee Member for Lifetime of Service in Education

Homestead Education Committee member and longtime Miami-Dade Public Schools employee Susan Simon LaGuardia is celebrating her recent retirement. Councilman Elvis Maldonado, Council Liaison to the Homestead Education Committee, honored Ms. LaGuardia’s 30 ...Read on...

Posted on: October 14, 2013

Homestead-Miami Speedway Recognized by Councilwoman Waldman for Race to the 4th Success

The City of Homestead’s annual Race to the 4th celebration at the Homestead-Miami Speedway continues to grow every Fourth of July. Councilwoman Judy Waldman, Chairwoman of the Parks and Recreation Department, who leads the organization of the event, hono...Read on...

Posted on: October 10, 2013

Local Toastmaster Member Honored by Councilwoman Fairclough

The act of speaking in public is not what most people look forward to; much less enter a competition to prove their oration skills. So when Councilwoman Patricia Fairclough heard that Mike Babst of Homestead’s Toastmaster won the Best Speaker at the Divis...Read on...

Posted on: October 9, 2013

Councilman Maldonado Recognizes Pastor Elder Brown

Even though Elder Chauncey D. Brown, Pastor of Greater Williams Chapel Free Will Baptist Church, has only been in Homestead a little over a year, he has already touched many lives in the community. Councilman Elvis Maldonado, who recently attended service...Read on...

Posted on: October 8, 2013

Homestead Police Department Employee Recognized by Homeland Security and Vice-Mayor Burgess

Homestead Police Department Administrative Assistant for the General Investigative Division Dania Garcia was recognized by Vice-Mayor Jon Burgess and ICE, the principal investigative arm of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, for her excellent inves...Read on...

Posted on: October 8, 2013

Hundreds Attend the Homestead Centennial Book Fair

Hundreds of people attended the first Homestead Book Fair this Saturday October 5th at Losner Park in the Historic Downtown District. The free event marked the launching of the recent publication of the history of Homestead book, entitled, Homestead, Flor...Read on...

Posted on: October 8, 2013

Council members collaborate in donation of laptop to local child

Councilman Maldonado donated a brand new laptop to 13-year old Homestead resident John Stepp, who unfortunately will have to spend a lot of time in the hospital during this school year while he is getting treated for a tumor. Councilwoman Judy Waldman lea...Read on...

Posted on: October 7, 2013

Vice-Mayor Burgess Bring Awareness to Childhood Cancer

Unfortunately, every year, pediatric cancers affect tens of thousands of children with thousands sadly dying from the disease. In an effort to bring awareness to this disheartening issue, Vice-Mayor Jon Burgess presented a proclamation joining the nation...Read on...

Posted on: October 7, 2013

Everglades National Park Artist in Residence Program Comes to Homestead

A number of works of art inspired by the Everglades will be on display at the Homestead Old Town Hall Museum and ArtSouth through Councilman Stephen R. Shelley’s Artist in the Spotlight Program. The program, which highlights local artists by organizing ex...Read on...

Posted on: October 7, 2013

Councilwoman Waldman Honors Supporters of Race to the 4th

This year’s annual City of Homestead Fourth of July celebration at the Homestead-Miami Speedway was the biggest and best one yet. Councilwoman Judy Waldman, Chairwoman of the Parks and Recreation Department, who spearheaded the organization of the event, ...Read on...

Posted on: October 3, 2013

Councilwoman Waldman Honors 2013 Kindness Award Winners

Acts of selflessness and kindness often go unrecognized and are forgotten in the busy shuffle of daily life. However, every year Councilwoman Judy Waldman makes it her mission to recognize and honor those Homestead residents who performed an act of kindn...Read on...

Posted on: October 2, 2013

Councilwoman Fairclough-McCormick joins all Homestead area PTAs and recognizes their role

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Knowing the important role parent teacher associations (PTA) play in schools is something long-time educator Councilwoman Patricia Fairclough-McCormick knows too well. At the September Special Presentation section of the Homestead City Council meetin...Read on...

Posted on: September 20, 2013

Homestead Elections Early Voting Sept. 26 - 28

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Posted on: September 20, 2013

Councilman Elvis Maldonado Joins the Fun at Movie in the Park

Councilman Elvis Maldonado joined the Homestead Main Street fun last Saturday at the Movie in Losner Park event. The evening in the park took place on September 14th and featured Oz the Great and Powerful along with food trucks to satisfy moviegoer’s app...Read on...

Posted on: September 16, 2013

Scrapbooking is Not a Crime....Domestic Violence is, Sat. Oct. 5

Please join Start Off Smart, Inc. or SOS in scrapping out domestic violence with their event Scraping Is Not A Crime…..Domestic Violence is! This all day event is taking place on Saturday, October 12, from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. and includes all needed su...Read on...

Posted on: September 17, 2013

Councilman Elvis Maldonado Joins the Mexican-American Council in Homestead’s Festival Independencia

Hundreds of people attended the Mexican-American Council Festival of the Mexican and Central American Independence on Saturday, September 15 at Harris Field Park. Councilman Elvis Maldonado proudly joined Homestead’s Mexican-American and Central American ...Read on...

Posted on: September 17, 2013

Councilman Elvis Maldonado Attends Dairy Queen Homestead Grand Opening

Councilman Elvis Maldonado joined the Homestead community in welcoming one more new business to our city. The new Dairy Queen Homestead, located at 3330 NE 8th St, is Miami-Dade County’s first Grill and Chill Dairy Queen restaurant and is the Southernmost...Read on...

Posted on: September 12, 2013

National Parks Conservation Association Awards Funding for Biscayne-Everglades Greenway

The Biscayne-Everglades Greenway Trail is receiving a $15,000 grant from the National Parks Conservation Association to create a pilot portion of the path that would demonstrate how the entire trail could look with native plants landscaping, even gravel a...Read on...

Posted on: September 12, 2013

Councilwoman Waldman Honors Judy’s Closet Volunteers and Supporters

Councilwoman Judy Waldman’s program, Judy’s Closet, has helped hundreds of people in our community who needed, but could not afford, essential clothing for a job interview, graduation or prom. The program, which primarily serves graduating students from t...Read on...

Posted on: September 11, 2013

Councilman Elvis R. Maldonado Appointed to Miami-Dade County League of Cities’ Budget Committee

The Miami-Dade County League of Cities announced recently that City of Homestead Councilman Elvis R. Maldonado has been appointed to serve in the Miami-Dade County League of Cities (MDCLC) County Budget Committee. The Miami-Dade County League of Cities wa...Read on...

Posted on: September 10, 2013

Vice Mayor Jon Burgess Recognizes Start Off Smart for School Supply and Backpack Distribution Event

During a special presentation at the August City Council meeting, Vice-Mayor Jon Burgess recognized SOS, Start Off Smart, for this year’s successful back-to-school donation event in which 846 backpacks with school supplies were distributed to local underp...Read on...

Posted on: September 10, 2013

Councilwoman Fairclough-McCormick Presents Mayor’s Youth Council Relay for Life Contribution

The Mayor’s Youth Council did their part to collaborate in this year’s Homestead Relay for Life! The team presented a donation of $500 to the organization during the August City Council meeting.

“The members of our Youth Council took it upon themselv...Read on...

Posted on: September 10, 2013

Councilman Maldonado Honors First Group of Council Interns

During a Special Presentation at the August Homestead City Council Meeting, Councilman Elvis Maldonado honored the first group of students who participated in his newly created City Council Internship Program.

“Various residents reached out to me as...Read on...

Posted on: September 10, 2013

Vice Mayor Burgess Honors Our Kids Foundation and Foster Parents who Care for Children

During a special presentation at the August City of Homestead Council meeting, Vice Mayor Jon Burgess honored the foster care non-profit organization Our Kids of Miami-Dade as well as two local parents who have made room in their home and lives for variou...Read on...

Posted on: September 6, 2013

Councilman Jimmie L. Williams III and the Southwest Advisory Committee Hold Community Health Fair

On the 28th of September 2013 at Blakey Park, Councilman Jimmie L Williams, III and the Southwest Advisory Committee will be working together to host a free Health Fair. This Health Fair will inform and educate the local people of homestead about life wit...Read on...

Posted on: August 27, 2013

Councilwoman Patricia Fairclough-McCormick Recognizes Sizzling Summer Reading Challenge winners

The Winners of the Sizzling Summer Reading Challenge were recognized by Councilwoman Patricia Fairclough-McCormick during a special presentation of the August City of Homestead Council Meeting for their creative entries and dedication to continuing their ...Read on...

Posted on: August 26, 2013

Councilman Elvis R. Maldonado Recognizes “Speed to Feed” for Successful Fundraiser Event

During a Special Presentation at the August City of Homestead Council Meeting, Councilman Elvis R. Maldonado recognized the organizers and sponsors of the Chrome Knights Motorcycle Association “Speed to Feed” event, which raised $95,000 to feed about 500 ...Read on...

Posted on: August 23, 2013

Donation to Judy’s Closet - In Sally Woods’ Memory

What would you say if someone handed you a brand new suit for that job interview; or a beautiful prom gown or graduation dress? Enter Judy’s Closet. Judy’s Closet, founded by Councilwoman Judy Waldman, is a collection of gently-used and new clothing for...Read on...

Posted on: August 20, 2013

City of Homestead Launches Shop Homestead Online Directory to Promote Local Businesses

The City of Homestead is launching Shop Homestead, an online platform to help promote local businesses through a free online directory. The new internet local business directory allows Homestead businesses to create and update a business webpage for free...Read on...

Posted on: August 20, 2013

Councilman Elvis Maldonado Visits Local Schools during First Day of Classes

Councilman Elvis R. Maldonado, Liaison to the Homestead Education Committee, visited several local schools to wish students, parents, teachers and administrators a successful new school year. The schools visited included two of Councilman Maldonado's alma...Read on...

Posted on: August 16, 2013

Councilman Elvis R. Maldonado Thanks Sponsors for Hosting Family Health Fair for City of Homestead

On Saturday, August 10, Councilman Elvis R. Maldonado attended the Family Health Fair at Harris Field Pavilion to thank sponsors, including the Mayor’s Community Policing and Crime Watch Committee, for organizing this important event and for offering Home...Read on...

Posted on: August 16, 2013

Councilman Stephen Shelley Recognizes City Employees for Making Military Appreciation Day a Success

A group of City of Homestead employees was recognized by Councilman Stephen R. Shelley for the support and outstanding professional contribution to the success of the City of Homestead’s second annual Military Appreciation Day that took place Saturday May...Read on...

Posted on: August 16, 2013

Councilman Elvis R. Maldonado Participates in 4th Annual Back to School Jamboree

Fresh Start Family Services, Inc. invited Councilman Elvis R. Maldonado, Liaison to the Homestead Education Committee to participate in their 4th Annual Back to School Jamboree at Ebenezer Worship Center on Saturday, August 10 partly sponsored by The City...Read on...

Posted on: August 15, 2013

Councilman Elvis R. Maldonado Participates in “Speed to Feed”

This past Saturday, August 10, Councilman Elvis R. Maldonado participated on the “Speed to Feed” event held at Campbell Drive K-8 Center. The event organized by the Chrome Knights Motorcycle Association who raised $95,000 dollars prior to the event along ...Read on...

Posted on: August 13, 2013

Councilwoman Judy Waldman Presents City Beautification Award to the Villages of Homestead

The Villages of Homestead received a City Beautification Award from Councilwoman Judy Waldman for their assiduous efforts in restoring the waterfall garden located at the entrance to the Villages of Homestead Residential Complex.

“Hurricane Andrew was ...Read on...

Posted on: August 13, 2013

Councilman Elvis R. Maldonado recognizes Michael’s Arts and Crafts Employees

Michaels Arts and Crafts employees received a special recognition from Councilman Elvis R. Maldonado for their outstanding service, creativity and devotion designing the awards and certificates for the Mayor and Council special presentations.

“On beha...Read on...

Posted on: August 13, 2013

Councilwoman Judy Waldman Presents Certificate of Professionalism to Jenn Helms-Shelley

In recognition of her leadership and service to South Florida’s agricultural industry, Councilwoman Judy Waldman presented Mrs. Jenn Helms-Shelley with a Certificate of Professionalism.

“My relationship to the Helms family goes back many years, as I li...Read on...

Posted on: August 12, 2013

Local Leaders and Residents March Against Crime

Mayor Steven C. Bateman’s Community Policing & Crime Watch Committee along with Greater New Mt. Zion A.M.E. Church organized a successful “Unity In Our Community” event where Homestead residents, community leaders and elected officials marched together ag...Read on...

Posted on: August 9, 2013

Councilman Stephen R. Shelley's Artist in the Spotlight - Featuring Teresa Slomko

Councilman Stephen R. Shelley introduced Teresa Slomko as the new participant of his program “Artist in the Spotlight” during a special presentation of the July Homestead City Council meeting. Mrs. Slomko’s photography will be on display at ArtSouth and t...Read on...

Posted on: August 9, 2013

Councilman Jimmie Williams Recognizes PAL of Homestead and AAU National Primary Championship Winners

In a commitment to bring to light positive individuals within the City of Homestead and the Southwest community, Councilman Jimmie L. Williams, III recognized the Police Athletic League (PAL) and local winners of the AAU Primary National Championship.

...Read on...

Posted on: August 9, 2013

WARNING: Electric Utility Phone Scam

The City of Homestead would like to alert its residents about a scam that has been reported by Homestead Public Services customers. A supposed utilities representative calls a home and asks customers to make a utility payment in cash or by a card they are...Read on...

Posted on: August 9, 2013

Councilwoman Judy Waldman Brings Together Groups to Solve Traffic Issues in Front of School

Councilwoman Judy Waldman initiated efforts to gather representatives from the Villages of Homestead, Audubon Board, Gateway Environmental K-8, Miami-Dade County School Board, Regional Superintendant’s Office, Brookwood Gardens, Homestead Police Departmen...Read on...

Posted on: August 8, 2013

Volunteer Bonnie King Moran Presented with 2013 Citizen Excellence in Community Involvement Award

Most residents have seen Bonnie King Moran one time or another either dressed up as historical Homestead character or photographing a community event. She is a true Homestead volunteer! During the July City Council meeting, Mrs. Moran, was recognized by C...Read on...

Posted on: August 7, 2013

Councilwoman Fairclough-McCormick Encourages students to apply for Young Entrepreneur Academy

Councilwoman Patricia Fairclough-McCormick, who is partnering with the Homestead and Florida City Chamber of Commerce, is encouraging students in grades 6-12 to apply for the Greater Homestead / Florida City Chamber of Commerce South Dade Young Entreprene...Read on...

Posted on: August 5, 2013

Homestead Public Service Energy Director Barbara Quiñones Elected President FMEA Board of Directors

Members of the Florida Municipal Electric Association (FMEA) have elected Barbara Quiñones, director of electric utilities for Homestead Public Service Energy, as president of the organization’s board of directors.

“Board members participate in regular...Read on...

Posted on: August 5, 2013

Councilman Williams & Southwest Advisory Committee join South Dade Weed & Seed for Bookbag Giveaway

Tuesday, August 6, 2013 6PM to 8PM at Phichol Williams Community Center: 951 SW 4th Street. Homestead, FL 33030.

Join us for our Annual Back to School Backpack Giveaway! Come enjoy free food and fun for the family! Councilman Jimmie Williams III and...Read on...

Posted on: July 24, 2013

City of Homestead Council members celebrate Life of Ralph Sanchez at street Co-Designation Ceremony

On Friday, July 12, Homestead-Miami Speedway and the Miami-Dade Board of County Commissioners hosted a street co-designation ceremony in honor of Homestead-Miami Speedway founder Mr. Ralph Sanchez naming a portion of SW 137 Avenue between US1 and Palm Dri...Read on...

Posted on: July 22, 2013

Councilman Elvis R. Maldonado Speaks at Viva Homestead Main Street Al Gusto Festival

Councilman Elvis R. Maldonado addressed the Viva Homestead Main Street Al Gusto Festival audience on Saturday, June 19 at Losner Park in the Homestead Historic Downtown District.

Viva Homestead Main Street Al Gusto Festival was a successful event and ...Read on...

Posted on: July 19, 2013

Mayor and Council Present Proclamation to St. Peter Missionary Baptist Church

Mayor Steven C. Bateman, Councilman Elvis Maldonado, Councilwoman Patricia Fairclough-McCormick, Councilman Jimmie L. Williams, III and Councilman Stephen R. Shelley presented a proclamation naming June 27th as St. Peter Missionary Baptist Church Day in h...Read on...

Posted on: July 15, 2013

Councilwoman Patricia Fairclough-McCormick Awarded Education Performance Bonus

Councilwoman Patricia Fairclough-McCormick, assistant principal at Pine Lake Elementary School, was awarded a high performance bonus by the Miami-Dade County Public School Board based upon her role in raising student performance levels at her school.

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Posted on: July 11, 2013

Homestead and Florida City Encouraged to “Keep Calm” as Zimmerman Trial Verdict is Delivered

Homestead Councilwoman Patricia Fairclough-McCormick summoned a meeting of Homestead and Florida City community leaders, safety officers and members of the Homestead and Florida City Community Relations Board to discuss efforts to appeal for peace and a c...Read on...

Posted on: July 11, 2013

"Water Update" Scam Alert

The City of Homestead would like to alert its residents about a new scam that has been taking place in South Florida. Homestead residents have reported receiving in the mail a postcard that requests them to call a number for a “Water Update.” When residen...Read on...

Posted on: July 11, 2013

Councilwoman Judy Waldman Organized Successful Fundraiser for SOS

Over a hundred and fifty people attended Homestead-Miami Speedway Champions Club on Saturday, April 20 and rocked around the clock, dining and dancing, at the 2013 Sock Hop Fundraiser for Start off Smart.

“This was a fun event that allowed us to raise...Read on...

Posted on: July 11, 2013

Councilwoman Waldman Meets with Young Residents to Discuss Street Repairs

On June 20, Councilwoman Judy Waldman met with two courageous young men to discuss sidewalk changes for Farm Life Road and SE 12 Avenue. Joseph Wilky, 14, and Xavier Barreto, 14, explained that they felt a sidewalk along the east side of Farm Life Road an...Read on...

Posted on: July 10, 2013

Thousands Celebrate Independence Day at City of Homestead’s Race to the Fourth

Thousands of people attended the Race to the 4th event this past Thursday, July 4th, 2013, at the Homestead-Miami Speedway. The event featured family entertainment, a salute to our hometown heroes, live music, children’s rides, food and drinks, and an Ind...Read on...

Posted on: July 3, 2013

Councilman Jimmie L. Williams, III Recognizes Southeast Towing

In Acknowledgment of small businesses and their importance to the community Councilman Jimmie L. Williams, III recognized Southeast Towing at a special presentation of the June 19 Homestead City Council meeting.

“Small businesses are very important to ...Read on...

Posted on: July 3, 2013

Vice-Mayor Stephen R. Shelley's Artist in the Spotlight-Looking for Local Artist

Homestead City Vice-Mayor Stephen R. Shelley is looking for local artists to participate in his Artist in the Spotlight program. The Artist in the Spotlight program (formerly known as “Art in the Chambers”) was created in 2010 by Vice-Mayor Shelley to hi...Read on...

Posted on: July 2, 2013

Councilwoman Judy Waldman Honors Homestead Hospital Baptist Health South Florida

Homestead Hospital Baptist Health was recognized and honored by Councilwoman Judy Waldman during a special presentation of the June 19th, 2013, Homestead City Council meeting after being named one of America’s Safest Hospitals in the April/May 2013 issue ...Read on...

Posted on: July 1, 2013

Councilman Elvis Maldonado Recognizes Homestead Police Department

During a special presentation at the June 19 Homestead City Council meeting, Councilman Elvis R. Maldonado awarded certificates of recognitions to a number of Homestead Police Department officers for their support and participation in this year’s Kids and...Read on...

Posted on: July 1, 2013

Councilman Stephen R. Shelley recognizes Military Appreciation Day Team of Volunteers and Sponsors

The second annual Military Appreciation Day Event on May 25th was a successful event thanks to the hard work, commitment and support of a team of volunteers, City of Homestead staff and sponsors, who were honored by Councilman Stephen R. Shelley during a ...Read on...

Posted on: July 1, 2013

Councilman R. Maldonado Recognizes Relay for Life Homestead/Florida City 2013 Team

Councilman Elvis R. Maldonado, Honorary Chairman for the Relay for Life 2013 of Homestead and Florida City, recognized the team of volunteers who made this year’s Relay for Life a success. Among those individuals who were honored for their commitment in t...Read on...

Posted on: June 27, 2013

Councilman Jimmie L. Williams, III Recognizes Southwest Clean-Up Volunteers and Sponsors

During a special presentation at the June 19th Homestead City Council meeting Councilman Jimmie L. Williams, III awarded certificates of appreciation to volunteers and sponsors who made the Southwest Clean-Up Day a huge success through their hard work and...Read on...

Posted on: June 27, 2013

Councilwoman Judy Waldman Presented with 2013 John F. Cosgrove “Founders” Award

Councilwoman Judy Waldman was honored at the June 19th City Council meeting with the 2013 John F. Cosgrove “Founders” Award for her continued dedication to the community. The award, which was presented to her by various elected officials from the municipa...Read on...

Posted on: June 26, 2013

City of Homestead Centennial Recognized by State Senators and State Representatives

Mayor Steven C. Bateman and the City of Homestead Council were presented with four proclamations recognizing the city’s historic Centennial year. The proclamations were from Florida Senator Dwight M. Bullard, Florida Senator Gwen Margolis, Florida State ...Read on...

Posted on: October 3, 2012

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Posted on: September 26, 2012

City Council Votes to Move City Hall Employees to Temporary Location & Build a New City Hall

After receiving reports of radon, mold and asbestos contamination in Homestead’s City Hall, the Homestead City Council approved the relocation of city staff from City Hall to a temporary location. The decision was made during a Special Call meeting on Mon...Read on...

Posted on: August 31, 2012

Homestead Named StormReady Community

The National Weather Service recognized the City of Homestead, as a StormReady community. The StormReady program helps community leaders and residents better prepare for hazardous weather and flooding. The City of Homestead has made a strong commitment t...Read on...

Posted on: August 17, 2012

Hurricane Andrew 20th Anniversary Commemoration & Kindness Awards

Twenty years ago, the City of Homestead experienced devastation as Hurricane Andrew swept through hundreds of homes and businesses. Out of that tragedy, the kindness that people showed towards one another and willingness to help strangers overcome this di...Read on...

Posted on: August 16, 2012

Southwest Community Gathers for National Night Out to Promote Peace

Mayor Steven C. Bateman, Councilman Jimmie L. Williams III, and Councilwoman Patricia Fairclough-McCormick participated in the 2012 National Night Out event. National Night Out, also known as NNO, is a crime and drug prevention event that brings together...Read on...

Posted on: August 17, 2012

Vice-Mayor Jon Burgess’ Family Wins Family of the Year 2012

Scholastic Parent & Child magazine announced the winners of its third annual Family of the Year contest. The Burgesses were chosen from hundreds of entries for their compassion and commitment to rescuing and fostering canines in need. As first-prize winne...Read on...

Posted on: August 17, 2012

Councilman Jimmie Williams Appointed to Florida League of Cities Federal Action Strike Team

City of Homestead Councilman Jimmie Williams has been appointed to serve as a member of the Florida League of Cities Florida Action Strike Team, also known as FAST. The Florida League of Cities selected Councilman Williams for this position because of his...Read on...

Posted on: August 17, 2012

Education Committee Chair Councilman Elvis Maldonado Awards Laptops for Schools

For the second year on a row, the Homestead Education Committee awarded laptops to various public schools in the City. At the January Council meeting, Councilman Elvis Maldonado, Chair of the Education Committee, presented representatives from Homestead S...Read on...

Posted on: August 16, 2012

Director of Public Works Julio A. Brea Recognized

City of Homestead Public Works Director Julio A. Brea, who received the Cuban-American Association of Civil Engineers Luis P. Saenz Engineer of the Year Award, was honored with a proclamation by Mayor Steven C. Bateman and members of the City Council duri...Read on...

Posted on: August 17, 2012

City of Homestead Relay for Life 2012 Team Recognized

The City of Homestead Relay for Life Team was recognized at the July 18 City Council meeting during a special presentation made by Michael Hitt, City of Homestead Relay for Life team captain. Hitt, a City of Homestead Customer Service employee and this ye...Read on...

Posted on: August 14, 2012

City Council to Recognize Acts of Kindness

Twenty years ago, the City of Homestead experienced devastation as Hurricane Andrew swept through hundreds of homes and businesses. Out of that tragedy, the kindness that people showed towards one another and willingness to help strangers overcome this di...Read on...

Posted on: August 16, 2012

Councilwoman Waldman Recognizes the Outstanding Miss Miami Teen

Homestead teen Crystal Ruiz was recognized at the January City Council meeting by Councilwoman Judy Waldman for her community service and dedication to helping young students.

The former Miss Homestead Outstanding Teen 2010-2011, currently holds the t...Read on...

Posted on: August 16, 2012

City of Homestead Centennial Kick-off Celebration Weekend

Did you know that Homestead, the second oldest city in Dade-County, is celebrating its Centennial on February 2nd, 2013? To kick off the next six months of events that will lead up to the big birthday in February, Homestead Mayor Steven C. Bateman and th...Read on...

Posted on: August 16, 2012

Councilwoman Judy Waldman Honors Winner of Positive Living Award

At the January Homestead City Council meeting, Councilwoman Judy Waldman awarded recognition to Homestead resident Clara Waterman Powell, who was recently named the winner of the Annual Positive Living Award for her dedication and commitme...Read on...

Posted on: August 16, 2012

Councilwoman Judy Waldman Honored by Homestead Main Street

Councilwoman Judy Waldman was honored at a reception at Homestead Main Street, located on the second floor of the Homestead old Town Hall Museum, for her years of service and dedication to the organization.

“Judy has always been a tremendous help and l...Read on...

Posted on: August 16, 2012

Councilman Stephen Shelley Presents Historic Site Designation

Councilman Stephen Shelley, who is the City Council’s Liaison to the Historic Preservation Board, and Mrs. Yvonne Knowles, Chairwoman of the Historic Preservation Board and Director of Homestead Main Street, presented to Trinity Faith Tabernacle Deliveran...Read on...

Posted on: August 16, 2012

Councilman Shelley Elected to Participate in Good Government Initiative

City of Homestead Councilman Stephen Shelley has been selected to be one of the few elected officials who will participate in the Good Government Initiative Class of 2012.

The Good Government Initiative, which was founded by former Miami Dade-County C...Read on...

Posted on: August 16, 2012

Councilwoman Graduates from Institute for Elected Municipal Officials

City of Homestead Councilwoman Patricia Fairclough-McCormick recently graduated from the Institute for Elected Municipal Officials (IEMO). IEMO was established 20 years ago as a way to educate newly-elected officials and those officials with less than on...Read on...

Posted on: August 15, 2012

Councilman Shelley Appointed to Everglades Association Board

City of Homestead Councilman Stephen R. Shelley was recently appointed to the Board of Directors of the Everglades Association. This nonprofit organization, which has supported South Florida national parks for over 50 years, appointed Councilman Shelley f...Read on...

Posted on: August 16, 2012

Air Force F-4 Jet is removed to become new and improved

The City of Homestead in coordination with the Homestead Air Base Reserve 482nd Fighter Wing Squadron removed the F-4 Jet that sits on US1 and 310 Street for painting and renovation.

The Homestead landmark, which was last painted eight years ago, was c...Read on...

Posted on: August 1, 2012

City Council Donates to Homestead Senior High “Off to College" Program

Mayor Steven C. Bateman and members of the City of Homestead City Council contributed a $600 donation to Homestead Senior High School’s “Off to College” program. The program works with business partners and other contributors such as the Council, to provi...Read on...


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Posted on: July 15, 2015

Councilman Maldonado Appointed to Florida League of Cities Legislative Committee

Florida’s economy is diverse—with tourism, agriculture, fishing, and even scientific research playing important roles for our state. So, it’s no surprise that different cities have different economic concerns. Councilman Elvis Maldonado will be represen...Read on...

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Posted on: April 29, 2015

Councilman Maldonado Honors Dennis Berry for Contribution to South Dade Senior High School Athletics

Dennis Berry of Berry’s Paint, Hardware, and Flooring, Inc. brought new meaning to the phrase, “Most Valuable Player,” through his generous actions when the South Dade Senior High School Athletic Department suffered theft and vandalism of equipment and fa...Read on...

Posted on: March 31, 2015

Councilman Elvis Maldonado Honors Two Time SoBeWFF Winner Chefs on the Run

Local eatery, Chefs on the Run, won the Miami New Times Sunday Best Bites on the Beach award for the second year in a row. Just like last year, they were the only restaurant from Homestead to participate in the South Beach Wine and Food Festival. This ye...Read on...

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Posted on: February 12, 2015

Councilman Maldonado Proclaims Homestead Job Corps Day

During the January Homestead City Council meeting, Councilman Elvis Maldonado honored Homestead Job Corps Center by presenting a proclamation by Mayor Jeff Porter that declared April 3, 2015 as Homestead Job Corps Center Day. For almost 20 years, Homestea...Read on...

Posted on: November 25, 2014

Councilman Maldonado Honors Farmworker Pioneers

Councilman Elvis Maldonado recognized honorees at the Annual Farmworker Week Celebration, hosted by the Farmworker Career Development Program of Miami-Dade County. This year’s celebration took place November 20, 2014 at the South Dade Skills Center and h...Read on...

Posted on: November 3, 2014

Councilman Elvis Maldonado Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month at Special Council Presentation

Councilman Elvis Maldonado Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month at Special Council Presentation

As a commemorative gesture by Councilman Elvis Maldonado during Hispanic Heritage Month, two presentations were made by Hispanic students and faculty from Mia...Read on...

Posted on: November 3, 2014

Councilman Elvis Maldonado Recognizes Members of Homestead Police Department

In the wake of his very successful event intended to heighten safety awareness and educate the public on safety techniques, Councilman Elvis Maldonado praised the efforts of select Homestead Police Officers during a Special Council Presentation for th...Read on...

Posted on: October 28, 2014

Councilman Elvis Maldonado Organizes Successful Safety Themed Event

Councilman Elvis Maldonado, partnered with the Homestead Police Department and a wide array of local businesses and organizations to host the Celebrating Safe Communities event at The Charter School at Waterstone.

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Over one hundred residents attend...Read on...

Posted on: August 7, 2014

MDI Sports of Homestead Honored at Special Council Meeting

On behalf of Councilwoman Judy Waldman, Councilman Elvis Maldonado stepped to the podium during July’s Special Council Presentation to honor the demonstration of excellence of area youth athletes involved with the basketball programs offered by MDI Sports...Read on...

Posted on: August 5, 2014

Councilman Elvis Maldonado Invites you to Attend Miami-Dade County Ethics Training Aug. 8

If you currently serve as a member of a committee or advisory board in the City of Homestead or would be interested in becoming one, Councilman Elvis Maldonado would like to invite you to Miami-Dade County Ethics training. The training will take place on ...Read on...

Posted on: June 10, 2014

Councilman Elvis Maldonado Introduces Charter School Associates Executive Internship Program

During the May City of Homestead Council meeting, Councilman Elvis Maldonado introduced representatives from Charter School Associates to present to the community their new Executive Internship Program. Area Director for Charter School Associates, Melissa...Read on...

Posted on: April 1, 2014

Councilman Elvis Maldonado Acknowledges Celebrated Homestead Restaurant

During a Special Council Presentation on March 19, 2014, Councilman Elvis Maldonado took time to recognize the notable accomplishments of local eatery, Chefs on the Run, the only restaurant from Homestead to participate in this year’s South Beach Food and...Read on...

Posted on: March 6, 2014

Councilman Maldonado Honors Education Committee Members

After four years of dedicated work and accomplishments in Homestead education, Councilman Elvis Maldonado finished his term as Liaison to the Education Committee by honoring the devoted and hard working members of the committee.

The Homestead Educatio...Read on...

Posted on: February 18, 2014

The City of Homestead Proclaims Mary Lamberts’ Day

At the Ninth Annual Women in Agriculture Luncheon, Homestead Councilman Elvis Maldonado honored a very special woman who has made it her life’s work to inform and educate public institutions on how to protect our precious food sources.

As an esteemed g...Read on...

Posted on: December 16, 2013

Councilman Elvis Maldonado Leads Effort to Distribute Turkeys in Thanksgiving

November 23 may just be another date on the calendar for most, but 15 Homestead families are not likely to forget it. On this Saturday before Thanksgiving, a group of volunteers delivered turkey baskets to various underprivileged families thanks to a Than...Read on...

Posted on: December 10, 2013

Councilman Elvis Maldonado Joins Latino Leaders for Emergency Response and Management

Orlando, FL – Councilman Maldonado joined the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO) Educational Fund and more than 45 Latino public officials from across the country to discuss issues relating to emergency response and com...Read on...

Posted on: October 31, 2013

Councilman Maldonado Recognizes Teachers and Students of the Quarter

Committed to publicly recognizing those who achieve excellence in education in our local schools, Councilman Elvis R. Maldonado and the City of Homestead Education Committee created the Homestead Teacher and Student of the Quarter Award. During the Octobe...Read on...

Posted on: October 15, 2013

Councilman Maldonado Recognizes Committee Member for Lifetime of Service in Education

Homestead Education Committee member and longtime Miami-Dade Public Schools employee Susan Simon LaGuardia is celebrating her recent retirement. Councilman Elvis Maldonado, Council Liaison to the Homestead Education Committee, honored Ms. LaGuardia’s 30 ...Read on...

Posted on: October 9, 2013

Councilman Maldonado Recognizes Pastor Elder Brown

Even though Elder Chauncey D. Brown, Pastor of Greater Williams Chapel Free Will Baptist Church, has only been in Homestead a little over a year, he has already touched many lives in the community. Councilman Elvis Maldonado, who recently attended service...Read on...

Posted on: October 8, 2013

Council members collaborate in donation of laptop to local child

Councilman Maldonado donated a brand new laptop to 13-year old Homestead resident John Stepp, who unfortunately will have to spend a lot of time in the hospital during this school year while he is getting treated for a tumor. Councilwoman Judy Waldman lea...Read on...

Posted on: September 20, 2013

Councilman Elvis Maldonado Joins the Fun at Movie in the Park

Councilman Elvis Maldonado joined the Homestead Main Street fun last Saturday at the Movie in Losner Park event. The evening in the park took place on September 14th and featured Oz the Great and Powerful along with food trucks to satisfy moviegoer’s app...Read on...

Posted on: September 17, 2013

Councilman Elvis Maldonado Attends Dairy Queen Homestead Grand Opening

Councilman Elvis Maldonado joined the Homestead community in welcoming one more new business to our city. The new Dairy Queen Homestead, located at 3330 NE 8th St, is Miami-Dade County’s first Grill and Chill Dairy Queen restaurant and is the Southernmost...Read on...

Posted on: September 17, 2013

Councilman Elvis Maldonado Joins the Mexican-American Council in Homestead’s Festival Independencia

Hundreds of people attended the Mexican-American Council Festival of the Mexican and Central American Independence on Saturday, September 15 at Harris Field Park. Councilman Elvis Maldonado proudly joined Homestead’s Mexican-American and Central American ...Read on...

Posted on: September 11, 2013

Councilman Elvis R. Maldonado Appointed to Miami-Dade County League of Cities’ Budget Committee

The Miami-Dade County League of Cities announced recently that City of Homestead Councilman Elvis R. Maldonado has been appointed to serve in the Miami-Dade County League of Cities (MDCLC) County Budget Committee. The Miami-Dade County League of Cities wa...Read on...

Posted on: September 10, 2013

Councilman Maldonado Honors First Group of Council Interns

During a Special Presentation at the August Homestead City Council Meeting, Councilman Elvis Maldonado honored the first group of students who participated in his newly created City Council Internship Program.

“Various residents reached out to me as...Read on...

Posted on: August 26, 2013

Councilman Elvis R. Maldonado Recognizes “Speed to Feed” for Successful Fundraiser Event

During a Special Presentation at the August City of Homestead Council Meeting, Councilman Elvis R. Maldonado recognized the organizers and sponsors of the Chrome Knights Motorcycle Association “Speed to Feed” event, which raised $95,000 to feed about 500 ...Read on...

Posted on: August 20, 2013

Councilman Elvis Maldonado Visits Local Schools during First Day of Classes

Councilman Elvis R. Maldonado, Liaison to the Homestead Education Committee, visited several local schools to wish students, parents, teachers and administrators a successful new school year. The schools visited included two of Councilman Maldonado's alma...Read on...

Posted on: August 16, 2013

Councilman Elvis R. Maldonado Thanks Sponsors for Hosting Family Health Fair for City of Homestead

On Saturday, August 10, Councilman Elvis R. Maldonado attended the Family Health Fair at Harris Field Pavilion to thank sponsors, including the Mayor’s Community Policing and Crime Watch Committee, for organizing this important event and for offering Home...Read on...

Posted on: August 16, 2013

Councilman Elvis R. Maldonado Participates in 4th Annual Back to School Jamboree

Fresh Start Family Services, Inc. invited Councilman Elvis R. Maldonado, Liaison to the Homestead Education Committee to participate in their 4th Annual Back to School Jamboree at Ebenezer Worship Center on Saturday, August 10 partly sponsored by The City...Read on...

Posted on: August 15, 2013

Councilman Elvis R. Maldonado Participates in “Speed to Feed”

This past Saturday, August 10, Councilman Elvis R. Maldonado participated on the “Speed to Feed” event held at Campbell Drive K-8 Center. The event organized by the Chrome Knights Motorcycle Association who raised $95,000 dollars prior to the event along ...Read on...

Posted on: August 13, 2013

Councilman Elvis R. Maldonado recognizes Michael’s Arts and Crafts Employees

Michaels Arts and Crafts employees received a special recognition from Councilman Elvis R. Maldonado for their outstanding service, creativity and devotion designing the awards and certificates for the Mayor and Council special presentations.

“On beha...Read on...

Posted on: August 8, 2013

Volunteer Bonnie King Moran Presented with 2013 Citizen Excellence in Community Involvement Award

Most residents have seen Bonnie King Moran one time or another either dressed up as historical Homestead character or photographing a community event. She is a true Homestead volunteer! During the July City Council meeting, Mrs. Moran, was recognized by C...Read on...

Posted on: July 22, 2013

Councilman Elvis R. Maldonado Speaks at Viva Homestead Main Street Al Gusto Festival

Councilman Elvis R. Maldonado addressed the Viva Homestead Main Street Al Gusto Festival audience on Saturday, June 19 at Losner Park in the Homestead Historic Downtown District.

Viva Homestead Main Street Al Gusto Festival was a successful event and ...Read on...

Posted on: July 1, 2013

Councilman Elvis Maldonado Recognizes Homestead Police Department

During a special presentation at the June 19 Homestead City Council meeting, Councilman Elvis R. Maldonado awarded certificates of recognitions to a number of Homestead Police Department officers for their support and participation in this year’s Kids and...Read on...

Posted on: July 1, 2013

Councilman R. Maldonado Recognizes Relay for Life Homestead/Florida City 2013 Team

Councilman Elvis R. Maldonado, Honorary Chairman for the Relay for Life 2013 of Homestead and Florida City, recognized the team of volunteers who made this year’s Relay for Life a success. Among those individuals who were honored for their commitment in t...Read on...

Posted on: August 17, 2012

Education Committee Chair Councilman Elvis Maldonado Awards Laptops for Schools

For the second year on a row, the Homestead Education Committee awarded laptops to various public schools in the City. At the January Council meeting, Councilman Elvis Maldonado, Chair of the Education Committee, presented representatives from Homestead S...Read on...