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Posted on: December 1, 2016

Dinner With Santa

Join the City of Homestead for an unforgettable evening of food and fun in a magical winter wonderland!  Dinner with Santa returns Friday, December 16, 2016 6PM-8:30PM at the William F. Dickinson Community Center (1601 N. Krome Ave., Homestead, F...

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Posted on: November 23, 2016

Homestead National Parks Trolley Returns with New Routes and Programs

Homestead’s award-winning National Parks Trolley Service returns November 26, 2016 through April 30, 2017 for its fourth season of operation.  The Trolley departs every Saturday and Sunday from Downtown Homestead, which is listed on the...

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Posted on: November 23, 2016

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 tour to Selma, Birmingham, and Montgomery, Alabama, they have pledged to sell trees through the Buy A Tree.  Cha...

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Posted on: November 18, 2016

Inside Homestead November 2016

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Posted on: November 17, 2016

Watch Now: City of Homestead Announces Funding for Major Downtown Project

Exciting news for Downtown Homestead! In a press conference hosted at the newly revitalized Seminole Theatre, the City of Homestead, joined by Congressman Curbelo, announced more than $7 million in federal funding needed for a major project in Downtown Ho...

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Posted on: November 16, 2016

Traffic Information: NASCAR Championship Weekend

Residents should be aware that we are hosting a large scale NASCAR Race Event over the next several days.

There will be a significant increase in Traffic on Friday (11/18/2016), Saturday (11/19/2016), and Sunday (11/20/2016).

On Friday (11/18), th...

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Posted on: November 8, 2016

Councilman Williams & the Southwest Advisory Committee to Host Annual Thanksgiving Dinner

Join Councilman Jimmie L. Williams, III and the Southwest Advisory Committee for their Annual Thanksgiving Dinner Monday, November 21st 6PM-9PM at the Phichol Williams Community Center (951 SW 4th ST, Homestead, FL 33030). Please RSVP no later than 5PM on...Read on...

Posted on: November 8, 2016

Councilman Williams & the Southwest Advisory Committee to Host Annual Turkey Giveaway

Councilman Jimmie L. Williams, III and the Southwest Advisory Committee will host their annual Turkey Giveaway Tuesday, November 22nd at the Phichol Williams Community Center (951 SW 4th ST, Homestead, FL 33030).  Doors open at 5:30PM.  ...Read on...

Posted on: November 9, 2016

Homestead National Parks Trolley to Run Special Service for 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 th...

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Posted on: November 9, 2016

City of Homestead Charter Amendments Pass in Preliminary Results

Preliminary election results show Homestead residents approved three changes to the City of Homestead Charter.  Results will become official only once certified by the canvassing board.  The first, dealing with the selection of the Vice ...

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Posted on: November 3, 2016

Vice Mayor Fairclough Celebrates Survivors’ Victory Over Breast Cancer

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and at the October 26 Homestead City Council meeting, Vice Mayor Patricia Fairclough opened Council presentations by recognizing 12 Homestead women “celebrating their victory over breast cancer.&...

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Posted on: November 3, 2016

Councilman Burgess Honors Former HPS Energy Assistant Director Ken Konkol

During Council Presentations on October 26, Councilman Jon Burgess presented former HPS (Homestead Public Services) Energy Assistant Director Ken Konkol with FMEA Honorary Membership in recognition of his decades of service to public power.  Earl...

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Posted on: November 3, 2016

Councilman Williams Recognizes Clifford McKinney as Pastor of the Quarter

Councilman Jimmie L. Williams III opened his Pastor of the Quarter Presentation to Clifford H. McKinney, Sr., on October 26 on an uplifting note, saying, “This recognition is one of the wonderful ways we’re able to highlight those magn...

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Posted on: November 3, 2016

Vice Mayor Fairclough & Education Committee Present Mini Grants to Local Educators

On October 26, Homestead educators gathered for the presentation of nine education mini grants by the City of Homestead’s Education Committee. Vice Mayor Patricia Fairclough, the Council’s liaison to the Education Committee, opened the...

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Posted on: November 1, 2016

HPS Energy Hosts Centennial Celebration

After 100 years of proudly serving Homestead residents, Homestead Public Services Energy opened its doors for a community celebration welcoming the next 100 years of community power.  More than 100 attendees enjoyed electrical demonstrations, pow...

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Posted on: October 26, 2016

City of Homestead Announces Funding for Major Downtown Revitalization Project

October 27, 2016—In a press conference hosted at the newly revitalized Seminole Theatre, the City of Homestead, joined by Congressman Curbelo, announced the final funding needed to begin a major project in Downtown Homestead, which is central to...

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Posted on: October 19, 2016

Inside Homestead October 2016

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Posted on: October 11, 2016

HPS Energy Celebrates 100 Years of Community Power

This October, Homestead Public Services Energy is celebrating 100 years of providing reliable public power. Join the Centennial Celebration Saturday, October 29th 12PM-4PM at HPS Energy located at 675 N. Flagler Avenue. Enjoy FREE cotton candy and snow ...Read on...

Posted on: October 12, 2016

Homestead Parks & Rec Hosts Spooky Saturday

Get ready for a spooktacular good time at Spooky Saturday! Join us for a FREE night of tricks & treats, kids' rides, haunted house, food trucks, costume contest, & more! For additional information, contact Parks & Recreation at (305) 224-4570 Read on...
Posted on: September 16, 2016

Homestead Police Department Hosts National Night Out

What: National Night Out
When: Tuesday, October 4th, 2016 from 5:00pm to 9:00pm Where: Homestead Police Department, 1601 SE 28th Avenue, Homestead, FL 33033

The City of Homestead and the Homestead Police Department invite you to join us on October 4...Read on...

Posted on: September 27, 2016

City Hall Goes Pink!

Homestead City Hall will light up pink for the entire month of October in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness. The big reveal takes place Friday, September 30th starting at 7PM. Don't miss this FREE event with FREE refreshments and FREE mammograms for those ...Read on...

Posted on: September 13, 2016

City of Homestead Wins Big at National Awards Ceremony

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

Posted on: August 26, 2016

Inside Homestead August 2016

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Posted on: August 5, 2016

HPS Warns of Scams & Fraudulent Notices (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 5, 2016

Councilman Williams and Southwest Advisory Committee to Host Annual Backpack Giveaway

Councilman Jimmie Williams along with the Southwest Advisory Board will be bringing back their Annual Backpack Giveaway and Back to School Fair with community partners: Homestead Police Department, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.- Pi Delta Omega Chapter,...Read on...

Posted on: August 2, 2016

Mayor Porter Presents Detective Jose Murillo with Officer of the Month Award for May 2016

Detective Jose Murillo had a busy and successful month in May with investigations leading to several arrests. Mayor Jeff Porter presented him with the Officer of the Month Award for May 2016 during the Special Council Presentation in July.

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Posted on: August 2, 2016

Mayor Porter Recognizes Officer John Buchanan as April 2016 Officer of the Month

City of Homestead Police Officer John Buchanan was recognized by Mayor Jeff Porter for his exceptional public service during the month of April at the Special Council Presentation in July 2016.

Mayor Jeff Porter addressed Officer Buchanan and several...Read on...

Posted on: July 14, 2016

Inside Homestead July 2016

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Posted on: July 12, 2016

Important Message for HPS Customers Regarding Payments

To Our Valued Customers:

It has come to our attention that various persons and organizations are claiming to receive payments on behalf of the City of Homestead. Below are a list of authorized vendors and payment centers for the City of Homestead.

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Posted on: July 11, 2016

Homestead Celebrates Independence Day at the Race to the 4th!

A record-breaking 25,000 attendees filled the Homestead-Miami Speedway for the seventh annual Race to the 4th. Families from all over Homestead and South Florida dressed in their most patriotic ensembles to enjoy an evening of live music, kids’ activitie...Read on...

Posted on: June 30, 2016

Vice Mayor Fairclough Presents Mayor’s Youth Council Achievement Scholarship Awards

During the June Council Presentations, Vice Mayor Patricia Fairclough and the Mayor’s Youth Council once again had the pleasure of awarding college scholarships to exceptional Homestead students through the Coins for College Campaign. The annual communit...Read on...

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Posted on: June 30, 2016

Vice Mayor Fairclough Recognizes the Mayor’s Youth Council Graduating Class

A commencement ceremony was held during the June Council Presentations for some very special high school seniors. Donning their graduation caps, five members of the Mayor’s Youth Council received certificates of recognition from Vice Mayor Patricia Faircl...Read on...

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Posted on: June 30, 2016

Councilman Williams Recognizes Pastor Brock Shiffer as Pastor of the Quarter

A heartfelt and emotional tribute by Councilman Jimmie L. Williams, III marked Pastor Brock Shiffer’s induction as Pastor of the Quarter. As a token of appreciation, Councilman Williams presented a journal to Pastor Shiffer in recognition of his outstand...Read on...

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 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 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 adm...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 ...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).

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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.

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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 a...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. ...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.

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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 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 Pro...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).

Princ...Read on...

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.

This yearly tradition, institu...Read on...

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

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.

Counc...Read on...

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

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.

Eliza D. Perry passed awa...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 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 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.

“The sweari...Read on...

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.

Honored during the public power lunc...Read on...

Posted on: October 13, 2014

Spooky Saturday, October 25, 2014!

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...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 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 cate...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” Ambassa...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 promot...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 &...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: 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 (...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.

Locate...Read on...

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.

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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...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.
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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. an...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...

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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: 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...