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On May 13, you can cast a vote on two important bond referendums.

Where to Vote
Click HERE for a list of polling places by precinct number for the May 13 Homestead Special Election, polls open Tuesday, May 13 from 7:00 am to 7:00 pm, or visit the Miami-Dade County Elections Department for more information on your precinct. 

INFORMATIONAL VIDEOS

WATCH the informational video in English
VEA el video informativo en Español

Información en español
Enfòmasyon sou an kreyòl


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Police Officers Breathing Deadly Gas
The Homestead police station is toxic and poses serious risks to the health and safety of police personnel. On May 13th, Homestead residents can vote on a bond referendum to fund a new police station.

What’s wrong with the current Police Station?
In 1912, the building opened as a bank, not outfitted for police operations. Today, studies show that the deteriorating building has several major problems.

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Radon levels inside the police station are five times higher than they should be 
and breathing high concentrations of radon day-in and day-out is the number one cause of lung cancer among non-smokers. The station also has moisture and aging problems that have resulted in mold, clogged water drains, water damage and cracks in the walls. Mold is a known cause of allergic illnesses, asthma and other health problems.

      Failure to Meet FEMA and ADA Standards
Homestead’s police station does not meet FEMA standards as a “critical facility” that can serve our community effectively during emergencies. Given our history with hurricanes and flooding, this substandard building endangers all Homestead residents. It also has no elevators, limited bathrooms for wheelchairs, and other accessibility problems that don’t meet the standards of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

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The station is too small and ill-equipped for 21st-century law 
enforcement operations. 

Think About It:
 When this building was built in 1910,
Homestead had only 121 residents! Today we have more
than 60,000 residents.

      Crime & Safety Concerns 
Providing police officers a safe working environment and the
tools they need is an important part of supporting our anti-crime efforts.

What happens next? 
Police personnel will be evacuated for their health and safety and temporarily relocated to the city-owned Baseball Complex. The Police Facility Bond will allocate $3 million to create temporary quarters in the Baseball Complex and $18 million to construct the new Police Headquarters. 

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Seminole Theatre Completion & Downtown Revitalization
Homestead lacks a cultural arts center that offers performing arts and entertainment opportunities to our children, residents and tourists. 
On May 13th, Homestead residents can cast a vote on a proposed bond referendum to fund the Seminole Theatre’s revitalization. 

Why do we need a cultural arts center?
Revitalization of the Seminole Theatre as a multi-purpose cultural center would boost downtown Homestead’s economic, cultural and community life.

How does a cultural arts center boost our economy?
It would introduce and attract more people to downtown Homestead and continue the City’s progress in revitalizing its historic district. Neighboring downtown services and businesses would get a big economic boost as visitors look to dine, shop, sightsee, park and employ area services.

What entertainment opportunities does a cultural arts center bring?  
A cultural center would create jobs and host the following:
  • conventions and meetings
  • film festivals and concerts
  • rental space for non-profit arts and social services organizations
  • space for community artists to teach music, dance, photography and art
  • space for community college students to take performing art classes
  • and more!
Additionally, a revitalized Seminole Theatre would provide Homestead-area families and youth with a much-needed public arts and educational facility for weekend, after-school and summer time enrichment activities, which are currently not available in our area. 

The following groups have already expressed interest in a cultural center:Kidspng.png
  • Miami-Dade College,
    Performing Arts Department
  • Homestead Center for the Arts
  • Greater Miami Youth Symphony
  • Prader-Willi Syndrome Florida Association
  • Miss Homestead Pageant


Looking ahead...
The rendering below showcases the vision for the Seminole Threatre revitalization. 
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How much will each bond cost me?
Reference the chart below to see the estimated property tax impact for each bond.

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Remember!  
You must be registered to vote to participate in the City of Homestead’s special election on May 13. 

Register to vote, request absentee ballots and find your precinct at:
www.miamidade.gov/elections/ 

Visit the City of Homestead City Clerk Election Information page  for more information

Important Dates

Monday, April 14 2014 Last day to register to vote for this election
Wednesday, May 7, 2014 Last day to request absentee ballot from Miami-Dade County Elections Dept. 


Early Voting 
You can cast your vote early at the Dickinson Community Center at 
1601 N. Krome Avenue on the days below:

Thursday, May 8, 2014 from 11:00 AM to 7:00 PM  
Friday, May 9, 2014 from 11:00 AM to 7:00 PM
Saturday, May 10, 2014 from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Frequently Asked Questions about the May 13 Bond Referendum Special Election. 

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