Miami Lakes had a good year.
That was the message Mayor Michael Pizzi delivered to roughly 200 people who attended the State of the Town address held at the Park West Gallery, 16000 NW 59th Ave., on May 30.
“It was an easy speech to make,” Pizzi said in an interview following the ceremony. “The focus was how we fulfilled our promises and accomplished all the things we promised.”
Some of the highlights of the past year include the completion of downtown drainage and paving improvements, the opening of a new government center, and the launch of a new town website.
Pizzi said the theme of this year’s speech was “a picture speaks 1,000 words,” adding that he even decided to shorten the speech and show pictures of the town’s accomplishments.
“Politicians are famous for empty promises and false rhetoric,” Pizzi said. “In this year’s speech, I decided to show photos of our accomplishments.”
Among the projects currently in the works are the expansion of Northwest 87th Avenue, which will connect the town’s west end and east end.
A new community youth center is also slated to open within the next 90 days.
Pizzi is currently training for a mixed martial arts fight against Hialeah Mayor Carlos Hernandez in order to raise money for scholarships and extracurricular activities for the children who go to the center.
And later this month, the town is set to launch a cellphone app that will allow residents to report code violations, view a calender of city events and submit requests for service, among other features.
Much of the night was spent recognizing council members, town employees, residents and local businesses that have helped contribute their time to improving Miami Lakes this past year.
“The credit goes to everyone in the town,” Pizzi said. “It was a celebration of our entire town family. I am the mayor, but the credit goes to everybody. My goal was to spread the wealth in terms of accolades, and I think we accomplished that.”