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Miami Gardens mayor to give ‘state of the city’ speech Tuesday

More than a year has gone by since Miami Gardens Mayor Oliver Gilbert gave his first State of the City address in 2013. The city has gone through several changes in leadership, opened a new city hall complex and passed a $60 million general-obligation bond, the first in the city’s history.

Gilbert said that those topics and others will be the main focal points in this year’s State of the City address, which will take place at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the new city hall complex, 18605 NW 27th Ave. The mayor also plans to discuss the city’s partnership with the Health Foundation of South Florida, the Jazz in the Gardens festival, the latest developments with Sun Life Stadium and how they relate to the city. And he will formally introduce City Manager Cameron Benson, who started in October, and Police Chief Stephen Johnson, who started in April.

The general-obligation bond and the plans for its rollout will also be a “big part” of the speech, Gilbert said. The bond passed in April, and the city council voted Wednesday to approve an ordinance allowing the city to go forward with borrowing the funds. Of the bond money, $10 million will be designated for crime prevention efforts like surveillance cameras and license plate readers.

“At the core, this year's state of the city address is about acknowledging the existence of change and embracing the endless possibilities that come along with it,” Gilbert said in a statement. “This speech is about fortifying the residents for the journey ahead and assuring them that our potential as a city is limited only by our commitment to invest in ourselves and our community.”

The full ceremony begins at 3 p.m. with tours of the new municipal complex. Groups will tour the new building every 30 minutes until 5:30 p.m. The tours will continue after the speech and a ribbon-cutting ceremony. The event is free and open to the public.

For more information on the event, contact Assistant City Manager Vernita Nelson at 305-622-8095.

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