Doral council members recognize police, community residents, themselves

The Doral city council met on Wednesday at 10 a.m. for its morning session and at 6 p.m for an evening session.

The main item

The first part of both council sessions was spent giving special recognition to certain members of the Doral community.

The morning session included recognitions for:

▪ Four Doral police officers who helped save the life of a man who attempted suicide by jumping off the Northwest 97th Avenue bridge onto State Road 836. One of these officers — Danil Ramirez — was also given the Officer of the Quarter Award by the council.

▪ Brothers Alejandro and Sebastian Mejia, were presented with a letter from President Barack Obama acknowledging their active presence in the community and encouraging them to keep faith through the difficult days ahead. Alejandro, 7, and Sebastian, 8, were each diagnosed with Bannayan-Riley-Ruvalcuba syndrome at birth – a genetic condition characterized by large head size, the appearance of noncancerous tumors and tumor-like growths.

▪ Concept II Cosmetics was given the Keep Doral Beautiful Business Award for its effort in keeping the property clean.

▪ Three members of city of Doral’s False Alarm Unit were awarded Civilian of the Quarter. According to a commendation from the police department, the group successfully registered 327 new alarms during the first quarter of 2015. In many cases, businesses and residences had faulty alarm equipment that led to unnecessary use of police resources.

▪ Several other members of the Doral community for donations that helped provide vests for the city’s police canines.

The evening session included recognitions for:

▪ Two Doral teens, Flor Casañas and Marie Caceres, who were given awards for outstanding academic achievement and perfect attendance throughout their high school careers.

▪ Businesses and members of the community for their role in helping put on the American Cancer Society Relay for Life event that took place in April. Members of the council were rewarded with plaques to congratulate themselves for their roles in coordinating the event.

▪ Feel the Beat, a special-needs dance program for children over 8, who performed at the city of Miami’s Rhythm of Life Talent Showcase in March and at the 3rd annual Festival of Flamenco Schools in April.

Other business

▪ Odor control: A new city ordinance will penalize Doral citizens and business operators if they create “offensive or obnoxious odors” that travel outside of their own property. The second reading of the ordinance was passed unanimously.

▪ Community Development Districts: Concerned discussion centered on Community Development Districts, known as CDDs. A CDD is a legal entity in Florida that has the ability to levy taxes on properties within the district. There was concern voiced by residents as to the transparency of these entities — some sitting members are not residents of the communities they govern. The council agreed to look into arranging workshops so citizens can better educate themselves on how these entities work.

▪ Miss Universe close-out statement: The council discussed a statement that put the final hosting fee paid by city of Doral at a total of $1.5 million. Including additional costs, about $1.6 million of taxpayer money was used to pay for the event.

They said it

I’d hate to create false expectations of what we can actually do.” — Councilman Pete Cabrera, on the issue of effectively preventing offensive odors in Doral through the new odor control ordinance.

You said it

The next meeting

▪ When: Wednesday, May 20 at 5 p.m. (Local Planning Agency) and 6 p.m. (Council Zoning Meeting)

▪ Where: Doral Government Center, 8401 NW 53rd Terr.