For decades, the immigrant community has been one of the major driving forces of Miami-Dade County's economy and social progress.
From Latin American communities in Little Havana, Hialeah, and Westchester, the Haitian communities of Overtown and North Miami, to the European businesses of Coral Gables and Coconut Grove, there is not an inch of South Florida that hasn't seen progress thanks to immigration.
Yet, the federal government has been cracking down on our diversity since the launch of 2017. From President Obama's end of the Wet Foot, Dry Foot policy to President Trump's series of unconstitutional executive orders, we have witnessed hostility from Washington.
This is why we are disappointed by our own County Mayor, Carlos Gimenez, who announced yesterday he was ordering county prisons to collaborate with federal authorities and end our status as a Sanctuary County.
We condemn Mayor Gimenez's decision. No amount of federal grant dollars should be enough to betray the community that elected you twice. The Libertarian Party of Miami-Dade County is standing with our right to remain a Sanctuary City and we are disappointed to see our mayor flinch when the President moved.
All of our party will now be focused on overriding this new collaboration.
The Lobbying Committee has been instructed to find ways to legislatively repeal the Mayor's executive decision and we are ready to take the issue directly to the voters if no other way is found.
The Outreach Committee is reaching out, as we speak, to immigrant rights groups throughout South Florida to see how further actions can be coordinated.
Our elected officials are currently looking at finding ways to bring a sanctuary status on the local level.
We will not give up the fight until our county government shows it has the leadership to not bow down to the federal government's every desire.
North Central Councilman Keon A. Grayson, who was inaugurated as the newest Libertarian elected official last Monday, has announced a plan to work with County Commissioner Jean Monestime to keep state contractors honest and clean up the troubled Golden Glades neighborhood.
Earlier this month, Jean Monestime, who represents District 2 on the County Commission and chairs the Metropolitan Planning Organization of Miami-Dade County, scolded state Department of Transportation officials over the amount of trash existing on major state-owned highways in Golden Glades.
During a MPO meeting, Monestime also threatened to go to the State Legislature to demand action to make sure taxpayer-funded contractors were doing the job they were hired to do.
On January 25th, Councilman Grayson, whose district represents almost 100,000 residents, including the Golden Glades neighborhood, announced he would stand with Commissioner Monestime and work with county officials to pressure the Department of Transportation to enforce its own contracts.
Vice-Chairman Marcos Miralles said, "the Libertarian Party of Miami-Dade County strongly believes state contracts should be enforced to make sure taxpayers get a fair deal for the money they were required to pay. We're proud of Councilman Grayson's stance on the issue and we would fully support privatizing the highways or transferring full management of the roads in question to local governments to make sure the state bureaucracy doesn't fail our poorest residents."
Councilman Grayson will be in contact with Commissioner Monestime over the issue and will be proposing solutions to either enforce the state contracts or to clean up the highway via other means.
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The Libertarian Party of Miami-Dade County is condemning with a unanimous voice the move by the Board of County Commissioners to waste a rare budget surplus of $260,000 to increase its own discretionary spending.
At the last County Commission meeting of 2016, County Commissioners voted unanimously to take the surpluses of the Office of Commission Auditor, the Office of Intergovernmental Affairs, the Protocol Division, and the Media Division budgets and distribute them among all 13 County Commissioners for their office budgets.
The Libertarian Party of Miami-Dade County strongly condemns this move, as discretionary spending by County Commissioners can often be related to corruption, nepotism, and corporate welfare. It was just a year ago that former Commissioner Juan Zapata was caught using his office funds to pay for personal classes at Harvard University.
On January 10th, the Executive Committee of the Libertarian Party of Miami-Dade County unanimously condemned the move and we now hope that the County will reconsider its move and use the surplus funds to pay down the county’s monumental debt.
County Commissioner Jean Monestime has shown to be a poor leader when it comes to managing taxpayers’ funds. It is with relief that we saw his term as Commission Chairman end and we hope the new leadership of the Board will provide a better service to the residents of Miami-Dade County.
Following two months of working together to move the liberty agenda forward in South Florida, the Libertarian Party of Miami-Dade County is proud to announce the beginning of a great working relationship with the Whitman Family Development group.
On January 13th, the Libertarian Party of Miami-Dade County proudly received a $2,500 financial contribution from the same group that has donated tens of thousands of dollars to Libertarian campaigns in past years.
The group owns Bal Harbour Shops, one of the most luxurious malls in South Florida, and has often contributed to enhance property rights throughout the State.
On behalf of the Libertarian Party of Miami-Dade County, we thank the Whitman Family and their successful businesses for having contributed so generously to the Libertarian Party. We will be heralding this as the beginning of a new year of action and such an investment will ensure our continuous fight for liberty causes in South Florida, from legalizing short-term rentals in Miami Beach, to investigating corruption in Miami and helping businesses expand on their own properties.
Our working relationship is only beginning.
On January 10th, the Executive Committee of the Libertarian Party of MiamI-Dade County approved a measure that will hopefully start a chain reaction throughout Florida and result in the positive education of Libertarian Party leaders on economic, political, and social philosophies.
The program directs the Executive Director's Office to launch a library that will be made of libertarian literature and that shall be housed in the affiliate's headquarters in the Brickell neighborhood of Miami.
That's right. We approved, unanimously, the creation of the first Libertarian library in Florida.
So far, the program is expected to be small. Books and shelves will be donated to the party and the lending policy will only be extended to Precinct Delegates themselves -which should be an encouragement for libertarians to join us and become part of the Libertarian Party of Miami-Dade County.
But now that it has started, the possibilities are infinite. Donations may be raised in the future to rent a new office space to just house a library. Donations may be raised to purchase rare and good books and more advanced furniture. We may very well expend the program online, to create a depository of large PDF files.
Having a library is a great step toward the policy of having our affiliate become, as Delegate Marc Golob once said, "Grand Central Station of all things libertarian in South Florida."
Thanks to this, our leaders will now be given the tools to defeat anyone in a debate.
The Miami-Dade County Libertarian Executive Committee held a meeting on Tuesday, December 13th at its headquarter in the Brickell neighborhood of Miami.
Here is a quick summary of what we managed to accomplish during that meeting: