The Miami-Dade Board of County Commissioners (BCC) will be meeting today.  Among the agenda items is the possible expansion of the TGK facility.  As you know, one of the plans favored by the County administrations includes a new facility that will have approximately 2,000 beds, 4 courtrooms, a 600 space parking garage and other offices and central support building.  This will make the corner of our quiet neighborhood and a major tourist thoroughfare to the airport the county’s central prisoner intake/RELEASE center.

And despite our local opposition to this project, the powerful Miami-Dade County Association of Chiefs of Police is fully supporting this project.  Here’s the memo sent from David De La Espriella, President of the Miami-Dade County Association of Chiefs of Police to his members:

Members,

Immediate Past President Daniel Junior, Director of the Miami-Dade County Corrections & Rehabilitation Department, is asking for our support tomorrow at the Board of County Commissioners meeting to replace the 60 year old pre-trial detention facility. There are many good reasons to support this project. The following are but a few of those reasons that anyone calling in their support can use to justify the approval of the project:

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The replacement jail will include on-site courtrooms which can assist with Arraignments, Felony pleas, Bond reduction hearings, Violation of Probation and reduce the need to transport inmates throughout Miami-Dade County, keeping the community we serve safer.

It will provide healthier and safer work conditions for corrections staff, police officers, attorneys, lawyers, and medical staff along with improved living conditions for inmates.

A replacement jail will be the new central support hub, providing space for current MDCR administration and support staff, along with office space for the State Attorney’s Office, Public Defenders Office, and the Miami-Dade Police Department all at one location.

A replacement jail will allow for more programming space for inmates and members of the community who volunteer their time to rehabilitating inmates so that when the inmates are released, they are productive members of society and do not recommit crimes.

A replacement jail will provide for more programming space for inmate allowing MDCR to offer more rehabilitative and increasing the successful return into the community.

If you wish to voice your support you can do so in one of the following two ways:

Join the Zoom meeting to speak on the topic by registering in advance for the meeting at https://miamidade.live/BCCMeeting (Zoom registration will be available beginning Thursday, July 16, 2020);

Call in by phone to speak (305) 375-5777; to avoid delays it is recommended you register in advance at https://miamidade.live/BCCMeeting (registration will be available beginning Thursday, July 16, 2020).

Unless the majority of the Executive Board contacts me to voice concern or objections, I will be supporting this as President of the Association. If anyone wants to discuss, please do so as soon as possible. Click on the button below for more information.

David De La Espriella, President
Miami-Dade County Association of Chiefs of Police

To voice your opposition, you are urged to register online to join via Zoom or call into the meeting at 305.375.5777.

If you can’t make the meeting, please contact all the board of county commissioners directly:

COMMISSION DISTRICT 01

Barbara J. Jordan

Commissioner

Stephen P. Clark Center
111 NW 1st Street,
Suite 220
Miami, FL 33128
305-375-5694 | bjordan@miamidade.gov

District 1 Office
2780 N.W. 167th Street, Miami Gardens, FL 33054
305-474-3011 | District1@miamidade.gov

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COMMISSION DISTRICT 02

Jean Monestime

Commissioner

Stephen P. Clark Center
111 NW 1st Street,
Suite 220
Miami, FL 33128
305-375-4833 | district2@miamidade.gov

District 2 Main Office
915 N.E. 125th Street, Suite 2A, Miami, FL 33161
305-694-2779 | district2@miamidade.gov

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COMMISSION DISTRICT 03

Audrey Edmonson

Chairwoman

District 3 Main Office
5400 NW 22nd Ave., Suite 701, Miami, FL 33142
305-636-2331

Stephen P. Clark Center
111 NW 1st Street,
Suite 220
Miami, FL 33128
305-375-5393 | district3@miamidade.gov

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COMMISSION DISTRICT 04

Sally A. Heyman

Commissioner

Stephen P. Clark Center
111 NW 1st Street,
Suite 220
Miami, FL 33128
305-375-5128 | district4@miamidade.gov

District 4 Main Office
1380 NE Miami Gardens Drive,
Suite 282
Miami, FL 33179
305-787-5999 | district4@miamidade.gov

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COMMISSION DISTRICT 05

Eileen Higgins

Commissioner

District 5 Main Office
2100 Coral Way, Suite 400, Miami, FL 33145
305-375-5924 | district5@miamidade.gov

District 5 Miami Beach Office
1700 Convention Center Drive, 1st Floor, Miami Beach, FL 33139
305-375-5924

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COMMISSION DISTRICT 06

Rebeca Sosa

Vice Chairwoman

Stephen P. Clark Center
111 NW 1st Street,
Suite 220
Miami, FL 33128
305-375-5696 | district6@miamidade.gov

District 6 Main Office
1000 SW 57th Avenue, Suite 201, Miami, FL 33144
305-267-6377

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COMMISSION DISTRICT 07

Xavier L. Suarez

Commissioner

District 7 South Miami Office
6130 Sunset Drive, South Miami, FL 33143
305-669-4003 | District7@miamidade.gov

District 7 Coconut Grove Office
3750 S. Dixie Highway, Miami, FL 33133
305-694-3550 | District7@miamidade.gov

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COMMISSION DISTRICT 08

Daniella Levine Cava

Commissioner

Stephen P. Clark Center
111 NW 1st Street,
Suite 220
Miami, FL 33128
305-375-5218 | District8@miamidade.gov

South Dade Government Center
10710 SW 211 Street,
Suite 1033
Cutler Bay, FL 33189
305-378-6677

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COMMISSION DISTRICT 09

Dennis C. Moss

Commissioner

District 9 North District
10710 SW 211th Street, Suite 206, Miami, FL 33189
305-234-4938 | DennisMoss@miamidade.gov

District 9 South District
1634 NW 6th Avenue, Florida City, FL 33034
305-245-4420 | DennisMoss@miamidade.gov

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COMMISSION DISTRICT 10

Javier D. Souto

Commissioner

Stephen P. Clark Center
111 NW 1st Street,
320
Miami, FL 33128
305-375-4835 | district10@miamidade.gov

District 10 Main Office
9766 Coral Way, Suite One, Miami, FL 33165
305-222-2116

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COMMISSION DISTRICT 11

Joe A. Martinez

Commissioner

Stephen P. Clark Center
111 NW 1st Street,
Suite 320
Miami, FL 33128
305-375-5511

District 11 Main Office
4081 SW 152 Avenue, Unit 21, Miami, FL 33185
305-552-1155

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COMMISSION DISTRICT 12

Jose “Pepe” Diaz

Commissioner

Stephen P. Clark Center
111 NW 1st Street,
Suite 320
Miami, FL 33128
305-375-4343 | district12@miamidade.gov

District 12 Main Office
8345 NW 12th Street, Miami, FL 33126
305-599-1200

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COMMISSION DISTRICT 13

Esteban L. Bovo, Jr.

Commissioner

Stephen P. Clark Center
111 NW 1st Street,
Suite 320
Miami, FL 33128
305-375-4831 | district13@miamidade.gov

District 13 Main Office
1490 West 68th Street, Suite 101, Hialeah, FL 33014
305-820-8424

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