Stories written by Frank May

“The First Year” Homestead’s Mayor Steven C. Bateman

Mayor Steven C. Bateman

By Frank May…. The first year of Mayor Steven C. Bateman’s two-year term was a whirlwind of activity and accomplishment. “I hit the ground running on the day I was sworn-in and never looked back,” said Bateman. Bateman takes an active and hands-on approach as Mayor and walks and drives daily throughout the city. In […]

Mayor Steven C. Bateman Delivers 2010 State of the City Address

Mayor Steven C. Bateman

By Frank May…. On October 28th, Homestead’s Mayor Steven C. Bateman delivered the City’s State of the City Address to a crowd of more than 350 persons at the Champions Club at the Homestead-Miami Speedway. In a room filled with local dignitaries and business persons, Bateman stated that the City of H o m e […]

City of Homestead Hires New City Manager

City Manager George Gretsas

By Frank May…. On November 10, the Homestead City Council unanimously selected Mr. George Gretsas as Homestead’s new City Manager. Mr. Gretsas, former City Manager of the City of Fort Lauderdale and Executive Officer of the City of White Plains, New York, was the leading candidate on a short list of five candidates prepared by […]

City of Homestead Eliminates Walk-in Utilities Payments

Homestead eliminates walk-in utilities payments

By Frank May…. On November 10th, the Homestead City Council voted to eliminate walk-in, drivethrough, and cash payments for electric and water utilities and solid waste services at the Customer Service Division located at 711 NE 1st Road in Homestead. Payments subject to the new procedure will include monthly utilities and solid waste fees as […]

City of Homestead Awarded Distinguished Budget Presentation Award

City of Homestead Annual Operating and Capital Budget

By Frank May…. The Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) based out of Chicago, Illinois recently awarded the City of Homestead the GFOA’s Distinguished Budget Presentation Award for its 2009- 2010 Annual Operating and Capital budget. This is the second, consecutive year that the City of Homestead receives this award […]

Atala Montessori School Hosts Grand Opening Celebration

Mayor Steven C. Bateman, Education Committee Chair Councilman Elvis Maldonado,and principals of the Atala Montessori School at the school's ribbon cutting.

By Frank May…. Atala Montessori School for Creative Expression hosted its Grand Opening Celebration August 28, 2010. Located on the Art South campus in Homestead, Atala offers an arts-based Montessori curriculum. More than 240 persons attended the event. The unique curriculum of Atala Montessori has attracted numerous students, especially in light of public schools closing […]

Dade Medical College starts historic downtown renewal

Mayor Steven Bateman (left) and Ernesto Perez, CEO of Dade Medical College

By Frank May The renewal of Homestead’s historic downtown district is a high priority of the Homestead Mayor and City Council.  In September 2009, Dade Medical College opened the Homestead campus in the Downtown area on North Krome Avenue and 4th Street.  The college operates four campuses in Miami-Dade and Broward Counties and offers diplomas […]