Dear Editor:


As the Executive Director of the Homestead & Florida City Chamber of Commerce, I recently toured the Turkey Point nuclear power plant and got an inside look at the Florida Power & Light facility. Since it’s been part of the community for more than forty years, many of us may take Turkey Point for granted. […]

Letter to the Editor:


I would like to thank the paper for allowing me this opportunity to address City of Homestead citizens. In reference to questions raised regarding abstention. There were three meetings in which I either abstained or recused myself from voting on issues related to Dade Medical College: 1) the March 11, 2011 CRA meeting in which […]

City of Homestead Hosts Annual Grand 4th of July Celebration


The City of Homestead’s annual Fourth of July celebration, “Race to the 4th,” will be hosted for its fourth year at the Homestead-Miami Speedway on Thursday, July 4th, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.The event will feature family entertainment, live music, children’s rides, food and drinks, games and a magnificent Independence Day fireworks display. Admission to […]

Overwhelming Show of Support For Mayor Steven C. Bateman at His Campaign Kickoff Event


 “No new taxes or service fee increases in the last three years, three new high schools, free trolley service, new hotels, and a new recycling program. I have delivered on my promises to you!” said Mayor Bateman as he addressed over 300 people during his re-election kickoff event on May 30, 2013 at the Keys […]

Mayor Bateman Showcases Homestead to Congressman Joe Garcia


On March 26, 2013, Mayor Steven C. Bateman and Congressman Joe Garcia walked throughout Downtown Homestead to discuss the City’s current needs. The tour kicked off at Homestead’s newest restaurant – Lucky’s Pub & Grub and finished at El Toro Taco. Congressman Joe Garcia was also joined by his Chief of Staff, Mr. Jeffrey Garcia, […]

Mayor Bateman Introduces New Economic Engine Coming Soon


On March 14, 2013 Mayor Steven C. Bateman introduced representatives of AeroGroup, Inc. to several business owners and community leaders in the City of Homestead. The informal meeting was a meet and greet to discuss what AeroGroup’s future needs would be once operating in our community. At the same time, AeroGroup was introduced to services […]

Redland International Orchid Show returning to Fruit and Spice Park

Redland International Orchid Show returning to Fruit and Spice Park

The 17th annual Redland International Orchid Show will take place May 17-19 at the Fruit and Spice Park located at 24801 SW 187 Ave. in Homestead. The largest annual orchid show in the United States features more than 50 booths of educational exhibits and orchid vendors. The American Orchid Societyjudged event showcases various types of […]

Mayor Around Town

Project SOS Heart & Soles 5K


On Saturday, February 23, 2013, Project Start Off Smart held their 5th Annual Hearts & Soles 5K Walk & Run. The event was hosted at the Homestead-Miami Speedway. I want to relay my heartfelt appreciation to all those who participated to raise funds for the victims of domestic violence.

Awareness for Human Trafficking


Mayor Bateman has conversation with Governor Rick Scott after State Attorney’s Human Trafficking Press Conference. Mayor Bateman has joined forces with the State Attorney’s Office to prevent and promote awareness regarding human trafficking – modern-day slavery. Mayor met Ms. Allison Goode during State Attorney’s Human Trafficking Press Conference held on Wednesday, February 13, 2013. Ms. […]

Mayor’s Community Policing and Crime Watch Committee visits Keys Cove


On Wednesday, February 27, 2013, the Mayor’s Community Policing and Crime Watch Committee joined Keys Cove residents to collaborate and strategize on crime prevention for the community.  Officer Robbie Tate and Crime Watch Committee Members Dr. James Tranthem, Bonnie Moran, Telma Martinez, Terry Lytle and Conward S. Thompson were all in attendance. The meeting was […]

Visit to Keys Gate Charter & Keys Gate Charter High


On Wednesday, February 13th, I had the pleasure of visiting Keys Gate Charter School and Keys Gate Charter High School. The visit began in the K-2 building, then to Keys Gate Charter High and then to the 3-7 building. In the K-2 Building I visited classrooms, witnessed a wonderful presentation by the cheerleaders and a […]

“A Starry Night” Gala to benefit Miami Bridge Youth & Family Services

Left to Right: Donna Bateman, Austin Bateman, State Attorney Katherine Fernandez-Rundle and Mayor Steven C. Bateman
Photography Credit: Justin Namon

On April 13, 2013, I attended the “A Starry Night” Gala presented by City National Bank to benefit the Miami Bridge Youth & Family Services. Miami Bridge is a place of caring and sharing which offers troubled youth and families hope and opportunities for a brighter future. The event was held on the rooftop terrace […]

Deadline Extended for USDA Claims

USDA Hispanic and Women Farmers and Ranchers Claims Process • Claimants can receive • cash awards up to $50,000 or up to $250,000 • plus debt relief for qualified farm loans currently owed to USDA • Must be Hispanic or Female • Alleged discrimination by USDA based on being Hispanic or women during certain periods […]

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