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Today, Doral moves towards that vision with the help of 12 Advisory Boards. These boards are made up of residents who volunteer their time to meet regularly at public meetings to discuss pertinent topics and explore ways the community can improve. Residents are also engaged through the meeting series, “Mayor on the Move” where Mayor Bermudez, along with city directors, visits Homeowner’s Associations to talk about local issues and answer questions.
1.) Step Up Your Health, Doral!
“Step Up Your Health, Doral!” was created as part of the Mayor’s Wellness Initiative to encourage the community to get healthier together.
The program has three parts:
Health Champions (resident leaders) and advisory boards have given input on how to promote “Step Up Your Health, Doral!” to the community. Promotional tables and materials are being placed in front of community centers, in community gyms and playgrounds, and in neighborhood associations’ monthly newsletters. City staff have put tables outside of Publix to talk to shoppers about a healthier shopping list and healthy recipes before they go into the store. There is also the Mayor’s Wellness Council that is comprised of people within the community that promote and drive the health initiative. Members include restaurants, businesses, health providers and schools. This council helps provide incentives, programming, and promotion of the initiative.
2.) Doral Parks for Tomorrow Bond Referendum
Due to rapid population growth, the City of Doral needed to update its Park System Master Plan to stay aware of newly developing recreational needs.
Parks System Master Plan used 11 different analysis and engagement techniques to identify high-priority needs of Doral residents. This process included a total of 6 public workshops, a community survey, focus groups, stakeholder interviews, and numerous presentations. This multi-year process revealed that the community’s parks and recreation needs were extensive and would require building new parks, recreational centers, trails and more.
After considering the information gathered during the Parks System Master Plan Update, population growth estimates, and additional feedback from the community, the city council decided to proceed with a $150-million bond referendum.
A Bond Committee was created to help educate the community on the bond, and staff hosted eight community workshops throughout the city to discuss what the bond is, why it’s needed, the cost, project details, and timeline. Educational materials also went out via social media and direct mail. A website was also created where residents could calculate the impact on their household, learn about the bond projects, provide feedback, register to vote, and review the ballot language. The website was linked with Google Translate to translate text to over 100 languages.
Doral residents voted yes to enhancing their quality of life and expanding opportunities for improving health. It is anticipated that the city will issue the bond for the first phase of the funds as early as 2019, with project construction to begin shortly after.
3.) Traffic Relief Efforts in Doral
As Doral has grown, so has the need for the city and its partners to alleviate traffic congestion.
Doral, along with its regional transportation partners, has invested in numerous transportation projects including:
Doral always looks to residents when making plans. Through feedback received from surveys and e-mails, existing Doral Trolley routes were evaluated to consider the community’s current and future needs. As a result, the Doral Trolley service was expanded to Florida International University (FIU) and to the Dolphin Park-and-Ride, near the Dolphin Mall.
In addition to infrastructure and project investments, the city also recognizes the importance of citizen engagement and responsibility. As a result, the city launched a bilingual campaign aimed at raising awareness for the importance of following the rules and laws – “We Don’t Do This Here/No Hacemos Eso Aqui.”