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The Consulate recently bade farewell to the former Deputy consul General, Mr. Kirk Francois, who assumed new duties in Caracas, Venezuela. The consulate has received three new officers to its ranks.This is Mr. Garth Lamsee’s 3rd posting who replaces Mr. Francois as Deputy Consul General as he was recently transferred from Washington D.C. Accordingly, Mr. Lamsee brings a wealth of experience and ideas that we at the Consulate will rely on as we strive to implement the government’s agenda.
Flanked by local law enforcement today, Governor Rick Scott signed legislation to reform auto accident fraud in Florida, this year’s number one consumer protection issue. This meaningful legislation will lower the cost of auto insurance premiums for Florida drivers by limiting fraud in Personal Injury Protection (PIP) insurance. Accident fraud would have cost average Floridians over $1 billion this year if PIP reform was not passed. “Growing up in a family without a lot of money, I truly understand the value of the hard-earned dollar for Florida families,” Governor Scott said. “By helping reduce fraudulent auto accident claims, this legislation will benefit the pocketbooks of every Florida family who drives an automobile. I am glad to do my part in keeping the cost of living low in Florida, and I will continue to work to find ways to do so.”
Lynda Bell, District 8 County CommissionerLynda Bell and Jean Monestime, newly elected Miami-Dade County Commissioners for Districts 8 and 2, respectively have become the newest members on the MPO Governing Board, a twenty-three (23) member board that acts as the authority on all local transportation planning matters and ensures that all entities engaging in transportation-related activities conform to statutory requirements.
The Caribbean-based hit television show “Dare To Be Great” recently went on the road to South Florida, where NBC 6 anchor/meteorologist Trina Robinson appeared as a special guest. Robinson is an Emmy Award-winning journalist originally from Washington, DC, who began working at NBC 6 in South Florida in 1999. She has become one of the station’s most visible and versatile reporters.
Commissioner Jordan (far right) with Anne Manning, of Habitat for Humanity, City of Opa-locka Commissioner Timothy Holmes, and Mayor Joseph L. Kelley.The demolition of dilapidated property by Opa-locka’s Washington Avenue became a symbol of a new beginning. On October 6, Commissioner Barbara J. Jordan, joined by officials from the City of Opa-locka and Habitat for Humanity, celebrated what will soon become 26 single family homes, making homeownership possible for several families in the area.