March 29, 2012 ---- Today, Governor Rick Scott announced the appointment of Tamara Jones McKee to the Florida Real Estate Appraisal Board. McKee, 41, of Boca Raton, is a self-employed actress. She is appointed for a term beginning March 29, 2012, and ending October 31, 2012.
Vice Chairwoman Audrey M. Edmonson led a second community outreach team through the Liberty City corridor of N.W. 18th Avenue from 62 to 71 streets in Miami. Specifically, Vice Chairwoman Edmonson once again asked Miami-Dade County Solid Waste Management to remove furniture, garbage, debris and rotten food from the corner of N.W. 18th Avenue and 63 Street. She spoke with residents and business owners in this new part of her District 3, pinpointing areas that need service and directing the appropriate County department to follow-up. Along the way, overgrown lots were cleaned, homeless persons assisted, trouble spots were identified and residents were introduced to Police, Code Enforcement, Solid Waste and Public Works personnel.
Last October, while visiting Metal Essence, a precision metals and plastics fabricator in Orlando, I called on the Florida Legislature to pass my 2012 Job Creation and Economic Growth Agenda. I would like to thank the Legislature for answering my call and joining me in the effort to make Florida the best place for businesses to grow and create jobs for Floridians. This plan is designed to ensure that Florida's unemployment rate continues to drop. During recent weeks, I met with working Floridians to talk about what this legislation means to them. I would like to thank all of the great companies that I visited: ENTERA in Bay County, Load King Manufacturing in Jacksonville, Advanced Protection Technologies in Clearwater, Ring Power Inc. in Sarasota, as well as Metal Essence in Longwood and Workforce Central Florida in Orlando.
Building on her successful “Work Days” program, Commissioner Lynda Bell recently toured Silver Wings Aerospace, Inc., and the Sea Hunter Boat Company, in her unwavering commitment to recognize small businesses in her District, learn about the continuing challenges they face in this depressed economy and what local government can do to help them succeed. Moreover, Commissioner Bell is also working with the Beacon council to help provide incentives to small businesses like these so they can grow and thrive in the South Dade area.  These two, family-owned, small commercial businesses, owned by the Montalvo Family, have proven themselves to their respective industries and are successfully creating top of the line products for their customers, as well as creating quality, much-needed jobs for our residents, despite one of the worst economic climates on record.
Today, the Miami-Dade County Grand Jury indicted suspended City of Miami Commissioner Michelle Spence-Jones for soliciting money from involved parties in the 2006 attempt to extend the name of Brickell Avenue further north along SE 2nd Avenue in downtown Miami.