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Posted on: August 2, 2016

Mayor Porter Presents Detective Jose Murillo with Officer of the Month Award for May 2016

Detective Jose Murillo had a busy and successful month in May with investigations leading to several arrests. Mayor Jeff Porter presented him with the Officer of the Month Award for May 2016 during the Special Council Presentation in July.

“Homestead P...Read on...

Posted on: August 2, 2016

Mayor Porter Recognizes Officer John Buchanan as April 2016 Officer of the Month

City of Homestead Police Officer John Buchanan was recognized by Mayor Jeff Porter for his exceptional public service during the month of April at the Special Council Presentation in July 2016.

Mayor Jeff Porter addressed Officer Buchanan and several...Read on...

Posted on: April 27, 2016

Watch The Excitement Continues, Mayor Jeff Porter's 2016 State of the City

A new city hall, a revitalized theatre, a new police station and plans for entertainment and retail development were some of the accomplishments highlighted in this year’s State of the City.

Hundreds of Homestead residents, City Council members, commu...Read on...

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Posted on: April 8, 2016

Mayor Jeff Porter 2016 State of the City: The Excitement Continues

The newly restored Seminole Theatre located at 18 N. Krome Avenue will host its first movie premiere Tuesday, April 26th at 6pm when Mayor Jeff Porter presents his 2016 State of the City: The Excitement Continues. The short film will showcase the milesto...Read on...

Posted on: February 12, 2016

Inside Homestead Interviews Mayor Jeff Porter

Mayor Porter discusses Downtown progress, South Dade transit, spay/neuter programs, and more! Inside Homestead starts right now...

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Posted on: January 29, 2016

Mayor Porter Welcomes Captain David DeJohn to the Homestead Police Department Command Staff

In a Special Presentation at the January 20th Council Meeting, Mayor Jeff Porter, Chief of Police Alexander Rolle and Major Scott Kennedy proudly announced the promotion of Lt. David DeJohn to the rank of Captain on January 18th 2016, becoming the newest ...Read on...

Posted on: November 5, 2015

City of Homestead Swears In Mayor, Vice Mayor, and Councilmembers

On the evening of November 4th, Homestead welcomed Mayor Jeff Porter, Vice Mayor Patricia Fairclough, Councilman Jon Burgess, and Councilman Larry Roth for new terms on the dais. All four candidates won their respective races with landslide victories.
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Posted on: October 5, 2015

Mayor Porter Proclaims September 24th “Buy a Tree. Change a Life” Day

Mayor Porter proclaimed Thursday September 24th, Buy a Tree. Change a Life Day for the great work Life Pointe Church and Pastor Travis Johnson have accomplished.

“The council and I appreciate all the great effort you have made to make this program a gr...Read on...

Posted on: July 31, 2015

FREE Spay & Neuter Mobile Animal Clinic at JD Redd Park August 8th

The FREE Spay and Neuter Mobile Animal Clinic will be at JD Redd Park on August 8th. Please RSVP at 305-224-4433 to be put on the list for your dog to be spayed/neutered.

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Posted on: July 14, 2015

The Progress Continues: City of Homestead Celebrates Losner Park Expansion with Demolition Kick Off

The City of Homestead celebrated yet another step towards revitalizing Downtown Homestead with a Demolition Kick Off Ceremony for the expansion of Losner Park. Located in the heart of Downtown, the expanded park will breathe new life into the area, creat...Read on...

Posted on: July 8, 2015

Mayor Jeff Porter Honors the Next Generation of Law Enforcement

Homestead’s Police Explorers are a group of young men and women committed to becoming the next generation of law enforcement. During the June 2015 Special Council Presentation, Mayor Jeff Porter honored the group for their fierce commitment and exemplary...Read on...

Posted on: June 17, 2015

Homestead Police Department Promotes Two Reserve Sergeants, Welcomes One New Officer to the Force

A relentless dedication to serving the community is a quality which the Homestead Police Department holds in high regards. While reviewing the job performances and records of Reserve Officers Ron Charlot, Will Worrall, and Francisco Mello it was evident ...Read on...

Posted on: May 8, 2015

Mayor Porter, Councilwoman Fairclough, and the Education Committee to Honor Champions for Education

What does it take to be a champion? Desire, dedication, determination, concentration and the will to win...Join Mayor Jeff Porter, Councilwoman Patricia Fairclough, and Homestead's Education Committee as they honor outstanding local educators and other ch...Read on...

Posted on: May 7, 2015

Two New Reserve Officers Join the Ranks of the Homestead Police Department

Diversity is an important tool to maintain an open and inviting environment, and to make sure every citizen is treated fairly. This was the theme of the introduction of two new reserve officers to the Homestead Police Department, during the Special Counci...Read on...

Posted on: March 27, 2015

Mayor Jeff Porter Proclaims Bike305 Month in Homestead

The City of Homestead has joined Miami-Dade County and its municipalities in celebrating March as Bike305 month. All through the month, residents are encouraged to try cycling to work, school and other destinations, and various events are organized to pro...Read on...

Posted on: March 24, 2015

Mayor Porter Welcomes Reverend Chauncey Brown as Police Chaplain

During a Special Presentation in the March 2015 Council Meeting, Mayor Jeff Porter took the opportunity to welcome and recognize Reverend Chauncey Brown, the new Police Chaplain.

Mayor Porter spoke fondly of Reverend Brown. “Before taking over as Chapl...Read on...

Posted on: February 25, 2015

Mayor Jeff Porter named Honorary Chair of Homestead Relay for Life

During February’s Special Council Presentation, Mayor Jeff Porter was named this year’s Homestead Relay for Life Honorary Chair. As a proven leader and proactive member of the Homestead Community, and now Chair of this annual event, Mayor Porter will serv...Read on...

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Posted on: February 25, 2015

Homestead Police Officers Named Officers of the Month for Second Time

During a Special Council Presentation, surrounded by their peers and colleagues, City of Homestead Police Officers Jesus Gonzalez and Howard Diener were the recipients of the Officer of the Month Award, for November and December 2014, respectively. Both o...Read on...

Posted on: February 12, 2015

West Homestead K-8 Center Improvements Kick Off

The Homestead Community gathered to kick off improvements to the West Homestead K-8 Center thanks to the passage of the Miami-Dade County Public Schools Bond Referendum and funds from the City of Homestead Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA).

Princ...Read on...

Posted on: February 12, 2015

Hundreds Gather for the Premiere of Building Homestead, Mayor Jeff Porter’s State of the City

Nearly five hundred Homestead residents, City Council members, community leaders and distinguished dignitaries gathered in the heart of Downtown Homestead for the premiere of Building Homestead—Mayor Jeff Porter’s 2015 State of the City. Attendees, dres...Read on...

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Posted on: February 10, 2015

Homestead Mayor Jeff Porter Honors Everglades Amateur Radio Club with Special Proclamation

Mayor Jeff Porter honored Everglades Amateur Radio Club by proclaiming the week of June 23-29, 2015 to be Amateur Radio Week in Homestead. Everglades Amateur Radio Club is not only a hobby for radio enthusiasts, but also collaborates with local emergency...Read on...

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Posted on: December 8, 2014

Homestead Detective Honored With Officer of the Month & Life Saving Awards

For his actions performed on the evening of October 5, 2014 that led to the resuscitation of a drowned, 2-year old boy, Homestead Police Detective Fernando Morales received a Life Saving Award as well as the honor of being named Officer of the Month for t...Read on...

Posted on: December 3, 2014

Mayor Jeff Porter, Vice Mayor Stephen R. Shelley Assist With Dr. Linda Fagan’s Food Drive

Every year Dr. Linda Fagan of Country Medical Center coordinates an annual Thanksgiving food drive to ensure non-profit organizations in the community who provide assistance to others in need receive some help of their own in accomplishing their missions...Read on...

Posted on: December 2, 2014

Mayor Jeff Porter Presents Show of Support for Pet’s Trust Miami at To Save Lives Event

Mayor Jeff Porter presented a copy of a resolution supporting Pet’s Trust Miami to Pet’s Trust Miami President Michael Rosenberg, and Co-Founder Rita Schwartz, during their To Save Lives event on November 21, 2014. The resolution, passed and adopte...Read on...

Posted on: November 24, 2014

Homestead Mayor Jeff Porter Honors Maritime Safety and Security Team 91114 with Special Proclamation

Mayor Jeff Porter honored Maritime Safety and Security Team 91114 by proclaiming November 7, 2014 to be Maritime Safety and Security Team (MSST) 91114 Day. MSST 91114 is an active duty United States Coast Guard unit established in 2004 to guard our natio...Read on...

Posted on: November 6, 2014

Alpha Delta Kappa Honored for Promoting Educational Excellence

Mayor Jeff Porter took a moment during a Special Council Presentation in October 2014 to recognize the exceptional efforts of Alpha Delta Kappa among women educators around the world. On this day, the Florida Chapter was honored, specifically the members ...Read on...

Posted on: October 17, 2014

Four New Officers Join the Ranks of the Homestead Police Department

Detective Antonio Aquino, Director of Internal Affairs for the Homestead Police Department, introduced the most recent crop of law enforcement officers to join our city’s force during a Special Council Presentation on September 2014.

“The sweari...Read on...

Posted on: October 15, 2014

Mayor Jeff Porter & School Board Vice Chair Dr. Larry Feldman Visit Local Schools

Homestead Mayor Jeff Porter and Miami-Dade County School Board Vice-Chair Dr. Larry Feldman toured several schools in the Homestead area to learn more about the course these institutions are charting for the future of their students. Among the schools vis...Read on...

Posted on: October 1, 2014

City of Homestead Police Officer Recipient of Second Officer of the Month Award

For the second time since initially receiving the award in April of 2014, City of Homestead Police Officer Mario Arzuaga once again found himself on the floor of the council chamber during a Special Council Presentation surrounded by his peers and colleag...Read on...

Posted on: August 27, 2014

Homestead Police Officer Decorated for Distinguished Military Service

During a Special Council Presentation in August 2014, Homestead Police Officer Victor Lugo was roundly praised and commended by his peers and superiors for his sterling career as a member of the U.S. military.

Officer Lugo’s 23 year commitment to the ...Read on...

Posted on: August 27, 2014

Officer Jesus Gonzalez Awarded Officer of the Month for June 2014

City of Homestead police officer Jesus Gonzalez was recognized for his exceptional public service during the month of June at the Special Council Presentation in August 2014.

During the month long span, Officer Gonzalez responded to 184 service calls a...Read on...

Posted on: July 2, 2014

Homestead Community Center Volunteers Honored

Volunteers have an enormous impact on the health and well-being of communities worldwide. They make a difference in day-to-day life by delivering critical services, keeping our neighborhoods, streets, parks, rivers, green spaces and water clean and safe f...Read on...

Posted on: June 30, 2014

Officer Mario Arzuaga Receives Officer of the Month Award for April 2014

April Officer of the Month honoree Officer Mario Arzuaga had an exceptional month of law enforcement and was recognized for his efforts during the June 2014 Special Council Presentation.

In the month of April, Officer Arzuaga made 18 arrests, issued ...Read on...

Posted on: June 17, 2014

Mayor Jeff Porter Honors U.S. Customs and Border Protection

On Friday, June 6, 2014, Homestead Mayor Jeff Porter attended the MAC (Military Affairs Committee) Meet and Greet Event wherein he delivered a proclamation in honor of the exceptional performance and the fervent execution of the duties demonstrated by the...Read on...

Posted on: June 17, 2014

Officer Elvis Ackerman Receives Officer of the Month and Life Saving Awards

During a Special Council Presentation on May 21, 2014, Homestead Police Captain Marie Kent acknowledged the valiant efforts and courage demonstrated by fellow police officer Elvis Ackerman who recently saved a resident’s life by performing CPR.

Offic...Read on...

Posted on: June 17, 2014

Mayor Porter Hosts Area Kids for a Lesson in Leadership

Homestead’s City Hall was buzzing with activity on May 8 when 60 children from Avocado Elementary School arrived for a tour hosted by Mayor Jeff Porter along with the Office of Florida Senator Dwight Bullard.

Along with touring the halls of municipal ...Read on...

Posted on: June 16, 2014

Four New Officers Sworn in to Homestead Police Department

During a Special Council Presentation in May, City of Homestead Detective Antonio Aquino welcomed in the latest crop of newly minted officers to join the police force. Said the detective, “There were over one-hundred applicants over the past year. Twelve ...Read on...

Posted on: June 16, 2014

Mayor Jeff Porter Lends a Hand to Mexican-American Council Fundraiser

On May 23, 2014, Homestead Mayor Jeff Porter alongside members of his council, Vice-Mayor Stephen Shelley, Councilman Elvis Maldonado and Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez participated in the MAC (Mexican-American Council) Migrant Student Scholarsh...Read on...

Posted on: May 22, 2014

South Dade Buccaneers Baseball Team Wins State Title

In a bid to become the first athletic program in Miami-Dade County to ever win state titles in three different sports in the same school year, the South Dade Senior High Buccaneers baseball team scored the hat trick with a 3-1 victory over Valrico Bloomin...Read on...

Posted on: May 20, 2014

Homestead Law Enforcement Torch Run Celebrates 32nd Anniversary

Law enforcement personnel, including members of the Homestead Police Department, Miami-Dade Police Department and Dade County Corrections, joined approximately 30 Special Olympics athletes in Homestead on Friday, April 25 for the 32nd annual Law Enforceme...Read on...

Posted on: May 14, 2014

Mayor Jeff Porter and Councilwoman Patricia Fairclough Host National Day of Prayer

On May 1, 2014, the City of Homestead’s William F. Dickinson Community Center was the site of a large, inclusive gathering of religious leaders, city staff and members of the community as they celebrated the National Day of Prayer. The Nation’s theme for ...Read on...

Posted on: May 14, 2014

Mayor Jeff Porter Honors South Dade High State Champion Wrestling Team

2014 has been a banner year thus far for South Dade Senior High School athletics and they were once again front and center at the April Special Council Presentation where Mayor Jeff Porter proclaimed February 15, 2014 as South Dade High School Wrestling T...Read on...

Posted on: May 9, 2014

Mayor Jeff Porter Tours Turkey Point Facility

Mayor Jeff Porter recently toured the FPL (Florida Power & Light) facility at Turkey Point. The mayor, accompanied by site VP Mike Kiley, toured the control room of the power plant as well as the security station and the turbine deck.

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Posted on: May 7, 2014

Mayor Jeff Porter Presents Officer Anthony Green with Officer of the Month Award

During a Special Council Presentation that took place on April 23, Officer Anthony Green of the Homestead Police Department earned the Officer of the Month award for his exemplary service in the line of duty during the month of February 2014. Major Scott ...Read on...

Posted on: April 9, 2014

Mayor Jeff Porter Supports Lauren’s Kids

On the afternoon of March 19, 2014, City of Homestead Mayor Jeff Porter lent his support to the courageous undertaking of Lauren Book and the efforts of her organization, Lauren’s Kids. Miss Book was in the early stages of a 1500-mile walk from Key West t...Read on...

Posted on: April 1, 2014

March 7 Proclaimed Golden Knights Day in Homestead

On Friday, March 7, 2014, City of Homestead Mayor Jeff Porter, along with members of the Homestead City council, officially proclaimed the day in honor of the U.S. Army parachute team known as the Golden Knights. Vice-Mayor Stephen Shelley, Councilwoman P...Read on...

Posted on: February 13, 2014

Mayor Jeff Porter Awards South Dade High School Key to the City

On Saturday, January 11, 2014, on the 50-yard line of Harris Field, Mayor Jeff Porter officially proclaimed December 14, 2013, “South Dade Senior High School Championship Day.” On that day, the South Dade Senior High School Football Team became the southe...Read on...

Posted on: January 21, 2014

Mayor Porter Honors Community Volunteer Bonnie King-Moran

If you have ever attended a city sponsored event, then you have likely been in the presence of Mrs. Bonnie King-Moran. Whether she is dressed up as Mrs. Claus for the tree lighting ceremony at Losner Park or lending a hand taking pictures at a ribbon cutt...Read on...