Com­mis­sioner hosts "day of peace"

South Florida Times - - METRO - A DAY OF PEACE: Mi­ami-Dade Com­mis­sioner Jean Mon­es­time is co-host­ing the Peo­ple Mat­ter Pop-Up Fest for Peace. Down­town West Palm Beach

MI­AMI – Af­ter sev­eral heart wrench­ing killings in Mi­ami, in­clud­ing the shoot­ing deaths of an honor stu­dent and a tod­dler, Com­mis­sioner Jean Mon­es­time of Mi­ami Dade County Dis­trict 2, wants to bring the com­mu­nity to­gether for a day of peace. To that end, he is part­ner­ing with Papa Keith 4 Peo­ple Mat­ter for the Peo­ple Mat­ter Pop-Up Fest for Peace on Satur­day, April 21 from noon to 4 p.m. at Lit­tle River Park, 10525 NW 24th Ave.

Ac­cord­ing to a writ­ten state­ment,“the Peo­ple Mat­ter Fest was cre­ated to bring peo­ple to­gether for one day with­out any gun vi­o­lence and neg­a­tiv­ity.”

Mon­es­time said, “This is a great op­por­tu­nity for res­i­dents to get to­gether to ad­vo­cate for non-vi­o­lence.”

The event is free and open to the pub­lic and will fea­ture a tal­ent show­case, food, games, ven­dors and mu­sic from 103.5 the Beat Mixers. Rep­re­sen­ta­tives from sev­eral Mi­ami-Dade County de­part­ments also will be on hand to pro­vide in­for­ma­tion on County re­sources. “I just want to bring young peo­ple from the com­mu­nity to­gether for a day of peace and unity, mu­sic, food and fun,” said Papa Keith.

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla.— Bills spon­sored by Sen­a­tor Bobby Pow­ell and Rep­re­sen­ta­tives David Sil­vers and Rick Roth have re­sulted in the city of West Palm Beach be­ing awarded $700,000 in state funds des­ig­nated for two city projects and ef­forts: the Rose­mary Pro­ject and to im­prove crit­i­cal in­ci­dent re­sponse and pub­lic safety.

The Florida De­part­ment of Trans­porta­tion awarded $400,000 to en­hance light­ing along the Rose­mary Av­enue Cor­ri­dor, north of Banyan. The funds, which will be matched by the West Palm Beach Com­mu­nity Re­de­vel­op­ment Agency, will sup­port the city’s larger Rose­mary streetscape pro­ject to im­prove safety for walk­ers, bi­cy­clists and mo­torists and to en­cour­age pri­vate in­vest­ment along this im­por­tant con­nec­tive cor­ri­dor be­tween the His­toric North­west and Down­town. This bill was spon­sored by Sen­a­tor Pow­ell (Dis­trict 30) and Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Sil­vers (Dis­trict 87).

The Florida De­part­ment of Law En­force­ment awarded $300,000 to the city for equip­ment to im­prove crit­i­cal in­ci­dent re­sponse and pub­lic safety. The city will match the grant and use the funds to as­sist in buy­ing the high­est pri­or­ity equip­ment items to help re­spond to in­ci­dents quickly, safely and ef­fec­tively. This bill was spon­sored by Sen­a­tor Pow­ell and Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Roth (Dis­trict 85).

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