Miami Herald: Miami-Dade Commissioner calls for special meeting on Zika efforts

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UPDATE: Monestime and Levince Cava have called a special meeting Tuesday at 9:30 a.m. on the 18th floor of the Stephen P. Clark Center, 111 NW First St.

Miami-Dade Commissioner Daniella Levine Cava said Thursday she will request a special meeting of the Board of County Commissioners to discuss coordinating local, state and federal efforts to quash a Zika virus outbreak in the city of Miami.

So far, health officials have identified 15 people who have contracted the virus from mosquitoes in Miami-Dade County, all but one of which inhabited a one-square-mile zone in and around Wynwood. The county has increased efforts to kill mosquitoes in the area, and county Mayor Carlos Gimenez, Miami Mayor Tomas Regalado, and Florida Gov. Rick Scott have all made appearances in the neighborhood during the last three days to answer questions about local and state efforts.

Gimenez and Scott have planned a joint press 3:30 p.m. conference Thursday at the Miami-Dade County Emergency Operations Center, 9300 NW 41 Street, in Doral.

Here’s a copy of Levine Cava’s letter:

August 4, 2016

The Honorable Carlos A. Gimenez
Mayor, Miami-Dade County
Stephen P. Clark Center
111 NW 1st Street
29th Floor
Miami, Florida 33128

Dear Mayor Gimenez,

Thank you for your leadership thus far in addressing the threat of the Zika virus in our community. We have all been watching developments in the spread of this disease closely, with national and international news outlets reporting on the matter over the last few days.

I know your office has been coordinating with various government agencies to ensure we engage in an aggressive public education campaign. Further, I know action has been taken for aerial spraying to control mosquitoes and the distribution of repellant wipes for residents.

As we work together to face this challenge and keep our residents and visitors healthy, it is imperative that we all coordinate our efforts effectively and deploy our elected leaders to ensure that the state and federal governments put resources in place to combat the impact of Zika on our community and our tourism brand.

Today I will send a memorandum to Chairman Jean Monestime requesting that he convene an emergency meeting of the Board of County Commissioners pursuant to Rule 3.02(b) of the Rules of Procedure to discuss our response to the public health threats posed by the Zika virus. Such a meeting would provide the opportunity to coordinate the support from our federal partners, and to understand what support Miami-Dade County can expect from the state of Florida.

I appreciate your attention to this matter and look forward to working together to keep Miami-Dade healthy and open for business.


Commissioner Daniella Levine Cava

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