Miami-Dade County Commissioner Daniella Levine Cava officially opened her new district office at the South Dade Government in Cutler Bay with a ribbon cutting accompanied by the celebratory music of a high school jazz band.
The opening was played up to symbolize the return of the office to the geographic center District 8.
“It’s really important to be visible, to be easily accessible, to be centrally located and that’s what today is about,” Levine Cava told the South Dade News Leader.
“County government has to be accessible,” she said. “ This county is putting tax dollars to work, if we are not accessible, if we are not easy to get to, if people can’t find out about the services then people are not going to feel satisfied with what they are getting for their tax dollars.”
Levine Cava felt that former Commissioner Lynda Bell’s Palmetto Bay office was too far north for most of the district and came with logistic problems.
“There was no parking and it was very difficult for people to utilize that office,” Levine Cava said.
There is plenty of parking at the South Dade Government Center as it houses offices for many county services, including a library. Many of the departments were on display for the new commissioner’s ribbon cutting.
Booths were strung around the main building’s lobby offering information and free goodies. The Water and Sewer department were offering efficient shower heads. The elections department were looking for new poll workers, and the South District Police station was promoting pedestrian safety.
Around a hundred people showed up for the early morning festivities including local politicians, members of the business community, friends and family, and people just looking for service.
Levine Cave said she was “thrilled” with the turn out.
“It’s been a wonderful day for county services,” she said.