Community Newspapers: Commissioner Diaz and District 12 cities seek donations for Guatemala volcano victims

Miami-Dade County Commissioner Jose “Pepe” Diaz and the mayors of municipalities located in District 12 are joining forces to collect donations and provide relief for victims of the devastating volcano eruption in Guatemala.

The District 12 leaders have established eight drop-off locations for donations of various goods needed to aid in the recovery.

“We need to do our part to help our brothers and sisters in Guatemala recover from the deadly Fuego volcano, which has taken such a terrible toll on the country,” said Commissioner Diaz, who with the help of Mayor Carlos Gimenez, his colleagues and Miami-Dade Fire Department Chief Downey and Metro-Dade Firefighters Local 1403 has already collected firefighter equipment and is working on legislation along with Commissioner Javier Souto to provide humanitarian relief to further the relief efforts.

Requested items include masks, canned food, juices, antibiotics, disinfectants, alcohol, hydrogen peroxide, infant and adult diapers, medicines for respiratory infections, laundry detergent, feminine hygiene products, brushes, toothpaste, first aid kits and painkillers.

The drop-off locations are:

Miami-Dade County Commissioner Jose “Pepe” Diaz office

8345 NW 12th Street in Doral

From Monday–Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

This Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Sunday from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

City of Doral

8401 NW 53rd Terrace, Doral, FL, 33166


9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Morgan Levy Park

5300 NW 102nd Avenue

Doral, FL 33178

Saturday 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Sunday 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

City of Hialeah

Goodlet Park

4200 West 8th Ave.

Hialeah, FL, 33012


1:30 – 9:30 p.m.

Saturday 9 a.m. to noon

Sunday 2 to 5 p.m.

City of Hialeah Gardens

Westland Gardens Park

13501 NW 107th Ave.

Hialeah Gardens, FL, 33018


9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Town of Medley

7777 NW 72nd Ave.

Medley, FL, 33166


9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Saturday and Sunday noon to 4pm

City of Sweetwater

Jorge Mas Canosa Park

250 SW 114th Ave.

Sweetwater, FL, 33174


8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Village of Virginia Gardens

6498 NW 38th Terrace

Virginia Gardens, FL, 33166


9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Jose Pepe Diaz’s Campaign KickOff and Fundraiser

Please Join Our Host Committee

Juan Carlos “JC” Bermudez, Mayor of the City of Doral
Yioset De La Cruz, Mayor of the City of Hialeah Gardens
Spencer Deno, Mayor of the Village of Virgina Gardens
Carlos Hernandez, Mayor of the City of Hialeah
Roberto Martell, Mayor of the Town of Medley
(Host Committee on Formation)

The Re-Election Campaign Kick-off and Fundraiser for


for Miami-Dade County Commissioner, District 12

Thursday, November 16, 2017 – 5:30 PM

The Flats Apartments at CityPlace in Doral – 6th Level

3555 NW 83rd Avenue Doral, FL 33122


Make checks payable to Jose “Pepe” Diaz Campaign Maximum contribution of $1000 per individual, corporation or committee. Please include occupation on the check.



Commissioner Diaz supports sales tax holiday for veterans

MIAMI-DADE COUNTY – The Miami-Dade County Commission on October 17 passed a resolution sponsored by Commissioner Jose “Pepe” Diaz urging the state to adopt an annual sales tax holiday for military veterans and their families.

“Giving veterans a sales tax holiday not only would be a great way to show our respect for veterans, but it would also provide a financial boost for struggling veterans and their families,” said Commissioner Diaz, who sponsored a similar resolution last year.

During the 2016 and 2017 sessions of the Florida Legislature, companion Senate and House bills were filed that would have created an annual sales tax holiday for veterans for the purchase of certain retail items, but both bills died in committee. Commissioner Diaz hopes the Florida Legislature recognizes the sacrifices by our veterans and their families and passes this sales tax holiday for military veterans and their families in the 2018 session.

Florida has the third largest population of veterans in the nation, with more than 1.5 million veterans, comprising 12 percent of the state’s 18-and-over population. Of those veterans, more than 773,000 are over the age of 65. According to the Census Bureau, Miami-Dade’s veteran population is over 56,000.

Commissioner Diaz has served in the United States Marines and also currently serves as Chairman of the Miami-Dade Military Affairs Board.

Commissioner Diaz champions paid leave for disabled veterans

MIAMI-DADE COUNTY – The Miami-Dade County Commission on Oct. 3 approved two pro-veteran pieces of legislation sponsored by Commissioner Jose “Pepe” Diaz.

The first, an ordinance co-prime sponsored by both Commissioners Diaz and Rebeca Sosa, provides paid leave to County and Public Health Trust employees who are disabled veterans.

The second, a resolution, urges Congress to eliminate the so-called “widow’s tax,” which reduces the Survivor Benefit Plan annuities for surviving spouses of military personnel if those surviving spouses are also receiving Dependency and Indemnity Compensation from the federal government.

“I’m very grateful to my colleagues on the Commission for once again joining me in showing this County’s support for our veterans and their families, who have sacrificed so much for this country,” said Commissioner Diaz, who chairs the County’s Military Affairs Board.

Commissioner Diaz to help deliver Hurricane Irma relief supplies to Lower Keys

MIAMI – Miami-Dade County Commissioner Jose “Pepe” Diaz, along with Farm Share and Mayors JC Bermudez of Doral, Yioset de la Cruz of Hialeah Gardens, and Roberto Martell of the Town of Medley, will be delivering six 18-wheelers full of much-needed supplies and one box truck of ice to the Lower Keys, Ground Zero of Hurricane Irma. They will be joined by Cox Media Group.

The convoy will be staged at Commissioner Diaz’s district office at 8345 NW 12th Street on Monday, Sept. 18 starting at 4 a.m. for a 5 a.m. departure to United Methodist Church, 280 Key Deer Blvd., Big Pine Key.

The supplies include canned goods, toiletries, baby food, ice and much more.

Miami-Dade County condemns Maduro regime

MIAMI – The Miami-Dade County Commission on Aug. 7 adopted a resolution sponsored by Commissioner Jose “Pepe” Diaz to formally condemn the recent elections in Venezuela amid widespread charges of fraud.

The special meeting, called during the Commission’s August recess, was requested by Commissioner Diaz following Venezuela’s July 30 elections creating a national constituent assembly to rewrite the South American nation’s constitution – elections in which only President Nicolas Maduro’s handpicked candidates appeared on the ballot.

“I hope this action we taking here today resonates throughout the world so that the people fighting in the streets of Venezuela know we hear them and support them and we are with them,” Commissioner Diaz said. “I want to thank all my colleagues and Mayor Gimenez for their support in standing up for the human rights of our neighbors and friends in the Venezuelan community.”

Venezuela Supreme Court Magistrate Alejandro Rebolledo; Venezuelan journalist Rafael Poleo; and Daniela Capriles, the daughter of Caracas Mayor Antonio Ledezma, attended the meeting to speak about the Maduro regime’s human rights abuses.

Commissioner Diaz’s resolution also condemns Venezuela’s failure to cooperate with international counterterrorism efforts and urges the Trump administration to grant Temporary Protected Status to Venezuelans living in the United States. Commissioners and Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez also signed on to a letter to President Trump condemning the Maduro regime.

“The Maduro regime’s silencing and jailing of political opponents, rampant human rights violations, and overhaul of Venezuela’s system of government is at significant odds with the fundamental values of democracy championed by the United States,” the letter states.

Commissioner Diaz’s district includes Doral, which is home to the largest concentration of Venezuelans in the United States.


Commissioner Jose Pepe Diaz speaks at a press conference following the special meeting to condemn the Venezuelan government. He is joined, from left, by County Commission Chairman Esteban Bovo, Jr.; Daniela Capriles, the daughter of Caracas Mayor Antonio Ledezma; and Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez.

Miami Herald: New park and ride facility planned to support SR 836

June 19, 2015 03:54 PM

Updated June 19, 2015 04:31 PM

The Miami-Dade Expressway Authority (MDX) has announced the planning of a new park and ride facility to be built on Northwest 12 Street, near Northwest 122nd Avenue, to support a future express bus system on State Road 836.

Miami-Dade Commissioner Jose “Pepe” Diaz spearheaded the effort to coordinate MDX, Miami-Dade County, and the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), and speed delivery of the facility. The new transit hub will serve the nearby cities of Sweetwater, Doral and the Dolphin Mall.

The Dolphin Park and Ride Terminal Facility is scheduled to open between late 2017 and early 2018. Once construction is completed, Miami-Dade Transit will operate and maintain the facility.