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Sunday, April 13, 2014

Beautification and Maintenance Excellence” Awards

Miami-Dade Parks Recreation and Open Spaces Department (PROS) and the Community Image Advisory Board (CIAB) recognized county leaders in cleaning and greening achievement at the recent Great Park Summit. Recipients of the “Beautification and Maintenance Excellence” Awards ranged from a tree advocate to the Miami-Dade Expressway Authority’s “Welcome” Gateway on the Dolphin Expressway. The awards reinforced the significance of investing in beautification and streetscape projects.  

“We were thrilled by the response in our first year because it highlights the significance of clening and greening our public rights-of-way,” said CIAB Chairman, Commissioner Dennis C. Moss, District 9.  “It was an honor to recognize those organizations who understand the value of creating inviting open spaces.”

The awards and winners were:

Crown Leadership Award – Recognizing an individual’s career in increasing the Tree Canopy: Joy Klein, of the Miami-Dade Regulatory and Economic Resources Department, for helping launch the Adopt-A-Tree program, protecting endangered lands and for cultivating a huge volunteer tree planting base.

Inviting Gateway Award – Recognizing organizations that create a signature gateway reflecting Miami-Dade's world-class image. Winner: Miami-Dade Expressway Authority for its “Welcome” Gateway which can be viewed by MIA passengers and SR 836 motorists. Honorable mention: Village of Cutler Bay and Town of Surfside for roadway improvements.

Corridor Maintenance Showcase Award – Recognizing investments in sustainable standards for aesthetics and vegetation maintenance. Winner: Miami Dade Department of Aviation for the MIA entrance on LeJeune Rd. Honorable mention: TREEmendous Miami for its efforts on US 1.

TREEmendous Miami, an all-volunteer group has planted more than 24,000 trees in the past 16 years.

Beautification Leadership Award – Recognizing an individual that displays extraordinary initiative in transforming a roadway, gateway or terminal. Winner: Dennis C. Moss for launching the CIAB and leading hundreds of beautification and clean up initiatives for the betterment of all of Miami-Dade. 

“We knew nominating Commissioner Moss would set the bar high for future competitions,” Jack Kardys, Director of PROS said. “As the CIAB Chair, Commissioner Moss advocated for and realized improvements throughout the County for more than a dozen years and is very deserving of this distinction.” 

The Great park Summit provides an update on the progress made in the implementation of the Parks Open Space Master Plan (OSMP), a long-term plan that creates a sustainable, connected system of parks, and recreation and conservation open spaces.  The Summit engages professionals from local and state agencies, landscape architects, planners, environmental organizations, patrons of the arts, businesses, universities, construction, engineering, architecture and urban planning arenas, and others to find ways to collectively move forward on the shared vision of sustainability and beauty for Miami-Dade County.  It’s hosted by MDPROS and features national and internationally renowned guest speakers from the field/industry of parks & recreation, landscape architecture and government dignitaries. 

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