President’s Message: Live, Work, Play…Doing It All and More in Brickell

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Gail Feldman

This notion of Live-Work-Play in one great community has great allure. Most neighbors would agree that we love this aspect about life in Brickell.

We can easily  add to that tagline, Dine-Pray-Learn, as our neighbors in food, faith and education would remind us. We have some of the most enticing restaurants in South Florida. We have houses of worship for many faiths just a short walk from our doorsteps: synagogues, churches, temples, shuls.

But what about our learn options? Why do so many families leave the area when their children get older?

This issue of BHA News, and a good deal of the attention of BHA, is currently focused on the “learn” part of the equation, especially as it pertains to our residents under 18.
Those of us who have been in the area for a while have seen the marked increase of families throughout Brickell. We know that healthy communities have a balance of all age groups. Besides that, we know that children and youth can help keep the rest of us young.

We are so pleased to see our school officials take notice of the changes in our community and the many residents who are looking for excellence in educational choices in our neighborhood.

I urge everyone who can attend to participate in the Inaugural Education Forum hosted by BHA in partnership with Miami DDA, Miami Dade College and Miami-Dade Public Schools on May 23 (details next page).

This event, supported by many School Board members and other elected officials is testament to our community’s leadership in addressing the changing needs of our dynamic neighborhood. We look forward to seeing you there, and helping start the dialog of achieving the very best in education in our urban core.

Further in this issue you’ll read about changes and enhancements being discussed for 1814 Brickell Park to make it more functional for its primary users and our society’s greatest asset: children. We are grateful to Miami Parks Director Kevin Kirwin for his responsiveness and leadership in providing and improving our play spaces.

Thank you also to Commissioner Ken Russell and his staff who have been listening to BHA’s concerns and those of all neighbors as the Commissioner undertakes governance for Miami’s busy District 2.

From BHA News Spring 2016.