The City Of Miami Gardens

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The City of Miami Gardens was incorporated on May 13, 2003, as the 33rd city in Miami-Dade County. A population of 113,199, it is the third largest city in Miami-Dade County after Miami and Hialeah. The City is located in North-Central region of the county, mid-way between Fort Lauderdale and Miami, and is easily accessed by I-95, the Palmetto Expressway State Road 826 and the Florida Turnpike. The city comprises approximately 20 square miles of neighborhoods Andover, Bunche Park, Carol City, Lake Lucerne, Norland, part of the Opa-locka, and Scott Lake which were previously unincorporated areas within Miami-Dade County. (Commerce, 2015) Miami Gardens has a Mayor Council Manager form of government. The mayor is elected separately from the council, and is often a full-time and paid position with a significant administrative and budgetary authority. This form of government, the elected City Council sets policies for the operation of the City. The City Council enacts Ordinances, the laws of the City, adopts Resolutions authorizing actions on behalf of the City, reviews plan for development, and establishes the policies by which the City is governed. The City Council consists of seven members a Mayor and two Councilmember 's elected citywide and four additional Councilmember 's elected by individual districts. The administrative responsibility of the City rests with the City Manager, who is appointed by the City Council upon recommendation of the Mayor. Each Councilmember is
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