Florida Metropolis residents honor MLK via Service Day

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Members of the South Dade Community kept Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Alive through a Day of Service and Civic Engagement on Saturday, January 16. Led by Takevess Hatcher, community activist, Florida City residents gathered to participate in an area clean up project.

Sponsors of the Florida City Clean City Project included the Iota Pi Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc., Commissioner Kionne McGhee, District 9 of Miami-Dade, Mayor of Florida, Otis Wallace, Vice Mayor of Florida, Sharon “Sheep “Butler, Florida Police Department, Florida City Public Works, Vice Mayor of Homestead, Patricia Fairclough-Staggers, HTC Tax Services, Darren Baldwin, James Steward, Dr. Kelli Hunter-Sheppard and Subway.

Traditionally, residents gather around Dr. King at their annual MLK Parade and MLK Festival in Homestead Florida City. Due to the ongoing pandemic, the parade was canceled. In place of the celebration, Hatcher coordinated a community cleanup project to help Dr. Honor King’s legacy through service and reflection.

Commissioner McGhee commended Hatcher for his work in the community and for “providing this much-needed service.”

As a civil servant, I feel it is necessary to care for our environment and encourage Florida City residents to keep our community clean, ”said Butler, Vice Mayor of Florida City.

The community beautification project took place at HTC Tax Services, 1630 NW Sixth Ave., Florida City.

Participants were given personal protective equipment, cleaning supplies, and social distancing to complete the project. Volunteers were coordinated into teams to clear previously identified areas within the South Dade community.

Florida City is the southernmost community in the South Florida metropolitan area. Primarily a major agricultural area, this Miami suburb is lovingly considered the gateway to the Florida Keys and Everglades.

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