1. Approval to submit a grant application to the U.S. Department of Justice, Community Oriented Policing Services, Community Policing Development Law Enforcement Mental Health and Wellness Act Program, for a Peer-Led pilot program to increase the overall wellness of Miami Beach Police Department sworn officers, in the approximate amount of $50,000
The Law Enforcement Mental Health and Wellness Act exists to improve the delivery of, and access to, mental health and wellness services for law enforcement through training and technical assistance, demonstration projects, and implementation of promising practices related to peer mentoring mental health and wellness programs.
In 2017, the Miami Beach Police Department launched a Peer Support Program to create a culture of health and wellness, raise awareness and empower, and provide preventive and supportive services. The proposed project will request funding in the approximate amount of $50,000 to expand upon the existing Peer Support Program by implementing a Peer-Led Yoga pilot program with data-driven pre- and post- assessments focusing on the impact of yoga on emotional wellbeing, physical health, and community policing. The program will be offered to all Miami Beach Police Department sworn officers. The City will partner with Florida International University’s Community Based Research Institute on this program.
This project supports the key intended outcome to maximize the Miami Beach brand as a world class destination and does not require matching funds.
2. United States Tennis Association in the approximate amount of $5,000 for equipment for the North Shore Park Youth Tennis Center
The United States Tennis Association (USTA) is the national body for the sport of tennis and promotes and develops the growth of tennis. The USTA was founding in 1881 and continues today on its mission to develop and promote the game of tennis.
The City is requesting funds in an amount not to exceed $5,000 to purchase equipment for the tennis program at the North Shore Park Youth Tennis Center. The City of Miami Beach and the Miami Beach Tennis Academy jointly operate the North Shore Park Youth Tennis Center program. The City is seeking grant funding to support the tennis program, which partners with the International Tennis Federation to produce events and competitions each year.
The grant does not require matching funds, and the program supports the key intended outcome to maximize the Miami Beach brand as a world class destination.
3. Florida Department of Transportation, Service Development Grant Program for funding in the approximate amount of $1,250,000 for the South Beach Trolley
Florida Department of Transportation’s Service Development Grant Program provides financial support for projects that use new methods to improve operations in public transit systems, including new services, technologies or routes.
The Administration is applying for funding in the amount of $1,250,000 from FDOT for operating costs for the South Beach Trolley route. The grant funds will supplement approximately 25% of the annual cost of operating the South Beach Trolley services. The total annual cost of turnkey trolley operations and maintenance service for the South Beach Trolley is $5,001,451. The City is requesting state funding to assist with maintaining existing service levels. The grant requires matching funds, and the Transportation Department will provide matching funds in the amount of $1,250,000 from the People’s Transportation Plan Fund (PTP), account #187-6300-000349-00-403-529-00-00-00. This project supports the key intended outcome to ensure comprehensive mobility addressing all modes throughout the City.
4. National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, National Coastal Resilience Fund in the approximate amount of $3 million for a Resiliency Project at the Par 3 /Community Park
The National Coastal Resilience Fund is a national program with a regional focus that aims to benefit coastal communities by: 1) reducing the impact of coastal flooding and associated threats to property; 2) improving water quality and recreational opportunities; and, 3) enhancing the ecological integrity and functionality of coastal and inland ecosystems. The Administration is applying for funds to create resilient infrastructure, and habitat on a 20-acre parcel of land formerly utilized as the Par 3 Golf Course. The proposed flood mitigation project will reduce community flooding through stormwater management and will provide local flood control for the neighborhood. The project’s main activities include constructing a water retention/detention pond (lake) that will serve as the central feature in the community park. The project will protect the surrounding 65-acre neighborhood through a drainage system.
The Administration is requesting funding in the amount of $3 million, and the grant program requires a match. Matching funds in the amount of $3 million are available through the General Obligation Bond Program, Project #15, Par 3/Community Park. This project supports the key intended outcome to ensure reliable stormwater management and resiliency against flooding by implementing select short and long-term solutions including addressing sea-level rise.