Pembroke Pines Update

A multi-ethnic group of elementary age children are running from the bus to class. They are smiling and looking at the camera.

By Mayor Frank C. Ortis

It is with great pride that I announce that the City of Pembroke Pines was awarded the “Outstanding Achievement Large City 2017 City Livability Award” in support of the Creative Placemaking at the Charles F. Dodge City Center. The award was presented to the City at the U.S. Conference of Mayors’ 85th Annual Meeting in Miami Beach. The award recognizes mayoral leadership in developing and implementing programs that improve the quality of life in America’s cities, focusing on the leadership, creativity, and innovation demonstrated by the mayors. This year’s winning cities were selected by former mayors from a pool of over 150 applicants.

Also during the United States Conference of Mayors 85th Annual Meeting, I was honored to host a Small Business and Entrepreneurship Task Force meeting at the Mayor’s Café. Small businesses are the lifeblood of any city. We discussed strategies to help small businesses, and got advice on how small businesses can grow in today’s economy. This is an important issue for all residents in all cities, because small businesses not only meet our local needs and those of larger businesses, they create jobs and provide opportunities for others to succeed financially. I encourage everyone to please support their local businesses.

In a few weeks, families will be making the transition from the lazy days of summer to the 2017-2018 school year. It’s a time when parents often breathe a sigh of relief, and students and teachers anticipate new beginnings and new challenges. It’s also a time when motorists should slow down and proceed with caution in school zones, stop for buses and be alert for children walking in the street or biking to school. Parents can help by teaching their children safety rules, and supervising young children as they walk or bike to school or as they wait at the school bus stop. And, students should practice the safety rules for waiting at the bus stop, getting on and off the bus, and riding the bus. If walking to school, they should learn and practice the safety rules for pedestrians, cross at cross walks, obey all traffic signs, traffic lights and safety patrol instructions.

Although the summer is starting to wind down, I hope everyone still gets a chance to take some time to relax a bit and enjoy all the amenities the City of Pembroke Pines has to offer during our summer months. I encourage all Pines residents to visit the Recreation & Cultural Arts web page at, check our calendars, and visit our Facebook page at for exciting events and programs that are planned for the coming months.

As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact my office at 954-450-1020, or by e-mail at