2018 Grand Marshalls: Commisioner Audrey Edmonson & Major Ricky Carter
Audrey M. Edmonson has served on the Miami-Dade County Commission as District 3 commissioner since December 2005. She was
re-elected in 2016 to a four-year term and elected to serve as Vice Chair of the County Commission from 2016 – 2018. Commissioner Edmonson previously served as Vice Chair from 2010 to 2012. She represents the communities of Liberty City, Little Haiti, Overtown, the Upper East Side, Edgewater, Buena Vista, Allapattah, Wynwood, San Marco Island and Watson Island, all located in the City of Miami; Brownsville, Biscayne Shores Park area, the Village of El Portal and the Village of Miami Shores.
Vice Chairwoman Edmonson currently is Chairwoman, Housing and Social Services Committee and the Building Safer Neighborhoods Sub-Committee. She also serves as Vice Chairwoman of the Transportation and Public Works Committee and the Chairman’s Policy Council, and as a member of the Youth Crime Task Force. She serves as the Vice Chairwoman of the Miami Dade Expressway Authority (MDX) Board of Directors. Edmonson was appointed to the Miami-Dade County HIV/AIDS “Getting to Zero” Task Force and served as Chairwoman of the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) I-395 Signature Bridge-Aesthetic Steering Committee.
She also serves on the Miami-Dade Economic Advocacy Trust and the Public Health Trust nominating councils, the Public Health Trust/Miami-Dade Annual Operating Agreement Committee, the Jackson Health System Obligation Bond Citizens’ Advisory Committee and the County Advisory Task Force for the Byrne Criminal Justice Innovation Program Planning and Implementation Project which is referred locally as Project PEACE: People Engaged and Advocating for Community Empowerment. Vice Chairwoman Edmonson serves as the Vice Chair of the International Trade Consortium Board.
Ms. Edmonson championed the establishment and is an Ex-Officio Member of the Miami Children’s Initiative (MCI), a program modeled after the Harlem Children’s Zone, aimed at helping Liberty City children from cradle to adulthood. Joined by local pastors and community activists, Vice Chairwoman Edmonson leads “Operation Restoration,” an anti-crime strategy group. She also serves as a member of the Lindsey Hopkins Educational Excellence School Advisory Council.
As a member of the National Association of Counties (NACO), she serves as Sub-committee Vice-Chair on the Community, Economic and Workforce Development Steering Committee and as a member of the Large Urban County Caucus.
She is a member of the Florida Association of Counties’ (FAC) Board of Directors, serves as Co-Chair of the Urban Caucus and was selected as a 2017 Presidential Advocate in recognition of exceptional leadership in partnering with FAC to advance the counties’ legislative agenda.
In 2007, Vice Chairwoman Edmonson was appointed as "Honorary Chairperson" to the City of Cape Town, South Africa and Dakar, Senegal for the Miami-Dade County Sister Cities Program.
Commisioner. Edmonson successfully urged the State to not preempt Miami-Dade County’s Crane Safety ordinance. She also adopted pool lighting safety measures that were implemented statewide and advocated for the State to allow the County to set stricter regulations for scrap metal dealers in order to combat the scrap metal theft epidemic.
Since her arrival on the Miami-Dade County Board of County Commissioners, Vice Chairwoman Edmonson has initiated, among other initiatives, the following legislation:
· Combated the scrap metal and copper wire theft epidemic by amending the County ordinance related to scrap metal processors and junk dealers to increase
penalties for the illegal purchase of scrap metal; urged the State to increase penalties for the illegal purchase of scrap metal, and urged all Florida counties to enact
similar ordinances. Created a task force to review the ordinance and other issues affecting the industry.
· Directed the County administration to secure a firm to conduct a full disparity study of black, Hispanic and women-owned business participation in County
contracting with data to be collected in a centralized and consistent manner in a cross section of trade areas.
· Revamped the County’s Small Business Programs, which had not been updated in 10 years, to make them more effective for small and minority owned businesses
· Established a Small Business Bonding Program
· Re-established the Small Business Lending Program
· Increased contractor monitoring and compliance programs to ensure local hiring.
· Called for a Special Election seeking voter approval of the $830M Jackson Miracle-Building Bond Program
· Created a Citizens' Advisory Committee for the Jackson Miracle-Building Bond Program
· Urged the State to oppose legislation related to immigration reform unless reform is comprehensive.
· Approved the selection of the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) for the development of a new animal services facility in District 3
· Expedited the procurement process, to ensure the County runs more efficiently; and directed the administration to report on further measures that can be taken to
shorten the County’s overall procurement timeline.
· Assisted the Historic Hampton House Community Trust with obtaining funding to renovate the Historic Hampton House Motel.
· Established safety measures for manufacture, installation, and use of cranes and hoisting equipment including hurricane preparedness measures.
· Urged the Florida Department of Corrections to cease, directly or indirectly, sending sex offenders to Shorecrest neighborhood.
She also has co-sponsored the legislation establishing a First Source Hiring Referral Program to help ensure Miami-Dade County residents get employment opportunities from County projects.
Born and raised in Liberty City, Vice Chairwoman Edmonson became active in local politics by first serving as Mayor of the Village of El Portal in 1999, was re-elected three successive terms and became the municipality's first mayor to be elected by residents rather than by the members of the Village Council. Under her leadership, the Village hired its first Village Manager.
Commissioner Edmonson received a bachelor's degree in Psychology from Florida International University and a dual master's degree in Marriage and Family Therapy and Mental Health Counseling from Barry University. Vice Chairwoman Edmonson is the mother of Dr. Ebony Nicole Dunn and Louis Ivory Edmonson and grandmother of Bianca Alexandria Casher and Louis, Jr. and Lorilay Edmonson.
Major Ricky Carter is a distinguished Miami-Dade police officer who lost his legs in a motorcycle accident along Interstate 75. Click on this link to hear and read his inspiring story.
Jewels Twirling Academy
Jewels Twirling Academy (JTA) provides high-interest technical classes in the are/sport of baton twirling. Children will increase their physical fitness while cultivating their self- discipline and self-esteem through the mastery of new skills.
JTA has experience serving children and youth from ages 4-18 in small and large groups with instructional classes that are 45 minutes in length, typically offered once a week in various locations. The activities are open to both boys and girls.
Where we serve:
New Mt. Moriah M. B. Church - 6700 NW 14th Ave., Miami, FL
Holmes Elementary School – 1175 NW 67th St., Miami, FL
YWCA Miami Gardens – 3450 NW 199 St., Miami Gardens, FL
Accomplishments of our students:
• 2017 Amateur Athletic Union 1st Place Gold Team – Las Vegas Nevada
• 2017 American Youth on Parade – National Champs – South Bend, Indian
• 2016 National Baton Twirling Association State Champs – Orlando, FL
• 2015 United States Twirling Association National Champs – Beaumont, TX
• 2014 Drum Majorette of America National Champs – Wingate, NC
• 2011-12 Jr. Olympic Gold Medalists – New Orleans, LA
• 2010 National Champs in 3 categories – Savannah, GA
• 2009 Twirling Unlimited National Champs – Akron, OH
• 2009 and 2010 Twirlmania Mousecar Award for highest individual marching score
• 2007-2010 Consecutive Florida State Champs and Southeast Region Champs
Recreational Classes are free and include 1 costume, 1 baton, and 1 costume. Competitive team fees depend upon the number of twirlers per cohort and the selected travel itinerary, ranging from $300-$1,000 per season.
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but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward."
- Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.