For Immediate Release
August 29, 2013
Contact: Clarisell DeCardenas
Miami Lakes, FL - The Town of Miami Lakes has a new website with features that town officials say make it more user-friendly. The previous website had been in place for almost 10 years, and it was time for a redesign.
"It is important to have different avenues of communications to reach out to our residents, businesses, and visitors," said Mayor Ceasar Mestre.
The new website – www.miamilakes-fl.gov – makes finding information much easier and makes more information available directly on the home page through Quick Links. There is also a "Report a Problem" section, where residents can report issues to the town, such as potholes that need fixing, violations to the town code, or stormwater problems.
Town Council meetings now stream live on the town's website so residents can watch council meetings as they happen – on their computers, tablets, or smart-phones from anywhere in the world.
"Since my first day on the council, I have been committed to creating an unprecedented level of transparency in our government. The first step was broadcasting our Council meetings live on the Town's website. Transparency and openness shall ultimately promote accountability and strengthen the relationship between our residents and the Town Council," said Vice-Mayor Manny Cid.
The town has also launched new social media pages on Twitter and Facebook. The town's official Twitter page is www.twitter.com/miamilakesnews (with a Twitter handle of @miamilakesnews), while the official Facebook page is www.facebook.com/townofmiamilakes.
"I made a commitment to improve communications with our residents and to harness technology to achieve that end. We have a council that is keenly aware of the benefits of social media and they all supported the idea," said Councilman Tony Lama. "We are all very proud of the progress we have made."
The social media pages will be used to communicate information, updates, news, and events with residents, businesses, visitors and the general public.
"We have a lot of great programs and opportunities happening in the town," said Mayor Mestre. "We are constantly looking for ways to make sure that citizens are getting information about these events in ways that are convenient for them."