What do you do? That’s one of the main questions we get from folks who’ve just signed on to the CFECA web site, and also from residents who for the first time realized that there’s a community association out there under their noses. A complete list of our major activities & accomplishments for 1993-2013 is listed via a web site Info link (Activities 1993-2015) available to our registered web site members. Many of the things on that list are big long-term projects that we completed some time ago.
Over the last two years, we have been lobbying constantly for street repairs—- particularly resurfacing and remarking of our main streets. We’ve been following up on the remediation of Colonial Drive Park, closed for years due to herbicide poisoning. Work there is due for completion in Spring 2018– and along with it will come some improvements to the park facilities, both indoor and outdoor. We have continued to lobby against projects like the Walmart/apartments fiasco (now initiated out by the MetroZoo) and an apartment complex (to be built on SW 152 Street at SW 97-98 Avenue), which will soon seriously impair traffic on this vital traffic artery. With the assistance of Comm. Moss’ office, we have eliminated long-standing drainage eyesores at two of the Publix Shopping Center exits. Work is now in progress in assuring Hurricane Irma-related signage/lighting repair and debris cleanup. We are also working closely with the management of the Colonial Drive Farm Store to facilitate its reopening in the coming months of 2018.
What consumes much of our time day-to-day, however, is just trying to keep the neighborhood nice. That involves a lot of patrolling, observing, and reporting to the appropriate government agencies the problems we see-– or, in some cases, just taking care of the problems ourselves.
Back in 2005, someone suggested that we try to quantify that kind of work, so we took a shot at it. In August of that year, we published a few weeks of statistics in spread sheet form, and we’ve kept unpublished weekly records since. In January 2015, we published, in our website NEWS, a compilation of our weekly spread sheets—yielding totals for annual years 2013 and 2014 for various work/activity categories, and in June 2016, we published the totals for annual year 2015.
Recently, we’ve finally been able to catch up with the stats– crunching all the many numbers and handling the paper work involved, to compile a spreadsheet compilation of our activities for Annual Years 2016 & 2017.
The below are two-year (1/1/2016 through 12-31/17) totals for various work/activity categories.
COLONIAL / FAIRWAY ESTATES CIVIC ASSOCIATION (CFECA)
CRIME WATCH / CODE ENFORCEMENT &
INFRASTRUCTURE MAINTENANCE ACTIVITY
Calendar Years 2016 & 2017
** Code enforcement complaints filed
with Miami-Dade County (MDC): 355
Trash/garbage piles reported to MDC Solid Waste: 1091
Trash piles removed by CFECA: 407
Shopping carts returned to stores by CFECA: 192
Street light outages reported to FPL: 40
Potholes/pavement problems reported to MDC: 87
Traffic signal outages reported to MDC: 21
Graffiti locations painted out by CFECA: 71
Downed/damaged signs reported to MDC: 50
Signs repaired/unobstructed by CFECA: 24
Dead animals reported to MDC: 12
Medians /overgrown properties mowed by CFECA: 26
Hazards reported to MDC: 139
Suspicious persons reported: 6
Crimes investigated: 80
** includes observed violations such as: overgrown/trashed grounds; wrecked vehicles or those under major repair; oversize commercial vehicle or business at residence; broken fences or walls; broken doors or windows; stumps/rocks/hazards in r.o.w., etc.