The Division of Consumer Services is the state’s clearinghouse for consumer complaints, protection and information. The Division has responsibility for regulating various business industries operating in Florida and conducts investigations of unfair and deceptive trade practices.
Miami Parking Authority, officially known as the Department of Off-Street Parking of the City of Miami, was created in 1955 by a Special Act of the Florida State Legislature and incorporated into the City of Miami’s Charter in 1968. MPA manages and develops on- and off-street parking in the City of Miami. It shares responsibility with the City of Miami Police Department and Miami-Dade County for enforcement of parking regulations. MPA is a self-sustaining agency managed by parking industry professionals and financed by parking revenues. Funds not used by operations are returned to the City of Miami, and all ticket citation revenues are payable directly to Miami-Dade County.
The Miami-Dade Public Housing and Community Development (PHCD) administers Federal and State funding that supports the development of viable urban neighborhoods in Miami-Dade County characterized by decent housing, expansion of economic opportunities and the preservation of historic properties.
The Miami-Dade Empowerment Trust, Inc., a non-profit organization, was established in February 1999, and delegated the authority to govern, direct and implement the Enterprise Zone Strategic Plan and to create and expand business opportunities in the Enterprise Zone. The premise of the Enterprise Zone program is that conditions of poverty can be overcome and a market economy can be built through new investment in economic opportunities for people. As a result, the activities of the Trust are geared toward developing a strategic vision that lead to creating economic opportunities and build sustainable communities.
The Enterprise Community Center (ECC) was created after Miami-Dade County’s designation as a Federal Enterprise Community in 1994. The ECC works as an interdependent branch of the Miami-Dade Empowerment Trust, Inc., and continues to be the focal point and nerve center for technical assistance activities in Miami-Dade County. The ECC’s concept of one-stop technical and financial assistance to Miami-Dade County small business owners and entrepreneurs is the premise behind all of the banking relationships located at the ECC, and is a strong organizaing force for the direction and investment of capital for new business development in the County.
As the largest metropolitan area in the State of Florida, Miami-Dade County is often referred to as the “Gateway to Latin America and the Caribbean.” Our community is located along the southeast tip of the Florida peninsula. It is bounded by Biscayne Bay and the Atlantic Ocean to the east, Everglades National Park to the west, the Florida Keys to the south, and Broward County to the North.
Governed by an Executive Mayor and 13 commissioners elected from single-member districts, the day-to-day operations of the government are overseen by the Executive Mayor. More than one million people live in the unincorporated area of the county, with the rest of the population residing in municipalities. The total population of the 35 municipalities in 2003 was approximately 1,217,896. The City of Miami is the largest municipality, followed by Hialeah, Miami Gardens, Miami Beach, North Miami and Coral Gables. With a population of more than one million, our unincorporated area, if declared a city, would form the largest in Florida and one of the largest in the nation.